Commonly known as “MISHOP.” This association has the goal of “encouraging international exchange at a grass-roots level with citizens working on a volunteer basis, so that foreign residents living in the area can lead more comfortable lives in Japan.”
Location: Mitaka City Chuo Dori Avenue Town Plaza 4F, 30-12,Shimorenjaku 3-chome
This program deepens the understanding of the Japanese language and personal ties as fellow human beings through exchanges in Japanese between Japanese and foreign residents. MISHOP offers a Japanese Lounge free of charge on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the MISHOP meeting room.
These are one-on-one Japanese language lessons offered by Japanese volunteers. The lessons are held at MISHOP lounge. Only a one-time registration fee of ￥1,000 is required.
This is a major event with the goal of promoting understanding of different cultures by becoming familiar with various cultures and providing an opportunity for friendly exchanges between Japanese and foreign residents. This event is held at Inokashira Onshi West Park, and attracts more than 30,000 visitors and participants every year. With music and dance performances from countries around the world, there are also over 100 tents offering the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, ethnic cuisine and folk craft items. This event has a program that makes the entire day festive.
There are various exchange programs throughout the year, such as “Eat Around the World!” in which cooking from various countries is taught by a person from that country while enjoying friendly exchanges, “Walk Rally” (in May), “Farewell Party” (in December) and more.
MISHOP also has programs to promote the understanding of other cultures, such as the “International Understanding Lecture,” in which specialists are invited to speak on timely and hot news such as the world situation, basic foreign-language lessons and public relations magazines.
As of FY2000, MISHOP has also offered international understanding educational programs and language support for children of foreign nationality to extend to educational locations such as elementary and junior high schools (and some high schools as well).
(1) English Lounge (2) NGO Exchange Program (3) Exchange Salon (4) Japanese Intensive Course for Beginners (5) Beginner Course for Teaching Japanese (6) Web Site Production (7) Children’s International Exchange Meeting, and more.
(1) Enjoy English Speaking (E.E.S.) (2) Let’s Enjoy Current
English (3) International Issues Discussion Club (4) Let’s Read
‘Newsweek’ Club (5) Video Salon (6) Let’s Play Tennis (LPT)
(7) Hot Springs Research Association (8) Korean Language
Group (9) Chinese Language Group (10) Study Tour Group (Lectures/
Reports) (11) Let’s Play ‘Go’ and more.
Inquiries: MISHOP Tel: 43-7812
Hours:Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed:national holidays and during the December29 through January3)
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