Cool Takasaki is a Takasaki International Relations Society project that aims to bring authentic cultural experiences to the city. Participants use Facebook and other social media to record their experience, and promote the rich selection of Japanese and international cultures in Takasaki.
Philippine Cooking Class
Date & Time: Tuesday 25th June 2019, 10am-1pm
Place: Chuo Kominkan (Suehiro-cho 27)
Teacher: Ms. Sheril Takase, owner of Siesta Café Philippine restaurant in Ukechi-machi, Takasaki.
Menu: Chicken inasal, adobo, pinakbet, tapioca juice, etc., enjoyed boodle-fight style on banana leaves.
Maximum Participants: 10
Sign Up: Call the TIRS (027-321-1201) from 10am on Tuesday 11th June.
Date & Time: Saturday 13th July 2019, 2pm-3:30pm
Place: Chuo Kominkan (Suehiro-cho 27)
Teacher: Kristijan Laskovski will talk about the culture, history and music of his homeland, and then participants will enjoy snacks and drinks.
Maximum Participants: 20
Sign Up: Call the TIRS office from 10am on Tuesday 18th June.
Date & Time: Sunday 23rd June 2019, 10am-12:30pm
Place: Kita Kominkan (Showa-machi)
Cost: ¥300 per family
For: Families who are interested in making friends with others from diverse backgrounds.
Details: Come and meet other international families and enjoy some light activity with the Japanese sports day-style events we’ve planned, including a jumbo baton relay, bread eating race and a ball-toss game.
Maximum Participants: 50
Sign Up: Call the TIRS before Wednesday 19th June.
Day & Time: Sunday 23rd June 2019, 10am-3pm
Place: Kiryu Shimin Bunka Kaikan, 4th floor (Kiryu-shi, Orihime-cho 2-5)
Consultations: Confidential consultations with interpreting with legal professionals including administrative scriveners, social insurance specialists, etc.
Interpreting: English, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish and Tagalog available
Appointments: Call the Association of Tourism Local Products and International Relations on 027-243-7271 in advance, or 090-1215-6113 on the consultation day. *Appointments recommended
The TIRS is now recruiting people to become Japanese language support volunteers, and help children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to learn the Japanese needed for school life and help them with their school work. In this course you will learn the basic principles needed for helping children to learn Japanese from a university instructor as well as observe actual classes.
Course Dates & Time: 24th & 31st August, and 7th & 14th September, 10am-4pm each day, for a total of 20 hours of study.
Eligible People: Those who are able to volunteer upon completion of the course. No prior knowledge or ability in a language other than Japanese is required.
Maximum Participants: 20 (selected based on merit)
Sign Up: Complete an application form available at the TIRS office, and submit it by Wednesday 31st July.
The Takasaki International Relations Society (TIRS) offers Japanese courses for local foreigners throughout the year at 5 locations around the city. They are taught by our volunteer staff, and stu-dents are separated into small groups according to their level.
Cost: ¥500 yen per 10 lesson course
Chuo Kominkan (Suehiro-cho 27)
Tuesdays 10am-12 noon; 7th May-9th July
Thursdays 7pm-8:30pm; 16th May-18th July
Saturdays 1:30pm-3:30pm; 11th May-13th July
Nakai Kominkan (Nakai-machi 3-21-1)
Wednesdays 6:30pm-8pm, 8th May-10th July
Gunma Fukushi Kaikan (Munadaka-machi 977-1)
Mondays 7pm-8:45pm; 13th May-22nd July
Shinmachi Bunka Hall (Shinmachi 3190-1)
Wednesdays 10am-11:45am; 8th May-10th July
Saturdays 10am-11:45am; 11th May-13th July
Yoshii Nishi Community Center (Yoshii-machi Na-gane 525)
Tuesdays 7pm-8:30pm; 7th May-9th July
Registration: Contact the TIRS (details at bottom) before the start of the course you wish to attend. Let us know:
- Name, address, telephone number
- Nationality, length of time spent in Japan
- Whether you can read/write hiragana or kata-kana and your speaking
- Language learning goals
- Course you want to attend
The Takasaki International Relations Society (TIRS) offers foreign language courses with the aim of promoting international understanding by increasing the number of citizens who have a basic knowledge of the language and culture of other countries.
