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Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010

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French comic exhibition to be held in Kyoto

Kyoto International Manga Museum is holding an exhibition titled "La Bande Dessinee Revisite le Louvre," or "Manga Meets Louvre," from Nov. 5 to Dec. 3 in Nakagyo Ward.

The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to enjoy French comics, known as "bande dessinee," by introducing five artists, including Bernar Yslaire ("The Sky Above the Louvre") and Araki Hirohiko ("Rohan at the Louvre"), and their works featuring the Louvre.

On Nov. 6, there will be live drawing and painting sessions from 2 to 5 p.m. by three other artists, Nicolas de Crecy ("Glacial Period"), Marc-Antoine Mathieu ("Museum Vaults"), and Eric Liberge ("On the Odd Hours").

Admission is ¥500 for adults, ¥300 for junior high and high school students, and ¥100 for elementary school students. The museum is near North Exit 2 of Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma or Tozai subway lines. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Wednesdays.

Access the museum's website at www.kyotomm.jp (in Japanese, English, French, Chinese and Korean) for more information.

Ethnology museum holds talk on the elderly

Osaka's National Museum of Ethnology will host an international symposium called "Towards a Society that Lives in Hope" from 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the city of Suita.

Eva Jeppsson Grassman, director of Sweden's National Institute for the Study of Aging and Later Life, will give a talk on civil society focusing on the elderly in Sweden. Taro Miyamoto, professor at Hokkaido University, will also talk about livelihood security in Japan, and following the talks, there will be a discussion session. The symposium will be in Japanese and English, with simultaneous interpretation.

There will be 450 seats, and no admission or prior registration is required. The museum is a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka monorail line.

For further information, send an e-mail message to life@idc.minpaku.ac.jp or go to www.minpaku.ac.jp (in Japanese and English).

Kyoto University hosts lecture on Palestinians

A special lecture on the issue of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian territories will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Kyoto University in Sakyo Ward.

Anna Baltzer, human rights activist and granddaughter of a Nazi Holocaust survivor, will give a lecture in English titled "Peace and Human Rights in Palestine — The Occupation, Witnessed by Anna Baltzer." There will be an interpretation service in Japanese.

Advance registrations are required by e-mail. Participation is ¥1,000, which includes a booklet on the lecture.

The venue is a basement lecture hall at the Graduate School of Human & Environmental Studies in Yoshida South Campus of Kyoto University. Send an e-mail to anna.in.kyoto@gmail.com anna.in.kyoto@gmail.com for advance registrations and details, and visit www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/site_map (in English) for an access map.

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