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Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Margaret Mead movies shown at Suita museum: Films related to renowned American anthropologist Margaret Mead are being shown until Nov. 3 at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Three short films featuring or produced by Mead will be screened. They are, "Margaret Mead: A Portrait by a Friend," a 28-minute interview with Mead produced by Jean Rouch; and "Bathing Babies in Three Cultures" and "Childhood Rivalry in Bali and New Guinea," nine-minute and 17-minute anthropological pieces produced by Mead. All are in English with Japanese subtitles.

They will be shown repeatedly between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. every day at seminar room No. 7 on the second floor.

Admission is free.

Also, a symposium to discuss Mead's influence and the importance of anthropology in today's society will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the museum's hall.

Mary Bateson, an anthropologist and daughter of Mead, will provide a keynote speech in English. A Japanese translation will be available. A panel discussion by Japanese specialists will follow, conducted in Japanese.

The event is free, reservations are not required.

The venue is a 10-min. walk from Koen Higashi-Guchi Station on the Osaka Monorail.

For more information, call the museum at (06) 6876-2151.

International exchange symposium in Kobe: An event promoting multicultural exchanges and international cooperation activities at the nongovernmental level will be held Oct. 31 at the JICA Hyogo International Centre in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

The programs, running from from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., include a symposium to discuss multicultural coexistence education, performances of ethnic music and dancing -- such as Japanese taiko drums, lion dancing from China and "samulnori" music from Korea -- displays on international cooperation activities by various nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations, a flea market and food stalls.

The symposium will be conducted in Japanese. Admission is free.

The venue is located in the HAT Kobe area, the new city center in Eastern Kobe. It is a 10-minute walk from Nada Station on the JR Line or from Iwaya Station on the Hanshin Line.

For more information, call JICA Hyogo at (078) 261-0341, or visit the event's Web site at http://www.hyogo-c.ed.jp/ ~mc-center/festival/festival.html

Osaka fair explores city's history with water: A two-day event reproducing the lively atmosphere of Osaka as a "water city" during the Edo Period will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday at Minami Temma Park in Kita Ward, on the banks of the Okawa River, and the area in and along the Okawa between the bridges of Gempachibashi and Temmabashi.

Osaka has a long history of prosperity as a city of water, where rivers large and small crisscross the center of the city. During the Edo Period, the city became an important mercantile base because of its developed water transportation system where foods and other products from all over the country were shipped in.

These commercial ships will be reproduced to trace the history and role that the water transportation system played in the city's commercial success.

At around 1 p.m. Saturday, about 20 ships and boats -- some decorated as old passenger and commercial ships bearing actors dressed as people of the Edo Period -- will go down the Okawa and arrive at the park's wharf, where they will be given a welcoming ceremony.

For visitors, a guided 15-minute cruise to study the history of Osaka's water transportation will be offered. The cost is 300 yen for adults and 200 yen for elementary school students. The cruise will start every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days, except from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Also, a free ferry boat service to bring visitors to the other side of the river and back will be available every 30 minutes, during the same time as the guided cruise, except from 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on both days, and there will be no service at 12:55 p.m. Saturday.

In addition, there will be a market selling local vegetables and other products, live performances of "rakugo" traditional storytelling and other varieties of entertainment.

Minami Temma Park is a five-minute walk from Temmabashi Station on the Keihan and subway Tanimachi lines.

For more information, call Osaka 21st Century Association at (06) 6942-2003, or visit the event's Web page at

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