Kurds and Kurdistan
is a discussion forum in its ninth year. Once a month a Foreign
guest is invited to give a speech which is then followed by an open
discussion, all in English.
The theme for this month is, 'Kurds and Kurdistan'.
I wonder how many of us can locate Kurdistan on the world map? Hassan
Bervani, an Iranian Kurd and a resident of Osaka will talk about
the geography and the political situation in this region. Using
slides (and possibly a video) he will set out to explain the Kurdish
culture and way of life.
Bervani is currently studying for his Ph.D in electrical engineering
at Osaka University. The meeting is a platform where people from
different parts of the world can interact directly with the Japanese
public. All are welcome to participate in Talk-no-kai, inrespective
of English ability.
(Nara International Foundation Commemorating the Silk Road)
Getting there: Nara Kintetsu Station Building 6F
Admission: ¥1,000 (Free for students and those under 20)
blow 30,000 yen of perfectly good beer money on Fuji Rock when for
a mere 2000 yen (with flyer or this magazine) you can see The Red
Hot Chilli Peppers, The Muffs, Exodus, Pink Floyd, U2, AC/DC, Kiss,
The Dead Kennedys, Nirvana, Judas Priest, The New York Dolls and
more at Namba Rockets? Local band Tripod Jimmy have assembled the
crème de la scum of Japanese and foreign musicians to put
on a tribute night of bands that sound best when you are blasted.
Sure, they may not be EXACTLY like the real thing
(Doctors wanted WAY too much to re-animate Kurt Cobain
if you drink and squint REALLY hard, they could be. Just like that
last date you went on. Except here, you get a FREE DRINK!
@ Namba Rockets
(the big rock/dance music club under
the train lines behind Namba City)
Tel: 06-6649-3919 or [email protected]
Chinese Super Circus
up, roll up, the circus has come to town. The Chinese Super Circus
to be exact, the same troupe that scooped the Gold Award at the
Monte Carlo International Festival, for their dazzling performance
on the tightrope. The tightrope is a rope stretched tightly high
above the ground on which acrobats perform.
The prize was given to them for the amazing feat
of five performers standing one on top of the other walking across
the rope. A kind of human column, if you like.
Before the television age the circus was an entertainment
billed as the 'greatest show on earth', with exotic animals performing
alongside human performers.
Today there are no animals, but innovation and
quality is at the top of the agenda. The Chinese Super Circus show
is divided into two parts. The opening act is followed by the pole
acrobat, where performers do some amazing gymnastics up and down
a pole in perfect snychronization.
Other acts include the foot juggler who not only
juggles umbrellas but tables too. Some stupendous hand balancing
acts, bicycle act and thrilling aerial work on the trapeze. In the
second half you can see the 'human column' that was awarded the
top prize in Monte Carlo, hoop diving and double trapeze. And there's
more, much more. From adventurous and daring acts to comedy sketches,
it's all here under this 'big top' (an average size 'top' really)
@ Ayameike Amusement Park
Show: Week days two shows. Three shows on Saturday, Sunday, and
Time: 11:00, 13:15 and 15.30. Performances last one and a half hour.
Admission: Adult ¥2,500. Child ¥1,500. If tickets are bought
in advance there is a ¥500 discount.
Kansai Event Listings
Hungarian State Budapest Operetta Theater
New Years Concert, Kyoto Concert Hall 2pm. ¥4000~¥7500
Die Lustige Witwe
In Hungarian with Japanese subtitles Festival Hall, Osaka
Leningrad State Ballet Carmen Swan Lake
Festival Hall, Osaka
2pm & 6:30pm, ¥4000~¥15,000
Osaka Auto Messe 2004
The 8th motor show featuring tuning-up and dressing-up items
which help create unique cars.
Intex Osaka. 9am-5pm.
¥2500, free for kids 12 and under.
Ice skating Rink
Skiers and snow boarders complain there is so little snow
this year, but if you are an ice skater, no sweat, you can
skate from morning through to afternoon at this ice rink.
One point lesson on offer for beginners. For those wanting
more than the basics, 3 day intensive skating courses are
available at a price.
Ayameike Amusement Park
Open: Everyday (except Wednesdays and if the weather is bad.)
Time: Weekdays 11:00-16:00, Week-ends and public holidays
Price: Adult ¥1,500. Child ¥1,000 (includes admission
to Ayameike Amusement Park, the skating rink,
one point lesson and skating boots)
¥4,000 for three day skating course