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Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Orientation session for newcomers to Japan : The Osaka YWCA is planning an orientation session for foreign residents who have recently come to Japan.

It is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Osaka International School in Minoo, Osaka Prefecture.

Members of the YWCA's Bridges Program will provide newcomers with information on such general matters as Japanese-language classes, shopping for food and groceries, and cultural activities. The session will be conducted in English.

Participation is 500 yen. Reservations must be made by today.

For more information and to make reservations, call program coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki at (090) 9253-7150 or e-mail

Antique fair set for Oimatsu-dori:The 19th Oimatsu Antique Festival will be held today and Monday on Oimatsu-doriin Kita Ward, Osaka, known for its numerous antique shops and galleries.

At the semiannual event, around 50 local dealers will be selling a wide range of Asian and Western antiques, including ceramics, paintings and sculptures.

A charity auction with 50 items will also be held Monday at 3 p.m., with part of the proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross Society. A free antique appraisal session will take place at the same time.

The fair will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

The venue is in the Nishitenma area of Kita Ward, which is an eight-minute walk north of Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji subway line, and a 15-minute walk south of JR Osaka Station.

For details, call the organizer at (06) 6365-7540 or (06) 6365-8324.

Charity festival for kids in Kobe:An international charity festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday at Kobe Club in Chuo Ward.

As part of the sixth annual Kobe Global Charity Festival, stalls will sell ethnic food, homemade sweets and barbecued meat, while children in costumes stage a parade. There will also be a flea market, a bingo game, a raffle and attractions for kids.

One of the festival's objectives is to raise funds to support educational activities for children in Japan and other Asian countries.

The venue is the upper end of Tor Road, a five-minute walk from Sannomiya Station on the JR or Hankyu lines.

For more information, call the Kobe Club at (078) 241-2588.

Quiz rally to walk through Osaka : A quiz rally for 200 non-Japanese and the same number of Japanese will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 at Kensaki Hiroba square in Nakanoshima Park in Kita Ward, Osaka.

After joining in games, participants will be divided into at most 50 multinational groups for the quiz.

Along the 2-km course to and from Sakuranomiya Park, participants will stop at 12 checkpoints to answer questions about Osaka.

Anyone wishing to participate must send an application form stating their name, address, phone number, gender, age, nationality, occupation or school name and shirt size (child or adult).

A postcard with the same information can also be sent to the Interpeople Quiz Rally Committee in the Osaka International House Foundation at 8-2-6 Uehonmachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi, 543-00001. Applications can likewise be sent via fax at (06) 6773-8421 or e-mail at

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until Oct. 22. Participation is free, and a sweat shirt will be given to everyone taking part. Participants should bring their own lunches.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8182.

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