Come and get your fix of international food, performances and experiences at the 29th International Festival!
Date & Time: Sunday 27th October, 11am-3pm
Place: Viento Takasaki (Tonya-machi 2-7)
Stage: Belly dance, Thai dance, Korean dance and song, Vietnamese dance, Brazilian capoeira, etc.
Restaurants: Laitai (Thai), Shinchuka Bussanten (Chinese), Purupuru Horumon (Korean), Boulangerie Momo Pan (French bakery), Caffe Siesta (Philippine), Bears Foot Ave. (Tex-Mex), etc.
Activities: Try on traditional clothing from various countries, wear a yukata, play English board games, Taiwan tea ceremony, JOMO JET International Festival Corner with information from around the English speaking world and beyond, souvenir flea market, face painting, origami, etc.
Period: 15th January-18th March 2020 (10 lessons)
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 10am-11:45am
Place: Chuo Kominkan (Suehiro-cho 27)
Teacher: Kimiko Yamada
Cost: 5,000 yen (3,000 yen for TIRS members)
Requirements: Takasaki citizens or Takasaki International Relations Society members who have never studied Spanish before
To Apply: Send a postcard to the TIRS office (address at bottom) with your name, address, telephone number and reason for wanting to learn Spanish by 22nd November 2019
Class Size: 20 students (successful applicants will be chosen on merit if there are more than 20 applicants)
Takasaki Sweets Festival
Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019
Place: Motenashi Square
Details: Come and enjoy the best of Japanese and western style sweets prepared by top-class, local confectioners.
- Café Corner: for 500 yen, you can choose a Japanese or western sweet as well as coffee or green tea prepared on the spot
- Try making your own sweets or cake, taught by store owners (20 minutes/500 yen)
- Prize draw tickets are given out for each 500 yen you spend at the festival. Draw is held at 2pm
- Stalls selling sweets including dorayaki, dango, and sekihan at reasonable prices
King of Pasta
Date: Sunday 10th November 2019
Place: Motenashi Square
Details: Come and taste the original pasta dishes of local restaurants, enjoy the entertainment, and vote for your favorite!
Tickets: 1,900 yen in advance, or 2,000 yen on the day of the event. A ticket gets you 5 sample-sized servings of pasta from the stalls of your choice, and the right to vote for the best pasta of the year.
The Cool Takasaki project brings authentic cultural experiences to Takasaki!
Date: Sunday 10th November 2019
Place: Takasaki City Gallery (Takamatsu-cho 35-1)
Max. Participants: 5
Details: Experience two kinds of tea ceremony performed by first class masters at the biggest tea ceremony event in the city.
Sign Up: Contact the International Relations Society (details below).
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.
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
- Will be in 4th grade elementary to 2nd grade junior high school age in the next school year
- Healthy in mind and body, and able to attend school in Kurabuchi for one year
- 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 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.
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