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Sunday, April 27, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

SIETAR invites public to seminar on Burma

The Kansai Chapter of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) is inviting people to attend its seminar on Burma on Sunday.

Richard Humpries, a teacher at Kansai Gaidai University who published his first book, "Frontier Mosaic: Voices of Burma from the Lands in Between" (Orchid Press) in 2007, will speak on the topic "Ethnic disunity and conflict in Burma: The flip side of the coin."

The seminar will run from 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The venue is on the fifth floor of Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, a one-minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station. On the Internet, visit www.city.takatsuki.osaka.jp/db/kurasu/images/koryu.gif to get a map.

The participation fee is ¥500 for SIETAR members and students and ¥1,000 for nonmembers.

Advance applications are not required.

For more information, send an e-mail message to SIETAR at kansai@sietar-japan.org, or visit www.osakajalt.org/

German/English school to conduct open house

Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the school in Nada Ward, Kobe.

Founded in 1909, the international school provides German or English-based education for children as young as 2 through elementary school age. At the open house, the school's education system and curricula will be introduced to parents.

There is no fee.

The school is a five-minute walk from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line. No parking is available.

For more information and an access map, contact the school at (078) 851-6416, fax (078) 851-9684, e-mail mail@dskobe.org, or visit its Web site at www.dskobe.org/ (in English and German).

Concert of spring tunes planned at Biwako Hall

Biwako Hall is organizing a free concert in its main lobby from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Soprano Miwa Kurihara will perform accompanied by pianist Mayuko Hashizume as she sings such spring-theme songs as "Tampopo" ("Dandelion") and "Sakura Yokocho" ("Cherry Blossom Side Street") by composer Yoshinao Nakada (1923-2000) and other tunes.

Admission is free and no advance application is required. The venue is a 20-minute walk from JR Otsu Station or a three-minute walk from Ishiba Station on the Keihan Railway Line.

For more information, contact the hall office at (077) 523-7152.

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