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Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Kobe holding art exhibit to mark Hanshin Quake: An exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake is being held until Tuesday at IO Hall in Higashi-nada Ward, Kobe.

The annual 1.17 Earth Art Exhibition was launched in 2000 with the goal of expressing support for the people of Kobe through art. About 230 paintings and other works are on show by popular artists with links to Kobe, including Ryohei Koiso and Yumeji Takehisa, along with a masterpiece by "nihonga" painter Maruyama Okyo called "Kachozu," a set of three hanging scrolls.

The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but will close at 1 p.m. on the final day.

The venue is on the ninth floor of the Kobe Fashion Mart, near Island Center Station on the Rokko Liner.

Entrance is free.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6311-1400 or fax (06) 6361-3283.

Famed temple treasury open to public view: The treasury of Shitennoji Temple in Tennoji Ward, Osaka, is open to the public through Feb. 6.

Shitennoji was founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, an influential statesman and Imperial regent of the Asuka Period (late sixth century to mid-seventh century).

It is known as the oldest official Buddhist temple in Japan and has maintained a tradition of worshipping Shotoku as a holy figure.

The exhibition showcases the temple's valuable properties, including two pieces of decorative copies of the Buddhist Lotus Sutra, a designated national treasure from the Heian Period (794-1192). Other items on display are treasures related to the tradition of worshipping Shotoku.

Entrance is 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for high school and college students.

The treasury will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be closed Mondays.

The temple is a five-minute walk from Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station on the Tanimachi subway line. It is a 15-minute walk from Tennoji Station on the JR or subway lines, and from Abenobashi Station on the Kintetsu Line.

For more information, call the temple at (06) 6771-0066 or visit the Web site at www.shitennoji.or.jp

Guru of workplace efficiency to speak: The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan will host a luncheon meeting with acclaimed author Kerry Gleeson from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka in Kita Ward.

Gleeson will be making a special trip to Japan to discuss improvements in workplace efficiency.

He is known as the developer of the Personal Efficiency Program (PEP) and founder of the Institute for Business Technology (IBT) International, a network of consulting offices spanning three continents and some 25 countries. He has more than 20 years of experience advising senior managers in many leading companies around the world on how to be more efficient and more effective at work.

The speech will be in English, with Japanese interpretations.

Participation is 7,000 yen, including lunch. Those who require headsets for interpretations will incur an additional charge.

Reservations must be made by Friday.

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

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