NIC Regional Seminar 2013
In the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake the spontaneous willingness of community members to assist each other and cooperate proved that “Community Power” exists in Japan. All residents regardless of age or nationality should be thought of as a friend living in the area, as it is becoming increasingly important to build communities that can respond to any difficulty. However in recent years, links between residents have become weakened and it has become increasingly difficult for residents to get to know each other.
This seminar will look at case studies of communities in the Tokai area where Japanese and foreign residents are working together in the community. The seminar will provide ideas on how to initiate communication and look at how we can put them into practice in our own communities.
- When: Sunday, February 3 (13:00 – 17:00)
- Where: Nagoya International Center Annex Hall
Reservations can be made from Friday, January 11 by calling 052-581-5689 or by mailing email@example.com. Only 150 places available, 500 Yen participation fee; seminar & discussion will be in Japanese, English interpreter available upon request.
Start Up Seminar and Gyoseishoshi Consultations for Foreign Residents
The NIC will be hosting a free seminar (in Japanese with an English interpreter) on Saturday, January 19 (13:00 – 14:30) in the center’s 4F exhibition room. If you want to know more about how you can easily start up and register your own business – this is for you. Maximum 30 people. If you have more specific questions personal consultations are available in the afternoon (below).
Following the seminar the NIC will also be hosting free gyoseishoshi consultations on Saturday, January 19 (15:00 – 17:30) in the Center’s 4F Exhibition Room. English, Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese interpreters are available. Maximum 50 minutes per person; maximum 12 people.
Reservations for both sessions are required and can be made on the NIC website (seminar only), by calling 052-581-0100, or by visiting the NIC 3F Information Counter.
What is a Gyoseishoshi?
A gyoseishoshi can provide support to foreign nationals residing in Japan when applying for residence status, work qualifications, business start-ups, or naturalization.
Since 1989 gyoseishoshi have been authorized by the government to represent foreign nationals in immigration-related documentation procedures.
They can assist you with certificate of eligibility applications, change of status of residence applications, extension of period of stay applications, permanent residence applications, and certificate of authorized employment applications.
They can also assist in other procedures:
- International marriage procedures.
- Procedures to obtain operating permission for the construction industry, industrial waste operation, antique dealing, and other industries.
l Business establishment and incorporation procedures
l Documentation of Inter-corporate contracts.
l Consultations related to inheritance, wills, and other related matters.
NIC Disaster Survival Tip – Plastic Wrap
Disaster Survival Tip
After a natural disaster (earthquake or flood for example) it is possible that electric, gas, and water lifelines may be cut off for a period of time. Without running water it would be difficult to wash plates and bowls after eating and saving your cache of bottled water (that you have kept for such a situation) for drinking is important. So using plastic wrap (cling film, Saran wrap, glad wrap, or whatever you call it) to cover bowls, plates, and dishes before food is served on them is a great way to keep them clean and save precious water. After eating, the wrap can simply be thrown away – hygienically wrapping up any left over food.
Walt Disney 110th Anniversary Exhibition
A special exhibition to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of Walt Disney (1901 – 1966). Featuring around 700 exhibits on loan from the Disney corporation and San Francisco’s Walt Disney Family Museum, the exhibition will look into the life of Walt Disney and how he overcame repeated failures and an economic depression to make his dreams in to a reality.
- When: Saturday, December 15 to Sunday, January 20 (10:00 – 19:30; until 18:00 on 12/31 & 1/20)
- Where: Matsuzakaya Art Museum 松坂屋美術館, Matsuzakaya Department Store, South Wing 7F
- Access: Yabacho Subway Station, exit 5
- Admission: Adults 1000 Yen, students 800 Yen, under 16s free.
Klimt’s Golden Rider and Vienna
A special exhibition in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918). Since the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art opened 20 years ago, Gustav Klimt’s 1903 painting “Life is a Struggle (Golden Rider)” has been a beloved museum treasure. Structured around this painting, this exhibition introduces the artist’s stylistic development. The exhibition also examines various influences on the production of the Golden Rider, including the influence of the arts of Japan on those of the West (japonisme), and the activities of the Vienna Secession (founded in 1897 and led by Klimt) and the Wiener Werkstätte (founded in 1903).
