Calendar and Resident Resources

(Event colors correspond to event type. Blue are events run by NCIEF. Green are run by other groups. Gold are run by the city or other large facilities. Red are deadlines or tests.)

Table of Contents

  • General Bulletins
  • Art Exhibits
  • Education Related
  • Consultation Services
  • General Reference for Life in Japan

—General Bulletins—

CrossPal Monthly Closure

CrossPal is not open the last Monday of the month. This month, CrossPal will be closed on February 26th.

PSA-Abnormal Behavior in Influenza Patients

Flu medication may cause abnormal behavior, especially in children, so watch them to make sure they don’t hurt themselves.
Abnormal behavior can be any sudden excitement or strange and irratic behavior such as:
・Jumping out of the window or the door
・Being overly excited suddenly
・Suddenly doing or saying things they normally wouldn’t

PSA: Avoiding the Norovirus

The Norovirus is a virus that can infect people of all ages and cause acute gastroenteritis. It is particularly common in the winter months. This virus is strong against the cold and the dry air and can live on surfaces for a long time. Even coming in contact with a tiny amount of the virus can get you sick.

Fever of 37–38°C, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle aches, and headache

How to Prevent:
Wash your hands thoroughly before eating and after using the bathroom; cook food such as shellfish completely-the virus is dies if it gets hotter than 85°C for at least a minute; practice food safety; If someone vomits, be sure to clean it carefully and thoroughly

Be aware that:
There are no effective antiviral medications to treat the norovirus—only the symptoms can be treated. People with weaker immune systems, such as infants and the elderly, are at risk of hydration if they get sick and may need to go to the hospital for IV fluids. Norovirus is not just spread through food, the virus can be found in large quantities in vomit and feces and therefore can be spread from person-to-person.

—Art Exhibits—

Ikutopia Shoku Hana Growing Illumination 2017 Winter ~ Light Forest ~

This gorgeous illumination takes over the garden at Ikutopia.
Date: November 3rd(Fri) –February 12th (Mon) 16:00–20:00
Place: Ikutopia Shoku Hana (Seigoro Chuo Ward)
Fee: General- 500JPY  Junior High/Elementary- 300JPY
For more info call: 025-384-8732

teamLab Dance! Art Exhibition Learn & Play! Future Park

Come see how the lights change when you dance in this exhibit!
Date: November 23rd (Thu) –March 4th (Sun) 10:00 –18:00
Place: The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
For more info call: 025-290-6655

Exhibition in the NCIEF Salon

Niigata International Friendship Center Exchange Salon
Galveston Friendship Tour Photo Exhibition

A collection of amateur photos put together by the Niigata Galveston Committee of their November trip to Galveston.
Date: January 5th (Fri) –February 16th (Fri) 9:00–17:00
Closed: Sundays, Holidays, and the 4th Mon. of every month
Place: Niigata International Friendship Center (CrossPal 2F)
For more info: 025-225-2727(NCIEF)

Niigata International Friendship Center Exchange Salon
Introduction of Niigata Inner Mongolia Friendship Association

Date: February 20th (Tue) – March 29th (Thu) 9:00–17:00
Closed: Sundays, Holidays, and the 4th Mon. of every month
Place: Niigata International Friendship Center (CrossPal 2F)
For more info: 025-225-2727(NCIEF)

—Education Related—

NCIEF Spring Japanese Classes

Applications for spring session Japanese classes are now open! Morning and evening classes are available in various beginner or intermediate levels. Stop in to the Friendship Center to pick up an application and get more information. Application forms are due by March 20th, however, if you miss the deadline, do not hesitate to come in and talk with us about it.

TEL: 025-225-2727

Spring Session Beginners’ Japanese Preparatory Class

There will be a special 4-day class being offered for people who are going to register for the A level Japanese class offered by the Niigata City International Exchange Foundation. (Information about the NIEF classes can be found on page 2).

The A level class hits the ground running and starts with the assumption that students already know how to read katakana and hiragana. If you need to learn or want to review basics so you are ready for the first day of class, then take this short course.

