Foreign residents have increased in the City of Setagaya, and the 2020 Olympics will take place in Tokyo. The City decided to take advantage of this trend of internationalization to establish an organization to promote wider and further policies for internationalization. Therefore, the International Affairs Department was established in the Setagaya Arts Foundation in April 2020. The Foundation has a history of encouraging international exchange among city residents and supporting citizen activity groups.
To start, the Department will host presentations and exchange events for Japanese and foreign residents of the City of Setagaya to understand more about other cultures, encourage activity groups to expand and vitalize networks among themselves, and create more opportunities for foreign residents to participate in the community and community activities.
The Setagaya Intercultural Center will be established in the Setagaya Arts Center, and it will provide information about activities and be a place to get to know other people.
By cooperating with the Setagaya Public Corporation for Industrial & Tourism Promotion, universities in the City, and other related organizations and by each playing a suitable role, we will work with the City of Setagaya to achieve initiatives based on the Setagaya City Intercultural Cohesion Plan.
The role of the Setagaya Intercultural Center
Setagaya Intercultural Center
We give information about the government, daily life, culture, and more that will help foreign residents to live in the City of Setagaya. We tell you where you can ask for help. We can introduce you to groups that hold activities for international exchange and intercultural cohesion.
|Hours||Tuesday to Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM|
|Languages available||Japanese and English|
We will use an interpreter device for other languages.
We promote international exchange and intercultural cohesion (to understand cultures not our own).
International Exchange Events
Events where groups for different countries and regions present their culture and activities to each other.
Setagaya International Lounge
An event for Japanese and foreign residents to understand more about the culture of others. There is a theme for the day, and foreign residents who live in Japan present how it is in their culture. After the presentations, participants divide into groups to have discussions. Most of it will be in Japanese, but international students and staff members are available to help people who are not so good with Japanese.
Tours for Japanese and foreign residents to walk through the City of Setagaya together. They could go to a famous historic place or experience Japanese culture. It is a good way to find out about the area and life in Setagaya.
We hold classes that help international exchange and intercultural cohesion.
Intercultural Volunteers Course
Participants learn about differences in culture, daily life, and thinking. Each group has discussions, and participants can get to know each other. Japanese and foreign residents are welcome.
We hope this will be useful in volunteer work.
Japanese Language Course
A course for persons who can speak Japanese at the intermediate level to learn how to communicate in Japanese. We hope this will be useful in participating in the community.
Persons who have not studied Japanese or are not too good at Japanese can go to Japanese classes in the City of Setagaya.Japanese classes in the City of Setagaya