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Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Canadian get-together on Hyogo's Mt. Rokko

Japan Canada Kai, a private group promoting friendship among people who like Canada or have a connection with the country, is organizing a barbecue party Aug. 26 on Mount Rokko in Hyogo Prefecture.

The party starts at 11:30 a.m. After lunch, activities such as canoeing and ball games will get under way at around 2 p.m. If it rains, the barbecue lunch will be held in a covered area.

The fee is ¥3,000 for adults and ¥2,000 for children. Advance registration and payment are required. Sixty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For registration, fax or e-mail the organizer your name, the number of participants in your party and their names, and your telephone number or e-mail address. The fee should be paid before Aug. 20 by "yubin furikomi" (postal transfer) to the account of JCK 01160-7-4470.

The party will be at a YMCA facility on Mount Rokko. To get there, take a bus bound for "Rokkosan" from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Line. Get off at the "Chojigatsuji" bus stop. Walk east for a few minutes from the bus stop.

For registration and more information, call or fax the organizer at (078) 783-5531 or e-mail kawaijck@nifty.com

Forum on picture books from around the world

The International Institute for Children's Literature in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, will hold a forum on world picture books 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28.

Researchers will introduce their recommendations for picture books, including from Ireland, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. The forum will be in English with Japanese interpretation. Books from Asian countries in the institute's collection will be on display.

Eighty people will be accepted for free, but advance application is required by phone or e-mail. The venue is a 10-minute walk from Koen Higashiguchi Station on the Osaka Monorail Line, or a 15-minute walk through the Expo Park from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line. A fee of ¥250 for adult is required to enter the park.

For registration and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6876-8800 or e-mail kokusai@iiclo.or.jp

Ice carving shows in Osaka's Namba Walk

Namba Walk, an underground shopping arcade in Chuo Ward, Osaka, will stage ice carving shows at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 11, 12, and 13.

Ice carving performances will be given on a stage set up in the zone named "Water Park" in the arcade. With chain saws and chisels, skillful carvers will craft animal figures out of large ice blocks.

An event titled "Ice Treasure Hunting" will also be held in the zones "Pocket Park," "News Park," "Art Park" and "Kujira (whales) Park," in which participants will be able to take items out of ice blocks by scraping and melting the ice with their hands. Items frozen in the blocks include water guns, flip flops, yo-yos, canned drinks and bracelets that glow in the dark. The hours for this event are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily on Aug. 11, 12, and 13, but may end before 6 p.m., depending on how fast the ice blocks meld.

The arcade can be accessed directly from Namba Station on the Midosuji and Yotsubashi subway lines, or from Nihonbashi Station on the Sakaisuji and Sennichimae subway lines.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6643-1866 or visit their Web site at walk.osaka-chikagai.jp/ (in Japanese).

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