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Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Osaka YWCA to hold doll-making workshop

The Osaka YWCA Senri's Bridges Program invites international residents to participate in a doll-making workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 14.

The workshop will focus on how to make the paper-folding doll "ane-sama ningyo," which literally means "elder sister doll." This kind of doll dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1868) and is said to be based on customs that older sisters taught to younger sisters.

Participants are urged to bring their own snacks. Participation is ¥500, which includes all necessary materials. Advance applications are required via e-mail by Nov. 9. The first ten people will be accepted.

Contact program coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki by e-mail at usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp for applications or more information.

European film festival set for kickoff in Osaka

The 16th Osaka European Film Festival will take place in the city of Osaka until Dec. 3.

The main event is the screenings of 10 feature films fresh from European studios. The screenings will be held from Nov. 19-23 at the ABC Hall in Fukushima Ward and show such films as Belgium's popular "Loft" (2008) and Denmark's "Lille soldat" (2008), both with Japanese subtitles, as well as Romania's "Schimb valtar" (2008) and Italy's "Come Dio comanda" (2008), with Japanese and English subtitles. Access www.oeff.jp/index.english for scheduling and details.

A photo exhibition being held in memory of three-time Academy Award-winning French composer Maurice Jarre (1924-2009) will be held at Ema Gallery Space in Kita Ward. Jarre visited Osaka in 2008 to serve as honorary chairman of the festival.

For other programs and further information, contact the organizer at info@oeff.jp, or access the organizer's Web site.

Maple leaf festival tour offered by foreign guide

A volunteer English-speaking guide is seeking participants for a tour to observe Arashiyama Momiji-sai maple leaves festival on Nov. 8 in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto.

The cost to make the trip is ¥500 for bus fare, ¥1,000 for lunch and ¥1,000 as a gratuity to the guide. Advance reservations are required by fax. This tour is reserved only for foreigners.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of Kyoto City Tourist Information on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station Building.

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

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