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Sunday, March 8, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

German school plans flea market in Kobe

The Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School will hold Sakura Flea Market 2009 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday.

Homemade German cake, coffee, secondhand clothes and more will be sold. Visitors will get a chance to have a look around the school facility as well.

The venue is a seven-minute walk from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line. Entrance is free.

For more information, contact the organizer at (078) 851-6414 or visit the school's Web site at www.dskobe.org/ (in German and English).

Tour of Kyoto temples planned for foreigners

A volunteer English-speaking guide is organizing a tour for non-Japanese of temples in Kyoto next Sunday.

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 Building and take the city bus to Tofuku-ji and Sennyu-ji temples, where they can take in huge scrolls imprinted with an image of Buddha after death.

The fees for the trip include ¥500 for the bus fare, ¥1,000 for lunch and a ¥1,000 gratuity for the guide. The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only.

For advance reservations and further information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Free 'bunraku' show to be offered in Osaka

The Chuo Ward Office in Osaka will host a free "bunraku" performance from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. on March 18.

The traditional puppet show is a type of stage performance. It is scheduled to be designated as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in September.

Puppeteer Hanafusadayu Toyotake will give a short lecture in Japanese before performing the bunraku piece "Ningyo Joruri Bunraku" with his fellow puppeteers.

Admission is free and no reservations are required. The venue is about three-minute walk east of exit 3 of Sakaisuji Honmachi Station on the Chuo and Sakaisuji subway lines.

For more information, see the Web site at www.city.osaka.jp/chuo/ or contact the organizer at (06) 6267-9845.

Housewives to teach cooking in English

Nihongo no Kai, a group of housewives based in Suita who promote Japanese culture to international residents, is inviting non-Japanese to attend its cooking workshops scheduled for March 13 and 27.

The March 13 program will explain how to make "bento" (boxed lunches), including "onigiri" (rice balls) and rolled egg, to prepare for the new school year. The March 27 workshop will cover rice cooked with green peas and "fukuro-ni," which refers to a dish of egg and vegetables put in a pouch-shaped piece of deep-fried bean curd and cooked in soy-sauce flavored soup.

The workshops will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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 must be made at least two days before each event by phone or fax. Please state name, telephone number or e-mail address, and the date of the workshop desired.

For further information and advance applications, telephone or send a fax to Maede at (06) 6387-6685.

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