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December Issue - Exciting Shopping Arcades That Are Well Worth the Visit!

Shopping arcades have always thrived thanks to local community support, serving as places where people can connect. It is our hope that, in the future, these arcades will continue to serve as lively venues for all to gather, whether they be young or old, women or men.
This month's issue takes a look at various shopping arcades which are attractive in their own unique ways.
Contact point: Chiiki Shinko-ka (Community Promotion Division), Naka Ward Administration Office (tel. 224-8132 / 224-8137, fax 224-8215)

HONMOKU Hello! Cafe
Honmoku-dori Commercial Revitalization Association
1-7 Honmoku-makado (tel. 263-6404)

Say "hello!" to various people, things and information at this shop. The owner of this stylish cafe, a big fan of both books and chatting with visitors, is happy to welcome you. The shop's "Bungo Kohi" ("legendary writer coffee") selections, with flavors themed after literary greats such as Ryunosuke Akutagawa and Shugoro Yamamoto, are highly recommended.

About the Shopping Arcade
We started our new store association this year in response to locals' impassioned requests to vitalize the Honmoku area.
Inoue Lacquer Ware Shop
Isezaki-cho Shopping Street Cooperative Association
4-114 Isezaki-cho (tel. 261-3751)

This long-established shop, founded in 1907, is one of the few lacquer ware specialty shops in Yokohama. The store is packed wall to wall with lacquered goods, including numerous chopsticks made using Wakasa-nuri lacquering—a traditional style from Fukui Prefecture that is highly popular throughout Japan. This latter category of products is perfect for those seeking out personal, home-use chopsticks or gifts for others.

About the Shopping Arcade
Isezaki-cho thrived since the prewar period as one of the region's liveliest downtown shopping and entertainment districts, on par with Ginza in Tokyo. Today, visitors can enjoy safe, stress-free shopping under pleasant blue skies.
Ma-san Dim Sum and Ma Cooking School
China Town Kanteibyo Street Association
166 Yamashita-cho (tel. 263-8482)

This gift shop sells Ma-san's celebrated dim sum selections to take home or give as a gift. An experience Chinese dim sum chef makes each item from scratch, including Shanghai-style mixed-ingredient shaomai dumplings, Shanghai-style meat mooncakes made with Hama Pork, and other popular products. In addition, Ma-san personally leads dim sum cooking classes with small class sizes.

About the Shopping Arcade
Home to Kanteibyo Temple, fortune-telling shops/stands, flower shops, electronics stores, local product shops, restaurants, cooking workshops and more, this shopping arcade is truly diverse.
Le Salon de Légumes
Bashamichi Shopping Avenue Cooperative Association
YT Bashamichi Bldg. 1st floor, 4-20-2 Kaigan-dori (tel. 228-9952)

This restaurant serves up healthy, light French dishes with a focus on seasonal, local vegetables. Enjoy classy cuisine anytime—you'll feel right at home from the moment you step inside! The "vegetables-only special legume terrine," always made with about 15 different vegetables, both looks and tastes great.

About the Shopping Arcade
Not only does this shopping arcade boast 150 years of history, the installation of additional gas lamps and the planned relocation of the city hall to this area in 2020 are expected to further vitalize the arcade.
Isezaki Mall 12 St.
1-4-1 Isezaki-cho (tel. 261-1231)

Anyone who lives in Yokohama knows Yurindo, the famous bookstore founded in 1909. The popular main shop in Isezaki-cho offers numerous books and magazines and has a flower shop near the entrance and a stationery sales area on the third floor hosting a rich array of goods.

About the Shopping Arcade
This shopping area hosts a wide variety of events. This winter, for example, they will host "Isezaki Starlight," a holiday illumination event featuring 70,000 LED lights.
Takenaka Furniture
Motomachi SS Association
4-180 Motomachi (tel. 641-0858)

With a long history going back to 1924, Takenaka Furniture offers a wide selection of interior products imported directly from overseas. Store staff travel directly to supplier locations to inspect each product in person before purchasing them, making for a unique in-shop selection seen nowhere else. During the winter holiday season, the shop is made up to feel like a German Christmas market.

About the Shopping Arcade
Although this arcade is now filled with an array of charming, one-of-a-kind shops, it was once home to numerous stores offering Western-style furniture and interior decoration products for foreign and upper-class Japanese customers.
Daily Yamazaki
Marinard Underground Mall
5-24-2 Minato-cho (tel. 663-8600)

This convenience stores sells bread freshly baked in-shop along with other tasty items. Their "Mariko Cream-filled Bread," created to commemorate the Marinard Underground Mall's 40th anniversary, is particularly popular: it consists of two different creams inside fluffy bread, which is decorated with an image of the shopping mall's mascot character Mariko. According to shop staff, this treat is quite difficult to make.

