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Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006

Kansai: Who & What

Fair to cover education opportunities in Britain The Osaka office of the British Council is hosting an education fair for people wishing to study in Britain.

The event will run 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Umeda Aura Hall on the 10th floor of Umeda Sky Building in Kita Ward, Osaka.

Participants will be able to discuss study plans with representatives of about 70 institutions, including universities, graduate schools, vocational schools, language schools, high schools and junior high schools. Japanese interpretation will be available.

The fair will offer a wide array of information to those who are simply interested in studying in Britain or to people who have already chosen their study destination. There will be a variety of sessions to discuss such themes as the British rock music scene and the latest topics concerning British soccer, provided by specialists from each field. Other events will include a workshop on flower arrangement and a demonstration of a university class on international relations.

Participation is free. No reservations are required.

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

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6342-5301 or e-mail educationuk.osaka@britishcouncil.or.jp

Forum on how schools in N.Z. cover Japan

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies is hosting a public forum on how Japan is studied by high school students in New Zealand, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Campus Plaza Kyoto in Shimogyo Ward.

Edwina Palmer, senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury, will speak on the theme "Japan-Related Content in the New Zealand High Schools' Social Studies Curriculum."

The presentation will be in Japanese.

Participation is free. Reservations will be accepted starting this Wednesday.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (075) 335-2078.

Pottery-making class at Kiyomizu-yaki workshop

Ikebana International's Kyoto chapter is organizing a day of pottery-making 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at Fujihira Pottery Co., a workshop of Kiyomizu-yaki ceramic ware in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.

Participants will be able to shape a tea cup, green-tea bowl or sweet dish, or paint a tea cup or green-tea bowl.

The cost is 4,000 yen to shape a cup, 4,500 yen to shape a bowl or dish, and 2,000 yen to paint a cup or 2,500 yen to paint a bowl. Another 2,500 yen will be charged to nonmembers of Ikebana International for the cost of tea.

Reservations must be made by Sept. 30.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (075) 231-4735.

Foreigners can get free seats for Jidai Matsuri

Kyoto City International Foundation is offering free seating for 100 foreign residents of Kyoto to view the city's Jidai Matsuri festival on Oct. 22.

Jidai Matsuri is one of the three major annual festivals of Kyoto. About 2,000 people will parade in costumes from the past millennium, representing every Japanese historical period, or "jidai," from the Heian to the Meiji periods.

Foreigners who live in the city can apply for the free seat. Those accepted will meet at 12:30 p.m. in front of Kyoto City Hall in Nakagyo Ward.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For applications and more information, call the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

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