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OPEN: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30am to 6:00pm

CLOSED: Mondays, National Holidays, New Years, Dec 29th - Jan 3rd

 

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2018年

10月

03日

Yamagata Prefecture International Relations Center- User Survey

AIRY (The Association for International Relations in Yamagata) is carrying out a survey of people who use the Yamagata Prefecture International Relations Center in order to improve our service. Your feedback is very important to us and we look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

How to respond to the survey
1) The survey is available in the six languages listed below. Select one of the listed languages and you will be taken to the questionnaire form.
Japanese
https://goo.gl/WbENv5
English
https://goo.gl/VQqvbI
Chinese
https://goo.gl/M7Tlq9
Korean
https://goo.gl/HQIXMp
Portuguese
https://goo.gl/4qYEGZ
Tagalog
https://goo.gl/ZMY5mn

2) Fill in the form

 

3) Finally, click the send” button to complete the questionnaire.

 

NB: The survey is anonymous

 

 

Survey Period:  1st October 2018 to 30th November 2018

Surveying organization: Association for International Relations in Yamagata (AIRY)

2018年

7月

31日

Face To Face No. 80 is out!

Hope everyone is beating the heat fine! Drink lots of water!

 

Face to Face No. 80 is out!

 

In this issue of our multilingual newsletter, we visit various water spots around Yuza-Machi, Siti Sarah Binte Daud writes about her experience being Muslim in Yamagata, and our Counselling Corner announces a new program for Fourth-generation Japanese people.  Please check it out!

 

You can download the current issue by clicking on the image on the left or find past issues of our newsletter here!

 

We publish Face to Face three times a year, each newsletter includes an exploration of a specific part of Yamagata, various voices and opinions from other foreigners living in Yamagata, as well as some tips and advice from our counselling corner.

 

We're always looking for writers for our International Insights section so feel free to contact us if you're interested!

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2018年

7月

28日

Yamagata Fireworks Displays

Check out some of the fireworks displays around you to complete the perfect summer experience!

As there is not much English information on the events, below is the Japanese version of the chart in the hopes that it is a useful resource!

2018年

6月

20日

Free TIME Magazines!

Hello, hello! This is the Coordinator for International Relations, Michiko! :)

 

Just a PSA that we have an archive of old TIME magazines from 2013 ~ 2016 that we don't need. If you're in need of reading or collage materials, please take one (or a few!)

 

If you're interested in reading the latest TIME magazines, we get new issues weekly, so stop by the AIRY Salon to read some and catch up on all the news! Just a note for the newer ones, we cannot give or loan them out, but you're free to peruse them within the Salon! :D  

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask an AIRY staff or contact us via phone/email/fax!

Hope you're having a merry day!

2018年

4月

10日

Face To Face No. 79 is out!

Hope everyone is enjoying the cherry blossoms!

 

Face to Face No. 79 is out!

 

In this issue of our multilingual newsletter, we visit a sake brewery and winery, Brenda Zhang writes about her year long experience as a Coordinator of International Relations for Yamagata Prefecture, and the Counselling Corner offers some announcements from the Chinese Consulate in Niigata. Please check it out!

 

You can download the current issue by clicking on the image on the left or find past issues of our newsletter here!

 

We publish Face to Face three times a year, each newsletter includes an exploration of a specific part of Yamagata, various voices and opinions from other foreigners living in Yamagata, as well as some tips and advice from our counselling corner.

 

We're always looking for writers for our International Insights section so feel free to contact us if you're interested!

2018年

2月

24日

2/24 Wadai Arekore Talk Salon

2018年

2月

23日

Japanese Classes

 

Japanese Intermediate Level Class

Comprehensive Intermediate Class

JLPT N2 Class
When?

Every Thursday from April 12th (Thu) until July 26th (Thu)

 

15 Total Sessions

Every Tuesday and Friday from April 24th (Tue) until July 24th (Tue) 

 

30 Total Sessions

 Every Tuesday and Thursday from April 5th (Thu) until July 19th (Thu)

 

30 Total Sessions

Time?

