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Sunday, May 29, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Counseling session in Kyoto for non-Japanese

Kyoto City International Foundation will provide counseling for non-Japanese residents June 4 in Sakyo Ward. Specialists, including a lawyer, visa specialist, tax accountant, social insurance, and pension and labor consultant, will provide counseling and information.

There will also be a session regarding mental health provided by a counselor. Interpreters proficient in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish will be available. The hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participation is free.

Advance reservations are required by phone. Sixteen people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (12 for visa-related issues, and four for mental health counseling).

The venue is the third and fourth conference rooms of Kyoto City International Foundation, about six minutes on foot from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

An access map can be found at www.kcif.or.jp/en/access/ (in English).

For reservations and further information, contact the foundation at (075) 752-3511.

International Poetry Society meets June 11

The Japan International Poetry Society will host a poetry reading and discussion session 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto. Society members Keiji Minato, Yoko Danno and Jane Joritz-Nakagawa will speak at the meeting.

The event will be in English. Participation is ¥1,000 and no preregistration is required. The venue is the seminar room on the fifth floor of Campus Plaza Kyoto, near JR Kyoto Station.

Go to www.consortium.or.jp/contents_detail.php?frmId=585 (in Japanese) for an access map.

For details, contact the organizer via email at janenakagawa@yahoo.com

Thai cooking demo and lunch in Kobe

A Thai cooking demonstration and lunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 27 in Higashi Nada Ward, Kobe.

The Thai edition of the "World Home Cooking" program conducted by Kobe Cross Cultural Center will include dishes such as "som tam thai" green papaya salad, "geng kiao wang" chicken green curry, "tom yam kung" spicy and sour soup, and mango sherbet.

Thai chefs will demonstrate how to make some of the dishes. The program will be in Japanese and English. Participation is ¥3,980, which includes lunch, the demonstration and recipes. The program will be held at Khuanjai Okamoto, a Thai restaurant two minutes on foot south of the North Exit of Settu Motoyama Station on the JR Kobe Line.

Advance reservations are required by phone. Forty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants need to pay the fee by "genkin kakitome" money transfer or by bringing cash to the center in Nagata Ward. For reservations and more information, contact the center at (078) 646-8127.

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