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Sunday, April 26, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Free legal advice for Nishinomiya foreigners

The Nishinomiya City International Association is organizing free legal consultations for foreign residents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 17.

Legal advice on financial disputes, such as rent, wages and other daily problems, will be given by judicial scriveners.

Advance reservations are required by phone and will be accepted starting Thursday. The first six people will be accepted. English and Chinese interpretation will be provided. Assistance in other languages will be provided upon request when the reservation is made.

To reserve, contact the organizer at (0798) 32-8680. More details can be found at www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/ (in Japanese and English).

Salsa event ready to spice up Hilton Osaka

The Hilton Osaka will host a salsa dance event from 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The venue is Windows on the World, a restaurant on the hotel's 35th floor. Salsa expert DJ Rodrigo will liven up the atmosphere with up-tempo music. Hotel staff will also join in to help novice dancers master their moves. The event is held on the final Sunday of each month.

Participation is ¥3,500, which includes beer, cocktails, and soft drinks. The hotel is a five-minute walk from JR Osaka Station or Umeda Station on the Midosuji subway line.

For reservations and more information, contact the hotel at (06) 6347-0310.

Kids Plaza plans puppet shows for Golden Week

Kids Plaza Osaka, a museum in Kita Ward, Osaka, established to help develop children's creativity, will stage puppet shows from from May 2 to May 6.

Seven different puppet show troupes will stage their repertories twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The shows will be in Japanese. There will also be a section where children can play with puppets.

The venue is Kids Plaza Hall on the fifth floor, and 110 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is free, but tickets will be distributed at the venue 30 minutes before each show.

Admission to the facility is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students, and ¥300 for children older than 3 years old. The facility, which is near exit 2 of Ogimachi Station on the Sakaisuji subway line, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For further information, call (06) 6311-6601 or access the organizer's Web site at www.kidsplaza.or.jp/ (in Japanese).

Nagai Park fair to mark garden's anniversary

Nagai Park in Higashi Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka, is holding Nagai Park Spring Fair 2009 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the park's botanical garden from Monday to May 17.

On Monday, 200 people will be sought to help make flower beds near the "oike" (large pond) from 11 a.m. Participation is free. Tickets will be handed out at 10:30 a.m. on the same day. Participants will receive a complimentary eco-friendly shopping bag that was made especially for the anniversary celebration.

Near the rose garden, concerts will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on May 6, 9 and 10. Around 100 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The park is a five-minute walk east of Nagai Station on the JR Hanwa Line. Admission to the botanical garden is ¥200. The park is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed each Monday except April 27.

For more information, visit the park's Web site at www.nagai-park.jp/ (in Japanese).

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