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Saturday, July 7, 2012

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Kyoto museum staging Silk Road exhibition

The Ryukoku Museum in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, is hosting an exhibition about the fabled Silk Road that showcases materials collected by the Otani expedition team.

The team conducted the first academic research about the route, which led to Buddhism spreading from India to China. More than 200 items on display illustrate the religion's origins and cultural exchanges between East and West facilitated by the Silk Road.

Tickets cost ¥1,000 for adults and ¥700 for students. The museum, linked to Ryukoku University, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is a 10-minute walk from Gojyo Station on the Karasuma subway line. The venue is closed Mondays. For further details, visit museum. ryukoku.ac.jp (in Japanese, English and Chinese).

Learn to act in 'kyogen' comic plays in Hyogo

The Piccolo Theater in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, is offering a class on "kyogen" traditional comic plays from July 26 to 29.

Participants will be taught how to read and act in kyogen plays, and will perform in one on the final day.

Admission is ¥6,000 for adults and ¥4,000 for high school students and younger. Thirty-five participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call the organizer at (06) 6426-1940 to make a reservation, and for more details check out hyogo-arts.or.jp/piccolo/index.php (in Japanese).

Ethnology museum to screen movie in Suita

The National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, will hold a special film screening from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 14 at the city's Expo Park.

The 2009 movie "The Soloist" staring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. is based on the true story of a cello prodigy who winds up on the streets, where he is discovered by a Los Angels Times reporter. Shoji Sano, head of The Big Issue Japan Ltd., will give a talk.

Admission is free, and 450 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are required. Numbered tickets will be distributed starting at 10 a.m. the day of the screening. For more information about the museum, please go to www.minpaku.ac.jp (in Japanese and English).

Japanese garden in Nagoya to hold festival

Tokugawaen, a Japanese garden in the city of Nagoya, will hold the Yoi Festival (Evening Festival) on July 21 and 22 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A variety of stalls will be set up and street performances will also take place during the festival.

There is no admission charge. The park, situated in Higashi Ward, is a 10-minute walk from JR Ozone Station. For further details, visit www.tokugawaen.city.nagoya.jp/index.html (in Japanese and English).

Nagoya museum brings Marie Antoinette to life

The Nagoya City Museum is staging an exhibition about the life of French Queen Marie Antoinette from Saturday through Sept. 2.

Various portraits, personal belongings and sculptures will help bring the queen, who was guillotined in 1793 following the French Revolution, back to life.

Tickets are ¥1,300 for adults and ¥900 for students. Specially designed tickets illustrated by Riyoko Ikeda, who created the legendary "The Rose of Versailles" manga series, are on offer for ¥1,700.

The museum is located in Mizuho Ward and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Mondays. It is a five-minute walk from Sakurayama Station on the Sakuradori subway line. For more information, go to www.museum.city.nagoya.jp (in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).

Catch exhibition showcasing the 'Painter of Wind'

The Matsuzakaya Museum in Naka Ward, Nagoya, is exhibiting the work of popular painter Kiyoshi Nakashima through July 22.

The artist is dubbed Kaze no Gaka (Painter of Wind) after his painting style, and hundred of works and a folding screen from Kiyomizu Temple are on display.

Admission to the museum, which is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., is ¥800 for adults and ¥600 for students. The venue is a five-minute walk from Yaba-cho Station on the Meijyo subway line. Please visit www.matsuzakaya.co.jp/nagoya/museum/2012nakashimakiyoshi/ (in Japanese) for more details.

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