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Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002

Kansai / WHo & What

Weekend flea market to feature 500 vendors

A large-scale flea market featuring 500 vendors will be held Saturday and Sunday at Osaka Castle Hall in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

Admission is 600 yen for junior high school students and up, and 200 yen for elementary school students.

The market will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The venue is a five-minute walk to the west of JR Osaka-Jo Koen Station.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6362-6322.

Foreign women's meet to host ISP discussion

Foreign Executive Women, a group for foreign women in Japan, will host a dinner meeting on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Kita Ward, Osaka.

Guest speaker Gary Garner, operations manager at Global Online Japan, a division of Exodus Communications K.K., will discuss the rapidly changing business of Internet service providers.

The cost is 4,000 yen for members and 6,000 yen for nonmembers. Reservations must be made by Friday.

For reservations and more information, e-mail: few_publicity@hotmail.com

Win tickets to Belgian classical guitar recital

Flanders Center, a liaison office of the government of Flanders, Belgium, is offering 30 Japan Times readers the chance to win a ticket to a guitar recital on March 1 at 7 p.m. at the center's hall in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

Raphaella Smits, renowned eight-string guitar player from Belgium, will perform the recital. Classical pieces by Sor, Villa-Lobos and others will be played.

Readers interested in entering the draw for a ticket should send a postcard stating name, address, age, profession and phone number to Guitar Kakari, 3F Osaka Kokusai Koryu Center, 8-2-6, Uehonmachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi, 543-0001.

The application deadline is Feb. 25.

Call (06) 6773-8850 or fax (06) 6773-8855.

Afternoon walking tour to take in Kujo district

Foreigners are invited to join a walking tour of the Kujo district of Osaka's Nishi Ward from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on March 9.

Kujo, in the vicinity of Osaka Dome and Universal Studios Japan, is basically an industrial area, but it retains an old-time Osaka atmosphere.

The 3-km walk will take in a steam locomotive museum, a tunnel that runs under the Aji River, a traditional-style candy store and Kujo market, where participants can enjoy talking with shopkeepers and local residents.

Lunch, including "okonomiyaki" pancakes will be served and English-speaking guides will be available. Foreign participants can bring Japanese friends. Thirty people will be accepted. The participation fee is 2,000 yen.

For reservations and more information, call or fax the organizer at (06) 6584-6139. For details in English, visit www.kujo.net/kujo

Chance for foreigners to attend tea ceremony

Osaka Sister City Network, a semigovernmental body of the Osaka City Office, is organizing a tea ceremony class for foreigners on March 16 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

The manners and spirit of the ceremony will be taught before participants are invited to join the ceremony.

The fee is 500 yen and only 30 people will be accepted. The reservation deadline is March 9.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6772-9670 or fax (06) 6772-9790.

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