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Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Three-month Japanese courses for only ¥5,000

Osaka International House Foundation is seeking students for three-month Japanese courses starting in January at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

The objective is to provide non-Japanese with conversational skills useful in everyday life.

Four courses, held weekly, are available based on participants' skills. Each consists of 12 sessions. Levels 1 and 2 are for those who wish to learn how to introduce themselves and talk about simple activities, while the courses for levels 3 and 4 will teach how to make sentences using verbal phrases and how to explain thoughts and expressions.

Classes for levels 1 and 2 will be held every Tuesday starting Jan. 8. Classes for levels 3 and 4 will be held every Wednesday starting Jan. 9. All classes start at 7 p.m. and last 90 minutes.

The fee is ¥5,000, including the cost of the textbook. Ten people will be accepted for each course on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants will have to take an interview to assess their language skills. Interviews will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 19. Reservations must be made in advance.

For more information and reservations, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.

Osaka European film festival starts Nov. 23

The 14th annual Osaka European Film Festival will take place Nov. 23 to 25 at Recital Hall in Kita Ward, Osaka.

Eleven feature films from recent years will be screened, including the Turkish film "Iklimler" ("Climate") (2006), which won the Prix de la FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics Prize) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006, and "Indigenes" ("Days of Glory") (2006), in French and Arabic, which took the festival's Best Actor Award.

All of the films are making their Japan debut and will be shown in various languages with Japanese subtitles. "Cashback" (2006), a British film directed by a working photographer, is in English. "Unser taglich Brot" ("Our Daily Bread") (2005), which depicts efficiency- and profit-oriented food production at modern factories, has no dialogue.

Tickets for the premier showings are ¥1,200 each. Advance tickets can be purchased at ticket agencies Pia and E+ or at Lawson convenience stores. Tickets will be sold at the door for ¥1,500.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6882-6213 or access its Web site www.oeff.jp/ (in English and Japanese).

Ethnology museum set to host resources forum

The National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka (Minpaku), will host a forum to commemorate its 20th anniversary from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 24.

The forum is titled "The Philosophy of Cultural Resources: Knowledge, Culture and Society of the 21st Century."

After an opening remark by Makio Matsuzono, Minpaku's director general, Krydz Ikwuemesi, senior lecturer at University of Nigeria, Nicholas Thomas, director of Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Naoyuki Kinoshita, professor at University of Tokyo, and Yuji Seki, professor at Minpaku, will give lectures on various aspects of cultural resources, such as reference materials and art objects housed at various museums. They will then join the panel for a discussion chaired by Yukiya Kawaguchi of Minpaku. Lectures will be in English or Japanese, with simultaneous interpretation in either language.

An advance application is required via e-mail stating your name, address, telephone number and the name of the event: "30th Anniversary Forum."

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

For applications and more information, contact the museum at (06) 6876-2151 or e-mail bunsifkmp24@idc.minpaku.ac.jp

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