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Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Food, music on offer at ethnic diversity festival

The Minoh Association for Global Awareness will hold a "Multi-ethnic Festival" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 in Mino City, Osaka.

The festival will feature various kinds of food, such as Thai chicken ramen, Mongolian meat noodles, hot Korean soup, Indian curry and Mexican tacos. World music and dance performances will also be staged featuring Indonesian dances, Thai flutes and choruses in various languages.

In the afternoon, child care consultation will available in English, Korean, and Chinese.

Entrance to the festival is free and no advance application is required. The venue is the MAFGA facility at 1-2-1 Aomatani Nishi, Mino City. To get there, take Hankyu bus Nos. 30, 55, 56 or 59 from Senri Chuo Station on the Kita Osaka Kyuko Line or from Kita Senri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line. Get off at Toyokawa Shisho-mae or Ninotani bus stops.

For more information, contact the organizer at (072) 727-6912, or e-mail info@mafga.or.jp

Osaka YWCA to teach art of wearing kimono

Osaka YWCA Bridges Program is organizing a kimono-dressing seminar for non-Japanese women from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb 24 in Suita City, Osaka.

A professional native kimono instructor will dress participants with the help of English-speaking Bridges members. Participants can also have a cup of Japanese tea with cake and enjoy Japanese dance performance by volunteers. Participants may bring their own camera or have their photographs taken for ¥300.

The participation fee is ¥2,000. The space is limited to 10 people and advance applications must be submitted before Feb. 15. The venue is YWCA Senri Center, which is a five-minute walk west of Hankyu Kitasenri Station.

For applications and more information, contact Kuniko Kanzaki, Bridges monthly event coordinator, at (090) 9253-7150 or send an e-mail to usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

Films, talks to explore different views of Japan

The National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, (Minpaku) will host film screenings and discussions on the theme of "Japanese Culture Filmed by Others" on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 from 12:30 p.m. to around 6 p.m.

On Feb. 9, the films "Uminchu: The Old Man and the East China Sea" and "Doubles: Japan and America's Interracial Children" will be screened in Japanese. Guest speaker Elaine Charnov, director of public education programs and an art director for Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival held at American Museum of Natural History, will give a talk before joining a discussion session.

On Feb. 10, the film "Walking Pilgrims" by anthropologist Tommi Mendel will be screened. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. Mendel will appear to talk about his film and participate in a discussion with other researchers. The film "White Light, Black Rain" is also scheduled for a screening in Japanese.

The talks and discussions on both days will be conducted in English with Japanese interpretation.

Participation is free and no advance application is required. Space is limited to 450 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

The venue is Minpaku in Suita City, which is a 15-minute walk from Koen Higashiguchi Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

For more information, contact the Minpaku office at (06) 6876-2151.

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