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Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Osaka classical music series gets under way:
A series of free classical concerts will be performed along Midosuji street in Osaka from today through Saturday.

Cohosted by the Osaka Municipal Government, the Osaka Classic is a week of classical music produced by Eiji Oue, conductor of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. It will present 50 concerts at 18 venues along or near the city's main street.

The concerts are held from around 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day. Most are free and will be performed by members of the orchestra. Each show will last 30 to 60 minutes, and will be held is such public places as Apple Store and Sogo Shinsaibashi department store near Shinsaibashi Station, the Starbucks coffee shop in the Midosuji Honmachi Toshiba Building near Honmachi Station, and City Hall near Yodoyabashi Station. All of the stations are on the Midosuji subway line.

Visitors don't have to shop at the stores to listen to the concert.

For details and the concert schedule, call the information center at (06) 4860-7285 or visit the Web site at www.osaka-phil.com/os_classic/2006/index.html

Consultations in Kyoto for university hopefuls:
The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto is hosting a consultation meeting for non-Japanese students who want to attend a university in Japan.

The Kyoto no Manabi seminar will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Campus Plaza Kyoto in Shimogyo Ward.

There will be booths where officials from about 20 universities and junior colleges in Kyoto Prefecture will provide information about their schools and answer such questions as what to expect from their programs and how to prepare for entrance exams. Advice on visas, learning options, boarding and other issues will be provided by specialists.

Two short lectures will be given to help visitors become familiar with the atmosphere of actual classrooms.

Participation is free. No reservations are required.

The venue is in front of JR Kyoto Station, next to the post office.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 353-9100, fax (075) 353-9101 or visit the Web site at www.consortium.or.jp

Immigration advice offered by specialists:
A group of specialists on immigration procedures is organizing a free consultation session for foreign residents from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 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 pertaining to visas and naturalization procedures. Individual consultations will be kept in strict confidence.

There is no fee and reservations are not required.

The specialists will speak Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese.

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 English or Japanese.

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