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Sunday, April 3, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Blossom-viewing trip tailored to foreigners:
A volunteer guide interpreter is organizing a one-day tour for English-speaking foreigners to visit Yoshino, Nara Prefecture, for cherry-blossom viewing on April 10.

Participants will go to Mount Yoshino, a scenic spot historically considered one of the best places to view cherry blossoms. On the mountain, which was recently designated a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO along with surrounding areas, more than 30,000 cherry trees gradually come into bloom from the foothills to the top.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of JR Kyoto Station.

Participants are required to pay the actual cost of the tour, which is around 4,000 yen including transportation and lunch. Another 2,000 yen will be accepted as gratuity.

Reservations must be made in advance. This event is for non-Japanese only.

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

Osaka YWCA plans trip to Nagahama festival:
The Osaka YWCA Senri Center is planning an excursion for English-speaking foreigners to observe a traditional festival in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, on April 16.

The annual Nagahama Hikiyama Festival is famous for boys' kabuki plays performed on wheeled floats ("hikiyama"), some of which have been used for 250 years. April 16 is the third and final day of the kids' performances. Participants will also visit the festival's museum and areas where the floats are displayed.

Participation fee is 300 yen for Bridges members and 800 yen for nonmembers. Admission to the museum is 600 yen. Lunch and transportation costs not included.

Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the ticket gate in JR Nagahama Station.

Reservations must be made by April 11.

For reservations and details, call the coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki at (090) 9253-7150, call or fax (0749) 26-4774, or e-mail: usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

Participants sought for free student jobs fair:
The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto, an incorporated foundation based in the city, is seeking participants for its three-session seminar for non-Japanese students looking for a job in Japan.

This is a free event for non-Japanese students attending universities in Kyoto Prefecture. The sessions will be held April 20, April 27, and May 11 at Campus Plaza Kyoto in Shimogyo Ward. Each seminar will run from 6:20 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.

Specialists will provide information on issues faced by non-Japanese students seeking jobs in Japan after graduation. The first session will discuss how to plan your career, the second will provide details on the current situation for foreign students, and the third will offer tips on how to write resumes, fill in entry sheets and have job interviews.

Participation is free.

Applications can be made at the university you attend. The application form is available at the university's divisions for non-Japanese students or for job placement. The application deadline is Friday, and 80 people will be accepted for each session on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 353-9100.

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