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Sunday, April 23, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Event for Scrabble fans to get together in Kobe: Competitors are being sought for a Scrabble competition 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 on the fourth floor of Kobe Crystal Tower in Chuo Ward.

The event is being organized by Kobe Systematized Goodwill Guides Club, a volunteer interpreters' group, with the goal of promoting friendship between Japanese and foreign players of the popular board game.

Participation is free.

The venue is a three-minute walk from JR Kobe Station.

For more information, call the organizer at (078) 291-8442.

English outing to take in big Kyoto flea market: The YWCA Senri Center is organizing an English-speaking excursion to a large-scale flea market May 7 at a Kyoto temple.

The market is held on the first Sunday of each month at Toji Temple in Minami Ward, one of the 17 properties in Kyoto designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site. The temple boasts one of the tallest wooden pagodas in Japan and is also known for flea markets selling Japanese antiques. Though a flea market is also held on the 21st of each month, the Sunday market is expected to be less crowded and have more antique vendors.

Participants will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the taxi stand of Kita-senri Station on the Hankyu Line.

Participation is 800 yen. Transportation and lunch are not included. Reservations must be made by April 30.

For reservations and more information, send an e-mail to the coordinator at usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

Migrant issues on tap in Hyogo workshop: Kwansei Gakuin University's 21st Century COE Program is presenting a workshop on migrant communities and violence at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday in Room 303 of Lecture Hall E (E-go Kan) at the university's Nishinomiya Uegahara campus in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

The event, part of the program's social research for the enhancement of human well-being, will explore the topic from the perspective of race and gender.

At a keynote, Mark Goodman, an assistant professor at York University, Canada, will report on the latest results from a study on Islamic communities in Canada. His speech is titled "Diaspora, Islam and gender: The experience of four migrant communities of Islamic culture in Canada: Some hypotheses and preliminary findings."

The topic will then be discussed by two researchers from Kwansei Gakuin who specialize in social work and cultural studies.

The event will be conducted in English, and is open to the general public.

Participation is free. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call the organizer at (0798) 54-6655.

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