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Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009

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Kyoto invites foreigners to try out 'Student Day'

Kyoto is inviting foreign students at universities and colleges in the city to participate in International Student Day from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 17.

The event will give Kyoto's foreign students an opportunity to enjoy traditional stage performances and tea ceremonies at Nijo Castle in Nakagyo Ward.

Participation is free and 150 students will be invited. Those who wish to participate must enter a drawing by phone or fax or apply online through the city's Web site by Aug. 15.

To apply, call (075) 661-3755 or send a fax to (075) 661-5855 listing your name, address, telephone number, school name, nationality and e-mail address. To apply online, go to the Web site at www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/sogo/page/0000012821.html (in Japanese) and fill out the inquiry form.

Those accepted will receive their invitation by early October. The event will be postponed to Oct. 18 in case of rain.

For more information, access www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/sogo/page/0000065429.html (in Japanese).

Nara illumination event to wind down on Friday

Nara To-Kae, a summer illumination event that began Aug. 5, will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. until Aug. 14.

More than 20,000 candles will light up some of the most traditional sites in the ancient capital, such as Kofuku-ji Temple and Todai-ji Temple. On Aug. 10, two free shakuhachi concerts and an accordion concert will be held at Sagi Pond from 7:30 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m.

For further information or an access map, visit www.toukae.jp/ (in Japanese and English) or contact the organizer at info@toukae.jp

International House to hold Japanese classes

The Osaka International House is seeking participants for a Japanese class to be held from September to December.

The Tanoshii Nihongo class is oriented for foreign residents interested in learning everyday conversation. There are four different levels of classes, which are held every week on either Tuesday or Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Those who wish to attend must take an advance placement interview between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 and 19. The interviews are conducted only in Japanese. Reservations must be made by phone.

Tuition is ¥5,000, which includes a textbook. The venue is a six-minute walk from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line or a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Sennichimae subway lines.

For advance reservations for interviews, call (06) 6773-8989. For details, visit the organizer's Web site (www.ih-osaka.or.jp/i.house/english/), which also has an access map to the venue.

Jazz tunes add swing to Kobe illumination show

The jazz-themed illumination event "Kobe Swing of Lights" is being held every night in Kobe Harbor Land until Aug. 23.

"Kobe Swing of Lights" is a 10-minute light show held to the music of around 10 jazz standards, including "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong and "Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller. It is held twice a night at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. On weekends, the 9 p.m. show features a special ending with fireworks. The shows are best viewed from the east side of Mosaic shopping arcade near JR Kobe Station.

Admission is free, but shows may be canceled in case of heavy rain.

For more information, contact the organizer at (078) 303-1010 or visit the Web site swing-of-lights.com/ (in Japanese).



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