kokoka Open Day

“kokoka Open Day” has been held on November 3 every year since 2004 to promote the activities of Kyoto International Community House (public property) and Kyoto City International Foundation provide. Using the entire building and site, we offer an exciting and enjoyable event for all age groups to become familiar with international exchange with the help of many volunteers.

Flyer (PDF)   Poster (PDF)

【 Please volunteer with us! 】 Information Meeting for Volunteers Sept. 29 (Sunday)



Overview of our programs

1.Kyoto City Project of Praying for Peace 

【 Lecture 】“Strange Japanese Comedy” (with sign language in Japanese)
      Chad Mullane (Entertainer)  

【 Stage performance by performers from Japan, China and South Korea 】  
 Kyoto Composers Jazz Orchestra directed by Tomomi Taniguchi etc.


 We present this year's “Project of Praying for Peace” event in collaboration with the Culture City of East Asia Program, just as last year. Chad Mullane is going to give a lecture about the differences he experienced between the foreign and Japanese comedy culture. Also East Asian artists are going to give unique stage performances. It’s a nice opportunity to think about the interactions between different cultures.

< Chad Mullane >

He was born in Australia in 1979. He developed an interest in owarai (Japanese comedy) after a student exchange program took him by chance to Japan. He became the pupil of Bonchi Osamu. Currently he performs as one part of his comedy duo called “Chad Mullane”, together with Kato Takahiro. He plays a big role in popularizing Japanese comedy abroad by making subtitles to Matsumo Hitoshi’s movies, helping with the comedy actors’ overseas performances etc.

< Kyoto Composers Jazz Orchestra directed by Tomomi Taniguchi's >

Tomomi Taniguchi established the orchestra in 2006, with the aim to create an authentic jazz orchestra. They have more than 50 performances a year, including overseas concerts, like the Vietnam tour in 2019 April.

*Child care available (age: over 6 month old ~ under school age)
If you need child care, inform us at the time of your reservation.
PlaceEvent Hall
TimeOpen 12:30 Start 13:00
Maximum capacity200 people (admission in order of arrival)
CostNo charge, reservation required
For ApplicationCall the Kyoto City Government General Information Call Center
TEL:075-661-3755 FAX:075-661-5855
※Please be careful not to mistake the phone number.

2.World Market & Food Stalls

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the sister city alliance with Boston, we are presenting 20 stalls from the US and other countries. Enjoy food from all over the world.
*Food stall menus will be available in October. Enjoy!
*Some of the tableware we use at the food stalls are reusable.
*To reduce waste, please bring your own chopsticks and cups.
*You may need to show proof of age to purchase alcohol.

PlaceIn front of the building
Time 10:00~16:00

3.Global Stage

Feel the world through music, dance and other performances!
*List of performers and programs will be available in October. Enjoy!

Place1st floor lobby/Front Garden Round Stage

4.Spices Market

A corner selling spices and herbs from around the world. You can choose while asking shopkeepers about the recommended recipes. Why don’t you make your favorite ethnic dish by yourself?

PlaceParking area

5.An Introduction Corner for the NPOs, Cultural Associations, and Volunteer Organizations engaged in International Activities

Each international organization introduces their various activities.
*An organization list will be available in October. We hope to see you there!

PlaceParking area

6.Enjoy Ethnic Costumes of the World

Variety of ethnic costumes that you can try on and enjoy! Kids' costumes are also available. Please bring your own camera!You can also wear Japanese kimono.
*You can wear as many as you like within an hour.

PlaceJapanese Style Annex
Time10:00~16:00 (last entry 15:00)
Cost500 yen (free for children under elementary school age when accompanying a paying adult)

7.kokoka Flea Market

Kokoka volunteers hold the flea market to support the needs of international students.
*Between 10am and 11:00am only international students and technical interns are allowed to enter. Student ID and residence card are required to enter during this period.
*The general public may enter from 11pm.

Place Special Conference Room (2nd floor)

< About the sponsorship of items >

We are soliciting items that can be sold in the Flea Market.
Your unused household items can help out international students.

① How to donate: bring your items to the Kyoto International Community House
② Items accepted from October 16 (Wed) to October 31 (Thu) (*Except closed days: Oct. 21, 28)
③ Acceptable items: new towels, linens, soaps, cleaning products; unopened food (cans, drinks, etc.); new tableware and stationary; small home electrical appliances; kitchenware (no cutting tools, knives), new clothes, shoes, and bags
*Items looking old or broken may be refused.

8.koko Café

Nihongo Café is run by students studying Japanese and the tutors that support their efforts.
Come and converse in Japanese and their native language while having a delicious coffee or juice.
Speech time by the learner is also planned.

PlaceConference Rooms 1 and 2 (1st floor)
Time10:00~16:00 (last order 15:30pm)
Cost200 yen

9.Let’s play with international students

Get together for the World Amusing Games with International Students!

PlaceConference Rooms 3 and 4 (3rd floor)

10.Photo Exhibition of World Historical Cities (Panel Exhibition)

Introduce the member cities of The League of Historical Cities.

PlaceLibrary/Research Room (2nd floor)

11.kokoKids event "Graffiti House"

Let's make something new out of cardboard!

PlaceAnnex Front Plaza
Cost100 yen (sweets included)

12.2020 kokaka calendar

The kokoka original 2020 calendar (with our mascot character kokoka) will be given to the first 50 people.
*A collaboration with the Kyoto Association of People with Intellectual Disabilities to support people with intellectual disability to fit into society.

PlaceGeneral Reception (1st floor)
Time10:00~16:00(or while stocks last)
CooperationKyoto Association of People with Intellectual Disabilities

13.Come One, Come All, Come See the Storyboard Theater! 

We will have a kamishibai reading which has become a part of Japanese culture. We will read in Japanese, English and Chinese some of Japanese and world-known stories. Also, there will be quizzes, picture coloring and some more. Enjoy cultural exchange.

PlaceSeminar Room (3rd floor)


■There is no on-site parking on Open Day due to the large number of visitors. Please use public transportation.
■Drunk driving and underage drinking is illegal. You may need to show proof of age to purchase alcohol at the food stalls.
■Our many food stalls will be very crowded on Open Day. No pets will be allowed (except service dogs).
■Please follow the trash and recycling instructions.
■To reduce waste, please bring your own chopsticks and cups.


【 Support 】Kokoka Open Day 2019 needs the support of businesses, organizations and individuals.
       Please contact us for details.

【 Sponsorship 】 Kyoto City International Foundation
【 Cooperation 】 Kyoto Association of People with Intellectual Disabilities
【 support 】 Kyoto city