カテゴリー: Classes & Events

Fair Trade Seminar & Multicultural Exchange Event

Let’s Think About Fair Trade

 

Date & Time: Sunday 16th February, 10am-12 noon

Place: Chuo Kominkan (Suehiro-cho 27)

Cost: Free

Presenter: Yukiko Oyanagi, vice principal of Asian Rural Institute (Tochigi Prefecture)

Details: An interactive presentation for elementary and junior high school children and their parents to come and think about what fair trade means, and how we can be conscious of it in our daily lives.

Sign Up: Call the TIRS office by Thursday 13th Feb

 

 

Multicultural Exchange

 

Date & Time: Sunday 15th March, 1:30pm-4pm

Place: Takasaki General Welfare Center (Suehiro-cho 115-1)

Cost: \200

Details: Let’s get together and enjoy quizzes, games and talking about our opinions on different topics. The event is held in Japanese (so if you want to practice your Japanese, it’s a good opportunity), but we can also cater to people who don’t speak Japanese.

Maximum Participants: 30 (in order of sign up)

Sign Up: Call the TIRS office (details at bottom)

 

Cool Takasaki-Decorative Sushi Roll & Hina Matsuri Experience

Cool Takasaki

Cool Takasaki is the name given to special classes that aim 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.

 

Shinmachi Doll Festival & Decorative Sushi Roll Making Class

For people with foreign backgrounds

 

Hina Matsuri is celebrated on the 3rd March each year, and is often referred to as the Doll Festival because of the tiered displays of ornamental dolls that are put on show in private homes and businesses. Every year the Shinmachi area of Takasaki puts on a huge event celebrating the festival, and stores and houses in the area display their dolls for the public to admire. There are also flea markets, outdoor food and drink stalls and live entertainment in the nearby park.

Class Details: Learn to prepare sushi in the shape of prince and princess Hina dolls made by rolling different colored sushi rice decorated with sesame, seaweed, egg, cucumber, etc. (see picture). Enjoy eating what you’ve prepared accompanied by green tea. Take a short tour of the beautiful doll displays near the community center.

Date & Time: Saturday 29th February, 11am-2pm

Place: Shinmachi Community Center (Shinmachi  2271-1), a 5 minute walk from JR Shinmachi Station.

Cost: \1000

About the Teacher: Licensed decorative sushi instructor, Ms. Fumiko Takahashi

Sign Up: Call, email, or contact us by Facebook now—contact details at bottom (first 16 people)

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Winter Japanese Classes

 

Join the Takasaki International Relations Society’s winter Japanese classes You’ll be taught in small groups according to your level. Each course consists of 10 lessons (except Gunma Fukushi Kaikan which only has 9 lessons this winter).

Chuo Kominkan (Suehiro-cho 27)

Tuesdays 10am-12 noon, 7th Jan-17th March

Thursdays 7pm-8:30pm, 16th Jan-19th March

Saturdays 1:30pm-3:30pm, 11th Jan-21st March

Nakai Kominkan (Nakai-machi 3-21-1)

Wednesdays 6:30pm-8pm, 8th Jan-11th March

Gunma Fukushi Kaikan (Munadaka-machi 977-1)

Mondays  7pm-8:45pm, 20th Jan-23rd March

Shinmachi Bunka Hall (Shinmachi 3190-1)

Wednesdays 10am-11:45am, 8th Jan-11th March

Saturdays 10am-11:45am, 11th Jan-14th March

Yoshii Nishi Community Center (Yoshii-machi Nagane 525)

Tuesdays 7pm-8:30pm, 7th Jan-17th March

Cost: ¥500 per 10-lesson course

Sign Up: Contact the Takasaki International Relations Corner by telephone or email (details below), up to one week before the class begins. Please note some classes may already be full.

 

Takasaki HANABI Concours

 

The inaugural Takasaki HANABI Concours is a platform for Japan’s best up-and-coming pyrotechnicians to show off their skills in the Kurabuchi sky this winter. Aside from the fireworks competition, there will be stalls selling warm food and drinks, and Japanese drum performances to warm you up.

Date & Time: Saturday 1st February, from 5:30pm (held 2nd Feb in case of bad weather)

Place: Roadside Station Oguri-no-Sato (Kurabuchi-machi Sannokura 296-1)

 

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8th Haruna-san Hill Climb in Takasaki

 

Saturday & Sunday 16th & 17th May 2020

Enjoy Haruna-san Hill Climb’s challenging courses and the beautiful landscapes of Takasaki!

Course/Distance/Entry Fees:

  1. Lake Haruna Course: Total distance = 16.1km
    (Actual race distance = 14.7km/Average gradient = 6.0%), entry fee \7000
  2. Haruna Shrine Course: Total distance = 11.6km
    (Actual race distance = 11.4km/Average gradient = 5.2%), entry fee \6000
  3. Beginners Course: Total distance = 6.7km
    (Actual race distance = 6.5km/Average gradient = 4.6%), entry fee \5000

Entries: Accepted from 18th January, via Runnet on the event website (www.haruna-hc.jp)

Inquiries in Japanese:
Haruna-san Hill Climb in Takasaki Executive Office
900-1 Shimo-Muroda-machi, Takasaki City
TEL: 027-374-6715, FAX: 027-374-5035

 

 

Nihonga Exhibition at Tower Museum of Art

 

More than 60 pieces of artwork featuring water, mountains, flowers, birds and beautiful women in the Nihonga style are on display.

Location: Takasaki Tower Museum of Art (Sakae-machi 3-23, Takasaki Tower 21)

Period: Now until Sunday 10th October 2019. The museum is closed Mondays but open if Monday is a public holiday and then closed the day after. Also closed Wednesday 23rd October.

Times: 10am-6pm (until 8pm on Fridays), last entry 30 minutes before closing time.

Entrance: 500 yen (adults), 300 yen (high school & university students), free for people 65 and older, and junior high school children and younger.

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Kurabuchi English Village Recruitment

 

Takasaki city is now recruiting students who wish to spend a year immersed in nature and English in the Kurabuchi English Village for the 2020 school year. Students will attend Kurabuchi Elementary or Junior High School, while living in the village interacting with native speaking staff and enjoying many great activities and events designed to improve their English.

Eligibility: Must fulfill each of the 3 following conditions

  1. Will be in 4th grade elementary to 2nd grade junior high school age in the next school year
  2. Healthy in mind and body, and able to attend school in Kurabuchi for one year
  3. 3. Interested in learning English.

Applications: Due by 31st October 2019 via the Kurabuchi English Village website.

Explanation Session & Tour of Facilities:

Date & Time: Sunday 15th September, and Saturday 12th October, 10am-12:15pm and 2:45pm-5pm.

Place: Kurabuchi English Village

Registration: To attend, register via the Village website before the day.

 

Lake Haruna Big Summer Festa 2019 Events

 

Lake Haruna Resort Triathlon: Sunday 28th July, cheer on participants lakeside at Haruna.

Lake Haruna Fireworks: Friday 2nd August, lanterns launched onto the lake from 7pm, fireworks from 7:30pm.

Lake Haruna Swan Boat Race: Friday 2nd August, from 10am in front of the lodge.

Lake Haruna Music Festival: Sunday 4th August, 1pm-4pm Kohan-no-yado Park

Haruna Nashi Festival: Sunday 25th August from 10am, in front of the lodge.

 

Free Legal Consultations for Foreigners

 

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

 

Children’s Japanese Language Support

 

Volunteer Recruitment

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.

Cost: \1000

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.