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Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007

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JALT group set to hold conference on gender

The Japan Association for Language Teaching's Gender Awareness in Language Education (GALE) special interest group, along with several other cosponsors, is holding a two-day conference titled "Gender and Beyond" on Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Oct. 6, professor Janet Holmes, linguistics chair at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, will give an opening lecture titled "Gender and Leadership: Some Socio-Pragmatic Considerations" at the Osaka Campus of Temple University Japan on the 21st floor of Osaka Ekimae Bldg. 3, which is a seven-minute walk from JR Osaka Station. This lecture illustrates some of the diverse ways in which politeness strategies serve as resources to facilitate the reconciliation of the apparently inconsistent demands of leadership and feminine identity.

On Oct. 7, various presentations on gender and other issues, as well as a panel discussion are scheduled at the Iwasaki Kinenkan in the Senriyama Campus of Kansai University in Suita City. For the map, visit www.kansai-u.ac.jp/English/about_ku/senri_map.html

Admission is ¥1,500 per day, or ¥2,000 for two days. Advance registration is not required.

For more information, contact the coordinator Salem Hicks at galesubmissions@yahoo.com with the subject line saying "Questions," or visit the group's English-language Web site at www.gale-sig.org/

Kyoto national museum plans Kano symposium

The National Museum of Kyoto will hold an international symposium on the theme of Momoyama Period painter Kano Eitoku (1543-1590) on Nov. 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kyoto International Conference Center's Annex Hall in Sakyo Ward.

The symposium focuses on current research on the works of Kano Eitoku. Following a keynote speech by Tsuneo Takeda, professor emeritus of Osaka University, presentations will be given by four researchers in the field. The presenters will join a panel discussing the current state of research on Eitoku.

The event will be held in English with Japanese interpretation. The venue is a five-minute walk from Kokusai Kaikan Station on the Kyoto Subway Karasuma Line.

Admission is free, but an advance application is required. Those wishing to attend must send a self-addressed return postcard with your name, address, age, occupation and phone number to Kyoto National Museum, 527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0931 (Attn: International Symposium Committee). One hundred people will be accepted.

For more information, contact the museum at (075) 531-7509.

Osaka set to crack open Beer Summit on Oct. 12

International Beer & Wine Summit Association, a nonprofit organization, will hold Beer Summit 2007 Oct. 12, 13, and 14 at Shin Umeda City Wonder Square in Kita Ward, Osaka City.

At the event, more than 130 types of beer will be sold. Some of them will be domestic brands, but others will come foreign countries including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and others. Snacks will also be sold.

The suds will be accompanied by performances of Spanish flamenco, Latin tango, Scottish bagpipe, Japanese drums, folk dances, and other ethnic entertainment. One of the highlights of the event is the Osaka Castle Kachutai volunteer group, whose members wear Japanese armor and look just like samurai.

The festival will be open from noon to 10 p.m. on Oct. 12 and 13, and from noon to 9 p.m. on Oct. 14. The venue is at the Umeda Sky Building, which is a nine-minute walk from the JR, Hankyu, and Umeda subway stations. Admission is free and advance applications are not required.

For more information, contact the organizer at trauerweiden@yahoo.co.jp, or visit its Web site at www.ibws-npo.org/ in both Japanese and English.

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