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Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007

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Kyoto university to host pair of peace events

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies will be hosting the Peace as a Global Language VI conference and the Imagine Peace project from Oct. 26 to 28.

The Peace as a Global Language conference is held on Oct. 27 and 28 for educators, students, NGOs and anyone interested in peace and global issues in education and in exchanging ideas on how to make the world a better place. This year's conference has more than sixty presenters, posters and other events. Admission is free. Check the organizer's English-language Web site at pgljapan.org/ for details and its schedule.

Imagine Peace is a project being held from Oct. 26 to 28 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the university. The project will feature programs like Model United Nations meetings, a hunger banquet to learn about worldwide poverty, and a charity party.

Admission is ¥3,000 for a Model United Nations meeting and ¥700 for a hunger banquet. Full details can be accessed at www.kufs.ac.jp/MUN/ — the organizer's English-language Web site. An advance application is required to join the hunger banquet program via its Web site.

For more information, contact the KUFS Imagine Peace planning committee at (075) 322-6021, or e-mail imaginesupport@gmail.com

TV commercials shown all night long in Osaka

La Nuit des Publiviores 2007 (Night of the Ad Eaters), will be held Oct. 27 in Kita Ward, Osaka City.

This is an all-night event showing TV commercials from 50 different countries on a big screen. The event, which originally started in 1981 in Paris, has been held annually in Japan since 1999. This year's showing highlights brand commercials that feature Hollywood movie stars, commercials related to the EU's 50th anniversary that aired in European countries, overseas ads by Japanese car manufacturers, pro- and antitobacco commercials and more. The event is part of the Osaka European Film Festival scheduled in November, and English and Japanese subtitles will be available for some commercials.

The venue is Festival Hall, a three-minute walk north of Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi subway line. The hall opens at 10 p.m., and the show will start at 10:30 p.m. and continue until 5:30 a.m.

Advance tickets are ¥3,500 for nonreserved seats and ¥4,300 for reserved seats and ¥4,000 at the door.

For more information, contact the CM Festival Office at (092) 843-7370 or access its Web site at www.cmfestival.com/ (in Japanese). For reservations, e-mail bouvier@cmfestival.com

Museum to hold exhibit of paintings by children

Suntory Museum Tempozan is organizing an exhibition of children's paintings from around the world from Oct. 26 to Nov. 11 in the lobby on the second floor.

The exhibition is being held with the cooperation of the nonprofit organization Kids Earth Fund and showcases some 65 paintings by children on the theme of the earth and its natural environment. Founded in 1988, the organization has provided psychological and material support to children who lost their parents in wars and disasters.

The museum, a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line, is is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily but will be closed Nov. 5. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the Kids Earth Fund at (03) 5449-8161 or e-mail info@kidsearthfund.org

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