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Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001

Kansai / Who & What

All-night dance party to support poor nations

The Hyogo Association for Japan English Teaching, a local group made up of foreign language teachers, is hosting a charity DJ party Thursday night to raise funds for developing nations.

The annual charity event, in its second year, will bring together DJs from Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. All proceeds will go to the International Angel Association, a Hyogo-based nonprofit organization that supports developing nations, especially Bangladesh, with projects such as child care, technical training, women's welfare, basic sanitation and health care.

The party, which starts at 8 p.m. and runs all night, will be held at the Roughrare cafe in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

Entry is 2,000 yen, including one drink.

To get to the venue, walk two blocks south on Tor Road from the Daimaru department store, turn left, and Roughrare will be on the left.

For more information, call HAJET chairman Matthew Porter at (090) 8523-8206 or e-mail: pr@hyogoajet.org

Foreign women's meet to feature talk on poetry

Foreign Executive Women, an organization for foreign women in Japan, will host a dinner meeting on Nov. 22, featuring poet Winnie Anne Inui.

Inui will speak about the world of poetry, focusing on haiku.

The dinner, which begins at 6 p.m., will be held on the fourth floor of the Hilton Hotel in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The cost is 4,000 yen for members and 6,000 yen for nonmembers.

Reservation must be made by Saturday.

For reservations, e-mail: few-publicity@hotmail.com

Shakuhachi concert to meld Zen and rock

A mix of Zen music and rock will be featured at a shakuhachi concert scheduled for Sunday and Monday at Hep Hall in Kita Ward, Osaka.

Shakuhachi is an end-blown flute that has a history spanning 2,000 years. In the Edo Period, shakuhachi were used by "komuso," or traveling Zen monks.

The concert will be performed by acclaimed shakuhachi player Akikazu Nakamura, who studied under many komuso.

Nakamura is pursuing shakushachi's potential in rock, jazz and many other genres of contemporary music. He will perform traditional Zen music and rock music with Kokoo, a band featuring shakuhachi and Japanese harps.

Nakamura will also give a lecture in Japanese.

The concert will start at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The performances will be held on the eighth floor of Hep Five, a fashion complex across from Hankyu Umeda Station.

Advance tickets are 2,500 yen for adults, 1,800 yen for college students and 900 yen for children up to high-school age.

For more information, call the venue at (06) 6366-3636.

Chance for foreigners to observe temple ritual

The Guide Interpreter Volunteer Club is organizing a one-day tour for foreigners to a Zen temple in Kyoto on Nov. 23.

The tour includes a visit to Shokakuji Temple, a subtemple of Tofukuji Temple, in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, to observe a thanksgiving ritual.

At the ritual, participants can observe "fude" writing brushes being used, along with a large number of old brushes and other writing tools being burned in a big fire.

Participants will then be taken to a famous viewing spot at Tofukuji to view the changing colors of maple leaves.

Interested people are asked to meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of JR Kyoto Station. Fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

The tour will cost around 2,200 yen for bus fare, admissions and lunch. Participants are asked to donate an additional 1,000 yen to support the volunteer club's activities.

Mental health service available for foreigners

AMDA International Medical Information Center Kansai, on behalf of the Osaka Prefectural Government. is providing phone consultation services on mental issues to Portuguese and Spanish speakers until February.

Native speakers of Portuguese and Spanish are available to provide advice on a range of mental health issues facing foreign residents of Japan.

Consultations in Portuguese are available each Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while consultations in Spanish are available every Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Both services will continue till Feb. 25 and 27. The consultation will not be available on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2.

The phone bill will be charged to the caller.

For a consultation, call (06) 6636-9778.

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