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Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011

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Brush up on your Japanese in Nishinomiya

Nishinomiya City International Association is seeking participants for Japanese-language courses to be held from September to December in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Two separate courses will be held — the Japanese Language Course and the Japanese Language Chat Square.

The Japanese Language Course will start Sept. 14, and lessons will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. There are three levels — basic classes for those who have never studied Japanese; elementary classes for those who can read and write hiragana and katakana and are able to answer simple questions in Japanese; and intermediate classes for those who have a reasonable knowledge of Japanese and want to develop their level further.

Each course will accept 15 people on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants must make a reservation. The course costs ¥5,000, including materials.

The Japanese Language Chat Square starts Sept. 8 and lessons will be held Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There will be two levels of classes — basic and elementary.

The classes will be based on the textbook Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I. The basic class will cover the first half of the book, and the elementary class the latter half.

About 10 students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are required to make a reservation. The course costs ¥2,000, which does not include a textbook.

Classes will be held in the conference room of the association, which is located just south of Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line. For reservations and more information, contact the association at (0798) 32-8680 or email nia@nishi.or.jp.

Osaka hotel throwing Oktoberfest party

An Oktoberfest party will be held Sept. 30 at the Ramada Hotel in Kita Ward, Osaka, to celebrate the famous German festival that runs from late September to the first week of October.

Admission includes all-you-can-drink German and Japanese draft beer, German gin, wine, oolong tea and orange juice, as well as pretzels and assorted hors d'oeuvres. Other foods will be sold for ¥500.

Tickets cost ¥4,500 per person, including tax and service charges. Additional hors d'oeuvres can be ordered up until three days before the event, and cost ¥2,000 for two people and ¥3,000 for three guests.

The Ramada Hotel is near Exit 3 of Nakatsu Station on the Midosuji subway line. Please contact the hotel between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at (06) 6375-4998, or access www.ramada-osaka.com (in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean) for reservations and inquiries. Tickets can also be purchased at ticket agency Pia (P-code: 619-326).

Enjoy the Tempozan Summer Festa in Osaka

The Tempozan Summer Performance Festa will take place in front of the Kaiyukan aquarium in Minato Ward, Osaka, on Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, with street performers entertaining the audience and holding workshops.

On Sunday, a performer will entertain visitors with his facial caricatures from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Workshops for up to 30 people will also be held from 3 to 4 p.m.

On Sept. 3 and 4, an entertainer who makes "fukimodoshi" horns will be on hand from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m. Up to 100 people can also join workshops to make the horns from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.

There is no admission fee, and the venue is a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line. Please visit the organizer's website at www.kaiyukan.com/thv/marketplace/ (in Japanese) for further information and an access map.

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