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Saturday, Sep. 29, 2012

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto antique fair set for first week in October

Visitors to the city of Kyoto will have a chance to purchase antique items at the three-day 54th Antique Grand Fair starting Friday.

About 330 stalls selling various items will be run by antique dealers not only from within Japan but also from abroad.

Admission is free. The fair will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Sunday, when the fair will end at 4 p.m.

The venue, Kyoto Pulse Plaza, can be accessed by taking a free shuttle bus for five minutes from Takeda Station on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line and the Karasuma subway line. For more information, go to www.gomoku-do.com (in Japanese) or call (077) 522-2307.

8th Kyoto Film Festival starts on Tuesday

The ancient city of Kyoto, known for its film studios as well as its temples and shrines, will play host to the 8th Kyoto Film Festival from next Tuesday to Oct. 8.

The festival will focus on films from around 1970, when the Japanese cinema industry was going through rough times. In addition to screening films from the late 1960s to mid-1970s, the festival will feature discussions among directors, actors, actresses and film critics.

Three symposiums will also feature the younger generation in film production. A pass for the entire festival costs ¥5,000 and a one-day ticket for one of the three venues is ¥1,000.

Gion Kaikan or MOJO WEST, one of the venues, is a five-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line and a 10-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto line.

For more information, visit www.kyoto-filmfes.jp/index.html (in Japanese), call (075) 212-0920 or send email to info@kyoto-filmfe.jp.

Non-Japanese invited to public discussion

Foreign residents are invited to talk about their experiences in Japan and in their own countries in an event Oct. 20 hosted by the Minoh Association for Global Awareness in Minoh, Osaka Prefecture.

After their speeches on "what they found interesting or strange in Japan," "scenery in Japan or in their countries which moved them," "annual events or festivals in their countries," or "what they want to do in Japan," there will be a discussion session by the speakers and other participants. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Participation is free. Foreign residents who wish to be speakers need to apply by Oct. 10 by calling (072) 727-6912.

The association can be accessed by taking buses 30, 51, 55, 56, 58, or 59 from Senri Chuo Station on the Osaka Monorail and the Kita Osaka Kyuko Line and getting off at either the Toyokawa Shisho or Ninotani stops. For more information, go to mafga.or.jp/en/ (in English) or call the number above.

Special event at Tokugawaen for full moon

On the night of the full moon Sunday, the traditional Japanese garden at Tokugawaen in Nagoya will have extended hours and special illumination for visitors to enjoy the moon-viewing.

The garden will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The first 200 visitors will be receive gifts such as dumplings and "taro" potatoes after 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the special event.

Koto performances will be held at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission is ¥300 for adults, and university and high school students, and free for anyone younger.

Tokugawaen is a 10-minute walk from Ozone Station on the JR Chuo Line.

For more information, visit www.tokugawaen.city.nagoya.jp/index.html (in Japanese), call (052) 935-8988 or send email to tokugawaen@utopia.ocn.ne.jp.

Bunraku puppet shows on tap in Nagoya

Four sets of Japanese traditional bunraku puppet plays will be performed Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 in Nagoya.

The performances will include a brief explanation in Japanese on the working of puppets and the shamisen. The play "Katsuragawa Renrino Shigarami" will start at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11 a.m. Oct. 5, and "Ninin Kamuro" and "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" at 6:30 p.m. on the first day and 3:30 p.m. on the second day. Tickets are ¥4,500 for seats on the first floor and ¥2,500 for the second floor. Children not yet in elementary school are not allowed to attend.

The Nagoya City Geiso Center is a three-minute walk from Shin Sakae Machi Station on the Higashiyama subway line. For more information, visit www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/out_and_about/out_and_about_en.pdf (in English) or call (052) 249-9387.



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