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Sunday, March 25, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto's Pulse Plaza plans major antique fair

A major antique fair will be held March 30 through April 1 at Pulse Plaza in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.

The Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto, held three times a year, is the largest of its kind in western Japan, attracting 30,000 visitors each time.

The 37th event will have 350 dealers from around the country, selling more than 1.5 million items from Japan and the West, including furnishing goods and craft works for daily use from Kyoto's traditional "machiya" houses.

Entrance is free. The fair will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To get there, take the subway or Kintetsu Line to Takeda Station, and then ride a free shuttle bus from the west exit on the venue or use a taxi.

For more information, call the organizer at (077) 522-2307 during daytime, or (077) 521-6543 at night.

Guide to take foreigners on Mie ninja site tour

A volunteer guide interpreter is organizing a one-day tour for English-speaking foreigners to the home of ninja warriors in Mie Prefecture on April 1.

Participants will visit the city of Iga, one of two birthplaces of the ninja. The destinations include Iga-ryu (Iga Sect) Ninja Museum and Iga-Ueno Castle.

Participants are required to pay the actual cost of the tour, which will be around 6,000 yen including the train fare, lunch, admissions and the gratuity to the guide.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9 a.m. in front of Kyoto City Tourist Information Center on the second floor of JR Kyoto Station building.

Reservations must be made in advance. The event is reserved for non-Japanese only.

For reservations and more information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

British Council to host U.K. education fair

The British Council's Osaka office is hosting an education fair for people wishing to study in Britain.

The fair will run from 1 to 5 p.m. April 1 at the council's office in Kita Ward.

At Education UK Day, participants will be able to discuss study plans with representatives from 26 universities, vocational schools and language schools. In addition, there will be a series of seminars on life and study in Britain, as well as on IELTS (International English-Language Testing) tests and discussions with Japanese who have studied in the country. Also, there will be a demonstration college class.

The fair will also offer a wide variety of information to people who are simply interested in Britain or have already chosen their study destination.

The sessions will be conducted in English with interpretations, or in Japanese.

Participation fee is free. No reservation is required.

The venue is on the fourth floor of the Dojima Avanza building, which is a five-minute walk from JR Kitashinchi Station or from Nishi Umeda Station.

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

Canadian Academy cooks up food, fun fest

The Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe's Higashinada Ward, will host its annual International Food & Fun Fair on April 7 from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The celebration will kick of with a "Parade of Nations" and feature live entertainment, games for children and food booths from more than a dozen countries.

The school is located on Rokko Island and is a five-minute walk east from Marine Park Station on the Rokko Liner.

For details, call the school at (078) 857-0100.

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