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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 miyakietsuko@gmail.com

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 etsukoii@fk2.so-net.ne.jp

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.

For advance applications and more information, contact the organizer by e-mail at ofukuyose@gmail.com, or visit ofukuyose.blog9.fc2.com/ for an access map.

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 tonbori_wassyoi@yahoo.co.jp, 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.

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