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Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Kobe getting ready for 10th charity festival

The 10th Kobe Global Charity Festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

The festival features kids' entertainment, including games and parades, in addition to ethnic food, various merchandise and more.

Admission is ¥100 for adults and free for children. To get to the venue, Kobe Club, take bus No. 7 from Sannomiya or Motomachi stations on the JR Kobe Line and get off at Yamamoto-dori 3-chome bus stop.

For more information, contact the organizer at (078) 793-2637 or e-mail sherb@gol.com

Senri toastmasters offer demo meet in Toyonaka

The Senri Toastmasters Club, a newly established branch of the international organization, invites observers to attend a demonstration meeting it will hold Oct. 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Toyonaka City, Osaka.

The meeting is aimed at improving communication skills in English. Participation is free. To attend, contact the organizer in advance by phone or via e-mail.

The venue is Senri Kominkan (Senri Community House), which is near the Senri Chuo Station on the Kita Osaka Kyuko Railway Line.

For further information, contact the organization at (06) 6855-6455 or e-mail kiyonoko@gold.ocn.ne.jp

U.K. schools to offer advice on study abroad

Education UK Exhibition Japan 2008 will be held in Kita Ward, Osaka, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 19.

Around 60 British schools will explain about their programs, and experts on overseas education programs will give advice to those considering study in the U.K. Celebrating the 20th event since its inception, shoe designer and a professor emeritus at the University of the Arts London Jimmy Choo will give a talk on the country and display 12 pairs of his shoes.

The venue is the Umeda Sky Building, which is about a 10-minute walk north of JR Osaka Station. No admission or application is required.

For more information, contact the organizer British Council at (06) 6342-5301, or send an e-mail message to promotions@britishcouncil.or.jp

Guide to offer tour of Arashiyama in English

A volunteer English-speaking tour guide is planning a guided tour on Oct. 26 of the Arashiyama area in Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, well known for its beautiful autumn leaves.

Participants will observe a parade of people wearing costumes from ancient periods of Japanese history based on the Jidai Matsuri (Festival of Eras), one of Kyoto's three biggest annual festivals.

The fees for the trip are ¥600 for transportation, ¥1,000 for lunch and ¥1,000 as a gratuity for the guide.

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 JR Kyoto Station.

An advance application is required via fax. The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only. For applications and more information, send a fax to Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

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