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This biannual event takes place in spring and fall at times when many new foreign residents arrive in the city. The International Welcome Party seeks to close the distance newcomers might feel between themselves and citizens when they first arrive while promoting active participation in society and sustained exchange.
The event offers traditional Japanese cultural experiences, games and other fun opportunities for exchange.
The International Friendship Fair is part of the Flower and Greenery Festival which takes place on June 3rd every year and includes other events such as the Spring Gardening Festival and Civic Green Saitama. The fair includes booths introducing Saitama City-based international organizations, world cuisine and crafts for sale, foreign music and traditional dance, as well as an international exchange corner where visitors can chat with people from abroad. Last year's fair featured participants from approximately 30 different countries and 60 regions.
This event promotes and celebrates international exchange with particular focus on Saitama City's sister/friendship cities. In addition to booths introducing Saitama sister and friendship cities, the fair features rare ethnic crafts and exotic cuisine as well as traditional music, dance, and other stage performances. It also features an international exchange corner where visitors can chat with people from abroad.
This is an exchange event between trainees at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute (foreign instructors of Japanese) and citizens. The foreign Japanese langauge instructors come from around the world to study at the institute. Come join us in welcoming these instructors to Japan! You can also tour the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute while there.
This seminar seeks to promote discussion to raise Saitama City students' global awareness. The seminar features student presentations on cross-cultural experiences, guest lectures, and free discussion in small groups.
Would you like to try wearing a kimono? The Kimono Try-On Experience is an annual event, in which participants can try tea ceremony, learn furoshiki wrapping techniques, and enjoy various other traditional aspects of traditional Japanese cullture.
In this contest, foreign residents give original speeches in Japanese in which they share their thoughts on and impressions of everyday life in Japan. The theme for the 2013 contest was "My favorite place," and the winner, Nilufer Ahamadi, was awarded the Saitama City Mayor's Prize.