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Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Large-scale antique fair coming to Rokko Island

A large-scale antique fair will be held from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9 at Kobe Fashion Mart's Atrium Plaza on Rokko Island in Higashi-Nada Ward, Kobe.

About 150 dealers from all over the country will be selling a wide variety of antiques from Japan and Europe. Items will include ceramics, furniture, cameras, kimono and accessories.

Entrance is free. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (till 4 p.m. on the final day).

The venue is on the ground floor of the Fashion Mart building, which is near Island Center Station on the Rokko Liner.

For more information, contact the organizer at (077) 522-2307.

Kansai Africa Seminar to show films, debate

The Kansai Africa Seminar Executive Committee is organizing a Rwandan film screening and discussion on Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 in Nakagyo Ward in Kyoto.

The film "Through My Eyes" (2004) will be screened Dec. 8. The film is about young people who lost their family to genocide in Rwanda in 1994. After the showing, four panelists engaged in Africa-related activities will join a discussion session titled The Rwandan Youth as Beacons of Hope.

The theme for Dec. 15 is Memories of the Unforgettable Genocide. After a screening of "Keepers of Memory" (2004), Shinichi Takeuchi of the African Studies Group, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization, will explain the social and cultural background of the film. Kambenga Marie Louise, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, will also give a talk titled Over the Tragedy of Rwanda, based on her experience.

The events will be held at Heart Pia Kyoto in front of Marutamachi Station on the Karasuma subway line from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on both days. Two films are in English with Japanese subtitles. The discussions will be held in Japanese.

Admission is ¥1,200 per day in advance and ¥1,500 per day at the door. Discount tickets are also available for students and those attending both days. An advance reservation can be made at the Web site afrikaikns.weebly.com/ (in Japanese).

For more information, e-mail cinemarwanda@gmail.com

English tour offered to explain Daikon Taki

A volunteer guide is organizing an English-language tour to observe a traditional Daikon Taki event on Dec. 9 at Ryotokuji Temple in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto.

Toward the end of the year, some temples in Kyoto cook "daikon" (white radish). It is believed that eating this dish protects people from misfortune. At Ryotokuji Temple, around 3,000 daikon will be prepared and cooked in a large pot.

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

Participants will meet guide 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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