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Tuesday, July 4, 2006


Yoga, gold and pet adoption

Maternity yoga

Chris is pregnant and living in the Osaka area, and wants to know if there is anywhere she can practice yoga in her condition.

It just so happens that the June issue of the English-language Japanzine, published in Nagoya ( www.seekjapan.jp and on cell phones at www.jzmode.com ), highlights yoga in an article "Bend it like BIKRAM" by Annica.

Slow-Flow at Namba Parks 5F, 2-10-70 Namba-naka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, offers Maternity Yoga and Baby Yoga. The studio has 12 instructors in total, including two who speak English -- Kaoru and Atsushi.

I suggest Chris starts by visiting their Web site ( www.slow-flow.com ) and then calls (06) 6635-1771. For anyone seeking to do yoga in Kansai, know that this studio also offers not only many styles of yoga, but also a shop selling specialist clothing, books and even a DVD in English.

There are five Slow-Flow locations throughout Japan, and two shops. The Web site has details.

Another reader, Emma, asks about Barbara Matsuura, whom we wrote about recently. "I went to practice Qi Qong and Taai Ji in Yoyogi-koen after a trip abroad and Barbara's group was not there. Has the meeting place changed?"

No, it's simply that Barbara has been traveling also. She will be in the park July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 1.

Barbara writes: "The practice time in summer is 9-11 a.m. before the afternoon heat sets in. The class takes place in the usual area in Yoyogi Park to the left of the small pond with the fountain in it."

Gold prices

RM understands that gold prices are at a record high these days. "I have a few Thai baht chains I'd like to sell to take advantage of the favorable price right now. Can you tell me how I can find a reputable dealer who could help me with this transaction? I live out in Nagano, but could go to any place in Tokyo."

Having asked around and hearing of no dealers as such (most people wanting to sell pieces of jewelry seem to use companies back home), it seems selling these chains depends very much on the number and just how much gold they contain. If R has only a small volume and they are newish, it is is probably better to try sell them online.

If, however, they are antique or even vintage, you could try an exclusive store like Wako in Ginza or one of the jewelry stores in Ginza Antiques Mall (1-13-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Phone 03-3535 2111 or fax 03-5159 0717). It's open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and closed Wednesdays. Their Web site is at www.antiques-jp.com

If readers have any other ideas and/or experience of selling gold in Tokyo, do let us know.

Wanted: dog (or cat?)

Ian has been looking to adopt a dog in Tokyo. "I've searched online and asked around but no one seems to know where I can adopt a dog nor how to go about doing it."

He has read an article saying there were plans to start a national registry but organizers had not decided upon an e-mail address at the time the article was published.

There's no update on the animal registry, but we can certainly point Ian toward ARK, the most reputable animal rescue organization in Japan. It's in Kansai, but don't let this put you off. Just get in touch and they are sure to be able to help.

Animal Rescue Kansai's (ARK) mailing address is at 595 Noma Ohara, Nose-cho, Toyono-gun, Osaka-fu, 563-0131. Their number is (0727) 37-0712 and the Web site is at ark@arkbark.net

Or maybe Ian would like a cat?

Denise in Tokyo has an abandoned kitten that needs a good home. "He's about 6-8 months, black & white with golden eyes, sweet disposition and very, very friendly. Wish I could keep him but my own cat says no. I will pay for vaccination and neutering."

Contact Denise on (0422) 41-1561 or e-mail deniseo@gol.com

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