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Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Osaka group seeks pupils for Japanese classes

The Osaka International House Foundation is looking for non-Japanese participants for Japanese-language classes it will hold from September through November.

The Tanoshii Nihongo classes will focus on daily conversation skills. Participants will be grouped into four levels: Classes for levels 1 and 2 will be held each Wednesday from Sept. 3 to Nov. 19, while classes for levels 3 and 4 will be held each Tuesday from Sept. 2 to Nov. 25.

Lectures will be given in Japanese, but those who are learning Japanese for the first time are also welcome. The classes will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

An advance reservation for a placement interview is required to be made by phone. The 10-minute interviews will be held on Aug. 19 and 20 between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Ten people will be accepted for each class. Tuition is ¥5,000, which includes the textbook.

The venue is the Osaka International House at 8-2-6 Uehonmachi in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

For reservations and more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8989. Additional details can also be found at www.ih-osaka.or.jp/i.house/ in Japanese, English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Portuguese.

Publisher ready to kick off fifth Lohas Festa

City Life New, a northern Kansai-based publisher that has been providing free local information in the area, is organizing the 5th Lohas Festa, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 10 in Expo Park in Suita, Osaka.

"Lohas" stands for lifestyles of health and sustainability, and represents goods and services focused on health, the environment, and sustainable living. At this event, around 200 shops will set up booths to sell handmade goods, antiques, fabrics and gardening goods.

Admission to the event is free, but ¥250 is required to enter Expo Park, which is a five-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

For further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6338-0640, e-mail lohas@citylife-new.com, or visit its Web site at www.lohasfesta.jp (in Japanese).

New Toastmasters club to hold demo in Osaka

The Senri Toastmasters Club, a newly established Toastmasters branch in Osaka, is inviting people to come to observe a demonstration meeting to be held in English from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23.

Participation is free and no application is required. The venue is Senri Kominkan (Senri Community Hall), which is near Senri Chuo Station on the Kita Osaka Kyuko Line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6855-6455 or send an e-mail message to kiyonoko@gold.ocn.ne.jp

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