Open hours changed to 9:00am-5:00pm, from April 1st, 2021. No lunch break.
You will be able to receive the English consultation from Monday through Saturday as the same way as previously.
In the case the English speaking consultation staff is not available, we will provide consultations and information by connecting our contracted interpreting company.

Kawasaki International Center
TEL: 044-455-8811
E-mail: soudan39@kian.or.jp
Address :〒211-0033, 2-2 Kitsuki Gion-cho, Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki-shi

I have found myself lately feeling the scent of spring. In the Kanto area the cherry blossoms is blooming earlier than usual this year, with its peak sometime between late March and early April.
In Kawsasaki City there are many parks and green spaces that have a lot to offer. We'll introduce a couple of good places here to see the cherry blossoms.
Nikaryo Irrigation Channel (Tama Ward, 2-minutes walk from Shukugawara Station on the JR Nambu Line)
This historical irrigation channel was built during the Edo period. About 400 cherry trees line the watercourse for about 2 kilometers.
Asao River (Asao Ward, 3-minutes walk from Kakio Station on the Odakyu Line)
About 250 cherry trees line the river, weaving together overhead to form a pink tunnel.
Just as last year we are supposed to enjoy cherry blossoms quietly without having Hanami parties under the cherry trees, which might add a little extra je ne sais quoi.

The Kawasaki foundation provides the streaming service of their plays in aim to prevail and develop Japanese traditional performance arts. You can watch Noh-gaku plays at the below sites with English subtitles.

The original Noh-gaku dates back to the end of 13th century and it was flourished as a samurai culture since the 14th century. Noh is Japan's oldest form of musical theater and registered as UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Please check this website for further information about Noh.

'Hirnamatsuri', 'the Girls' Festival' or 'the Doll's Festival,' is celebrated on March 3rd in Japan. It is also called 'Momo no Sekku', which means 'Peach Blossom Festival.' People began this event in the late eighth century of the Heian period (794-1185). It is an occasion to pray for young girls' growth and happiness.
Most families with girls display dolls dressed in Heian period court costumes, peach blossoms, cake cubes (hina arare) and diamond-shaped rice cakes (hishimochi). We celebrate the day by eating mixed sushi with colorful ingredients (Chirashi-zushi) and drinking sweet white liqueur (Shiro-zake).
By the way, May 5th is the Boys' Festival in Japan. We will introduce this event on the blog later.

The Japanese government has extended the state of emergency covering Tokyo and other regions to contain corona-virus outbreaks by one month until March 7. We must remain vigilant for a while longer though coronavirus cases are declining. If you live in Japan as foreign residents, we assume that your family at home are very worried about you under this coronavirus pandemic.
But we have a small but good news for you, which we hope helps to conforms you living in Japan. The coldest time of the year is still upon us in February, but we see petit pink flowers called ‘Ume’ in bloom under this cold weather. This signals one step before the beautiful and cheerful spring season comes!

If you have any problem or worries about topics such as Japanese study, visa, pension, child care and so on, please feel free to call us (Tel 044-455-8811).
You can receive consultations and information in any of 11 languages including ‘Yasashii Nihongo’ or easy Japanese.

The Japanese government issued a declaration of a state of emergency again right after the New Year on January 7.
Countries in the northern hemisphere have been at the mercy of the dreadful COVID-19 which became quite active in the coldness of winter; while a new vaccine for the Coronavirus has been rolled out in the United States and Europe. It is expected that the vaccine will be available in Japan around spring.
Research on COVID-19 has been promoted in various parts of the world. Meanwhile, the media reports that wearing a surgical mask is more effective for preventing COVID-19 infection than previously recognized.
In other words, there were many cases in which talking at close range without wearing a surgical mask led to COVID-19 infection. These include such situations as social gatherings, eating and drinking in a large group of people, and moving to another location (like a smoking area and a changing room at public bath and gym). COVID-19 cases among the younger generation rose higher than during the first wave, and serious cases have recently been observed.
Please take good care of yourself.

Kawasaki City website for foreign residents:https://www.city.kawasaki.jp/350/page/0000116234.html

COVID-19 Information and Resources by Immigration Services Agency of Japan:


A Happy new year to all!
January 1st is called 'Gan-tan' in Japanese and there are many special events and customs to perform to celebrate the beginning of the year.
For example, some Japanese go to mountains and seas on January 1st to worship the sunrise called 'Hatsu-hino-de'.
To welcome in the gods at the beginning of the year, they clean houses during the year-end-period. They decorate doors and entrance gates with special ornaments called 'Kado-matsu' and 'Shime-nawa'. 'Kagami-mochi' is a set of two round, flat rice cakes stacked on a stand. They are displayed as worship offerings to the year god (Toshi-gami-sama).
People visit shrines and temples to pray for health and happiness for the coming year. This act is called 'Hatsu-mode'.
Osechi-ryori is specially prepared New Year's food which are beautifully arranged in lacquer boxes. They are eaten on the first three days of the new year. One of the reasons why Osechi-ryori was invented is said that it was as a result of consideration to reduce housewives' work for three days.
People send New Year's postcards called 'Nenga-jo' to their friends, relatives and colleagues to give updates on their lives.
This tradition have been inherited for more than 1500 years in Japan. If you are interested in studying more about these, please visit the library and reference room which are located on the second floor of Kawasaki International Center. Please visit the website (https://www.kian.or.jp/len/kic/003.shtml) for further information.

In Japan, Year-end and New Year holidays are considered as a 'Fushime' which means a critical turning point. On this occasion, many Japanese people make a fresh start, wishing for a happy year. The first three days of the New Year (January 1-3) are usually called 'San-ga-nichi.' Most of the clinics are closed around December 29 to January 3. It would be better to check the opening hours and dates in advance.
Click the site below Kawasaki City Medical Information and contact number of Health and Welfare Bureau.
・Medical Guide
Hospitals and Clinics:
Health and Welfare Bureau Health Policy Office: Tel044-200-3742
Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year!

Shiwasu or December

It is December already and less than a month before the end of 2020.
This month has another name in Japan — The old way to call it is ‘Shiwasu’. In Japanese, the word has a couple of meanings and one of the popular ones is ‘shi runs around’. Shi, Buddhist monks, are busy for the year-end Buddhist events. Therefore, it is believed in Japan that December is the busiest month. During such a busy period as this, we would like to be careful especially about our health, and be ready for entering a new year with a lot of happiness.

Do you know 'May ii'? It is an application software to connect those who have difficulty finding destinations or having linguistic communication, and those who can help the former solve their problems, in several areas of Kawasaki.This autumn it is now being promoted as part of 'Kawasaki Para Movement.'
When you are lost in town or you need to understand Japanese, you can find someone to help you by using this application software.It is very easy to use it. Only you have to do is to enter what you need. Then your request will be forwarded instantly to someone near you, and you can meet him or her on the spot.
This 'May ii' application software is available around the areas of the following stations: Kawasaki; Musashi-Kosugi; Musashi-Mizonokuchi; Noborito; and Shin-Yurigaoka.And it is currently available in Japanese, English, and Korean.Let's look for partners to help expand the field of our activities with 'May ii'!For further information, please click the sites below.
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