About the Shopping Arcade
This retro-style arcade reminds one of pleasant times from the past. They strive to be a one-of-a-kind shopping arcade offering experiences that can't be found anywhere else.
Yamamoto-cho 1-chome Seishokai
1-15 Yamamoto-cho (tel. 662-7172)

This izakaya serves mainly Japanese-style dishes made with seasonal seafood and vegetables. Tsurue has an at-home feel to it—probably due to the owner's personality—meaning that anyone can enjoy themselves, even when dining alone. Customers can even catch their own fish and have it sliced and served up.

About the Shopping Arcade
We're within walking distance of Yokohama Negishi Forest Park and Minato no Mieru Oka Park. Stop by if you're in the area!
Hongocho Shoeikai
1-23 Hongo-cho (tel. 622-0221)

This Japanese confection shop has preserved their traditional recipes and flavors since their founding in 1900. Their "Kimonaka," filled with so much an bean paste it spills out the sides, has remained a long-time favorite of locals over the years. Confections modeled after the tulip, Naka Ward's official flower, are also popular.

About the Shopping Arcade
A market known as the Kamidai Public Market once existed under management of the Kamidai Community Hall. People came together around the market, leading to the formation of this shopping arcade.
Craftsmanship Streets Motomachi
K's Y Bldg. 1st floor, 5-199 Motomachi (tel. 664-5332)

This fashionable shop sells baby products and towels. With the desire to "put smiling faces on and offer peace of mind to people in their daily lives," kanade sells baby products made from organic cotton as well as high-quality Imabari towels, all of which make great gifts.

About the Shopping Arcade
As the name implies, this is a place where skilled craftspeople come together. Although many of the shops are small, they offer plenty of unique items found nowhere else.
cafe emo.espresso
Hamakko-dori Shopping Arcade
HK Bldg. 1st floor, Suehiro-cho 2-6-10 (tel. 263-0326)

This shop specializes in genuine Italian-style espresso. Coffee bean grinding sizes and amounts, cup temperature, and other such factors are adjusted depending on the weather as part of the staff's dedicated efforts to make the best coffee possible. They even offer stylish cafe mochas. You don't know coffee unless you've been to cafe emo.espresso!

About the Shopping Arcade
Although shops tend to come and go quickly in this arcade, there are a number of interesting stores with unique themes and ideas.
Yokohama Bayse Tenant Association
Industry & Trade Center Bldg. B1 floor, 2 Yamashita-cho (tel. 226-5120)

This shop's chic interior is characterized by a wooden design theme. They cook plenty of juicy meats, vegetables and more in yogan-yaki style (over a hot plate made of lava stone). The "Sangen pork with herbs yogan-yaki," offering both great flavor and large portions, is nothing short of spectacular. Restaurant space can be reserved for parties and events.

About the Shopping Arcade
This arcade is hidden away on the basement level of the Industry & Trade Center building. The arcade is gradually being renovated.

November Issue - Making Sure Local Residents Can Live Comfortable and Happy Lives

Every year, we recognize the week from December 3 to 9 as "Persons with Disabilities Week." In April 2016, the Law for Elimination of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities was established to help realize a society in which both people with and without disabilities can respect each other and live together in harmony, and this month we are happy to introduce the activities and efforts of local community members with disabilities as well as the places and capacities in which they are active. We hope that all of you will take some time to meditate on what is truly important so that all residents of our local community can live more comfortable, happier lives.

Contact point: Shogaisha Shien Tanto (Manager for Disabled People Support), Naka Ward Administration Office (tel. 224-8165)

Special Pole-Pole Products sales event held every month at the ward administration office
* Pole-Pole Products are made at local offices/workshops, care centers and other such facilities by Naka Ward residents with disabilities. Participating facilities submit proposals for everything from bread-based snacks and sweets to handicrafts and convenient everyday goods, and based on these ideas develop and create original products.

