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Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008

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Pottery class to be held in Toyonaka in English

OSAKA YWCA Bridges Program is organizing a pottery class in English from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Participants will make pottery at instructor Takeuchi's studio in Toyonaka City. The program coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki will meet the participants at the central ticket gate of Senri Chuo Station on the Kita Osaka Kyuko Line at 9:30 a.m.

Participation costs ¥4,000. Advance reservation is required by Oct. 13. Seven people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. They are urged to bring their own lunch.

For applications and more information on the class, contact the coordinator at (090) 9253-7150 or send an e-mail message to usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

Migrants symposium to cover three countries

The Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (Hurights Osaka) will hold an international symposium on migrants from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The symposium, titled "Multicultural Families and the Local Community — Examining Co-existence in Japan, Korea and Taiwan," will focus on issues concerning migrants in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, such as local policies and measures. The speeches will be in English or Japanese, with simultaneous interpretation in either language.

Advance applications are required by phone or via fax or e-mail, with name and contact information. Eighty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is ¥500. The venue is the Station Toyonaka Empowerment Partnership Hall, also known as STEP Hall, near Toyonaka Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line.

For applications and further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6577-3578, fax (06) 6577-3583, or send e-mail to webmail@hurights.or.jp

Foreigner-friendly noh, kyogen shows in Kyoto

The Japan Foundation's Kyoto Office will host an evening of noh and kyogen performances starting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, with assistance for English-speaking members of the audience to better appreciate these traditional theatrical arts.

Written material explaining the plots in English will also be offered at no extra charge.

The program consists of the kyogen performance "Susugigawa" and the noh play "Aoi no Ue," both from the popular repertoire.

Admission is ¥2,000 for students and ¥3,500 for others at the door. Tickets are also available in advance at the venue.

The venue, Kyoto Kanze Kaikan, is a five-minute walk north of Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (075) 211-1312.

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