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Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Cultural differences seminars to be held

The Suita Interpeople Friendship Association is organizing seminars on the theme of international understanding of cultural differences Sept. 2 and Sept. 9 in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

The seminars are aimed at promoting cross-cultural understanding among Japanese and non-Japanese people. The topic Sept. 2 is the power of cultural influences, while the Sept. 9 session will be on bridging cultural differences and people with different backgrounds.

The hours are 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Thirty people will be accepted for each seminar through telephone registration. The seminars will be in conversational Japanese. The cost is ¥500.

They will be held at the Gender Equality Center "Duo," a 15-minute walk from Hankyu or JR Suita stations.

For registration and more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6835-1192 from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. weekdays.

Free ballet recitals organized in Kyoto

Terada Ballet Art School is hosting free ballet recitals in Kyoto Prefecture Sunday at Kyoto Kaikan and Aug. 25 at Uji Bunka Center, both starting at 2:30 p.m.

Students of the school will perform "Coppelia," "Dream Scene" from "Don Quixote" and other dances with four students from the Kiev National Ballet School visiting Japan. Michiko Takao is the general art director and Nobuhiro Terada the director and choreographer.

The venue, Kyoto Kaikan, for Sunday is an eight-minute walk from Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line. The venue for Aug. 25, the Uji Bunka Center, is a 15-minute walk from Uji Station on the JR Nara Line. For more information, contact the organizer at (075) 751-7944.

Used shoes needed for art installation

The National Museum of Art, Osaka, is collecting used shoes until next June for an exhibition by contemporary artist Chiharu Shiota. The exhibition will be held at the museum next summer.

The shoes will be exhibited as part of an installation. Bring used — and preferably worn out — shoes to the museum with a piece of paper on which you have written memories or stories related to the shoes. They will be displayed together. The shoes will not be returned after the exhibition.

The museum is a 10-minute walk from Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi subway line. For more information, contact the museum at (06) 6447-4680 or e-mail kutu-shiota@nmao.go.jp

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