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Sunday, May 10, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Osaka preps flu hotline to help foreign callers

Osaka and the Osaka International House Foundation have set up a multilingual hotline to provide foreign residents with information on H1N1 influenza A infections.

Experts at Osaka's Fever Counseling Center will answer questions from foreign callers concerned they may have the new strain of influenza. Interpreters at the the foundation will provide language assistance. English interpretation is available every day, with Chinese and Korean interpretation on weekdays, Portuguese on Tuesdays and Spanish on Fridays only.

For questions, call (06) 6773-6533 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or check www.ih-osaka.or.jp/i.house/english/ on the Web.

YWCA Senri to conduct paper-doll workshop

YWCA Senri Center's Bridges Program is seeking participants for its monthly workshop on May 30.

In this month's program, participants will make Japanese paper dolls called Anesama Ningyo that date back to the Edo Period (1603-1867). Instructions will be given in English.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the participants are urged to bring their own lunch and tools, including a pair of scissors, a 10- to 20-cm ruler, pencil, woodworking glue, regular glue, handkerchief, and a sewing stiletto if they have one.

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

Advance applications are required via e-mail by May 23. Ten people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is ¥1,000, which includes the program's membership fee of ¥500.

For more information and applications, contact Kuniko Kanzaki, Bridges event coordinator, at usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

SWET to explore poetry issues in Kyoto seminar

The Kansai Chapter of the Society of Writers, Editors & Translators invites people to attend a talk it's hosting on May 17.

Three poets in Japan, Yoko Danno, Jane Joriz-Nakagawa, and Keiji Minato, will talk about translating and publishing poetry and writing poetry in both English and Japanese. There will also be recitations of their works.

The venue is Venture Dream Office, which is a one-minute walk from exit 26 of Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line. The hours are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participation is ¥500 for SWET members and ¥1,000 for nonmembers.

Advance applications are required via e-mail to kansai@swet.jp. More information about the event can be found at www.swet.jp in English.

EU English Club to hold get-together in Nara

EU English Club will hold a get-together for English speakers in Nara City at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The venue is Cafe Wakakusa, which is a one-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. Participation costs ¥1,000 for club members and ¥1,500 for nonmembers but includes a light meal and drinks. To get an access map, go to the Web site www.cafewakakusa.com/cafe_WAKAKUSA/MAP.html (in Japanese). Advance applications are necessary and can be made by phone or e-mail.

For further information and applications, contact the organizer at (070) 5504-1881 or send an e-mail message to hideaki.nakai@nifty.com.

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