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Sunday, May 9, 2010

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Sign up for sumi-e ink painting class in Kyoto

Kyoto-based volunteer group Sumi Art Salon invites non-Japanese to sumi-e ink painting classes on May 23, June 27 and July 18 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The group has been conducting sumi-e classes for foreign visitors and residents for more than 10 years in Kyoto. The staff speaks basic English, Spanish and Italian. Non-Japanese students, tourists and residents are welcome.

The classes are from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

No advance applications are required. Participation is free but a ¥300 charge is required to cover the cost of materials. Necessary tools and materials such as brushes and "washi" paper are prepared by the group.

The venue is Kyoto City International Foundation, which is a five-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line. For an access map, go to www.kcif.or.jp/ (in Japanese, English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean).

Contact the organizer at tsukinokiya@yahoo.co.jp for more information, or visit ameblo.jp/gallery-moon/ (in English and Japanese).

Free legal advice offered in Nishinomiya

The Nishinomiya City International Association will hold a free legal counseling session for foreign residents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 16 in Nishinomiya.

Judicial scriveners will give legal advice on financial disputes regarding rent, wages and other daily problems.

No participation fee or advance applications are required. English interpretation will be available.

The venue is the association office on the fourth floor of Frente Nishinomiya, which is near JR Nishinomiya Station.

For more information, contact the organizer at (0798) 32-8680, or e-mail nia@nishi.or.jp

Have a drink at Kyoto's Craft Beer Festa

The Craft Beer Festa Kyoto will take placefrom 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 16 in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Visitors can sample various beers from microbreweries around Japan, from Osaka and Kyoto to Nagano and Hokkaido, for ¥300 a glass. A souvenir glass made for the event will be sold for ¥500.

The venue is Shimpu-kan, a commercial facility near Exit 5 of Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma or Tozai subway lines. Entrance to the venue is free.

On May 23, a related event titled Craft Beer Live 2010 in Namba will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Minatomachi River Place in Naniwa Ward, Osaka. For more details see craftbeerlive.blog97.fc2.com/ (in Japanese).

Go to kyoto-jibeer.com/ (in Japanese) for more information on the event in Kyoto.

Poetry society invites American poet, teacher The May 2010 meeting of the Japan International Poetry Society will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 16 in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto.

The May meeting will feature visiting American poet, teacher and activist Jennifer Wallace, who teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She is also a poetry editor at The Cortland Review and a founding editor of Toadlily Press, a unique literary press specializing in chapbooks. She will read poems from a new manuscript titled "From A Far-Off Country," and will give a short presentation on a notion called "eco-poetics." The event will be in English.

Participation is ¥1,000. The venue is the meeting room of Campus Plaza Kyoto, which is located on the west side of the JR Kyoto Station building's parking facility.

No advance registration is required.

For further information, send an e-mail to the organizer at janenakagawa@yahoo.com

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