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Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Workshop in Osaka for aspiring journalists

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan will hold its first Kansai Student Workshop on Oct. 27 in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The workshop consists of two sessions, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and is aimed at Kansai-area university students (both graduate and undergraduate, Japanese and non-Japanese) who have an interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

There will be training, entirely in English, in basic journalism, including fact-gathering, verification, interviewing sources and asking questions at press conferences. Students are asked to sign up for one session.

After the workshop, the FCCJ will create a database of students who are proficient in foreign languages with an interest in journalism. Access to the database will be given to members of the FCCJ, including 300 working foreign media, who seek full or part-time reporters, editors, research assistants, and paid or unpaid interns. The database is planned to be used actively next year when five major meetings related to the Group of Eight take place in the Kansai region.

The workshop venue is the Osaka International Convention Center, a 10-minute walk from Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi Line.

Admission is ¥2,000, which includes light refreshments, coffee and tea. Advance registration via e-mail is required by Oct. 21.

For more information and registration, send an e-mail to Eric Johnston, deputy editor, The Japan Times' Osaka Office, at japantimes-osa@sannet.ne.jp

Two English-language tours of Kyoto on offer

A volunteer tour guide is organizing tours for English-speaking foreigners to visit water-related spots in Kyoto on Oct. 14 and to observe a quaint festival at the Sokujo-in subtemple of Sennyu-ji Temple on Oct. 21.

Various fees are required to make the trips, including ¥500 for a one-day pass on the city bus, ¥1,200 for the Eiden railway fare, ¥1,000 for lunch and ¥1,000 as a tip for the guide. Participants will visit Kifune Shrine in Sakyo Ward, a water source of the Kamo River, and the Nanzen-ji Temple area, which is related to Lake Biwa's canalization.

For the Oct. 21 tour, ¥500 is required for the round trip on the city bus, ¥1,000 for lunch and ¥1,000 as a gratuity to the guide. The ritual at the temple in Higashiyama Ward is based on the Jodoshu (Pure Land Buddhism) belief that 25 "bosatsu" Buddhas would lead the dead to paradise.

On both days, participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office, which is on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station building.

Reservations must be made in advance. The tours are reserved for non-Japanese only.

For reservations and more information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Free tickets available for 'gagaku' concert

Tenri University's Gagaku Music Society is offering readers of The Japan Times a chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to a concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Tenri Shimin Kaikan in Tenri, Nara Prefecture.

"Gagaku" is Japanese classical music that has been performed at the Imperial court. The theme of the concert is "Genji Monogatari," or "The Tale of Genji," and presents five pieces of chants and dances from its "Fuji no Uraba" section.

Those seeking free tickets should send a post card stating their name, address, phone number and the name of the medium (The Japan Times) to Gagaku Music Society of Tenri University at 1050 Somanouchi-cho, Tenri-shi, Nara, 632-8510. The post card should arrive by Wednesday.

Concert tickets are also available for ¥1,000 in advance and ¥1,500 at the door.

For more information, contact the Gagaku Music Society at (0743) 63-4945 or e-mail univ@gagaku.biz

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