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Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

German international school's open house

German European School Kobe, formerly known as Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School, is holding an open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the school in Nada Ward.

Founded in 1909, the international school provides German or English-based education from pre-kindergarten to elementary school for children age 2 to 11. It is the only school in Kobe authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Organization's primary years program. At the open house, the school's education system and curricula will be introduced to parents.

There is no fee.

The school is a five-minute walk from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Line. No parking facility is available.

For more information, call the school at (078) 851-6414.

Plum festival, antique fair at Osaka shrine

Osaka YWCA Senri Center is organizing an excursion for English-speaking foreigners Feb. 18 to visit a plum festival and antique fair at Osaka Tenmangu Shrine in Kita Ward.

Osaka Tenmangu venerates Sugawara Michizane, a renowned scholar from the ninth century known today as the patron of scholarship. Many students visit the shrine before taking their school entrance examinations.

At the plum festival, there will be more than 50 pots of plum trees in bloom, including some 100 to 200 years old.

Participants will be invited to have lunch at a local restaurant as an option. Participants will meet at 11 a.m. at the front gate of Osaka Tenmangu. The cost will be 700 yen, including admission to the shrine. Transportation and the cost of lunch are not included.

Reservations must be made by Feb. 11.

For reservations and more information, call the coordinator at 090-9253-7150 or e-mail usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

Public lecture on Buddhism in Japan

International Research Center for Japanese Studies is holding a public lecture on Japanese Buddhism from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Campus Plaza Kyoto in Shomogyo Ward, Kyoto.

Stylianos Papalexandropoulos, and associate professor at the University of Athens, will speak on the theme "Theories of Japanese Buddhism: Factors and Means in Their Development" to discuss how past Buddhists and religious scientists examined Japanese Buddhism and how they stressed certain characteristics from their own philosophical standpoints. The lecture will be conducted in Japanese.

Participation is free.

Reservations will be accepted starting Jan. 29. For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (075) 335-2078.

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