February - Nagoya International Center

Event and Lifestyle Information Magazine for Foreign Residents
Website: www.nic-nagoya.or.jp
Phone: 052-581-0100
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Nagoya International Center Services - Visit or call the NIC 3F for more information - 052-581-0100
The Nagoya International Center is a 7-minute walk or a 2-minute subway ride from Nagoya Station.
Kokusai Center Station, on the Sakura-dori Subway Line, is linked to the Nagoya International Center at the basement level.
The Nagoya International Center Library and Information Counter are open 9:00 – 19:00.
Closed on Mondays, December 29 - January 3, & the second Sundays of August & February.
Paid car-parking is also available at the Center and in the immediate vicinity.
★Information Counter 情報カウンター
Information service for foreign residents on daily life and
sightseeing in Japan available in 7 foreign languages. Japanese &
English are available Tuesday to Sunday (9:00 – 19:00).
Reservations not required. See our website for service times in
other languages.
■Tel: 052-581-0100 ■E-mail [email protected]
★Free Personal Counseling 外国人こころの相談
Native English-speaking counselors are available on Sunday
by appointment only to provide support to foreign
residents who have difficulties with their lives in Japan. To
arrange a counseling session call the NIC 3F Info Counter at
★Free Legal Consultations 外国人無料法律相談
Free Legal Consultations with a certified lawyer available on
Saturdays 10:00 - 12:30 by reservation only. To make an appointment, please leave your name & phone number on the answering machine at 052-581-6111. A counseling support staff
member will call you back at a later date to schedule an appointment with you.
★Free Civic Advisory Service for Foreign Residents 外国人行政相談
Information & advice in English for foreign residents on anything related to
government administration such as labour laws, immigration, divorce, &
taxation. Phone or visit us Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 & 13:00 - 17:00.
Reservations not required.
Tel: 052-581-0100. See our website for service times in other languages.
★Free Counseling Service for Refugees and Asylum Seekers 難民相談
The Kobe-based Refugee Assistance Headquarters (RHQ) provides a
confidential counseling service for refugees, convention refugees, their family
members, and asylum seekers in English and Japanese on every Thursday of
the month (10:00 - 16:00) at the NIC 3F Info Counter. Reservations are
required. For more information call RHQ at 078-361-1700 (website
★The NIC Library ライブラリー
Over 10,000 English language books including travel guides, popular manga,
non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, and Japanese study guides. Borrow up to 6
books for a period of 14 days! Membership is free and open to everyone resident
in the Chubu Area. A form of ID that shows your current address is required.
Children can also get cards!
- NIC Rental Facilities Large Range of Room Configurations Available for Hire
Did you know that the NIC has rental facilities available for a large variety of uses?
Annex Hall
For organizations holding an event which requires the grandeur of a full scale hall, our Annex Hall
provides a total of 471m2 (250m2 Hall, 221m2 Entrance Hall). Up to 250 chairs and 60 foldable
tables are included, along with 3 screens, 2 whiteboards, 2 pulpits, and ample electricity supply.
Being a fully featured hall means it also includes an audio control room, simultaneous interpreting
equipment and 3 interpretation booths. For those requiring the convenience of a separated area
for meetings, a 20 seat/82m2 conference room is included. We welcome visits and inspections, so
if you would like to see the hall for yourself, please call us to arrange an appointment.
Conference Rooms
Large and comfortable rooms which can accomodate up to 84 seats (182m2). Some rooms can also be combined to create larger
areas. The facilities also include whiteboards, pulpits and electricity supply. Make an enquiry on the below number for further details.
Japanese Style Room
A 12.5 tatami mat room is available, along with four tables and 21 cushions, along with a small kitchen and electricity supply. An
authentic Japanese room in our modern facility which is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Exhibition Rooms
Perfect for trade fairs, product launches and exhibitions, our largest room is 234m2 in size. We
have a total of three rooms, which can be combined to give you a maximum total floor area of
Lecture Rooms
Are you organizing a training event or holding a seminar? The NIC’s convenient location makes it
an ideal place for people from all kinds of sectors including educational and corporate, to hold
their training in a comfortable environment fully equipped with chairs, tables and whiteboards.
For bookings and further inquiries about our facilities, please call
052-581-5679 (9:00 - 17:00).
You can also make bookings and check availability online (in Japanese). For more information, see
http://www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/japanese/nicnews/kashishisetsu .
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NIC Disaster Information
Should a disaster occur in Nagoya City, check the
Disaster Information section on the top page of the
NIC website for information in Japanese, English,
Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Filipino and easy
Bookmark http://www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/saigai/
for a direct link to updates.
Nagoya International Center Events - Please note all prices, dates, times, and locations are subject to change NIC Building Closure for Scheduled
Children’s Story Book Time
A reminder to our readers that the NIC
building will be closed for scheduled
maintenance on Sun. 14 Feb. for the
entire day. We apologize for any
inconvenience and appreciate your
NIC Regional Seminar 2016
Featuring a presentation on diversity as a community strength,
a report on multicultural coexistence policies in Nagoya City,
and a panel discussion, this is an opportunity for Japanese and
non-Japanese residents to think about the future of a Nagoya
City rich in diversity. Please state if interpreting is required when
making your reservation.
When: Sat. 6 Feb. (13:00 - 16:30)
Where: Nagoya International Center Annex Hall
Admission: Free; limited to 100 places; reservations required.
Reservations: Contact the Exchange & Cooperation Division,
phone: 052-581-5689, E-mail: [email protected]
NIC Personal Income Tax Consultations
The Nagoya Certified Public Tax Accountants' Association
together with the Nagoya International Center will be hosting
free tax income consultations for foreign residents to assist with
their income tax returns and other tax related issues.
① General Consultations: Sun. 21 Feb. 10:00 to 16:00 (no
consultations 12:00 – 13:00) at Nagoya International Center 5F
Conference Room 1.
② Individual Consultations: 13, 20, 27, 28 Feb., and 5, 6
Mar. from 13:00 to 17:00 at Nagoya International Center 3F
Information Counter.
Places: ① Up to 30 people ② Up to 36 people
Cost: Consultation free; Fee of 10 Yen per page payable for
printouts of materials.
How to Apply: In person at NIC 3F Information Counter or by
calling 052-581-0100 on a first in first served basis. Preference
will be given to first-time applicants.
※Please note that assistance with income tax returns is
limited to this event and is not covered by our regular
civic advisory service at the Information Counter. In
addition, this service is limited to salaried employees
only, and is not for business owners and operators.
Listen to foreign volunteers in the NIC’s 3F Library as they read story
books in their own respective languages from the library’s vast
collection of international children’s books.
Participation is free, and no reservations are required!
★Upcoming Schedule
Sun. 28 Feb. (14:00 - 14:30) English & Filipino
Disaster Prevention Workshop 防災サロン
This workshop on disaster prevention and reduction will be conducted
in simple Japanese for foreign residents. Learn how to survive a disaster,
including what you should do when a disaster occurs, and also how
you can prepare. Interpreting will be available in English, Portuguese,
Spanish, Chinese and Filipino. 30 places are available for each of the
three sessions (content will be identical for each session). Reservations
are required.
When: Sun. 6 Mar. ①11:45-12:45 ②13:45-14:45 ③15:45-16:45
Where: Nagoya International Center 5F Conference Room 1
Cost: Free
Reservations: NIC Exchange and Cooperation Division, phone:
052-581-5689; E-mail [email protected]
Midori Multicultural Event みどり多文化交流会
Together with Midori Ward's Cultural Co-existence Boranetto, the NIC
brings you this multicultural event. The aim is to connect locals through
building on mutual cultural understanding and awareness and making
useful information on daily life accessible in an enjoyable way to enable
people to live more comfortably and with peace of mind. The event will
feature music and dance performances, game, craft and storytelling
corners for kids, and dances for everyone to enjoy. There will also be a
disaster prevention display, and consultations on education. Interpreters will also be on hand to help.
