Peace conference being held in Kyoto

Peace as a Global Language Conference 2004 is being held through Sunday at Ritsumeikan University’s Kyoto Museum for World Peace in Kita Ward, Kyoto.

Peace activists, journalists, educators and interested citizens are invited to attend the third annual conference. The three-day conference, which began last Friday, consists of a series of daylong seminars and presentations on international peace and human rights topics, as well as peace education issues. Panelists include internationally renowned experts in the field of peace studies. The conference is being conducted primarily in English, with some Japanese.

Admission is 500 yen for students and 1,500 yen for others.

For more information in English and Japanese, visit the PGL Web site at www.eltcalendar.com/PGL2004, or e-mail Albie Sharpe or Aya Okubo at awi0213go@hotmail.com

Guided English tour of Nara Uneme Festival

A night tour to take in the Uneme Festival in Nara is being offered Tuesday by English-speaking guide Harry Horii.

The festival, held around Sarusawa Pond in Nara Park, will feature “gagaku” ancient court music and decorative boats accompanied by women dressed as “uneme” court ladies and other people in historical costumes.

The tour will cover other scenic places, such as the Ukimido floating hall, Nara National Museum, the south gate of Todaiji Temple, where a pair of huge wooden guardians are illuminated, and the pagoda of Kofukuji Temple.

Anyone wishing to participate should make reservations by phone. Participants will meet Horii at 6:30 p.m. at the fountain square of Nara Station on the Kintetsu Line. The fee is 2,000 yen.

For reservations and more information, call or fax Horii at (0742) 46-3273 or call (090) 3841-4784.

Japanese classes offered in Osaka

Osaka International House Foundation is seeking foreign students for its weekly Japanese classes, which will begin in November at its facility in Tennoji Ward.

Four elementary courses are available aimed at providing students with the general skills necessary for daily life. Classes will be conducted in Japanese only.

All of the courses run for 12 weeks. Level 1 and 4 classes will be held on Tuesdays starting Nov. 9, and the level 2 and 3 classes will be held on Wednesdays starting Nov. 10. Each class runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There are places for 10 people in each course, which cost 5,000 yen.

Applicants will be asked to have an interview in Japanese in advance. The level-checking interviews will be held Oct. 19 and 20, between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to apply must make an appointment for the interview.

For appointments and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.

Charity walk for breast cancer awareness

Participants are being sought for a charity walk to raise awareness about breast cancer at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 23 in Kobe.

The Pink Ribbon Smile Walk, the main event of The Pink Ribbon Festival 2004, is an annual campaign that began last year in Tokyo and attracted 3,300 people. This year, the walk will also be held in Kobe, and participants are asked to promote the importance of early detection of the disease by wearing a badge shaped like a pink ribbon — the symbol of breast cancer awareness — and a pink-colored bandanna.

Participants will walk either a 5-km or 10-km course, both starting at Higashi Yuenchi Park in Chuo Ward and going to JR Kobe Station and other popular spots before returning to the park.

Entries will be accepted from 9 a.m. at the park and both walks will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The participation fee for adults is 1,000 yen in advance and 1,500 yen at the door, while the fee for elementary or junior high school students is 500 yen in advance and 800 yen at the door.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to Japan Cancer Society’s Japan Fund for Breast Cancer.

For applications in Japanese, call the organizer at (0570) 037-846 or visit the Web site at www.sportsentry.ne.jp/ For general inquiries in Japanese, call (0120) 711-951.