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Sunday, June 6, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Huge hydrangea garden open for public viewing: A large hydrangea garden is open to the public through July 11 at Mimuroto Temple in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.

About 10,000 hydrangeas of 30 varieties, including some that are quite rare, are in bloom in the temple's 16,500-sq.-meter garden.

The garden will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also, on weekends between June 12 and 27, the flower garden will be lighted after dark from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission to the temple is 500 yen for adults and 300 yen for children.

The temple is a 15-minute walk east from Mimuroto Station on the Keihan Line, or an eight-minute bus ride from Uji Station on the Keihan and JR lines.

For more information, call the temple at (0774) 21-2067.

Multicultural center seeking volunteers: The Center for Multicultural Information is organizing an explanation session June 13 for people interested in volunteering to take part in the center's activities.

The meeting will be from noon to 3 p.m. in Room 309 at the piaNPO building in Minato Ward, Osaka.

The nonprofit organization is seeking volunteer staffers to help organize, prepare and operate field studies to learn about non-Japanese residents and cultural diversity at the local level in the Kansai region.

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

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

Ikebana International sets annual Kyoto meet: The Kyoto chapter of Ikebana International is holding its annual general meeting at noon June 22 at the Brighton Hotel Kyoto in Kamigyo Ward.

The meeting will feature an ikebana demonstration by flower coordinator Minako Urasawa. Non-Japanese students can, free of charge, see the demonstration only. It starts at 1:30 p.m.

The participation fee is 5,500 yen for members and non-Japanese students who also take part in the rest of the meeting, including a luncheon, and 6,500 yen for others.

The deadline to make reservations is June 11, but reservations are not required for foreign students wishing to see the demonstration only.

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

Osaka waterfront area recruiting performers: Street performers are being offered an opportunity to win a one-year license to perform at Tempozan Harbor Village, a waterfront amusement district in Minato Ward, Osaka.

Ten individuals or groups will be selected among professional and amateur applicants to take the final examination, set for July 25. Applications, including resumes and videotapes, must be postmarked not later than June 28.

Participation is free.

For details about applying, call the organizer at (06) 6576-5501 or go to www.kaiyukan.com/eng/news/ (in English), or www.kaiyukan.com/news/event.htm (in Japanese).

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