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Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Osaka ikebana, disaster preparation seminars

Osaka International House is planning events for non-Japanese on Dec. 8, 15 and 18 in the city of Osaka.

The Dec. 8 and 15 events are ikebana flower arrangement lessons, taking place from 2 to 4 p.m. Ten non-Japanese per lesson will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is ¥1,000. Instructions will be given in basic Japanese. Advance applications are required by phone or e-mail.

The Tennoji Ward venue is a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

On Dec. 18, a disaster preparation lesson will be held starting at 1 p.m. at Abeno Life Safety Center in Abeno Ward. Participation is free. This event is reserved for non-Japanese only. There will be English, Chinese and Korean volunteer interpreters. Participants will receive disaster prevention goods.

Abeno Life Safety Center is about four minutes on foot west of Exits 1 or 7 in Abeno Station on the Tanimachi subway line. Please apply in advance. For reservations and details, call (06) 6773-8989 or send a message to johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

Counseling available in Kyoto for non-Japanese

A free counseling session for non-Japanese residents will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

Specialists will give participants legal, visa- and tax-related advice. There will also be consultants specializing in mental health and social insurance, pension and labor issues. Any personal information disclosed during the counseling session will be strictly confidential.

Participation is free. Advance applications are required by phone. Interpreters for English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish will be available. The venue is the third-floor conference room in Kyoto International Community House, a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For applications and more information, contact the organizer, Kyoto City International Foundation, at (075) 752-3511.

Novelist Hugh Ashton to speak on DIY publishing

The Kansai Chapter of the Society of Writers, Editors & Translators (SWET) Kansai Chapter is organizing a talk Nov. 27 by novelist Hugh Ashton in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The title of the talk, scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m., is "Making Your Voice Heard — Independent Publishing Is Not A Last Resort." Ashton, author of "Beneath Gray Skies" and "At The Sharpe End," will speak in English about the pleasures and perils of DIY publishing.

The venue is Room A of U's, a rental conference room facility near Nishi Umeda Station on the Yotsubashi subway line. Participation is ¥1,000 for SWET and Japan Association of Translators members, and ¥1,500 for nonmembers. Advance applications are necessary via the organizer's website.

For more details, advance applications and access map to the venue, go to swet.jp

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