★☆TanoshiMail February Edition ☆★

February 5, 2019 Posted in Information


KIA News


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1. Consultation Services for Foreign Residents

1) Free consultation with a public notary on immigration/nationality /visa

     February 17th (Sun) 13:00~16:00

     *Reservation required by February 12th (Tues) for those requiring interpretation.

2) Free psychological counselling with a clinical psychologist

     Contact us on available dates.

3) Free legal consultation with a lawyer (Reservation required)

     February 23rd (Sat) 13:30~16:30

     *Reservation deadline: February 19th (Tues)

■Location: Com City 3F

■Applications/Enquiries: Kitakyushu International Association

TEL 093-643-5931 (093-643-6060 for English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese)


2. Let’s Talk! (4th Session)
Whether you are new to Japan, want to improve your Japanese speaking skills, or just make new friends,「Let’s Talk!」is a session where foreigners and Japanese can have a fun exchange with each other.  Share about what you know and learn things that you have never known before.  You can use either Japanese or English. (games / discussion)

■Date/Time: February 23rd (Sat) 17:00~18:30

■Place: Kitakyushu International Association (COM CITY 3F, Kurosaki 3-15-3, Yahatanishi-ku)

■Fee: ¥500 (Members ¥300)  *Participation open to those aged 12 and above*

■Capacity: 40 people  *Application will close once all the places are filled.

■Register via email, telephone or just drop by the association. (Staff in charge: Sri Ram)

Event Page: http://bit.ly/2ROFHt7

TEL: 093-643-6464

E-mail: cir@kitaq-koryu.jp

When applying please give us the following information:

(1) Name of event

(2) Your name

(3) The ward you live in

(4) Your phone number

(5) How you came to know about the event




Life Info


1. New Children’s Library Opened.

The Kitakyushu Children’s Library has reopened in Jonai, Kokurakita-ku after renovations.

Besides books for children, there are also picture books from around the world.  Do go down and have a look when you have the time.

■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Children’s Library  TEL 093-571-0011

■Further information: https://www.toshokan.city.kitakyushu.jp/kodomotoshokan/


2. Flea Market Info

Kokura de Frima (Kokura Flea Market)

■Date/Time: February 24th (Sun) 14:00~18:00

■Place: 1st Floor Arena, Kitakyushu Media Dome

■Enquiries: Kokura de Frima Executive Committee  TEL 093-772-3223






1. Collection Exhibition III  Ukiyo-e ~ Transition of Colors

Introducing Sumizurie (single-color woodblock prints with Indian ink) and early Nishiki-e (colored woodblock prints) to Aka-e (woodcut prints printed in chemically synthetic dye called aniline) in the Meiji era to trace the transition of color expressions.

■Date/Time: February 9th (Sat)~March 24th (Sun)  9:30~17:30  *Last admission: 17:00

*Closed: Mondays (or the following day if Monday falls on a public holiday or substitute holiday)

■Place: Collection Exhibition Room, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art Main Building (Nishisayagadanimachi 21-1, Tobata-ku)

■Admission Fee: Adults 150yen, High School and College Students 100yen, Junior High and Elementary School Students 50yen

■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art  TEL 093-882-7777


2. Kitakyushu Marathon 2019

10,000 runners racing through streets of the city in early spring.

Not only runners, but supporters and cheering spectators are also indispensable participants.

Let’s unite the city with the marathon.

■Date/Time: February 17th (Sun)  9:00~15:00

■Place: Starting Point: Kitakyushu City Hall ~ Finishing Point: Kitakyushu International Convention Center

■Enquiries: Sports Promotion Division, Citizen Services, Culture and Sports Bureau  TEL 093-582-2831

■Further information: https://kitakyushu-marathon.jp/






1. Buzen-kai Oyster Barbecue Festival

The festival, as an annual winter event in Kitakyushu city, is taking place with 200 grills set up turning the square into a huge oyster barbecue.  Why don’t you come and enjoy Buzen-kai oysters as well as a variety of seasonal local foods and processed foods on sale.

■Date/Time: February 9th (Sat)~February 10th (Sun)  10:00~16:00

■Place: Mojiko Retro Central Square

■Admission Free  *Fee required for food, drink, and goods sold in the venue.

■Enquiries: Buzen-kai Oyster Barbecue Festival Executive Committee  TEL 093-582-2080

■Further information: http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/san-kei/v10500006.html


2. Hiraodai Winter Fireworks

In time with Valentine’s Day a fireworks/laser display with music will be held at Hiraodai.  There will also be stage performances and stalls for hot dishes.

■Date/Time: February 10th (Sun) 17:00~19:30 

*In case of rain the event will be postponed to February 11th (Mon/Public Holiday).

■Place: Hiraodai Shizen-no Sato (Hiraodai 1-1-1, Kokuraminami-ku)

■Enquiries: Hiraodai Winter Fireworks Executive Committee  TEL 093-452-2715

■Further information: http://www.hiraodai.jp/sato/event/





It is still cold, isn’t it?

It gets very cold at night, but it is said that we can see stars clearly in a wintry sky because of clean air and lower humidity.

Why don’t you sometimes take time to look up at the stars to unwind from daily stress?

Anyhow, I am looking forward to the coming of spring.


Please take good care of yourself.


Staff in Charge of Foreign Students – Ayaka FUJIKI


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