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Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Free help for foreigners offered in Nishinomiya

Nishinomiya City International Association will provide free counseling for international residents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13.

Licensed administrative scriveners will give advice on resident status issues while volunteer interpreters translate discussions into English and Chinese.

Participation is free. Advance applications are not required, but participants who need help with languages other than English and Chinese must make a reservation by phone by Sept. 9.

The venue is the conference room of Nishinomiya International Association, which is on the fourth floor of Frente Nishinomiya, near Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line.

For reservations, call (0798) 32-8680. For further information and an access map, visit the organizer's Web site at www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/ or send an e-mail to the organizer at nia@nishi.or.jp

Asian learning series to kick off with Kyrgyzstan

The Osaka International House Foundation is organizing the first installment of "Learning about your Asian Neighbours" series from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 13.

The theme of the Sept. 13 event is Kyrgyzstan. Four Kyrgyz people, including three students and a teacher living in the Kansai region, will join the event to introduce the country, culture, music, and their life in Japan. Kyrgyz sweets will be served. The talks will be in Japanese.

Participation is free. Those who wish to participate must send their name, address, zip code, telephone number, and numer of participants by phone or via e-mail.

For reservations and further information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8421 or e-mail johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

Osaka to host Kansai Music Conference

Kansai Music Conference 2009 will be held on Sept. 19 and 20 in Osaka City.

Stage performances, panel discussions, lectures and workshops will be held. Performances will be put up by various musicians including Turkish traditional music players, professional jazz performers, steel pan turners, and many more. A panel discussion titled "Radio Japan: What Makes Japanese Radio So Unique?" is scheduled from 12:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 19. Local radio DJs and radio program developers will join the discussion.

At night, more stage performances are scheduled at various venues such as halls, music schools and clubs. For details and schedule, go to www.kansaimusicconference.com/ (in English).

There are three types of day passes: the Gold ticket (¥5,000) allows access to both daytime events and evening showcases; the Silver (¥4,000) to daytime events only; and the Showcase ticket (¥3,000) to evening showcases only. Tickets can be purchased at ticket agency Pia (P-code for Gold is 782-372 and for Silver and Showcase 331-582).

The venue for the daytime events is Convention Room AP Osaka, which is about a three-minute walk from Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji subway line.

Contact the organizer at kmc@shalestonemusic.jp for more information.

'Oktoberfest' party coming to Hilton Osaka

Hilton Osaka is organizing a special Oktoberfest event from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Kita Ward, Osaka.

Oktoberfest is a German festival known as the biggest fair in the world. It is held every year from late September to early October in Munich. The event in Osaka, which attracts around 500 visitors every year, will be held in a large party room on the fifth floor of the Hilton Osaka.

Tickets are available for ¥8,900, which includes free refills of German beer and an all-you-can-eat buffet of around 40 types of German cuisine, such as sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels. An advance discount of ¥600 will be available if reservations are made by Sept. 11.

For reservations and more information, contact the hotel at (06) 6347-7572.

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