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Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto design school set to launch art auction

The "A-ction 2009" art auction will be held at Kyoto University of Art and Design from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The auction is being held to provide young artists with an opportunity to showcase and sell their works. This year, 41 pieces, including 30 by students, two by alumni and nine by faculty members, will be brought under a hammer. Half of the proceeds from successful bids will go to the creators and the other half to the organizer.

The event is being organized by junior-year students at the Department of Space Design with help from the faculty, including dean Hiroshi Senju, an internationally active "nihon-ga" (Japanese-style painting) artist, and well-known lyricist and music producer Yasushi Akimoto.

Participants will be able to view the works to be auctioned during a preview period between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Nov. 15 to 20, and between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 21.

The auction will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 at Galerie Aube on the university grounds. The venue is about a 10-minute walk from Chayama Station on the Eizan Electric Railway's Main Line.

Admission is free. No reservations are required.

For more information, go to the organizer's Web site at www.kuad.jp/pjc/action/ or send an e-mail message to the organizer at a-ction@office.kyoto-art.ac.jp.

Free legal advice awaits foreigners in Hyogo

The Nishinomiya City International Association is arranging free legal counseling sessions to be held for foreign residents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Judicial scriveners will give advice on financial issues related to rent, wage, and other daily problems. Advance reservations must be made by phone. The association will start accepting reservations on Thursday, and the first six requests will be accepted. Those who require linguistic support in languages other than English and Chinese must make requests in advance before making reservations.

The venue is the NIA conference room, which is near JR Nishinomiya Station. An access map can be found online at www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/ and reservations and further information can be obtained by contacting the association at (0798) 32-8680.

Group seeks donations to help foreign students

The Foreign Students' Host Family Exchange Center of Kobe Cross Cultural Center is seeking material contributions to help international students from Nov. 16 to 21.

The center is seeking such daily necessities as blankets, futon, towels, sheets, soaps, dishes, clocks, stationery, food and clothes, all of which should be new. It is also seeking used, portable electronic and kitchen products, such as toasters, stoves, and electric grills.

Those wishing to donate the above items can bring them directly to the center or send them via parcel delivery service between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Nov. 16 to 21.

The center's address is 7-1-9 Hosoda-cho, Nagata-ku, Kobe-shi, 653-0835. The center is a three-minute walk north of Shin Nagata Station on the JR Kobe Line. Visit kobecrp.at.infoseek.co.jp/ for an access map.

For more information, send an e-mail message to kccc@gaea.ocn.ne.jp or contact the center at (078) 646-8127.

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