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Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001

Kansai / Who & What

Advice for entering Japan schools offered

Kyoto City International Foundation will hold a consultation meeting for foreign students who wish to go to Japanese universities, on Sunday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Kyoto International Community House in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

From 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., two non-Japanese students who have entered Japanese universities will give speeches. Starting at 3 p.m., individual counseling will be provided by 20 universities, junior colleges and technical colleges in Kyoto Prefecture.

Participation is free and reservations are not required.

The venue is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

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

Interpreters club to lead tour of 'danjiri' festival

The Guide Interpreters Volunteer Club is organizing a one-day tour for foreigners to the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival on Sept. 15 in Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture.

The Danjiri Matsuri is known as one of the wildest and roughest festivals in Japan. It features a procession of huge, elaborately carved wooden floats (danjiri) pulled around the streets at high speed by 100 men. At the intersections, each of the 4-ton floats will be turned in one swift move, which requires tremendous strength and perfect timing.

English-speaking guide Paul Satoh will meet up with participants at 9:30 a.m. at the lobby of Hotel Granvia Osaka in front of JR Osaka Station.

Participants are asked to contribute 1,000 yen to support the guide club's activities, and the transportation cost will be around 1,500 yen for the round trip.

For more information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

CHIC offers orientation for Japan newcomers

Community House and Information Centre, a nonprofit group committed to support foreign residents in Japan, is inviting newcomers to its annual Bloom orientation program on Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CHIC's base in Higashi-Nada Ward, Kobe.

The group will provide practical advice both for newcomers and old-timers.

The fee is 4,500 yen, including lunch, information book and child care.

The orientation will be held on the third floor of RIC Central Tower on Rokko Island. Take the Rokko Liner from either JR Sumiyoshi Station or Hanshin Uozaki Station and get off at Island Center Station. The RIC is the pink, three-story building northwest of the station.

For reservations and more information, call CHIC at (078) 857-6540, fax (078) 857-6541 or e-mail kobechic@gol.com

Kobe YMCA to host Korean cooking class

Kobe YMCA Cross Cultural Center will host a Korean cooking class on Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Korai Hanten restaurant's Mikage branch in Higashi-Nada Ward, Kobe.

Kim Il Yeo, owner and chef at the restaurant, will demonstrate typical Korean dishes such as "yukkae" seasoned raw beef, "bulgogi" grilled marinated beef and "tuk kuk" soup with rice cakes. Kimchi will also be served.

The fee is 3,990 yen and includes lunch. Reservations are required by Sept. 14.

For reservations and more information, call (078) 241-8801.

KICC sake seminar to be held in English

The Kobe International Community Center will host a sake seminar in English on Sept. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the center in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

Philip Harper, a traditional sake brewer born in Britain, will speak on the wide variety of rice wines and how the taste differs from one brand to another. Participants will then be invited to try the products.

The sake seminar will cost 730 yen, and 15 foreigners and as many Japanese will be accepted.

The venue is on the 20th floor of the Kobe International Community Center, a 10-minute walk from Sannomiya Station on the JR, Hanshin or Hankyu lines.

For applications and more information, call the center at (078) 291-8441.

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