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Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Museum to hold student exchange day in Kyoto

The Kyoto National Museum will hold the International Students' Cultural Exchange Day on Oct. 25 in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.

From 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 25, international students can enjoy the special exhibition "Nichiren and the Treasures of the Lotus Sect: The Efflorescent Culture of Kyoto's Townspeople" free of charge.

There will also be Japanese tea ceremony held specially for foreign students at the Tan-an tea house in the museum's garden from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The museum is about seven minutes on foot from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Railway Line. Students must show their ID cards at the entrance.

For more information, contact the museum at (075) 531-7504, or access www.kyohaku.go.jp/ in Japanese and English.

Similar exchange days also will be held at the Nara National Museum on Nov. 2 and the Kyushu National Museum on Nov. 3.

Educators plan Canada festival at Osaka hotel

The Canadian Education Alliance will host a "Canada festival" from noon to 5 p.m. at ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka in Kita Ward, Osaka, next Saturday.

Representatives of Canadian high schools, colleges and language schools will give advice on studying in Canada. Interpretation is available. Participants can also enter a drawing for Canadian items, such as ice wine and maple syrup.

The venue is a five-minute walk from exit 7 of Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji subway line. For an access map, visit www.anacrowneplaza-osaka.jp/ in Japanese.

No admission is required, but advance applications are necessary. Go to www.ceacanada.org/event/event.htm to register.

For further information, contact the organizer at (078) 230-6307.

Volunteer offers Kyoto tour for non-Japanese

A volunteer English-speaking guide is organizing a tour for non-Japanese in Kyoto on Oct. 25.

Participants will visit Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine in Fushimi Ward to observe the annual rice harvest festival.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of JR Kyoto Station Building. The fees for the trip include ¥400 for JR train fare, ¥1,000 for lunch and a ¥1,000 gratuity for the guide. The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only.

For advance reservations and further information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

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