★☆Tanoshimail October Edition ☆★

October 3, 2017 Posted in Information Posted in New
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: October 15th  (Sun) 13:00-16:00
■Where: ComCity 3F 
Please reserve your place by September 12th 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: October 24th )
■When: October 28th (Sat) 13: 30-16: 30
■Where: Kitakyushu International Association
COMCITY 3F, Kurosaki 3-15-3, Yahatanishi-ku
TEL 093-643-5931
TEL 093-643-6060 (English/Chinese/Korean)
2. Islam Day Event (Indonesia and Iran)
*Lecture to be held in Japanese
Come along to our Islam Day to learn more about Islam through lectures and cultural experiences.
For our first event, we have two wonderful lecturers who live in Kitakyushu will be coming in to teach us more about Islam and Muslim life in Japan. There will be a Q&A session as well!
Indonesia 11:00 - 12:30
Lecture: "Jakarta and Kitakyushu - The Everyday Life of a Muslim Girl" + Hijab Fitting
*The hijab fitting is limited to female participants only. Male participants can try on our traditional garments for Indonesian men.
■Lecturer: Dian Sekartaji
Iran 13:30 - 15:00
Lecture: "Tehran and Kitakyushu - Islam in Life" + World Heritage Photo Experience
■Lecturer: Hamed Esmaeili Monir
Information for both lectures:
■When: October 21st (Sat)
■Where: Kitakyushu International Association
■Cost of participation: 500 JPY/lecture *Free mint tea included
■Participant limit: 20 participants/lecture
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
Ninomiya - TEL:093-643-5931 Email:n.ninomiya@kitaq-koryu.jp
3. Children’s Education – Ask Us Anything Consultation Day & Meet-Up
■When: October 28th (Sat) 13;00 – 16:00 *Come and go freely
■Where: ComCity3F (Next to JR Kurosaki Station)
1) Ask Us Anything Consultation (with interpreters)
※Ask questions to specialists and experienced foreign parents about: legal issues, visa/residence status/nationality, languages/study, general issues etc.
2) Children’s Room - A day-care for participants (priority to those with a reservation)         
3) Opinion exchange & study meet for potential teachers and supporters.
④Childcare café for foreigners/those in an international marriage
※Talk freely with other foreign residents and parents in international marriages about childcare in Japan.
■Enquiries: Kitakyushu International Association (KIA)
TEL 093-643-5931 (English/Japanese)
Email: k.yano@kitaq-koryu.jp (English/Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese/Japanese)
4. Intercultural WaiWai Festival
YMCA Kitakyushu will open up its doors to the general public for a day of live music and delicious food from countries all around the world! The Kitakyushu International Association will also be holding a traditional garment fitting corner. Why not come along and try on the traditional clothing from around the globe.
■When: November 3rd (Hol/Fri) 10:30 – 15:00 
■Where: YMCA Kitakyushu (2-3-9 Kajimachi, Kokurakita-ku)
■Cost: Free to attend *Separate prices apply for the food court and stalls
■Organizer: Intercultural WaiWai Festival Committee
■Enquiries: YMCA Kitakyushu TEL:093-531-1587 Email: kitakyusyu@k-ymca.or.jp
Life Info
1 .Enrollment at Municipal Elementary Schools
If you are a foreign resident of Kitakyushu, with a child of an eligible age to enter elementary school in 2017 (born between 2nd April 2011 and 1st April 2012), and wish to enroll that child in a municipal Elementary School, please bring your Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate to the Resident Division of your local ward office to apply to enroll.
2. The Municipal TV program “Kitakyushu Seasons” on a website
The City of Kitakyushu is now uploading episodes of the municipal television programme “Kitakyushu Seasons" on its Youtube channel KitakyuMovieChannel. Focusing on local culture, history and sightseeing the programme introduces the wonders of the city.
For a list of episodes with English subtitles see the following link:
3. Flea Market Info
(1) Mitsubachi Flea Market
■When: October 8th (Sun) 10:00-16:00
■Where: Hibikinada Green Park, Wakamatsu-ku  (Cancelled in the event of rain)
■Enquiries: Mitsubachi Flea Market Office  TEL 093-772-3223
(2) Kokura Flea Market
■When: October 15th (Sun) 10:00-17:00
■Where: Katsuyama Park Field  (Cancelled in the event of rain)
■Enquiries: Kokura Flea Market Committee TEL 093-772-3223
(3) Mojiko Retro Flea Market
■When: October 29th (Sun) 10:00 – 15:00
■Where: Mojiko Retro Area, Shinsui Park (next to Former Moji Customs Bldg.) (Cancelled in the event of rain)
■Enquiries: Moji 21st Century Town Planning Party  TEL 093-331-2205
1. Giravanz Kitakyushu Home Games
■When: October 1st (Sun) 14:00  VS  SC Sagamihara
October 15th (Sun) 14:00 VS  Kagoshima United FC
■Where: Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu
■Price: For details see http://www.giravanz.jp/ticket/
2. Keiko Takemiya Exhibition Kaleidoscope
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Keiko Takemiya’s debut, a renowned comic artist, the Kitakyushu Manga Museum will be holding an exhibition of her original paintings, such as “Le Poem du Garçon”, “The Pharaoh’s Sepulcher”, “To the Terra”, and others.