When: Sun. 13 Mar. (13:30 - 16:00)
Where: Nagoya Municipal Nanryo Elementary School (名古屋市立南陵小学
校) in Midori Ward (緑区) Okehazamamorimae (桶狭間森前) 1348
Admission: Free; No reservation required.
Visit us at the NIC
The Nagoya International Center is a
7-minute walk or a 2-minute subway
ride from Nagoya Station.
Kokusai Center Station (国際センター駅), on
the Sakura-dori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通り
線), is linked to the Nagoya International
Center at the basement level.
In and Around Nagoya - Please note all prices, dates, times, and locations are subject to change Events in February
See below for Nagoya Philharmonic events, Noh, ikebana, plum blossoms, and more!
Nagoya City University School of Design and
Architecture & Graduate School of Design and
Architecture – Exhibition of Final Works
Ishida School Ikebana Exhibition Hina Matsuri 石田流いけばな展 「雛祭り」
名古屋市立大学芸術工学部・大学院芸術工学研究科 卒業・修了制作展
See the work of final year and postgraduate students from areas including
videography and animation, computer graphics, product design, architectural design, and civic design.
When: Tue. 23 Feb. – Sun. 28 Feb. (9:30 – 19:00; 9:30 - 16:00 on 28 Feb.)
Where: Citizens Gallery Sakae (市民ギャラリー栄), Naka Ward Office / Asahi
Mutual Life Insurance Building 8F
Access: Approximately a 1-minute walk east from Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit
12 (12番出口) on the Subway Higashiyama and Meijo Lines (地下鉄東山・名城
Admission: Free
In collaboration with members of the Ishida School, Hisayaodori Gardens
Flarie will be hosting an ikebana exhibition to complement the Hina
Matsuri (Dolls Festival), in the warm Crystal Garden (large hothouse). Due
to the exhibits consisting of fresh flowers, the exhibition will be divided
into three stages.
When: ①Wed. 24 Feb. to Fri. 26 Feb. ②Sat. 27 Feb. to Mon. 29 Feb.
③Tue. 1 Mar. to Thu. 3 Mar. (9:00 - 17:30)
Where: Hisayaodori Gardens Flarie (久屋大通庭園フラリエ)
Access: Approximately a 3-minute walk from Yaba-cho Station (矢場町駅)
Exit 4 (4番出口) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)
Admission: Free
Nagoya City Museum: Treasures of
Rikuzentakata 企画展「陸前高田のたからもの」
Agricultural Center Weeping Plum Blossom
When struck by huge tsunami in the East Japan Earthquake of 11 March,
2011, many of the historical and cultural artefacts of Rikuzentakata City in
Iwate Prefecture were lost or severely damaged as the Rikuzentakata
Municipal Museum itself sustained enormous damage. These artefacts are
currently in the process of being restored and recreated by museum staff
from all over the country and local residents. Since the disaster, Nagoya City
has worked to support the reconstruction of the city. This exhibition
centering on restored artefacts from the Rikuzentakata Municipal Museum
features several artefacts representing the city’s history, showing the
background and results of the restoration effort, as well as Nagoya City's
efforts to support reconstruction.
When: Sat. 27 Feb. to Sun. Mar. 27 (9:30 - 17:00; Last entry by 16:30)
Closed Mondays (in the event it falls on a national holiday, closed the
following business day instead) and every 4th Tuesday.
Where: Nagoya City Museum (名古屋市博物館) in Mizuho Ward (瑞穂区)
Access: A 5-minute walk from Sakurayama Station (桜山駅) Exit 4 (4番出口)
on the Subway Sakura-dori Line (地下鉄桜通線)
Admission: General Admission 300 (400) Yen; College and Senior HS
students 200 (300) Yen; Junior HS students and younger free. Prices in ( )
include entry to the permanent exhibit. Holders of a Disabled Persons'
Handbook, and up to 2 accompanying people enter for half price. Take
public transport and the 1 Day Ticket or Weekend Eco Pass (ドニチエコきっぷ)
for 100 Yen discount.
Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
Salon Concert サロンコンサート
Performing: Takako ASAI, Clarinet
When: Wed. 3 Feb. (18:30)
Where: Nagoya City Music Plaza 1F “Music Salon” (名古屋市音楽プラザ)
Access: A 6-min. walk from Kanayama Stn. (金山駅) or an 8-min. walk from
Higashi Betsuin Stn. (東別院駅) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)
Admission: Free
The 433rd Subscription Concert 第433回定期演奏会
Martyn BRABBINS, Chief Conductor
Ayako UEHARA, Piano
S. Rachmaninov The Isle of the Dead, Op.29
S. Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
S. Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Op.45
When: Fri. 11 Mar. (18:45) and Sat. 12 Mar. (16:00)
Where: Aichi Pref. Arts Theater Concert Hall (愛知県芸術劇場コンサート
Access: Connected at basement level to Oasis 21 & Sakae Subway Stn.
Tickets: S-Seat 6,200 Yen; A-Seat 5,100 Yen; B-Seat 4,100 Yen; C-Seat
3,100 Yen; Y-Seat (for 24 & under, on day, at door) 1,000 Yen. For
tickets, call the Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide on 052-339-5666
Nagoya Noh Theater March Regular
Performance 名古屋能楽堂3月定例公演
Kyogen "Gan-Daimyo" (Izumi school) Matsujiro Inoue
Noh "Yamamba" (Kanze school) Kan-o Hisada
When: Sat. 5 Mar. (from 14:00)
Where: Nagoya Noh Theater (名古屋能楽堂)
Access: A 10-minute walk from Sengencho Station (浅間町駅) Exit
1 (1番出口) on the Tsurumai Subway Line (地下鉄鶴舞線)
Tickets: Reserved 4,100 Yen; Non-reserved: Adults 3,100 Yen, Students (25
years old and under) 2,100 Yen. Non-reserved tickets available at the door
for the above prices plus 500 Yen. 10% discount available upon presentation of a passport or other proof of foreign nationality (at Nagoya Noh
Theater only). English and Japanese commentary available on wireless
headsets (rental free).
Inquiries: 052-231-0088
農業センター しだれ梅まつり
The Agricultural Center is home to one of the largest weeping plum
blossom gardens in Japan, with 12 varieties and around 700 individual
trees. Check the state of the plum blossoms before you go, on the
Agricultural Center’s Facebook page.
When: Thu. 25 Feb. to Mon. 21 Mar. (National holiday) (9:00 – 16:30)
Dates may change depending on the state of the plum blossoms.
Where: Agricultural Center (農業センター), Tempaku Ward (天白区)
Access: A 20-minute walk from Hirabari (平針駅) or Akaike (赤池) Stations
on the subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線); By bus: From Hirabari take the
City Bus for Chikatetsu Hara (地下鉄原) to Nōgyō Sentā Kita (農業センター北)
bus stop, walk for 5 minutes. From Akaike take the Meitetsu Bus for
Yūfukuji (祐福寺) or Zengo (前後) to Araike (荒池) bus stop, walk for 6
Parking: 500 Yen for cars, 150 Yen for motorbikes and scooters.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noucenter (Japanese)
The Nagoya Touring Children’s Theater
The Nagoya Touring Children's Theater began in 1980 to give children the
opportunity to experience the excitement of live theater. Events are held at
local, low-cost venues to make participation as easy as possible for everyone!
①Puppet Theater Muchuza - 'Don't Rain / I Wanna Eat It': Thu. 11 Feb.
