Tanoshimail November Edition

November 1, 2017


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: November 19th  (Sun) 13:00-16:00
■Where: ComCity 3F
Please reserve your place by November 14th 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: November 21st )

■When: November 25th (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. 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)


3. My Country In English - The United Kingdom - Fighting for a More Equal Society

A presentation by our Coordinator for International Relations on social issues in the UK。Learn about current trends from the perspective of equality in society.

■When: November 11th (Sat) 11:00 - 12:30

■Venue: Kitakyushu International Association, Koryu Space
(Yahatanishi Ward, Kurosaki 3-15-3 Com City 3F)

■Lecturer: Jason Fernandes
Coordinator for International Relations at KIA

■Entry fee: ¥500 (¥300 for KIA Supporters Club members)

■Limit: 60 people (Applications will open from 8:45 on October 17th (Tues)
Applications will close once the limit has been reached

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


4. International Food Festival – Mum’s Home Cooking
Come along and enjoy the home cooking of mother's from around the world who are studying Japanese in Kitakyushu.

Bite-size portions of different dishes will be on sale for 100 - 300 yen each, giving you the chance to sample a wide variety of international cuisine.

■When: November 12th, 11:00–14:00 (*Top tip: Drop by early to get the best food before it sells out!)
■Where: Kitakyushu International Association (KIA) (ComCity 3F, Kurosaki 3-15-3, Yahatanishi-ku)
▼China: Fried Dumpling, Mala Spicy Potato Fries

▼Thailand: Pad Thai Noodles, Sweet Potato Dessert

▼Vietnam: Fried Spring Rolls

▼The Philippines: Sizzling Pork Sisig, Ginataan (Cocunut Milk Dessert)

▼Indonesia: Opor Ayam (Coconut Milk Chicken Curry)

▼Nepal: Nepalese Curry, Fried Vegetables

▼Japan: Zenzai (Sweet Red Bean Soup), Japanese Style Cheese Cake

*Items on the menu are subject to change
■Enquiries: Kitakyushu International Association (KIA), Ms Okamoto
TEL:093-643-5931 Email:k.okamoto@kitaq-koryu.jp



Life Info


1. Medical Check-ups for Those Entering Elementary School 

Notification postcards with details on medical check-up dates will be sent to households with children who will be starting elementary school next year.

■When: Postcards will arrive by November 30th (Thurs)

■Where: Medical check-ups can be taken at your child’s elementary school

■Applicable for: Children entering elementary school next spring

■Enquiries: Board of Education  TEL 093-582-2381


2. Child Allowance – Notification of Current Circumstance

If you are receiving child allowance, and have not yet submitted your Notification of Current Circumstances to the Public Health and Welfare Services Division of your nearest ward office please make sure to do so. If you don’t submit the notification, the city will be unable to process your child allowance payments.

■Enquiries: Nearby ward offices  Moji 093-331-1891, Kokurakita 093-582-3434, Kokuraminami 093-951-1029, Wakamatsu 093-761-5926, Yahatahigashi 093-671-6882, Yahatanishi 093-642-1449, Tobata 093-871-2332


3. Flea Market Info

Kokura Flea Market

■When: November 12th (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





1. Giravanz Kitakyushu Home Games

■When: November 5th  (Sun) 14:00  VS  Tochigi SC

November 26th (Sun) 14:00  VS  Azul Claro Numazu

■Where: Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu

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


2. International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

In commemoration of the 2002 Kitakyushu Gold Cup, the tournament is held annually to promote a barrier free city that is open to all. Watch teams from Canada, Korea, the Netherlands and Japan go head to head.

■When: November 10th (Fri)-12th (Sun) 9:00-15:00

■Where: Kitakyushu General Gymnasium (Hachioji 4-1, Yahatahigashiku)

■Cost: Advance tickets:400 yen  On the day: 500 yen

Free of charge for: Those with disabilities (and up to one carer),

Those older than 65

Under 16’s

■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Champions Cup Executive Committee Office  093-922-1432

■Details: http://www.kitakyushu-cup.com/ (Japanese)


3. Mandolin Orchestra presented by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (YSMO) – 75th Annual Concert

YSMO was founded 75 years ago in Kitakyushu as a civic mandolin orchestra. Enjoy an afternoon of fantastic music at their annual concert.

