★☆Tanoshimail March Edition☆★

March 1, 2018 Posted in Information
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KIA News
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1. Consultation Services
(1) Free consultation on immigration/nationality/visa through a public notary
Reservation required for those who need an interpreter.
■When: March 18th (Sun) 13:00-16:00
■Where: ComCity 3F
Please reserve your place by March 13th if you require an interpreter.
(2) Free psychological counselling with a clinical psychologist
■When: Please enquire about dates.
(3) Free legal consultation with a lawyer. Reservation required (Deadline: March 20th)
■When: March 24th (Sat) 13: 30-16: 30
■Where: Kitakyushu International Association
COMCITY 3F, Kurosaki 3-15-3, Yahatanishi-ku
■Applications/Enquiries:
TEL 093-643-5931
TEL 093-643-6060 (English/Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese)
 
2. General Consultations for Foreign Residents
Support in Chinese, English, Korean and Vietnamese available.
■When: Every Tues – Fri, 10:00 - 16:00
*Vietnamese available only on Tues/Weds 10:00 - 16:00
■Where: (1) KIA Foreigner Information Centre(COMCITY 3F, Kurosaki 3-15-3, Yahatanishi-ku)
(2) Kokurakita Ward Office Foreigner Information Centre(Kokurakita Ward Office 2F Otemachi 1-1, Kokurakita-ku)
(3) Consultation by telephone: TEL 093-643-6060
*All consultations are free of charge
■Enquiries: TEL 093-643-6060 (English/Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese)
 
3. My Country in English: America
Come along and hear expats living in Kitakyushu talk about their home country.
We will also have a Q&A session at the end! This time we will be introducing America!
■When: March 17th (Sat) 11:00 - 12:30
■Venue: Kitakyushu International Association, Koryu Space
(Yahatanishi Ward, Kurosaki 3-15-3 Com City 3F)
■Lecturer: Patrick Spellman
■Cost: ¥500 (¥300 for KIA Supporters Club members)
■Limit: 60 people
Applications will close once the limit has been reached
■Applications/Enquiries: 
By phone, email or over the counter
Kitakyushu International Association (Jason/Hiraki)
TEL: 093-643-6464 E-mail: cir@kitaq-koryu.jp
When applying please tell us the following information:
(1) Whether or not you are a KIA Supporters Club member
(2) Your name (3) The ward you live in 
(4) Your contact details (Home telephone number/ Mobile telephone number)
(5) How you found out about the event
 
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Life Info
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1. Measles-Rubella (MR) Vaccination (2nd Dose)
Children who are to enter elementary school this year should receive a routine MR vaccination (2nd dose). The vaccination for children born between April, 2011 and March, 2012 needs to be carried out by March 31, 2018. If your child has already has the second dose of the vaccination, it is not necessary to take it again.
■Enquiries: Health Consultation Desk at your local ward office  TEL 093-582-2430 
 
2. Public Library Closure Information
The following libraries will close their doors from March 30th.
■When: March 30th (Fri)
■Where: Tobata Children and Mother's Library (Tobata ward)
               International Friendship Memorial Library (Moji ward)
■Enquiries: Central Library General Affairs Section TEL 093-571-1481 
 
3. Flea Market Info
(1) Mitsubachi Flea Market
■When: March 4th (Sun) 10:00 - 16:00
■Where: Hibikinada Green Park (Wakamatsu ward) (Cancelled in the event of rain)
■Enquiries: Mitsubachi Flea Market Committee TEL 093-772-3223
(2) Kokura Flea Market Ⅰ
■When: March 11th (Sun) 10:00 - 15:30 (Cancelled in the event of rain)
■Where: Katsuyama Park Lawn Area
■Enquiries: Kokura Flea Market Committee TEL 093-772-3223
(3)Kokura Flea Market Ⅱ
■When: March 25th (Sun) 10:00-15:30  (Cancelled in the event of rain)
■Where: Asano Ocean Breeze Park  (Near Shinkansen Exit, JR Kokura Station)
■Enquiries: Kokura Flea Market Committee TEL 093-772-3223
(4) Tobata Library Flea Market 2018
■When: March 18th (Sun) 10:00-16:00
  (Will carry on even if it rains, cancelled in the event of severe weather) 
■Where: Tobata Library Lawn Area (1-1-1, Shin-ike, Tobata ward)
■Enquiries: Awai no Kai   TEL  093-883-5327
 
