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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Architect Vories' works subject of public forum
A public forum will be held Jan. 29 to consider the cultural value of the buildings designed by William Merrell Vories, an American missionary and architect, at Omi Brotherhood School's Hyde Memorial Hall in Omihachiman, Shiga Prefecture.

The event will be held on the same day that Vories came to Japan 101 years ago, at one of the buildings he designed. After settling in Omihachiman as an English teacher, Vories became involved in a variety of activities, including architectural design. He left behind a large number of Western-style constructions in Omihachiman and other parts of the country.

The forum is being organized by the preparatory committee for a nationwide network to preserve his buildings.

The one-day event consists of three parts. The first is a short tour of several of his buildings in Omihachiman, including a memorial hall, a former post office and a private residence. This is reserved for 30 people and will start at 10:30 a.m.

The second part, starting at 1 p.m., is a public forum. It will be followed by an information exchange session at 5 p.m. Both meetings are for a larger number of people who are interested in Vories' work and the effort to preserve his buildings.

The event will be conducted in Japanese.

Participation is free for the bus tour and forum, but the information exchange session costs 2,000 yen to attend.

Reservations must be made for the tour and exchange session by Wednesday.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (03) 3214-2631, fax (03) 3214-2633 or e-mail info@national-trust.or.jp

Law school seminar on simulation education
Kwansei Gakuin University Law School will host an international symposium 10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Feb. 18 to discuss the effectiveness of simulation-based programs in the legal education environment at the Osaka International Convention Center in Kita Ward.

Kwansei Gakuin Law School has been developing a simulation-based curriculum using mock law firms to provide students with practical legal skills. As part of the school's international symposiums on the best practices in law school education, this year's session will have three professors from the United States, who will speak on innovations in simulation-based teaching in the U.S. The professors and other specialists from Japan will give keynote speeches and take part in the following panel discussion.

Simultaneous interpretations into English and Japanese will be provided.

Participation is free. Those wishing to attend must send name, profession and contact numbers to the organizers by Jan. 31. Reservations can be made by sending e-mail tokglawkeisei@kgo.kwansei.ac.jp or fax at (0798) 54-6184.

For details, call the organizer at (0798) 54-6090 or visit its Web site at www.kwansei.ac.jp/law - school/keisei (in English and Japanese).

Contemporary Chinese artists on display
An exhibition of contemporary Chinese paintings is being held through Feb. 5 at the Umeda Sky Building in Kita Ward, Osaka.

On view are 37 works by 12 artists borrowed from the Nakagawa Museum of Chinese Art in Hiroshima Prefecture, which boasts a superb collection of Chinese art. Similar exhibitions have been held in the past but as solo displays of a specific artist. This exhibition assembles some of the finest works of Western-style painting and Chinese traditional painting under one roof, and the artists include Wang Zhao Zhong, Hong Ling, Gu Yuan and Wu Zuo Ren, who are all recognized as leading figures of today's Chinese art scene.

The works are being shown at Floating Garden Observatory on the 40th floor of the Umeda Sky Building.

The venue is open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6440-3901.

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