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Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Labyrinth of cosmos to open at Nara temple: A maze constructed from cosmos flowers will open at 10 a.m. Monday in Abe-Monjuin Temple in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture.

About 30 varieties of cosmos, including some that are brown and have a chocolaty scent, will form the maze, which measures 20 meters by 25 meters.

This year, the height of the maze will be lower than before so visitors can observe the flowers at eye level. In the center there will be a 5-meter wooden tower, along side which some of the flowers have been grown to establish the world record for the plant's height.

Admission is free. The maze will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day until around the end of October.

To get to the temple, take a bus from Sakurai Station on the JR or Kintetsu lines and get off at Abe-monjuin Mae, or walk 20 minutes from the station.

For more information, call the temple at (0744) 43-0002.

Osaka YWCA offers Japanese tea ceremony: The Osaka YWCA is planning a cultural program for English-speaking foreigners Sept. 17 in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Starting at 9:45 a.m., participants will be taken to a residence in Suita for a Japanese tea ceremony in a traditional tea room.

Participation is 500 yen. Reservations must be made by Tuesday.

For reservations and more information, call program coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki at (090) 9253-7150 or send e-mail to usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

Study-abroad seminar to be held in Kyoto: The Kyoto City International Foundation is organizing a consultation meeting for people wishing to study abroad, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at its facility in Sakyo Ward.

There will be seminars providing general information on four study destinations -- Britain, China, France and South Korea -- as well as individual consultation sessions, in which representatives from these four countries as well as Italy will talk to participants about more detailed topics and offer advice.

Participation is free. No reservation is required.

The venue, Kyoto-shi Kokusai Koryu Kyokai, is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

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

Non-Japanese vendors sought for flea market: The Takarazuka International Friendship Association is seeking non-Japanese vendors to take part in a flea market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at Sunviola Pedestrian Deck, which is next to Hankyu Takarazuka Minamiguchi Station in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture.

The fee to set up shop is 500 yen. Professional vendors are not accepted.

Those wishing to apply must contact the organizer by Sept. 25. For applications, call TIFA at (0797) 76-5917.

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