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Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

SWET to hold seminar on writing, translating

The Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators (SWET) is organizing a seminar titled "Translating and Writing in Japan: A Foreign Reporter's Experience" Feb. 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Kita Ward, Osaka.

Eric Johnston, a reporter with The Japan Times Osaka bureau, will speak on how he and other bilingual news reporters with not only The Japan Times but also foreign media organizations in Tokyo translate Japanese to English and put stories together under tight deadline pressures. Speech will be in English. Questions will be taken in English or Japanese.

The venue is Yamanishi Fukushi Kinen Kaikan, which is a 15-minute walk from JR Osaka Station or from Umeda stations on the Hankyu or Midosuji subway lines. Visit www.hirakataryoiku-med.or.jp/kaikan_map.html (in Japanese) for an access map.

Advance applications are required via e-mail. The space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is ¥500 for SWET members and ¥1,000 for nonmembers.

For applications and more information, send e-mail to kansai@swet.jp

Learn to wear kimono at seminar in Suita

The Suita Inter-people Friendship Association (SIFA) and Wagokoro, a group that explains Japanese traditions and cultures, will host a seminar on how to wear kimono in Suita, Osaka, on Feb. 1.

This is the first in a series of seminars on Japanese traditions and cultures geared toward foreigners. The venue is a Japanese-style room in the Minami Senri-chiku Kominkan near Minami Senri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and is reserved for non-Japanese women. But participants are welcome to bring their Japanese friends as observers. The participation fee is ¥200.

Advance applications are required and must be made by phone before Jan. 30. For applications and more information, contact the SIFA office at (06) 6835-1192.

Chill out at Flanders with chocolate and jazz

The Flanders Center, a liaison office representing the Flanders government of Belgium, will host "Flanders' Valentine Night: An Evening of Jazz and Chocolate" from 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

The event features a performance by up-and-coming European jazz group Jef Neve Trio and a chocolate-making demonstration by chocolatier Herman Van Dender. There also will be a tasting session featuring chocolates, waffles and chocolate drinks.

The venue is on the third floor of Osaka International House, which is a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi and Sennichimae subway lines.

Admission is ¥3,000 and an advance reservation is required by phone. The center will accept 250 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information and reservations, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8850.

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