In winter 2020, Takasaki International Relations Society (TIRS) will be running online Japanese courses for foreign residents. A class is 40 minutes, and students will be put into small groups according to Japanese ability. A course consists of 10 classes.
Cost: Free (data usage and equipment fees associated with online learning are the responsibility of the individual student).
Course Information: TIRS Online Japanese Class Leaflet
Registration: Come directly to the TIRS office on the 2nd floor of Takasaki City Hall (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:15pm), or send an email (Email:email@example.com).
Enquiries: Takasaki International Relations Society (TEL: 027-321-1201).
There will be a rare chance to see the living tradition of Kagura, a ceremonial dance with Shinto roots at this performance that will be held in Maebashi in March 2021. It will feature English and Japanese subtitles! Entrance is free, but seats are limited to the first 120 people.
Date & Time: Saturday, 6th March 2021 1:30pm
Place: Gunma-ken Kosha Sogo Building (Maebashi-shi Owatari-machi 1-10-7)
Free Admission (limited to first 12 people who make a telephone booking)
Bookings: Gunma Ken Kyoikubunka Jigyodan (TEL: 027-224-3960)
♦つながるひろがる にほんごでのくらし Connect & Enhance your Life in Japanese
A site from the Agency for Cultural Affairs where you can learn Japanese for shopping, visiting the doctor, moving house and a range of other daily situations.
♦にほんごeな NIHONGO eな
A collection of sites and tools for Japanese learning
♦JFにほんごe-Learning みなと JF Japanese e-Learning
Japanese language learning platform provided by the Japan Foundation where you’ll find all sorts of online courses.
♦エリンが挑戦!にほんごでできます Erin’s Challenge: I can speak Japanese!
The main character, Erin, is an exchange student with only basic Japanese ability. Here you’ll find skits, language exercises, pics, puzzles and quizzes to help you learn about Japanese language and culture.
♦日本語でケアナビ Nihongo de CARE-NAVI
Nihongo de Care-Navi is a Japanese language-learning tool designed primarily to support people working in the fields of nursing and care-work
♦NHK WORLD – JAPAN
Learn Japanese through current affairs!
♦J – Learning Apps
A collection of apps for learning hiragana, katakana, kanji, etc.
♦日本語能力試験JLPT Official site of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test
♦日本留学試験EJU Official site of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students
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 International Relations Society has many opportunities for Japanese and non-Japanese residents to use their skills to help others.
Multicultural Instructors (Tabunka Koshi)
Do you know how to cook dishes from your native land? Can you teach English or another foreign language? Are you able to visit local schools and talk about the way of life where you grew up? If so, please register as a Multicultural Instructor. We take requests from schools, community centers and other public organizations, and then intro-duce them to our registered Instructors.
Language Assistants (Bogoshiensha)
If you speak and read Japanese as well as English or any other foreign language, this is your chance to help fellow foreign residents by interpreting for them in situations faced in everyday life in Japan. We dispatch Language Assistants to interpret at schools for foreign parents at meetings with teachers, at health check ups, and when doing business at other public offices.
Registration: Contact the TIRS office to obtain a registration form. Volunteer registration requires membership of the Takasaki International Relations Society (¥2,000/year)
Cinematheque is run by the NPO Takasaki Community Cinema with the aim of bringing high quality films to regional movie screens.
Location: Takasaki-shi Ara-machi 202
Tickets: Adults 1,700 yen, high school/university students 1,400 yen,
children & seniors (over 60) 1,000 yen.
Parking: Aramachi Park (behind Gusto)
Information and film schedules (Japanese):