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Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009

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Counseling for Kyoto international residents

Kyoto City International Foundation is organizing a free counseling day for international residents from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in Sakyo Ward.

Lawyers, administrative scriveners, tax accountants, consultants on social and labor insurance, and clinical psychotherapists will give help on issues concerning insurance, mental health, resident status, taxes, pensions, insurance and labor conditions. Language support will be available in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish.

Advance reservations are required by phone, and the first six reservations will be accepted.

The venue is Kyoto International Community House, which is about a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For further information and advance reservations, contact the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

Autumn leaves walking tour to be held in Minoh

A walking tour to enjoy autumn leaves at Minoh Waterfall in Minoh, Osaka Prefecture, is planned on Nov. 25 by Osaka YWCA Senri Center's Bridges Program.

Participants will meet the program staff members at the ticket gate of Minoh Station on the Hankyu Railway's Minoh Line at 10 a.m. The tour is from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participation is free, but advance applications are required via e-mail by Nov. 22. The tour will be canceled in case of heavy rain.

Please contact Bridges Program coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki at usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp for more information and advance applications.

Hilton Osaka sets up Christmas train display

Hilton Osaka will start displaying a large model railway named the "Hilton Christmas Train" in its first floor lobby starting Nov. 22.

The 8.4-meter by 4.2-meter diorama will be set up to re-create a European town in winter where G scale model trains by German toy manufacturer Lehmann Gross Bahn run through.

The display is sponsored by local businesses, and part of the sponsorship is going to Hakuaisha in Yodogawa Ward, a welfare facility for children.

On Nov. 22, an opening event will be held with children from Hakuaisha singing a Christmas carol. Free sweets will be handed out for 300 people.

The lobby is open to the public. The hotel is a two-minute walk from JR Osaka Station. The train display can be seen until Jan. 10.

For further information, contact the hotel at (06) 6347-7111.

Kobe center hosts annual speech contest

The Kobe Cross Cultural Center is inviting people to the 30th annual speech contest from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Kobe Club in Chuo Ward.

Eleven finalists selected from the preliminary contest will give presentations in English and Japanese, based on this year's theme, "To Break Through the Global Crises in the 21st Century — What kind of Leadership is Needed?"

A party will follow the main contest from 5 p.m., where participants can enjoy Chinese traditional dance, a Flamenco guitar concert, and talk with judges, contest finalists and past winners.

Admission to the main contest is free, and admission to the party is ¥2,000 for adults and ¥1,000 for students. Advance reservations are required by phone.

The venue is a 15-minute walk north of Motomachi stations on the JR Kobe or Hanshin Kobe lines.

For advance reservations and more information, contact the center at (078) 646-8127.

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