(National holiday) at Midori Bunka Shōgekijō (緑文化小劇場); Sun. 20 Mar. at
Nakagawa Bunka Shōgekijō (中川文化小劇場); Sat. 26 Mar. at Moriyama Bunka
Shōgekijō (守山文化小劇場); Sun. 27 Mar. at Kita Bunka Shōgekijō (北文化小劇場)
②Theater Group Hi!-You-Can - 'Musical - Hansel and Gretel': Sat. 19
Mar. at Shōwa Ward Office Hall (昭和区役所講堂); Sun. 20 Mar. at Minato
Bunka Shōgekijō (港文化小劇場); Fri. 25 Mar. at Nishi Bunka Shōgekijō (西文化小
劇場); Sat. 26 Mar. at Chikusa Bunka Shōgekijō (千種文化小劇場)
③Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra - 'Here's the Mei-Phil!': Tue. 29 Mar.
at Nakamura Bunka Shōgekijō (中村文化小劇場); Wed. 30 Mar. at Atsuta Bunka
Shōgekijō (熱田文化小劇場)
Tickets: 700 Yen for everyone 3 and over. Children under the age of 3 may
enter for free if they share a seat with their parent/guardian. Tickets can be
purchased through The Nagoya City Cultural Promotion Corporation Ticket
Guide (weekdays 9:00 – 17:00). Phone: 052-249-9387. Further details can be
found at http://www.bunka758.or.jp/ (Japanese)
Nagoya International Music Festival
Beginning in 1978, the Nagoya International Music Festival is held from
spring through to early summer. See top artists from around the globe in
seven world-class performances from May to July.
① Garrick Ohlsson Piano Recital on Tue. 10 May (18:45-) 4,000-8,000 Yen
② Yuri Temirkanov conducts the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
on Sat. 28 May (17:00-) 7,000-16,000 Yen
③ Hilary Hahn Violin Recital on Fri. 10 Jun. (18:45-) 5,000-9,000 Yen
④ Spoleto Opera Italy: Puccini's 'La bohème' on Sat. 18 Jun. (17:00-)
7,000-20,000 Yen
⑤ Kazuki Yamada conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra on Sat. 25 Jun. (17:00-) 7,000-16,000 Yen
⑥ Leonard Slatkin conducts the Orchestre National de Lyon on Fri. 1
Jul. (18:45-) 6,000-15,000 Yen
⑦ The Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (all 3 acts) on Sun. 3 Jul. (13:30-)
8,000-24,000 Yen
Where: The Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater (愛知県芸術劇場) Concert Hall (コン
サートホール, ①,②,③,⑤,⑥) and Theater (大ホール, ④,⑦)
Access: Approximately a 2 minute walk east from Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit 4
(4番出口) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線/名城線).
Inquiries: CBC Television, Phone: 052-241-8118 (10:00-18:00 weekdays
Website: https://hicbc.com/event/nimf/ (Japanese)
In and Around Nagoya - Please note all prices, dates, times, and locations are subject to change Events in February
See below for a variety of upcoming events in and around Nagoya. Festivals, hina doll events, cars, dinosaurs, and more!
The Takisanji Ogre Festival 滝山寺鬼まつり
This popular festival attracts large crowds each year. During the fire
festival (from 19:45) three oni (鬼 / ogres) and dozens of torch-bearing men scurry around the main temple hallways.
When: Sat. 13 Feb. (from 15:00, the main event starts at around
Where: Takisanji Temple (滝山寺) in Okazaki City (岡崎市)
Access: Additional temporary Meitetsu bus services will also be
available from Higashi Okazaki Station (東岡崎駅) on the Meitetsu Line
(名鉄本線) to the temple. Get off at Takisanji-shita (滝山寺下; 25
minutes, 380 Yen). A special park & ride shuttle bus service (200 Yen)
will also be available (17:00 -19:30) from the Okazaki Municipal
Athletic Ground (県営岡崎総合運動場).
Toba no Himatsuri - the Fire Festival of
Toba 鳥羽の火祭り
One of the most peculiar, extraordinary annual festivals in Japan, and
a designated National Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Event Highlights (all times approximate)
15:00 – Shin-otoko (holy men) and ministers gather at the shrine and
depart for the ocean.
15:30 – In an act known as misogi, they gallantly run into the
freezing cold water to purify themselves.
19:30 – The ritual before the shrine commences.
20:00 – The 5m-high suzumi bonfires are lit and the fire festival
begins. Event climax - The men jump in pursuit of the holy tree and
the twelve ropes in the bonfire.
20:30 – The holy tree and the twelve ropes are offered at the altar
and the festival is brought to an end.
When: Sun. 14 Feb. (15:00 - 20:30)
Where: Toba Shinmeisha Shrine (鳥羽神明社) in Nishio City (西尾市)
Access: A 10-minute walk from Mikawa-Toba Station (三河鳥羽駅). From
Nagoya (名古屋) take the JR Tōkaido Line (JR東海道線) to Gamagōri (蒲郡)
and change to the Meitetsu Gamagōri Line (名鉄蒲郡線).
Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri 国府宮はだか祭
With around 10,000 semi-naked men participating, this is one of the
oldest and largest "Hadaka Matsuri" in Japan, attracting some
200,000 spectators each year. The flock of naked men rush to the
hall of worship, energetically presenting an offering of naoi-sasa (なお
い笹 / green bamboo tied with pieces of cloth [naoi-gire / なおい布] on
which men and women unable to participate write their ages and
wishes). The climax takes place around 17:00, when the bare-skinned
men swarm on the one man designated the Shin-otoko (神男), in the
belief that touching him will rid them of misfortune.
When: Sat. 20 Feb. (15:00 - 18:00)
Where: Kōnomiya Shrine (国府宮神社) in Inazawa City (稲沢市)
Access: A 3-min. walk from the north exit of Kōnomiya Stn. (国府宮駅),
Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line (名鉄名古屋本線); or a 15-min. walk from
Inazawa Stn. (稲沢駅), JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道本線).
Fukuyose-Hina Gathering ~ Fukuyose-Hina
Project 福よせ雛大集合∼福よせ雛プロジェクト
Seeking to give unwanted hina dolls a ‘second life’ and promote tourism
and vitality in Nagoya and the Chubu region, the Fukuyose-Hina Project
began in 2011. This year’s event will take place at venues in and around
Nagoya, Toyota Inabu, and Gujo Hachiman in Gifu Prefecture. While hina
dolls are usually dressed and arranged in very formal, traditional settings,
at the exhibition you can see hina dolls shopping, emperor dolls cradling
babies, ladies-in-waiting competing in an athletic event, imperial court
musicians enjoying a drinking session, and other entertaining situations.
The exhibition will be held at other venues in addition to those listed
Check the website or Facebook page for details.
Where & when:
• Bunka no Michi Futabakan Mon. 8 Feb. – Sun. 14 Feb.
• Nagoya Castle Sat. 27 Feb. – Sun. 13 Mar.
• Chubu International Airport Centrair Fri. 5 Feb. – Mon. 21 Mar.
• Nakamura Police Station Wed. 24 Feb. – Thu. 31 Mar.
• E-Able Nagoya Tue. 16 Feb. – Mon. 14 Mar.
• Higashiyama Sky Tower Tue. 16 Feb. – Sun. 6 Mar.
• Toyota City Inabu Donguri Kobo Sat. 6 Feb. – Sun. 3 Apr.
• Gujo Hachiman Shitamachi Sat. 6 Feb. – Sun. 3 Apr.
Website: http://www.shakaibunka.jp/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hukuyosehina
Seto no O-Hina Meguri 瀬戸のお雛めぐり
Famed for its ceramics, Seto City is hosting its 15th annual hina
doll-themed event. A four-meter tall "Hinamid" (hina pyramid),
consisting of around 800 individual glass and ceramic hina dolls, is
on display at the Seto-Gura, hina dolls adorn galleries in the
surrounding area, and the town is colorfully decorated. Visitors
can enjoy activities such as making a Seto ware hina doll, enjoy
special o-hina lunches and sweets, and much more.
When: Sat. 30 Jan. to Sun. 6 Mar.
Where: Seto-Gura (瀬戸蔵) and surrounding areas in Seto City (瀬
Access: A 5-minute walk from Owari Seto Station (尾張瀬戸駅) on
the Meitetsu Seto Line (名鉄瀬戸線)
Nagoya Auto Trend ナゴヤ オートトレンド
If you love cars, this is the show for you. Japan’s major auto
manufacturers and independent workshops will be displaying
their very own custom-built cars in this annual car show. This year,
the Nagoya Cycle Trend 2016 event will be held at the same time.
