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Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Museum to host film, lecture on ethnology

The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) will host a film and lecture on the theme of ethnology on Nov. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The film, "Kula: Argonauts of the Western Pacific," was produced by Junichi Ushiyama and directed by Yasuko Ichioka. It was aired on TV in 1971 in "Subarashii Sekai Ryoko" ("The Wonderful World Travel"), a series that introduced the folk cultures and customs of foreign countries, from 1966 to 1990.

Ichioka, now executive director of Nippon Audio-Visual Library, will give a lecture based on her experience directing ethnographic films titled TV Documentaries: Their Role as Pioneers in the Development of Japanese Ethnographic Film.

Admission is free and no reservation is required. Up to 450 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The film and lecture will be in Japanese.

The venue is in Expo Park in Suita City, Osaka Prefecture, which is a 15-minute walk through the park (which requires ¥250 to enter) from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

For more information, contact the museum at (06) 6876-2151.

Filmfest introduces Swedish documentaries

Swedish Docs, an event providing an introduction to Swedish documentary films, will take place in Kita Ward, Osaka, from Nov. 10 to 18 as part of the Osaka European Film Festival.

The films will include "The Armwestler from Solitude" (2004) and "The Substitute" (2006), which won the Guldbagge Award from the Swedish Academy, as well as "Tomorrow Never Knows" (2006), a film presented at the 2006 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.

All films are in Swedish. English subtitles are available in "The Armwestler from Solitude," "Tomorrow Never Knows" and short films to be run Nov. 11, 12 and 17.

The films will be shown at Planet Studio Plus One, a one-minute walk from Exit 2 of Nakasaki Station on the Tanimachi subway line. Tickets at the door will cost ¥1,200 per film.

For more information, contact the OEFF office at (06) 6882-6213 or access its Web site at www.oeff.jp/ (available in Japanese and English).

Volunteer offers peekat poem-writing party

A volunteer guide is organizing a tour for English-speaking foreigners on Nov. 3 to observe a time-honored poem-composing party at Jonan-gu Shrine in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.

The ceremony will be held in the garden, with poets sitting at the bends of a winding stream composing "waka" over floating sake cups. Waka is a type of Japanese verse consisting of 31 syllables divided into five lines in the pattern 5-7-5-7-7.

After successfully composing a poem, the poet will take the cup and drink the sake.

The fees for the trip include ¥500 for the round-trip city bus ride, ¥1,000 for lunch and a ¥1,000 tip for the guide.

Participants will meet Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office, which is on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station building.

Reservations must be made in advance. The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only. For reservations and more information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

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