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Sunday, April 20, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

KCCC to hold recital for multilingual students

The Kobe Cross Cultural Center is inviting the public to attend a multilingual recital from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 1 in Kobe's Chuo Ward.

The recital will feature 130 students who have studied 13 languages, including Thai, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hindi, Korean, and Russian. The students will show what they have learned via short skits, songs, poem recitals, and storytelling accompanied by pictures.

The venue is the Kobe Club at 4-15-1 Kitano-cho, which is a 15-minute walk from Hankyu or JR Sannomiya stations.

Admission is free, but advance applications are required by phone. A party scheduled to follow the recital will cost ¥1,500 for adults and ¥800 for foreign or elementary school students.

For more information and applications, contact the organizer at (078) 646-8127.

City Life New prepares to hold Lohas Festa

City Life New, a northern Kansai-based publisher that has been providing free local information in the area, is organizing the 4th Lohas Festa, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 and 27 in Expo Park in Suita City, Osaka.

"Lohas" stands for lifestyles of health and sustainability, and represents goods and services focused on health, environment, and sustainable living. At this event, around 200 shops will set up booths to sell handmade goods, antiques, fabrics and gardening goods. There will also be about 80 restaurant and cafe booths.

Admission to the event is free, but ¥250 is required to enter Expo Park, which is a five-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6338-0640, e-mail lohas@citylife-new.com, or visit its Web site at www.citylife-new.com/lohas/lohas.html (in Japanese).

Horseback archery tour in Kyoto held in English

A volunteer English-speaking tour guide is planning a guided tour to observe "yamabusa," a time-honored art of archery on horseback, at Shimogamo Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, on May 3.

The fee for the trip includes ¥440 for transportation, ¥1,000 for lunch, and ¥1,000 as a gratuity to the guide.

An advance application is required via fax. The participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station Building. The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only.

For applications and more information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Flanders Center offers tickets to dance show

The Flanders Center, a liaison office for the Flemish government of Belgium, is offering readers of The Japan Times a chance to win one of 20 free tickets to the seventh edition of European Urbance Dance Meets Osaka, which will start at 6:30 p.m. May 9 in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

The venue is the International House Osaka, which is a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome subway station.

Those seeking tickets should send a postcard listing their name, address, telephone number, age, profession and where they saw the offer (The Japan Times) to "Dance Kakari," Flanders Center, International House Osaka 3F, 8-2-6 Uehonmachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, 543-0001. The deadline is April 30.

Tickets will also be available for ¥1,000 in advance and for ¥1,500 at the door. For more information or to buy tickets, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8850, or e-mail info@flanders.jp

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