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Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Three days of art talks set for Kobe silk center

The Conference on Art and Art Projects will host an event titled "3 days miracle tower twist & shout" starting Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

The three-day event will be held at the Old Kobe Raw Silk Testing Center, which will be used as a design-related facility from 2012 following renovation. Artists interested in this space will gather and give talks about art in Japanese.

Refreshments for the event will be served at the "twist" cafe inside and the "shout" bar on the rooftop.

Admission is free. The venue is a 15-minute walk from Sannomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line or a five-minute walk from Boeki Center Station on the Port Liner Line.

For program details and more information, access the organizer's website at www.cap-kobe.com/ (in Japanese).

Clarinetist, pianist plan Turkish concert in Kyoto

A clarinetist and a pianist will perform duets featuring Turkish composers at a concert sponsored by The Japan-Turkey Culture Society on Oct. 27 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The concert will take place at the Institute Franco-Japonais Du Kansai from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and be followed by a casual party with snacks and wine until 8:30 p.m.

Tickets cost ¥3,500, which includes the snacks and wine. The venue is a 12-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Oto Line.

For tickets, contact the organizer by Friday on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. by phone or fax at (075) 255-7530.

Kyoto museum to hold overseas students' day

The Kyoto National Museum is inviting foreign students to attend an exhibition and tea ceremony to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.

Certain national museums hold an annual International Students' Cultural Exchange Day to promote a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and history.

At the Kyoto National Museum, foreign students will be given free entry to the special exhibition "Transmitting Robes, Linking Minds — The World of Buddhist Kasaya."

They will also be allowed to enjoy a "sencha" tea ceremony performed by the Hoenryu Tea School between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

An International Students' Cultural Exchange Day will also be held at the Nara National Museum on Nov. 1 and the Kyushu National Museum on Nov. 3.

The Kyoto National Museum is a seven-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Honsen Line.

For further information, contact the museum at (075) 525-2473, or visit www.kyohaku.go.jp/ (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French and Spanish).

Australian poet invited to Kyoto poetry meet

The Japan International Poetry Society will hold a poetry recital and discussion from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Kyoto.

Visiting Australian poet David Gilbey, senior lecturer in literature and creative writing at Australia's Charles Sturt University, will read and discuss his poems in English. A question and answer session will follow.

Participation costs ¥1,000 and no preregistration is required. The venue is Campus Plaza Kyoto near JR Kyoto Station. Go to www.consortium.or.jp/cmsfiles/contents/0000000/368/map.gif for an access map (in English).

Contact the organizer at janenakagawa@yahoo.com for further information.

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