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Sunday, April 18, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Lecture held on support for Korean elderly

A lecture on support for the elderly from a different cultural background will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 25 in the city of Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, by the Kansai Chapter of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research.

Sunhyong Nam, secretary of Elfa, a Kyoto-based nonprofit organization that mainly provides day care services for elderly Koreans, will give a talk in Japanese titled "Support for the elderly with a different cultural background — aiming at fully accepting 'harumoni' Korean elderly as they really are."

Participation is ¥500 for members of the society and ¥1,000 for nonmembers. No reservations are required. The venue is Takatsuki-shiritsu Shogai Gakushu Center, which is a 10-minute walk from either Takatsuki Station on the JR Kyoto Line or from Takatsuki-shi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.

Send an e-mail to sietarkansai@gmail.com for more information.

Kyoto netsuke museum hosts spring exhibition

Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, is open for a special spring exhibition until April 30.

The museum houses a large collection of netsuke, small accessories first produced in the Edo Period for use as fasteners to hang small items from the obi sashes of kimono, such as "inro" pill cases and tobacco containers.

The spring exhibition features contemporary netsuke artist Toun Shishido, known for his wide use of various subjects and lifelike depictions of motifs. The museum is showcasing his works from the past 13 years and exploring the changes in his style.

Admission is ¥1,200 for adults and ¥600 for junior high school and high school students. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is a 15-minute taxi ride from JR Kyoto Station.

For more information, contact the museum at (075) 802-7000, or visit www.netsukekan.jp/ (in Japanese and English).

Talk on Turkish culture to be held in Kyoto

The Japan-Turkey Culture Society is organizing a talk on Turkish culture from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 25 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

Urara Tamura, a researcher at Kyoto University, will talk about the development of Turkish carpets through encounters with other cultures, especially European.

Advance applications are required by phone, fax or via e-mail by April 23. Admission, which includes Turkish wine and snacks, is ¥2,000 for adults and ¥1,500 for students. The venue is Kyodai Kaikan, which is a seven-minute walk from Jingu Marutamachi Station on the Keihan Oto Line. For an access map, go to www.kyodaikaikan.jp/ (in Japanese).

For further information and applications, e-mail the organizer at nitto@silk.plala.or.jp or call or fax (075) 255-7530 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

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