- When: Friday, December 21– Monday, February 11
- Where: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art 愛知県美術館, Aichi Arts Center 10F.
- Access: A 3 minute walk from Sakae Subway Station; Aichi Arts Center is connected to Oasis 21 at the basement level.
- Admission: 1300 Yen, students 1000 Yen, free for JHS students and under. The admission fee also includes entry to the museum’s permanent collection.
- Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays); closed on Mondays except Dec 24, Jan 14, & Feb 11. Closed on Dec 25, Jan 15, Dec 28 – Jan 2.
The Toyota Home Rink
The Oasis 21’s Galaxy Plaza will be transformed into a temporary skating rink for the winter season. But there is one catch, its an ice-rink without ice. Instead the rink’s surface has been constructed using a high-tech plastic. The admission price includes special skates; you are not allowed to use your own. Skates are only available in sizes 16 to 28cm. Users also need to wear gloves (you can bring your own), gloves can be also purchased at the ticket gate.
- When: Open daily until Sunday, March 3. Weekdays (13:00 – 20:00). Weekends, holidays, & December 25 -January 4 (10:00 – 20:00) . Last admission 30 minutes before scheduled closing time. Closed on Feb 19. Where: Oasis 21, Sakae. A 2 minute walk from Sakae Subway Station, just follow the signs.
- Admission: general admission is 1000 Yen; elementary school students and under 500 Yen.
- Books of tickets: Adults – 14 tickets for 10,000 Yen or 6 for 5000 Yen. Children – 14 tickets for 5000 Yen or 6 for 2500 Yen. Collect 5 ticket stubs and enter prize draw to win Nagoya TV merchandise – all participants win something.
- Admission Discounts “wari-biki”
- Student Discount** (gakusei wari-biki)- half price on a weekday for groups of 3 or more students
- Night Discount ** (yakkan wari-biki) – half price on a weekday for groups of 2 or more adults after 17:00
- Ladies Day** – half price for women on Fridays
- Receipt Discount (reshiito-waribiki) – Present a receipt for 1000 Yen or more from a Oasis 21 shop (dated between November 23, 2012 and March 3, 2013) and receive a 200 Yen weekday discount.
*Sponsored by the Sakae Park Promotion Company and Nagoya TV. ** not applicable between December 25 and January 4.
The Japanese New Year’s Festival!
This event provides Japanese and non-Japanese guests a chance to meet and mingle under a casual party setting. There will be recreational games, prizes, and a chance to learn and experience Japanese culture. A buffet-style light meal will be available.
- Where: Nagoya International Center Annex Hall (Kokusai Center Subway Station, exit 2)
- When: Sunday, January 27 (14:00 – 16:00)
- Admission: 1000 Yen for foreign residents; reservations are required.
To reserve your place and for more information contact the International Cross Culture Promotion Center at 080-1559-9744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Williams Exhibition
Born in Peru in 1950, and raised there and in Chile, Brian made an art career choice when sent to California at 16 to finish high school and attend University. After four years at the University of California, Brian arrived in Japan in 1972 on a one-way ticket, with just a backpack and $300 and has lived here ever since.
During his 40 years in Japan, Brian has had over 100 solos shows all over the country. This exhibition features 30 of his “parabolic landscape paintings” – paintings produced on curved canvas to give a realistic eye’s view of stunning scenery.
- When: Until Friday, February 15
- Where: Kiyosu Haruhi City Art Museum 清須市はるひ美術館
- Access: A 20 minute walk from JR Kiyosu Station 清洲
- Open: 10:00 – 19:00. Closed: Dec 29 – Jan 3, Jan 7, 15, 21, 28, Feb 4, 12.
- Admission: 500 Yen. Admission free for JHS students and younger.
Osu Kannon Special Exhibition
The iconic Osu Kannon Hoshoin Temple in Naka Ward holds 4 national treasures, 37 culturally-important treasures, and over 10,000 documents from the 8th to the 16th century. By far the most important item that is stored there is the oldest hand-written copy of the Kojiki. The Kojiki (古事記) is considered to be the earliest remaining record written by the Japanese. The early accounts are a collection of myths concerning the origins of Japan and its deities, while the later accounts hold some historical accuracy.
