★☆TanoshiMail May Edition★☆

May 2, 2018 Posted in Information


KIA News


1. Consultation Services
(1) Free consultation on immigration/nationality/visa through a public notary

Reservation required for those who need an interpreter.

■When: Sunday May 20th, 13:00-16:00
■Where: Com City 3F
Please reserve your place by Tuesday May 15th 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: Tuesday May 22nd)

■When: Saturday May 26th, 13: 30-16: 30

■Where: Kitakyushu International Association
Com City 3F, Kurosaki 3-15-3, Yahatanishi-ku

TEL 093-643-5931
TEL 093-643-6060 (English/Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese)

2. General Consultations for Foreign Residents

Support in English, Chinese, 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 Center(COMCITY 3F, Kurosaki 3-15-3, Yahatanishi-ku)
(2) Kokurakita Ward Office Foreigner Information Center(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. Life Info in Kitakyushu: New Videos on YouTube

The City of Kitakyushu has released new videos explaining the rules for separating and disposing of garbage, and about the Kitakyushu International Association. The videos are narrated in Japanese, but subtitles are available in English. Check it out at the YouTube link below!

*Garbage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRBCAzn-ZB8&feature=youtu.be

*KIA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwGbv1RhBIk&feature=youtu.be

4. My Country in English: Malaysia

Come along and hear expats living in Kitakyushu talk about the culture of their home country.
We will also have a Q&A session at the end! This time we will be introducing Malaysia!

■When: May 13th (Sun) 11:00 - 12:30

■Venue: Kitakyushu International Association, Koryu Space

(Yahatanishi Ward, Kurosaki 3-15-3 Com City 3F)

■Lecturer: Lim Chin Yee

■Cost: \500 (\300 for KIA Supporters Club members)

■Limit: 60 people
Applications will close once the limit has been reached

By phone, email or over the counter
Kitakyushu International Association (Patrick/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


Life Info


1. Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions

Enumerators with ID will start visiting households and conduct a survey of living conditions such as health, medical care, welfare, pension, and income. The results will be used for the planning and management of health, labor, and welfare policy.

■When: ① Household questionnaire  Thursday June 7th
② Income questionnaire     Thursday July 12th

■Who: Randomly sampled households
■Enquiries: ① Regional Rehabilitation Promotion Division, Public Health and Welfare Bureau  TEL 093-522-5311
② General Affairs Division, Public Health and Welfare Bureau TEL 096-582-2497

2. Flea Market Info

(1) Mitsubachi Flea Market
■When: Thursday May 3rd - Saturday May 5th, 10:00 - 16:00
■Where: Hibikinada Green Park (cancelled in the event of rain)
■Enquiries: Mitsubachi Flea Market Committee TEL 093-772-3223

(2) Yahatahigashi-ku Flea Market

■When: Sunday May 13th, 9:00 – 15:00 (Moved to the 3rd Sunday of the month in the event of rain)

■Where: Hachiojimachi, Yahatahigashi-ku, Central Green Park(Next to the Municipal General Gymnasium)
*Free parking available

■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Recycling Union  TEL 093-651-9245

(3) Kokura Flea Market

■When: May 20th (Sun) 10:00 – 15:30

■Where: Katsuyama Park Lawn Area (Cancelled in the event of rain)

■Enquiries: Kokura de Flea Market Committee TEL 093-772-3223




1. Giravanz Kitakyushu Home Games

■When: Sunday May20th 14:00  VS Gamba Osaka U-23

■Where: Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu  (North of JR Kokura Station)

■Price: For details see http://www.giravanz.jp/ticket/

2. Hibiki Hall: Toko Kawagoe (Soprano) One Coin Concert

Enjoy a 45-minute concert of songs and talk from Toko Kawagoe.

■When: Friday May 18th, doors open at 11:15 for start at 11:45

■Where: Hibiki Hall (Hirano 1-1-1, Yahatahigashi-ku)

■Cost: 500yen (Advance or same-day ticket) No admission to preschoolers.
Day-care available, reservation required.

■Enquiries: Hibiki Hall Music Project Department

■Details: http://www.kicpac-music.jp/performance/others/2018_onecoin01.html




1. Moji Straits Festival

Enjoy fireworks and concerts in the beautiful Moji Retro area.
On day one, the 3rd, a special parade will be carried out in commemoration of the Battle of Genpei with those in the parade wearing traditional samurai armor. There will also be a taiko drum performance and a yosakoi dance stage event. Day two will finish off the celebrations with a fireworks display.

■When: Thursday May 3rd – Friday May 4th
            May 3rd  13:00-20:00   May 4th  11:00-17:00
*Will go on during rain, but will be cancelled in the case of severe weather.

■Where: Mojiko Retro area
■Details: http://www.retro-mojiko.jp/news/entry-77.html  (Japanese)

■Enquiries: Mojiko Retro Club TEL 093-332-0106

2. Kurosaki Yosakoi Festival

Enjoy performances of local songs and dances from the afternoon of the 19th.
The main event will begin on the 20th at the Magari Pine Tree Path with an even greater selection of fabulous performances for your viewing please.

■When: Saturday May 19th, 11:00 – 19:00
           Sunday May 20th, 9:00 – 20:00
■Where: Magari Pine Tree Path (Kishi-no-ura, 2-chome, Yahatanishi-ku) and the surrounding area

■Enquiries: Kurosaki Yosakoi Festival Executive Committee TEL 093-616-6615         

3. Special Spring Exhibition: All about Bones

Come along and see the bone structures of animals! On display will be the whole skeletal frameworks and partial bones of modern animals such as mammals. Their functions and forms will also be introduced.

■When: From Sunday May 13th, 9:00-17:00  Open every day, last entry: 16:30

■Where: Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History

■Cost: Adults – 500 yen/College & high school students – 300 yen

         Elementary & junior high students – 200 yen

■Details: http://hone-hone-bones.jp/

■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History  TEL 093-681-1011



How have you been doing?

It’s May now. We are starting to hear people talk about May depression syndrome, gogatsubyo. Gogatsubyo originates in Japan. I hear it is called January syndrome or September syndrome in European countries and America. The Chinese version is June syndrome.

Come to think of it, May is too beautiful a month to dwell inside your inner world, feeling depressed. The sun is shining on the leaves and flowers, inviting you outside.

Take to the streets and local festivals. Have a ball! Go cycling and mountain-climbing! It’s mottainai to feel ill in May. Seize the day!


Chinese Language Consultant      Kimiko Okada     


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