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Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Info consultations for non-Japanese
The Kyoto City International Foundation is holding a free consultation session for non-Japanese residents from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at Kyoto International Community House in Sakyo Ward.

The session is aimed at providing foreigners who do not understand the Japanese language with advice on issues they often face, including legal matters, employment, taxes, social insurances, status of residence and mental health. Advice will be given in strict confidence by specialists in each field.

Interpreters will be available for speakers of English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai.

The service is free, but applications in advance are recommended.

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

Nuremberg interpreter to present lecture
Japan Association for Interpretation Studies is presenting a lecture by Siegfried Ramler, who took part in the Nuremberg Trials as a simultaneous interpreter, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at Kobe College (Kobe Jogakuin Daigaku) in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

The war crime trials, held after World War II, are considered as a precursor of the modern-day simultaneous interpretation system. Ramler, who is now a senior adjunct fellow at East-West Center in Hawaii, will speak of his experiences under the theme "The Nuremberg Trials: Origins and Challenges of Simultaneous Interpreting."

Participation is free. No reservations are required.

For more information, e-mail funayama@inst.kobe-cufs.ac.jp

Hiragana Times holding exchange party in Kobe
Hiragana Times, a magazine published in Japanese and English, is seeking participants for its monthly exchange party at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pub Arena on the first floor of Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Higashi-Nada Ward, Kobe.

The event's goal is to promote mutual communication between Japanese and foreigners and is open to speakers of Japanese and English, including tourists. The magazine has already been hosting similar monthly parties in Osaka and Tokyo, and this is its first in Kobe.

Admission is 1,500 yen. Reservations are not required, but those with reservations will receive one free drink. Drinks cost 500 yen for beer and wine, and 300 yen for soft drinks.

For reservations and details, e-mail tikureikk@dream.com, fax (06) 6499-2789 or visit www.hiraganatimes.com

Class on 'chirimen' fabric handicraft
YWCA Senri Center's Bridges program is organizing an English-speaking class on "chirimen" fabric handcraft from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 25 at the center in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Chirimen is a type of Japanese silk crepe used for kimono. Traditionally, women quilted leftover pieces of the fabric and made small ornaments that look like flowers, birds, animals, dolls and toys. The handiwork was handed down as a way to enhance one's needlework and artistic sense. At the class, one of the program members will teach how to make a silk camellia flower and other items.

Participation is 800 yen. Reservations must be made by Saturday. Participants should bring their own sewing box.

For reservations and more information, call the coordinator at 090-9253-7150 or e-mail usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

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