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Sunday, April 10, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Students for Japanese classes being sought:

Osaka International House Foundation is seeking non-Japanese residents for its weekly Japanese-language classes beginning in May at its facility in Tennoji Ward.

Four courses are available, and each will run for 12 weeks. All are for beginners, but the levels are different. Classes 1 and 2 will meet every Tuesday from May 10 till July 26, and classes 3 and 4 will meet every Wednesday from May 11 till July 27. Each class will be held between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The courses are aimed at providing students with the conversation skills necessary for daily life.

There are places for 10 people in each course. The courses cost 5,000 yen.

Applicants will be asked to undergo an interview in advance to assess their language skills. The interview will be held at 7 p.m. on April 26 and 27. Anyone wishing to apply must make an appointment.

For applications and details, call the foundation's planning and communications department at (06) 6773-8989.

Free concert features up-and-coming:

stars Music Sharing, a nonprofit organization led by renowned violinist Midori Goto, is inviting people to its free concert featuring groups of young players.

The concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. June 5 at NHK Osaka Hall in Chuo Ward.

The concert will be performed by orchestras and ensembles assembled from four junior high schools and high schools, mostly in the Kansai region. The schools were selected from those the violinist once visited as part of an exchange program.

At the concert, Goto will join the amateur musicians in performing "Summer" from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons." Pianist Koji Oikawa will also be featured solo on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, Third Movement.

Admission is free, but applications are required. Those who wish to attend should send a reply-paid postcard stating the names and ages of you and your companions, as well as your address and phone number. Your name and address must also be written on the return card. One application allows three people to attend.

The postcard must arrive by April 25. The address is Music Sharing Special Concert Kakari at J.K. Wilton Kudan 3F, 3-3-6 Nishi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to, 101-0065.

For more information, call the organizer at (03) 3261-1855.

Equality forum offers to help foreign women:

Osaka Gender Equality Foundation is inviting English-speaking non-Japanese women to its monthly discussion meeting focusing on issues often faced by foreign women living in Japan. The event will be held at Osaka Prefectural Women's Center, or Dawn Center, in Chuo Ward.

The discussion group will focus on such common problems as cultural differences, employment and child care, and participants will exchange information and experiences.

The group will meet on the third Saturday of every month from April to next March, except for July and August, when there will be no meeting. The first meeting, to be held April 16, will discuss the theme: "Preparing to go home: reverse culture shock."

Each session will be held between noon and 2 p.m.

Participation fee is free. No reservation is required.

To get to Dawn Center, walk 350 meters east from Tenmabashi Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For more information, call Dawn Center at (06) 6910-8588.

Awareness group hosts guest from Sri Lanka:

The Minoh (this spelling is correct) Association for Global Awareness , a foundation based in Minoo, Osaka Prefecture, will host an English-speaking discussion meeting with a guest from Sri Lanka from 10 a.m. to noon April 23 at the foundation's office.

The session is part of MAFGA's "Danwashitsu" discussion series, which is held seven times a year with the goal of sharing various views and a wide range of knowledge through conversations with non-Japanese residents.

The guest speaker for April is Chandimal de Silva, a graduate student, who will introduce the people and the allures of his home country, using video materials. There will be a Q&A session after the speech.

Participation costs 500 yen. Applications must be made in advance.

For applications and more information, call MAFGA at (072) 727-6912, fax (072) 727-6920 or e-mail: info@mafga.or.jp

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