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Sunday, April 12, 2009

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British Council to hold study abroad seminar

The British Council is organizing Education UK Day 2009 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 12 in Kita Ward, Osaka.

Representatives of around 12 universities, graduate schools, professional institutions and language schools in England will answer questions from those who wish to study in their programs. There will also be talks by former students who have studied in England.

No admission fee or advance application is required. The venue is the Osaka Center of British Council, which is a five-minute walk from JR Kitashinchi Station.

For details, access the Web site www.educationuk.jp or contact the organizer at (06) 6342-5301.

Four Shiga festivals set for spring celebrations

Shiga Prefecture is staging four "hikiyama" float parade festivals in April and May.

The Mizuguchi Hikiyama Festival, which is the biggest spring festival in the Koka area south of Shiga, will be held on April 19 and 20 at Mizuguchi Shrine in Koka.

Sixteen gorgeously decorated floats will be carried out into the neighborhood around the shrine, which is a three-minute walk from Mizuguchi Jonan Station on the Omi Railway Line.

The other three festivals are the Nagahama Hikiyama Festival, held throughout Nagahama from April 14 to 16, the Hino Festival in the Gamo district on May 2 and 3, and the Omizo Festival at Hiyoshi Shrine in Takashima on May 3 and 4.

For further information, access the Biwako Visitors Bureau's Web site at www.biwako-visitors.jp/ (in Japanese).

Kyoto-Nara club seeks speakers of English

An English club in the Kyoto-Nara EU Association, a nonprofit organization, is inviting English speakers to their monthly meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on April 14.

The English club meets every month and is open to people who speak English. This month, Carnazza Germana of Italy, who works in an international organization in Brussels, will speak at the meeting.

The fee is ¥1,000 for club members and ¥1,500 for others. To attend the get-together, contact the organizer by phone or e-mail.

The venue is Cafe Wakakusa (www.cafewakakusa.com/cafe_WAKAKUSA/MAP.html), near Kintetsu Nara Station.

For additional details, contact the organizer at (070) 5504-1881 or send an e-mail to nakai@eurokn.com

Scholar to expound on literature, visual culture

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies is hosting a lecture on modern Japanese literature and visual culture from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, on April 14.

Sari Kawana, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and visiting research scholar at the center, will give a talk titled "Genealogy of Media-Mix: Modern Japanese Literature, Bestsellers, and Visual Culture" in Japanese. The speaker will focus on literature, which gained popularity by being adapted in films, plays, TV dramas, or "manga" (comics), such as "Konjiki Yasha" by Koyo Ozaki, a novelist from the Meiji Period (1868-1912), and the "Kindaichi Kosuke" series of well-known mystery stories by Seishi Yokomizo.

Participation is free, and 180 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No applications are required.

The venue is Heart Pia Kyoto, which is connected to exit five of Marutamachi Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For further information, contact the center at (075) 335-2078, or visit its Web site at www.nichibun.ac.jp/ (in Japanese and English).



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