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Sunday, June 27, 2010

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Biwako Hall to host theremin concert

Biwako Hall in the city of Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, is organizing lectures and a free theremin concert, a unique musical instrument, on July 24.

Theremins are the world's oldest electronic musical instruments, developed in 1920 by Russian inventor Leon Theremin. Players create sound by moving their hands closer to or farther away from the instrument's two antennas and not by directly touching it. On July 24, there will be two lectures in Japanese by Masami Takeuchi, a Japanese theremin performer, from 11 a.m. to noon and from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A free concert in the hall's main lobby will take place that day from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

No admission or applications to the concert are required. It will cost ¥500 to participate in one of the lectures and advance reservations are required by phone. There are 40 places available on a first come, first served basis. The hall will start accepting the reservations from 10 a.m. on June 27.

The hall is a 20-minute walk from Otsu Station on the JR Biwako Line.

For details and advance reservations, contact the hall office at (077) 523-7150 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The hall is closed on Tuesdays.

Picture book readings to be held in Kobe

Kobe Cross Cultural Center is hosting three reading sessions of picture books from around the world from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on July 17, Aug. 7 and Sept. 11.

The July 17 session will feature a Myanmar picture book. On Aug. 7, a Polish fairy tale will be read, while an Indian story will be featured on Sept. 11. Foreign students currently studying at Kobe University will read stories in their mother tongue and in Japanese. There will be additional activities such as learning simple conversations in the featured language of the day.

Those who wish to participate must first contact the center to check availability. Participation is ¥420 for children and ¥840 for adult per session.

The venue is Kobe Asian Plaza on the fourth floor of Shoes Plaza, which is a three-minute walk north of Shin Nagata Station on the JR Kobe Line.

For further information, contact the organizer at (078) 646-7100.

Attend a free counseling day in Nishinomiya

The Nishinomiya City International Association is organizing a free counseling day for foreigners from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Judicial scriveners will give advice concerning residence status. English and Chinese interpretation will be available.

Those who wish to have assistance in languages other than English and Chinese must make reservations by phone by July 1.

Participation is free. The venue is the association's office, which is on the fourth floor of Frente Nishinomiya near Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line.

For more information and applications, contact the association at (0798) 32-8680.

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