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Sunday, June 5, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Thai cooking demo and lunch set for Kobe

A Thai cooking demonstration and lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 27 in Higashinada Ward, Kobe. The Thai edition of the "World Home Cooking" program, conducted by Kobe Cross Cultural Center, will include dishes such as "som tam thai" green papaya salad, "geng kiao wang" chicken green curry, "tom yam kung" spicy and sour soup, and mango sherbet. Thai chefs will demonstrate how to make some of the dishes.

The program will be in Japanese and English. Participation is ¥3,980, which includes lunch, demonstration, recipes and tax.

The program will be held at the Thai restaurant Khuanjai Okamoto, a two-minute walk south of the North Exit at Settu Motoyama Station on the JR Kobe Line.

Advance reservations are required by phone. Forty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

After checking the availability with the center, participants need to pay the participation fee by "genkin kakitome" (money transfer) or by bringing cash to the center in Nagata Ward. Please contact the center at (078) 646-8127 for advance reservations and more information.

Marimba recital, dyed fabrics on tap in Nara

A marimba recital will be held at Gallery GM-1, an art gallery in the city of Nara, at 3 p.m. June 18. Marimba player Makoto Nakura will perform classical selections and folk songs, such as Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006, composed by J. S. Bach and arranged o be played on a marimba by Nakura, and "A Londonderry Air," commonly known as "Danny Boy," from Ireland.

In the gallery, "kusaki zome" fabrics by dye artist Kyoko Wakigawa will be on display.

Kusaki zome is a method of dyeing fabrics with natural materials such as plants, fruits and vegetables. Advance reservations are required by phone or email. Tickets are ¥5,000.

The venue is a three-minute walk from the South Exit of Gakuen-mae Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line. Contact the organizer, Office H&M, at (0743) 74-7315 or email marishka@kcn.ne.jp for reservations and details.

Try on a summer kimono in Nishinomiya

Nishinomiya City International Association is organizing an event June 26 for non-Japanese people to try on "yukata" summer kimono. Participants will wear yukata and enjoy "macha" green tea. Yukata for children are also available. Participation is ¥300 per person.

Advance reservations are necessary by phone or email. There will be five 30-minute time slots from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and up to five people will be accepted for each slot.

Please make reservations with your name, address, contact number, gender, height and preferred time slot.

The venue is the conference room of the association, which is on the south side of Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line. An access map can be found at the association's website at www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/ (in Japanese).

For reservations and further information, contact the association at (0798) 32-8680 or email niasakura@ceres.ocn.ne.jp.

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