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Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

One World Festival next weekend in Osaka An international cooperation festival will take place Feb. 5 and 6 at the International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

The goal of the One World Festival is to raise awareness of coexistence, the environment, mutual understanding and related issues by introducing ongoing efforts by governmental and nongovernmental organizations from Japan and other parts of the world.

There will be a wide variety of events and attractions for adults and children, ranging from displays on the work of various NGOs and ODA projects, to panel discussions and workshops, to stage performances and food stalls.

Admission is free.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 6.

The venue is a six-minute walk from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line or a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the subway Tanimachi or Sennichimae lines.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 4395-1124 or visit the Web site at www.interpeople.or.jp/owf.html

Seminar details how to create a branch office The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan will host a seminar on how to establish a company for 1 yen from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry building in Chuo Ward.

Solicitor Kazutora Nakaya of Nakaya International Business & Legal Advising Office and Sadao Kanezaki, a representative of Subaru Accounting Office, will detail how simple and easy it is to establish a Japan branch office of your company for pennies on the dollar based on new laws and regulations.

The speech will be in English.

The fee is 4,000 yen. Reservations must be made by Friday.

For reservations and more information, call the ACCJ at (06) 6944-5991, fax (06) 6944-5992 or e-mail kansai@accj.or.jp

One-day tour to take in Nara fertility festival A volunteer guide-interpreter is organizing a tour Feb. 6 for English-speaking foreigners to a shrine in a rural area of Nara Prefecture holding a unique festival.

The Onda Matsuri, or paddy field festival, at Asuka-ni-imasu Shrine in Asuka Village is known for its distinctive rituals praying for fertility.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9 a.m in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station building.

They are required to pay the actual cost of the tour, around 2,000 yen including transportation, and another 2,000 yen will be accepted as a gratuity.

Reservations are required, and the tour is reserved for non-Japanese only.

For reservations, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Help for students in search of housing The Kyoto City International Foundation is organizing an event for foreign students and prospective landlords to meet each other at 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at its facility in Sakyo Ward.

The event is aimed at matching students looking for a place to live and owners looking for tenants.

An exchange party will follow at 3:30 p.m.

There is no fee to attend and reservations are not required. The event is open to non-Japanese students attending universities as well as other kinds of schools. Foreign workers and Japanese students are also welcome.

The venue, Kyoto International Community House, or Kyoto-shi Kokusai Koryu Kaikan, is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the subway Tozai line.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

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