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Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010

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Brush up on your go skills in Nara and Osaka

"Cacomo de Nara," an event featuring the game go, will be held Nov. 3 and 4 in Nara and Osaka.

On Nov. 3, participants can try out a simplified version of go using a product named cacomo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pro go player Hiroko Shinkai and others from the Japan Go and Kansai Go associations will teach the basics. There will be two sessions, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from noon to 1:45 p.m., each with 32 people on a first-come, first-served basis. The organizer is also accepting reservations.

Participation is ¥1,300 for adults, ¥800 for junior high and high school students, and ¥500 for elementary school students and younger. The venue is Gallery GM-1, a seven-minute walk from the south exit of Gakuen-mae Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line.

Also on Nov. 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. there will be an introductory-level session for 32 people that costs ¥2,000. A teaching session for 10 people will also be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., costing ¥5,000.

The Nov. 4 event will feature teaching sessions, also with Hiroko Shinkai, in Osaka. Private lessons cost ¥30,000 for two hours, while group lessons vary from ¥10,000 to ¥15,000. The venue is the go cafe bar Estrela in Kita Ward, a five-minute walk from Exit 1 of Nakazakicho Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For reservations or information, contact the organizer at Office H&M at (0743) 74-7315 or send an e-mail to marishka@kcn.ne.jp.

Japanese movie to be screened in Kyoto

Kyoto City International Foundation is organizing a Japanese movie screening from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 in Sakyo Ward.

The 2005 film "Yukie" is a love story about a Japanese woman who marries a U.S. Air Force pilot posted to Japan and moves to Louisiana, where she struggles with Alzheimer's. The film is in English with Japanese subtitles.

There will be 30 seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance applications by phone are necessary and participation is free. The venue is the library on the second floor of Kyoto International Community House, six minutes on foot from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For applications and information, call (075) 752-1187.

Enjoy a Balinese food event held in Hyogo

Kobe Cross Cultural Center will host a "World Home Cooking" lunch featuring Balinese food from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

The lunch will include six dishes, including "gado gado" salad, "nasi goreng" fried rice, a desert and Balinese coffee. There will also be cooking demonstrations.

Participation is ¥3,980, which must be paid by Tuesday by registered mail ("genkin kakitome") or at the center. Fifteen Japanese and 15 non-Japanese will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue is Indonesian restaurant Bali Lagoon, a four-minute walk from Ashiya Station on the JR Kobe Line. For reservations or more information, call (078) 646-8127.

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