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Sunday, July 12, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Tobacco hall lecture to cover insects, plants

The Japan Tobacco Biohistory Research Hall is presenting a special lecture on insects and plants from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on July 18 in the city of Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture.

Katsuhisa Ozaki of BRH's Laboratory of Coevolutionary Interaction between Insects and Plants will discuss topics that include how female swallowtail butterflies are able to accurately identify the correct species of plants on which to lay their eggs. Explanations will be in Japanese.

Admission is free. No reservation is required. The venue is a 10-minute walk from Takatsuki Station on the JR Kyoto Line, or an 18-minute walk from Takatsuki-shi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.

For more information, visit the organizer's Web site at www.brh.co.jp/en/ (in English). For questions about the event, use the "contact us" form at https://www.brh.co.jp/en/experience/form/voice.html

Theater workshop seeks recital observers

Traditional Theater Training, an annual intensive workshop on Japanese traditional arts for foreigners and Japanese, is seeking observers for the workshop's final recital at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Workshop participants in three courses of noh play, "kyogen" (comical short drama) and "nihon buyo" (dance) will perform onstage on Aug. 6 as the final presentation of what they learned in their four-week-long program.

No fee or reservation is required to observe the final recital. The venue is Oe Nogaku-do, which is about a four-minute walk west of Shiyakusho-mae Station on the Tozai subway line.

For further information, visit the Web site, call the organizer at (075) 213-1000, or e-mail kacinfo@kac.or.jp

Professor to discuss Meiji Era diplomacy

International Research Center for Japanese Studies will host a lecture on Japanese diplomacy in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 14 in Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto.

John Breen, associate professor at the center, will offer a lecture in Japanese titled "The Emperor's Gift: Meiji Diplomatic History."

No admission or reservations are required, and 180 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The venue is the conference room on the third floor of Heartpia Kyoto, which is near exit 5 of Maturamachi Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (075) 335-2078, or access www.nichibun.ac.jp/ (available in Japanese and English).

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