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Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Free tickets to concert by Belgian soprano

The Flanders Center, a liaison office for the Flemish government of Belgium, is offering readers of The Japan Times a chance to win one of 30 free tickets to its classical music concert, which will start at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

Belgium-born international soprano Francoise Vanhecke will be singing such songs as "An die Lauter" by Franz Schubert, "Gnossienne" by Erik Satie and songs by Belgium composers.

The venue is the International House Osaka, which is a five-minute walk from Kintetsu Uehonmachi Station or an eight-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome subway station.

Those seeking free tickets should send a postcard listing name, address, telephone number, age, profession and where they saw the offer (The Japan Times) to "Soprano Recital Kakari," Flanders Center, 8-2-6 Uehonmachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, 543-0001. The deadline is Nov. 22.

Tickets will also be available for ¥2,000 in advance and for ¥2,500 at the door.

For more information or to buy tickets, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8850, or e-mail info@flanders.jp

Osaka YWCA arranging autumn hike and picnic

Osaka YWCA Bridges is organizing a picnic to see the autumn maple leaves at Mino Waterfall in Mino on Nov. 21.

The trip will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will meet English-speaking Osaka YWCA staff at the ticket gate of Hankyu Mino Station at 10 a.m. and enjoy hiking along the Mino river to the waterfall, which takes about 1 hour.

Advance applications are required and can be made by phone or e-mail. The participation fee will be ¥500 per person, which does not include lunch. Participants are urged to bring their own lunch.

The event will be canceled in case of heavy rain.

For more information and applications, contact the Osaka YWCA monthly event coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki at (090) 9253-7150 or e-mail usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

JSK offering Japanese lessons, practice, tour

Japanese Space Kyoto, a volunteer group based in Kyoto Prefecture, invites foreign tourists and citizens to join their Japanese Lesson and Walking Tour program every Wednesday.

The program starts with a Japanese lesson from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., where useful expressions are taught. Participants will then go on a walking tour around Kyoto with JSK volunteers to actually practice using the expressions until noon. Lunch is included and purchased at nearby convenience stores. From 1 p.m. to around 4:30 p.m., the participants will go sightseeing and shopping.

The fee is ¥2,000 and advance reservations are required via e-mail by Monday of the week in which you wish to participate. The venue for the Japanese lessons is Trademark Kyoto, which is an eight-minute walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station. Access the JSK Web site at j-space.sakura.ne.jp/ for a map and details.

For more information and reservations, contact the organizer at (075) 201-6139 (in Japanese) or e-mail jsktour2007@yahoo.co.jp (in Japanese, English, Spanish, Chinese, or Korean).

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