Mornings

10:30 ~ 12:30

Mornings 

10:30 ~ 12:30

Evenings

18:30 ~ 20:30

 

Details?

・Review of beginner level Japanese

・Study of intermediate level Japanese

・To strengthen reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills

・We will study and aim to pass Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2

Cost?

4,500円

AIRY Members: 500円

9,000円

AIRY Members: 5,000円 

Who?

People who have finished learning beginner's level of Japanese

Where?

Association for International Relations in Yamagata (AIRY) - Classroom

Deadline

March 27th (Tue)

March 22nd (Thu) March 22nd (Thu)

◎Online Application Form

メモ: * は入力必須項目です

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2018年

2月

07日

Okitama / Kaminoyama Region Hinamatsuri Festivals in February / March

Hello All!Below is a translation of Hinamatsuri festivals, also known as Doll's Day or Girl's Day, in the Okitama/Kaminoyama area from the Yamagata Warm & Cozy Winter Tour Campaign. If you're around the area, feel free to check some of them out!

 

Bunkyounomori Nagai - Kozakurakan (Nagai City)

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, February 7th ~ Monday, February 12th

Time: 9:00 ~ 17:00 (Entry until 16:30)

Photography Allowed

 

Details: This county office was built in November 1878, when Yamagata Prefecture was still ruled by Mishima Michitsune. This is the oldest county office still in use today within the prefecture, and is recorded as a Tangible Cultural Property of Nagai City.

You can see a display of Hinamatsuri dolls, supplied by local people, as well as various handmade goods that makes it feel like spring.

 

Location: 2 Chome-7-28 Koyacho, Nagai, Yamagata Prefecture 993-0085

Holidays: Mondays (If Monday falls on a public holiday, then the following day with also be closed)

Admission Fees: Free

Access: By Flower Nagai Line, 5 minute drive from Nagai Station

Contact: TEL. 0238-88-9365

Website (Japanese Only)

 

Shironezawa (Yonezawa City)

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, March 1st ~ Friday, March 9th

Photography Allowed

 

Details: Shironezawa is a textile manufacturer, with a history dating back to the Edo period that mainly produces casual pongee textiles.

 

Location: 3 Chome-8-20 Chuo, Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture

Daily Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00 *Reservation required

Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays

Admission Fees: Free

Access: By JR Yamagata Shinkansen, 10 minute drive from Yonezawa Station

Contact: TEL. 0238-23-0092

 

Dewa no Orizawa - Yonedawa Mingeikan (Yonezawa City)

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, March 3rd ~ Sunday, March 11th

Photography NOT Allowed

 

Details: Resonating with the heart of the folk art proposed by Yanagi Souetsu, the first director, Yamamura Masashi opened this Folk Art Museum. This is Japan's only museum to exhibit solely primitive cloth and ancient fabric.

 

Location: 1 Chome-1-16 Montomachi, Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture

Daily Hours: 10:00 ~ 11:30, 13:00 ~ 16:00

Holidays: Irregular Holidays

Admission Fees: General 500 Yen, Elementary School 200 Yen *Reservation required

Access: By JR Yamagata Shinkansen, 8 minute drive from Yonezawa Station

Contact: TEL. 0238-22-8141

 

Tamaniwa Hinameguri (Kawanishi Town)

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, March 24th ~ Sunday, March 25th

Photography Allowed

 

Details: While perusing the old dolls that have survived since the Edo period, listen to an explanation of their history or try some food from local volunteers at this special event held for only two days a year.