When: Sat. 27 and Sun. 28 Feb. 10:00-17:00
Where: Portmesse Nagoya (ポートメッセなごや)
Access: A 5-minute walk from Kinjo-futo Station (金城ふ頭駅) on
the Aonami Line (あおなみ線).
Admission: 2,300 (2,000) Yen for adults, 800 (500) Yen for
elementary school students. Prices in ( ) are for advance tickets
available at Circle K and Sunkus stores. Up to two preschoolers
may enter for free with an adult.
Dinosaur Park Juraguna 恐竜パークジュラグーナ
A special event at the Laguna Ten Bosch amusement park,
Lagunasia, where dinosaur lovers of all ages can not only enjoy
digging for fossils, studying Tyrannosauruses and eating
dinosaur-shaped burgers, but also experience the thrill of
encountering dinosaurs up close in the “Phantom of Dinosaur”
dinosaur show!
When: Until Mon. 29 Feb. (Lagunasia opening hours: Weekdays
10:00 - 21:00; Weekends and national holidays 10:00 - 22:00
[varies depending on season]. Phantom of Dinosaur: Sat., Sun.
and national holidays at 11:00, 12:30, 14:30 [around 20 min. per
session]. Fossil Excavation Experience, Fossil Excavation Base,
Tyrannosaurus Lab and Dinosaur Forest [Juraguna Passport
required]: Weekdays 10:00 - 17:00; Weekends and national
holidays 10:00 - 18:00; Last entry 30 min. before closing.)
Where: Lagunasia (ラグナシア) at Laguna Ten Bosch (ラグーナテンボ
ス) in Gamagori City (蒲郡市)
Access: A 15-minute free shuttle bus ride from Gamagori Station
(蒲郡駅) on the JR Tokaido Line (JR 東海道本線). Shuttle buses depart
every half hour from 8:00 until 22:30 from Stop 7. (Times may be
subject to change; Check website.)
Admission: Adults (Junior HS students upwards) 2,150 Yen;
Elementary school students 1,200 Yen; Children (age 3 and up)
700 Yen. Juraguna Passport (600 Yen) required for certain
Juraguna attractions. Tickets can be purchased in advance at
Circle K and Sunkus stores. Shakashaka Excavation Plaza 600 Yen
Website: http://www.lagunatenbosch.co.jp/laguna/english/index.html
St. Patrick's Day Parade Nagoya
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in 11 Japanese cities, including
Nagoya, where it began in conjunction with Expo 2005 Aichi to
promote understanding, friendship, and goodwill between the
peoples of Ireland and Japan. In Nagoya, the parade through the
lively Ōsu commercial district (14:00 - 15:00) features traditional
Irish music players and Irish wolfhounds, and Irish and Japanese
residents clad in green. The opening ceremony at Maneki-Neko
Hiroba (まねきねこ広場, 12:15 - 13:30) will also feature an Irish
music performance.
When: Sat. 19 Mar. (12:00 - 16:00)
Where: Ōsu Kannon (大須観音) grounds, Ōsu commercial district
(大須商店街) in Naka Ward (中区)
Access: A short walk from Osu-Kannon Station (大須観音駅) on the
Subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線), or Kamimaezu Station (上前津
駅) on the Subway Tsurumai and Meijo (名城線) Lines
The NIC Photo Contest / Islands of Aichi
The NIC Photo Contest Results NICフォトコンテスト結果発表
25 entries for the NIC Photo Contest were received from July to the end of September, and voting took place from 15 October to 15
November at the NIC Information Counter and on the NIC Facebook page to determine the winning entries.
② Entry No. 1 –
Natally Santos,
Encontro com a
The top 3 entries
as chosen by
Facebook users.
① Entry No. 18 –
Arnold Arief,
Nagoya Port Hanabi
With Beautiful Memories
③ Entry No. 9 –
Ha Yen Chi,
The top 3 entries as
chosen by visitors to
the NIC Information
② Entry No. 5 –
Charles Keller,
Sakura Stroll
① Entry No. 22 –
Jorge Tallon,
Morning Nagoya
Islands of Aichi: Sakushima あいちの離島:佐久島
Did you know that Aichi Prefecture has a number of islands that
you can get to in under two hours from Nagoya? Himakajima (日間
賀島), Sakushima (佐久島) and Shinojima (篠島) are also great places
to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday urban life,
either for the day or overnight.
This issue we take a look at Sakushima.
Located almost in the middle of Mikawa Bay, between the Chita
and Atsumi peninsulas, Sakushima is accessed via Isshiki Port (一色
港) in Nishio City (西尾市). With a population of around 250, and an
area of 173 hectares (around 3 times the size of Tokyo Disneyland), the island's total coastline measures around 11 km.
Sakushima has no traffic lights, no convenience stores, and time
seems to pass at a more relaxed pace. More than 80% of the
island is woodland, so visitors can enjoy its abundant natural
environment, as well as the nostalgic atmosphere of the old
fishing villages.
③ Entry No. 18 –
Mrunal Bedekar,
Innocent Koala
・The Garden of Sakushima,
Matsuoka Tōru
(Ōshima 2006-2009)
A representation of Sakushima and
its environs in microcosm, the
mounds in the center of the
garden represent Sakushima's
Ōyama, Endayama, Akibayama and
Fujiyama, and there's also a
fanciful 'Benten bird.' The paths are paved with crockery used by
the islanders, and the tile stepping stones express the path over
the sea to the mainland.
・Easthouse, Minamikawa Yuki
(Ōshima Pier Pocket Park 2010)
Located in the eastern district,
hence the name, this white
box-like artwork contrasts with the
black O-hirune (nap) House, which
is visible on the opposite shore. The
roof can be reached via stairs.
Avoid the roof on windy days.
The Black Pearl of Mikawa Bay - the cluster of
black-walled dwellings
Black-walled houses line the
streets, particularly in the area east
of the Benten Salon (弁天サロン).
The narrow, winding streets add to
their charm. Sōunji Temple (崇運寺),
said to have accommodated
Tokugawa Ieyasu, is full of history,
having been established in the
Kamakura period.
An Island of Art
A project seeking to revitalize the island through art began in
1996, and a variety of art events are held throughout the year.
Visitors can also partake in an "art picnic," and search for the
numerous artworks located around the island to complete a stamp
There is also a short "pilgrimage route" comprising 88 hokora (祠 /
small shrine housing a statue), originally erected around a century
ago, many of which were lost over the years but have recently
been replaced and renovated with some artistic innovation.
Here is just a sample of the unique artworks to be found as you
explore Sakushima.
・Seagull Parking, Kimura Takahito
(Ōura Beach 2005)
On the windy isle of Sakushima,
the wind has many names. The
eastern wind is known as "kochi"
(also used in Heian period poetry),
the southern is called "maze", and
so on. This artwork is an installation for viewing the wind.
Food and other attractions
Although available activities vary according to the season (eg. cockle
foraging from March to June, swimming at Ōura Beach [大浦海水浴場] in
summer), fresh seafood can be enjoyed all year round. Japanese cockles,
octopus, oysters, sea cucumbers and rockfish from the surrounding waters
are delicious. Local specialties include ō-asari don (deep-fried cockles on
rice) and tako-shabu (thinly-sliced octopus dipped in boiling soup).
Rental barbecue facilities are also available at the Sakushima Kleingarten
(佐久島クラインガルテン), where you can cook pre-ordered (at least 3 days
in advance from mid-April to mid-November) Sakushima seafood, or
food you’ve brought with you.
Access: By train: From the bus terminal in front of Nishio Station
(西尾駅) on the Meitetsu Nishio Line (名鉄西尾線), take the Meitetsu
Bus (名鉄バス) bound for Isshiki Sakana Hiroba / Sakushima-yuki
Fune-noriba (一色さかな広場・佐久島行船のりば) departing from Stop 2.