■When: November 19th (Sun) 14:00-16:00  (Doors open: 13:30)

■Where: Kurosaki Hibishin Hall  (Kishinoura 2-1-1, Yahatanishiku)

■Cost: 500 yen

■Details: https://sites.google.com/site/ysmandolin/





1.25th Chikuzen Koyanose Shukuba Festival

Koyanose was one of the six post stations, known as shukuba, located in Chikuzen during the Edo period. It is a historical inn-town found on the old Nagasaki Highway between Kokura and Nagasaki. To this day, the town remains filled with beautiful, scenic rows of traditional housing. Come along for the festival to see dance performances, go shopping at the flea market and enjoy a variety of other events.

■When: November 5th (Sun)  10:00-16:00

■Where: Koyanose Area, Yahatanishiku

■Enquiries: Koyanoseshuku Memorial Museum  TEL 093-619-1149


2. Yahata Kigyosai Festival 2017

With over 600,000 people attending every year, the Yahata Kigyosai Festival is the ward’s largest scale civilian festival.

Over 300 different market stalls to enjoy and an amazing array of exciting events!

From the highly anticipated twenty-five hour relay race、to a spectacular array of stage shows including the Kigyosai dance, there is something for everybody.

The day will be brought to a grand finale with a magnificent fireworks display.

■When: November 3rd ~November 5th

    【3rd 】11:00 – 21:00  【4th &5th 】10:00 – 21:00

■Where: Otani Baseball Stadium area、Higashida Odori Park, Yahatahigashi-ku

■Details: http://www.kigyosai.jp/2017/ (Japanese)

■Enquiries: Yahata Kigyosai Festival Executive Committee Office TEL 093-671-0808

3.Kitakyushu Pop Culture Festival, KPF 2017

The KPF is the biggest pop culture festival in Kyushu, featuring manga, anime, games and much more. Come along to see original panels and illustrations of popular anime, live anime song performances, talk shows with voice actors and other pop-culture activities!

■When: November 4th -5th   4th  12:00-21:00(Exhibition -18:00)  5th  10:00-17:00

■Where: JR Kokura Station Shinkansen exit, West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Center, Aru Aru City

■Cost: Free of charge (Some events are not free to take part in)

■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Industry and Economics Bureau, MICE Promotion Division


■Details: http://www.ktqpopfes.jp/


4. Kitakyushu – Curry King’s Cup 2017

Seventeen of Kitakyushu’s best curry places battle it out for the King’s Cup in a spicy competition that is bound to get you hot and bothered. If you can handle the heat, drop by the Mojiko Retro area and check out the curries on offer. A must do event for curry lovers! Your votes will decide the best curry in Kitakyushu.

■When: November 4th -5th 10:00-16:00

■Where: Mojiko Retro Central Square

■Cost: On the day \400/meal   Advanced 3-meal ticket \1000

■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Curry Battle Executive Committee (Jijiya) 093-341-2671

■Details: http://www.mojiko.info/news/topics0562.html


5. Mojiko Candle Night 2017

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mojiko as it is decorated with over 15,000 candles! A mesmerizing illumination display and night market packed with delicious food stalls. A great way to spend a cool autumn evening.

■When: November 18th (Sat) - November 19th (Sun) 17:30 – 22:00

■Where: Mojiko Retro Area, Shinsui Plaza and Koso Hachiman Shrine

■Details: http://candlenight.mojikonavi.com/

■Enquiries: Mojiko Information Centre TEL 093-342-7013





Out with the hustle and bustle of the Halloween, in with the quiet days of autumn.

As the weather gets colder you might be dreaming of the joys of crawling under your kotatsu to hibernate the winter away, but don’t get ahead of yourself just yet. November also has plenty more exciting events for you to check out in the city!


For those of you who haven’t finished foraging for the winter yet, why not check out KIA’s very own international food festival? Enjoy home-cooking from Thailand, Nepal, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan and more.
Eat your way around the globe with us!!


Japanese Coordinator- Mamiko Hayashida



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