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Tuesday, July 24, 2001


Chill to the weekend sounds of world music A world music festival is being held at Kitano Meister Garden at Kobe's Kitano district in Chuo Ward on each weekend until Aug. 19.

A free concert will be held twice on each Saturday and Sunday starting from 6 and 7 p.m., with different performers playing each day.

A wide and unique variety of music -- such as bossa nova sung in Japanese, Latin-flavored jazz, a mixture of rock, funk and ska and a combination of the flute and Japanese harp -- will be presented.

Admission is free.

Kitano Meister Garden, formerly an elementary school building, is a tourist site with 20 shops and workshops of local industries such as confectionery, bakery and shoes. It is a 15-minute walk from Motomachi Station on the JR line.

Some other events for tourists are being held during the same period in and around the venue, including a lighting attraction on the streets and special menus at the restaurants of the Kitano district.

Call the organizer at the Kobe government at (078) 322-5332.

Marilyn Monroe photos on show at Takashimaya A photo exhibition of Marilyn Monroe will take place from Wednesday until Aug. 6. at the Takashimaya department store in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

A total of 160 photographs will be on exhibit, tracing the life of Monroe, one of the greatest icons of the past century, from her childhood until her sudden tragic death at age 36.

Admission is 800 yen for adults and 600 yen for college, high school and junior high school students. The exhibition will be open between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. from July 25 to 31, and between 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. from Aug. 1.

The store is near Nanba Station on the Nankai and Midosuji subway lines. Call the store at (06) 6631-1101.

Migrant workers' woes on the table in OsakaThe fourth National Forum in Solidarity with Migrant Workers will take place Aug. 11 and 12 in Osaka's Tennoji Ward, focusing on various problems facing migrant workers in Japan.

The forum, hosted by nongovernmental organizations and other groups in the Kansai region, will take up issues such as how to protect the rights of migrant workers, how to fight against discrimination, how to teach them Japanese and how to provide job training.

On the first day, a panel discussion will be held from 12:40 p.m. under the theme of Japan turning into a culturally diverse society, followed by 15 group sessions from 4 p.m. The second day will be a plenary session.

Except for the group sessions, the event will be held at the International House Osaka in Tennoji Ward, Osaka. The group sessions will take place at nearby Osaka Information and Computer Science College. Both venues are a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimani subway line, or from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line.

The forum will be conducted in Japanese, but interpretations will be provided in English and some other languages.

Participation is 1,500 yen for one day and 2,000 yen for both.

For more information, call the steering committee at (06) 6910-7103 or fax (06) 6942-0278 or e-mail: rink@lion.zero.ad.jp

Swordsmanship display in cards for late AugustKobe International Community Center is holding an English-language seminar on "iai-do," a martial art that uses swords, on Aug. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at its facility in Kobe's Chuo Ward.

Founded about 400 years ago, iai-do is a self-defense technique that utilizes swordsmanship and focuses on a calm mind as well as adjusting one's movements to those of enemies. It is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, encouraged his retainers to practice this martial art as he thought it would be beneficial to both physical and mental health.

At the seminar, Tsuneyoshi Matsuo, a master of the Takenouchi Hangan school, will demonstrate various techniques.

Participation is 730 yen. Fifteen foreigners and as many Japanese will be accepted.

The venue is on the 20th floor of Kobe International House building, which is a 10-minute walk from Sannomiya Station on the JR, Hankyu and Hanshin lines.

Call KICC at (078) 291-8441.

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