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.
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)
Click here to see the Japanese course schedule for 2019-2020
The Takasaki International Relations Society also offers the following support services for foreign residents:
- Japanese classes (see schedule on the link above)
- Japanese language support for school-aged children
- Volunteer interpreting (traffic center, schools, public offices)
- Consultations on everyday life matters concerned with Takasaki
Enjoy your life in Takasaki!
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):