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Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Pie-baking lesson in English at YWCA Senri

The Bridges Monthly Events Program at YWCA Senri is seeking non-Japanese participants for a cooking workshop to be held in English from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 9.

Participants will learn how to cook traditional Christmas mince pie, which will be taught by one of the participants at the organizer's Christmas wreath workshop who brought the British delicacy. After the workshop, there will be a potluck lunch, so participants are urged to bring a dish to share.

Advance reservations are required by phone or e-mail. Six people will be accepted by Monday on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation costs ¥1,300.

The venue is near Kitasenri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line. Details on how to get to the venue will be provided only to the participants.

For more information and reservations, contact coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki at (090) 9253-7150, or send an e-mail message to usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

Students, others invited to Kyoto housing fair

The Kyoto Housing Fair 2009 will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.

The event is being organized by the Kyoto City International Foundation for international and Japanese students looking for apartments and for landlords who want to rent apartments to such students. There will also be a booth where consultations are given on such issues as finding a surety, or guarantor, which is required when renting an apartment in Japan. Foreigners who are not students are also welcome to join the fair.

English and Chinese interpretation will be available. No admission or applications are necessary.

The venue is Kyoto International Community House, which is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For further information, access www.kcif.or.jp/ or contact the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

Asians sought to teach one-day classes

Osaka International House Foundation is seeking foreigners from Asian countries who can introduce their home country to junior high students in Japanese.

As a part of international studies programs at junior high schools in Tennoji Ward, Osaka, the foundation is looking for people from the rest of Asia to be "one-day teachers." Participants must be able to talk about their home countries and cultures in Japanese and conduct a 50-minute class unassisted. Classes are scheduled to be held on a weekday in February or March, based on arrangements between participants, schools and the organizer.

Those who wish to teach must send an application via e-mail to johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp, and undergo an interview process. Participants will be paid ¥10,000, which includes transportation costs.

For details, check out the Web site www.ih-osaka.or.jp/ or contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.

JT's biohistory hall to display its research

The Biohistory Research Hall of Japan Tobacco Inc. will hold an open house to display different types of research it has conducted in its labs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 7.

The program includes lectures and hands-on experiments, which will be held in Japanese.

No admission fee or applications are required. The venue is a 10-minute walk from Takatsuki Station on the JR Kyoto Line.

For details, access the organizer's Web site at www.brh.co.jp/en/experience/event/ (in English).

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