Miharashi Ponte: A Venue for Community Gatherings and Exchanges

Have you heard of the cafe inside Miharashi Ponte, a local support facility for persons with disabilities in Naka Ward? This cafe is, in fact, open for use by all! At the cafe, users of the Naka Ward Community Activities Home for Persons with Disabilities handle various jobs including greeting and serving customers, washing dishes, taking out the trash, cleaning and more together other cafe staff. According to cafe manager Ms.Kudo, "Various people serve as staff members in our cafe, and it provides a venue for them to take on a range of different roles." Working here helps employees learn to groom and dress themselves, arrive and work according to a schedule, and summon the courage to speak directly and confidently with the customers they meet.

A staff member charms customers with a warm smile and a "welcome to our cafe"

Yakisoba noodle stir-fry with pea sprouts, accompanied by soup—only ¥300!

We look forward to your visit!
Coffee/tea (¥100), pilaf (¥300), curry and rice with hamburger steak (¥400), and more!
Open Mon.–Fri., 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (gift shop open until 3:00 p.m.)
3-1-29 Shin-yamashita (Miharashi Ponte 1st floor; tel. 045-628-1343)
Arc Hamaport Workshop: Creating and Delivering Products with the Utmost Care
This local community workshop serves to help people as they recover from alcohol addiction. One type of work undertaken here is the recycling of old kimono and other clothing into small accessory items.
Persons with experience in hand-weaving teach users how to weave, while some handle coloring and other such tasks as all participants work together in pursuit of more rewarding daily lives free from alcohol. The staff who operate the facility are, in fact, recovered alcoholics themselves, and it is because of their experiences that they are able to help those currently trying to recover. However, the journey to freedom from alcohol dependence is a lifelong process, and both facility staff and users make sustained efforts daily to abstain from drinking.

Mutual learning and working together with others

Saki-ori (cloth-strip weaving) bags with individual, unique woven patterns

On sale at the Arc Hamaport Workshop (Taiyu Bldg. 1st floor, 1-4-4 Okinacho; tel. 045-633-2419)

Saki-ori coasters (¥300) and bags (starting at ¥3,500)

Pomu-Pomu Friends: Community Interactions in a Comfortable Venue
The Step One Local Crime-prevention Center in the Hatsuko district hosts "Pom-Pom Friends" every Thursday afternoon as a comfortable place that anyone can visit at their leisure. Children often drop by to play with squirt guns, take part in indoor activities such as coloring and origami, and make handicraft goods.
Pomu-Pomu Friends is run by users of "Skip," a local support center for persons with mental disorders. As many users put it, "People with disabilities have their own unique personalities and are highly proficient in many areas, so we hope that all such people will continue contributing to local society rather than limiting themselves to just receiving support—that is, after all, what it takes to live as an active member of society."

Drawing pictures together with children

Users can spend time in the ways they like, at a leisurely pace

Everyone is welcome!
Available Thu. 2:00–5:00 p.m. (3:00–5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thu. of the month) at the Step One Local Crime-prevention Center (1-1 Koganecho)
Tel. 045-315-2520

September Issue - Hello Yokohama 2017

Great numbers of people attend this lively Naka Ward citizens' festival every year. In 2017, we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Naka ward and the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Port Opening Memorial Hall, and this year we will see a more spectacular festival than ever through collaborations with Yokohama Triennale 2017 as well as with corporations and other organizations in Naka Ward.
Date and time: Oct. 8 (Sun.), 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (rescheduled to next day in event of bad weather)
Venues: Yokohama Park and Nihon Odori Boulevard
Contact point: Chiiki Shinko-ka (Community Promotion Division), Naka Ward Administration Office (tel. 045-224-8132)

JR East will offer a mini-train in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of their founding Picture coloring and drawing event to promote Yokohama Triennale
Cheerleading performance by the Tricolore Mermaids Voting for the most popular characters
Naka Ward Minato Ondo performing for the next generation Calligraphy performance by Chinese calligrapher Xiong Feng
Buy to support rebuilding efforts: Earthquake Reconstruction Support Marché Naka Ward shop associations come together for the "Hello Shopping Arcade" event
Junior high school wind ensemble performance Hero Show by Yokohama's famous Star☆Jyan

【Simultaneous Events】
Genki Festa 21

This event includes radio calisthenics, vascular age checks, saliva and breath odor checks, hair-based diagnoses, and plenty of other health-related checks and consultations to foster healthier bodies and minds. Participants in the health-promotion stamp-collecting event will be eligible for prizes!

Naka Ward Community Activity Center Festival

"The Joy of Chinese Tea" workshop
This exciting event features various activities led by participating organizations and local instructors, including handicraft workshops, dance, performances, information on Yokohama citizen activities and a wide array of others.

