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Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Nihongo no Kai, a Suita-based volunteer group run by housewives to provide opportunities for foreign residents to learn Japanese culture, will host two Japanese cooking workshops on Nov. 28 and Dec. 12 in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Participants will cook a dish of foil-wrapped, grilled salmon, boiled spinach with soy sauce dressing and "butajiru" pork miso soup on Nov. 28. "Osechi" traditional New Year's food will be prepared on Dec. 12. The hours are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on both days. Explanations will be given in English and simple Japanese.

The venue is Saidera Kominkan (Community House) at 1-1 Minamigaoka, Saidera, Suita, about a 20-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride from Senriyama Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

The fee is ¥300 per workshop, and 10 non-Japanese will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance applications, which must be made by two days before each event, are required by phone or fax. Please state name, telephone number or e-mail address, and the date of the workshops (Nov. 28 or Dec. 12) desired.

For more information and advance applications, contact Maede at (06) 6387-6685 by phone or fax.

Seminar on museums' role in Muslim world

The Kyoto Office of the Japan Foundation will hold a seminar on the role of museums in Muslim society in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 25.

Syed Sikander Mehdi, a visiting scholar at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, will give a talk in English titled "Building Peace in Muslim Societies: Potential Role of Museums for Peace." Japanese interpretation service will be available.

No admission or reservation is required. The venue, the auditorium on the second floor of Urbanex Oike Building East, is near Karasuma Oike Station on the Tozai or Karasuma subway lines. Space is limited to 50 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information, contact the organizer at (075) 211-1312, or visit www.jpf.go.jp/e/

Huge antique fair coming to Rokko Island

A large-scale antique fair will be held from Nov. 28 to 30 at Kobe Fashion Mart's Atrium Place on Rokko Island in Higashi-Nada Ward, Kobe.

About 150 dealers from all over the country will be selling a wide variety of antiques from Japan and Europe. Items will include ceramics, furniture, cameras, kimono and accessories.

Entrance is free. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (till 4 p.m. on the final day).

The venue is on the ground floor of the Fashion Mart building, which is near Island Center Station on the Rokko Liner.

For more information, access www.gomoku-do.com

SIETAR to lecture on domestic violence

The Kansai Chapter of Society for Intercultural Education, Training, And Research (SIETAR) will hold a lecture on domestic violence in the city of Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Ashura Mizuno, a staff member of Men's Support Room Osaka, will take about his basic thoughts on men who cannot resist using force against their loved ones, including their spouses, girl friends, children and parents. The talk will be in Japanese with no interpretation.

Admission is ¥500 for SIETAR members and students, and ¥1,000 for nonmembers. No advance application is required.

The venue is Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, a one-minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station.

For more information, contact Teresa Cox of the Kansai SIETAR Committee at terryabc@gol.com

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