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Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012

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Tour a site in Shimane linked to ancient myths

The Kobe Cross Cultural Center is seeking participants for a two-day overnight tour to Izumo and Matsue in Shimane Prefecture from March 25 to 26.

The guided tour offers a visit to the Sanin region, the source of many of the myths depicted in "Kojiki" ("Record of Ancient Matters"), which dates from the eighth century and is Japan's oldest known chronicle. Participants will meet tour staff at the gate of JR Hyogo Station at 8:30 a.m. March 25. The tour will end around 7 p.m. the following day.

The participation fee is ¥33,255 per person, which includes a chartered bus ride, overnight stay in a four-person room at the Matsunoyu inn, known for the Tamatsukuri hot spring, and four meals. For those who would prefer a room for two, an additional ¥4,000 per person will be required.

Those interested must apply by phone to the center by Friday. The tour will accept 15 foreign nationals and 10 Japanese on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a booking is confirmed, participants must pay the fee by Saturday via "genkin kakitome" (delivery of cash by registered mail) or by paying in person at the center in Nagata Ward, Kobe. For reservations and more information, contact the center at (078) 646-8127.

Check out local bands at Osaka music festival

A music festival will be held at the Higashinari Ward Office in Osaka from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19, featuring four amateur bands and groups based in the ward.

Admission is free and no advance applications are necessary. The venue is on the first floor of the ward office, which is a three-minute walk from Exit 1 at Imazato Station on the Sennichimae or Imazatosuji subway lines.

For more information, contact the ward office at (06) 6977-9014 or visit www.city.osaka.lg.jp/higashinari/page/0000154401.html (in Japanese). The office's main website is also in English, Korean and Chinese.

Suita to host symposium on aging societies

An international symposium on aging societies in multicultural countries will take place at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, in the city of Suita from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The symposium, titled "Living in a Community of Resilience: A Comparative Study on the Search for Well-being in Multicultural Aging Societies" will focus on the elderly in culturally diverse nations. An interpretation service will be available for the audience to listen to speakers in Japanese or English.

There is no admission fee and no advance applications are required. The museum is located in Suita's Banpaku Kinen Koen (Expo '70 Commemorative Park), and is a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line. Access the museum's website at www.minpaku.ac.jp/research/fr/20120225-26.html (in Japanese and English) for further information.

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