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Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005

KANSAI: who & what

Immigration specialists offer free consultations
A group of specialists in immigration procedures is organizing a free consultation session for foreign residents from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 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. 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 organizer at (06) 6977-1501 in Japanese or English.

Guided day trip takes in Seimei Shrine festival
A volunteer guide is organizing a one-day tour for English-speaking foreigners to a Kyoto shrine on Sept. 23.

Participants will visit Seimei Shrine in Kamigyo Ward. The shrine is dedicated to Abe no Seimei, a master of "onmyo-do," or ancient Chinese cosmology based on the doctrine of yin and yang. Seimei is the most famous onmyo-do specialist of the Heian Period and still appears as a person with superhuman abilities in novels, cartoons and movies.

The day of the tour, there will be a procession of "mikoshi" portable shrines and people in ancient costumes.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station building.

The cost will be around 1,500 yen for bus fare and lunch. Another 1,000 yen will be accepted as a gratuity.

Reservations must be made in advance. The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only.

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

Non-Japanese invited to information service
Kyoto City International Foundation is hosting a consultation service for non-Japanese residents 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at its facility in Nakagyo Ward.

Specialists will offer advice on issues pertaining to law, visas, taxes, social insurance, employment and mental health. Interpreters will be on hand for speakers of Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish and Thai.

Participation is free, but reservations must be made in advance.

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

Japanese housing subject of seminar
The International Research Center for Japanese Studies is hosting a public forum to discuss Japanese housing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Campus Plaza Kyoto in Shimogyo Ward.

The speaker is Augustin Berque, professor at EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) who is currently visiting the center as a research scholar. Barque will speak on "Mediance and sustainability in Japanese habitation."

The lecture will be in Japanese.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reservations will be accepted starting Monday.

For reservations and details, call the organizer at (075) 335-2078.



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