Overnight disaster prep for non-Japanese

Foreign residents can attend overnight training sessions from 4 p.m. June 7 to 10 a.m. the next day in Kyoto to learn how to reduce damage from disasters such as earthquakes.

Participants will learn how to put out fires and resuscitate sick or injured people. They will also experience eating ry emergency food and living in shelters. Participation is free. Reservations are required and can be made through (in English).

The venue is Kyoto International Community House, known as “kokoka,” a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai Line.

The contact number is 075-752-3511.

Classical music festival features students

The Kyoto International Music Students Festival 2014 is underway through May 28.

More than 100 students from countries such as Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Romania, Russia and the U.S. will perform classical music. Concerts will start at 6:30 p.m. except the Sunday concert, which starts at 3 p.m.

One-day tickets are ¥1,000 and tickets for the entire festival are ¥3,000.

The venue is Kyotofuritsu Fumin Hall, a five-minute walk from Imadegawa Station on the Karasuma Line.

More information can be found at (in Japanese). The contact number is 075-751-0617.

Indian film at National Museum of Ethnology

The National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, will show the Indian film “My Name is Khan” on May 31.

The film, about an Muslim Indian immigrant to America who has Asperger’s syndrome, is in English and Hindi with Japanese subtitles. It will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets to enter the museum need to be purchased. Numbered tickets for the film will be distributed at 10 a.m. on the day of the showing.

The museum is a 15-minute walk from Koen Higashiguchi Station on the Osaka Monorail.

Fore more details, visit (in Japanese) or call 06-6878-8210.

Book sale to benefit literacy drive overseas

Some of the paperbacks and magazines in the Nagoya International Center will be offered for sale at bazaar from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 1.

Part of the proceeds will go to the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan to promote literacy education in developing nations. Participation is free and no reservations are required.

The center is a seven-minute walk from Nagoya Station.

Further information is available at (in English). The contact number is 052-581-0100.

Hungarian friendship festival in Nagoya

The Aichi-Hungary Friendship Association will host Hungary Festival on June 8 in Nagoya.

A clarinet and piano concert will be performed from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., a Hungarian author will talk about her books from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a party will be held from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participation is ¥1,500 for adults and free for junior high school students and younger. Reservations can be made by faxing 0568-63-0156 or emailing

The venue is the Nagoya International Center, a seven-minute walk from Nagoya Station.

To find out more about the festival, check (in Japanese) or call 0568-61-1000.

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