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Sunday, May 4, 2008
KANSAI: Who & What
Ikebana group to hold workshops for students
Ikebana International's Osaka Chapter invites foreign students attending colleges and universities in the Kansai region to join ikebana workshops to be held as part of its 17th festival on May 25.
The festival starts at 11 a.m., with the noh song and dance program "Hagoromo" performed at 11:30 a.m. and 12:50 p.m., and ikebana workshops for foreign students at noon and 1:20 p.m.
Admission is free. Space is limited to 100 students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Those wishing to participate must send their name, address, telephone number, nationality and the name of the school they are attending via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The venue is IMP Hall on the second floor of Matsushita IMP Building, which is a five-minute walk from Kyobashi Station on the JR Osaka Loop and Tozai lines.
For more information, send an e-mail message to email@example.com
English 'rakugo' cirlce offers free performance
Ofuku Yose, an Osaka-based English "rakugo" (comic storytelling) circle, invites the public to attend its show on May 18.
Fifteen amateur storytellers will perform from 2 p.m. to around 5:30 p.m. One of the featured acts is "This is Rakugo," which is performed at the very beginning of the show and is designed to explain what rakugo is about to those not familiar with this form of comedy.
Admission is free. An advance application is required because space is limited to 25 people.
The venue is the Japanese-style room at the Kitano Rojin Ikoi no Ie, at 15-12 Kamiyama-cho in Kita Ward, Osaka, which is a ten-minute walk from Hankyu Umeda Station.
Art, music to feature at Tonbori Wasshoi festival
The Dotonbori area in Osaka's Chuo Ward is hosting the art-themed festival Tonbori Wasshoi from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Postcards, handmade accessories, and figurines will be sold amid live performances of "yosakoi," a festive dance, and "gagaku," traditional Japanese court music, as well as rock and jazz.
Admission is free. The venue is near Ebisubashi Bridge over Dotonbori canal.
For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 4392-9270, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or access its Japanese Web site at tonbori.info/
Art school in Kyoto explains new kabuki
Kyoto University of Art and Design will offer a rare opportunity to learn about a new breed of kabuki from 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
In the seminar titled "The World of Ennosuke," kabuki performer Emisaburo Ichikawa will talk in Japanese on Ennosuke Ichikawa, one of the leading figures in the world of kabuki. Ennosuke brought back classical repertories and also created a new breed of kabuki, which is known as "Super Kabuki," by incorporating highly entertainment-oriented techniques from other theatrical styles such as European and Beijing operas.
Admission is free. An advance reservation is not required. The venue is Kyoto Art Theater, which is a 10-minute walk east of Chayama Station on the Eizan Railway Line.
For more information, contact the organizer at (075) 791-8199.