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Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Thai food festival in Osaka's Tennoji Park:
A food festival featuring specialties from Thailand runs through today at Tennoji Park in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

There are dozens of booths selling such popular foods as "tom yam kung," a variety of Thai curries and fried noodles. Also, visitors will be able to relax at a massage booth, buy chopsticks and other products from the Southeast Asian country, or observe performances of traditional music and dance, as well as Thai kickboxing matches.

At the end of the event, there will be a lottery for a round-trip air ticket to Thailand.

Admission to the park is 150 yen.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Tennoji Station on the JR or subway Tanimachi or Midosuji lines, or from Abenobashi Station on the Kintetsu Line.

For more information, call (06) 6262-9226 or visit the event's page on the Web site of the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Osaka at www.thai-kansai.net

British Council to hold education gathering:
The Osaka office of the British Council is hosting an education fair for people wishing to study in Britain from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Umeda Aura Hall on the 10th floor of Umeda Sky Building.

Participants will be able to discuss study plans with representatives of about 70 institutions, including universities, graduate schools, vocational schools and language schools. Japanese interpretation will be available.

There will also be a variety of sessions to discuss the education environment and school life in Britain. One such seminar will be given by a former professional soccer player who earned an MBA in Britain specialized in football industries. In addition, the fair will provide a wide array of information for those simply interested in British culture or sightseeing spots, or those who have already chosen their study destination.

Participation is free and reservations are not required.

The venue is a nine-minute walk from JR Osaka Station, or from Umeda Station on the Hankyu or subway Midosuji lines.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6342-5301 or e-mail educationuk.osaka@britishcouncil.or.jp

Japanese cooking class on offer in Takarazuka:
The Takarazuka International Friendship Association (TIFA) will hold a Japanese cooking class for foreign residents from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Pipia Mefu building in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture.

The menu will include "oyakodon," a kind of rice bowl with chicken and eggs, and "takoyaki" octopus dumplings, which are popular in the Kansai region.

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

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

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