Date: March 27th (Tue)–March 30th (Fri) 10:00–12:00
Place: CrossPal Niigata 3rd floor
Fee: 1500 yen
Sign-up Deadline: March 22nd (Thu)
TEL:  025-225-2727

School Support for Non-Native Speakers (Elementary – High School)

Is your child struggling in school? The Nico Pal Club and R’s are two volunteer groups that provide educational support to non-native speakers attending Japanese schools. Tutoring and support is available at CrossPal Niigata every Saturday from 10:00 to 14:30. Contact NCIEF for more information.

Notice Regarding Enrollment in Municipal Elementary & Junior High School

The Niigata City Board of Education sent admission notices on January19th to children who will enroll in elementary or junior high school in April 2018. Please bring or send the notification to the designated school to enroll.

If you haven’t received the notification, please make a phone call to the Niigata City Board of Education School Affairs Division (Gakumu-ka).

For more info call: 025-226-3168

Job Fairs for Foreign Students (Registration required)

  • Tokyo
    Date: March 20th (Tue) 10:00–17:00
    Place: Akihabara UDX (4-14-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
  • Kyoto
    Date: March 28th (Wed) 10:00–17:00
    Place: Kyoto Karasuma Convention Hall (634 Shichikannon-cho, Rokkaku-sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto)

Conditions: Foreign students who are currently enrolled in a university pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree, and who expect to graduate between April 2018 and March 2019.

The 58th International Speech Contest in Japanese

Date: May 26th (Sat) 13:00–
Place: Ikinoshima Hall (445 Gonouracho Honmurafure, Iki, Nagasaki Prefecture)
Application: Application form, recorded speech, speech manuscript, photo, etc.
Application Deadline: April 17th (Tue)
For more info: 03-3359-9620 (International Education Center)

Consultation Services

Niigata Help Association  
TEL: 025-228-2212
Every Day: 9:00-23:00
Spanish, English, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Chinese, etc.

Niigata International Association 
TEL: 025-241-1881
English: Thu 10:00~14:00  Thai: Tue 10:00-14:00
Chinese: 1st, 3rd, 5th Wed 10:00-14:00

Niigata Medical Care Information Network 
URL: Site available
in Japanese Only

Hello Work, Foreigner Advisory Service 
TEL: 025-280-8609
Address: No.2 Niigata-Misaki Government Building (1-2-1 Misaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi)
1st ~ 4th  Wed 13:30-16:00
English & Chinese

Niigata Prefectural Gyosei Shoshi (Administrative Clerk) Main Office Free Consultation for Foreign Nationals (Reservations Required)

  1. Niigata Prefectural Gyosei Shoshi Niigata Branch Office
    Date:    February 18th (Sun) 11:00~15:00
    Place:   Kurosaki City Hall (Toppara, Nishi Ward)
    Contact: 070-1189-8555 (Ms.Aiba)
  1. Gyoseishoshi Association of Niigata
    Date:    February 28th (Wed) 10:00~14:00
    Place:   Toki Messe
    Contact: 025-290-5650 (Gyoseishoshi Association of Niigata)

Free Legal Consultation for Foreign Residents
Need legal advice? Typically about once every two months there will be an opportunity to visit with a lawyer and receive free consultation regarding legal matters. If you don’t speak Japanese, then an  interpreter will be provided for you.
Dates for this Fiscal Year: (Fri) Aug 25th, Oct 20th, Feb 16th
Times: 13:00~17:00
Place: CrossPal Niigata 2nd floor
Requirements: Must be non-Japanese resident living and working in Niigata
Language Support Available: English, Chinese, Korean, French, and Russian
Places Available: 5 (reservations required) Length of Consultation: 45 min/ person
Reservations: Please tell us your name, nationality, phone number, sex, and what you wish to discuss.
For more info/reservations: 025-225-2727 or email

Helpline for Foreigners  
TEL: 0120-279-338 Call the toll-free number and press 2 after the Japanese guidance

 TELL (Tokyo English Life Line Japan)
Provides free phone counseling between the hours of 9:00AM and 11:00PM.
Their website also provides a nationwide healthcare index and other useful information.
Life Line: 03-5774-0992

International Mental Health Professionals Japan (IMHPJ)
IMHPJ is an association that maintains a useful index of certified international mental health professionals.

—General Reference for Life in Japan—

Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese) – the unconventional how-to guide for living in Japan is an extensive blog and an excellent Japan resource. If you’re having trouble, or just want a reference, check out this site; you might be surprised what you find.

CLAIR provides a general guide to life in Japan, including information on visas, medical care, and more.