Art space combines dance, dinner, bonfire A dinner party with dancing, music and a bonfire will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the KyoRyuKan International Art Space in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto.

On Aug. 15, Kyoto-based dancer Peter Golightly and his dance company will present their latest performance, “Aria,” from 7:30 p.m. There will also be a Chinese tea party.

On Aug. 16, visitors will be able to watch the lighting of the “Daimonji-yaki” bonfire as well as the dance group’s performance, which will be staged twice, at 6:30 p.m. and at 8 p.m.

The venue is in front of Sokokuji Temple, an eight-minute walk from Imadegawa Station on the subway line, or 15 minutes from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Line.

The fee at the door on Aug. 15 is 2,000 yen for students 3,000 yen for others, while it is 3,000 yen for students and 4,000 yen for others the next day. For more information, call the organizer at (075) 213-0288 or visit: www.kyoryukan.com

Guide’s night tour to take in illuminations A night tour of illuminated Nara will be offered by English-speaking guide Harry Horii every day between Friday and Oct. 31.

Many historical and scenic spots in Nara are now lit up at night, including Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine.

Anyone wishing to participate should make a reservation by phone. The group is to meet Horii at 6:30 p.m. in the fountain square at Nara Station on the Kintetsu Line.

The fee is 2,000 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children up to 15. For reservations and more information, call Horii at (0742) 46-3273 or (090) 3841-4784.

Foreign soccer players invited to the beach Foreign players are being sought for a beach soccer tournament to be held Aug. 19 and Aug. 26 at Sennan Satoumi Park in Misaki, Osaka Prefecture.

Players from around the world will be competing on sand pitches in 24 teams of five players.

The games will be held at the beach volleyball stadium in Sennan Satoumi Park. The park is a five-minute walk from Tannowa Station on the Nankai Line.

The games will begin at 8:30 a.m. on both days. On the second day, there will also be an awards ceremony. The cost of taking part is 1,000 yen per person. For more information, call organizer Kentaro Tsujino at (06) 6708-3328 or fax (06) 6708-3810.

Seminar to discuss Kyoto’s movie history The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office is hosting a seminar to discuss Kyoto as a city of cinema between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sept. 6 at its facility in Nakagyo Ward.

For the last 100 years, Kyoto has been known as “Japan’s Hollywood,” primarily for its “jidai geki,” or period drama, movies. The film studios in and around the city have a history of creating unique movies using Kyoto’s traditions while employing the latest cinematic techniques.

At the seminar, Sadao Nakajima, a director who has produced a number of highly acclaimed films, such as “Jo no Mai,” will comment on how the tradition of culture and entertainment in Kyoto empowered the city’s unique movie-making.

The seminar will be conducted in Japanese with English interpretations.

No admission fee is required, but an application must be made by Aug. 24 via phone, fax or mail. The organizer’s address is: Yasuda Kasai Kaijo Kyoto building 8th fl., Nishiki Koji Karasuma Agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8152.

For applications and more information, call the organizer at (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273.

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