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Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Major art flea market at Hyatt Regency Osaka: An international art market is being held through Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Osaka in Suminoe Ward. The Art-Messe in Japan, formerly called Japon-France Art Marche, is an annual flea market for art started in 2000. This year, 5,000 works in various genres by 120 artists are being sold by the artists themselves. Available are paintings, prints, photographs, illustrations, calligraphy, ceramics, glasswork, woodwork, hand-dyed fab aierics and furniture and many other forms of art. Visitors can talk to the creators and negotiate prices with them directly. The venue is a three-minute walk from Nakafuto Station on the OTS New Tram Technoport or the Nanko Port Town lines. The market is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no entrance fee. For more information, call the executive committee at (072) 755-0560, or visit its Web site as www.artmarche.ne.jp

Professional makeup demonstration in Osaka: The British Council's Osaka office in Kita Ward is inviting 80 people to a demonstration of professional makeup for stage, cinema and fashion by two artists from Britain. The event will be held Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Liz McLafferty, who teaches at London College of Fashion, and student Suzy Barrett will demonstrate a number of techniques and styles covered in a professional makeup course, ranging from the types of special effects used in films such as Harry Potter to period makeup to contemporary fashion themes. A question-and-answer session will follow. The event will be conducted in English with Japanese interpretation. Participation is free, but reservations are required. For reservations and more info, call the Osaka office at (06) 6342-5301 or e-mail educationuk.osaka@britishcouncil.or.jp

Advice on universities for foreign students: The Kyoto City International Foundation is hosting a consultation meeting for non-Japanese students who want to attend a university in Japan. The meeting will be held Sept. 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the organization's facility in Sakyo Ward. A general information session will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. focusing on how to prepare for entrance, as well as visa issues. Two former language students who proceeded to local universities will talk about their experiences. Individual counseling will be provided starting at 3 p.m. by officials from about 20 national and private universities and junior colleges in Kyoto Prefecture. Advice on visas, immigration and other issues often faced by foreign students in Japan will be offered by specialists in these areas. Participation is free. Reservations are not required. The venue, Kyoto-shi Kokusai Koryu Kyokai, is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the subway Tozai line. For more information, call the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

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