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Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Immigration advice available in Osaka: A group of specialists in immigration procedures is organizing a free consultation session for foreign residents 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 in the conference room on the third floor of International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

The private study group of administrative clerks will provide information and advice on issues involving visas and naturalization procedures. Advice will be available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. Individual consultations will be kept in strict confidence.

There is no fee and reservations are not required.

The venue, also known as Osaka Kokusai Koryu Center, is a five-minute walk from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line, or a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Sennichimae subway lines.

For more information, call the venue at (06) 6772-5931 or call the organizer at (06) 6773-0134.

Mongolian dance seminar in Kobe: Kobe Asian Plaza, a semigovernmental organization in Kobe City Hall, will host a Mongolian dance seminar at 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at its facility in Nagata Ward.

The Mongols are known for leading a nomadic lifestyle on the steppes of Central Asia. As animals play a key role in their life, traditional Mongolian dance is characterized by an abundance of movements mimicking horses and hawks, while also using household articles like chopsticks and cups as dancing tools.

At the seminar, Qui Wang Mei, a graduate student at Kobe University from China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, will demonstrate some of the typical movements of Mongolian dance.

After the seminar, Mongolian cheese and liquor will be offered for tasting.

The event will be conducted in Japanese.

Participation is 840 yen. Reservations must be made by Friday.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (078) 646-7100.

Kyoto Film Fest features sword fights: The Kyoto Film Festival will be held from Saturday to Sept. 26 at various venues around the city.

The biennial festival is aimed at reviving Kyoto as a center of Japanese filmmaking, and this fourth session will feature a number of samurai or "chanbara" (sword fight) movies, as many masterpieces of this genre were shot in the city.

The festival will screen 35 films dating from the 1920s to the present at three venues: Gion Kaikan theater in Higashiyama Ward, Kyogoku Yayoiza theater in Nakagyo Ward and Museum Kyoto's annex hall in Nakagyo Ward.

Eight of the films are old silent movies and will be shown at Museum Kyoto's annex with a live performance of accompanying music. These include "The Mark of Zorro," directed in 1920 by Fred Niblo and starring Douglas Fairbanks, "Karakuri Cho," a chanbara entertainment from 1929 and "Tokkyu Sambyakuri," a long-lost film made in 1928 featuring a melodrama and steam locomotives. The latter two will be shown with music and "katsuben" live narration in Japanese, while "Tokkyu Sambyakuri" will also be shown free at the opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday at Muromachi Koji Square in the JR Kyoto Station building, though no katsuben will be provided. There will be live music by pianist Gunter Buchwald.

Same-day tickets will be 1,000 yen per showing.

For more information, call the festival's executive committee at (075) 212-0920 or visit its Web site (in Japanese) at www.kyoto-filmfes.jp

UNU global seminar to be held in Hyogo: United Nations University Global Seminar's Kobe-Awaji session will be held this month in Hyogo Prefecture, with part of the program open to public.

The 10th session will focus on safety and conviviality in the global community to mark the 10th anniversary of both the UNU Global Seminar's Kobe session and the Great Hanshin Earthquake.

Two sets of lectures will be open to the public.

The first will be the session's keynote speeches starting at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Kobe International Conference Center in Chuo Ward. The session's theme will be discussed by Dr. Yoshiteru Murosaki, president of National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster, and Egbert Frederik Jacobs, the Netherlands ambassador to Japan. Interpretations in English and Japanese will be provided.

The second will be lectures titled "Human Lives and the Threat of Natural Disaster," at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at Hotel Goufres Kobe in Chuo Ward. They will be given by Tsu Timothy Yun Hui, an associate professor at National University of Singapore's department of Japanese studies, and Hiroko Kuroda, president of Citizens' Fund Kobe. The lectures will be in Japanese only.

Admission is free. Those who wish to participate should make reservations.

For reservations and more information, call Kobe International Center for Cooperation and Communication at (078) 291-8415, fax (078) 291-0691 or e-mail kic02@kicc.jp or call Hyogo International Association at (078) 230-3260, fax (078) 230-3280 or e-mail

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