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Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004

KANSAI : Who & What

AIEJ offers opportunity to learn about China: The Association of International Education, Japan, will provide information Feb. 11 for those interested in studying in China. The information session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at AIEJ Hyogo International Students House (Hyogo Ryugakusei Kaikan) in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

General information on topics such as China's education system, schools, cost and enrollment will be given at the session. Participants will also be able to hear from Japanese people who have studied in China.

Participation is free, though reservations must be made. To reserve a place, prospective participants should specify their names, contact information, the number planning to attend and a brief description of the kind of education they are interested in and what they expect to learn at the session.

For reservations, call AIEJ's information center in Kobe at (078) 242-1742, fax (078) 242-1743 or e-mail: kaigai@aiej.or.jp

A chance to learn how to teach Japanese: The Kyoto International Cultural Association is seeking participants for its one-year training course for Japanese-language teachers, which will be held at Kyodai Kaikan in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The course, which will start April 6, is divided into three terms, with classes to be held between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. A number of lecturers will impart knowledge and skills required to teach the language to non-Japanese effectively.

The first and second terms cost 30,000 yen each, while the third costs 20,000 yen. Another 5,000 yen will be required for association membership.

Those interested should apply at least two weeks before the start of the course.

To apply and receive more information, call the organizer at (075) 751-8958, fax (075) 751-9006 or e-mail: kicainc@box.kyoto-inet.or.jp

Korean drum course planned in Kyoto : The Kyoto City International Foundation is seeking participants for a course in playing the "changgo," a traditional Korean drum, beginning Feb. 12 at the foundation's base in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward.

The changgo, one of the most popular traditional Korean musical instruments, is an hourglass-shaped drum with a wooden body and two drumheads. During the six-session course, participants will learn some beginner-level musical pieces in order to hold a mini concert on the final day.

Thirteen people will be accepted. The fee for the course is 3,000 yen for non-Japanese and 6,000 yen for Japanese.

Applications should be made at the organizer's facility, which is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

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

Company offers tickets to 'Don Carlo' opera: Kansai Electric Power Co. is inviting people to attend an opera concert, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. on March 15 at the Festival Hall in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The company is offering a chance to win one of 700 pairs of tickets to a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's "Don Carlo."

Anyone interested in entering the draw for the tickets should send a postcard stating their name, address, age, gender and phone number to DMS Kansai Denryoku "Opera e no Sasoi" Kakari at Shishobako (Post Office Box) 907 at Osaka Chuo Yubinkyoku, 530-8020. Applications can also be made via the company's Web site: www.kepco.co.jp

Applications must arrive by Feb. 14. For more information, call the organizer at (06) 7501-0238.

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