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Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Enjoy a night of noh and 'kyogen' in Kyoto

The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office will hold an evening of noh and "kyogen" performances from 6 p.m. on Dec. 14.

A noh program titled "Funa Benkei" will be performed along with kyogen (comic interlude) "Suou Otoshi." Materials explaining the performances in English will be provided.

The venue is Kyoto Kanze Kaikan, which is a five-minute walk from Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line.

Tickets are ¥3,500 for adults and ¥2,000 for students, and are available at the Japan Foundation Kyoto Office and Kyoto Kanze Kaikan.

For tickets and more information, contact the foundation at (075) 762-1136.

Kobe European school holding open day

Deutsche Schule Kobe European School in Higashi Nada Ward, Kobe, will host an open day on Nov. 23 for those interested in its International Baccalaureate-certified kindergarten and elementary school.

The open hours are from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration for the day will take place from 10 to 10:20 a.m. There will be an information session by the principal and guided school tours by teachers. Visitors will also get to observe actual classes.

Advance applications are required by phone or via e-mail by Friday. The school is a two-minute walk from Island Center Station on the Rokko Liner Line. For an access map, go to www.dskobe.org/ (in Japanese, English and German).

For applications and further information, contact the school at (078) 857-9777 or send an e-mail to mail@dskobe.org.

Osaka European Film Festival kicks off

Premieres of the latest European films will be held from Thursday through Nov. 23 in Nishi Ward, Osaka, as a part of the 17th Osaka European Film Festival.

Twelve films will be screened from countries including Turkey, Belgium, Portugal, Greece and Switzerland, and eight of the movies will be shown with English subtitles. The animation film "The Secret of Kells," which was nominated for the 2010 Academy Award, will be screened in English with Japanese subtitles. Short talks by the directors and actors will follow certain screenings.

The venue is Ishihara Hall, which is near Exit 5-B of Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi subway line. Advance tickets for reserved seats cost ¥1,500 per film and are available at ticket agency Pia (P-code: 556-948) and Lawson convenient stores (L-code: 54897). Tickets at the door cost ¥1,200.

For more information and a program timetable, access the organizer's website at www.oeff.jp/ (in Japanese and English).

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