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Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002

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London Institute slates student consultations

The London Institute, an educational federation of five art colleges in Britain, is holding introduction and consultation sessions from today to Thursday at the British Council's Osaka office in Kita Ward for those who wish to study art and design at the colleges.

The institute comprises Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, the London College of Fashion and the London College of Printing.

Today's session, which will start at 6 p.m., will be an introduction to the institute. Individual consultation will be held Wednesday and Thursday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Those who wish to attend must make a reservation and bring samples of their work.

Call the organizer at (06) 6342-5301.

Herb Park hosts Valentine Week events

Nunobiki Herb Park in Chuo Ward, Kobe, is celebrating St. Valentine's Day from Friday to Feb. 14.

The park, which grows 150 kinds of herbs on a slope, will hold a variety of events during the period, including a concert on Feb. 10 and a craft class for Valentine's Day on Feb. 11.

Also, a memorial medal with the image of the patron saint will be given every day during the period to the first 500 people who use the Kobe Yume Fusen ropeway to get to the park. On Feb. 14, the medal will come with a bag of chocolate.

The park will be open between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily.

To get to the park, take the Kobe Yume Fusen ropeway to Nunobiki Herb-en Station from Kitano 1-chome Station, which is a five-minute walk from Shin-Kobe subway station.

Admission is 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for junior high and elementary school students.

For more information, call the park at (078) 271-1131 or visit the home page at www.kobe-park.or.jp/herb/.

Ancient court music performance in Tennoji

A performance of "gagaku" ancient Japanese court music will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the International House, Osaka in Tennoji Ward.

The concert will be given by the gagaku music society of Tenri University in Tenri, Nara Prefecture, with repertoires of works selected from those described in "The Tale of Genji," the world's oldest-known novel, written about 1,000 years ago by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady of the court in the Heian Period.

Admission is 2,000 yen in advance and 3,000 yen at the door.

Tickets are available from the Ticket Pia ticket agency at (06) 6363-9999.

Call or fax the organizer at (0743) 63-4945.

Lectures focus on Fushimi district history

The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office is presenting a seminar on the history of Kyoto's Fushimi district from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at its facility in Nakagyo Ward.

The seminar will be the second of three serial lectures considering the past and future of Fushimi.

Fushimi once flourished as a river port in the Edo Period, but at the end of of the feudal era most of the area was devastated when a war broke out between the government and the Imperial side.

Later, in the Meiji Era, as railroads brought a decline to river transport, Fushimi developed a closer relationship to Kyoto and now operates as a part of the city, known for its sake breweries and long history.

Guest speaker Teiichi Araki, who runs Uosaburo, a 200-year-old Kyoto cuisine restaurant in Fushimi Ward, will give a merchant's point of view to the district's history, focusing on the influences of the war that devastated the area. His presentation will be in Japanese with English translation.

Fifty people will be allowed in on a first-come, first-served basis. No admission fee or reservation is required.

The venue is on the eighth floor of the Yasuda Kasai Kaijo Kyoto building, a five-minute walk from Karasuma Station on the Hankyu line or Shijo Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273.

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