 

Location: 6708-5 Kawanishi Town Tamaniwa

Daily Hours: 9:00 ~ 15:30 (Enter by 14:00)

Admission Fees: Adults 1,500 Yen, Elementary/Junior High 500 Yen (Advance Tickets Available for Purchase)

Access: By JR Yonesaka Line, 20~30 minute drive from Uzen-Komatsu Station; By Tohoku-Chuo Expressway, 40~50 minute drive from Yonezawa Kita IC

Contact: Tamaniwa Area Exchange Center  TEL. 0238-48-2130

 

Uesugi Hakushakutei (Yonezawa City)

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, February 3rd ~ Tuesday, April 3rd

Photography Allowed

 

Details: This was built in 1896 for Uesugi Mochinori, a feudal lord of the former Yonezawa Castle, and is approximately 180,000 square feet with the mansion floor space being approximately 19,080 square feet. Now, it is recognized as a Tangible Cultural Property and functions as a restaurant serving local food and cuisine with Yonezawa Beef.

 

Location: 1-3-60 Marunouchi, Yonezawa City

Daily Hours: Exhibition 10:00~17:00/ Restaurant 11:00~20:00 (Reservation Required After 14:30)

Holidays: Every Wednesday from Dec - March, No Holidays from April - Nov

Admission Fees: Free

Access: By JR Yamagata Shinkansen, 8 minute drive from Yonezawa Station

Contact: TEL. 0238-21-5121 or Website

 

Kaminoyama Doll Festival 2018 (Kaminoyama City)

 

 

Former Sogabe Family (Samurai Residence)

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, March 17th ~ Sunday, March 25th

Location: 1-7-38 Tsuruhagicho

Daily Hours: 9:30 ~ 16:00

Admission Fees: Free

Access: By JR Yamagata Shinkansen, 15 minute walk from Kaminoyama-Onsen Station

 

Yamadaya (Naragejuku)

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, March 17th ~ Sunday, March 25th

Location: 56 Narage

Daily Hours: 10:00 ~ 16:00

Admission Fees: Free

Access: By JR Yamagata Shinkansen, 20 minute drive from Kaminoyama-Onsen Station

 

Kaminoyama Castle

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, March 3rd ~ Tuesday, April 3rd

Location: 3-7 Motojonai

Daily Hours: 9:00 ~ 16:45

Admission Fees: 410 Yen

Access: By JR Yamagata Shinkansen, 12 minute walk or 3 minute drive from Kaminoyama-Onsen Station

 

Kaisendo Museum

Exhibition Dates: Early March to Early April

Location: 4-6-8 Yarai

Daily Hours: 9:00 ~ 16:30

Admission Fees: 500 Yen

Access: By JR Yamagata Shinkansen, 5 minute walk from Kaminoyama-Onsen Station

 

Yamaguchi Family (Nagai City) *Private Residence

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, March 1st ~ Saturday, March 31st

Photography NOT Allowed

 

Details: The dolls were originally collected as a hobby until the collection grew large enough and was opened to the public, dedicating one part of the Yamaguchi house for this massive display. Its fame is spread through word-of-mouth and the number of visitors increase year by year.

 

Location: 25-34 Funaba, Nagai City next to Yamaguchi Seisakusho

Daily Hours: 9:00 ~ 16:00

Holidays: None

Admission Fees: Free 

Access: By Flower Nagai Line, 5 minute drive from Ayame-Koen Station

Contact: TEL. 0238-84-2830

 

Orion (Shirataka Town) *Private Residence

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, March 1st ~ Monday, April 30th

Photography Allowed

 

Details: This building is a reconstructed part of Arato Hotel, which existed in front of Arato Station during the Taisho Era.

 

Location: 986 Aratoko, Shirataka Town

Daily Hours: 13:00 ~ 16:00 *Reservation required

Holidays: Weekends and Public Holidays

Admission Fees: Free

Access: By Flower Nagai Line, 10 minute walk from Arato Station

Contact: TEL. 0238-85-3663

 

Arato Station Museum (Shirataka Town)

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, February 1st ~ Saturday, March 31st

Photography Allowed

  

Location: 1296-1 Aratoko, Shirataka Town

Daily Hours: 10:00 ~ 16:00

Holidays: None

Admission Fees: Free

Access: By Flower Nagai Line, Within Arato Station

Contact: TEL. 0238-86-0086

 

Ayu Chaya (Shirataka Town)

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, February 1st ~ Saturday, March 31st

Photography Allowed

 

Details: Boasted as Japan"s top fish-trapping tourist space, you can enjoy salted and grilled ayu (sweetfish), ayu set meals, and grilled tofu covered in sweet miso. The building is joined by Michi no Eki, where you can buy specialty products. You can also behold the wind-dried ayu, reminiscent of winter.

