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Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008

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Flanders Center giving away concert tickets

The Flanders Center, a liaison office for the Flemish government of Belgium, is offering readers of The Japan Times a chance to win one of 10 free tickets to a classical concert to be held at the center in Tennoji Ward, Osaka, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19.

The concert will be directed by internationally acclaimed Belgian bass clarinet player Jan Guns. Performers who participated in a small closed-door group course before the concert will join the concert, which will feature tunes by Saint-Saens, Mozart and other composers.

Those who wish to apply for tickets should send a postcard stating their name, address, phone number, age, e-mail address, profession and where they learned of the offer (The Japan Times) to Jan Guns & Friends Bass Clarinet Ensemble Concert Kakari of Flanders Center, 8-2-6 Uehonmachi, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, 543-0001. The application deadline is Dec. 6.

Tickets are also available for ¥2,000 at the center, which is a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Sennichimae lines.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8850 or view the Web site www.flanders.jp/events/248/ (in Japanese).

Nishinomiya group offers cooking class

The Nishinomiya City International Association is seeking non-Japanese participants for a cooking class to be held at 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 13.

Participants will learn how to make dishes from the traditional "osechi" foods prepared for the New Year, such as "datemaki" (rolled omelet) and "gomame" (sweet-and-sour dried anchovies). Participants are required to bring an apron, hand towel and dish towel.

Participation costs ¥1,000. Advance applications must be made by Dec. 10 via phone, fax or e-mail. Please state your name, address, gender, telephone number, native language, and Japanese proficiency. Twenty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and confirmations will be sent by fax or e-mail to those accepted.

The venue, Nishinomiya Shiritsu Chuo Kominkan, is a five-minute walk south of Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line.

For more information and an application, contact the organizer at (0798) 32-8680, fax (0798) 32-8678 or e-mail nia@nishi.or.jp

Guide to lead Kyoto temple tour in English

A volunteer English-speaking tour guide is organizing a guided tour of Sembon Shaka-do Temple in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto on Dec. 7.

Participants will observe the "daikon-daki" radish cooking ceremony, which started in the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) as a form of exorcism and is now considered a way to ward off palsy and wish for good health.

The fee for the trip includes ¥500 for the bus fare, ¥1,000 for lunch, and ¥1,000 as a gratuity to the guide.

Guide Paul Satoh will meet participants at 9:30 a.m. in front of Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station Building.

An advance reservation is required via fax. The tour is reserved for non-Japanese.

For more information and reservations, fax (072) 831-2797.

Kyoto foundation offers free foreign 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 Dec. 7 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 and Thai.

Participation is free. Advance application by phone is required.

The venue is 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 www.kcif.or.jp/

For more information and applications, contact the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

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