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The Puratto Salon within the International Exchange Center (Comunale F9, above Parco) is a salon for international exchange run by volunteers. The Puratto Salon offers basic consultation for foreign residents and citizens and various international exchange events. The salon also features an information exchange board, resource corner and more, so drop by and check us out.
Hours: 9:00-18:00 Monday-Saturday
Various mini-seminars conducted by volunteer leturers are offered. Mini-seminars are open to anyone who wishes to participate, so if you are interested, please join us! (Entry is FREE!)
Also, if you are interested in conducting a mini-seminar introducing your home country's culture and lifestyle, please contact us and tell us your proposal!
Conversation salons are offered for Japanese, English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Russian. There is no set teacher at conversation salons. Instead, salon events are facilitated by volunteers who join participants in freely discussing topics of their choice.
The Japanese Conversation Salon also offers chances to experience traditional Japanese culture.
Entry Fee: FREE! (¥100 for the Japanese Salon)
Saitama City currently has six sister/friendship cities in five different countries and conducts annual youth sports exchanges with two of them; Richmond, U.S.A. (baseball) and Toluca, Mexico (soccer).
We are also currently planning a sister city informational event (details coming soon).
To supporting foreign residents, the International Exchange Center has been hosting "Nihongo no Heya" Japanese courses since October 2007. At Nihongo no Heya, volunteer Japanese instructors help foreign residents learn the language and gain other information necessary for life here. No reservations are required, so feel free to drop in any time.
- ・Morning Course with Childcare, Fridays 18：00-20：00 (General Course)
- ・Children's Course, Fridays 18：00-12：00 (for parents with small children and students)
- ・Night Course, Fridays 18：00-20：00 (General Course)
- ・Morning Course in Omiya with Childcare (Place: Meeting Room of Omiya Ward Hall) 10：00-12：00
- ・Support for learning basic Japanese necessary for everyday life
- ・Language and homework support for parents and young students
- ・Language study support for parents accompanied by small children
The below events provide an opportunities for children to play with other kids from around the world and for internationl parents to meet and exchange information on parenting in Japan. No reservations necessary, so please drop by any time!
Puratto Asobou.g: every 2nd Saturday 10:00-12:00
Puratto Asobou.g WAI WAI Salon: every Tuesday 10:00-12:00 (except the 1st Tuesday of the month)
Come, relax, have fun, and make friends with parents and kids from around the world. Exchange info and get answers to your questions on child-raising in Japan. No Japanese ability necessary!
Volunteer training seminars are for those interested in becoming volunteers and assisting with international exchange events and support activities. Seminars include training workshops for those who wish to provide support to disaster victims from other countries as well as those who wish to become volunteer Japanese language instructors.
Language is the gateway to the world! Bring friends with similar interests as you and come study a foreign language. Courses are taught by native speakers living in the Saitama City vicinity.
Also, we are currently seeking language instructors, so if you are a native speaker of a foreign language and are interested, please contact us.