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Sunday, July 19, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Lecture on Turkey and its ties with Europe

Kansai University's Institute of Legal Studies is hosting a special lecture on Turkey from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 27 in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Ahmet Nuri Yurdusev, a professor of international relations at Middle East Technical University, will give a talk in English on the current situation in Turkey and the history of its relations with European countries.

No admission or advance reservations are required.

The venue is the conference room on the first floor of Kojima Korekata Hall on Kansai University's Senriyama Campus, about a 10-minute walk from Kandai-mae Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6368-1179 or send e-mail to hk-adm@ml.kandai.jp

NPO marks anniversary with shamisen concert

Kurashi Zukuri Network Kitashiba, a nonprofit organization based in northern Osaka, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with an open-air concert of "tsugaru" shamisen three-stringed instruments Aug. 1.

Tsugaru shamisen master Taisei Kanazawa will perform along with three other players. The concert will start at 6 p.m., and booths selling foods and beverages will open at 4 p.m.

The venue is the Shibaraku Hiroba open space, a 10-minute walk west of the Carrefour Mino shopping mall in Mino-o. In case of rain, the concert will take place on the third floor of Kayano Central Human Rights Cultural Center, also known as Rightpia 21, in Kayano, Mino-o.

Tickets are ¥2,000 in advance, and ¥2,500 at the door.

For reservations and further information, e-mail the organizer at kurashizukuri@hcn.zap.ne.jp, or access www.hcn.zaq.ne.jp/kurashi-net/ (in Japanese).

Big festival at Osaka International House

Japanese and non-Japanese alike are invited to a summer festival featuring traditional entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

The Nigiwai Festival will feature traditional pastimes such as water balloons and ring-toss games, as well as food stalls selling "yakisoba" fried noodles, Chinese dim sum and other treats. There will be picture-book readings in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean, and stage performances of the Bon festival dance, traditional Thai dance and Andean music.

In addition, non-Japanese visitors will be offered a chance to try on "yukata" summer kimono. Fifty applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free. The venue is six minutes on foot from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line or a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Sennichimae subway lines. Details and an access map can be found at www.ih-osaka.or.jp/

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8989 or e-mail johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

Bilingual comedy on tap Monday in Osaka

The Pirates of the Dotombori, an Osaka-based bilingual comedy group, will stage an English and Japanese comedy show at 8 p.m. this Monday in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

The two-hour show will feature "manzai" comic backchat and improv comedy, in which three new members will be making their debut.

The venue is Sam & Dave's Nagahori, a one-minute walk from Exit 6 of Nagahoribashi Station on the Sakaisuji or Tsurumi Ryokuchi subway lines.

Admission is ¥1,500, which includes one free drink.

For further information, visit the organizer's Web site at www.piratesofthedotombori.com/ (in English and Japanese).

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