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Sunday, April 4, 2010

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Series on Japanese literature starts in Osaka

The Osaka International House Foundation is holding the first installment of its series "Introduction of J Bungaku — Knowing Japan through Literature" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 17 in Tennnoji Ward, Osaka.

The series is a collaboration with the TV program "J Bungaku" shown on the NHK Educational channel, in which professor Robert Campbell of The University of Tokyo reviews Japanese literature.

In the April 17 class, Campbell will talk about his experience of studying Japanese literature at a U.S. university and about the aspects that fascinate him. The talk will be in Japanese and no interpretation will be provided.

Admission is ¥500. Advance applications are required by phone, fax or via e-mail by April 9. There will be 180 places available.

The venue is International House, Osaka, which is about a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

To contact the organizer for more information and advance applications, send an e-mail to talk@ih-osaka.or.jp or phone (06) 6773-8182. Alternatively, fax (06) 6773-8421.

Osaka museum to stage Chinese lion dance

A Chinese lion dance performance will be staged for free in the outdoor space in front of the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka on April 18.

The hours are from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved inside to the museum's special gallery hall.

No advance applications are required. There is no charge for watching the lion dance, but admission to the museum's gallery spaces is ¥420 for adults, ¥250 for university and high school students and ¥110 for junior high and elementary school students.

The museum is a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka monorail line.

For further information and an access map, visit www.minpaku.ac.jp (available in Japanese and English).

English-language poetry reading held in Kyoto

The Japan International Poetry Society invites people to an English-language poetry meeting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 11 in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The meeting's special guest, Bill Berkson, is a poet, art critic and curator from the U.S. who will read from a selection of his poetry entitled "Portrait and Dream." He will also talk about and answer questions on his work, including how it connects with his years as a professor and writer on visual arts.

Admission is ¥1,000. No reservations are required.

The venue is Heartpia Kyoto, which is near Exit 5 of Marutamachi Station on the Karasuma subway line. For an access map, go to www.heartpiakyoto.jp/access/index.html (in Japanese).

Contact Jane Nakagawa at janenakagawa@yahoo.com for details.

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