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Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008

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English 'rakugo' circle to hold show in Osaka

Ofuku Yose, an English "rakugo" (comic storytelling) circle based in Osaka, invites the public to attend its show in Kita Ward, Osaka, on Nov. 16.

From 2 p.m., seven amateur storytellers, two of whom will make their debut at the event, will perform six rakugo stories in English. One of the featured acts is "This is Rakugo," which is performed by the duo Shima and Juen at the very beginning of the show and is designed to explain what rakugo is to those who are not familiar with this form of comedy.

The venue is the Japanese-style room at the Osaka Municipal Lifelong Learning Center on the fifth floor of Osaka Eki-mae Second Building, which is a 10-minute walk from JR Osaka or Hankyu Umeda stations.

Admission is free. Advance reservations are not required. The space is limited to 150 people. The venue opens at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the organizer via e-mail at ofukuyose@gmail.com or visit the Web site at ofukuyose.blog9.fc2.com/ for an access map.

Canada study seminar to be held in Osaka

International House, Osaka, is organizing a promotional event on Nov. 3 for people interested in studying in Canada.

Around 15 Canadian schools will explain their programs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and participants will be able to ask questions to school officials. Interpretation is available, and there also will be a drawing for Canadian goods.

Admission is free and no prior application is required. The venue is a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Sennichimae or Tanimachi lines.

For further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8989, e-mail johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp, or view the Web site at www.ih-osaka.or.jp/i.house/english/

YWCA to hold cooking lessons in English

Osaka YWCA Bridges Program is organizing a cooking lesson in English from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Suita City.

Participants will make "sakura mochi," a rice cake with sweet bean paste, wrapped in a pickled cherry leaf, "mitarashi dango," a kind of sweet, soy-glazed dumpling, and "kuzu mochi," a jellylike steamed flour, under the instruction of Japanese sweets expert Keiko Imajo.

Participation costs ¥1,500. Advance reservations are required by Nov. 7. Ten people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. They are urged to bring their own lunch.

The venue is YWCA Senri Center in Suita, which is about a 10-minute walk from Kitasenri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

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

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