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(920) Kanazawa-shi Shimohonda-machi 5-25IFIE is one of the major players in promoting international exchange in Ishikawa Prefecture. Its activities include hosting technical trainees from overseas, organizing seminars on international understanding for local residents, producing an English and a Chinese map of the prefecture, providing information for both Japanese and foreign residents, and promoting their exchange. Its office has a small library containing books in English and other languages which introduce Japanese culture lifestyle. Many of these books can be borrowed. The office also provides interpretation and translation services in English, French, Chinese and Russian.
tel (0762)62-5931; fax (0762)63-5931
4th floor, Ishikawa Social Education Center (Shakyo Center)Located on the fourth floor of the Ishikawa Social Education Center, it provides a wide range of services to promote activities between local residents and foreigners. They include a homestay program (for seminar students only), foreign language courses and Japanese language courses for foreigners. In its library, there are books written in foreign languages, books about foreign countries, and foreign language magazines and newspapers. The materials in the library can be borrowed with a library card.
(920) Kanazawa-shi Honda-machi 3-2-15
tel (0762)23-9575; fax (0762)23-9585
(920)Kanazawa-shi Yasue-cho 1-1The Foreign Students Association gives day-to-day support for foreign students studying in Ishikawa. It provides consultations for the students and organizes bazaars for household items. Every Saturday from 2:00pm to 5:30pm, an "International Coffee Hour" is held which provides an opportunity for foreign students and local residents to promote new friendships. The Association also has a bazaar set up for foreign students during regular office hours.
(International Exchange Lounge)Widely known as the International Exchange Lounge, it is widely used by foreign residents of the prefecture, Through the use of volunteers, it offers lessons on Japanese and Japanese culture. It also introduces Ishikawa to foreigners through traditional Japanese arts and activities, and conducts many colorful international activities such as "Girls' Festival", Christmas party and "Blue Sky Recycle Market".
(920)Kanazawa-shi Hirosaka-chi 1-1
(920) Kanazawa-shi, Hyakubangai North WingLocated in a corner of the North wing of JR Kanazawa Hyakubangai shopping precinct inside the Kanazawa Tourist Information Centre, this organisation offers a tour guide service to foreign visitors. Staffed by a total of 47 English speaking volunteers, including 1 man and 1 foreigner, ( leader - Takiguchi Shigeko ), it offers daily tours of tourist locations in Kanazawa and Ishikawa prefecture. If you are prepared to pay the expenses of the guide ( food, entrance fees etc ) you can make use of this service.
Tel : (0762) 31-6311
(920)Kanazawa-shi Naga-machi 2-2-43KIEF provides services related to international exchange in Kanazawa. Its main functions include providing information and assisting foreign students. Other activities include setting up homestays (mainly short-term), providing volunteer guides for foreign visitors and conducting foreign language lessons for local residents. The office also provides interpretation services in Chinese, English, German and Spanish.
tel (0762)20-2522; fax (0762)20-2527
KIEF is located in the Naga-machi Kenshukan, and on every Saturday in the same building, there is "Naga-machi Saturday Cinema", which movies are shown from 2pm to 4pm. There is no admission charge.
(923) 58-2 Komatsu-shi Yaichi-machiFounded in November 1993, this organisation offers Japanese language instruction to foreigners at minimal cost, as well as sponsoring a variety of international exchange events throughout the year. Open 11-7pm, closed Wednesdays.
(923-11)Nomi-gun Terai-machi Terai Yo-47The Youth Division of Terai Town Board of Education is promoting international exchange for the next generation, and every July it conducts a summer camp for foreigners and local elementary students. The group is also concerned with some foreigners who are having troubles due to the high yen, and as result, donated household items to them for free.
(920)Matto-shi Yoko-machi 96-1This group is led by Ms. Tomoko Matsumura. It meets every Saturday for a study group session, and helps out foreign residents by lending donated household items to them, and conducting bazaars and other activities. Also, it holds Japanese study groups for foreigners living in Matto.
***** Japanese Language Classes in Ishikawa Prefecture *****
(4th floor, Ishikawa Social Education Center)
(920)Kanazawa-shi Honda-machi 3-2-15
(Inter-national Exchange Lounge) - Japanese Classes
(920)Kanazawa-shi Hirosaka chi 1-1
(920) Kanazawa-shi No-machi 3-16-7The school offers homestays to students while they study Japanese. Conducts individual lessons. Lessons cost \2,200.
920-21 Ishikawa-gun, Tsurugi-machi, Bunyudo-machi Mu 57-4Japanese language instruction offered in your own home. Personal tuition at \2,200 per hour. Group and business tuition also available.
Tel /Fax : (07619) 3-2306
(926) Nanao-shi Madashi-machi Na-41
tel (0767)52-3699; fax (0767)52-0262
(HAPPIE)A volunteer organisation of internationally minded Hakui residents. A variety of unique events ( eg Tanabata Festival ) throughout the year.
(925) Hakui-shi Shinbo-machi Ya-20
(920) 3 Kanazawa-shi Dewa-machiA nonprofit language institution with headquarters in Switzerland. Languages are taught at schools located in countries which they are spoken in. In 1988, a Japanese language school named Eurocentre Kanazawa opened in Kanazawa. The students are put up in homestays and are taught Japanese and Japanese culture systematically using instructors from Japanese classes at the Ishikawa Social Education Center.
tel (0762)60-1543, 60-1544; fax (0762)60-1535
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