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Immigration, acting and yellow pages

by Angela Jeffs

Otemachi still open?

Dave was in a panic last week. He had just realized his three-year visa required renewal, and wondered if the immigration office in Otemachi was still open.

The answer is no.

For the last two years, all immigration matters concerning residents of Kanto (including metropolitan Tokyo) and the prefectures of Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi, Niigata, Nagano and Yamanashi have been centralized under one roof (with a detention center conveniently placed on the top few floors, so that we don’t have far to walk) at 5-5-30 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo (phone: 03-5796 7112).

An information center offers guidance on procedures to apply for entry permission for spouses, employees and others; for acquiring or changing status of residence and extending periods of stay; alien registration; general immigration matters.

For all those who can ill afford to take time off to travel miles at enormous cost, deepest sympathy. You will need a map first time to locate the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau and its Immigration Information Center in Shinagawa. Check IFC’s Web site at www.moj.go.jp/ENGLISH/IB/ib-18.html

If traveling on the Tokyo Monorail from Hamammatucho, get off at Tennozu Isle Station, then walk. If using the bus, disembark at Tokyo Nyukoku Kanrikyoku Mae.

Note: Foreign residents of Kanagawa Prefecture will be relieved to know that the immigration office in Yokohama remains open at 37-9 Yamashita-jo, Naka-ku (Phone: 045-661 5110).

Acting classes

In response to several inquiries about voice coaching and where to study drama, you can check out:

“Shakespeare Acting Class” with professional actor/director Robert Tsonos — using monologues from Shakespeare’s plays to crack open the mysteries of understanding and performing. Fluent English language skills are a must for this course. It takes place Nov. 8, from 7-10:00 p.m.; Nov. 10, from 7-10 p.m.; Nov. 13, from 12-6 p.m.; Nov. 16, from 7-10 p.m. The cost is 30,000 yen per person; and there are only 10 places. Observers can attend at a cost of 15,000 yen.

“Introduction to Acting Workshop” — with professional actor Diane Volpe) — teaches the basic techniques of the Stanislavsky Method. It takes place on Nov 9, from 7-10:00 p.m.; Nov. 11, from 7-10:00 p.m.; Nov. 14, from 12-6:00 p.m.. The cost is 24,000 yen per person; max. 10 students, and observer rates are 2,000 yen.

“Introduction to the Voice” — with professional actor Alice Hackett — a complete vocal warm-up to performing a piece. It takes place on Nov. 15, from 7-10 p.m.; Nov. 17, from 7-10 p.m.; Nov. 20, from 12-6:00 p.m. The fee is 24,000 yen per person per workshop; max. 10 students per class. Observer price is 12,000 yen.

The location will be the same for all the classes. For more information, call Robert at (090) 5449-5599 or e-mail rtsonos@hotmail.com