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Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008

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Giant tree, light show being held in Kyoto

Kyocera is staging the "Snowy Grove of Light & Giant Christmas Tree" illumination in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, until Dec. 31.

Around 187,000 blue, white, green and orange LEDs will illuminate the venue from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (till 9 p.m. on the final day), providing a magnificent spectacle.

On Dec. 22, Seibo Gakuin Senior High School's handbell chorus group will hold a classical concert from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the ground floor lobby of the headquarters building at the venue.

Admission is free to both the illumination and the concert. The illumination will take place even in light rain, and a total of 200 seats will be available.

The venue is a 10-minute walk from Fushimi Station, one stop from JR Kyoto Station on the Kintetsu Line.

For more information, check out the Web site for the event at global.kyocera.com/ or contact the organizer at (0077) 78-0500 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Kobe Luminarie lights up for 14th showing

The lights for the 14th Kobe Luminarie in Chuo Ward, Kobe, will be brightening up the holiday season until Dec. 15.

This sculptural artwork of illuminations is held to commemorate the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake and attracts millions of people each year.

The festival is held at Higashi Yuenchi Park and the Kyu Gaikokujin Kyoryuchi area, which can be accessed from JR Motomachi Station. The illuminations will be on display from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is free, but the organizer encourages visitors to make a donation of ¥100 when entering the illumination area.

For more information, contact the organizer at (078) 303-0038 or access www.kobe-luminarie.jp (in Japanese).

Kwansei Gakuin to hold career forum in Hyogo

Kwansei Gakuin University is organizing a career forum from 1 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. on Dec. 13 in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture.

Lectures and a panel discussion will focus on what it is like to work in international organizations. People currently working in organizations including the United Nations Development Programme and the Japan International Cooperation Agency will join with the faculty of the university. The forum will be in Japanese.

No admission or application is required. The venue is Building B on the Nishinomiya-Uegahara Campus, which is about a 15-minute walk from Kotoen Station on the Hankyu Imazu Line.

For further information, contact the organizer at (0798) 54-6117.

'Gagaku' concert to be held at Kyoto museum

A concert of the classical Japanese music "gagaku" will be staged at Kyoto International Manga Museum in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7.

Gagaku is a type of ceremonial court music. Ichihime Gagaku Kai, a Kyoto-based gagaku group since 1980, will perform in a Japanese-style room on the second floor of the museum.

The venue is near Karasuma Oike Station on the Tozai or Karasuma subway lines. No admission or application is required. The space is limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit the museum's Web site at www.kyotomm.jp or call the museum at (075) 254-7414.

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