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Sunday, June 26, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Free counseling in Nishinomiya for foreigners

The Nishinomiya City International Association is holding a free counseling day for foreign residents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 10 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Licensed administrative scriveners, or "gyosei shoshi," will listen to problems and give advice on issues regarding residential status.

Any personal information revealed during the session will be strictly confidential. Volunteer interpreters will provide help with language barriers. No admission or reservations are required. If language assistance in languages other than English or Chinese is necessary, participants need to make the request in advance by July 6. The venue is the conference room of the Nishinomiya City International Association, on the fourth floor of Frente Nishinomiya, a shopping mall building near Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line.

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

Free oboe performance at Otsu's Biwako Hall

Biwako Hall in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, is organizing a free mini oboe concert from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Wednesday.

Oboist Dmitry Malkin and pianist Kaeko Suzuki will perform tunes including "Omaggio a Bellini" by Italian composer Antonio Pasculli (1842-1924).

For this concert, Malkin will also play an English horn so visitors can experience the difference from an oboe.

No admission or reservations are required. The hall is a seven-minute bus ride or 20-minute walk from Otsu Station on the JR Biwako Line. Visit www.biwako-hall.or.jp (in Japanese and English) for details and an access map.

Hawaiian festival at Tempozan shopping mall

A Hawaiian-themed festival is taking place at Tempozan Market Place, a shopping mall next to the Kaiyukan Aquarium in Minato Ward, Osaka, on weekends until July 10.

Live hula performances by Kansai-based hula groups will be held on stage. Hawaiian goods such as quilts and accessories will be on sale. On July 10, there will be a hula solo dancer competition starting at 3:30 p.m.

Eleven restaurants in the shopping mall, indicated by "Tempozan Hawaiian Festival 2011" posters, are offering special Hawaiian-themed menus, such as Loco Moco (rice topped with a hamburger patty) and flavored shaved ice.

No admission is required. The venue is on the third floor of the mall, a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line. The mall is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit the mall's website at www.kaiyukan.com/thv/marketplace/ (in Japanese) for further information.

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