'Cosplay' festival on tap in Izumisano, Osaka

“Cosplayers” dressed up as their favorite manga characters are gathering this weekend for a festival in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture.

Admission for the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, is ¥1,000.

The venue is Rinku Town, close to Rinku Town Station on the Nankai Kuko Line and the JR Kansai Kuko Line.

For more information, visit (in Japanese) or call 080-6202-8447.

Counseling on residence status available

The Nishinomiya City International Association in Hyogo Prefecture will hold a free counseling session for foreign residents on July 20 featuring administrative scriveners knowledgeable about residence status.

Reservations are required by July 17 for those who need help with languages and can be made by calling 0798-32-8680.

The association is close to Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line.

More information is available at (in English).

Books read out for children in English, Spanish

Foreign volunteers in the Suita International Friendship Association in Osaka Prefecture will read books in English and Spanish for children from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 18.

Participation is free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 06-6835-1192 or by sending an email to Reservations can be made as late as the morning of the event.

The venue is close to Minami Senri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

For more information, check (in Japanese).

Japanese lessons for kids 6 to 15 this summer

Volunteers at the Nagoya International Center will offer a summer school in which they teach Japanese to foreign children aged 6 to 15.

The session of 10 classes will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday and Sunday between July 24 and Aug. 31 except on Aug. 10 and 14.

Participation is ¥1,000 to cover all 10 classes. Applications will be accepted from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. July 20 in the center, a seven-minute walk from Nagoya Station.

To find out more about the school, check (in English) or call 052-581-5689.

Nagoya Port Festival with fireworks on July 21

The Nagoya Port Festival will take place from 12:10 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. July 21.

A fireworks show will start at 7:30 p.m. following stage performances and parades throughout the day.

The venue is near Nagoyako Station on the Meiko Line.

For further info, check (in Japanese) or call 052-654-7894.

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