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Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Noted economist to talk on international trade: Noted economist Ronald Jones will hold a seminar at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Jones, a professor of economics at the University of Rochester, is a leading authority and pioneer in the field of international trade. He will speak on the theme "Immigration vs. Outsourcing: Effects on Labor Markets," reporting the latest results from studies on the topic.

The lecture will be in English. Japanese interpretation will not be available.

The venue is Ikeuchi Memorial Hall on the school's Nishinomiya-Uegahara campus, an eight-minute bus ride or a 15-minute walk from Kotoen Station on the Hankyu Imazu Line. The nearest bus stop is Kwansei Gakuin Mae.

Participation is free. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call the organizer at (0798) 54-6204.

Kobe Luminarie ready to kick off Monday: The lights of the 10th Kobe Luminarie in Chuo Ward will go on starting Monday.

This sculptural art of illuminations, originating from the Renaissance Period, was begun to commemorate the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and has attracted millions of people each year.

The festival will run through Dec. 26 at Higashi Yuenchi Park and the Kyu Gaikokujin Kyoryuchi area. The illuminations will be switched on from around 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Entrance is free.

For more information, call the organizer at (078) 391-6371 or visit its Web site at www.kobe-luminarie.jp/

English-language tour of Kasuga festival: An English-speaking guide is organizing a one-day tour for foreigners to observe the Kasuga Wakamiya Festival at Kasuga Shrine in Nara on Friday.

There will be a parade of people dressed in historical costumes representing the important eras of Japanese history from the eighth to the 19th centuries.

Other destinations of the tour include Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple and Nara Park.

Those who wish to join the tour should meet guide Harry Horii at 10 a.m. at the fountain square of Kintetsu Nara Station.

Reservations are required.

For reservations, the participation fee and more details, call or fax Horii at (0742) 46-3273 or call (090) 3841-4784.

Osaka event features making rice cakes: International House Osaka is organizing a rice cake-making event for Japanese and non-Japanese residents from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at its facility in Tennoji Ward.

The popular annual event will feature steamed rice being pounded in a large mortar with a wooden mallet and then formed into small, round cakes. Participants will have the chance to pound rice, shape the cakes and taste them with four varieties of seasonings.

Rice cakes are a traditional dish for the New Year's period in Japan.

Participation is 500 yen.

Anyone wishing to participate should send an application stating their name, address, age, nationality, telephone and fax numbers, and the number of participants (up to three).

Applications can be sent via e-mail, fax or regular mail. The e-mail address is info-staff@ih-osaka.or.jp, the fax number is (06) 6773-8420 and the postal address is 8-2-6 Uehonmachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi, 543-0001.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.

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