 

Location: 661-1 Shimoyama, Shirataka Town

Daily Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00

Holidays: None

Admission Fees: Free 

Access: By Flower Nagai Line, 5 minute drive from Arato Station

Contact: TEL. 0238-85-5577

 

 

There's  also other snow activities, hot springs, or food-related information on the website (Japanese Only) and pamphlets, so I recommend checking it out! 

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2018年

2月

01日

Okitama / Kaminoyama Region Snow Festivals in February

Hello All!

 

Below is a translation of snow festivals in the Okitama/Kaminoyama area from the Yamagata Warm & Cozy Winter Tour Campaign. If you're around the area, feel free to check some of them out!

 

15th Nagai Snow Light Festival (Nagai City)

Saturday, February 3rd (17:00 ~ 20:00)

 

Details: The roads are decorated with snow lanterns, made by the locals, covering the entire area in the soft glow of the snow lanterns and momentarily warming up our hearts in the cold winter. In addition to the snow lanterns and snow sculptures, each shopping district has prepared various events and delicious foods.

 

Location: Around city center

Access: By Flower Nagai Line; all spots within walking distance from Nagai Station

Contact: Executive Committee Office (within Nagaishi Sight Seeing Information Center) TEL. 0238-88-5279

 

Snow Lantern Connecting the Town and Dam (Nagai City)

Saturday, February 3rd (13:30 ~ 18:30)

 

Details: In addition to the above Nagai Light Snow Corridor event, you can experience candle- or lantern-making workshops and have a ride on a snowmobile - for free! There will also be free tama konnyaku, and once the night hits, enjoy the enchanted space lit by the snow lanterns.

 

Location: Nogawa Manabi Kan

Access: By Flower Nagai Line; 10 minute drive from Nagai Station

Contact: Nogawa Manabi Kan TEL. 0238-87-0605

 

12th Nanyo Snow Light Festival (Nanyo City)

Sunday, February 4th

 

Details: Each area has mini-snow huts that are lit by candles that local Nanyo high school students made. There is also free amazake and tama konnyaku. At the Akayu Ekubo Plaza, there will be a concert from the gospel group and a fun raffle, topped off with free mochi. Also, in front of the old community center, there is a giant snow hut that you can go inside to eat ramen (paid) or amazake. 

 

Location: Nanyo City (JR Yamagata Shinkansen Line Akayu Station、Akayu Ekubo Plaza, Toyotaro Yuki Memorial Museum, Akayu hot spring district, Miyauchi area, etc.)

Access: To Akayu Ekubo Plaza, hot spring district, and Toyotaro Yuki Memorial Musem - By JR Yamagata Shinkansen; 25 minute walk or 7 minute taxi ride from Akayu Station

              To Miyauchi area - By JR Yamagata Shinkansen; 15 minute taxi ride from Akayu Station

Contact: Nanyoshi Sight Seeing Information Center TEL. 0238-33-9512 (Weekends and Holidays: TEL. 0238-40-2002)

 

41st Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival (Yonezawa City)

Friday, February 9th (Pre-lighting)

Saturday, February 10th (11:00 ~ 21:00)

Sunday, February 11th (11:00 ~ 21:00)

Monday, February 12th (11:00 ~ 20:00)

 

Details: The 41st Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival will be commemorating the opening of the Tohoku-Chuo Expressway, expanding the event to a three-day long festival. There will be around 300 snow lanterns, 1,000 snow paper lanterns, and various bamboo lights to brighten up the area. There will also be a reappearance of "Osankai", the symbol of the former Yonezawa Castle as well as illuminations. There will also be tents with products such as Yonezawa Ramen or Torobeko Jiru to warm you up during the festivities.

