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Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Participate in Korean cuisine, kimono classes

Osaka YWCA Senri Center's Bridges Program is seeking participants for a Korean cooking class on Feb. 14 and a kimono-wearing workshop on Feb. 27.

In the class on Korean cuisine, participants will learn how to prepare "taktoritang" spicy chicken and potatoes, "jeon" Korean pancakes, and "namul" seasoned vegetables. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs ¥1,500. Twelve participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with advance reservations required by Feb. 7. Please bring an apron and dish towel.

In the kimono workshop, 10 participants will learn how to wear the traditional Japanese outfit with the help of a professional kimono tutor. The hours are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is ¥2,500 for adults and ¥2,000 for children and students. Advance reservations are necessary by Feb. 18, and participants are encouraged to bring a camera to take photos.

The venue for both events, which will be held in English, is YWCA Senri Center in Suita, Osaka Prefecture. The center is about a 10-minute walk from Kitasenri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

For further information and advance reservations, contact the program coordinator at usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp.

English speakers sought for picture-book readings

The Osaka International House Foundation is seeking native speakers of English to volunteer for picture-book reading sessions.

The sessions will be held for children aged 1 to 6 years old, and besides picture-book reading, duties involve interacting with visitors and preparing for and cleaning up after the sessions.

Applicants must be native English speakers who can communicate in Japanese and be able to attend the reading sessions according to a rotating schedule with other volunteers.

The sessions will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday and third Thursday, and from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month. The venue is Osaka International House, a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For more information and applications, contact the foundation at (06) 6773-8989, or e-mail johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp.

Osaka's Tsutenkaku Tower hosts art event

Tsutenkaku Tower in Naniwa Ward, Osaka, is hosting an art project through Feb. 13 to promote creativity and design in the city.

The 100-meter-tall structure, whose name means "tower reaching heaven," is located in the center of the Shin-Sekai district and is one of Osaka's best-known sightseeing spots. The art event, titled "Tsumutenkaku," started Saturday and will last until Feb. 13. As part of the project, the fourth-floor observatory has been decorated with thousands of paper pipes.

The project is also being held in locations around the Shin-Sekai district. Around 10 workshops for children and a market selling art works and foods will also take place.

The tower is about a 10-minute walk from Shin Imamiya Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line. Admission to the tower is ¥600.

For further details, access www.tsumutenkaku.com/ (in Japanese).

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