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Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Seminars in Kyoto on ties with China, India

The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office is organizing two seminars by its fellow researchers Feb. 27 at Kyoto Seika University's Koryu Center in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The first seminar, to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., will be conducted by Chan Ka Sik from China, a specialist in international business management. He will speak on the theme "Food culture in China and Japan -- An insight from soy sauce" to examine similarities and differences of cuisine culture in both countries through reviewing the history of soy sauce and the roles of major players in the soy sauce industry.

The second speech will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. by Padmini Balaram from India. A specialist in textile design, she will speak on her current field of research under the title "Textile route from India to Japan and its effect on textile design and techniques of Japan."

Both seminars will be in English. For the second seminar, Japanese interpretations will be available. There will be a question-and-answer session after each presentation.

Participation is free. Reservations are not required.

The venue is near Exits No. 4, 5 or 6 of Marutamachi Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 211-1312.

Openings for workshop on performing arts

Traditional Theater Training, an annual intensive workshop on Japanese traditional performing arts for foreigners and Japanese, is seeking participants for this year.

The workshop began in 1984 and has had 300 participants from 20 countries.

This year, it will be held July 20 to Aug. 13 at Kyoto Art Center in Nakagyo Ward.

Applicants can choose from three courses: noh, "kyogen" (comical short drama) and "nihon buyo" dance. Eight students will be able to attend sessions on all three genres.

Participants will then be divided into their respective courses and learn several repertoires from professional performers. The repertoires will be performed onstage on the final day, Aug. 13, in a free recital at a noh theater.

Applicants should be students, performers, teachers and scholars involved with any type of performing arts, such as theater or dance. It is open to all such individuals regardless of age, nationality or gender.

The fee is 50,000 yen for students and 75,000 yen for others.

The application form can be obtained via the organizer's Web site at www.kac.or.jp/ in Japanese and English.

For more information, visit the Web site, call the organizer at (075) 213-1000 or e-mail higashi@kac.or.jp

Renowned ikebana group holding exhibit

Ikebana International's Kyoto chapter is holding a flower arrangement exhibition Feb. 24 and 25 at Kyoto International Community House in Sakyo Ward.

The group is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to promoting Japanese ikebana art. Since its foundation in 1956, it has spread to more than 60 countries and areas with 165 chapters and 8,500 members.

The Kyoto chapter's 15th exhibition will be held at Japanese-style annex of Kyoto International Community House, or Kyoto-shi Kokusai Koryu Kaikan. The exhibition will run 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25.

Entrance is free.

The venue is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 622-4156.



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