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Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006

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Foreign women to hold discussion on stress

The Osaka Gender Equality Foundation is inviting English-speaking non-Japanese women to its monthly discussion meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Osaka Prefectural Women's Center, or Dawn Center, in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

The discussion group will focus on common problems facing foreign women, including those pertaining to cultural differences, employment and child care. Participants will be encouraged to exchange information and experiences.

This month's topic is stress management. Sometimes it can be stressful for foreigners to live in Japan, but it is difficult to know how much stress you're under or how much is too much. The discussion will focus on coping with stress for those experiencing such symptoms as nervousness, exhaustion, daydreaming or trouble with sleeping, eating or alcohol consumption.

The discussion will be facilitated by psychotherapist Joanna Sato. Participation is free. No reservation is required.

To get to the venue, walk 350 meters east from Tenmabashi Station on the Keihan or subway Tanimachi lines.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6910-8588.

Seminar on studying at a British school

The Osaka office of the British Council is hosting an education seminar for people interested in studying at British primary or secondary schools. The event is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at its office in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The seminar is aimed at introducing the benefits of receiving primary or secondary education in Britain, and providing information on the country's school system and preparations required. It will cover various study plans ranging from a short summer program to a one-year study at a primary school or secondary school, and multiyear education at a boarding school.

Entrance is free. Reservations must be made in advance.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6342-5301 or send an e-mail to educationuk.osaka@britishcouncil.or.jp

13th annual European film festival in Osaka

The 13th annual Osaka European Film Festival will take place Nov. 23 to Nov. 26 at Kaiyukan Hall in Minato Ward, Osaka.

Eleven feature films from recent years and a program consisting of seven shorts from France will be screened.

It will be the Japan debut for all of the films. They are in various languages and will be shown with Japanese subtitles. Some are in English or subtitled in English, including "Mirrormask," a 2005 English-U.S. film directed by Dave McKean. The children's fantasy from the Jim Henson Company is the first feature film directed by McKean, a renowned illustrator/comic book artist from Britain.

Prior to these premiere screenings, various related events will be held all over the city. Among them is showings of three films by Italian master filmmaker Luchino Visconti, which will be held Nov. 13 to Nov. 15 at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward. The films are "Ossessione," "La terra trema" and "Prima della rivoluzione," and one film will be shown each day.

Tickets for the premiere showings are 1,200 yen for each screening. Advance tickets can be purchased at ticket agency Pia or Lawson convenience stores. Tickets will be sold at the door for 1,500 yen. Visconti screenings cost 500 yen at the door.

For details, call the organizer at (06) 6882-6211, fax (06) 6882-6212 or visit the Web site www.oeff.jp/ (in English and Japanese).

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