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Saturday, Sep. 8, 2012

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto to hold counseling session for foreigners

Experts will offer a counseling session Sept. 16 in Kyoto for foreign residents on various issues, including visas, pensions, labor conditions, social insurance, taxes and mental health.

The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kyoto International Community House. A translation service will be provided in English and Chinese, and possibly other languages depending on the availability of interpreters.

The service is free of charge. Reservations are required. The venue is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For further details, phone (075) 752-3511. Calls will be handled in Japanese, English and Chinese.

More information is also available at www.kcif.or.jp/HP/jigyo/sodan/en/counseling/konnendo/index.html (in English).

Nara planning Camellia paintings exhibition

Japanese paintings featuring camellias by different artists will be displayed from Sept. 14 through Nov. 25 in a Nara museum.

The Shouhaku Art Museum will exhibit about 50 works by such noted painters as Taikan Yokoyama, Kokei Kobayashi, Yukihiko Yasuda, Shinsen Tokuoka and Togyu Okumura.

Admission is ¥500 for elementary and junior high school students and ¥1,000 for anyone older.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mondays with the exception of the national holidays on Sept. 17 and Oct. 8. It will be closed Sept. 18 and Oct. 9 instead.

The museum can be accessed by taking a bus from stops 5 and 6 in front of the north exit of Gakuen Mae Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line, and getting off at Ohbuchi Bashi Shouhaku Bijutsukan Mae.

For more information, visit www.kintetsu.jp/shohaku/index.html (in Japanese) or phone (0742) 41-6666.

Osaka museum to host 'rakugo' show in English

Traditional "rakugo" comic storytelling will be performed in English in the city of Osaka from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16.

The Osaka Museum of History will host the performance by eight storytellers, who will include a junior high school student and a university student.

There is no admission charge and reservations are not required. The museum is located near Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi and Chuo subway lines.

For further information, call (080) 4020-2532 after 7 p.m., send an email to ofukuyose@gmail.com or visit ofukuyose.blog9.fc2.com (in Japanese).

Enjoy SKE48 performance, fireworks in Aichi

Visitors to Toyohashi in Aichi Prefecture can enjoy a concert by the popular all-girl group SKE48 on Sunday, followed by an event with 20-meter-high flames of handheld fireworks at night.

The concert will start in Toyohashi Park at 3 p.m., and the fireworks display will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The concert is free of charge, but tickets for the best seats for the fireworks show cost ¥3,700. There are a variety of seating choices, with the cheapest priced at ¥500.

For more details, visit www.toyohashi-cci.or.jp/kanko/honoo/english (in English) or phone (0532) 53-7211.

Aichi Prefecture city holding ceramics festival

The city of Seto in Aichi Prefecture, famous for its ceramics, is holding a ceramics festival Saturday and Sunday.

Shoppers will have the chance to buy a variety of reasonably priced ceramics from 250 stalls along the banks of the Seto River from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first day, and until 7 p.m. on the second day.

The venue is located close to Owari Seto Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.

For more information, visit www.setocci.or.jp/setomonomatsuri/ index.html (in Japanese) or call (0561) 82-3123.

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