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Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Japanese films with subtitles to be shown

The Osaka International House Foundation and Japan Foundation Kyoto Office are organizing screenings of Japanese films with subtitles in foreign languages every Saturday in January in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

On Jan. 12, "Phoenix 2772" (1980) will be screened with English subtitles; Jan. 19, "The Makioka Sisters" (1983) with English subtitles; and Jan. 26, "The Ballad of Narayama" (1983) with Korean subtitles.

The screenings will start at 4 p.m. Special introductory lectures may be offered before some screenings.

The venue is Osaka International House (i-house), a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi Kyu-chome Station on the Tanimachi and Sennichimae subway lines.

Admission is ¥500 per screening. Tickets can be purchased at the Information Center of i-house. Advance reservations can be made by fax or e-mail.

For more information and reservations, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8182, fax (06) 6773-8421 or e-mail johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

Visiting scholar to talk on Buddhism in Japan

International Research Center for Japanese Studies will host a lecture on Buddhism in Japan from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 16 in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto.

Brian O. Ruppert, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a visiting research scholar at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, will give a lecture titled "Before, During and After Zen: Venerative Practices, Buddhism, and the World of Merit in Premodern Japan." The lecture will be in Japanese.

The venue is Campus Plaza Kyoto, west of Kyoto Central Post Office, which is a two-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station.

Participation is free, but advance applications must be made by phone. Eighty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis after Jan. 7.

For applications and more information, contact the organizer at (075) 335-2078.

Guided English tour of 'Genji'-linked temples

A volunteer guide is organizing an English-language tour Jan. 13 to Rozanji Temple in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, and Ishiyama Temple in Shiga Prefecture.

The two temples are related to Murasaki Shikibu, or Lady Murasaki, from the Heian Period (794-1185), who is best known as the author of "Genji Monogatari" ("The Tale of Genji"). The novel was believed written in the beginning of the 11th century.

Rozanji Temple is known as the former residence of Lady Murasaki and Ishiyama Temple is believed to be where she was inspired to write the story.

The fees for the trip include ¥1,200 for a round-trip ticket, ¥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 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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