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Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002

Kansai / Who & What

Expoland cuts prices to mark 30th anniversary

Expoland, an amusement park in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, has reduced admission prices to the same level they were when the park opened in 1972 to mark its 30th anniversary.

For the winter, the park only opens on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays until Feb. 28. During this period, admission is 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for children under 12 years old, while the regular admission is 1,100 yen and 600 yen. A ticket valid for all the park's rides is also available, costing 2,500 yen for adults and 1,800 yen for children.

Opening hours are between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The park is in front of Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail.

For more information, call Expoland at (06) 6877-0560 or visit its home page: www.expoland.co.jp/

Center to host lectures on Japan-China ties

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies will host two lectures on the history of exchanges between China and Japan on Friday between 2 and 4:30 p.m. at its auditorium in Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto.

Yan Ansheng, a professor at Beijing Center for Japanese Studies, will speak about the influence of Japan on modern Chinese literature, citing the examples of Huang Zunxian, a late Qing era poet who studied in Japan, and literary movements in early 19th-century China begun by writers who had lived in Japan and met Japanese authors. Tetsuo Yamaori, director general of the research center, will also comment on how the two countries have related to each other during the last 1,000 years, with special emphasis on the last 100 years.

Both lectures will be in Japanese.

Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance.

A free bus service will be available between the venue and Katsura Station on the Hankyu Line.

Call the organizer at (075) 335-2237 or fax (075) 335-2239, or e-mail: intsch@nichibun.ac.jp

YWCA invites sake fans to tour Kyoto breweries

The Osaka YWCA Senri Center is seeking participants for an English-speaking excursion to sake breweries in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward on Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fushimi is one of the most famous areas of sake production. Participants will visit a leading brewery to see the entire process of making sake. Gekkeikan brand sake will also be sampled. The group will later visit another sake and beer brewery run by Kizakura Sake Brewing Co, Ltd., where a range of beers will also be available at a low cost.

The participation fee is 1,500 yen and reservations must be made by Feb. 4.

Call (06) 6872-0505 or fax (06) 6872-0503. English speakers can also call or fax the tour's coordinator, Akiko Uehara, at (06) 6324-1240 or e-mail: JZB03041@nifty.ne.jp

Consultations planned for foreign residents

The Kyoto City International Foundation is organizing consultation sessions for foreign residents of Kyoto between 1 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 2 and March 2 at its office in the city's Sakyo Ward.

Participants will be able to consult experts about problems often faced by foreigners living in Japan, including legal, tax, insurance and employment issues. Interpreters will be available for Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Thai.

Consultations will be free but reservations must be made.

For reservations, call the organizer at (075) 752-3511, or fax (075) 752-3510, or e-mail: office@kcif.or.jp

Students, landlords to discuss property queries

The Kyoto City International Foundation is seeking participants for a number of exchange events between non-Japanese students and local landlords between 1 and 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at its offices in the city's Sakyo Ward.

Foreign students will meet landlords and local real estate agents to exchange opinions and promote understanding.

Information on rooms for rent will also be displayed at the venue from 1 p.m. for the following for two weeks.

Anyone wishing to attend must make a reservation by Feb. 8. Participation is free.

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

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