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Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Cross-cultural workshops offered in Kobe

Kobe Cross Cultural Center in Nagata Ward will start its second term of cross cultural and handicraft workshops in September. For cross cultural workshops, there will be three courses: "suibokuga" Chinese ink painting, English haiku and origami, each made up of three classes.

The handicraft workshops will feature Panama applique, Indian mirror work and Korean "pojagi" patchwork, each consisting of six classes.

The classes will be held in both Japanese and English.

The fees for the cross cultural workshops are ¥6,620 for Chinese ink painting, ¥5,670 for haiku and ¥4,730 for origami.

Participation in the handicraft workshops is ¥13,230 per course. An additional ¥2,000 will be necessary as an annual support fee for the organizer.

Twenty to 25 people will be accepted per course.

The venue is on the fourth floor of Shoes Plaza, a three-minute walk north of Shin Nagata Station on the JR Kobe Line.

For applications and further information, such as dates and times for each course, contact the organizer at (078) 646-8127.

Summer festivities at Hotel Granvia Osaka

Hotel Granvia Osaka will host summer festivals on Aug. 16 and 17.

Specialty dishes by hotel chefs will be offered at stands set up in the banquet hall on the hotel's 20th floor.

An all-you-can-drink service will include beer, "shochu" Japanese spirits, whiskey, juice and oolong tea.

On stage, a Japanese impersonator will perform to lighten up the atmosphere.

Participation is ¥6,000 in advance and ¥6,500 at the door.

The hours are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The hotel is adjacent to JR Osaka Station.

For more information and reservations, access the hotel's website at www.granvia-osaka.jp or call (06) 6347-1433.

Free Japanese dance recital on tap in Kyoto

A free noh, "kyogen" and "nihon buyo" Japanese dance recital will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12 at Oe Noh Gakudo, a noh theater in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The performance will be held as the recital for Traditional Theater Training, a three-week program from late July to early August.

The training participants from Japan, the United States and Taiwan, and their instructors, will perform.

No admission or advance reservations are required.

Bilingual English and Japanese programs will be provided.

The noh theater is a five-minute walk east from Karasuma Oike Station on the Tozai or Karasuma subway lines.

An access map can be found at www.asahi-net.or.jp/tn4m-ooe/.

For details, contact the organizer, Kyoto Art Center, at (075) 213-1000 or access www.kac.or.jp.



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