Charity concert for deaf

On Dec. 7, Koyama Driving School will hold its annual D’Live charity event, in cooperation with other organizations, including the Japanese Federation of the Deaf, at Club Titta’ in Kawasaki.

The event, which this year is marking its 10th anniversary, has grown each year in popularity and recognition, and welcomed more than 600 visitors in 2012.

The title D’Live stands for D for dance, deaf and drive, and live performance. To celebrate the milestone year, it will feature a record 25 groups that have deaf members, and each group will perform and a sign language circle from 19 universities will participate as volunteers. The expressive power of the performers is so overwhelming that it is often difficult to accept that their hearing is impaired.

Under its policy to provide satisfaction to students as well as employees, the driving school has 120 instructors who use sign language at its five schools around Tokyo. And since 2004, the school has held the event to cheer deaf people as well as offer a chance to get to know sign language.

The event will start from 5 p.m. and tickets are available from ¥2,500 through ticket centers, including Lawson Ticket.

A part of the proceeds will be donated to deaf people in the areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, through the Japanese Federation of the Deaf.

For more information, call 03-5459-8811 or visit www.koyama.co.jp/dlive .


Xmas roast chicken

Potechao! Bamboo, a grilled chicken and chips specialty restaurant located on Cat Street near Harajuku Station in Tokyo, is accepting preorders for its rotisserie cooked chicken for Christmas, through Dec. 25.

The chicken, seasoned with herbs, and with an orange and prune stuffing, is cooked very slowly in a rotary oven at a low temperature to drain the fat so that the skin gets crispy and the meat stays juicy. In Catalonia, Spain, there are many Pollo a l’ast (meaning roast chicken in the Catalan language) takeout restaurants for home dining or parties. At Potechao! Bamboo, which is designed like a Spanish bar, people can enjoy the chicken and freshly fried chips with a variety of beers from all over the world. Also, people can get the chicken to go as well as shop online.

To celebrate the coming holiday season, the restaurant is offering a special chicken stuffed with fruit, nuts and foie gras. The 1.1-kg bird is big enough for two to three people, and is available at ¥2,800, including tax.

For more information or preorders, call 03-6427-4990 or visit www.potechao.com .

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