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Easy Living in Kyoto

III Necessary Information for Daily Life

4.Community and Communication

4-1 Japan’s Customs and Public Holidays

◆Daily Life

・Shoes are removed in the entranceway to homes. Slippers are not worn in rooms with tatami mats.

・Wash before getting into the public bath or onsen (hot spring). Towels and soap are not used in the bathtub. The bathwater is not replaced after each user.

・Greet others with a bow, not a handshake.

・Contracts often require a personal seal (inkan) as well as a signature.

・For Kyoto addresses, “上る” (agaru, which means “going up”) indicates heading North, and “下る” (sagaru, which means “going down”) indicates heading South

・By law, people under the age of 20 are prohibited from drinking alcohol and smoking in Japan.


◆Shopping

・A 5% sales tax applies, and is included in the price of the product.

・Except for a few retail stores, prices are generally not negotiated.

・Tipping is not necessary either.


◆Public Holidays in Japan

・Government, municipal offices and most businesses are closed from Dec. 29 to Jan.3.

・From the end of April and into the first week of May there are a number of national holidays. This period is called “Golden Week”. During this time businesses and stores remain closed.

・Most businesses are closed during the Buddhist Obon season, which lasts from August 13 to 16.


<Public Holidays in Japan>

元日

(Ganjitsu)

New Year’s Day

1 Jan.

憲法記念日

(Kenpo-kinenbi)

Constitution Memorial Day

3 May

秋分の日

(Shubun-no-hi)

Autumunal Equinox Day

About 23 Sep.

成人の日

(Seijin-no-hi)

Coming of Age Day

Second Monday in Jan.

みどりの休日

(Midori-no-kyujitsu)

Greenery Day

4 May

体育の日

(Taiiku-no-hi)

Sports Day

Second Monday of Oct.

建国記念の日

(Kenkoku-kinen-no-hi)

National Foundation Day

11 Feb.

こどもの日

(Kodomo-no-hi)

Children’s Day

5 May

文化の日

(Bunka-no-hi)

Culture Day

3 Nov.

春分の日

(Shunbun-no-hi)

Spring Equinox Day

About 21 Mar.

海の日

(Umi-no-hi)

The Day of Sea

Third Monday in July

勤労感謝の日

(Kinro-kansya-no-hi)

Labor Thanksgiving Day

23 Nov.

昭和の日

(Showa-no-hi)

A day to reflect on the Showa Era

29 Apr.

敬老の日

(Keiro-no-hi)

Respect for the Aged Day

Third Monday in Sep.

天皇誕生日

(tenno-Tanjobi)

The Emperor’s Birthday

23 Dec.

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4-2 Japanese Classes

◆Japanese Classes at the Kyoto International Community House (kokoka)

①Japanese Classes

Japanese classes are taught by volunteers registered at the Community House. Anybody can join, at any time, regardless of their level of Japanese. Purchase tickets (¥50 per class). Appointments are not required. Every week from Tuesday to Sunday.

②“Easy Japanese”

Twelve Japanese lectures aimed at easing non-native speakers’ of Japanese into life in Kyoto. Introductory and Elementary classes are available (with fees). Meets once a week for three months. Summer session meets twice a week for two months.

*Apply at the Kyoto International Community House


◆ Other Japanese classes in Kyoto

Kyoto Prefecture International Center “Beginner’s Japanese Course for Foreigners” 342-5000

Location Kyoto Station Bldg, 9 F, Shiokoji-Sagaru Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto

Schedule 1)Saturday Course (Once a week) 

2) Monday/ Thursday Course (Twice a week)

*Both courses meet from 10:15 to 12:30

Fees  1) ¥4,000/ 3 months  2) \6,000 / 3 months.

URL  http://www.kpic.or.jp/f_nationality/index.html

Kyoto International Cultural Association (KICA) “Private Japanese Lessons” 751-8958

Location Kyoto International Community Center 3F

Schedule Day and time (from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM) selected by student. 

