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Sunday, July 31, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Orientation, consultations for Osaka foreigners

Multilingual orientation and consultation sessions for foreign residents will be held in six wards in the city of Osaka from August to March.

The sessions are designed to provide useful information about living in Osaka and the consultations will be with an immigration lawyer. There will be a total of 36 sessions in Chuo, Naniwa, Yodogawa, Ikuno, Hirano and Nishinari wards.

Interpreters will provide language assistance in English, Chinese and Korean.

Reservations one week in advance of each session are required.

More details, including dates, time and access maps for the venues and an application form can be found at www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english/news/20110716_2108/ (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese).

For more information, contact Osaka International House Foundation at (06) 6773-8989 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Fun tunes for free in Souraku-gun, Kyoto

The "Les Petits Concerts dans la Keihanna Plaza" music concert will be held Wednesday from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Souraku-gun, Kyoto Prefecture.

Percussion and marimba players Yasuko Miyamoto and Yuriko Goto will perform fun tunes including "The Sabre Dance" by Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian and "The Carnival of the Animals" by French composer Camille Saint-Saens.

No reservations are required for the free concert.

The venue is Keihannna Plaza, a 10-minute bus or taxi ride from Housono Station on the JR Katamachi Line.

To obtain further information, contact the organizer at (0774) 95-5105.

Music and dance for kids on tap in Otsu

Biwako Hall in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, is organizing a music and dance event for children named "TACT/FEST," which stands for Theater Art for Children and Teens, next Saturday and Sunday.

Free performances and workshops will be held in various parts of the hall, including "Les Moutons" ("The Sheep") by Canadian performance troupe Corpus at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, and a lobby concert from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

In addition, several performances with an entrance fee will be held, such as "Shut up, play!!" at 11:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday (¥1,500 for adults, ¥1,000 for those aged 4 to 19).

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

For tickets and more information, contact the hall at (077) 523-7136 or visit www.tact-japan.net/biwako/ (in Japanese).

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