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Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009

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Disaster drill lessons offered to foreigners

The Osaka International House Foundation is seeking non-Japanese participants for a disaster preparation lesson to be held at 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Abeno Ward, Osaka.

The lesson, reserved for foreign residents, will help people prepare for earthquakes and fires. Participants will also get to experience a simulated earthquake measuring the maximum intensity of seven on the Japanese seismic scale and learn how to extinguish fires and to evacuate. They will receive complimentary disaster prevention goods from the organizer.

Those wishing to attend must make advance applications by phone or e-mail. Interpretation will be available in English, Chinese and Korean, with 10 people per language accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The venue is Osaka City Abeno Life Safety Learning Center on the third floor of Abeno Forsa, which is about a five-minute walk west of exit 1 or 7 of Abeno Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For applications and details, contact the organizer by e-mail at johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp or call (06) 6773-8989.

Women's film festival to make waves in Osaka

The Fourth International Women Make Sister Waves Film Festival in Osaka will be held from Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 in Toyonaka, Osaka.

The organizer, Women Make Sister Waves, will show films on women's history and culture that are rarely seen at regular movie theaters or on TV. The films to be screened this year are from Japan, Korea, Holland, Spain, the United States, Germany and Colombia.

"I Was a Teenage Feminist" (2005) and "No Dumb Questions" (2001), both by American directors, are scheduled to be shown in English with Japanese subtitles. A total of 12 films will be shown. Check out sister-waves.fem.jp/ to get the full schedule.

The venue is Step Hall on the fifth and sixth floors of Etre Toyonaka, which is near the south exit of Toyonaka Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line.

Tickets are available for ¥1,000 per film in advance and ¥1,200 at the door. To purchase tickets, send an e-mail message with your name, telephone number, date and time, film's title, and the number of tickets to sister-wave@qc.fem.jp Reserved tickets can be picked up at the venue's reception by 30 minutes prior to screening.

For further information, contact the organizer at (090) 9168-8853 or fax (06) 6359-2188.

Kyoto to hold seminar on 'longstay' activities

Kyoto City International Foundation will host a free seminar on "longstays" from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 31.

"Longstay" is a word coined in Japan that means extended trips in which travelers stay in overseas in a particular region for a long period of time to experience another culture and to get to know the local people. A lecturer from the Longstay Foundation will give a talk in Japanese on these types of trips, which are especially popular among senior citizens.

Thirty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance applications are required by phone. The venue is the library on the second floor of Kyoto International Community House, which is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For advance reservations and more information, visit www/kcif.or.jp/ or call the organizer at (075) 752-1187.

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