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Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Dogs and their owners invited to Kobe event: Knots, a Nishbinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture-based nonprofit organization that promotes animal rights, will hold an outdoor event for dogs and their owners 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from at Kobe Port Island Shibafu Hiroba Square in Chuo Ward.

"Live Love Animals 2004: Enjoy Sports with Dogs" will offer a range of entertainment for both dogs and people, including competitions and demonstrations of Frisbee catching and obstacle races as well as dance performances by dogs and their owners.

Admission is free, but dogs must be kept on a leash. Dogs that have not been vaccinated against rabies and other diseases, as well as dogs in heat, will not be permitted to take part.

To get to the venue, take the moving pathway from Shimin Hiroba Station on the Port Liner.

For details, call the organizer at (0798) 67-0151, or visit its Web site at www.knots.or.jp

English-language tour of ninja birthplace: A volunteer guide interpreter is organizing a one-day tour for English-speaking foreigners to visit the home of ninja warriors in Shiga Prefecture on Nov. 14.

The participants will go to the city of Koka,one of the two birthplaces of ninja. Participants will visit a ninja theme park and a ninja house, where there are a variety of attractions and displays related to these feudal warriors of stealth.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station building.

They are required to pay the actual cost of the tour, around 4,000 yen including transportation, and another 2,000 yen will be accepted as a gratuity.

Reservations are requited, and the tour is reserved for non-Japanese only.

For reservations, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Activist to lecture on Kenya sexual violence: Amnesty International Japan's office in Osaka is hosting a lecture on sexual violence against Kenyan women from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at the conference room on the sixth floor of piaNPO in Minato Ward.

Last year, Amnesty International reported that hundreds of rape allegations have been made by Kenyan women against British Army personnel posted to the country for training. So far, about 650 allegations spanning a 35-year period have been made.

At the lecture, Emily Rogena, a pathologist who operates Medico-Legal Network on Gender-Based Violence, an organization in Kenya that provides support for victims of sexual violence, will speak on her ongoing efforts to hear from the rape victims, provide them with psychological assistance and to seek justice for the alleged crimes.

The lecture will be conducted in English, with Japanese interpretation.

The fee is 500 yen for students and 800 yen for others.

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

For more information, call the Amnesty's Osaka office at (06) 4395-1313, or e-mail fwht6821@mb.infoweb.ne.jp

Japanese cooking class offered for foreigners: The Takarazuka International Friendship Association (TIFA) will hold a Japanese cooking class for foreign residents 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Pipia Mefu building in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture.

The menu includes "okonomiyaki," a kind of Japanese pancake popular in the Kansai region, and "chirashi-zushi," a variety of sushi served with various ingredients put in or on rice with vinegar.

Participation is 500 yen. Reservations must be made by Nov. 20.

For reservations and more information, call TIFA at (0797) 76-5917, or fax (0797) 76-5918.

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