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KS Cover no. 75 2006 August

August 2006 :: 075

Short Shorts Film 2006 In Osaka

Aug 4–6

Osaka Business Park Circle Hall, Osaka

This is Asia's largest short film festival. It was started in 1999 by executive chairman, Tetsuya Bessho who is also a famous actor. The Japanese and American movie festival executive selected excellent works from over 2,000 submissions: four Asian, five non-Asian, three national, and two Osaka special programs. This event has been supported by George Lucas and Lucasfilm Ltd since it started. In addition to works in the competition, Academy Award programs, famous director's works, and women director's films will be shown. The Grand Prix is nomination for an Academy Award in the short film section next year.

Time: 4th at 5:00pm–9pm, 5th at 11:00am–9pm,
6th at 9:30am–7:30pm
Getting there: JR line, Kyobashi stn, west exit /
Subway Nagahori Tsurumi Ryokuchi line,
Osaka Business Park stn, exit 4
Admission: 1 program: ¥1,000 (¥1,500 at doors) /
3 programs: ¥2,800 (¥4,000 at doors) /
One-day free pass ¥4,500 (only advance sale, valid for 5 or 6)
Tel: 06-6343-8711

18th Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks

Aug 5

Dry River Bed along Yodogawa River, Osaka

The This event is voluntarily managed by local citizens who really love Osaka. Corporations, groups, and stores of the city financially support it by donations. It could be called a "Handmade fireworks event". The main theme for this year is "Summer Colorfulness - Impressive Dramatic Night". A new kind of firework, called a wave star mine, will contribute to the spectacle. Please follow the directions of the officials because a huge crowd is expected. Since there is no parking area or parking lot for bicycles, please do not go to the site by car or bicycle. There will be strict control of traffic.

Time: 7:50pm–8:40pm
Getting there: Hankyu line, Juso stn
Admission: free
Tel: 06-6307-7765

Disney PIXAR Finding Nemo

Aug 5–13

Osakajo-Hall, Osaka

Disney on Ice has a 25-year history and is performed in 40 countries. In Japan, over 16 million people have been attracted to this spectacle since 1986 by classic masterpieces including Snow White and Pinocchio, and new works such as Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. The latest work of this year is Finding Nemo. You feel as if audience were under the sea while impressive costumes, fine performances, music and light entertain you. Dry ice and a dip in the marine world will help you cool down during the hot, sultry days of summer. Let's have fun with the magic of Disney on Ice!

Time: 5th, 6th at 10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm /
7th–9th at 11:00am, 3:00pm /
11th–13th at 10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm (12th at 6:30pm)
Getting there: JR line, Osakajyo-koen stn
Admission: ¥4,200 / ¥5,800
Tel: 06-6233-8877

Sha-baah/Butoh Torano-ana - Dairakudakan Kochuten Performance

Aug 23-24/26-27

Art Theater dB in Festival Gate 3F, Osaka

Dairakudakan was founded by Maro Akaji in 1972. More than 50 works were produced in the tenputenshiki style, which means " it's a great fortune to be born in this world”. They successfully performed butoh in the US and France in 1982. After that, butoh swept the world. Their dance is amazingly powerful and can convey feeling and meaning without words. As the performers' looks are greatly impressive, they will burn into your memory at once. Once you get into the world of butoh, you might well hooked on it. A limited number of 20 tickets for both plays cost ¥4,000, only on sale through Dairakudakan.

Time: Sha-baah 23rd, 24th at 7:30pm /
Butoh Torano-ana 26th at 7:00pm, 27th at 2:00pm
Getting there: Subway Midosuji, Sakaisuji line,
Doubutuen-mae stn, exit 5 /
JR loopline, Nankai line, Shin-Imamiya stn, east exit
Admission: ¥2,500 (¥3,000 at door)
Tel: 0422-21-4984

Kansai Event Listings July

Katsura Beicho Family Itami Yose - Enjoy Rakugo Live at Zashiki, Japanese-style Space