Location: Chuo Kominkan (Suehiro-cho 27)
Maximum number of students per course: 20. Minimum of 10 people required for the class to go ahead. Participants will be selected on merit if there are more than 20 applicants.
Fee: 3,000 yen for TIRS members, or 5,000 yen for the general public, plus textbook of around 3,000 yen. *Students can become a member of TIRS (2,000 yen per year) on the first day of the course and receive the members’ discount.
To apply for either course: Send a postcard by Wednesday 17th April to the TIRS office (address below) with the following details: ✰ Course name ✰ Your name, address & contact number ✰ A few words about why you want to take the course
Vietnamese for Beginners
Course duration: 12th May-14th July, every Sunday for 10 lessons, 10am-11:45am.
Course content: Greetings, self introductions, basic conversational phrases, Vietnamese alphabet, etc.
Teacher: Huyen Toyama (Vietnamese living in Takasaki for 12 years)
Brazilian Portuguese for Beginners
Course duration: 15th May-17th July, every Wednesday for 10 lessons, 10am-11:45am.
Course content: Greetings, self introductions, basic conversational phrases, beginners grammar, etc.
Teacher: Chieko Matsumoto (TIRS Cultural Instructor who lived in Brazil for many years)
誕生１１０年周年 松本忠義・豊田一男２人展 110th Anniversary Year of the Birth of Matsumoto Tadayoshi and Kazuo Toyoda
Period: Sunday 14th April-Sunday 23rd June 2019(closed April 15th & 22nd; May 7th, 13th, 20th & 27th; June 3rd, 10th & 17th).
Place: Takasaki Museum of Art (Yashima-cho 110-27)
Details: Former school mates from Hokkaido, these two artists left a lasting impression on the post-war art scene in Takasaki. Matsumoto’s works are enchanted depictions of everyday life, while Toyoda’s are based on war and environmental destruction. Entrance: 500 yen
四季の彩り 季節をめぐる表現 Color of the Four Seasons-Expressions of Season
Period: Saturday 13th April-Sunday 16th June 2019 (closed April 15th & 22nd; May 7th, 13th, 20th & 27th; June 3rd &10th) *open 27th April-5th May
Place: Takasaki Tower Museum of Art (Sakae-cho 3-23)
Details: A collection of 60 nihonga Japanese-style paintings of landscapes, birds and life through the seasons.
Entrance: 200 yen
Museum hours: 10am-6pm (8pm Fridays), closed Mondays (but open 4/29 and 5/6 during the exposition)
Date & Time: Friday 17th July, 2pm
Place: Gunma Music Center
Details: Matsumoto Hakuo II and Matsumoto Koshiro X, Ichikawa Komazo, Otani Hirotaro, Matsumoto Kingo and Ichikawa Ennosuke star in this double-headed performance of Futatsu Chocho Kuruwa Nikki (Chogoro and Chokichi: A Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters), and Iromoyo Chotto Karimame-Kasane, a dramatic story of forbidden love and death.
Tickets: On sale now at Gunma Music Center, city culture halls, and at ticketing machines in convenience stores.
Kurabuchi English Village is a facility in the mountains to the west of central Takasaki where children can experience daily life using English through interaction with staff from diverse cultural backgrounds. The children spend time outdoors in the beautiful surrounds of this traditional farming area, playing in the river and enjoying seasonal events. Applications are open now for children wishing to participate in short stays at the Village.
Eligible children: Elementary to junior high school age.
Maximum participants per course: 25 (children will be selected at random if applications exceed places).
|Course Dates 2019
Apply: Visit the Village website and submit the application form.