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Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Free counseling day offered to foreigners

The Kyoto City International Foundation is holding a free counseling day for non-Japanese residents from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

Specialists in visa, tax, social insurance, pension, labor conditions and mental health issues will be available to provide counseling and information. Interpretation will be available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai.

Participation is free. Advance application by phone is recommended but not necessary.

The venue is the Kyoto International Community House 3F Conference Room, which is a six-minute walk northwest of Keage Station on the Tozai subway line. For an access map, visit the organizer's Web site at www.kcif.or.jp/ (available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish).

For more information and application, contact the KCIF Information & Programming Section at (075) 752-3511.

Parent-child seminar being planned in Osaka

The Osaka Municipal Namba Civic Learning Center is organizing a three-part seminar for parents and their children from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 28, March 6 and 13 in Naniwa Ward, Osaka.

The seminar, titled "World's Child Care in Japan: Let's Make Place for Multi-Cultural Parent and Child," is open to both non-Japanese and Japanese parents and children.

On Feb. 28, a seminar will be held to discuss differences in food cultures. On March 6, Koichi Ando, professor of Otemae University, will host a workshop for learning about various kinds of children's games in the world. On March 13, Junko Nigo of Naniwa Ward Child Raising Support Office will talk about child-raising in Japan, and Michitsune Kusaka of Rights of Immigrants Network in Kansai will speak about the functions and activities of nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations supporting foreign residents.

Participation is free, but space is limited to 15 parent-child pairs. Those wishing to participate must send a fax, before Wednesday, listing their name, age, child's name, age, address, telephone number, nationality, language, Japanese proficiency level (ex. None / A little / Understand), and whether or not you need an interpreter. The talks will be conducted in Japanese, with interpretation in English, Chinese or Korean upon advance request.

The venue is Osaka Municipal Namba Civic Learning Center on the fourth floor of the OCAT building, which is near Namba station on both the JR Osaka Loop line and Midosuji subway line.

For applications and more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6643-7010 or fax (06) 6643-7050. Details in English, Chinese and Korean, can be found at the organizer's Japanese Web site at osakademanabu.com/namba/news/post_20.html

JCDN to stage shows on contemporary dance

Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN), a nonprofit organization supporting contemporary dancers and artists, will stage dance shows March 1 and 2 in Suita City, Osaka.

The "Odori ni Ikuze" ("We'll go dancing") project has visited 19 cities in Japan since 2000. The program in Suita City will present three contemporary dance groups from among the 49 local dance groups who joined the tour: Kikikikikiki from Kyoto, and Project Oyama and Kentaro!!, both from Tokyo, with special guest White Dance Temple from Taiwan.

The venue is Theater Platz Esaka, which is a four-minute walk east of Esaka Station, exit 4, on the Midosuji subway line. The shows start at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 1 and at 3 p.m. on March 2.

Tickets are ¥3,000 for adults and ¥2,500 for students in advance, and ¥3,500 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the organizer's Japanese Web site www.jcdn.org/shop/

For more information, contact the organizer at (075) 361-4685 or e-mail jcdn@jcdn.org

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