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Sunday, June 6, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Torch-lit outdoor noh plays at Osaka Castle

Takigi Noh at Osaka Castle in Chuo Ward, Osaka, will take place from 6 p.m. on Aug. 25.

Takigi Noh is a noh performance held on a torch-lit outdoor stage at night. The performance will include noh plays "Okina" and "Ataka," as well as "kyogen" program "Morai Muko."

Tickets will be sold at ticket agency Pia (P-code 402-630), Lawson convenience stores (L-code 59701), and Otsuki Nohgaku-do from 10 a.m. on June 12, priced at ¥3,600 for adults and ¥2,000 for high school and university students.

The venue is a 15-minute walk from Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi subway line. In the event of rain, the event will be postponed to Aug. 26.

For more information, contact Kyodo Osaka Ticket Center at (06) 7732-8888.

Three-week European summer school in Kobe

The Deutsche Schule Kobe / European School in Higashi Nada Ward, Kobe, will open for a three-week summer school program from July 19 to Aug. 6 for students of any nationality or language from kindergarten through fifth grade.

The teaching staff consists of native English and German speakers. Through classes and activities such as English and German as a second language, sports, singing, dancing, games and weekly educational excursions, students will explore "the natural world," which is the theme of this year's program.

The program will run daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Weekly enrollment is possible. Tuition fees are ¥49,000 for a week, ¥69,000 for two weeks and ¥89,000 for three weeks. The fee includes lunch.

The deadline for enrollment is June 14 and spaces for the program are limited.

For more information and applications, contact the school at (078) 857-9777, or access www.dskobe.org (in Japanese, English and German).

Lecture at ethnology museum in Suita

An international research forum titled "Repatriation and the Second Life of Heritage: Return of the Masks in Kodiak, Alaska" will be held at the National Museum of Ethnology in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture, from 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on June 26.

James Clifford, a distinguished professor from the University of California, Santa Cruz, will give a lecture in English. The forum will be held in English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation.

Admission is free and advance applications via e-mail are required. There will be 450 seats.

To apply, send an e-mail with your name, occupation, contact information such as telephone or fax numbers, and whether you wish to attend a party to be held following the forum. The party will accept 100 people and requires a fee of ¥5,000.

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

Visit www.minpaku.ac.jp/ (in Japanese and English) for more information and reservations, or contact the organizer at clifford.min@idc.minpaku.ac.jp.

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