Fees ¥500/90 minutes (Lessons conducted by volunteers) 

URL  http://kicainc.jp/lesson/lesson-v/lessonjV.htm

¥2,000/60 minutes (Lessons conducted by qualified

instructors)

http://kicainc.jp/lesson/lessonj08.html

Kyoto YWCA “RAKU-RAKU”  431-0351

Location 44 Konoe-cho,Demizu-agaru,Muromachi,Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto

Schedule Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 8:00PM

Level based grouping and inquiry required

Fees  \2,500/ Month (plus additional \900 charge for texts)


Fushimi Youth Center  611-4910

Location Fushimi Youth House (39-2 Takajo-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto)

Schedule  1) Every Monday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

2) Every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Fees 1) ¥2,000/ 10 classes

Japanese Space Kyoto  361-0882

Location Trademark Kyoto 

180 Fudo-cho, Takoyakushi-Shinmachi Nishi-iru

Nakagyo-ku (North of Dog Café) ,

Schedule Every Week M•W•F 10:00-12:00AM, 1:00-3:00PM,

3:00-5:00PM

Fees ¥1,000/120 minute lesson

URL  http://j-space.sakura.ne.jp/JapaneseLesson.html


The Japanese Room Kyoto

Location West Sakyo Community Living Center

(149 Tanaka-genkyou-cho, Sakyo-ku)

Schedule Every Friday 10:30-12:00

Fees ¥2,000 (Four times a month)


Tachibana Clubhouse

Location Yamashina Youth Center Conference Room

Schedule Every Friday 7:00-9:00 PM

Fees ¥2,000 (ten lessons)


◆Japanese Language Institutions, Universities and Schools.

Name

Address

Telephone

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

(Kyoto Gaikokugo Daigaku)

6 Kasame-cho, Saiin,

Ukyo-ku

322-6043

Ryukoku University

(Ryukoku Daigaku)

67 Tsukamoto-cho,

Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku

645-7898

Doshisha University (Doshisha Daigaku)

Japanese Language/Culture Education Center

Karasuma-higashiiru

Imadegawa, Kamigyo-ku

251-3257

The Kyoto Center for Japanese Linguistic Studies, Kyoto Japanese Language School

(Kyoto Nihongo Kyoiku Center Kyoto Nihongo Gakko)

Muromachi-nishiiru, Ichijo-dori, Kamigyo-ku

414-0449

Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language

(Kyoto Bunka Nihongo Gakko)

24 Kamihate-cho, Kitashirakawa Sakyo-ku

722-5066

Kyoto YMCA Japanese Language Courses

(Kyoto YMCA Nihongo-ka)

Sanjo School:

2 Nakanomachi, Yanaginobanba Higashi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku

255-3287

Kansai Gogen Gakuin

39-12 Shimogawara-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku

647-1000

Kyoto International Academy

(Kyoto Kokusai Academy)

North side of Kitano

Tenmangu Shrine,

627-1 Kitamachi 2-chome

Imadegawa Agaru,

Onmae-dori, Kamigyo-ku

466-4881

Kyoto International School of Etiquette and Music

(Kyoto Reigaku Kokusai Gakuin)

513 Kamiitabashi-cho,

Fushimi-ku

602-0339

Kyoto National Japanese Institute

(Kyoto Minsai Nihongo Gakko)

69 Kitaooiri-cho Nishi-kyogoku, Ukyo-ku

822-0002

Kyoto Computer Institute, Kamogawa Campus

(Kyoto Computer Gakuin)

11 Tanaka Shimoyanagi-cho, Sakyo-ku

751-1121

JCL Foreign Language Academy

(JCL Gaikokugo Gakuin)

6-4 Fukakusa-nishiura-cho, Fushimi-ku

644-1717

Karen Academy, Kyoto Campus

(Karen Gakuin)

#84 Koyama Shimouchi

Kawara-cho, Kita-ku

492-8208

Arc Academy, Kyoto Campus

349 Nishiiru Otomoishi-cho, Manjuji-dori

Karasuma, Shimogyo-ku

353-7566

Japanese Center

(Nihongo Cenber)

356 Tominaga-cho,

Bukkoji Sagaru,

Kawaramachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku

344-3776

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4-3 Message Boards-Living Information

Message boards are a great source of useful information. So, if you want to make new friends, buy and sell things, learn foreign languages, or look for a room etc., you should visit the following places. Also, message boards allow you to find out about various events and meetings taking place in Kyoto.

◆Kyoto International Community House (kokoka)
 TEL:752-3511

◆Kyoto YWCA
 TEL:431-0351

◆Kyoto Prefectural International Center
 TEL:342-5000

III-5. Taxation and Insurance

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