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Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Suntory Museum offering free day

Suntory Museum, Osaka, is commemorating its 10th anniversary by giving free admission to its art gallery and IMAX large-screen theater Wednesday.

The museum, a cultural complex in Tempozan Harbor Village in Minato Ward, was founded Nov. 3, 1994. by Suntory Ltd.

The art gallery is currently displaying glass and other works of French Art Nouveau giant Emile Galle. The exhibition will be open 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The theater, featuring a screen measuring 20 meters × 28 meters and 416 seats, will show the movie "Into the Deep," a 35-minute, three-dimensional documentary on the marine life inhabiting the deep sea off the coast of California. The movie will be shown in Japanese. Showings will start at 11 a.m. and will be held each hour on the hour through 7 p.m.

The facility is a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line.

For more information, call the museum at (06) 6577-0001, or visit its Web site at www.suntory.co.jp/culture/smt/

International foundation holding an open house

The Kyoto City International Foundation will hold an open house 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Kyoto International Community House in Sakyo Ward.

KCIF was established in 1989 as a center of international exchanges for the city and currently focuses its efforts on supporting non-Japanese residents and raising awareness of multicultural coexistence issues among Japanese people.

During the open house, there will be a variety of events promoting KCIF's activities, including a bazaar selling household articles and a lottery to win used bicycles for non-Japanese students, a display on the lives of foreign neighbors and the issues they faced, demonstrations of the Japanese tea ceremony, and "Nihongo Cafe," where foreign residents, mostly students at KCIF's Japanese-language course, will serve and talk to customers in Japanese.

Other amusements include performances of Japanese martial arts, international food stalls selling cuisine from Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, South Korea, China and other countries.

The bazaar will be reserved for non-Japanese students attending a college or a language school between 11 a.m. and noon, and will then be open to others and run until 4 p.m. These non-Japanese students will also be given a chance to win one of 22 used bicycles. The lottery tickets can be obtained at 1:30 p.m. and the lottery will be held 30 minutes later. A student ID will be required to take part in both events.

Entrance is free.

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

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

German expert to speak on renewable energy

Goethe-Institut Kyoto will host a lecture on renewable energy by award-winning German journalist Franz Alt at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at its center in Sakyo Ward.

Altz is known for TV productions covering environmental issues and has written books on the subject, some of which have been translated into Japanese.

At the lecture, cohosted by the nonprofit organization Citizens Environmental Foundation, Alt will speak on the theme "Ecological Economy -- Future of Renewable Energy," discussing the importance of promoting the use of renewable energy obtained from such inexhaustible sources as sunshine, water flow, wind and biomass, instead of traditional, finite energy sources like fossil fuels.

The lecture will be conducted in German with Japanese interpretation provided.

Admission is free. No reservation is required.

The venue is a six-minute walk from Marutamachi Station or an eight-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station, both on the Keihan Line.

For more information, call Goethe-Institut Kyoto at (075) 761-2188.

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