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Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Three-day seminar on the history of Nara: The Nara International Foundation Commemorating the Silk Road Exposition, or NIFS, is seeking non-Japanese to take part in a three-day seminar on the history of Nara starting March 3.

Participants will visit historical sites in Japan's ancient capital and learn about its cultural heritage, including the great Buddha at Todaiji Temple and noh drama.

The seminar will be conducted in Japanese. There are places for 15 participants.

The fee is 3,000 yen, and anyone interested in taking part must send an application form via fax, postal mail or e-mail. Applications must arrive by Jan. 31.

For those who want to have a home stay during the seminar, the foundation will arrange host families.

To obtain the application form, call the organizer or visit the foundation's Web site at www.pref.nara.jp/silk/icd/index - event.

For more information, call the organizer at (0742) 27-1822, fax (0742) 27-2434 or e-mail nifs@mahoroba.ne.jp

Taisho-Era novelist subject of public forum: The International Research Center for Japanese Studies is hosting a public forum to discuss the literature of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, a renowned novelist from the Taisho Era, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Urbanex Oike Building in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Mats Arne Karlsson, an assistant professor at Stockholm University, will give a talk on "I felt something ominous about this coincidence . . ." covering such topics as Akutagawa's work "Cogwheels," his Swedish contemporary Johan August Strindberg and the issue of insanity.

The lecture will be in Japanese.

There is no entrance fee. Places for 50 people are available. Reservations are required.

For reservations, call the organizer at (075) 335-2078.

Greens getting together for big meeting in Kyoto: A three-day international meeting to discuss the future of the Asia-Pacific region from the perspective of political environmentalism will be held Feb. 11 to 13 in Kyoto.

The goal of the Asia Pacific Greens Kyoto Meeting 2005 is to announce the formation of Asia Pacific Greens Network, and to provide space to facilitate international exchanges among the region's political environmentalists, or Greens.

General meetings, discussion sessions and other events will be attended by members of the Green Party and other activists from the region, and they will discuss such issues as peace making, human rights and climate change.

English and Japanese interpretations will be provided.

The venue for the first day is Campus Plaza Kyoto in Shimogyo Ward, while the events for the second and third days will be held at Kyoto International Community House in Sakyo Ward.

The participation fee is 20,000 yen for the entire event, 7,000 yen for the second and third days, and 4,000 yen for the second day only, when the three main sessions will be held.

Reservations must be made via phone, fax or e-mail. Until Jan. 28, reservations can also be made at the event's Web site at www.nijitomidori.org/ap-greens/top.htm

For more information, call the meeting's executive committee at (086) 242-5244, fax (086) 244-7724 or e-mail apg - 2005@yahoo.co.jp

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