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Sunday, May 18, 2003

KANSAI: Who & What

Business fair promotes products from Victoria: An Australian business fair is being held until July 18 to promote the products of companies in the Australian state of Victoria at the IBPC Osaka Network Center in the city's Suminoe Ward.

The Victoria Innovation and Design fair will showcase a variety of products, including construction and building materials, retail and display solutions, health and beauty merchandise, security solutions and wine. A total of 23 companies interested in the Japanese market will take part.

The fair is open to the general public and admission is free. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The venue is on the fourth floor of the ITM wing of the Asia and Pacific Trade Center, which is a three-minute walk from Trade Center-mae station on the New Tram Line.

For more information, call the IBPC Osaka Network Center at (06) 6615-5522, or visit its Web site: bpc.gr.jp/

International school brings world to Kyoto: Kyoto International School is holding a bazaar between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 18 at the school, in Kamigyo Ward.

There will be stalls selling food and a wide range of goods from around the world, along with entertainment and activities for children.

To get to the school, take bus No. 9 from JR Kyoto Station to the Horikawa Nakadachiuri stop or take the Karasuma subway line to Karasuma Imadegawa Station and walk about 15 minutes west to the school, which is on Yoshiya-machi Street.

For more information, call the school at (075) 451-1022 or visit its Web site: www.kyoto-is.org

Enjoy beer-tasting on Suntory brewery tour: KCR-Corporation is organizing a beer-tasting tour of the Suntory Ltd. brewery in Nagaoka, Kyoto Prefecture, on May 31.

Reservations must be made by May 28. Participants will meet at 11 a.m. at the Hotel Granvia Osaka in front of JR Osaka Station.

Participation is 1,000 yen and transportation is not included.

For reservations and more information, call or fax the organizer at (072) 221-9159 or e-mail: urakawa@hkg.odn.ne.jp

International music festival running daily: Music students from around the world will perform a series of concerts from May 24 to May 28 at Kyoto Furitsu Fumin Hall ALTI in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto.

The Kyoto International Music Students Festival 2003 will feature students from Romania, Hungary, France, the United States, Austria, Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain and Japan who will play classical and other works by composers from their own countries.

The concert will start at 6:30 p.m. every day, except for May 25, when it will be held from 3 p.m. Admission is 1,000 yen, and tickets are available at the ticket agency Ticket Pia, Lawson convenience stores, Erato Music Office and at the venue.

For tickets and more details, call Erato at (075) 751-0617 or the venue at (075) 441-1414.

Sharpen your pencil for Japan essay contest: The Kyoto International Cultural Association is seeking foreign applicants for its essay contest on Japanese culture.

The theme is Japanese culture as seen from a foreigner's point of view and submissions must be written in Japanese or English. Foreigners whose mother tongue is not Japanese can also apply. Japanese essays must contain between 4,000 and 6,000 characters, while English ones must have from 2,000 to 3,000 words.

The six best essays will win 50,000 yen and KICA prizes. Winners will also be given the opportunity to make an oral presentation in October.

Those wishing to apply should ask for an application form by sending a postcard or e-mail. The organizer's address is Room 116, Kyodai Kaikan, 15-9, Yoshida Kawahara-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, 606-8305. The e-mail address is kicainc@mbox.kyoto-inet.or.jp

The deadline for applications is July 31.

For more information, e-mail the organizer at the same address, call (075) 751-8958, fax (075) 751-9006 or visit its Web site at web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/kicainc/

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