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Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

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Japan-Vietnam event to fete 35 years of ties

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of Japanese-Vietnamese diplomatic relations, the event Feel Everything of Vietnam in Kyoto 2008 will be held at Kyoto International Community House in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, from Sept. 13 to 28.

On Saturday, a workshop on enjoying Vietnamese music and local cuisine is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Vietnam's traditional musical instrument, the Dau Bau, will be introduced by performer Midori Shino. The participation fee is ¥1,800.

Photographs by Megumi Katsu showing scenery and life in Vietnam, will be exhibited in the Sister City Corner at the venue from Sept. 20 to Sept. 28. The exhibition will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission is free.

Other promotional events, such as Vietnamese-language classes and an exhibition and sale of Vietnamese products, are also scheduled. For full details, access the organizer's Japanese-language Web site at maruviet08.com/

For more information and reservations, contact the organizer at (075) 212-2071 or e-mail vietnamci@gmail.com

Group plans workshops on Japanese cuisine

Nihongo no Kai, a Suita-based volunteer group run by housewives to provide opportunities for foreign residents to learn Japanese culture, will host two Japanese cooking workshops on Sept. 26 and Oct. 10 in Suita, Osaka.

Participants will cook ginger-fried pork and "somen" (Japanese rice vermicelli) soup on Sept. 26, salty-sweet flavored "sanma" (saury), roasted "konnyaku" and egg plant, and soup on Oct. 11. The hours are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on both days. Explanations will be given in English and simple Japanese.

The venue is Saidera Kominkan (Community House) at 1-1 Minamigaoka, Saidera, Suita City, about a 20-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride from Senriyama Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

Participation is ¥300 per workshop, and 10 non-Japanese people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance applications, which must be made by two days before each event, are required by phone or fax. Please state name, telephone number or e-mail address, and the date of the workshops (Sept. 26 or Oct. 11) desired.

For further information and advance applications, contact Maede at (06) 6387-6685 by phone or fax.

KCIF offers foreigners day of free counseling

The Kyoto City International Foundation is holding a free counseling day for non-Japanese residents from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 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, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai.

Participation is free. Advance application by phone is required.

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 applications, contact the KCIF Information and Programming Section at (075) 752-3511.

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