Monthly Archives: February 2016

(Event Summary) Shizuoka Prefecture “Fuji No Kuni” 10 February 2016

Members of the Kansai Consular were invited to participate in the 2016 “Fuji No Kuni” event, hosted by the Shizoka Prefectural government on 10 February 2016.

The event opened with a lecture by the Dean of Shizuoka University, who spoke about the prefecture’s efforts to address its declining birth rate (a nation-wide issue). Over 100 people attended the lecture including representatives from the Russian, Dutch, and Philippines. Consuls-General Wols (Netherlands) and Taguiang (Philippines) personally attended.

A reception followed the lecture. Guests were able to learn about the various industries of Shizuoka and were treated to local specialties. Business and community leaders were among the attendees, creating a wonderful opportunity for Consuls to expand their understanding of and network in Shizuoka Prefecture.


IMG_1901The Governor of Shizuoka Prefecture opens the lecture

IMG_9601Representatives of Kansai Consular countries are welcomed by the Governor.

Left to Right: CG Wols (Netherlands), CG Taguiang (Philippines), CG Binh (Vietnam), CG Manapan (Thailand), CG Changsan (India), [US Consul from Nagoya], Consul Naseer (Pakistan) and Attache from Russia acting in proxy

IMG_9619A feast composed of Shizuoka seasonal specialties

IMG_9621Consul Naseer (Pakistan)

IMG_9624Demonstration of Shizuoka Industry and Products

(Event Summary) Opening Ceremony of Quilt Exhibition, Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Osaka

On January 27th, 2016 Kansai Consular Corps members joined local government leaders and other distinguished guests for the opening ceremony of a traditional Russian Quilt Exhibition. The ceremony, which was held at the Russian Consulate, included a tour of the artwork, a concert, and a reception featuring Russian delicacies.

Guests appeared delighted by the opportunity to view exquisitely crafted quilts with various themes. Following a preview of the quilts, they enjoyed an afternoon of music. The performance included songs that are popular in Russia and Japan.

It was a celebration of friendship and culture.

Consul-General Ryabov welcomes guests

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Opening of the Exhibit by Russian Ambassador, who arrived from Tokyo to join the event

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Local officials greet the Consul-General

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Consul-General Kulanda (Mongolia) joins for a photograph


Ornate Russian Quiltwork

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Job Vacancy Announcement from the Consulate-General of the Philippines in Osaka

Please allow me to share this information about a translator/interpreter position at the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka. Interested persons should send their inquiries to Ms. Shirley Nuevo at the email below.

For your convenience, a downloadable description is also available here: advert_interpreter


The Philippine Consulate General – Osaka-Kobe invites applications for a translator/interpreter with the following minimum qualifications:

  • native Japanese speaker, or Level 1 proficiency (if non-Japanese)
  • proficient in the English language
  • willing to travel within Western Japan, coordinating with Japanese city, ward, police and immigration officials
  • willing to undergo a minimum three (3) months probation
  • preferably with driver’s license.

Monthly compensation will depend on qualification and experience.

Please send your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume to as soon as possible. Those who have previously submitted their CVs or resumes need not re-apply.

Invitation from Consulate General of India in Osaka: Traditional Dance Events in Kobe and Sakai City

The following is an open invitation to those interested in experiencing a traditional Indian Manipuri Dance Performance.

Manipuri dance is one of the six major Indian classical dance forms.
It is a folk dance, which originates in Manipur, a state in north-eastern India on the border with Myanmar. In contrast with other Indian classical dance forms, Manipuri dance style embodies graceful and beautifully flowing movements. Female dancers’ unique and gorgeous cylindrical skirts decorated with small mirrors and jewels glitter to their movements. The word “Manipuri” has a meaning of jewelry.
There will be two performances in Kansai, Sakai and Kobe.
Date: Monday, 15th February 2016
Time: 1800 hrs
Venue: 21st Floor Observation Lobby, Sakai City Hall
Fee: Free
Date: Tuesday, 16th February 2016
Time: 1830 hrs
Venue: India Club, Kobe
Fee: JPY3,000 (incl. buffet dinner)
Flyers and further details at this link: