The Takasaki International Relations Society holds a wide range of events.

JIC End of Year Party

Members of the Junior International Club got together for one last event of the year on Sunday 28th March, at Socius. Foreign and Japanese guests spoke about their experiences, and everyone had a chance to speak about what they enjoyed best over the year.

Cool Takasaki – French Sweets Cooking Class

On Friday 16th March 2018, 20 people came to try their hand at making Galettes Bretonnes with Tsolomotes Mashimo, one of our registered Tabunka Instructors. They turned out beautifully, and the herb tea Tsolomontes picked complimented their buttery, flaky taste perfectly! Tsolomontes sells her hand-made sweets at Toto-ya Tea Store in Ishihara-machi.

Cool Takasaki – Hina Matsuri & Decorative Sushi Class

On Saturday 3rd March, 16 non-Japanese residents enjoyed visiting the Girls’ Day doll displays in Shinmachi, and learning to make themed decorative sushi with Ms. Takahashi, a qualified instructor. The walk around the town sampling local sweets was also very enjoyable.

Global Youth Development Presentation

On Sunday 18th February 2018, children and parents of the Junior International Club, along with the general public attended a presentation by Japanese-American Jaime Ota at Socius. They enjoyed hearing about her experiences in America and Japan, and learning first-hand about what it means to come from a different cultural background.

Daruma Painting Experience

On Sunday 28th January 2018, members of the Junior International Club participated in a daruma painting experience at Okada Daruma Factory (Hanadaka-machi). They painted their own good luck doll and decorated it with their wish.

Entertainment of the World

On Sunday 28th January 2018, more than 200 spectators crowded the Shukai Hall in Suehiro-cho to enjoy belly dance, flamenco, Peruvian dance and traditional shrine music on stage.

27th International Festival

More than 1600 people flocked to Viento Takasaki to enjoy multicultural food, entertainment and experiences at the annual Takasaki International Festival held on Sunday 26th November.

Cool Takasaki Tea Ceremony

On 12th November, 8 guests from America, Mexico, South Africa, Cameroon and the Philippines enjoyed the Takasaki Grand Tea Ceremony at the City Gallery, learning about Japanese culture from masters of the art.