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Sunday, June 3, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Lecture on Thai-Japan linguistic perspectives

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies is hosting a lecture on the theme of "Cultural Conception of 'Ki' and 'Kokoro': Linguistic Perspectives on Japanese and Thai Mentality" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 at Campus Plaza Kyoto in Shimogyo Ward.

The lecture will be by Chavalin Svetanant of Chulalongkorn University and a visiting research scholar at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies.

It will be given in Japanese.

An advance application is required to attend. Eighty people will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Campus Plaza Kyoto is on the west side of JR Kyoto Station Building's parking lot.

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

Kansai events calendar available online

The Flanders Center, a liaison office representing the Flanders government of Belgium, has launched an art and design event calendar, Kansai Art Beat, at www.kansaiartbeat.com/

KAB offers a comprehensive list of events at galleries and museums in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Shiga, Mie and Wakayama prefectures. Visitors can browse through 300 current events happening at 300 venues. All content is in both Japanese and English, and is accessible free of charge.

The Web site is the Kansai version of Tokyo Art Beat, also known as TAB.

For more information, e-mail contact@kansaiartbeat.com

Foreign women discuss working overseas

The Osaka Gender Equality Foundation is inviting English-speaking women to its monthly discussion meeting from noon to 2 p.m. June 23 at Osaka Prefectural Women's Center, or Dawn Center, in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

The discussion will focus on common problems facing foreign women, including those pertaining to cultural differences, employment and child care. Participants will exchange information and experiences.

This month's theme is women working abroad. Juggling career with other roles — whether mothering, homemaking or being a partner — can be a challenge. Working in a foreign country can either enhance or impair the difficult task of trying to achieve a balance between work and personal life. The workshop will discuss all challenges facing professional women who work abroad as well as the benefits of an international career.

The discussion will be facilitated by psychotherapist Joanna Sato.

Participation is free. No reservation is required.

To get to the venue, walk 350 meters east from Tenmabashi Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For more information, call the venue at (06) 6944-8242.

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