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Big Oktoberfest at Deutsche Schule Kobe

Deutsche Schule Kobe European School will hold Oktoberfest 2013 on Oct. 19 in Kobe.

Live German music will be performed during the event, which will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free, but traditional German food — including homemade sausage — and beverages need to be purchased.

The school is two minutes on foot from Island Center Station on the Rokko Liner line.

Additional details about the event can be found at dskobe.org (in English) or by calling 078-857-9777.

Information and party for newcomers in Kyoto

Newly arrived foreign residents in Kyoto are invited to a seminar about life in Japan and a party on Oct. 20.

The seminar, which will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will deal with various issues in Chinese, English and Japanese, including Internet access, mobile phones, part-time jobs, reasonable shops, transportation rules and visa status. The party will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Participation is free, but those who attend the party only are required to pay ¥500. Applications can be made at www.kcif.or.jp/HP/jigyo/student/jp/kangeikai/kangeikai.html (in English).

The venue is Kyoto International Community House, commonly known as kokoka, a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For more information, call 075-752-3511.

Multicultural exchange celebration in Suita

The Harmonic Osaka Multicultural Environs will host an international exchange festival Oct. 20 in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

During the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., music and dance will be performed on stage, while participants can experience different cultures by trying on ethnic costumes, learning how to write in languages from all over the world, and more.

Admission is free and no reservations are required. Several stalls are expected to sell food from various countries.

The festival will take place at Kansai University, a five-minute walk from Minami Senri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

For more details, visit www.kansai-u.ac.jp/h.o.m.e./poster.pdf (in Japanese). The contact number is 06-6368-1121.

Slice of Japan on tap at international event

A special international exchange event will take place Oct. 20 in Nagoya.

The event will begin with a tea ceremony at 1 p.m., followed by a tour of the venue, Yokiso, a villa built in the early 20th century, as well as dance performances and a flower arrangement experience.

Participation is free for foreigners and ¥500 for Japanese.

To access Yokiso, walk 10 minutes from Kakuozan Station on the Higashiyama subway line.

More details can be found at www.yokiso.jp/event/20131020-2.html (in Japanese) or by calling 052-759-4450.

Nagoya street performance fest next weekend

Street performers, musicians and artists will perform comedy, dance, juggling and magic on Oct. 19 and 20 in Nagoya.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8:20 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:10 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

The performances will take place at various sites around the Osu shopping district, close to Osu Kannon Station on the Tsurumai subway line. For further details, check www.ohsu-gei.net (in Japanese) or send email to iida@ohsu.co.jp .