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Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Donations sought to help foreign workers

The Multicultural Communication Department at Konan Women's University in Higashi Nada Ward, Kobe, is seeking donations to help laid-off foreign workers.

The Gaikokujin Rodosha-ni Atatakai Fuyu wo (Bring a Warm Winter to Foreign Workers) Executive Committee formed at the university is collecting futon and clothes, such as sweaters and coats, that are new or have at least been dry-cleaned. Unused daily necessities, such as soap and shavers, are also welcome. If you wish to donate other items, contact the organizer in advance to check if they are needed.

Material donations should be sent to: Gaikokujin Rodosha-ni Atatakai Fuyu wo Executive Committee, Multicultural Communication Department, Konan Women's University, 6-2-23 Morikita-machi, Higashi Nada-ku, Kobe-shi, 658-0001.

Monetary contributions can also be made to Morita Katsuaki, a representative of Gaikokujin Rodosha-ni Atatakai Fuyu wo Executive Committee, via "futsu koza" (ordinary account) #0578758 at Mitsui Sumitomo Bank's Okamoto branch.

For more information, contact the organizer at (078) 413-5396.

NIA plans three kimono seminars for foreigners

Nishinomiya City International Association (NIA) will hold three kimono workshops from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.

In the workshops, participants will wear "furisode," a type of kimono unmarried women wear for wedding ceremonies or New Year's Day. Kimono pants for men called "hakama" will also be prepared. Participants will also be able to take photos and taste green tea.

The workshops, which cost ¥500, are reserved for non-Japanese and start at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Each workshop will accept 7 non-Japanese on a first-come, first served basis, including two male participants. Advance applications are required by Jan. 21.

The workshops will be held at a conference room at NIA, which is situated in front of JR Nishinomiya Station.

For advance applications, send your name, address, contact number, gender, nationality, height and preferred attendance time to nia@nishi.or.jp For more information, contact the organizer at (0798) 32-8680 or access the Web site www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/ (in Japanese).

Democrats Abroad set to party hard for Obama

Democrats Abroad Kansai (DAK) is organizing an "Obama Inauguration / End of an Error Celebration" party on Jan. 20 in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.

The venue, an Irish pub called The Gael, opens at 5 p.m. The party to mark the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States will start at 10 p.m., and the swearing-in ceremony will begin at 1:30 a.m. Japan time.

The Gael is situated on the second floor of the Otoh Building near Keihan Shijo Station. To view an access map, visit www.irishpubkyoto.com/ (in English and Japanese).

For more information, contact the venue at (075) 525-0680 or check out the Web site at www.demsjapan.jp/

Japanese-style cooking to be taught in English

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 Jan. 23 and Feb. 13 in Suita, Osaka.

Participants will learn to make a dish comprising "nori-maki" (sushi roll), vinegared cucumber salad, and soup on Jan. 23, and a creamy stew that will be introduced as a Japanese home-style dish on Feb. 13.

The workshops will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explanations will be given in English and simple Japanese.

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

The fee is ¥300 per workshop, and 10 non-Japanese will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance applications, which must be made at least 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 workshop desired.

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

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