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Sunday, March 28, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Major antique fair to be held in Kyoto: A major antique fair will be held April 2 to 4 at Pulse Plaza in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.

The Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto, held three times a year, is the largest of its kind in western Japan. About 300 vendors from all over the country will display more than 1 million items.

This fair, the 28th in the series, will highlight kimono from the Taisho and Showa eras popular for their modern patterns. Other items on sale will include Japanese furniture and ceramics, as well as European glassware, dolls and accessories.

The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is free.

To get there, take the subway or the Kintetsu Line to Takeda Station, and then ride a free bus to the venue or use a taxi.

For more information, call the fair's executive committee at (077) 522-2307.

Foreign Buyers' Club ready for annual party: The Foreign Buyers' Club, a Kobe-based store that sells imported groceries and English-learning materials for young children, is holding its annual spring celebration and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 10 at its outlet Higashi-nada Ward, Kobe.

The celebration will include a raffle to win a trip to Hawaii and other prizes, and four parties for children, each featuring English-speaking games related to Easter. The parties will be held at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.

Advance tickets for the children's parties are 1,000 yen per child. A free baby-sitting service will be available.

The shop is a five-minute walk from Island Center Station on the Rokko Line.

For more information, call the shop at (078) 857-9001 (in English), or (078) 857-9000 (in Japanese), or visit the Web site at www.fbcusa.com.

Kyoto tour to take in Daigoji Temple parade: The Guide Interpreter Volunteer Club is organizing a one-day tour April 11 for English-speaking foreigners to see a historical procession at a Kyoto temple.

The tour will visit Daigoji Temple in Yamashina Ward to observe a parade of about 100 people dressed as 16th-century warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his followers. The group will then visit Samboin, a major satellite temple of Daigoji, and its landscape garden. Hideyoshi once held a grand tea ceremony under the garden's cherry trees.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of Kyoto City Tourist Information Office, on the second floor of the Kyoto Station building.

The cost is around 2,300 yen for train fare, lunch and admission to Samboin. Another 1,000 yen will be requested to support the club's activities.

The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only. For reservations and more information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Osaka seminar delves into studying in Britain: The British Council Osaka is hosting an education fair for people who wish to study in Britain.

The fair will run 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 12 and 13 at its office in Osaka's Kita Ward.

As part of Education U.K. Days, participants will be able to discuss study plans with representatives of 23 universities and other institutions.

Participating schools will differ on each day, including the University of Manchester, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on April 12, and the London Institute and Cardiff University on April 13.

Japanese interpretation will be available. Reservations are required.

The fair will also offer a wide array of information for people simply interested in Britain or have already chosen their study destination. It will include a series of seminars on life and study in the U.K. and on IELTS (International English-Language Testing System) tests, as well as a panel discussion by Japanese people who have studied in Britain. These seminars will be conducted in Japanese, and reservations are not required.

Participation is free.

The venue is on the fourth floor of the Dojima Avanza building, a five-minute walk from Nishi Umeda subway station.

For reservations for individual consultations and more information, call the Osaka office at (06) 6342-5301.



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