From the boat boarding station next to Isshiki Sakana Hiroba, take
a high speed boat to Sakushima (around 20 minutes; Adults 820
Yen one way / Children [Elementary school-age and younger] 410
Yen; One pre-school-age child per adult free. By car: Park at Isshiki
Sakana Hiroba, and take a high speed boat to Sakushima from the
boat boarding station. See the Welcome to Saku Island website
(http://www.sakushima.com/access/index.php, Japanese) for boat
Websites (Japanese):
・Aichi Islands Project (あいちの離島アジト化計画,
Aichi Prefecture): http://www.rito.aichi.jp/
・Welcome to Saku Island (Nishio City Hall
Sakushima Promotion Division):
February Highlights - Please note all prices, dates, times, and locations are subject to change Ji-Kabuki Special Events in March 地歌舞伎スペシャルプログラム 3月公演
Ji-Kabuki is an amateur form of Kabuki performed in rural parts of Japan, with original stories,
costumes and dance routines from the Edo period which have been passed down from generation to
generation. Gifu Prefecture is the most active region for Ji-Kabuki, with 29 Ji-Kabuki preservation
organizations and several old shibai-goya (playhouses) preserved throughout the prefecture.
These performances in Nakatsugawa City feature a mini lecture, with an introduction to Ji-Kabuki in
English, an opportunity to view the performance and take photos with the Ji-Kabuki actors, a boxed
lunch and a gift. Reservations are essential.
①Annual Kabuki Festival, Tōno Kabuki Nakatsugawa Preservation Society
When: Sun. 6 Mar. (10:00 – 13:00)
Where: Higashimino Fureai Center (東美濃ふれあいセンター) Kabuki Hall (歌舞伎ホール), Gifu Prefecture (岐
阜県), Nakatsugawa City (中津川市), Nasubigawa (茄子川) 1683-797
②Tokiwaza Kabuki Performance
Photo courtesy of Gifu Prefecture
When: Sun. 27 Mar. (10:00 – 13:00)
Where: Tokiwaza (常盤座), Nakatsugawa City, Takayama (高山) 1025-4
Admission: 1,500 Yen
Reservations / inquiries: Gifu Kabuki Tourism Office, phone: 0584-71-6133
Website: http://www.jikabuki.net/
Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum: The School of Paris - The Dreams of Strangers That
Bloomed in Paris 清須市はるひ美術館 「エコール・ド・パリ −パリに咲いた異邦人の夢−」
Paris in the 1920s and 30s captured the world's attention as the center for the arts, drawing talented young
painters and sculptors from all over the world. Among them, the artists collectively known as the School of
Paris, while inspired by the variety of artistic styles and theory being experimented with in this period, pursued
forms of individual expression based on their own sensibilities, feelings and ethnicity. Although many of them
came from foreign lands, a number of French-born artists who developed their own unique styles of painting,
such as Marie Laurencin and Maurice Utrillo, were included in their number.
This exhibition brings together works mainly by Jules Pascin and Marc Chagall but also paintings and prints by
artists including Moïse Kisling, Chaïm Soutine and Tsuguharu Fujita (Léonard Foujita), from the Hokkaido
Museum of Modern Art (the premier School of Paris collection in Japan); and sculptures worthy of the School
of Paris by Alexander Archipenko, Ossip Zadkine and Jacques Lipchitz from the collection of the Sapporo Art
Museum. See a creative world brimming with individuality, by artists who ran through their era living for love
and liberty.
When: Until Sun. 28 Feb. (10:00 - 19:00; Last entry by 18:30) Closed Mondays (in the event it falls on a
national holiday, closed the following business day instead).
Where: Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum (清須市はるひ美術館) in Kiyosu City (清須市)
Access: Approximately a 20-minute walk from Kiyosu Station (清洲駅) on the JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道本線).
You can also use the Kiyosu Ashigaru Bus (きよすあしがるバス) from the station.
Admission: General Admission 700 (650) Yen; Junior HS students and younger free. Prices in ( ) are for
groups of 20 or more. Entry free for holders of a disabled persons' handbook, and one accompanying person.
Website: http://www.ecopari.jp
Moïse Kisling, Dutch Girl 1928
Collection of the Hokkaido
Museum of Modern Art
Through the Window - Contemporary Art in Kasugai となりの人びと 現代美術in春日井
Chinatsu Watanabe,
Aichi Triennale 2016 Rainbow Caravan begins in August this year, and this exhibition at the Bunka Forum Kasugai
and nearby commercial district is sure to whet your appetite for more amazing contemporary art. See recent works
by 13 Japanese contemporary artists, some of whom contributed to previous Aichi Triennale. A number of events
including workshops will also be running at Bunka Forum Kasugai during the exhibition, and complementary
exhibitions will also be held at Manabi Sōzōkan (小牧市まなび創造館, 9. Feb. to 14 Feb.) in Komaki City and Seto-Gura
(瀬戸市瀬戸蔵, 17 Feb. to 21 Feb.) in Seto City.
When: Sat. 30 Jan. to Sun. 28 Feb. (10:00 - 17:00) Closed Mondays.
Where: Bunka Forum Kasugai (文化フォーラム春日井), Toriimatsu-cho (鳥居松町) 5-44 and other sites in Toriimatsu -cho
and Yagoto-cho (八事町) in Kasugai City (春日井市)
Access: From Kasugai Station (春日井駅) North Exit (北口) on the JR Chuo Line (JR中央本線), take the Meitetsu Bus (名
鉄バス) to the Toriimatsu (鳥居松) stop, then a 2-minute walk west; or a 20-minute walk northwest from Kasugai
Admission: Free
Website: http://aichi-art.com (Japanese)
Arts Challenge 2016 アーツ・チャレンジ2016
Arts Challenge 2016 aims to produce artists
from Aichi who will go on to participate in the
Aichi Triennale and be active all over the
country and the world, by calling for project
submissions from young artists, a selection of
which are provided with an opportunity for
Koro Ihara, cycling –shape a sheeppresentation. Using the art and public spaces
within the Aichi Arts Center, 12 artists chosen by the selection committee will create and exhibit art works utilizing the characteristics of each
space. Enjoy these innovative and energetic works by young artists.
When: Tue. 23 Feb. to Sun. 6 Mar. (10:00 - 18:00; Fridays 10:00 20:00; 10:00 - 16:00 on 6 Mar.) Closed Mon. 29 Feb.
Where: Aichi Arts Center (愛知芸術文化センター), Higashi-ku (東区)
Higashi-sakura (東桜) 1-13-2; 12 locations from 12F to B2.
Access: A 3-min. walk via Oasis 21 from Sakae Stn. (栄駅) on the
Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線・名城線) and Sakaemachi Stn. (栄町駅) on the Meitetsu Seto Line (名鉄瀬戸線)
Admission: Free
Website: http://aichi-art.com/ (Japanese)
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Listed below are English language movies being shown in Nagoya theaters. Listings are subject to change. Movies are usually shown in their original language with Japanese subtitles; some
showings may be dubbed in Japanese for younger audiences. Numbers in < > after the movie listing correspond to the above location guide.
Matt Damon,Jessica Chastain; dir.Ridley Scott-From Feb.5<2>
ニューヨーク 眺めのいい部屋売ります
Morgan Freeman,Diane Keaton; dir.Richard Loncraine-From Feb.6<5>
Cate Blanchett,Rooney Mara; dir.Todd Haynes-From Feb.11<5>
Michael Fassbender,Kate Winslet; dir.Danny Boyle-From Feb.12
★99 HOMES ドリーム ホーム 99%を操る男たち
Andrew Garfield,Michael Shannon; dir.Ramin BahraniFrom Feb.13<7>
Diane Keaton,John Goodman; dir.Jessie Nelson-From Feb.19<5>
LOCK/シャーロック 忌まわしき花嫁
Benedict Cumberbatch,Martin Freeman;
dir.Douglas Mackinnon-From Feb.19<5><9>
Edgar Ramirez,Luke Bracey; dir.Ericson Core-From Feb.20<2>
Chris Pine,Eric Bana; dir.Craig Gillespie-From Feb.27<2><4><9>
Samuel L. Jackson,Kurt Russell; dir.Quentin Tarantino-From Feb.27<2>
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Wed @ 19:25--19:50 / The Thundermans 2
Sat @ 8:35--9:00 / Curious George
Sat @ 18:25--18:50 / i Carly (Encore broadcast)
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Living in Nagoya - Please note all prices, dates, times, and locations are subject to change A Notice from Nagoya Customs - Drug
Smuggling is a Serious Crime
名古屋税関からのお知らせ - 不正薬物の密輸は、
Many Drug Smuggling Cases were Initiated by friends or acquaintances.
