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Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Kobe culture center planning 'manga' tour

The Kobe Cross Cultural Center is seeking participants for a day tour to explore "manga" (comic books) in Kyoto on Oct. 3.

The tour includes visits to the Kyoto International Manga Museum in Nakagyo Ward, the Kyoto Animation Workshop in Uji, where participants will observe the process of making animated movies, and the Byodoin Museum Hoshokan, where high-tech computer graphics are used to display many of the National Treasures, including sculptures, paintings and crafts. Participants will also visit the Tale of Genji Museum and enjoy the world of the "Genji Monogatari," the famous novel written by Murasaki Shikibu.

Participants will meet at 8:20 a.m. in front of Shin Hankyu Hotel near JR Osaka Station. The cost of the tour is ¥2,500 for international students and ¥4,800 for others. Participants can order lunch in advance for ¥980 or bring their own.

The organizers will accept 28 people on a first-come, first-served basis through advance reservations that must be made by Thursday. Once confirmed, participants must send the tour fee by registered mail or bring the money directly to the center by Friday.

For reservations and more information, contact the organizer at (078) 646-8127.

'Grand Torino' showing in works at Minpaku

The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) will hold a showing of "Gran Torino" from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in Suita, Osaka.

"Gran Torino," a 2008 U.S. film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, explores the relationship between a Korean War veteran and a Hmong family in his neighborhood. The film is in English and Hmong with Japanese subtitles. Some explanations of the film's background will be provided in Japanese.

The venue is the museum hall and admission is free. No advance reservations are required, but 450 numbered tickets will be handed out at the hall's entrance from 10 a.m. on Saturday.

For further information, contact the museum at (06) 6878-8210 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. For an access map to the museum, go to www.minpaku.ac.jp/ (in Japanese and English).

Peace confab to be held at Shimane university

The eighth annual Peace as a Global Language Conference will be held at the Hamada Campus of the University of Shimane on Sept. 26 and 27.

The theme of this year's conference is "Nurturing Grassroots" and Craig Smith of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies will deliver the keynote address.

Visit the organizer's Web site (www.pgljapan.org/) for additional details, including the conference program and access directions.

KCBA to hold luncheon with OCCI in Osaka

The Kansai Canada Business Association, in cosponsorship with the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is organizing a luncheon from noon on Sept. 28.

David Emerson, a former minister of foreign affairs and international trade for Canada, will deliver a keynote address on the state of foreign and trade relations between Canada and Japan.

The venue is Ritz Carlton Hotel Osaka. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m.

Participation is ¥4,000 for OCCI and KCBA members and ¥5,500 for others. Advance reservations must be made online at www.kcba-japan.org/kcba/event/5/rsvp by 6 p.m. Friday. Any cancellations received after Friday will be subject to a 100 percent cancellation fee.

For more information, contact the KCBA chair Carlos Ramirez at carlos.ramirez@kcba-japan.org

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