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Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Guided tour offered for Arashiyama boat parade:
A volunteer guide-interpreter is organizing a one-day tour Nov. 13 for English-speaking foreigners to Kyoto's scenic Arashiyama area.

Participants will get to watch festival boats floating along the Oi River. More than 10 decorated boats will carry traditional dancers and musicians. The boat parade was originally held by emperors and nobles to take in Arashiyama's fall colors.

The cost will be around 1,600, yen which will include transportation and lunch. Another 1,000 yen will be received as a gratuity.

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 the JR Kyoto Station building.

The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only.

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

Kyoto hosting global NGO peace conference:
The fourth Peace as a Global Language Conference will be held Nov. 11 to 13 at Kyoto Sangyo University in Kita Ward, Kyoto.

PGL is an annual conference for teachers, students and activists interested in peace and global issues, consisting of a symposium, plenary talks, panels, lectures, workshops and other kinds of events.

The program will begin Nov. 11 with a symposium "Working for a Better World: the NGO Experience," featuring several speakers who have made a contribution to society through activities in nongovernmental organizations.

On Nov. 12 and 13, participants can choose from up to seven concurrent workshops, and attend numerous plenary talks by special guest speakers.

Guest speakers will include Bernie Krisher, former Tokyo bureau chief of Newsweek who now runs two NGOs, Juri Yukita, a human rights lawyer from Osaka, and Aileen Smith, an antinuclear campaigner.

The venue is Building No. 11 of the university.

Admission is free on Nov. 11, and 2,000 yen for Nov. 12 and 13, except for students, who get in for free.

The event will run 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and 10 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. on the final day.

The presentations will be made in English or Japanese, including some with interpretations into English or Japanese.

For details, e-mail the organizer at office@pgljapan.org or visit its Web site at www.pgljapan.org

Fair-trade workshop to be held in Osaka:
A seminar and workshop to introduce fair trade practices in Peru will be held Nov. 13 at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

Guest speakers are Norma Velasquez, the founder of Minka, a fair-trading organization supporting rural Peruvians who produce handicrafts made from alpaca wool, and Danny Apaza Cutipa, one of the producers supported by Minka.

They will talk about their activities and the life of native Peruvians involved in the production of such handicrafts.

The workshop will include demonstrations by Cutipa of spinning and knitting alpaca wool, and making accessories.

Alpaca products from Peru will be on sale.

The event will be conducted in Spanish, with Japanese interpretation.

The seminar will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The workshop will be held three times, at 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. The products will be on sale 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participation is free for the seminar, and 1,000 yen for the workshop.

Reservations must be made in advance.

For reservations and details, call the venue at (06) 6773-8182, fax (06) 6773-8421 or e-mail ft@ih-osaka.or.jp



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