Through the temple’s collection of documents and treasures this exhibition celebrates two landmark events – the 1300th anniversary of the Kojiki (completed in 712) and 400 years of Osu Kannon in Nagoya (it was relocated from what is now Hashima City in Gifu Prefecture in 1612).
- Where: Nagoya City Museum 名古屋市博物館
- When: Saturday, December 1 to Monday, January 14
- Admission: Adults 1000 Yen, college & HS students 600 Yen, free for JHS students & under. Admission price includes entry to the museum’s permanent exhibition (see below).
★About the Nagoya City Museum 名古屋市博物館The museum’s permanent collection is themed around local history from the Japanese Paleolithic Period to Post-war reconstruction and features archaeological materials, fine art, crafts, documents, and folk materials.
The museum has an English audio guide available for rent. Use the guide to take you around approximately sixty of the main items on display in the museum’s permanent collection. Audio guides are also available in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean, there is also a children’s version aimed towards local school children. Audio guides cost 200 Yen for adults and are free for JHS students & under.
- Open: 09:30 – 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
- Closed: Mondays (except holidays – instead closed following day), Dec 29 – Jan 3, & 4th Tuesday of the month (except holidays)
- Admission: Adults 300 Yen, college & HS students 200 Yen, free for JHS students & under. Access: A 5 minute walk from Sakurayama Subway Station. Parking 300 Yen.
Hollywood Festival Orchestra
New Year Concert 2013
From the silent era to the modern day blockbuster, music has always been an essential part of the big screen experience. In this two hour show the Hollywood Festival Orchestra (back in Japan for the first time in 10 years) will be performing some of the best known pieces from such movies as Gone with the Wind, Sound of Music, Bridge Over the River Kwai, E.T., Stand By Me, Rocky, Ghost, Spiderman, and Harry Potter. The orchestra will be conducted by Neil Casey with vocals by Billy King.
- When: Sunday, January 13 (14:00 -)
- Where: Aichi Prefectural Arts Theatre愛知県芸術劇場 Access: Connected at the basement level to Oasis 21 and Sakae Subway Station.
- Tickets: S-seat 9500 Yen, A-seat 7500 Yen, B-seat 5000 Yen. Tickets available with P-code 178-011 from Circle K, SunKus, and Ticket Pia, or from Lawson with L-code 40877.
A Great Assembly of Gods: A New Year’s Shrine Visit to the Tokugawa Art Museum
The Shinto gods of Japan have long had a vibrant presence in the daily life of the Japanese. Today, it is still common for Japanese to visit and offer prayers at significant moments in the annual calendar and at key points in their lives, such as at New Year, the Seven-Five-Three Festival, and before school entrance exams. The Owari Tokugawa clan also paid homage to the gods. Various art works that illustrate gods or shrine precincts represent the clan’s respect for the deities; other kinds of works include diagrams of festivals or items related to performances dedicated to the gods. Passed down through the generations, such pieces testify to the significance of art for honouring the gods. This exhibition highlights valuable works from the medieval age and other festive pieces that match the season, as well as documents that reveal the nature of the Tokugawa family’s beliefs and their relationship with various shrines.
- When: Friday, January 4 to Sunday, February 3
- Where: Tokugawa Art Museum徳川美術館, Higashi Ku
- Open: 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30). Closed January 15 and on Mondays (except January 14).
- Admission: Entry 1200 Yen, 1000 Yen for adults with a Subway Day Pass.
- Access: By Nagoya Kanko Route Bus from in front of Nagoya Station – bus stop 8 – in service between 09:30 & 15:30 runs every 20 – 30 minutes on weekends and every 30 – 60 minutes on weekdays. By any outbound City or Meitetsu bus from the bus stop above Shiyakusho Subway Station – runs every 10 to 15 minutes. Get off at Tokugawa-en Shindeki 徳川園新出来.
Please be aware that all aforementioned event times, locations, and prices are subject to change without notice.