Homeless, but not alone
While Osakas homeless are being evicted from the most visible
locales in preparation for the Tenjin Matsuri, an alternative festival
to highlight discrimination against those who live on the streets
is being planned.
The event will be at Nagai park on July 24 and 25 and will, according
to the advertisers, include live music and dance, a flea market,
a photo exhibit of worldwide homelessness, sports events, cultural
exchange games and activities, a documentary film show, food and
drinks, and workshops
The organisers explain the festivals mission: We are
creating a homeless fiesta, organized by the hands of the Osaka
homeless from Nagai Park, Ogimachi Park, Utsubo and their supporters.While
Tenjin Matsuri, one of Osakas biggest festivals is on the
same day, our Matsuri is somewhat different. The Tenjin Matsuri
not only excludes the homeless by being a purely commercial event,
but it also discriminates against them by cleaning up
the tents and their living spaces as the festival comes by. Our
matsuri, on the other hand, includes all people, united by peace
and justice, with the vision of creating a better society now.
If you wish to get involved or simply seek more
email: [email protected]
or visit their bulletin board at http://bbs.infoseek.co.jp/Board02?user=rebel_jill
Date/Time: June 24(Sat) 15:00- 21:00 & 25 (Sun) 10:00-16:00
Place: Nagai Park Jiyu Hiroba
(Southwest side of the park; 5 min. walk from JR Nagai Sta.)
Kansai pilgrim trail joins World Heritage
ancient and sacred pilgrimage route in the Kansais Kii mountains
is about to become a World Heritage Site.
The designated area is known for its spiritual significance and
outstanding natural beauty and includes includes Kumano Sanzan,
Yoshino Omine, and Koyasan, which are all linked by the pilgrimage
Kumano Sanzan is the centre of Kumano belief and Koyasan has particular
importance to Singon esoteric Buddhism.
The honour is shared by three prefectures, Wakayama, Mie and Nara.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee is convening in China to ratify
the latest list of 33 additions to the list of World Heritage Sites
and is expected to make its announcement on July 7th. This latest
declaration will mean that Kansai has five of Japans World
Heritage Sites. The others include, Himeji castle, Horyuji and other
ancient buildings in Kyoto and Nara.
Worldwide, 35 of Unescos 754 WH sites are in danger from war,
environmental degradation or neglect.
Naa, ya naa
Linguists have decided that Kansais characteristic
naa is the worlds third most difficult word to translate.
One thousand linguists consulted in the survey by Today Translations
decided that the most difficult word was ilunga from DR Congo. It
means "a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first
time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time".
In second place is tshlimazi, a Yiddish word for a chronically
On hearing the news of the survey, the reaction in the KS office
was a resounding Naa!
Lonely Planet in Japanese and Korean
Planet, the back-packers best friend, is now publishing its
famous travel guides in Japanese and Korean.
Links with established companies in both Japan and Korea have enabled
the Australian company to expand and diversify in Asia.
Titles newly available to Japanese travellers are Australia, Hawaii,
Italy, Britain, Turkey, and India, with books on New Zealand, Nepal,
Korea and Germany in the pipeline.
Lonely Planet co-founder and director Tony Wheeler said, There
has been a shift in outbound travel behaviour in both markets in
recent years. Independent travel is becoming more popular for Korean
and Japanese travellers, and not surprisingly there is a corresponding
increasing demand for comprehensive travel information written for
According to the Australian Tourism Forecasting Council, arrivals
to Australia from Japan are expected to keep rising, reaching 750,000
The arrival of these books on the market may be just one more reason
for eikaiwa students to skip class.