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Sunday, July 16, 2006
KANSAI: Who & What
Japanese courses offered in Osaka:
The courses are aimed at providing non-Japanese with conversation skills useful in everyday life.
Four courses, held weekly, are available based on participants' skills. Each consists of 12 sessions. Level 1 and 2 classes, for those wishing to learn how to introduce themselves and talk about simple activities, will be held 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 5. Level 3 for those who want to form sentences using various verbal phrases and Level 4 for those wishing to explain their own thoughts and experiences in detail will meet Wednesdays starting Sept. 6, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The fee is 5,000 yen, including the cost of the textbook. Ten people will be accepted for each course on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applicants will have to take an interview to assess their language skills. The interviews will be held 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and 23. Reservations for the interview must be made in advance.
For reservations for the interview and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.
Celebrate reopening of Kyoto's KyoRyuKan:
KRK was founded in 1997 by dancer/musician/actor Peter Golightly with the goal of providing a forum for artists and promoting cultural exchange. It has since been functioning as a culture school as well as a venue for various events.
A new facility, with studios, classrooms and a cafe, will be opened with performances by a variety of artists. Among them are mama! milk, an instrumental music duo providing live music at galleries and other public places in various countries; Takeshi Yazaki, a renowned contemporary dancer; Simone Fukayuki, a veteran chanson singer and drag queen; Tania Luiz, a belly dancer from Portugal; and KRK's director Golightly.
The party will begin at 7 p.m. on both days. Performers will differ each day.
Tickets are 2,000 yen for students and 2,500 yen for others.
For advance tickets, fax (075) 417-1050 or e-mail email@example.com
For more information, call KRK at (075) 417-1127 or visit its Web site at www.kyoryukan.com
Photo exhibit focuses on 19th-century Japan:
There are some 60 photos on display, with half taken by Kyuichi Uchida, a photographer active during the period when Japan gave up its national seclusion policy and began its transition into an open, modernized nation.
Although Uchida died at age 32, he had traveled around the country and left behind many photographic records of the turbulent era. The exhibition features images of such well-known places in Kansai as Osaka Castle and Kobe's Nunobiki falls, along with portraits of Katsu Kaishu, Kido Takayoshi and other renowned figures who played an important part in ushering in the new era.
The gallery is in the building's observatory on the 40th floor. To get there, walk 15 minutes from JR Osaka Station.
Entrance is 700 yen for adults, 500 yen for junior high school and high school students, 300 yen for elementary school students, and 100 yen for younger children.
The display is open 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. until July 20, and from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. from July 21.
For more information, call the venue at (06) 6440-3855.