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Sunday, May 25, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Expo Park to lengthen hours for firefly season

Expo Park in Suita will start keeping its Japanese Garden open until 9:30 p.m. starting Friday so firefly fans can enjoy the glowing bugs a little longer each night.

Fireflies, a type of beetle that produces light in its body, can be seen in the western part of the garden. During the extended hours, which will last until June 8, visitors will not be allowed to use cameras, video cameras or catch the glowing beetles.

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

After 4:30 p.m., entry will be limited to the central gate of the Natural and Cultural Gardens and the gate to the Japanese Garden. Extended hours will be canceled in the event of rain.

For more information, contact the park office at (06) 6877-7387, or visit its Japanese-language Web site at www.expo70.or.jp

Osaka to hold job fair for exchange students

Osaka Foundation of International Exchange (OFIX) will host a job fair for exchange students from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 3.

Japanese companies will provide information for non-Japanese students scheduled to graduate in spring 2009 and 2010. Seminars will also be held on procedures for changing visa status and how to build a career in a Japanese company.

Participants don't need a prior application to attend and admission is free. The job fair will be held at the assembly hall on the third floor of Osaka Central Public Hall, a five-minute walk from Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji subway line.

For further information, contact OFIX at (072) 460-2371 or access its Japanese-language Web site at www.ofix.or.jp or e-mail info@ofix.or.jp

Tour Kukai festival on Mount Koya in English

A volunteer guide who can speak English is organizing a June 15 tour for people interested in attending a festival on Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture to celebrate the birth of the Buddhist monk Kukai (774-835), known posthumously as Kobo Daishi.

Traditional dances and music will be performed.

The fee for the trip includes ¥3,000 for transportation, ¥1,000 for lunch, ¥1,000 for admission to the temples, and ¥1,000 as a gratuity to the guide.

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

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

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