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Sunday, May 9, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto Ikebana holding stained glass workshop: The Kyoto chapter of Ikebana International is holding its regular meeting at 1 p.m. May 18 at the Brighton Hotel Kyoto in Kamigyo Ward.

This month's meeting will be a workshop on stained glass. Magnolia Matsuoka will demonstrate how to make the traditional glasswork.

The participation fee is 4,500 yen for members and 5,500 yen for nonmembers, including the cost of materials and tea.

Reservation should be made by this Friday.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (075) 231-4735.

Seminar to discuss English study abroad: The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), an independent administrative institution, will host on May 19 an introductory session for those who wish to study English abroad.

The event, scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hyogo International Students' House (Hyogo Ryugakusei Kaikan) in Chuo Ward, Kobe, is aimed at people interested in "gogaku ryugaku" but don't know where to start.

A specialist from JASSO will provide information and advice on such matters as how to make a plan, how to choose a school and how much it will cost. Former students will also be on hand.

There is no charge to addend, but reservations are required.

Those who wish to attend should contact the organizer via phone, fax or e-mail and state their names and phone number (or fax number or e-mail address), as well as where and how they want to study English and what they want to learn at the session.

Former students who wish to talk about their experiences are also welcome.

Further information will be available at JASSO's Web site at www.jasso.go.jp

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

Kyoto Charity Fun Run scheduled for June 6: A charity marathon will be run June 6 at Takaragaike Park in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The Kyoto Charity Fun Run, formerly called the Arashiyama Charity Fun Run, has been held annually for 18 years. Starting times differ depending on the distance being run, with the half marathon (21.097 km) starting at 9 a.m., the full marathon (42.195 km) at 10 a.m., and the 10-km, 5-km and 2.5-km races at 11 a.m. Runners will also be able to jog for unrestricted distances between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Entry fees will be donated to two nongovernmental organizations operating in developing countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The entry fee is 200 yen for elementary school students and younger, 500 yen for junior high and high school students, and 2,000 yen for adults. The fee must be sent by postal transfer at the post office, stating the participant's name, address, phone number, the distance to be run, and the participation class from the following: adult; junior high or high school student; or elementary school student or younger. If applicants are a members of a group, all the runners' names, distances and age groups must be submitted.

The account number for payments is 00980-5-26854 and the name is Charity Fun Run Executive Committee (Charity Fun Run Jikko Iinkai). The deadline for applications is May 21.

When an applications is received, a certificate postcard will be sent in return. The postcard must be brought to the race.

Entrants should be at the main office for the event, at the Ikoi no Mori area of Takaragaike Park, which will open at 8 a.m.

For more information, call the executive committee at (075) 241-0674, fax (075) 241-0682 or e-mail funrun@kyoto-nicco.org

Japanese can learn about Kansai foreigners: The Center for Multicultural Information and Assistance is organizing a seminar and workshop for Japanese to learn about foreigners living in the Kansai region at 1 p.m. this Saturday and May 23 in Room 309 of the piaNPO building in Minato Ward, Osaka.

The event will offer an opportunity to learn about the cultural diversity in Kansai and discuss how Japanese and non-Japanese should live together in the local community, by introducing the organizer's field studies and other activities.

Following the seminar and workshop, there will be an explanation session, starting at 3:15 p.m., for those interested in volunteering to take part in the center's activities.

The participation fee for the seminar and workshop is 300 yen, while the following session is free of charge.

Content will be the same on both days.

Those who wish to attend must send an application stating your name, address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address, which session on which day you want to attend, what element of the event caught your interest, and whether you have ever attended similar events. Applications will be accepted via e-mail or fax.

For applications and more information, fax the organizer at (06) 4395-1378, e-mail osaka@tabunka.jp or visit its Web site at www.tabunka.jp

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