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Sunday, May 24, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Noh, 'kyogen' shows get torch light setting

Kyoto Takigi-noh performances of noh and its comedic counterpart "kyogen" will be staged under torch light at Heian Jingu Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, from 5:30 p.m. on June 1 and 2.

On both nights, the main performance will be a noh play titled "Okina." The repertoire is based on "sakugaku," which is considered the predecessor of noh.

In addition, the three noh plays "Ema," "Kakitsubata," and "Shozon" will be performed with the kyogen play "Fuku no Kami" on June 1. On June 2, noh plays "Kagetsu," "Hagoromo," "Momijigari," and kyogen "Tsuribari" are scheduled.

The venue is Heian Jingu Shrine, which is a 10-minute walk from Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line.

Advance tickets are ¥3,000 and can be purchased at ticket agency Pia (P-code 786-131), Lawson convenience stores (L-code 57446), the Daimaru department store in Kyoto, and major hotels in Kyoto.

The events will be canceled or postponed in case of rain, which will be announced on the Web at www.kyoto-kanze.jp/ (in English and Japanese) at around 2:30 p.m. on both days.

For more information, contact Kyoto Kanze Kaikan noh theater at (075) 771-7230.

Foreigners welcome to Osaka 'yukata' classes

The Osaka International House Foundation invites foreign residents to a three-part workshop on wearing "yukata" (summer kimono) to be held on June 17 and 24 and July 1.

A volunteer instructor will explain how to wear yukata in simple Japanese. Ten female residents who are foreigners and can participate in all three workshops will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis if they apply in advance. Yukata will be prepared by the organizer. Participants are urged to show up in comfortable clothes suitable for wearing yukata.

The workshops will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in a Japanese room on the third floor of International House Osaka (access map available at www.ih-osaka.or.jp ). Participation is ¥1,000.

For advance applications and further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8989 or send an e-mail message to johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

Group to hold seminar on Kansai economics

The Kansai Canada Business Association is seeking participants for a seminar on Kansai economics to be held at 5:30 p.m. on May 28 in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

Eric Johnston, a reporter with The Japan Times' Osaka bureau, will give a talk in English titled "Governor Hashimoto's Reforms: Regional Integration and the Prospect for Economic Recovery in the Kansai." Following the talk, there will be a 75-minute networking session with drinks and a buffet meal.

Participation is ¥2,000 for KCBA members and ¥4,000 for nonmembers. Advance applications are required via the organizer's Web site at www.kcba-japan.org/kcba/event/2/rsvp by5 p.m. Wednesday.

The venue is Ototomo Cafe on the first floor of Otoshiyori Kenko Center at 2-12-28 Shimanouchi, Chuo Ward (access map available at www.kcba-japan.org/maps/Ototomo_cafe-en.html ). The doors will open at 5 p.m.

For further information, contact the organizer's chairman, Carlos Ramirez, at cramirez@canvas.ne.jp

Romanian cooking class canceled in Nishinomiya

A Romanian cooking class scheduled to be held June 7 by the Nishinomiya City International Association has been canceled due to the spread of H1N1 swine flu virus.

For details, contact the organizer at (0798) 32-8680.

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