Monthly Archives: October 2015

KCC members join Danjiri Matsuri in Ikuno Ward (Osaka)

Sending warm wishes from the KCC office in Sannomiya on this chilly and rainy Autumn evening.

This is a summary of a recent KCC event from the Office of the Secretariat.

By informal invitation of the 青年団 (community youth organization), members of the Kansai Consular Corps participated in Ikuno Ward’s (Osaka Prefecture) Autumn Festival Danjiri Matsuri on October 15, 2015.
KCC members were warmly welcomed by the organization’s leaders and community members, including Mr. Hidemi Asakura (朝倉 秀実, 大阪府議会議員), Representative of the Osaka Prefectural Assembly and Ikuno-ku community resident.

The Kansai Consular Corps was represented that evening by Mr. Muhammed Naseer, Consul of Pakistan-Osaka, along with several guests. Mrs. Kitakado and Mrs. Yasunari, residents of Ikuno Ward, kindly guided Consul Naseer and our group through the bustling, energetic crowds. They explained the history of the festival as well as the meaning of the various objects and Danjiri used in the matsuri.

IMG_0008Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 23.49.31Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 23.49.50The evening was action-packed. As drums furiously pounded in the background, children of competing neighborhood teams chanted. KCC participants were invited to wear Japanese Happi and climb onto the Danjiri for photos.
Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 23.50.59Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 00.04.38Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 00.09.27In addition to the parade and the performances, one local family (the Okada Family) invited KCC members to their home for sushi dinner and a rest. KCC members were therefore able to experience Japanese-style hospitality inside a 300 year old home. Mrs. Okada gave us a brief explanation of some architectural features which are no longer used in modern homes. Participants were able to share information about their respective countries, and new friendships were formed.
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Before the festival ended, KCC members also payed their respects to the local shrine.
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The KCC would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to our gracious hosts in Ikuno-ward for a memorable evening!

Link to the Ikuno-ku youth group: http://四條青年団.net/

Russian Festival in Kobe on October 24, 2015 from 11:00-17:00

Greetings from Sannomiya, where the crispness of Autumn can increasingly be felt in the morning air.

I’m excited to share this invitation for the 2015 Russian Festival with you! The festival will happen in Kobe City on Saturday, October 24th from 11:00am-17:00pm at the Kobe Kinrou-Kaikan 7th Floor (map available at link below).

The event is co-sponsored by the Consulate-General of Russia-Osaka and also receives the endorsement of Kobe City. The official link to the festival is available here:

The event features Russian food, music, crafts, and a bazaar where you can purchase Russian goods. Here is a brief overview of the schedule in English and Russian. It looks to be a lot of fun, and I hope to see you there!

Kobe Festival Russia Oct 24 Pic 1

開催日時 : 10月24日(土) 11:00~17:00

会場 : 神戸市勤労会館

 共催 : 在大阪ロシア連邦総領事館

後援 : 神戸市、神戸新聞社(予定)

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Invitation from the Consulate-General of Indonesia in Osaka: Free Indonesian Cultural Event (Reservation Required)

The Kansai Consular Corps is pleased to share this invitation from the Indonesia Consulate regarding a traditional Indonesian Dance and Music performance. The performance is free and open to the public, but an advance reservation is required.

Reservations in English: Call Tamara at 080-4567-1756

Date and Time: Saturday October 10thfrom 13:00~16:00.

Place: Minoh City  (Osaka Prefecture) Minoh Green Hall, Nishishoji 6-6-1

This is a very special opportunity to experience the traditional Indonesian arts – hope to see you there!

10.10 2015 Indonesian Cultural Event



今年も在日インドネシア留学生協会大阪・奈良支部は箕面市立市民会館(グリーンホール)にて10月10日(土)に「インドネシア伝統芸術公演: ハヌマンの修行の旅」を行います。




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日時 :2015年10月10日 (土)

13:00〜16:00(開場 12:30)




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「Indonesian Performing Arts 2015」


Free Event “Indian Mela” Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of India in Osaka-Kobe

It is a lovely, crisp Autumn morning at the KCC office in Sannomiya, Kobe. I hope you are all doing well and feeling refreshed from the weekend.

I am very pleased to share information about an event that is stirring a lot of buzz in Kobe – the 2015 Indian Mela event. This three day event will take place in Kobe Meriken Park from October 10~October 12th.

Highlights of the event include: Indian food, traditional Indian music and entertainment, as well as “Minna de Odoro” Bollywood event in which participants can dance together in Bollywood style.

This event is extremely popular and open to the public for free, so please be sure to stop by and have some fun!

Event Website:

Indian Mela 2015 Flyer


Free Seminar (in 3 languages) for Foreign Workers, Co-Sponsored by Kobe City (KICC) – Theme: The Basics of Japanese Employment/Social/Health Insurance

Greetings everyone!

I am happy to announce the following free seminar, open to the public. It is for non-Japanese workers currently employed or seeking employment in Japan who wish to deepen their understanding of the (sometimes complicated) system of employment insurance/social security system. The seminar will be conducted in 3 languages – English, Chinese and Japanese – by a Labor and Social Security Consultant.

Date and Time: October 29th (Thursday) 18:00-19:00

Place: Kobe International Community Center Room (Sannomiya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Building)

Please note that this event is not sponsored by the Kansai Consular Corps. Rather, this event is sponsored by the Kobe City International Center for Cooperation and Communication (KICC) – a subsidiary of the International Department of Kobe City. (Coincidentally, the KCC Executive Secretariat also works at the KICC, so you can contact Angie if you have any questions!)

KICC is offering this seminar for the first time due to increasing questions/needs regarding the Japanese insurance system from non-Japanese Kobe residents and foreign exchange students. However, you need not be a resident of Kobe City to participate! KCC members are encouraged to share this information with any constituents they feel appropriate.

Additional details and registration information available here: 社労士ポスターVERSION 2(英語)

General questions (in English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese or Portuguese) can be directed to KICC at:

Kansai Consular Corps Members and Associates can also direct questions to Angie at the KCC:

Event Announcement: Hankyu British Fest

I’m thrilled to draw your attention to this month-long celebration of British culture (and food!) happening at the Hankyu Store in Umeda.

It looks like  October 7-13th will be a particularly exciting time to stop by. Looking forward to meeting you there (I’ll be where ever the food is)!


Free Day-Trip to Awajishima Sponsored by the Junior Chamber International Awaji

Good morning! This is Angie from the Kansai Consular Corps office.

I recently received a guest – Mr. Tokieda –  from the Junior Chamber of International (JCI) of Awaji. I am very excited to share with you all the information he provided regarding a promotional day-trip to Awajishima for non-Japanese residents and tourists.

Day and Time: Wednesday October 28th 9am to 9:30pm

Place: Bus pick-up at Shin Osaka

Tour Highlights: Taste what is arguably Japan’s most delicious burger (this is not hyperbole, google it!), tour the place that, according to Japanese creation myth, was the first island in Japan, experience traditional arts and locally-produced sake.

Cost: Free, Reservation required.

Questions: Angie (Kansai Consular Corps) at


Awajishima Flyer Awajishima Schedule English