 

Location: Uesugi-jinja Shrine / Matsugasaki Park/ Saijotenma Park

Access: Shuttle Bus (Paid)

Contact: Uesugi Yukidouro Festival Council TEL. 0238-22-9607

 

Mahoroba Fuyuzaki Botan (peony) Festival (Takahata Town)

Friday, February 9th ~ Monday, February 12th (10:00 ~ 20:00)

 

Details: The peonies compete to grow inside of the woven huts we made. Please enjoy this flower-viewing in the middle of the white snow. At night, the area is lit up, creating a magical world different from the day.

 

Location: Open space in front of Takahata Station (Taiyoukan Hot Springs)

Access: By JR Yamagata Shinkansen; Takahata Station

Contact: Takahata Town Tourism Association TEL. 0238-57-3844

 

Kasedori Festival (Kaminoyama City)

Sunday, February 11th (10:30 ~ 15:30)

 

Details: This is a local tradition of Kaminoyama where you splash young people, who are wearing straw raincoats called "kendai“, with celebratory water, and is a tradition held since the beginning of the Edo period to pray for bountiful harvests and thriving businesses.

The kasedori is a personification of the deities, so it is thought that the straw that falls from the "kendai" are places were deities dwell, and are made into talismans. It is also said that if you tie your hair with the straw of the "kendai", you will become a beautiful woman with luscious black hair.

 

Location: From Kaminoyama Castle and within Kaminoyama City

Access: By JR Yamagata Shinkansen; 15 minute walk from Kaminoyama-Onsen Station; 10 minutes by Tohoku-Chuo Expressway towards Yamagata-Kaminoyama Interchange

Contact: Kasedori Preservation Society TEL. 023-672-0839

 

Harumachi Market (Kawanishi Town)

Saturday, February 24th ~ Sunday, February 25th (10:00 ~ 16:00)

 

Details: "Harumachi" comes from "Haru ga machi", meaning "waiting for spring". As we wait during this long winter season, how about warming up with your family? Enjoy an array of delicious food or fun products gathered from around the town perfect for the chilly weather. On Saturday, there will be a "Watashi mo Ohina-sama", roughly translating to "I am also a Hinamatsuri Doll", event where boys and girls can dress up as the doll's for Doll's Festival.

 

Location: Kawanishi Town Friendly Plaza

Access: By JR Yonesaka Line; 3 minute walk from Uzen-Komatsu Station

              By JR Yamagata Shinkansen; 30 minute drive from Yonesaka Station

Contact: Kawanishicho Sight Seeing Information Center TEL. 0238-54-1515

 

Nakatsugawa Snow Festival (Iide Town)

Saturday, February 24th (14:00 ~ 20:00)

Giant Slide @ 14:00; Harvest Prayer Festival @ 16:00; Launch sky lanterns @ 19:00

 

Details: During the snowiest period of winter, Iide Town hosts their representative giant event. The enormous snow sculptures and snow stage are the highlight of the event, and the main event, where many lanterns are launched into the sky, seemingly invite us to an enchanting new world.

 

Location: Former Nakatsugawa Elementary/Junior High School

Access: By JR Yonesaka Line; 20 minute drive from Tenoko Station

Contact: Nakatsugawa Murazukuri Council TEL: 0238-77-2020

 

There's also other snow activities, hot springs, or food-related information on the website (Japanese Only) and pamphlets, so I recommend checking it out! 

2018年

1月

04日

Face To Face No. 78 is out!

Happy New Year everyone!

 

Face to Face No. 78 is out!

 

In this issue of our multilingual newsletter, we talk about our trip to Mogami Town for the Shin Soba Festival, Marcus Canning - the Coordinator of International Relations for Yonezawa City - talks about the cultural differences of humor, and the Counselling Corner offers some quick tips for the snow. Please check it out!

 

You can download the current issue by clicking on the image on the left or find past issues of our newsletter here!

 

We publish Face to Face three times a year, each newsletter includes an exploration of a specific part of Yamagata, various voices and opinions from other foreigners living in Yamagata, as well as some tips and advice from our counselling corner.

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