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Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Find out information about living in Osaka

Osaka International House Foundation is holding two lectures on living in Osaka from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in Tennoji Ward.

The lectures will feature a guidebook titled "Enjoy Osaka" and provide information on such topics as child allowances and municipal housing.

The Nov. 14 lecture will cover areas like pregnancy and child rearing, including benefits, free medical checkups, nursery schools and counseling. On Dec. 12, the topic will be medical checkups, emergencies and hospitals. There will also be an exchange event with local residents from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Participation is free. Advance applications are necessary and 30 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be volunteer interpreters in English, Chinese and Korean. Please make an advance request if you require Spanish or Portuguese interpretation.

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

For advance applications and more information, contact the foundation at (06) 6773-8989.

Free legal consultation service in Nishinomiya

The Nishinomiya City International Association will offer a free legal consultation session for foreign residents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

Judicial scriveners will give participants legal advice on financial disputes and daily problems. Language support is available.

Advance reservations by phone are necessary. The venue is a conference room at the association, which is near Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line.

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

English 'rakugo' group performing in Osaka

Ofukuyose, an English "rakugo" comic storytelling group, will stage a performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in Kita Ward, Osaka.

There will be six rakugo performances in English. No admission fee or reservations are required.

The venue is Osaka-shi Chuo Kokaido (Osaka City Central Hall), a two-minute walk from Naniwabashi Station on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line, or a five-minute walk from Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji subway line. The venue will open at 6:30 p.m.

On the day of the event, observers can enter the building from the B1 floor's right entrance on the south side of the building.

Access the group's website at ofukuyose.blog9.fc2.com/ (in Japanese) for further information, or send an e-mail to ofukuyose@gmail.com.

Autumn maple leaf picnic planned in Minoh

Osaka YWCA Senri Center's Bridges Program in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, is seeking participants for a picnic featuring autumn maple leafs in the city of Minoh from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22.

Participants will meet the program staff at Minoh Station on the Hankyu Minoh Line at 10 a.m., and go hiking along Minoh River to a waterfall. The hike will take about an hour. Participants are urged to bring their own lunch. This program will be in English and will be canceled in the event of rain.

Participation is free, but non-Bridges program members need to pay ¥500 to become a member. Advance applications are required via e-mail by Nov. 15.

For more information and applications, contact the program coordinator at usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp.

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