Culture Canada2007.2

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Event Calendar Ji_Ɠ{
This month's feature events are:
  • Cirque du Soleil Tokyo Performance DAIHATSU DRALION
  • Free the Children Japan Charity Concert
  • Book reading by Margaret Atwood
  • Michael Ondaatje - In the Skin of a Lion
  • Tales from the Apple Country - photographs and text by Kazutoshi Yoshimura
  • Bryan Perro - Amos Daragon series

Theatre^Le théâtre

Cirque du Soleil Tokyo Performance

Wednesday, February 7 - Sunday, May 6
@@Harajuku New Big Top

Cirque du Soleil, based in Montreal, Canada, is an entertainment company unparalleled in the world. Although Alegria 2 is still fresh in our minds after attracting a record-breaking 1.14 million people in Japan, Cirque du Soleil is bringing an even more exciting and moving masterpiece, DRALION. This show, which has been performed over 2,000 times since 1999 in 30 cities in North America and Europe, attracting keen attention from international media and celebrities, is about to arrive in Japan. You are invited to come and enjoy this production which represents a fusion of East and West and which makes a plea for peace.

y^Music^La Musique

Free the Children Japan Charity Concert

Friday, February 9
@@Embassy of Canada Theatre

Free the Children Japan is the Japan affiliate of the international cooperation organization founded in Canada in 1995 by Craig Kielburger, who was twelve years old at the time. It works to help and support children unable to receive an education because of child labour and poverty. Once again this year, artists representing a wide variety of countries and musical styles will be giving a charity concert in support of Free the Children. From Canada, Raj Ramayya of The Beautiful Losers will be among the performers.

w^Literature^La littérature

Book reading by Margaret Atwood

MondayCFebruary 19
@@Embassy of Canada Theatre

Margaret Atwood is one of Canada's greatest authors, many of whose books have been translated and acclaimed throughout the world. She will be at the Canadian Embassy to read excerpts and share anecdotes about her latest works, including one now being translated into Japanese. Atwood is well known in Japan for The Handmaid's Tale, Surfacing, and The Blind Assassin, all of which are available in Japanese translation. You won't want to miss her calm, rich and evocative readings of scenes from the books or her highly witty anecdotes. We are offering ten pairs of tickets to readers of this newsletter. Please visit here for more details.

}ف^Library^La bibliothèque

New books

Michael Ondaatje - In the Skin of a Lion

itranslated by Kenji Fukumaj
Now showing
gThe Last TrapperhiFilmj
Theatre Times Square, Ginza Theatre Cinema and othersiJj

Now showing
Documentary directed by Sheridan Kim gAbductionF The Megumi Yokota Storyh
Various citiesiJj

Now showing
gIt's All Gone Pete Tongh directed by Michael Dowse
Cine Amuze and other citiesiJj

Irene AvaalaaqiaqFMyth and Reality-Inuit Wall Hangings
Canadian Embassy Prince Takamado Gallery

animal totems by Gregory Colbert
Mori Arts Center GalleryiJj

Memories of Canada - Prince Takamado's visual Legacy at Iwate Snow Festival
Iwate ShizukuishiCKoiwai Farm

University Student Reports on Canadian Studies
The International University of Kagoshima, Bldg. 7, 2F Room 721

Sapporo Snow Festival
iTeam Canada, the grand champion of 2005 and 2006 will participate in the International Snow Sculpture Competition.j
Sapporo Odori Park

Cirque du Soleil
TokyoCHarajuku Shin Big Top

NPO Free The Children Japan Charity ConcertiJj
TokyoCEmbassy of Canada Theatre

The 11th Toyota Big Air
iInternational Snowboard Competition. Two Canadian snowboarders will participate.j
SapporoCMakomanai Open Stadium

Canada Project in Kyushu Symposium on the rights of children
The International University of Kagoshima, Audiovisual hall, Library 4F

gBeing Juliahifilmj
Bunkamura Le Cinéma and other citiesiJj

Dance Round Table with Melanie Demers and Linda Rabin
TokyoCTheatre X
For informationFOWWC@03-3781-5460

Book reading by Margaret Atwood
TokyoCEmbassy of Canada Theatre

Seminar for Canada Working Holiday ProgramiJj
TokyoCEmbassy of Canada Theatre

Book Reading for Children and Young Learners
Embassy of Canada E.H. Norman Library

Suiseishai2800 plus taxj

Michael Ondaatje was catapulted to fame in the publishing world by The English Patient i1992j, which also became a hit movie. His 1987 novel, In the Skin of a Lion, has at last been published in Japanese. A poet as well as a writer, Ondaatje freely uses his poetic skill as he spins the story, skillfully weaving together a variety of episodes. One character, Hana, who listens to Patrick's long stories as he drives, comes back in The English Patient as heroine. The original version iEnglishj may be borrowed from the E.H. Norman Library.

Tales from the Apple Country@iphotographs and text by Kazutoshi Yoshimuraj

Shufu-to-Seikatsushai2800 plus taxj

Enchanted by the apple country of Annapolis Valley in the hills of northwest Nova Scotia, photographer Kazutoshi Yoshimura spent ten years producing this beautiful collection of photographs spanning the four seasons. Accompanying essays portraying the lives of gbighearted people living in the countryhiquote from the epiloguej, whom the author met and interviewed in the quiet towns around the orchards, add warmth and depth to the work.

Bryan Perro - Amos Daragon series@itranslation supervised by Yuu Takanoj

Takeshoboi800 plus taxj

The Amos Daragon series, an adventure fantasy of ingenuity, courage and friendship, is currently a big hit in Quebec. Amos, a poor, gentle boy of twelve, one day meets a dying mermaid in a grotto and is chosen by her to be a gwearer of masksh and is given a mission. Using his intelligence and the magic of the mask, his task is to restore equilibrium in the world. The series has been translated in sixteen countries. The first nine volumes are now being published in Japan targeting students from grade three through junior high school. An animated film based on the series will be produced in Canada. The original version iFrenchj may be borrowed from the E.H. Norman Library.

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