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Tuesday, June 26, 2001

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Foundation set to give moviegoers a big chillThe Japan Foundation Kyoto office is organizing weekly showings of Japanese films for foreigners at 2 p.m. every Wednesday at its facility in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward.

Next month's showings will feature movies based on Japanese ghost stories. These are "The Ugetsu Story," directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, on July 4; "Demon Pond," directed by Masahiro Shinoda, on July 11; "Living Koheiji," directed by Nobuo Nakagawa, on July 18; and "The Yotsuya Ghost Story," directed by Keisuke Kinoshita, on July 25.

The showings will include English subtitles. No admission fees will be charged and viewers need not reserve seats.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line or Shijo Station on the subway Karasuma Line.

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

Foreigners get chance to study tea ceremony Kyoto City International Foundation is seeking foreign participants for its tea ceremony course for beginners.

The course will be held every Tuesday from July to September from 2 to 4 p.m. at the foundation's facility in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward.

The course will provide foreign residents with basic knowledge and manners relating to tea ceremonies.

Participants will learn why this a way of tea drinking developed in Japan by learning and practicing the ceremony in a Japanese-style room.

The classes will be conducted in Japanese, with English interpretation.

The venue, Kyoto-shi Kokusai Koryu Kaikan, is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the subway Tozai Line.

The participation fee is 3,000 yen and 15 applicants will be accepted for the course.

For more information, call (075) 752-3511.

Talk-no-kai presenting discussions in EnglishNara-based citizens' group Talk-no-kai is presenting two English discussion sessions on July 14 in Nara.

The first session will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Guest speaker Rex Tanimoto, who teaches English at Osaka Gakuin University, will talk on the theme "Why We Study English," focusing on how the language should be introduced to small children.

The next meeting, held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., is a discussion for young people studying English. Participants will be encouraged to talk about urban development in Japan and how it is different from that in Canada. Canadian English teacher Giancarlo Bifulco will lead the discussion.

Both sessions will be held at the conference room of the Nara International Foundation Commemorating the Silk Road Exposition, located on the sixth floor of Kintetsu Nara Station's building.

Admission is free for students and anyone under 20 years old, 500 yen for members and 1,000 yen for others.

Call or fax the organizer at (0745) 31-1262.

Practice meditation at Kyoto Zen templeKenninji, a Zen temple in Kyoto, will hold an annual zazen meditation event for the general public from July 6 through July 8, starting at 6:30 a.m. at the temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.

Zazen is a type of meditation practiced in Zen Buddhism in which practitioners sit cross-legged on the floor with their eyes slightly open. The temple's early-morning meditation session will be held for 30 minutes at its Hojo building, where the high priests live, which will be open to public for the event. A lecture will follow the meditation at 7:10 a.m. The speaker will be different each day, including Toshiko Okamoto, a daughter-in-law of the late artist Taro Okamoto, on July 7. Complimentary rice gruel will be served on the last day.

The event will be conducted in Japanese.

The temple is a three-minute walk from the Higashiyama Yasui bus stop or a seven-minute walk from Shijo Station on the Keihan Line.

No admission or reservation is required.

For more information, call the temple at (075) 561-6363.

Basic computer courses offered in other languagesKobe Foreigners' Friendship Association is hosting computer classes for foreign beginners who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean or basic Japanese.

Participants will learn basic computer skills, such as word processing, using the Internet and using e-mail.

All the courses are one month long and begin each week. The Spanish course will be held in July, the Vietnamese in September, the Chinese in October and the Korean in November. The Japanese course will be held in each of those months.

Twenty applicants will be accepted for each course.

Those who wish to apply should call the following numbers; (078) 736-3040 for Spanish, between 1 and 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday; (078) 736-2987 for Vietnamese, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday to Saturday; (078) 232-1290 for Chinese, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday and between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday; (078) 737-3196 for Korean, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday; and (078) 612-2402 for Japanese, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday to Friday.

For more information and applications, call the number for each course.



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