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Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Unicul Festival plans to offer global experiences

Unicul Festival 2008 will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The festival is being held to raise awareness toward building a multilingual and multicultural community. Ethnic food, including rice cakes, Portuguese churassco, Mexican tacos, and Indian curry will be sold, as well as folk crafts and handmade accessories. There will also be live performances of Philippine songs, dances, Peruvian folk dances, and workshops on African dances and balloon art.

The venue is Okazaki Park, which is a 10-minute walk from Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line.

No admission or application is required.

For more information, contact the organizer at (075) 353-7205, or access www.tabunka-kyoto.org/ (in Japanese).

Art museum displaying various works in Itami

The Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, is holding Itami International Craft Exhibition 2008, which began Oct. 31 and continues through Dec. 7, in Itami City.

The annual exhibition seeks artists from the general public, with the theme of jewelry or sake drinking set in turn every year. This year, around 530 pieces of sake drinking sets of cups and glasses were selected to be displayed.

A grand prize was given to a work titled "Osumitsuki," (a high official's seal of approval), created by lacquer ware artist Yui Matsumoto. Her work uses "bincho" charcoal, hemp cloth, and lacquer ware techniques.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and about a ten-minute walk from JR or Hankyu Itami stations. Admission is free.

For further information, contact the museum at (072) 772-5557, or access its Web site at www.mac-itami.com/ (in Japanese).

SWET to host talk by Australian writer

The Kansai chapter of the Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators will host a talk by an Australian writer/poet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 16 in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto.

Bonny Cassidy, a Sydney writer, will give a talk in English titled "A poet's prose: the economy and voice of moving," about what it is to move from writing poetry to prose, and more.

The venue is Room 1301 at Venture Dream Office, Kyoto, which is near exit 26 of Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line. For an access map, visit venturedreamoffice.com/access/

Admission is ¥500 for SWET members and ¥1,000 for nonmembers.

Advance applications are required via e-mail to kansai@swet.jp

For more information, go to www.swet.jp

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