August Issue- Preparing for the Worst: Local Disaster Prevention Efforts

Based on lessons learned from past large-scale disasters that have occurred around the country, Naka Ward is stepping up efforts through various measures and activities to protect local communities from disasters.
The following is an introduction to local disaster preparedness efforts being carried out this month, including activities by the fire corps, community emergency training drills and more. We encourage all ward residents to take part in order to protect their communities should a disaster occur.
<Contact Point> Shomu-ka (General Affairs Division), Naka Fire Bureau (tel. 045-251-0119)

About the Fire Corps
Fire corps are groups authorized by the mayor whose membership comprises local citizens commissioned by corps chiefs. Corps members are citizens with regular jobs who, when a fire or other disaster occurs, engage in firefighting, carry out safety and precautionary measures, and take part in other such activities, serving as disaster safety leaders in their communities.
Even at times when no fire or other disaster has occurred, corps members engage in training drills, teach first-aid skills, lead disaster-prevention efforts in their local communities, undertake special safety and precautionary measures, participate in public relations campaigns and otherwise play important roles in the local region.

The woman shown here is not a firefighter, but a member of the fire corps. She is an ordinary Naka Ward citizen just like you and me.

Fire Corps Members Protect Naka Ward Communities!

Q. What inspired you to join the fire corps?
A. When the Great Hanshin Earthquake occurred, I started to think about what I could do personally to help with disaster prevention and preparedness, which led me to join the fire corps. Corps members have various reasons for joining—perhaps they found that they had more free time as their kids get older, they were invited by residents' and neighborhood association members, or maybe their father had been a corps member. We're all ordinary citizens of Naka Ward, going to work and spending time with our families just like anyone else.

Q. What efforts do you feel are necessary to prevent fires and other disasters?
A. Because Naka Ward is filled with dense clusters of wooden houses, it is easy for fires and other disasters to spread quickly and cause a lot of damage once they have started. So what can we do if such a disaster occurs? Although government agencies and organizations are very helpful, it is also important to personally protect the people and communities around us, and for community members to help each other out, in order to minimize damage and loss. In addition, regular emergency training drills are vital.

Carrying out Various Emergency Training Drills in Local Communities to Prepare for Disasters
Local government bodies, residents' and neighborhood associations, and other such organizations implement emergency training drills and exercises in accordance with specific circumstances in each community. We also establish and operate “Local Disaster Preparedness Centers”, which are temporary places for people to live if their homes have been burned down or otherwise destroyed. We hope you will consider taking part in training and preparedness efforts in your own community.

Participants practice setting up temporary restroom facilities (Yokohama Motomachi Earthquake Safety Council) Local safety patrol equipped with radio transceiver equipment (Takinoue-Asahidai Residents' Association)
Nighttime training at a disaster refuge center (Tateno Elementary School Local Disaster Preparedness Center) Water-spraying practice facing the Ookagawa River (Hatsuko Residents' Association, Hinode Residents' Association, Sekiei Residents' Association)

* Learn more about emergency training drills in your local community:
Activity schedules are provided via circulated notices, on bulletins boards and in other forms by individual residents' and neighborhood associations. Please check with your local community's association for details.

Looking back at major disasters that have occurred throughout Japan, we can see that numerous precious lives have been saved thanks to mutual assistance and cooperation among local residents. Should such a disaster occur in Naka Ward, we will do our best to help people through rescue operations; however, government efforts alone cannot save as many lives. In order to rescue people and help them continue their lives after evacuating their homes, it is important for all community members to help each other and work together.
Toward these ends, we are encouraging all citizens to take part in the emergency training drills and other activities being carried out in each community. Participation in these efforts not only equips people with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and mitigate disasters, it can also help them meet and form bonds with members of the community living nearby to foster a Naka Ward that is less likely to suffer major loss and damage from disasters.

Nishimura, Shomu-ka (General Affairs Division), Naka Fire Bureau

July Issue - Ward Government Establishes Naka Ward Action Plan for Promotion of Multicultural Harmony

In order to provide better government services for foreign nationals in Naka Ward, who make up more than 10% of the ward's population, and overcome issues and challenges regarding government response to foreign residents, the Naka Ward government has established the Naka Ward Action Plan for Promotion of Multicultural Harmony which includes both a vision and an execution plan. This action plan gives tangible form to the goals of the Yokohama International Community Development Guidelines established in March 2017.
We will implement this action plan as we move forward with measures in promotion of greater multicultural harmony.

