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Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007

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Ethnology museum plans anniversary symposium

The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) will hold an international symposium to commemorate its 30th anniversary on Sept. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sept. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The theme of the symposium is "The Great Navigators in the Pacific" and is being held as a part of the exhibition "Vaka Moana: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Exploration," which started Sept. 13 and runs till Dec. 11.

The language used on the second day is English, and Japanese interpretation will be available.

Admission is free and no reservations are required. The museum will accept 450 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

The venue is Expo Park in Suita City, Osaka Prefecture, a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line, which goes through the park (and which requires ¥250 to enter) or a 15-minute walk from Koen Higashiguchi Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

For more information, contact the museum at (06) 6876-2151.

Namba Walk requesting clothes for donations

Namba Walk, an underground shopping arcade in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, will collect used clothes and blankets for donations from Sept. 20 to 24.

The arcade is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The collected clothes will be donated to countries ranging from Brazil to Zambia this year, with help from the Japan Relief Clothing Center. The arcade has been collecting and donating used clothes to countries in need for the last eight years.

Bring used, but washed, clothes to the Kujira (whale) Park zone in the arcade. Only casual summer clothes will be accepted. Used and washed blankets are also sought, but towels, sheets, underwear, or socks will be accepted only if they have not been used.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6643-1866.

Research center plans anniversary lectures

International Research Center for Japanese Studies is organizing an international symposium in Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto City, to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

The invited speaker, Augustin Berque, professor of Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, will give a speech titled "Being toward Life," focusing on philosophical questions about the existence of human beings.

The title of the speech by the second speaker, Lee O-young, the first cultural minister of Korea and a distinguished honorary professor of Ewha Academy for Advanced Studies, will be, "Is Escape from the Sense of Constrictedness Possible? Answers from the Viewpoint of Tominaga Nakamoto's Method of Study." The speeches will be in Japanese.

The symposium will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. Admission is free, but advance applications are required by telephone, fax, or e-mail. The center will accept 500 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

The venue is a 15-minute taxi ride from Katsura Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.

For an advanced application and more information, contact the organizer by phone at (075) 335-2078, fax at (075) 335-2092, or e-mail koenkai@nichibun.ac.jp, or visit its English-language Web site at www.nichibun.ac.jp/event/event_2_e.html

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