Date: April 21st (Sat.) 10 am – 11:30 am

Location: Oita International Plaza Social Space

Participants: 10 (first come, first served)

Participation Fee: Free!

Instructor: Volunteer Spanish Interpreter/Translator (Japanese)

Content: Grammar for beginners, a brief culture introduction, advice for studying Spanish

The Oita International Plaza offers FREE consultations for international residents of Oita Prefecture.

◆Tagalog Consultation: 1pm-4pm on Saturday May 12th, Tuesday May 15th

◆Chinese Consultation: Thursday May 10th, 17th, 24th, 31th 10am-1pm

◆Legal Consultation: 1pm-4pm on Wednesday May 16th

*Interpretation into languages other than Japanese and English may be available with a reservation at least 2 days prior to the consulting day (there are no guarantees).

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Our Foreign Language Book Giveaway Activity was successfully completed on Mar. 10th, 2018.

This time we added kids corner, providing picture books and textbooks for kids.

These books were very popular among participants for the books satisfied their needs of breeding up kids in bilingual environment.

The number of participants was 71, which reached the maximum of all these years.

237 books were given away during the activity, and will play  important roles in participants’ study and life.

Thank you very much for participating in our activity.

We are looking forward to your participation next time.


Free Foreign Language Book Giveaway

 The Foreign Language Book Giveaway will take place again this year.

We will be giving away used foreign language books that the Plaza has for free.

Please feel free to stop by.


The 89th edition of the Tombo is now available under the “Publication” section.

The 88th edition of the Tombo is now available under the “Publication” section.

We would like to announce the International Understanding Seminar ~ Islam in South-East Asia Edition. You may not be familiar with Islam, but this is an opportunity to familiarize yourself a little bit more with halal foods and more. Come learn about Islam in South-East Asia.

Date: October 22nd 2pm – 4pm

Location: iichiko Culture Center, 4th Floor Midsized Conference Room #2

Participation Fee: Free

(Contact) Himeno or Kobayashi of the Oita International Plaza

Telephone: 097-533-4021

Currently there are 95 registered interpretation and translation volunteers at the Oita International Plaza(speaking a total of 13 languages), and 38 registered Japanese volunteers.


In July, we held a Skill Up Workshop for them.

For our first workshop this year, our lecturer was Atsuko Sugimoto, who is an “Simple Japanese” volunteer and who taught our workshop participants how to use simple Japanese to support foreigners in Japan during times of crisis.

The event took place on 2nd July from 14:00 to 16:50, in a meeting room on the fourth floor of the iichiko Culture Center.

Durig the Work Shop, everyone split into six groups, each group with a mix of Japanese and foreign group members.

They studied large hazard maps laid out on each table, and worked out which emergency shelters people should go to a disaster happen, and so on.