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Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Women's group focuses on self-esteem this month:
The Osaka Gender Equality Foundation is inviting English-speaking foreigners to its monthly discussion meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Osaka Prefectural Women's Center, or Dawn Center, in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

The discussion will focus on common problems facing foreign women, including those pertaining to cultural differences, employment and child care. Participants will exchange information and experiences.

This month, the group will discuss the topic of self-esteem, covering such issues as what is self-esteem and why it is important, how we can gain more of it, and whether living in a foreign country can influence it.

Participation is free. No reservation is required.

To get to the venue, walk 350 meter east from Tenmabashi Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For details, call the organizer at (06) 6910-8588.

Seminar in Kyoto on Ottoman Turkey:
The Japan-Turkey Culture Society is hosting a seminar on the history of Turkey from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 22 at Kyodai Kaikan building in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

Eiji Shintani, a professor at Kansai University, will speak on "The Ottoman Dynasty and the Mediterranean Sea." In the mid-16th century, Ottoman Turkey brought the Mediterranean Sea under its control. The lecture will discuss how the Ottomans made it possible and what they thought of Europeans' activities in the sea areas outside the Mediterranean.

The lecture will be in Japanese.

Participation is 1,500 yen for students and 2,000 yen for others. Turkish wine and refreshments will be served.

'Ume' bonsai exhibit in Nagahama, Shiga Pref.:
Bonbaiten, an exhibition of "ume" (plum) bonsai works, is being held daily through March 12 at Keiunkan, a Japanese-style guesthouse built during the Meiji Era (1868-1921) in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture.

The 55th annual exhibition, considered one of the oldest and largest of its kind, includes about 90 pots of plum trees in bloom, some of which are several hundred years old, and others that stand more than 2 meters tall.

The exhibition will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until the end of this month, as well as from March 1 to March 12. During the month of February, the hours will be extended to 8:30 p.m. and the plum trees will be illuminated after dark.

The fee is 200 yen for elementary and junior high school students, and 500 yen for adults.

The venue is a five-minute walk from JR Nagahama Station.

For more information, call the organizer at (0749) 62-4111.

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