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Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Contest winners to read international essays: The Kyoto International Cultural Association is inviting people to the oral presentations by this year's prize winners in its annual essay contest.

The presentations will be made 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto. The contest is now in its 27th year.

Six winners from various countries were chosen, and they will read aloud their essays on the theme "Japanese Culture, My View." Three essays will be in English, and the others in Japanese. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

The venue is Room 101 of the Kyodai Kaikan building, which is an eight-minute walk from Marutamachi Station on the Keihan Line.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 751-8958, fax (075) 751-9006, e-mail kicainc@mbox.kyoto-inet.or.jp or visit its Web site (in Japanese and English) at web.kyoto- inet.or.jp/org/kicainc/

Whiting to give talk on latest baseball book: Robert Whiting, author of "You Gotta Have Wa," will speak from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the P&G Auditorium on Rokko Island in Kobe's Higashi-Nada Ward.

Whiting will discuss his latest book, "The Meaning of Ichiro."

The event will be hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Whiting's new book looks at the impact Japanese stars like Ichiro and Hideki Matsui have had in internationalizing the U.S. game of baseball and in affecting the relationship between the U.S. and Japan.

The fee for the event is 4,000 yen. Whiting's books will be available for purchase. Reservations should be made by Wednesday.

For more information, call the ACCJ office at (06) 6944-5991, fax (06) 6944-5992 or e-mail kansai@accj.or.jp

Osaka's big beer summit starts Friday: International Beer Summit 2004 in Osaka will be held from Friday through Oct. 10 at the inner court of the Umeda Sky Building in Kita Ward, a nine-minute walk from JR Osaka Station or from Umeda Station on the Hankyu, Hanshin and subway Midosuji lines.

More than 150 varieties of beer from around the world will be on sale, and there will be dance and music performances from various countries.

Admission is free. Coupons for beer and food must be purchased. Coupons can be reserved at the summit's Web site until Wednesday, starting from 3,000 yen (30 × 100 yen coupons). Coupons will also be sold at the venue during the summit for 1,000 yen and 3,000 yen. A 200-ml glass of beer costs two to four coupons, while 60-ml glasses can be purchased for 100 yen, except for some Belgian beers with higher prices.

The summit will be open from noon to 10 p.m., except the final day when it will close at 9 p.m.

For advance coupons, visit the Japanese-language Web site at ibws-npo.org/ibs

For more information, call (06) 6440-3901.

Seminar for students wishing to study abroad: The Japan Student Services Organization, an independent administrative institution, will host an introductory session Oct. 17 for students wishing to attend junior high or high school abroad.

The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hyogo International House (Hyogo Kokusai Koryu Kaikan) in Chuo Ward, Kobe. A consultant from JASSO will provide answers to general questions. There is no charge, but reservations are required.

Those wishing to attend should contact the organizer via phone, fax or e-mail and state their names, school grades and phone numbers, as well as how many people are attending.

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

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