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Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto holds lecture on postwar Japanese war films

The Kansai Modern Japan Group will host a lecture Thursday on the depiction of war in postwar Japanese cinema in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The group is an interdisciplinary platform for scholars who are either based in or visiting the Kansai region, and whose area of interest is modern or contemporary Japan.

Dick Stegewerns from the University of Oslo and Kyoto University will give a lecture in English titled "The Legacy of the Sun — The Battle for the Collective War Memory in Postwar Japanese War Films." A discussion session will be held after the lecture.

The lecture will start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and no advance applications are necessary. The venue is in the main building of Kyoto University's Institute for Research in Humanities (also known as Jinbunken), in Room 1 on the first floor.

For more information, please send an email to the organizer at dick.stegewerns@xs4all.nl. To view an access map for the venue, visit www.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/ (in English).

See contemporary Christmas dance show in Kyoto

Kyoto Art Center invites spectators to its "Dance 4 All 2011 Christmas Special" contemporary dance event, which will be held from 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Day in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The center has been holding monthly dance workshops, assisted by choreographers and experienced dancers. Participants at the workshops, who vary widely in terms of age and dancing experience and have been rehearsing for the Christmas dance show, will perform on stage at the event.

There is no admission charge, and no advance applications for tickets to the event are necessary. The venue is the Kyoto Art Center, which is a five-minute walk from Shijo Station on the Karasuma subway line.

Please access the center's website at www.kac.or.jp (in Japanese and English) for more information and an access map.

View illuminations from Christmas cafe in Osaka

Tempozan Market Place, a shopping mall in Minato Ward, Osaka, is operating a special cafe from Dec. 1 to 31 that has a great view of the outdoor illuminations outside Kaiyukan Aquarium.

Cafe Illuminate, run by Mother Moon Cafe, is on the third floor of the mall, and customers can view the aquarium's ocean-themed illuminations over coffee (¥300), cafe latte (¥350) and various sweets (around ¥500), including whale-, shark- and penguin-shaped cookies.

The opening hours are from noon to 9 p.m. daily. Tempozan Market Place is a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line.

Further details and an access map can be found at www.kaiyukan.com/thv/marketplace/ (in Japanese).

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