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Sunday, April 4, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Seminar in Osaka on U.S., Japan visas: The American Chamber of Commerce Japan is holding a seminar Thursday on getting a visa for the United States or Japan.

It will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Chuo Ward.

Experts from the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe will answer questions and provide information on additional requirements for travel to the U.S., compliance with the American biometrics program, the current appointment system and additional requirements for business travelers.

An immigration expert will outline the Japanese visa requirements necessary for foreigners in Japan, touching on resident visa statuses and required evidence stipulated in the Japan Immigration Law.

Presentations will be mostly in Japanese and partly in English.

The fee is 5,000 yen. Reservations should be made by Tuesday. For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6944-5991.

Walking tour to take in Kyoto's cherry trees: A walking tour to view cherry trees in Kyoto is being organized by an English-speaking guide on April 10.

The tour will take in several scenic spots in the ancient city, including the Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle, Heian Shrine, Maruyama Park, Kyoto Botanical Garden and Kiyomizu Temple.

Participants will meet guide Harry Horii at 9:30 a.m. on the north side of JR Kyoto Station, next to the bus ticket center.

The fee is 2,000 yen per person. Reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, call Horii at (0742) 46-3273 or (090) 3841-4784.

Tea ceremony class for foreigners: Osaka Sister City Network is hosting a Japanese tea ceremony class for non-Japanese residents from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 at the International House in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

The interactive seminar is aimed at providing foreigners an opportunity to learn about the simple and polished ritual by experiencing one for themselves and how to gain peace in a bowl of tea.

The fee is 500 yen. Thirty people will be accepted. Reservations should be made by April 16.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6772-9670, fax (06) 6772-9790, or e-mail cir@sisterc.net

New Zealand center invites new participants: Kansai New Zealand Centre is welcoming visitors to its facility in Chuo Ward, Osaka, with a range of information about the country, as well as to seek support for its activities.

The private organization began operating in February with the goal of promoting friendship, good will and mutual understanding between Japan and New Zealand through a wide variety of activities and exchange through education, culture, travel and sports.

The center's reference room is open for all visitors and displays New Zealand's school textbooks, publications on such matters as gardening and rugby, and resources on study, home stays, sightseeing and other topics.

Individuals and organizations that can support the center's activities are also being sought. For individuals, there will be no membership fee for the first two years since the center's establishment.

The center will be open between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Wednesdays, Sundays and national holidays. It is located on the eighth floor of the Osaka Organ Building, which is a one-minute walk south from Tenmabashi Station's exit No. 4.

For more information, call the center at (06) 6944-3511.



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