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Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011

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Major photography showcase held in Kyoto

Kyoto International Photo Showcase 2011 will be held from Wednesday to Nov.20 at Kyoto International Community House in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

Titled "Home Sweet Hometown Photo Exhibition," the show features photographers Micah Gampel, Peter Macintosh, Motoyasu Matsutani, Peter Miller, Philbert Ono, Bruce Osborn and John Wells.

There will be a gallery talk from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is free. The venue is Sister Cities Exhibition Room of the community house, a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway Line. The hours are from noon to 7 p.m. (until 5:30 p.m. on the 20th).

More information can be found at Photo Guide Japan's website at photojpn.org (in English and Japanese).

German school in Kobe holding open house

Deutsche Schule Kobe European School in Higashinada Ward, Kobe, will have an open house on Nov. 23.

The open day will be held for those interested in its International Baccalaureate-certified kindergarten and elementary school. The hours are from 10 a.m. to noon and registration will be from 10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Visitors will get to observe actual classes. A child care service will be available during the open hours.

Advance applications are required by phone or via email 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 email to mail@dskobe.org.

Osaka European Film Festival starts Friday

The 18th Osaka European Film Festival will run Friday to Nov. 23 in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The festival opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a 3-D film, "Pina: A Dance Film in 3D," featuring renowned German ballerina Pina Bausch. The venue for the opening screening is Umeda Burg 7 theater, five minutes on foot from JR Osaka Station. Advance tickets are ¥1,600.

From Saturday to Nov. 23, various European films will be screened at a hall in Hotel Elsereine Osaka, which is a 10-minute walk from JR Osaka Station. Tickets are ¥1,500.

On Nov. 19, 20 and 23, there will be a nursing room in the hotel.

Children accompanying parents will get in for free. Advance applications are required to use the nursing room.

There are other related events, including a free photo exhibition featuring Pina Bausch at a gallery space in E-ma building until Nov. 23. E-ma building is a five-minute walk from JR Osaka Station.

At the Junkudo Osaka bookstore, a book fair featuring European films is running until Nov. 30. An all-night screening of world TV commercials will be held Dec. 9 at Umeda Arts Theater. Tickets for the TV commercial screening are ¥3,800 to ¥5,000.

Tickets are available at Lawson convenience stores and the Pia ticket agency. For program details and inquiries, contact the organizer at (06) 6882-6211, or visit the website at www.oeff.jp (in English and Japanese).

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