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Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Kansai / Who & What

Genome info center holds monthly seminar June 2

Osaka University's Genome Information Research Center has slated its monthly free seminar in English on June 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at its campus facility in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Tomoko Nakanishi, research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, will be guest speaker. Under the theme "Has the first genetically modified human baby been born?" she will detail recent reported cases of human germline genetic modification resulting in normal healthy children. Admission is free, but applications should be made by Thursday.

The venue is just inside the university gate closest to Kita Senri Station on the Hankyu Line.

Call (06) 6879-8375, fax (06) 6879-8376 or e-mail: tgko@gen-info.osaka-u.ac.jp

Flanders Center offers tickets to tenor recital

Flanders Center, a liaison office of the government of Belgium, is offering 10 pairs of free tickets to a tenor recital on June 12 at 7 p.m. at the center's museum hall in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

Zeger Vandersteene, a Belgian tenor active in both Europe and Japan, will perform classical songs such as Schumann's "Dichterliebe."

Those wanting tickets should send a postcard with their name, address, age and profession -- and indicate that they read The Japan Times -- to the center at 8-2-6, Osaka Kokusai Koryu Center, Uehonmachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, 543-0001. The application deadline is June 5.

Call (06) 6773-8850 or fax (06) 6773-8855.

Beginners can learn from classic noh drama

A noh event for beginners will be held June 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hep Hall in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The event will include "Jinen Koji," a noh classic depicting a student priest who saves a young girl from a slave dealer by his skillful negotiation and performance. The piece will be introduced and performed as a musical from medieval Japan.

The event will be conducted in Japanese.

The venue is located on the eighth floor of fashion complex Hep Five.

Advance tickets for adults are 3,000 yen, or 3,500 yen at the door. Admission is 900 yen for elementary, junior high and high school students and 1,800 yen for other students, regardless of when they are purchased.

For more information, call Hep Hall at (06) 6366-3636.

Japan Foundation Kyoto screens Japanese films

The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office is inviting foreigners to its weekly showings of Japanese films at 2 p.m. each Wednesday next month at its facility in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The June showings will feature Japanese heroes. The films are, "The Taira Clan Saga," directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, on June 6; "Samurai Banners," directed by Hiroshi Inagaki, on June 13; "Judo Saga," directed by Akira Kurosawa, on June 20; and "Assassination of Ryoma," directed by Kazuo Kuroki, on June 27.

English subtitles will be provided, and no admission charge or reservations are required.

Call the organizer at (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273.

Foreigners have chance to watch sacred planting

The Guide Interpreter Volunteer Club is organizing a one-day tour for foreigners on June 10 to a shrine ritual in Kyoto.

Participants will visit Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward to observe a rice-planting ritual that consists of two parts -- a dance at the shrine's main sanctuary and the actual rice planting in a sacred paddy.

Cost will be around 600 yen, plus a 1,000 yen donation to support the volunteer club's activities.

Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Kyoto City Tourist Information Office, located on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station building.

Fax Paul Sato at (072) 831-2797.

Portuguese get help in learning Japanese

Kobe Foreigners' Friendship Center is selling CDs and textbooks for Portuguese speakers who want to learn Japanese.

These materials are created for Portuguese residents who have no Japanese class in their neighborhood, or those who have no time to attend classes.

The CDs contain Japanese language courses that will be broadcast on an FM radio station in the near future. There are two courses, one for first-time learners and the other for beginners who understand some basic conversation.

Textbooks for both courses are available for 2,500 yen, while the CD for first-time learners is 3,000 yen and a set of two CDs for beginners is 6,000 yen. Brazilian residents, however, will be charged half price.

Call the center at (078) 612-2402 or fax (078) 612-3052.

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