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Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Candlelit illumination event in city of Nara

The "Nara to-kae" illumination event will take place in Nara from Aug. 5 to 14.

Nara to-kae offers a unique opportunity to view the candlelit ancient city. Candlelit lanterns will be placed in areas around Kofuku-ji Temple, Sarusawaike Lake, the approach to Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Aug. 14 only) and Nara National Park, to name but a few. In addition, in the Kasuga-no Enchi area near Todai-ji Temple, there will be 30-minute acoustic concerts from 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 10.

The hours are from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and no admission is required. The venues are accessible on foot from Kintetsu Nara Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line.

To obtain more information, access www.toukae.jp/ (in Japanese and English).

See the Hubble Space Telescope in a 3-D film The Suntory Museum in Tempozan Harbor Village is showing a 3-D film about the Hubble Space Telescope at its Imax Theater until Oct. 31.

The documentary film "Imax Hubble 3D" features the Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched in 1990 and is currently orbiting approximately 600 km from the surface of the Earth. The 40-minute film shows video footage that the telescope has captured. The film will be shown on the 20-meter-tall by 28-meter-wide Imax theater screen. It is dubbed in Japanese but viewers can request wireless headphones from theater staff to listen to the original English narration by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film will be shown at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. There will also be a 7 p.m. screening after September. Advance tickets are available for ¥900 at ticket agency Pia (P-code 461-724) and Lawson convenience stores (L-code 52815). Tickets at the door will cost ¥1,000 for adults.

Go to www.suntory.com/culture-sports/smt/imax/ (in English) for details.

Noh plays, 'kyogen' and dance held in Kyoto Traditional Theater Training 2010 welcomes observers to a recital of noh plays, "kyogen" (comical short drama) and "nihon buyo" dance from 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The training is an annual intensive workshop on Japanese and traditional performing arts for foreigners and Japanese. This year's training was held for three weeks in July, and on Aug. 10 participants have an opportunity to perform on stage.

No admission or advance applications are necessary.

The venue is Oe Nogakudo, which is a five-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station on the Tozai or Karasuma subway lines.

For further information, contact the organizer, Kyoto Art Center, at (075) 213-1000, or go to www.kac.or.jp/ (in Japanese and English).

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