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Sunday, May 21, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Cross-cultural women artists work together:
The Women Artists Association (WAA), a group of foreign women artists based in Kansai, will present their collaborative works with Japanese counterparts from Tuesday to June 3 at Ishida Taiseisha Hall in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The exhibition marks the group's first collaborative show with Japanese women artists. The show's title, "Ripple," reflects how ripples from Japanese culture flow into the work of the WAA members. Eleven members of WAA paired up with the same number of Japanese for the project.

Many chose to work with an artist whose medium is quite different from their own. For example, Jorie Johnson, an American felt-making artist, teamed up with calligrapher Tsutsumi Kawabe.

Entrance is free. The exhibition be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on all days except Sundays, when it is closed.

The venue, located on Marutamachi Street, is a 10-minute walk from Exit No. 2 of Marutamachi Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For more information, call the venue at (075) 211-9151.

Forum on landing jobs in international bodies:
Kwansei Gakuin University is holding a careers forum June 3 for people interested in finding a job at an international organization.

The forum will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is comprised of two parts.

First, Yoshiteru Uramoto, director of UNICEF Tokyo, and Yoshiko Inaga from the Foreign Ministry, who is chief of the Recruitment Center for International Organizations, will give lectures on such topics as what kind of manpower they need and their employment process.

Afterward, representatives from international organizations will operate booths and provide an information seminar. Participating organizations include the World Bank and several organizations under the United Nations, including UNICEF, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and U.N. Development Program.

It will be held at the B-go Kan building of the university's Nishinomiya Uegahara campus in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Reservations are not required. Participation is free.

For more information, call the organizer at (0798) 54-6117.

Firefly festival to light up city in Shiga Pref.:
A firefly festival will be held June 10 to 18 in the Nagaoka district of Maibara, Shiga Prefecture.

The festival features the gentle lights emitted by the nocturnal luminous insects. The Amano River, which flows through the area, is known as one of the prefecture's clearest streams and a home of Genji-botaru, one of the largest and most luminous of some 50 varieties of fireflies inhabiting Japan.

In that area, the insects are protected as a Special Natural Monument of Japan. Around this time of year, multitudes are expected to come out to light up early summer nights.

During the festival, a line of "andon" traditional lamps will be placed on the ground to lead visitors to one of the viewing sites on the riverside, which is a 10-minute walk from Omi Nagaoka Station on the JR Line.

To tour other viewing sites, there will be a shuttle bus service starting at Omi Nagaoka Station and other places. The bus will be available on Sundays and Saturdays, and it will cost 300 yen.

The festival will run from sunset to around 9 p.m.

For more information, call the festival's executive committee at (0749) 58-2227.

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