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Sunday, April 15, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Kansai Time Out celebrating 30th year

Kansai Time Out magazine is hosting a party to celebrate its 30th anniversary from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 21 at Cap House in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

The Strange Brew music festival will feature unique music and performances by such artists as Chindon Tsushinsha, a renowned group of "chindon-ya" traditional street performers, and Hajime Sakita, one of Japan's leading players of the musical saw. Egyptian and other kinds of food will be on sale.

Admission is 1,500 yen in advance and 2,000 yen at the door and includes one drink.

For advance tickets and details, call the organizer at (078) 232-4517, send a fax to (078) 232-4518 or e-mail ktoadmin@to.co.jp

Lecture in Kobe on EU and its currency

A lecture on the euro and the European Union will be held at 3 p.m. May 14 at Kobe University's Frontier Hall in Nada Ward.

Dr. Gunter Grosche, a former executive director of the International Monetary Fund who is currently the special adviser to Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the Eurogroup, will discuss in English the past, present and future of the 50-year-old EU and its official currency, which was introduced in 1999.

Admission is free. The venue is a 15-minute walk from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Line.

For more information, call the Hyogo EU Association at (078) 230-3261 or e-mail pld@net.hyogo-ip.or.jp

Turkish language and cooking classes offered

The Japan-Turkey Culture Society is seeking participants for its Turkish-language course and Turkish cooking class.

The weekly, entry-level language course will start April 16 and will meet at 7 p.m. every Monday until September. The course will be taught by Fumiko Sawae, a lecturer at Osaka University of Foreign Studies. The fee is 50,000 yen for the six-month course and 4,000 yen to become a society member.

The venue is the society's office in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The one-day cooking class will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at the restaurant Istanbul Saray in Nakagyo Ward.

Chef Huseyin Akyol will demonstrate three dishes that can be prepared using readily available ingredients. The dishes are oven-roasted egg plants and beef, yogurt soup and Turkish-style pilaf.

The fee is 3,000 yen. Twenty people will be accepted.

Applications for the cooking class must be made by April 19 via phone or e-mail.

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

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