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Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Diplomats' photographs to be shown in Osaka

Photographs of Japan taken by foreign diplomats will be shown from Dec. 14 to 24 at Umeda Sky Building in Kita Ward, Osaka.

About 60 photos taken by 56 diplomats from 35 countries will be on display. The event, which has been held six times in Osaka, is aimed at showing Japan through the eyes of these careful observers and the wide diversity of viewpoints resulting from the differences in the diplomats' cultural backgrounds.

The venue is a 10-minute walk from JR Osaka Station, or from Umeda Station on the Hankyu or Midosuji subway lines.

The exhibition is free of charge, but admission to the observatory on the 40th floor costs ¥700. The hours are 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

For details, contact the organizer, Planning & Communications Department, Osaka International House Foundation, at (06) 6773-8182, e-mail johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp, or access the building's Web site at www.skybldg.co.jp/

Gender group invites foreign women to talks

The Osaka Gender Equality Foundation is inviting English-speaking non-Japanese women to a discussion from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Dawn Center (Osaka Prefectural Women's Center) in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

The discussion group will meet every month and focus on common problems faced by foreign women, including those pertaining to cultural differences, employment, and child care, and exchange their information and experiences.

This month's topic will be Coping with Holiday Shock and Homesickness. Psychotherapist Joanna Sato will be a facilitator for the discussion.

Participation is free. No reservation is required.

To get to the Dawn Center, walk 350 meters east from Tenmabashi Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6944-8242.

Expo Park plans first illumination exhibition

Expo Park in Suita City, Osaka, will hold an illumination event on Dec. 15, 16 and from Dec. 22 to 24.

The Illuminight Banpaku: World Illumination Expo is the first illumination event at Expo Park. Featured will be a five-meter tree, a light tunnel, deer-shaped lighting displays, and bamboo decorations. Background music produced especially for this event by local radio station FM802 will be played to liven up the festivities in the park. Live concerts by a hand-bell ensemble and a Nordic band are also scheduled. From Dec. 22 to 24, there will be stalls selling light snacks and beverages.

The venue is near Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line. Admission to the event is free, but ¥250 is required to enter the park.

For more information, contact the park office at (06) 6877-3339.

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