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Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008

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Clinic to hold fertility seminar in English

Oak Clinic Sumiyoshi, an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Nishinari Ward, Osaka, will host a fertility seminar in English to help couples seeking information about infertility from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 20.

Three medical experts — Sagiri Taguchi, Miyako Funabiki, and Khalid Elbeltagy of Oak Clinic Group — will talk about fertility and advanced techniques for infertility treatment.

Participation is free. Advance reservations are required by phone or e-mail by Aug. 31. The venue is Oak Clinic Sumiyoshi, which is a one-minute walk from Exit 5 of Tamade Station on the Yotsubashi subway line. An access map can be found at www.oakclinic-group.com

For information and reservations, contact the clinic at (06) 4398-1000 or e-mail bwa26595@nifty.com

Nigiwai festival invites all for traditional fun

Both foreigners and Japanese are invited to attend a summer festival featuring traditional entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24 at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

The Nigiwai festival will feature such traditional pastimes as water balloons and ring toss games, as well as food stalls selling "yakisoba" (fried noodles), Chinese dim sum and other items.

In addition, non-Japanese visitors will be offered a chance to try on "yukata" summer kimono. Fifty applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free. The venue is a six-minute walk from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line or a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Sennichimae subway lines. Details and an access map can be found at www.ih-osaka.or.jp/i.house/

For further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8989 or e-mail johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

Painting show to be held at Namba Walk

Namba Walk, an underground shopping arcade in Chuo Ward, Osaka, will stage a painting exhibition on Aug. 14 and showcase the finished artworks from Aug. 15 through 17.

Artists from the nonprofit organization Kaze will paint two large paper fans in the Kujira Park (Whale Park) area of the arcade. The 190-cm fans will be painted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6643-1866 or visit their Web site at walk.osaka-chikagai.jp (in Japanese).

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