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Sunday, July 1, 2007

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Lecture on interpreting in the health-care field

The Japan Association for Health Care Interpreting in Japanese and English will host a lecture by Maria Machalczyk, the chair of the Governor's Council on Healthcare Interpreting in Oregon, on July 28 on the theme of "An Introduction to Health Care Interpreting Concepts" in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Health-care interpretation facilitates communications between health-care providers and international patients and is a relatively new profession. In this seminar, Machalczyk will talk about the basic concept of health-care interpreting and how to be a good health-care interpreter.

The lecture will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Senri Kinran University. It will be in English with no Japanese interpretation. Participation is 4,000 yen. An advance application is required via e-mail before July 25.

For an application and more details, contact the organizer at m-mizuno@kinran.ac.jp or call (06) 6872-7916.

Kobe's Cap House hosting Irish artists

The Conference on Art and Art Project, also known as C.A.P., will hold an artist exchange project titled "Art from the Rucksack 3" from July 7 to July 22 at Cap House in Kobe.

In an exchange involving Japanese artists who will be exhibiting works in Ireland, modern artists from Ireland will be exhibiting their works at the venue in Kobe. Sara Browne (sculpture, multimedia, installation), Micky Donnelly (painting, installation), Sean Lynch (sculpture, installation), Danny McCarthy (sound art, performance), Claire McLaughlin (ceramics, installation), and Sean Taylor (sound art, performance), each having their own styles, will be bringing their works in rucksacks and will procure the necessary materials in Japan for their preparation. The project started in 1995, and this year's version will the third installment.

At an opening party on July 7, Danny McCarthy will perform his sound performance "Listen Out Loud." The opening party starts at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. On July 8, discussion sessions where participating artists explain their works will be held from 4 p.m. Participation is free.

The venue is a 20-minute walk north from JR Sannomiya Station. Details of the exhibition and events will be available at www.cap-house.com/

For more information, contact the organizer at (078) 230-8707 or e-mail caphouse@cap-kobe.com

Osaka museum holding major cicada exhibition

The Osaka Museum of Natural History is organizing a show titled "World's Number One Cicada Exhibition" from July 7 to Sept. 2.

The museum will present a large number of cicadas that are each considered the world's finest in various aspects. In addition to the world's biggest and smallest cicadas, a type from the Okinawa region that is regarded as the most strict about time will be displayed. This species only makes noise for 30 minutes each day from about 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. All 32 types of cicadas that can be found in Japan will be displayed.

The museum is a 10-minute walk north from Nagai Station on the Subway Midosuji Line. Entrance is 400 yen and the hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and July 17. Open on July 16.

For more information, contact the museum at (06) 6697-6221.

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