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Saturday, Sep. 1, 2012

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Japanese lessons offered in Nishinomiya

Ten sessions of Japanese-language lessons for foreigners will be offered in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, running from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from Sept. 19 to Nov. 21.

There will be three levels of the lessons at the Nishinomiya City International Association: basic, for people who have never studied Japanese before; elementary, for those who understand hiragana, katakana and basic greetings; and intermediate. The fee is ¥5,000. Applicants should make a reservation before the classes are full.

The venue is just south of Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line. It can be also accessed on foot from Hanshin Kokudo Station on the Hankyu Imazu Line and Nishinomiya Station on the Hanshin Line. For further details and an application, call (0798) 32-8680.

Learn Japanese home cooking in Toyonaka

A cooking lesson for foreigners on how to cook Japanese home cuisine will be held in northern Osaka Prefecture from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20.

Participants will learn how to cook flavored steamed rice, simmered beef and potatoes, boiled spinach salad with soybean curd and sesame seasoning, cucumber pickles, and soybean soup.

The fee is ¥500. Reservations are is required by Sept. 18. A limit of 15 students will be accepted. The venue, Korabo Senri Bunka Center in the city of Toyonaka, is located next to Senri Chuo Station on the Osaka Monorail and the Kita-Osaka Kyuko Line. For more information and an application, send email to senrirenkei@city.toyonaka.osaka.jp (in English or Japanese) or call (06) 6831-4133 (in Japanese).

Daimaru Kyoto showcasing Ikuo Hirayama

Paintings by renowned artist Ikuo Hirayama will be showcased in Kyoto from Sept. 5 to 17.

About 100 of his pieces will be exhibited at Daimaru Museum Kyoto, including works with the Silk Road and the Inland Sea of Japan as subjects.

Admission is ¥800 for adults, ¥600 for college and high school students, and free of charge for younger children. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. except on the last day of the exhibit, when it will close at 4:30 p.m. The museum is on the sixth floor of the Daimaru Kyoto department store, one minute from Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line and two minutes from Shijo Station on the Karasuma subway line. For more information, call (075) 211-8111.

Language lessons for children in Nagoya

Children whose mother tongue is not Japanese will be given a chance to learn the language they use for school and daily life in 11 sessions in Nagoya, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Sunday from Sept. 16 to Nov. 25.

The course is designed for children who were born between April 2, 1997, and April 1, 2006. They need to visit Nagoya International Center with their parents or guardians from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Sept. 9 to apply after filling out an application form that can be downloaded at www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/pdf/kodomonihongo/en.pdf.

The participation fee is ¥1,000. Interviews may be held if more than 30 students apply. The center is a seven-minute walk from Nagoya Station and is also directly connected to Kokusai Center Station on the Sakura-dori subway line. For more info, go to www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/archives/4392 (English) or call (052) 581-5689.

Tokugawa Art Museum featuring textiles

The Tokugawa Art Museum is featuring ancient textiles from all over the world from Sept. 8 to 30.

The feudal Owari Tokugawa family of the Edo Period collected the textiles from such places as China, India and Europe to use as mats, bags for tea ceremony, scroll mountings and other purposes.

Admission is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥700 for college and high school students and ¥500 for junior high and elementary school students. High school students and younger get in for free on Saturdays. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Mondays. However, it will be open Sept. 17 and closed Sept. 18. From Nagoya Station, take a City bus bound for Hikarigaoka or Idaka Shako, or a Meitetsu Bus, get off at Tokugawaen Shindeki, and walk for three minutes to the museum. For more information, go to www.tokugawa-art-museum.jp/english/index.html (English).

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