• Have you been asked to carry someone’s luggage, personal
effects, or souvenirs?
• Has someone offered you a free trip abroad in exchange
for a favor?
• Have you provided your name or address to friends or
acquaintances looking to have a package shipped to you?
Although these requests may seem innocent, they may also be
signs that someone is recruiting you for drug smuggling purposes.
Drug smuggling is a serious crime, violators will be severely
punished. If you find yourself in any of the above situations, and
think it suspicious, please inform Nagoya Customs. The information will be kept strictly confidential.
Inquiries: Nagoya Customs
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone (toll-free): 0120-461-961
Income tax and resident tax 所得税と住民税
In Japan, individual taxpayers are subject to nationally-levied
income tax and locally levied resident tax on their income.
Individual taxpayers are classified as Resident or Non-Resident;
residents are subclassified as Permanent Resident or Non-Permanent Resident; this classification is important in determining the
scope of taxable income for income tax purposes.
・Resident (居住者): An individual who has a “Jūsho (住所 /
domicile)” in Japan, or who has had a “Kyosho (居所 / residence)”
in Japan for one year or more. A resident without Japanese
nationality who has had a domicile or residence in Japan for five
years or less in total in the past 10 years is classified as Non-Permanent Resident. A resident who does not fall under this category is
classified as Permanent Resident.
・Non-Resident (非居住者): All individuals who are not Residents.
How to pay income tax
Individual income taxpayers are processed as either “residents” or
1. Residents
Income tax is levied on private income (profit received after
deduction for expenses, etc). The taxpayer completes a tax return
after calculating both their income and tax amounts, and then
pays their income tax when filing the final return (確定申告 / Kakutei
shinkoku) at the relevant tax office. However, in the case of earned
income, employers (salary or wage payers) pay employees’ income
tax by withholding a fixed amount at source from their wages
(calculated in accordance with a specified method) and paying the
tax authorities (源泉徴収 / Gensen chōshū).
For example, a salaried worker will have a part of their monthly
wages and bonuses deducted at source by their employer, and if
there has been an application for an income tax rebate to the
employer on behalf of the employee, the company will make a
year-end adjustment (年末調整 / Nenmatsu chōsei) for the employee
in December to settle the difference between the total amount of
withholding income tax actually withheld from the monthly
payments in the year and the annual tax liability to be withheld
from the total of those payments. Most salaried workers have their
annual income tax affairs settled by the year-end adjustment
(Nenmatsu chōsei) and do not need to file a final tax return
(Kakutei shinkoku).
Free Guided Tour of Nagoya
The Aichi Goodwill Guides Network (AGGN) offer free
English-speaking tours of sightseeing spots around Nagoya. No
guide fees are required for all tours, but as for Private Tours, all
entrance fees, transportation, food and drink costs for the
guides during the tour will be paid by the person(s) requesting
guide service. For further info & reservations contact the AGGN
at [email protected] or 0561-75-6977 (Tel & Fax).
■Regular Tour (no reservations needed): Tours of Nagoya
Castle depart every Sat., Sun., Mon. and Wed. at 13:00 from
the East Gate of Nagoya Castle. Entrance fee 500 Yen.
■Private Tours also available (reservations are required at
least 7 days in advance)
Night, Sunday, & Holiday Emergency
Clinics in Nagoya
Did you know that emergency
treatment is available when regular
medical facilities are closed (on Sundays,
national holidays, during the
year-end/new year holiday period, and
at night)?
Make sure you know where your closest
clinic is, just in case.
Getting caught out on a Sunday or a holiday can be very
stressful if you aren’t prepared.
A full list of emergency clinics can be found at
If you require any further information, you can contact NIC on
052-581-0100 or e-mail: [email protected]
2. Non-residents
In principle, 20.42% of income earned during the employment
period in Japan will be withheld at source.
However, non-residents are required to file a final return should,
for example, income derived from office(s) and/or real estate for
rent in Japan exceed a certain amount.
is resident tax?
Resident tax is a local tax that is levied separate to income tax,
which is a national tax. It is formed from municipal tax and
prefectural tax on a per capita levy and per income levy. Resident
tax and prefectural tax in relation to individuals are levied and
collected together by the municipal bodies.
Foreigners who have a domicile within Japan as of January 1 (base
date for assessment) must pay residence tax based on their income
from the previous year to the municipality in which they live by
January 1.
In addition, a foreigner who has a house, office, or business place
within the ward as of January 1, but does not live in the ward is
subject to only a per capita levy.
How to pay resident tax
The resident tax is usually paid in four installments: June, August,
October and January of the following year, upon receipt of a Tax
Notice or Tax Payment Slip sent by municipal tax offices. If you are
a salaried employee, the resident tax is divided into 12 installments
and withheld from your salary on a monthly basis from June until
May of the following year on the basis of a notice from the City of
The resident tax is calculated based on total income received in the
previous year and collected during the following year. Those
currently living in Japan as of January 1 each year and had income
during the previous year must prepare a resident tax report and
submit it to the municipal tax office in charge of the area in which
they live not later than May 15 of each year.
If your salary was your only source of income in the previous year
and you received year-end adjustments through your company, or
if your total income was filed by March 15 on your final return of
national income tax of the previous year, you are not required to
submit your resident tax report.
Aichi Gogaku Volunteers Seminar (AGVS)
AGVS volunteer activities began in the fall of 2005 with
members who had served as volunteer interpreters for the 2005
World Exposition Aichi Japan. Services include;
1) Interpreters for workshops, school meetings, and conferences.
2) Translators for websites, documents and academic reports.
3) Volunteer tour guides to facilities and sightseeing spots in
and around Aichi Prefecture.
To see if AGVS can help, please e-mail [email protected] also
check http://aichigogakuvolunteers.web.fc2.com/
Bulletin Board
★ About Notice Submissions - This is a free service -
You can submit and renew notices in person at the NIC Information Counter or via our website at www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/bulletinboard.
Submissions for commercial purposes & job hiring are not accepted. The NIC is not responsible for any problems that arise between parties
placing notices & their respondents, and NIC reserves the right to refuse or edit notices.
Cultural Learning Opportunities
★ Hana-no-ki-kai - Ikebana classes every 4th Sunday of the
month 13:00 - 16:00 near Kanayama station. Only actual cost
charged for materials. Reservations to Ms. Suzuki at
0562-93-0310 or Fax to 0562-93-5214.
★ Ikebana Communications - enjoy your stay in Japan &
make new friends by learning Ikebana. We meet every 2nd &
4th Sat 2pm to 8pm near Nagoya International Center Bldg.
Fee 1400 Yen per class. To join, please call Mimi
090-4867-4264, Ms. Wakita 052-581-6071 or Miki
★ Japanese Home Cooking Class, Ikebana & Tea
Ceremony in English - Learn to use the different sauces &
spices common to traditional Japanese home-cooked dishes.
Flower arranging & tea ceremony lessons available; private or
group lessons OK. Call Hideko at 052-211-2586.
★ Let’s Enjoy Japanese Kimono - Calling all foreign women!
Join us and try on a variety of kimonos and learn about Japanese
culture. Every 2nd Saturday (13:00 - 15:00) at Atsuta Shogai
Gakushu Center - a 15 minute walk from Hibino Subway Station,
exit 1. Participation fee only 500 Yen. Call or fax to reserve your
place 052-681-9414. YYclub Yoshida Akemi.
Communicate in Arabic Very Easily! - Group/Private
lessons for all levels. Learn everything you need to appreciate
reading and speaking Arabic. 500 Yen / 60 min. Evening lessons
in Nagoya City. Contact Labidi ([email protected]). English,
French, Japanese, Arabic OK!
