★☆Tanoshimail January Edition☆★

January 11, 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: January 21st  (Sun) 13:00-16:00
■Where: ComCity 3F 
Please reserve your place by January 16th 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: January 23rd )

■When: January 27th  (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. Japanese Language Class for Mums and Dads –JLPT N4 Level Classes

From January, new classes will start at our Kokura and Kurosaki classrooms. We will be teaching JLPT N4 level Japanese and kanji. The class will be held as long as we have at least three people who wish to take part.
Kokura Classroom (Total 10 classes)

■When: January 12th – March 16th, Every Friday, 13:00 – 14:30
■Where: Kosodate Fureai Koryu Plaza
(AIM Building 3F, Asano 3-8-1, Kokurakita-ku)
■Cost: 3000 yen + cost of learning materials

■Day-care: 500 yen per time

Kurosaki Classroom (Total 10 classes)

■When: January 11th – March 22nd , Every Thursday, 13:00 – 14:30
■Where: Kodomo no Yakata
(ComCity 7F, Kurosaki 3-15-3, Yahatanishi-ku)

■Cost: 3000 yen + cost of learning materials

■Day-care: 500 yen per time

■Applications/Enquiries: Kitakyushu International Association
Coordinator: Ms Hayashida

TEL: 093-643-5931 JP
TEL: 093-643-6060 EN, CN, KR,VN
Email: m.hayashida@kitaq-koryu.jp

4. Japanese Oshaberi Speech Contest-Audience Invited

Foreign residents present speeches on topics of their choice. Come along and hear what they have to say and vote for your favorite speech!

■When: 2018 February 4th  (Sun)14:00-17:00

■Where: Kodomo no Yakata, Kodomo Hall

(ComCity 7F, 3-15-3 Kurosaki Yahatanishi-ku)

■Cost: Free to attend

■Enquiries: Kitakyushu International Association (KIA)

 Coordinator: Jason, Ms.Hayashida, Mr.Ichiuji

 E-mail   cir@kitaq-koryu.jp   TEL  093-643-6464   

5. Documentary: THE TRUTH – What They Didn’t Tell You In 2016 

JICA Kyushu will be holding a screening of the documentary “THE TRUTH” followed by a lecture by the photojournalist responsible for the project, Hironobu Kubota.

Mr. Kubota and his crew have been reporting on the lives of refugees and the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria for 15 years. Find out the truth about 2016 that the world never portrayed.

■When: January 14th (Sun)  13:00-16:10

■Where: JICA Kyushu Sports Hall (Hirano 2-2-1, Yahatahigashi-ku)

■Max 50 people may take part

■Cost: Free (Apply in advance)

■Applications/Enquiries: When applying, please tell us your name and phone number.

Miura (JICA Desk, KIA) TEL 093-643-5931 
E-mail: jicadpd-desk-kitakyushushi@jica.go.jp

■Details: https://www.jica.go.jp/kyushu/event/2017/ku57pq00000i0wzl.html (Japanese)

Life Info

1. Flea Market Info

Kokura Flea Market

■When: January 21st  (Sun) 14:00 – 18:00
■Where: Kitakyushu Media Dome 1F Arena  Kokurakita-ku
■Enquiries: Kokura Flea Market Committee TEL 093-772-3223


1. The 29th Kitakyushu Women’s Ekiden Long Distance Relay

A heated race will take place between Kitakyushu’s top female athletes.

■When: January 21st  (Sun) 10:00~ 12:00
■Where: Start and finish at History Path, Kokura Castle (Kitakyushu City Hall, West Side) ~ turning at Higashimagari, Yahatanishi-ku 32.8km in.

■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Women’s Ekiden Relay Committee TEL 093-582-2395

2. Exhibition: Turner and the Poetics of Landscape

In commemoration of the renewal of the museum, the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art presents the Turner Exhibition. Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) is the pride of Britain. His paintings in oil and watercolors, lots of them never before exhibited in Japan, are well worth taking a look at.
■When: Until February 4th (Sun)  9:30-17:30  (Enter by 17:00, closed on Mondays. When Monday is a holiday, the following Tuesday is closed.)

■Where: Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art
■Cost: General – 1400 yen  Senior high and college students – 800 yen  Elementary and junior high students – 600 yen 

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

■Details: http://turner-kitakyu.com/

3. Special Winter Exhibition: The Aqua Kingdom

In the process of evolution, some vertebrates went back to living underwater after having lived on land. The Aqua Kingdom exhibition tells their story. Highlights include a complete skeleton of the Spinosaurus; the biggest aquatic carnivore on earth, and a reconstructed skull of the Shonisaurus, a whopping 21-meter long ichthyosaur. .

■When: Until February 25th  (9:00-17:00) (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

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

■Details: http://aquakingdom.jp/ (Japanese)


1. New Year Tea Ceremony at Kokura Castle’s Japanese Garden

An annual tea ceremony held every year to celebrate the New Year. Dress up in a kimono or come along in your regular clothes. Enjoy the wintry garden and experience Japan’s traditional tea ceremony, cha no yu. You can take part in a Japanese-style service, a western-style service, or both.

■When: January 20th - 21st  2018   9:00-14:00
■Where: Kokura Castle Japanese Garden 
Japanese-style room washitsu, western-style room with tables and chairs
■Cost: General \1500, Junior high & elementary students \700,(Including entrance fee). You can enjoy Japanese maccha tea twice, first Japanese style, and then again western style.

■Enquiries: Kokura Castle Japanese Garden  TEL 093-582-2747 

■Details: http://www.kcjg.jp/

2. Winter Peony Flower Display

Enjoy a display of over 50 winter peonies of 15 different types at the Shiranoe Botanical Park in Moji. Take in the elegant beauty of the flowers as you stroll through the park’s garden spanning 7.5 hectares.

■When: January 13th – February 28th   9:00-17:00

■Where: Kitakyushu Shiranoe Botanical Park (Moji-ku)

■Cost: Admission fee - General – 200 yen, Elementary/junior high students 100 yen

■Enquiries: Shiranoe Botanical Park Management Office TEL 093-341-8111

■Details: http://www.shiranoe.com/

3. New Year Hotchpotch Concert 2018

Musicians, dancers and other performers from Kitakyushu will gather for a concert.

■When: January 21st (Sun)  11:00-16:00

■Where: Moji Beer Masonry Museum Citizens’ Gallery

 (3-6-1 Dairihonmachi, Moji-ku)

■Cost: Free admission

■Enquiries: Moji Beer Masonry Museum  TEL 093-382-1717


Happy New Year! Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!

How is everybody doing? Whilst the year has just begun there are still many cold wintry days ahead, but spring feels like it’s just around the corner. This morning, I found a violet bud in my garden this morning. Perhaps, it is a herald of spring.

We at KIA, will continue to work hard this year to ensure that Kitakyushu remains a great city to live in for residents from overseas. With our consultation and interpreter dispatch services, events, and Japanese classes we are here for you.  
If you need help with anything in the New Year, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Chinese Language Consultant     Kimiko Okada  


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