■When: October 7th (Sat)-December 10th (Sun)  11:00-19:00  Closed on Tuesdays
■Where: Kitakyushu Manga Museum (Aruaru City 5F, Asano2-14-5, Kokurakita-ku)
■Cost: General \800(\640), Junior & senior high school students \400,(\320), Elementary school students \200(\160)  
(Prices in brackets are for advance tickets)
■Details: http://www.ktqmm.jp/kikaku_info/8669 (Japanese) 
3. Kick Off Concert
A concert will be held by the Camp Kokura Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF), the Kitakyushu Firefighters Band and the Grand Soleil Chorus.
Part 1: The Camp Kokura JGSDF & Kitakyushu Firefighters Band will hold a natural disaster evacuation drill during their concert for participants to take part in (only those who wish to take part.)
Part 2: Grand Soleil Chorus Concert
■When: October 9th (Mon/Hol) Starts: 14:00 (Doors open: 13:30)
■Where: Harmonie Cinq Kitakyushu Soleil Hall
■Cost: Free of charge , no need to apply
■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Soleil Hall  TEL 093-592-5405 
4. The Wonderful World of Chirimen Crêpe - Book Exhibition
Chirimen is a type of Japanese raw silk crêpe (a silk, wool, or synthetic fiber fabric with a distinctively crisp, crimped appearance) widely used for kimonos. Chirimen was also sued to make books; many of which were written in language other than Japanese such as English, French and German. Elaborate illustrations were printed on creped Japanese washi paper for European readers to enjoy. Take a peek into the world of simple beauty of 19th century Japan with chirimen books.
■When: September 16th (Sat)-November 23rd (Thurs/Hol)  * Closed on October 17th 
         October  9:00-18:00   November  9:00-17:00  
■Where: Kokura Castle Japanese Garden 
■Cost: General \300  Junior & senior high students \150 Elementary students \100
■Details: http://www.kcjg.jp/exhibition/2017/133.php
5. The Last Sengoku Shogun: Tadazane Ogasawara - 
Learn about the vibrant history of Tadazane Ogasawara a highly acclaimed Daimyo during the early Edo period who earned the title of Onimago (Devil boy) from Ieyasu Tokugawa.
■When: October 7th (Sat) – December 3rd (Sun) 9:00 – 17:00
■Where: Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History 
(2-4-1 Higashida, Yahatahigashi-ku)
■Cost: General \500  Junior & senior high students \300 Elementary students \200
■Enquiries: TEL 093-681-1011
1. Itozu- no- mori Zoological Park – Magical Halloween
Itozu no Mori Zoological Park sheds its lustrous green for a spooky orange and black, decorating the park with scarecrows, jack-o’-lanterns and other terrifying contraptions for their Halloween event.
■When: October 1st -30th  9:00-17:00  Closed on Tuesday
■Where: Itozu-no-mori Zoological Park ( Kamiitozu 4-1-2, Kokurakita-ku)
■Price: General  \800  Junior & senior high \400  Elementary -4yr \100
■Enquiries: Itozu-no-mori Zoological Park  TEL 093-651-1895
■Details: http://www.itozu-zoo.jp/
2. Autumn Rose Fair 
With other 320 different kinds of roses in full bloom, enjoy Hibikinada Green Park’s mesmerizing display as you delve into the world of roses. There will be stalls for selling seedlings and other rose related goods, as well as a rose garden concert.
■When: October 14th –November 12th  9:00-17:00
■Where: Hibikinada Green Park (1006 Oazatakenami, Wakamatsu-ku)
■Price: General  \100 Elementary & junior high students  \50  No pets allowed.
        October 15th   Free of charge
■Enquiries: Hibikinada Green Park  TEL  093-741-5545 
■Details: http://www.hibikinadagp.org/
3. Kitakyushu Food Festival 2017
Don’t miss the feast of local food and ingredients. The crème de la crème of Kitakyushu’s culinary talent will be putting on a food festival brining you a fathomless feast of the best ingredients and dishes the city has to offer.
■When: October 21st -22nd   11:00-21:00
■Where: Asano Shiokaze Park 
(Asano 3, Kokurakita-ku, JR Kokura Station Shinkansen exit)
■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Food Festival Executive Committee Office TEL 093-967-1003
■Details: http://kff2017.kitakyushu-food.com/ (Japanese)
4. The 59th Kokura Castle Festival
An annual festival commemorating the reconstruction of Kokura castle. Enjoy dances and local art performances, as well as a Japanese tea ceremony experience and local gourmet stalls in the donjon square of the castle. Come, look, eat!
■When: October 21st -22nd 
■Where: Kokura Castle area
■Enquiries: Kokura Castle festival Committee  TEL 093-561-1210
■Details: http://www.kokura-castle.jp/topics/
It’s October, the spookiest month in the calendar, and this year, I’m keen for Halloween.
The people of the town all dressed up in scary costumes, children running door to door desperately hunting for sugary treats. As the Halloween boom has spread across the globe, it is not uncommon to see these sights in other countries around the world today.
Most people when they think of Halloween jump to the conclusion that it is an American holiday. However, this is simply not the case. This most frightful of festivals has its roots in suitably scary lands of Scotland and Ireland.
It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals that may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain; a religious festival intended to drive out evil spirits.
For those of you, who want to enjoy the unique Halloween experience offered by Japan, why not try taking part in Kokura Halloween or the Magical Halloween event at Itozu- no- mori Zoological Park.
Just make sure not to eat too much candy! Happy October and Happy Halloween everybody!
British Coordinator for International Relations – Jason
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