★ Spanish Club for Foreigners – Start or improve your Spanish
in group. 500 Yen/hour. Prepare for any exam, going abroad or
make friends. Indoor and outdoor activities. 5 minute walk from
Yagoto Subway Station. Give us your available time and let's make
it. E-mail [email protected] (Nelly)
★ Move for Health - Various Latin style dances. Easily swing
your body to the rhythm. 7-minute walk from Yagoto St. on
Saturday afternoon. 500 yen/hour fellowship fee. Contact
[email protected] (Rohas)
★ Nagoya Swings - Going strong for 10 years, the biggest
international dance group based in Aichi. Dedicated to jazz
swing dance in its many styles. Meets every month in
Fushimi. Bilingual dance lessons, all skill levels. You don't
need a partner, just a will to dance. Email:
[email protected]; Facebook: Nagoya Swings
Cooking Classes "Cosmetic Foods" - Berber cuisine.
From Feb. 2016 at Will Aichi. If you desire to cook healthy
and quickly, welcome! Limited participants. 2,000 Yen
(Spices & olive oil included). For more info, contact Labidi
Designer Chef ([email protected]). Something you never
experienced before!
Other Services and Assistance Available for Foreigners
★ Al Anon- for families and friends of alcoholics. Meets at
Mikokoro Center in Marunouchi. Contact Nancy at
[email protected] or Mikokoro Center at 052-971-0334.
★ Nagoya International Alcoholics Anonymous - Think you
have a problem with alcohol? Call @ 090-9938-0596. Open
English meeting weekly on Sunday, 7 pm. http://ow.ly/sgiW1
Japanese Language Classes
“Aichi Nihongo no Kai” Japanese Conversation Class Mon. 10:00 - 11:30 at Aichi Kankokujin Kaikan 4F Kita-kaigishitsu near Kamejima Stn. Exit 4. Introductory, beginner, & intermediate
courses. 1,800 Yen in total for all 9 lessons. Term: Jan. 18 to Mar.
14. Join any time. Call Keiko 090-9173-8136 or e-mail
[email protected]
“A-KA-SA-TA-NA” Japanese Conversation Class –
Thu. from 10:30 to 12:00 at the Aichi Int’l Plaza; 2 blocks west of
Shiyakusho Stn. Exit 5. Classes Jan. 7 to Mar. 17, 2,000 Yen for 10
lessons. Join anytime.
Email: [email protected] Call Noro: 052-711-5078; or Sato:
★ “Kotoba-no-kai” - for non-native speakers of Japanese on
Wednesdays & Fridays (intermediate level and up) from 10:00-11:30
@ E-ABLE Nagoya (previously Nagoya-shi Josei Kaikan); A 3 minute walk from
Higashi Betsuin Station exit 1 on the Meijo Subway Line. 1500 Yen for 15
classes. Call Sachiko at 052-805-8134.
★ Kurokawa Japanese Language Class - October-March Fee 5,000
Yen for 20 lessons 6:30PM to 8:15PM every Thu. at Kita Ward office 6F
(Nagoya City). An 8-minute walk from KUROKAWA Subway Stn, Exit 1.
Website: http://kurokawa.digi2.jp/
E-mail: [email protected]
★ Private Japanese Lessons (HHAHJ) Private lessons 1 to 1, every day (Time
negotiable between 9:00 and 21:00), all levels, 2800 Yen per 5 hours. At
WillAichi, Nadya Park or Nagoya Int’l Center. Other places in Aichi negotiable.
Native Japanese teacher. Free trial class! Call: 052-710-7479, email:
[email protected]
Iroha Nihongo-no-Kai - Japanese lessons on Thu., 10:30-12:00
at Nadya Park, 6F NPO Center. Located opposite Yaba Park, Exit 6 at
Yaba-cho Subway Stn. Next term: Jan. 7 to Mar. 17 for 1500 Yen per
term (total 10 lessons). Call Sionoya 090-6595-1578 or O’Brien
052-851-3436; e-mail: [email protected]
Hills Nihongo de Walk - Japanese lessons available at Yumeria
Tokushige 3F, next to Tokushige Stn. on Sakura-dori Line. On Fri. at 18:30
to 20:10. New term starts Jan. 8. Beginners to Advanced. Please contact:
[email protected] (Kumiko);
★ Language Exchange Club EJ - A social group for people (Japanese
and Foreigners) in and around Nagoya who want to learn Japanese and
English. Every 2nd Thu. from 19:00-21:00 at Co-op Aichi Motoyama 3F
near Motoyama Stn. Exit 4. Admission 100yen/ time. Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/motoyamaej/ Email: [email protected]
Sports & Outdoor Clubs
★ "The Push-Up Brahs", Nagoya - a calisthenics and body weight
training bootcamp. All fitness levels welcome, Brahs are not gender
biased, just be ready to work. Meet at Tsurumai JR entrance, email Mike:
[email protected] for details.
★ Futsal in Nagoya - A friendly game of 6-a-side FUTSAL. Takes place
in Nagoya on Sundays and Mondays. Come and improve your soccer
skills! Email Chris at: [email protected]
★ Nagoya International Volleyball Club - A friendly, non-competitive,
mixed game of volleyball for foreigners and Japanese people living in
Nagoya. Meet on Sundays twice a month. Open to men and women of
all levels. Get some exercise, have some fun and meet people of different
nationalities. Find us on Facebook. E-mail: [email protected]
★ Shonai FC & Sunday Shonai. Free Kickabout/Pickup football/soccer
every Sun. 3:30pm at Shonai Ryokuchi Koen (Tsurumai Line) All levels.
Behind the athletics track. Facebook ”shonaifc” or email Gary
[email protected]
★ Nagoya International Badminton Club – This club is
non-competitive, just for fun. Meet new people, make friends and get
some exercise. Beginners and non-players also welcome. Find us on
Facebook. E-mail: [email protected]
Meeting & Activities
★ Current Affairs Discussion Group - Let’s talk about Current Affairs;
local, national, international. E-mail: [email protected]
★ Nagoya Writes - We have monthly readings and occasional
workshops. Fiction, essays, poetry, personal narratives, are all welcome.
Or, you can drop by and meet other writers. For information contact
Albert at [email protected]
Website: http://nagoyawrites.wordpress.com
★Nagoya Meet and Greet – A monthly lunch where 40+ women of
various nationalities, interests, and ages gather to meet, eat, and greet.
Great for new arrivals and those seeking new friends. Children’s play
area available. English is the language of communication. E-mail:
[email protected]
★ Nagoya International Success Group - A friendly international
group of people who are keen on learning and have a high teach ability
index. Contact: [email protected]
Website: http://www.meetup.com/Nagoya-International-Success-Group/
★ Helping Orphans in Nagoya - If you are interested in spending time
with some fantastic children and huge hearted volunteers, both from the
international community as well as local Japanese, we welcome you to
volunteer with Santa and Friends Nagoya. Please visit our website!
Bulletin Board
★ Shirayuri Association - providing educational and cultural
services to both Turkish and Japanese societies in order to
promote the Turkish community in Japan, and further friendship
between Turkish & Japanese communities. Located in
Yabuta-cho, Moriyama Ku - Tel/fax 052-710-9808.
★ Sakae Toastmasters Club - An international club that aims
to develop leadership and English communication skills in a
no-pressure atmosphere. We meet 2nd/4th Wednesdays from
19:00-21:00 at Nadya Park. Attend one of our club meetings.
Contact Rina 080-3647-6996 or email [email protected]
★ Cross Cultural Exchange Association - An organization
dedicated to promoting cultural exchange, international
understanding and friendships amongst women of all nationalities living in the Nagoya area. With monthly social activities,
general meetings and special interest groups, there's something
for everyone! E-mail: [email protected] Website:
★ Discuss and Debate Club - We discuss Japan and the world in
English every Saturday or Sunday(19:00-20:30) in Anjo. Contact
SETO 08051322377
★ The Nagoya Players – We are an English-language all
volunteer community theatre group. Whether you want to act,
direct, crew, or just watch the show, we welcome new
members! Staging 2 shows a year plus social functions in
between. Contact us at www.nagoyaplayers.org for information.
