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Sunday, July 29, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto foundation airs S. Korean picture books

Kyoto City International Foundation will display 100 South Korean picture books from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Aug. 5 on the second floor of Kyoto International Community House.

Some of the South Korean picture books have been translated into Japanese. Kim Fang, a Kyoto-based children's book writer, will read Korean and Japanese picture books on the theme of cultural exchanges between Japan and South Korea from 2 to 3 p.m. daily during the event. Some books will be on sale.

The venue is a six-minute walk northwest from Keage Station on the Tozai Line. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the organizer at (075) 752-1187, or visit their Web site at www.kcif.or.jp/ (in Japanese)

Kobe College forum mulls East meets West

Kobe College is organizing an international symposium focusing on current interpretation trends, titled "East Meets West," from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21.

On Aug. 20, following a keynote speech by professor Daniel Gile of France's University of Lyon, professor Barbara Moser-Mercer of the University of Geneva, professor Chuanyun Bao of the Monterey Institute of International Studies will give plenary talks. On Aug. 21, professor Jacolyn Harmer, also of the Monterey Institute, will talk before a panel discussion chaired by professor Junko Matsunawa of Kobe College. Professor Chuta Funayama, of Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, will also join the panel with other speakers.

Admission is free but advance registration is required before Aug. 9. The symposium will be held in English with Japanese interpretation. The venue is a 10-minute walk from Mondo-Yakujin Station on the Hankyu Imazu Line.

For more information and a registration, contact the organizer at (0798) 51-8549, from Tuesday to Friday between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or e-mail gp-sympo@mail.kobe-c.ac.jp

Mantousai festival held at Taga Taisya Shrine

Taga Taisya Shrine in Taga-cho, Inukami-gun, Shiga Prefecture, will hold its Mantousai festival from 7 to 10 p.m. from Friday to Sunday.

Taga Taisya enshrines the parents of Amaterasu-Omikami, the sun goddess in Japanese mythology. Since Izanami-no-mikoto, the mother, is considered to be the guardian of the land of the dead, this festival is held in honor of the spirits of the dead. About 13,000 lanterns will be lit on 50 10-meter columns.

Entertainment during the festival will include Taga Ondo dances on Friday, a karaoke competition Saturday, and "saguraku," a blend of noh and "kyogen" comic storytelling, Japanese drum and ceremonial court music performances on Sunday.

The shrine is a 10-minute walk from Taga Taisya Mae Station on the Ohmi Railway Line. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the shrine at (0749) 48-1101, or visit their Web site at www.tagataisya.or.jp/ (in Japanese)

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