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Author to give talk on history of geisha

The International House of Japan will host a lecture Friday evening by Lesley Downer, author of the book “Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World,” published in 2000, at its lecture hall in Roppongi, Tokyo.

The lecture, which starts at 7 p.m., will be in English.

The hall at 5-11-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, can accommodate about 130 people and is within walking distance of the Hibiya Line’s Roppongi and Nanboku Line’s Azabu Juban stations.

Admission is free. Reservations can be made by phone at (03) 3470-3211 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by fax at (03) 3470-3170 or e-mail at program@i-house.or.jp

Minato Ward’s past and present examined

The Minato International Association will hold an excursion to examine the past and the present of Minato Ward from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27.

The outing, called Ex-Minato City, will visit the residence of General Maresuke Nogi, who gained fame in the rapid conquest of the Liaodong Peninsula during the Sino-Japanese War, avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto’s memorial museum, the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, and Zenkoji temple.

The trip is free of charge, but lunch is not included. Participation is limited to 10 Japanese and 10 non-Japanese, who will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply, call the Minato International Association within the Minato Ward Office at (03) 3578-3530 or send e-mail for more information to t-sugisawa@minato-intl-assn.gr.jp

International couples to stage Asia fair

Happy House, an exchange group of international married couples, will hold its Asia Fair this Sunday, together with other associations such as Asian People’s Friendship Society and Philippine Mothers Group.

Iran, Philippines, Korea, Bangladesh and Myanmar are among the countries represented.

The fair, held annually since 1993, will feature performances such as dances from Myanmar, the Philippines and Congo, songs from Bangladesh, a fashion show, and Asian food and products for sale.

It starts at 11:30 a.m. in the public square in front of the Itabashi City Tax Office (Itabashi Tozei Jimusho), near the Tobutojo Line’s Oyama station or the Toei Mita Line’s Itabashi Kuyakushomae station.

For more info, call (03) 3964-8739 or fax (03) 3579-0197.

U.N. info center holds cultural diversity exhibit

The United Nations Information Center will kick off an exhibition Wednesday at the United Nations University Building in Tokyo to help deepen understanding of diverse cultures.

The exhibition, “Dialogue among Civilizations — Let’s be acquainted with the importance of dialogue, overcoming differences,” will feature 30 endangered world heritage sites, as well as the ruins of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, which have been destroyed by the Taliban regime.

The event, which will continue until Jan. 15, will present works by Ikuo Hirayama, Japanese painter and UNESCO goodwill ambassador.

The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the U.N. Gallery inside the U.N. University Building, near Omotesando Station. For more information, telephone (03) 5467-4451/2 or e-mail unictok@blue.ocn.ne.jp

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