Family Groups
★ Chayagasaka Cooperative English Playgroup - for
children 0 to 6 with at least one (English speaking) non-Japanese parent. Wednesday mornings near Chayagasaka Station;
500 yen per session. Games, songs, snacks and crafts. Email:
[email protected] Website:
★ Foreign Mothers’ Group - Pregnant or just had a baby?
Talk about and share your experiences with other parents &
health professionals. Meet 10:00 – 12:00 every 2nd Sat. of the
month at E-ABLE Nagoya. Higashi Betsuin Subway Station,
Exit 1. Website: www.tcp-ip.or.jp/~lorna/mothers. Call Misako
(052-847-0243) or Lorna (090-2344-8978).
★ German Playgroup for children of all ages meets 10-12
on the last Sunday of each month. Contact Oliver at
[email protected]
★ Nagoya Foreign Fathers - Father / child activity group.
Meets one Sunday a month for fun activity. Fostering dual
nationality and international culture. Common language is
English. Sign up via our Facebook group.
★ Nakamura English Playgroup - Meets on the 2nd & 4th
Saturdays of the month from 10-12 at the Nakamura Lifelong
Learning Center. All foreign & bi-cultural families, returnees
are welcome. ¥300 per child, free the first time. E-mail:
[email protected]
Website: http://nkenglishplaygroup.wordpress.com
★ Bilingual Play Group - English-Japanese play group. We
meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 10:30 11:30 through July. 100yen per family. Mustard Seed Christian
Church;GS Imaike building 7F, a 2 minute walk from Imaike
station exit 7. Website: www.mustardseednagoya.com / email:
[email protected]
Places of Worship
★ Nagoya International Baptist Church (NIBC), is located
in Tenpaku Ku. Free Japanese Class (adults), Sunday School
(adults & children), Afternoon Service & Ladies Bible Study
www.nibc.japanforchrist.com for details.
- Calvary Baptist Church (CBC) is also located in Tenpaku
Ku. Sunday School (adult & children), Morning Service, Free
English Class www.cbcnagoya.japanforchrist.com for
For phone enquiries in Japanese or English, please call
052-801-8064 or 080-3650-5539
★ Nagoya Orthodox Church In Showa-ku, near Subway
Tsurumai Line, Arahata Stn. or Tsurumai Stn. Vespers on Sat.
17:30. Holy Liturgy on Sun. at 10:00. For more information,
please call Fr. Gregory Ito at (052)734-9000 or e-mail:
[email protected]
Website: http://www.orthodox-jp.com/nagoya/
★ All Nations Fellowship is an international bilingual (English/Japanese)
worship service. Our Bible-based teachings are focused on the gospel and
the doctrines of grace. We meet every Sunday at 10:30am in Nagakute.
We offer bilingual Sunday School for children ages 4-12. Please visit our
website at www.allnationsfellowship.net for more information.
★ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Services each Sunday
near Gokiso Station, at Kitayama-cho 3-41; tel. 052-732-5176. Sacrament
Meeting at 10:00, followed by English Sunday School; translation
assistance available for other meetings. Friends & visitors always welcome.
Call Nagoya LDS Mission 052-773-0755.
★ Faith Charismatic Church (FCC) - We meet every Sunday at Naka
Sports Center (3F Room 3) at 10:00. Call Pastor Bede at 080-5139-6777
★ Islam Ahmadiyya Mosque - hosts Muslim Friday Prayer at 13:00 and
is open for five prayers. Offers study of the Holy Qu'ran, Arabic, and Urdu.
Islamic library and cooking classes. Located in Meito Ward at Kifune
2-1602. A 7 minute walk across Route 302 from the Meito Post Office.
Website: www.ahmadiyyat.jp Email: [email protected]
Tel: 052-703-1868
★ Mikokoro (Sacred Heart) International Catholic Center Nagoya English Masses every Saturday 18:00, Sunday 10:00 & 15:00; Novena,
Wednesdays at 15:00. Confessions, baptisms, marriages available. Tel:
052-971-0334. Near Hisaya-odori Station. Website: www.mikokoro.net
★ Nagoya English Fellowship - Inter-denominational Evangelical
Fellowship with English; bilingual messages 3rd & 4th Sun.; bilingual
children's Sunday School. At Nishi Lifelong Learning Center, Joshin
Subway Station, exit 6. Service starts at 10:30 AM. Contact: Willie
Gonzales 090-2579-1007 or http://nefchurch.org.
★ Indonesian Catholic Community - hosts Indonesian mass once a
month (every 4th Sunday) in Johokubashi Catholic Church at 12:30 pm, 8
minute walk from Meijo Koen station exit 1. For more detail please email
us at [email protected]
★ Nagoya All Saints International Church - Weekly opportunity for
personal renewal, spiritual growth and soulful refreshment. All are
welcome. Worship in English 17:00 every Sun., followed by fellowship.
Located in Imaike nearest to Imaike station, exit 9. Website:
nagoyaallsaintsinternationalchurch.com; Phone: 080-4527-3464;
E-mail: [email protected]
★ Nagoya International Christian Assembly near Gokiso and Fukiage
Stations has Sunday Services in English 08:30 to 10:30 - singing, preaching, Bible study, & fellowship. 18:30 to 20:30 - praise & worship. Filipino
(Tagalog) Bible study 1st Sundays at 16:00.
Website: www.nicachurch.org
★ Nagoya Mosque - hosts Muslim Friday Prayers & is open for five-time
prayers Khutba at 12:30 & Prayer at 12:40. Halal meat & Islamic literature
are also available. Honjin Station, exit 3 Call 052-486-2380 Website:
★ Nagoya Port Mosque – Fri. Prayer Khutba from 12:30. Open for five
time prayers, every Sat. special speech & dinner after Isha Prayer. Children’s
Arabic lessons Sat. On Route 23, between Hojin & Juichiya traffic lights,
next to overhead crossing; parking available (10 cars), except Fri. (11:30 14:00). 15-minute walk from Inaei Aonami Line Station. Address: Nagoya,
Minato-Ku, Zennan-Cho 33-3. Tel: 090-3251-5381
★ The IMMANUEL Christian Fellowship is an evangelical fellowship
that welcomes Filipinos and English speaking people. Experience: warm
fellowship, lively praise & worship songs, practical Tagalog & English
sermon and Bible story lessons for your Japanese speaking kids. Worship
service @1:00 pm. Contact Pastor Solito at 090-8540-8260 or visit
★ His Call International Church - Hillsong Network Church Services for
all ages in Japanese, English & Chinese. SUN: 9am, 11am, 2pm. WED:
7:30pm. Free Language Exchange. Children's Church. 1 minute walk from
Osu Kannon station exit 4. WEB: hiscallchurch.com TEL: 052-228-7780
★ Aichi St. Luke's Anglican / Episcopal Church - English language
service on the 2nd Sun. of every month @ 17:00. A 5 minute walk from
Owariasahi Stn., Meitetsu Seto Line. Inquiries: e-mail: [email protected];
Website: http://www.nskk.org/chubu/alc/church/regular-service;
Tel: 0561-53-8937
★ Members Church of God International (Ang Dating Daan) – Bro.
Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon are the true servant of God to preach
the gospel of salvation. Services: Sat. 13:30-15:00, 16:00-23:00, Nakamura-ku Toriidori Uchifuji Bldg. 3F. Phone 090-6589-4776.
Website: www.mcgi.org
★ Toyohashi St. Mary Magdalene Chapel, Traditional Anglican
Episcopalian - 1st Sun. of month (11:00) 6 Dec. - 6 Mar; Every Sun.
(18:30) 8 Nov. - 27 Mar. Take Toyohashi City Tram to Shinkawa (2nd stop).
Location: V.E.S., N1 Village Mansion 5Fl, just behind MUFG Bank. Rev. Ivan
Cosby, phone: 0532-45-0956; e-mail: [email protected]
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