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Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

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Maritime museum to feature Turkish music

A concert of Turkish music will be staged at Osaka Maritime Museum in Suminoe Ward from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

The four Turkish musicians are performing to help celebrate an exhibition featuring the Erturul, a frigate from the Ottoman Navy, to be held from Oct. 4 to Nov. 6 at the museum.

Admission is ¥600 for adults, high school students and above. Junior high school students and younger children will be admitted free. On the day of the concert, admission after 3 p.m. will be discounted to ¥300 for adults, high school students and above.

The museum is an eight-minute walk from Exit 1 of Cosmo Square Station on the Chuo subway line.

For more information and an access map, visit the museum's website at www.jikukan-ogbc.jp (in Japanese).

Osaka YWCA organizing hike to Sekigahara

Osaka YWCA's Bridges program is planning an English-language hiking event to Sekigahara in Gifu Prefecture on Oct. 15.

The Battle of Sekigahara, one of the largest and most famous battles in Japanese history, took place on Sept. 15, 1600. Many warlords participated in the fighting, which ended in victory for the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Interested participants can meet Osaka YWCA staff at Sekigahara Station on the JR Tokaido Honsen Line at 11 a.m. Sekigahara Station is about a two-hour ride from JR Osaka Station on Shinkaisoku express trains. The hiking event will start at 11 a.m. and finish at 3 p.m. The total distance will be about 4 km.

Participation is ¥350, which is the entrance fee for the Sekigahara Town History & Folklore Museum. Participants should bring their own lunch and drinks.

Advance reservations are required by email by Oct. 8.

For reservations and further information, contact the program manager at usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp.

Foreigners' orientation to be held in Kyoto

An orientation event for foreigners will be held at Kyoto International Community House in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, on Oct. 16.

Experts on visa and labor issues will be present, as well as instructors to teach traffic safety and rules for riding bicycles. They will present the information in four languages: Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English. The orientation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., which will be followed by a social event between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Reception will start at 1:30 p.m. The venue is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line. Participation is free, but advance applications are required.

For application forms and details, visit www.kcif.or.jp or send an e-mail to office@kcif.or.jp.

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