Osaka movie festival to screen Europe films

A five-day European film festival will be held from Tuesday through Nov. 25 at Kaiyukan aquarium hall in Minato Ward, Osaka.

The eighth Osaka European Film Festival will screen 12 feature films and six short films from France, Germany, Spain and other European countries. The movies depict contemporary European culture and social conditions.

While all the films will be subtitled in Japanese, only some will have English subtitles.

The festival is scheduled to close with a screening of films from around the world collected by Frenchman Jean-Marie Boursicot.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Osaka-ko Station on the Chuo subway line, or a three-minute walk from Tenpozan bus stop on the municipal bus line.

Advance admission is 1,200 yen per showing. Admission at the door is 1,500 yen.

For more information, call the executive committee at (06) 6882-6211, fax (06) 6882-6212 or visit www.mmjp.or.jp

Senri Center to offer class on table-setting

The Osaka YWCA Senri Center is holding a table-setting class in English on Nov. 27 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the center in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Participants will learn a number of different Japanese and Western styles of setting the table, especially for New Year’s celebrations. The group will also be taught various Japanese customs to celebrate New Year’s Day.

The seminar will be conducted in English. The cost of the seminar is 2,000 yen plus a fee for lunch. Reservations must be made by Wednesday.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6872-0505 or fax (06) 6872-0503. For information in English, call coordinator Akiko Uehara at (06) 6324-1240 or e-mail: JZB03041@nifty.ne.jp

Genome center plans talk on genetic modifications

The Osaka University Genome Information Center will hold an English-language seminar on genetically modified plants between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.

The talk will be held at the center’s facility on the university’s campus in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Thorbjorg Einarsdottir, an Icelandic student conducting research at the center, will give an introductory lecture on genetically modified plants, focusing on environmental concerns and the effects on humans.

The venue, Iden Joho Jikken Shisetsu, is located just inside the university’s gates close to Kita Senri Station on the Hankyu Line.

Admission is free, but reservations are required by Nov. 29.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6879-8375, fax (06) 6879-8376 or e-mail: tgko@gen-info.osaka-u.ac.jp

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