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Sunday, June 29, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

'Yukata' course for non-Japanese women

Osaka International House Foundation is seeking non-Japanese women to attend a course on how to wear "yukata" (cotton kimono for summer) to be held in July.

The basics on how to wear yukata and to tie "obi" (yukata belt) will be covered over three lessons, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 9, 16 and 23. The classes will be taught in simple Japanese.

Ten women will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Advance reservations are required by phone, fax or e-mail.

The cost is ¥1,500, which will be collected at the first class.

The venue is the Japanese Room "Kohroan" on the third floor of International House Osaka.

For more information and reservations, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8989, fax (06) 6773-8421 or e-mail johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

Details and a map to the venue can be found at www.ih-osaka.or.jp/i.house/english

Workshop on writing fiction about Japan

The Society of Writers, Editors & Translators (SWET) is organizing a workshop on fiction writing about Japan in English from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 13 in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

Peter Mallett, an associate professor at Kobe Shoin Women's University and a freelance writer, and Henrik Pettersson, a Swedish writer living in Osaka, will moderate the workshop in which participants will share their insights and dilemmas on how to write successful fiction about Japan.

The venue is Room 15 on the sixth floor of Kobe San-Center Plaza, Nishi Kana, which is a seven-minute walk from JR Sannomiya Station. Participation is ¥500 for SWET members and ¥1,000 for nonmembers. Advance applications are required via e-mail.

For further information and applications, contact the organizer at kansai@swet.jp or access www.swet.jp

'Rakugo' performed in English in Osaka

"Rakugo" (comic storytelling) in English will be performed July 11 in Naniwa Ward, Osaka.

Four performers and special guest belly dancers will appear on stage at Flamingo the Arusha, a live music club near JR Namba Station. The performance will start at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for ¥2,000 in advance and ¥2,500 at the door.

For more information and tickets, contact the organizer at (06) 6567-4949 or access shalestonemusic.jp/rakugo.html (available in English and Japanese).

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