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Sunday, May 28, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Counseling session in Osaka for foreigners:
A free information and counseling service for foreign residents will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11 at the International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

Specialists will offer advice on issues often facing non-Japanese in everyday life, including legal matters, taxes, human rights, immigration, employment, medical care, education and child care.

Also, there will be brochures and other materials concerning services for foreign residents.

Interpreters will be available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Indonesian, Filipino and Vietnamese.

No reservations are required. Strict confidence is assured.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.

English tour to rice ceremony in Kyoto:
A volunteer guide interpreter is organizing a one-day tour for English-speaking foreigners to a Shinto ceremony June 10 in Kyoto.

Participants will visit Fushimi Inari Shrine in Fushimi Ward to observe a rice-planting ritual. A group of men and women dressed as traditional farmers will plant rice in a sacred paddy within the precincts of the shrine, with women in ancient costumes dancing in front of them, praying for a good harvest for the year.

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.

Participants are required to pay the actual cost of the tour, which will be around 1,400 yen for train fare and lunch. Another 1,000 yen will be accepted as a gratuity.

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

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

Wartime literature in China explored:
The International Research Center for Japanese Studies will present a public forum to discuss Japanese literature produced in China during wartime, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 at Campus Plaza Kyoto in Shimogyo Ward.

Liu Chun Ying, an associate professor at Dongbei Teachers' University, will give a lecture titled "Japanese writers in Xinjing During the Manchukuo Period (1932-1945)," shedding light on the forgotten cultural property of Japanese colonization literature.

The lecture will be in Japanese.

Participation is free. Reservations will be accepted from Monday.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 335-2078.

Ikebana show open to non-Japanese:
Ikebana International's Kyoto chapter is holding its luncheon meeting and a demonstration of flower arrangement at noon June 20 at Kyoto Brighton Hotel in Kamigyo Ward.

While the meeting and lunch costs 6,000 yen for members and 7,000 yen for nonmembers, a live performance by Tenshin Nakano, a young ikebana artist of the Honnoji Misho school, will be shown free to non-Japanese students.

Reservations must be made by June 5.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (075) 231-4735.

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