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Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009

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Participants sought for Osaka Japanese course

The Osaka International House Foundation is seeking participants for Japanese lessons to be held from January to March 2010.

There will be four levels of classes and participants will learn vocabulary and phrases necessary for living in Japan. The level 1 and 2 classes will be held every Wednesday from Jan. 13 to March 31, and the level 3 and 4 classes will be on Tuesdays from Jan. 12 to March 30. All classes will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Placement interviews will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 16. Advance applications by phone are required to arrange an interview, which will be held only in Japanese. Ten people per class will be accepted.

Tuition is ¥5,000, including a textbook.

For advance applications and further information, please contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.

Kyoto lecture to explain long-stay programs

The Kyoto City International Foundation will host a lecture on "long-stay" programs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

A lecturer from the Longstay Foundation will explain their long-stay programs, in which people stay in a single foreign country for a long period of time to fully experience the culture of the region. The talk will be in Japanese and will focus on basic information and recent trends.

The venue is the Kyoto International Community House, which is about a 10-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

Admission is free and 30 people will be accepted. Advance applications are required by phone.

For applications and more information, please contact the organizer at (075) 752-1187.

Kobe illuminations to be lit up from Dec. 3

The 15th Kobe Luminarie will kick off Dec. 3 and run through Dec. 14 in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

The Kobe Luminarie was first held in December, 1995, to commemorate the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which struck on Jan. 17, 1995.

Illuminations will be set up at the Kyu Gaikokujin Kyoryuchi area and Higashi Yuenchi park, both of which are accessible on foot from Motomachi Station on the JR and Hanshin Kobe lines.

Admission to the venues is free, but the organizer asks visitors to make a donation of ¥100 as financial support for the event.

The hours are 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Please visit www.kobe-luminarie.jp for further information and an access map (in Japanese).

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