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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011

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Kyoto museum plans event for foreign students

Kyoto National Museum is holding an International Students' Cultural Exchange Day on Nov. 5 to promote a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Foreign students will be allowed to visit the museum's special exhibition titled "The Lineage of Culture: The Hosokawa Family Eisei Bunko Collection" free of charge on Nov. 5.

The exhibition features items such as Japanese swords, armor, artworks, tea ceremony utensils and paintings.

The hours of the event are from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and foreign students must present their student ID cards to enter the museum free of charge.

The museum, in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, is a seven-minute walk east of Shichijo Station on the Keihan Honsen Line. For more information, go to the museum's website at www.kyohaku.go.jp (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French and Spanish), or call (075) 531-7504.

Japan studies center plans quake-themed day

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies based in Kyoto will open its doors to the public Thursday.

A seminar on the Japanese and how they survived past earthquakes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There also will be sessions introducing the center's overseas activities and Japanese studies conducted by its researchers.

"Namazu-e" paintings from the Edo Period (1603-1868) with catfish and earthquake motifs will also be displayed. Namazu-e are based on the ancient folk belief that large catfish cause earthquakes when they move underground.

The open hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no admission charge and reservations are not necessary. The center is in Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto.

On the day of the event, there will be free shuttle bus service from the West Exit of Katsura Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line, departing at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.

The return bus will leave the center at 4:40 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. For further details, access www.nichibun.ac.jp (in Japanese and English), or contact the center at (075) 335-2222.

Enjoy night of noh, 'kyogen' offerings in Kyoto

An evening of noh and "kyogen" comic performances will be held for international visitors at Kongo Nohgaku-do Hall in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, from 6 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The program includes a performance of the kyogen play "Kamabara" ("Committing Suicide With a Sicle") and the noh play "Yuki" ("Snow"), and reference materials will be provided in English. Tickets are ¥3,500 for adults and ¥2,000 for students.

The hall is a five-minute walk south of Exit 6 at Imadegawa Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For tickets and further information, contact The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office at (075) 762-1136.

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