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Sunday, July 11, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Kobe Art Village Center hosts 'art writing' event

Kobe Art Village Center in Hyogo Ward, Kobe, is hosting a talk on the topic of "art writing" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 17.

The center held six closed workshops in June and July to practice writing about art in Japanese with lecturer Taku Okayama, a Hyogo Prefecture-born artist and writer. On July 17, Kansai-based art writers Takafumi Kobuki and Makoto Furukawa will join to read and comment on articles by workshop participants. They will also talk about the role of art writers and the importance of writing about art. The event will be in Japanese.

Advance applications are required via e-mail. The first 40 people will be accepted and participation is ¥500.

The venue is Kobe Art Village Center, which is about a 10-minute walk from the North Exit of Kobe Station on the JR Kobe Line.

Visit the organizer's Web site at kavc.or.jp/ (in Japanese) for details. For advance applications, send an e-mail to art@kavc.or.jp.

Osaka English skills club holds monthly meeting

The Naniwa Toastmasters Club, a branch of an international organization dedicated to improving communication skills in English, invites observers to attend its monthly meeting from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 17 in Naniwa Ward, Osaka.

The venue is the Citizens Learning Center (Shimin Gakushu Center) on the fourth floor of Namba OCAT, which is about a seven-minute walk from Namba Station on the Midosuji subway line, or a four-minute walk from Namba Station on the Kintetsu Namba Line.

Participation for observers is ¥500 and no advance application is necessary.

Contact the organizer's PR representative at mihotana@dol.hi-ho.ne.jp for more information.

Free guitar concert to be staged in Osaka

The Phoenix Hall in Kita Ward, Osaka, will hold a free guitar concert from 7 p.m. on Aug. 31.

The concert will feature students who will participate in classes to be held in August by well-known guitarists Shinichi Fukuda and William Kanengiser.

Admission is free, but advance reservations are required. The hall will start accepting reservations at 10 a.m. on July 15.

For further information and reservations, contact the hall office at (06) 6363-7999 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Forum on 'waka' poems to take place in Kyoto

A forum on "waka" poems and Japanese place names will take place on July 13 at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto.

Phillip Harries, fellow in Japanese at the University of Oxford and a visiting research scholar at the center, will give a lecture in Japanese titled "Place Names in Early Japanese Poetry: Observations from an English Literary Perspective." The hours are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The venue, Heartpia Kyoto, is near Exit 5 of Marutamachi Station on the Karasuma subway line and will open at 1:30 p.m. No admission or reservations are required. Some 180 people will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Access the center's Web site at www.nichibun.ac.jp (in Japanese and English) for more information.

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