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Sunday, March 4, 2007
KANSAI: Who & What
KANSAI: Who & What
St. Patrick's Day celebration in Kyoto
A parade to celebrate St. Patrick's Day will be held March 11 in Kyoto.
St. Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday on March 17 that is celebrated around the world.
About 500 people dressed in green are expected to parade along Oike street with the Irish national anthem and folk songs performed by local children. The parade will start at 1 p.m. at Oike Ohashi, turn at Higashinotoin and end up at Kyoto City Hall at 3 p.m.
The holiday will also be celebrated at Kawaramachi Hiroba square of Zest Oike, an underground mall in Nakagyo Ward, with performances of Irish music and dance to be held between 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. There will be free samples of Baileys and Jameson and a sale of Irish products in front of Kyoto City Hall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting at 9 p.m., the celebration will move to Hill of Tara, an Irish pub on Oike street, where live music will be performed.
On March 11, call 090-4307-4779.
Monthly movie night March 9 in Osaka
Osaka International House Foundation is holding a monthly showing of a Japanese movie for English-speaking foreigners at 6:30 p.m. March 9 at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.
This month's program is "Tsuki wa Docchi ni Deteiru" ("All Under the Moon"), a 1993 movie directed by Yoichi Sai. Centering around a Korean taxi driver in Japan, the award-winning film is a comical portrayal of everyday life of foreigners living in Japan.
Prior to the showing, an introductory lecture on the film will be given at 5 p.m.
Tickets are 500 yen at the door. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the venue's Information Center, or by sending an application with your name, phone number and the number of tickets via fax to (06) 6773-8421 or by e-mail to email@example.com
The venue is a five-minute walk from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line or a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the subway Tanimachi or Sennichimae lines.
For inquiries, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8182.
English-language tour to kids' temple dance
A volunteer guide interpreter is organizing a one-day tour March 25 to Kyoto for English-speaking foreigners.
Participants will visit Zuishin-in Temple in Yamashina Ward to observe the Hanezu Odori dance performed by children. At this seasonal event, a group of children dressed in "hanezu" -- the color of light red plum blossoms -- will dance on an open-air stage to commemorate Ono no Komachi, a celebrated poet of the Heian Period known as a great beauty, and her suitor, who was rejected after visiting her 99 times.
Also, plum blossoms are expected to be in bloom in the garden of the temple established in 991.
Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station building.
Participants are required to pay the cost of the tour, which will be around 3,000 yen including train fare, lunch and admission to the temple. Another 1,000 yen will be accepted as a gratuity.
The event is reserved for non-Japanese only. Reservations must be made in advance.
For reservations, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.