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Sports/Culture
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1. Giravanz Kitakyushu Home Games
■When: March 17th (Sat) 14:00  VS  FC Ryukyu
March 25th (Sun) 14:00  VS  Azul Claro Numazu
■Where: Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu  (North of JR Kokura Station)
■Price: For details see http://www.giravanz.jp/ticket/
 
2. China and Tea Paraphernalia Exhibition
The culture of tea was brought to Japan from China around the 12th century, becoming popular among samurai warriors and priests in the 14th and 15th centuries.
This exhibition will display exquisite Chinese arts and crafts, as well as tea paraphernalia known as karamono, which were very popular and highly valued during this period.
■When: Until March 25th (Sun)  10:00-17:00  Last entry 16:30  Closed on Mondays
■Where: Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Moji  ( Moji ward)
■Cost: General: 700 yen, College/Senior high school students: 500 yen, Junior high students or younger: Free
■Enquiries: Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Moji   TEL 093-332-0251
■Details: http://s-idemitsu-mm.or.jp/ (Japanese)
 
3. Moto Hagio Exhibition: SF Artworks “Fly out to the Outer Space”
Moto Hagio, is a manga artist renowned for expanding the SF genre in the field of girls’ comics. About 400 of her original SF illustrations will be on display.
■When: March 17th (Sat)-May 20th (Sun) 11:00-19:00 Last entry 18:30
  Closed on Tuesdays (Open: March 27th, April 3rd, May 1st)
■Where: Kitakyushu Manga Museum
(AruAruCity 5&6F, 2-14-5, Asano, Kokurakita ward)
■Admission fee: General: 800 yen, Junior & senior high students: 400 yen, Elementary students: 200 yen / A set ticket including permanent exhibition:  1000 yen, 500 yen, 250 yen respectively.
■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Manga Museum  TEL 093-512-5077
■Details: http://www.ktqmm.jp/kikaku_info/8805 (Japanese)    
       
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Events
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1. Kitakyushu Ramen Noodle Championship 2018
Fourteen of the best ramen restaurants from the Kitakyushu and the Keichiku area will gather to compete for the championship in the Mojiko Retro area. Come along and enjoy a steaming bowl of delicious ramen. Your votes will decide the best ramen in town!
■When: March 17th (Sat) -18th  (Sun) 10:00-16:00
■Where: Mojiko Retro District  Central Square area
■Cost: On the day: 400 yen/meal  Advanced 3-meal ticket: 1000 yen
■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Ramen Championship Executive Committee 
TEL 093-342-7013
 
2. Mojiko Retro Gourmet Food Expo Menu Challenge Event
Take part in a raffle and stamp rally to earn discount coupons for restaurants in Mojiko.
■When: Until March 18th (Sun) (Gourmet stamp rally to be held till March 19th)
■Where: Mojiko Retro District
■Enquiries: Mojiko General Information Centre TEL 093-321-4151
 
3. Spring Railway Month
The Kyushu Railway History Museum is a great place to visit for railway fans.  Experience the life of real railway workers, drive a miniature shinkansen, ride a four-wheel railway bike, and much more to enjoy!
■When: March 24th (Sat)-25th (Sun)  Events vary from day to day.
■Where: Kyushu Railway History Museum  (Moji ward)
■Admission fee: General: 300 yen, Junior high students or younger: 150 yen
■Enquiries: Kyushu Railway History Museum  TEL 093-322-1006
■Details: http://www.k-rhm.jp/ (Japanese)
 
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Editorial
As we enter March, people around Japan are getting ready for the changes that April will bring, as a new fiscal year begins.
At the KIA Foreigner Information Centre, we have already had many consultations about what to do when moving house, how to go about throwing away furniture, and where to buy a school uniform for kids entering school.
April is a time of new beginnings in Japan, and can be a very busy period of the year. If you have any questions or worries about life in Japan, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at the KIA Foreigner Information Centre. We will do our best to ensure you start April with a spring in your step!
 
Foreign Resident Support Manager – Kaori Yano
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COMCITY 3F, Kurosaki 3-15-2, Yahatanishi-ward
TEL:  093-643-5931  
E-mail:helpdesk@kitaq-koryu.jp
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