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Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Learn how to prepare delicious tofu dishes

A tofu cooking lesson will take place Nov. 27 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Participants will learn how to make dishes using the soybean curd, including tofu burger patties, "shinoda maki" fried tofu rolls, carrot salad dressed with mashed tofu, miso soup and soy milk pudding.

The lesson will take place from 10:15 a.m. to around 2 p.m. and will be held in English. The participation fee is ¥800, and 20 foreign nationals will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested must apply in advance by Thursday. Participants should bring an apron, a hand towel, a dish towel and a bandana to cover their hair.

The venue is the Nishinomiya Chuo Komikan community house on the sixth floor of Plela Nishinomiya, which is a five-minute walk from Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line.

For advance applications and further information contact the organizer, Nishinomiya City International Association, at (0798) 32-8680, or send an email to niasakura@ceres.ocn.ne.jp.

Attend Osaka class to get ready for the Big One

A disaster preparedness session for foreigners will be held at Abeno Life Safety Center in Abeno Ward, Osaka, from 1 p.m. on Dec. 10.

The session will include lectures on how to evacuate in the event of an emergency, how to extinguish fires and how to treat injuries. Participants also will have the chance to experience a simulated earthquake measuring level 7 on the Japanese intensity scale. Language assistance will be provided in English, Chinese and Korean.

Participation is free, and those who wish to attend must make advance applications at Osaka International House Foundation by phone or email.

The venue is a four-minute walk west of Exit 1 or 7 at Abeno Station on the Tanimachi subway line, or a nine-minute walk south of the Central Exit at Tennoji Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line.

For applications and further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8989 or send an email to johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp.

Osaka to hold lectures on supporting foreigners

Osaka International House Foundation is holding a series of five monthly lectures for volunteers from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in Tennoji Ward, Osaka, starting Nov. 29.

The lectures will focus on how to support foreign residents when natural disasters strike and is for people who are already involved in volunteer work aimed at helping foreign residents. The first lecture, on Nov. 29, will feature how the Multilingual Support Center for the Tohoku Earthquake supported foreigners after the March 11 disasters. The lectures will be in Japanese and will be held monthly through March.

The fee to attend the five lectures is ¥1,000, and advance applications are required by phone. Forty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The venue is a five-minute walk from either Osaka Uehonmachi Station on Kintetsu Osaka Line or from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Sennichimae subway line.

For applications, please call (06) 6773-8182. For more information and an access map, visit the organizer's website at www.ih-osaka.or.jp (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish).

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