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Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

KIGA planning seminar for polyglot tour guides

The Kansai Interpreter & Guide Association will hold tour-guide seminars for interpreters from 9 a.m. to around 4 p.m. on March 2 and 9 in Kyoto.

Participants are required to choose a date because the same itinerary will be used both days, covering Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple, Yasaka Tower at Hokanji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple and more. An expert guide will give Buddhism-related lectures on the way. At Kiyomizu Temple, KIGA members will give a demonstration of how to guide tours in English. Participants will then get a chance to practice tour-guiding the course.

The seminars are reserved for licensed tour guides who are qualified to speak foreign languages. An advance application is required and must be completed either by e-mail or telephone before Feb. 16. Participation costs ¥4,500, which includes lunch and reference materials.

For applications and more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6377-7108, e-mail kyoto-nakatuka@ybb.ne.jp, or access the organizer's Web site at www.kiga-hp.com/

Try hand at sledding at Suita snow festival

A snow festival will be held at the Natural and Cultural Gardens (Shizenbunkaen) in Expo Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday in Suita City, Osaka.

Huge amounts of snow will be delivered from Shiso in midwest Hyogo Prefecture to the Omatsuri Hiroba (Festival Zone) in the park, offering a rare opportunity for Osaka residents to play in the snow. Visitors will even be able to sled on specially prepared paths, and penguins are scheduled to make an appearance on Monday. Products from Shiso, such as vegetables, fruit, and miso bean paste will also be sold.

The venue for the snow festival is near the Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line. Admission is ¥250 for adults.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6877-7387 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Canada, Japan to swap animations in Kyoto

The Canada-Japan Short Animation Exchange (CJax) will be held from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward.

The event will start with the "Anime and Independent Animations of Canada" forum from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Canadian "anime" (animation) creator Jesse Rosensweet will participate together with Ginzaburo Sugii, an anime director at Kyoto Seika University and other Canadian artists from the CJax program. The forum will be conducted in English and Japanese with interpretation.

From 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 21 Japanese and 13 Canadian short animations will be screened. The Canadian films are in English with Japanese subtitles, and some Japanese films will be screened with English subtitles.

The venue is the Kyoto International Manga Museum, which is a one-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma or Tozai subway lines. Participation is free, but ¥500 is required to enter the museum. For a map, visit the museum's Web site at www.kyotomm.com/international/english/ For more information, contact the venue at (075) 254-7417 or e-mail cjax2007@yahoo.co.jp

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