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Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011

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Osaka cultural award winner to give lecture

This year's winner of the Yamagata Banto Prize will deliver a lecture from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the Osaka Museum of History in Chuo Ward.

The Yamagata Banto Prize is an international cultural award named after Osaka-born scholar Banto Yamagata (1748-1821). The prize was established by the Osaka Prefectural Government to honor authors and their publications for contributing to Osaka's role as an international metropolis. Professor Yan Shaodang from Peking University in Beijing won this year's award for his work titled "Bibliography of Chinese Rare Books in Japan" and other publications.

An award ceremony will be held in the lecture hall on the fourth floor of the Osaka Museum of History, followed by a lecture by Yan Shaodang in Japanese titled "Literary Significance of the World Creation Marriage — Deciphering 'Kojiki' Records of Ancient Matters."

Admission is free, but advance applications are required via the Internet. Two hundred people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The museum is in front of Exit 9 of Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Chuo or Tanimachi subway lines.

For further details and advance applications, go to the website www.pref.osaka.jp/bunka/news/bantou.html (in Japanese).

One World Festival to take place in Osaka

The One World Festival will take place at Osaka International House in Tennoji Ward from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 5 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 6.

The festival's theme is international cooperation and aims to bring the world closer through education, interaction and mutual assistance. There will be numerous workshops, seminars and talks, as well as photography and painting exhibitions, and stands where various nongovernmental organizations and nonprofit organizations will present their activities. There will also be stands selling ethnic foods prepared by foreign resident groups.

Admission is free, and no advance applications are required. The venue is a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Sennichimae subway lines.

For further information, contact the organizer at (06) 4395-1124 or send an e-mail to onefes@interpeople.or.jp.

Kyoto Drama Festival to mount various shows

The 32nd Kyoto Drama Festival will be held from Feb. 11 to 27 at the Kyoto Prefectural Center for Arts & Crafts in Kamigyo Ward.

Around 35 shows are scheduled, including productions by local drama companies, pantomime groups, musical troupes and street performers. There will also be about 15 short shows held in the lobby during intermissions, including puppet shows, music concerts, pantomime shows and more.

The venue is a 10-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Oto Line. Ticket prices range from ¥500 to ¥1,500 in advance and from ¥600 to ¥1,800 at the door, depending on the show. Advance tickets are available at Lawson convenience stores or at the venue. To buy tickets at the advance rate, reservations by phone are required.

For more information, visit the center's website at www. bungei.jp/ (in Japanese).

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