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Saturday, June 9, 2012

KANSAI: Who & What

Korean cooking class to be presented in Kyoto

A class to introduce Korean cooking will be offered by the Kyoto Cooking School from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 30 in Chukyo Ward.

Participants will learn about the history of Korean food, cook "sundubu" (a tofu hot pot) and prepare kimchi.

Admission is ¥1,800, and the first 40 people to apply will be accepted. The venue is a five-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma or Tozai subway lines.

To make a reservation, send a reply-paid postcard with your name, address, age and phone number to Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku Kyoto, 606-8536. For more details, information is available at www.kcif.or.jp (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish).

Museum offers Russian animation exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art Shiga is hosting an exhibition of Russian animation through July 29 in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.

The exhibition features the popular Russian animation "Cheburashka and Snezhnaya Koroleva" ("The Snow Queen"). Drawings, storyboards, puppets and stage settings will be showcased.

Tickets are ¥950 for adults and ¥650 for students. To get to the museum, which is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., take a bus from Seta Station on the JR Biwako Line.

For more events and access information, see www.shiga-kinbi.jp (in Japanese and English).

Japanese expat to talk about Islamic culture

Host Families For Foreign Students Communication Center is hosting a photo exhibition and cultural talk about Islamic culture from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. June 17 in Nagata Ward, Kobe.

The speaker, Keiko Nishigaki, has been living in Afghanistan for 18 years, and she continues to take photos of miniature paintings, an Afghan specialty. She brings with her a message, "Afghanistan is not only Taliban."

Admission is free. The venue, Kobe Asian Plaza, is a five-minute walk from JR Shin-Nagata Station.

For more details, contact the organizer at (078) 646-8127.

Museum to present deer dance, 'taiko' drums

The National Museum of Ethnology is offering an event to mark the Great East Japan Earthquake from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

A group of Shishiodori (traditional Japanese deer dance) dancers, which was affected by last year's earthquake and tsunami, will travel from Iwate Prefecture to perform in the Kansai region for the first time following the disasters. The other dance group, from Hyogo Prefecture, will perform with "taiko" drums and dance. A panel discussion will also be held.

Admission is free and reservations are not required. The museum is a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

For details, visit www.minpaku.co.jp (in Japanese and English).

Nagoya residents to be offered earthquake drill

An earthquake simulation class will be given at Nagoya Municipal Minato Disaster Prevention Center from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 in Minato Ward, Nagoya.

Only foreign nationals living in Nagoya will be accepted. Participants will have the chance to enter an earthquake simulation room and learn about emergency measures in the event of a large earthquake. Interpretation will be available for attendees.

Admission is free, and the first 20 people to apply will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue is a three-minute walk from Minato Kuyakusho Station on the Meiko subway line.

For reservations, call the organizer at (052)581-0100 or send an email to nicbosai@nic-nagoya.or.jp. For additional information, see www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/japanese/nicnews/archives/2050 (in Japanese).

Nagoya to host nostalgic car show

The Nostalgic Car Show 2012 will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 16 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 17 in Minato Ward, Nagoya.

Classic cars from decades past, including a Lamborghini and Skyline, will be exhibited, and accessories and parts will be on sale.

Entrance at the door will cost ¥1,800. The venue, Nagoya International Exhibition Hall, is a five-minute walk from Kinjo-Futo Station on the Aonami Line.

For details, visit www.nostalgic.co.jp/index.html (in Japanese).

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