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Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Kobe carpentry museum holds roofing lecture

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum is holding a lecture on roofing from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

Kunihiro Ando, a professor at the University of Tsukuba and an expert on roofing, along with three thatched-roof craftsmen will discuss the importance of plant roofing and the difficulties in procuring roofing materials, while also covering roofing techniques.

The lecture in Lasse Hall will be in Japanese. The event is being held in collaboration with the exhibition "Roofing with Thatch, Bark and Wooden Shingles" that runs through Nov. 27 at the museum.

Admission is free and there will be 250 seats. No advance reservations are required. The hall, a one-minute walk from the museum, is a 10-minute walk from Motomachi Station on the JR Kobe Line, or a five-minute walk from Kenchomae Station on the Seishin Yamate subway line. For more information, access the museum's website at www.dougukan.jp (in Japanese or English) or send an email to fuku@dougukan.jp.

Giant rubber duck to be floated on Osaka river

A giant yellow rubber duck will be floated on Tosaborigawa River in Kita Ward, Osaka, from next Saturday to Oct. 30.

The 9.5-meter-tall duck is a contemporary artwork by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, and was hugely popular when it was first displayed near the city's Nakanoshima district in summer 2009.

For the event, palm-size replicas of the duck will be sold for ¥1,500 and specially designed T-shirts for ¥3,000. For each item sold, ¥500 will be donated to support artistic and cultural activities in disaster-hit areas in Tohoku.

The venue, on the south side of the Nakanoshima district and near Nakanoshima Park's rose garden, is a two-minute walk from Kitahama Station on the Sakaisuji subway line, or an eight-minute walk from Exit 1 of Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji subway line. Access the organizer's website at www.chishimatochi.com (in Japanese and English) for further details.

Nishinomiya to host global peace conference

The Peace as a Global Language Conference will be held next Saturday and Sunday at Konan University in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

In addition to peace-related issues, this year's conference will focus on the recovery from the March 11 disasters.

The keynote speakers are Kozo Mayumi, a professor specializing in environmental economy at the University of Tokushima, and Aileen Mioko Smith, executive director of the Kyoto-based citizens' group Green Action.

The conference will also feature a Model United Nations, a Table for Two hunger banquet, a photography exhibition, and more than 70 presentations by teachers, students and activists.

Admission is ¥3,000 for one day and ¥5,000 for both days.

The venue is Konan Cube Nishinomiya at Konan University, which is a three-minute walk from Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station on the Hankyu Kobe Honsen Line. More details, including program information and directions to the venue, can be found on the organizer's website at www.pgljapan.org (in English).

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