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Sunday, March 1, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Theater trainees sought for annual workshop

Traditional Theater Training, an annual intensive workshop on Japanese traditional arts for foreigners and Japanese, is seeking participants for this year's event to be held from July 13 to Aug. 6 at Kyoto Art Center in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Applicants can choose from three courses: noh play, "kyogen" (comical short drama) and "nihon buyo" (dance). Around eight students will be accepted for each course. The workshop starts with a three-day orientation, in which participants will be able to attend sessions on all three genres. Participants will then be divided into their respective courses and learn several repertoires from professional performers. The repertoires will be performed onstage on the final day, Aug. 11, in a free recital at a noh theater.

This year, for the first time, participants may enter only for the three-day orientation if they cannot stay to finish the following three-week courses.

Applicants should be students, performers, teachers and scholars who are involved in any type of performing arts, such as theater and dance. It is open to all such individuals regardless of age, nationality or gender.

The fee is ¥55,000 for students and ¥80,000 for others. The application form and brochure can be obtained via the organizer's Web site at www.kac.or.jp/ (in Japanese and English). Applications are accepted on a first-come first-served basis until the courses are filled.

For more information, visit the Web site, call the organizer at (075) 213-1000 or e-mail kacinfo@kac.or.jp

Wagokoro offers to lead tour of historic Suita

Wagokoro, a Suita-based group in Osaka that promotes Japanese traditions and culture, will organize a tour to learn about the olden times in Suita on March 7.

Participants will visit an old residence that was built in the Edo Period (1603-1867), and peruse an exhibition at the Suita City Museum featuring tools and goods that were used in everyday and school life.

Participants will meet the Wagokoro staff at 9:30 a.m. at the Minami Senri City Office and take a bus to the venues.

Fifteen non-Japanese will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Participation is free, but an admission fee of ¥200 is required to enter the museum. The tour will end around 1 p.m.

For advance applications and further information, contact the Suita Inter-people friendship Association at (06) 6835-1192.

YWCA plans workshop on how to wear kimono

YWCA Senri will host a kimono-usage workshop from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 14 in Suita, Osaka.

A Japanese professional kimono-dressing tutor will teach participants how to wear the kimono. Participants may bring cameras and will also be offered a cup of Japanese tea and cake.

Participation costs ¥2,500 for adults and ¥2,000 for children. The venue is the YWCA Senri Center, which is about a 10-minute walk from Kitasenri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line. Ten people will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis by March 5.

For advance reservations and details, contact the YWCA Senri's Bridges monthly events coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki at (090) 9253-7150 or e-mail usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

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