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Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

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Sumi-e exhibition held at Osaka gallery

An exhibition of sumi-e ink paintings will be held from Monday through next Saturday in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

Sumi-e (ink paintings) created by students of sumi-e artist Christine Flint Sato will be showcased in a group exhibition.

The venue is the workroom*A gallery, a five-minute walk from Exits 1, 2 and 3 of Honmachi Station on the Midosuji subway line. The hours are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and holidays. Admission is free.

For more information in Japanese, access the venue's website at www.workroom.co.jp (in Japanese).

Major ethnic festival to take place in Mino

Multiethnic Festival 2011 will be staged from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday in Mino, Osaka Prefecture.

Ethnic foods, various goods and accessories will be on sale. There will also be a fashion show featuring ethnic dresses. A draw will be held for prizes, and people who come to the festival in ethnic costumes will receive a ticket.

Admission is free. The venue is Minoh Higashi Lifelong Learning Center, which is about a 30-minute bus ride on the Hankyu Bus Line from Senri Chuo Station on the Kita Osaka Kyuko Railway, or from Kitasenri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

For further information, including an access map, visit the event website at www.mafga.or.jp/news/1103.htm (in Japanese).

Traditional performing arts in English on tap

Yamamoto Nohgakudo Theater in Chuo Ward, Osaka, is organizing an English-language program from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday.

The "Evening of Traditional Osaka Performing Arts" series has been held at Yamamoto Nohgakudo Theater since April 2008. It features condensed versions of traditional performing arts with provided reference materials in English, Chinese and Korean and subtitles during the performances. Celebrating the 100th program, which was staged Oct. 15, a special English-language program will be held Saturday. In addition to English "kodan" storytelling and English "rakugo" comic storytelling, there will be "ozashiki asobi" geisha entertainment and the noh play "Iwafune" with English subtitles.

There will be a participatory "ozashiki asobi" experience in English with three volunteers from the audience.

Tickets cost from ¥3,500 to ¥4,500 and are available at the venue or the Pia ticket agency (P-code: 411-265). The theater is a two-minute walk from Exit 4 of Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Chuo subway lines. For more information, contact the theater at (06) 6943-9454, or visit the website at kamigata-night.com (in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese).

Free legal advice offered in Nishinomiya

Free legal counseling for foreign residents will be available at the Nishinomiya International Association in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13.

Judicial scriveners will provide legal advice on financial issues and daily problems. Language support is available, and information revealed in the sessions will be strictly protected.

Participation is free. Six people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance applications are necessary by phone by Nov. 10. The venue is the association's conference room on the south side of Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line.

For applications and further information, contact the association at (0798) 32-8680 between 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, except Tuesday, or visit www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/ (in Japanese and English).

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