Itami Aiphonic Hall, Hyogo
Aug 3

The stories that rakugoka - storytellers- are going to tell are secret until the day of the performance. Let's laugh while listening to Japanese traditional comic storytelling.
Time: 6:30pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Getting there: Hankyu line, Itami stn, exit 1F West
Admission: ¥1,800 (¥2,000 at door if advance tickets are not sold-out.)
Tel: 072-778-8788

KAVC Home Ground Company 2006 TAKE IT EASY! - Mortician Opera

Kobe Art Village Center, Hyogo
Aug 4–6

People appearing in this play are selected by audition from those who have experience of theater. Mortician Opera, this sounds funny and inviting.
Time: 4th, 7:00pm/5th, 3:00pm, 7:00pm/6th, 1:00pm, 5:00pm
Getting there: Kobe-kousoku line, Shinkaichi stn, west exit
Admission: ¥3,000
Tel: 090-8536-5375

The 8th Ballet Super Gara

Grand Cube Osaka
Aug 6

The elect ballerinas perform classical and creative ballet. They play Esmeralda, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and others. This makes you want to dance like a ballerina.
Time: 4:30pm (Doors open at 4:00pm)
Getting there: JR line Fukushima stn/
JR Tozai line, Shin-Fukushima stn/
Hanshin line, Fukushima stn
Admission: ¥8,500/¥9,000/¥9,500
Tel: 06-6314-0601

Aiphonic Earth Music Series 119 - Kenya’s Rhythm

Itami Aiphonic Hall, Hyogo
Aug 8

Eight members in Giriyama dance troupe led by a famous drummer, Julius Charo Shutu come to Japan from Kenya in East Africa. African dance and music is remarkable for its energy and fascinating from the way in which it reflects the environment and depicts the life experiences of its performers and their audiences.
Time: 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Getting there: Hankyu line, Itami stn, west exit 1F
Admission: Adult ¥3,000/
Students ¥2,000 (plus ¥500 each at doors)
Tel: 072-780-2110

Saur Agung

Grand Hall, Hyogo Performing Arts Center
Aug 9

Saur Agung is a percussion ensemble playing the music of Bali making you feel as if you were there. Balinese dance and the sound of jyegoku- a traditional Indonesian instrument made of bamboo, draws you into the atmosphere of this exotic country.
Time: 2:30pm (Doors open at 1:45pm)
Getting there: Hankyu line, Nishinomiya Kitaguchi stn
Admission: ¥3,000 (¥1,000 tickets sold-out)
Tel: 0798-68-0255

The 7th International Railroad Miniature Model Convention Osaka

Hall 1-2, INTEX Osaka
Aug 11–13

Event introduces those from palmsize railroad models to large enough ones for adults to ride from all over the world. The organizer is the Japan association of model railroaders. Their aims are to help those whose hobby is enjoy railroad miniature models to have community and to let as many people as possible know about this enjoyable hobby.
Time: 10:00am–6:00pm (Closes at 5:00pm on the 13th)
Getting there: Newtram Nanko porttown line, Nakafuto stn
Admission: Those over high school age ¥1,200/
Those under junior high school age free
Tel: 0729-24-1107

Nara Tokae Anniversary - Classic Nights! Chisa & Mino Heartful Concert

Nara Centennial Hall
Aug 11

This concert is held for the Nara toukae, which is a traditional event to pray for good health. This year Chisako Takashima (violin), Mino Kabasawa (piano), and Ran Matsumoto (violin) play classical music.
Time: 6:30pm (7:00pm start)
Getting there: JR line, Nara stn, west exit
Admission: ¥3,800
Tel: 0742-34-0111

Classic Performance Event - World Intangible Heritage, Jyoruri Bunraku

Big Hall, Lovely Hall, Kawachinagano, Osaka
Aug 12

Jyoruri is the word for traditional Japanese puppet theatre. The program is sonezaki-shinjyu written by Chikamatu Monzaemon in the Edo era, one of the most famous plays. A living national treasure works the puppets.
Time: 1:30pm (Doors open at 2:00pm)
Getting there: Nankai/Kintetsu line, Kawachinagano stn
Admission: Students ¥1,000/Adults ¥3,000
(Student ¥1,500/Adults ¥3,500 at doors)
Tel: 0721-53-1111

ART section compiled by Toshie Kashihara

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