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Sunday, May 30, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Attend monthly lecture series on life in Osaka

A monthly lecture series on life in Osaka will take place on the second Monday from June to March 2011 in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

The series is titled "Let's Learn About Living in Naniwa" and will focus on topics such as general information on living in Osaka on June 13, disaster prevention on July 11 and Japanese language on Aug. 8. The lectures are from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will be followed by a casual, 30-minute networking session, in which both Japanese and foreign participants will discuss the day's topic over a cup of tea.

Admission is free. The lectures will be in Japanese, but there will be language assistance in English, Chinese and Korean. Spanish and Portuguese interpretation will be available upon advance request. Advance applications are required by phone.

The venue is International House Osaka, which is a 10-minute walk from Tanimashi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For more information and advance applications, contact the organizer at the Planning and Communications Division of Osaka International House Foundation at (06) 6773-8989.

Free counseling day to be held in Kyoto

The "Free Counseling Day for Non-Japanese Residents 2010" will be held by the Kyoto City International Foundation from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 5 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

Legal experts, such as lawyers, a visa specialist, a tax accountant, and social insurance, pension and labor consultants, will give advice in their field of expertise. There will also be a counselor to give advice on mental health. English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Advance applications are required by phone.

The venue is Conference Rooms 3 and 4 on the third floor of Kyoto International Community House, also known as KOKOKA, which is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

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

Kyoto center to host lecture on translation

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies will host a lecture on translation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 8 in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Jeffrey Angles, associate professor of Western Michigan University and a visiting research scholar at the center, will give a talk in Japanese titled "What Does It Mean to 'Translate?': A Brief History of the Concept of Translation."

There will be 180 seats, and no admission or advance reservations are required. The venue is Heartpia Kyoto's third floor conference room, which is near Exit 5 of Marutamachi Station on the Karsuma subway line. The venue will open at 1:30 p.m.

Go to www.nichibun.ac.jp (in Japanese and English) or contact the organizer at (075) 335-2078 for more information.

Talk on writing about Japan arranged in Kobe

The Kansai chapter of the Society of Writers, Editors and Translators is holding a talk on writing about Japan from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 6 in Chuo Ward, Kobe. Andy Couturier will introduce his book, "A Different Kind of Luxury," which is about Japanese people living simple, sustainable, fulfilling lives, and speak about the background to its publication, in addition to covering the topic of writing creative nonfiction.

Admission is ¥1,000 for members of the society or the Japan Association of Translators, and ¥1,500 for nonmembers. Advance applications are required.

The venue is on the sixth floor of Kobe Center Plaza Nishi-kan. Go to www.kscp.co.jp/map/map.html (in Japanese) for an access map.

For more details and reservations, visit the organizer's Web site at swet.jp (in English).

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