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Sunday, June 4, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

World Cup promo event in Umeda Sky Building:
An event to mark the World Cup championship tournament that kicks off this week in Germany is being held through July 10 in the 40th-floor observatory of Umeda Sky Building in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The celebration is comprised of two parts; a photo exhibition on soccer and a display on an upcoming Germany-related movie. The photo exhibition presents some 50 images demonstrating soccer as a universal language. The photos were taken around the world by the members of Magnum Photos, a renowned photojournalist agency.

The movie display will introduce "Bart no Gakuen," a Japanese production depicting German soldiers imprisoned in Japan during World War I. It is based on a true story of Germans who formed a friendship with local people and performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the first time in Japan. Stills are on view. The movie will be released June 17.

The event is free of charge, but the entrance to the observatory costs 700 yen for adults, 500 yen for junior high school and high school students, and 300 yen for elementary school students. The event is open 10 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The venue is a nine-minute walk from Osaka Station on the JR Line, or from Umeda Station on the Hankyu and subway Midosuji lines.

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

Turkish cooking class by chef based in Kyoto:
The Japan-Turkish Society is hosting a Turkish cooking class 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21 at the restaurant Istanbul Saray in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Huseyin Akyol, the restaurant's chef, will demonstrate how to cook three of the most popular home-style meals — "biber dolmasi and patlican dolmasi" (stuffed bell peppers and eggplants), "mantar salatasi" (mushroom salad), and "mercimek corbasi" (lentil soup).

Participation is 3,000 yen. Twenty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications must be made by June 16.

For applications and more information, call the organizer at (075) 255-7530 or e-mail nitto@silk.plala.or.jp

Discussion for foreign women on friendships:
The Osaka Gender Equality Foundation is inviting non-Japanese, English-speaking women to its monthly discussion meeting noon to 2 p.m. June 24 at the 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's theme is friendship across cultures. Making good friends from other cultures can be rewarding but can also sometimes become a source of frustration. The meeting will examine some common "mistakes" as well as useful solutions.

The discussion will be facilitated by psychotherapist Joanna Sato.

Participation is free. No reservation is required.

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

For more information, call the venue at (06) 6910-8588.

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