Background of the Action Plan's Establishment
Foreign nationals comprise approximately 11% of Naka Ward's total population, giving us the highest ratio of foreign residents among all 18 of Yokohama's wards and the fifth-highest ratio among independently governed local administrative districts/regions
in Japan (statistics are compiled by ward for cities designated by government ordinance*).
In response, we provide multilingual public bulletins, offer services in foreign languages, and implement a variety of other measures at the Naka Ward Administration Office. Moreover, with the aim of organizing, disseminating and increasing numbers of useful measures toward the goal of achieving a ward characterized by harmonious lifestyles together with foreign residents, we established the abovementioned action plan which includes specific measures for actions and activities to be carried out.
* Japanese Ministry of Justice statistics on foreign resident numbers according to Top One Hundred Autonomous Administrative Divisions by Total Foreign Resident Populations.

Formulation of the Action Plan

With the support of Sachiko Takita, council member on the Yokohama International Community Development Promotion Council and professor in the Yokohama City University's International College of Arts and Sciences, surveys were carried out to collect basic data focused specifically on Naka ward, and talks incorporating the perspectives of various experts from support organizations, foreign countries and so forth were also held.
In addition, members of various Naka Ward Administration Office divisions started the Multicultural Harmony Government Promotion Project, in which students (of the Takita Seminar program), members of the Naka International Lounge's staff and others also took part. This project exposed organizers to a diverse array of outside opinions as they engaged in discussions and deliberations.
By employing these approaches, Naka Ward provides government services while utilizing our unique position as a ward administrative office that regularly offers support for the activities of ward residents to establish an execution plan incorporating specific measures to address issues that require attention.

Overview of the Vision and Execution Plan
Here in Naka Ward, we have come up with the "Equal Members of Naka Ward and Yokohama" vision for multicultural harmony, which embodies the ultimate, future form we hope to achieve for our ward as well as the determination needed to unwaveringly preserve the accomplishments we attain.
Our execution plan, on the other hand, represents specific measures and activities to be taken by the various divisions of the ward administration office based on the above vision. Founded on the three pillars of multicultural accessibility, respect for others and active roles in society, we have established a total of 22 measures, which include brand-new measures, improved versions of existing measures.
Among the 22 measures selected, the execution plan places highest priority on those designed to cultivate ward administration office frameworks/systems, those involving collaborative efforts between multiple divisions, and other such measures.

Action Plan General Overview

* For further details on the action plan, visit the Naka Ward website(japanese).

<Contact Point: Kusei Suishin-ka (Ward Administration Promotion Division), Naka Ward Administration Office  TEL 045-224-8128>

June Issue - We're up for the challenge: FY 2017 Edition of Naka Ward Operating Policies

Naka Ward Operating Policies (Naka-ku Un'ei Hoshin) outlines the annual objectives for personnel working in the Naka Ward Administration Office as well as the operational goals of the organization as a whole. The basic objectives as well as measures and organizational approaches implemented with an eye toward achieving those objectives are clarified through this document and shared with all relevant parties as part of efforts to foster a ward that ensures peace of mind and exudes true vitality.
This month's edition of Naka Ward Operating Policies outlines four measures aimed at fulfilling ward objectives and introduces some of the activities being undertaken in Naka Ward.
<Contact Point: Kusei Suishin-ka (Ward Administration Promotion Division), Naka Ward Administration Office  TEL 045-224-8128>

Greetings, readers. My name is Masaru Takemae and I am the new director general of Naka Ward.

I plan to do my best for the sake of all Naka Ward citizens, and I hope I can count on your support along the way.

This year, we mark the 90th anniversary of Naka Ward's establishment and 100th anniversary of the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall's initial opening. Coming together as a unified ward together with local citizens as well as companies and other organizations, we hope to celebrate both of these important anniversaries while fostering greater vitality throughout Naka Ward as part of stepped-up efforts toward a better future.

We are moving forward with the Naka Ward Local Health and Welfare Plan, striving to build an all-inclusive local citizen care system, revising community development policies, and pursuing other measures to achieve an invigorated and prosperous ward where everyone feels safe and secure regardless of gender, nationality or age.

It is my hope that we can bring together the strengths of individuals working for the ward, the strengths of entire workplaces, and the combined strengths of Naka Ward as a whole. By seeking improvements in and unity between these three areas, I believe we can come together in pursuit of various activities and efforts aimed at achieving the ward's goals.

Basic Objective:
Fostering a Ward that Ensures Peace of Mind and Exudes True Vitality

 Making Naka Ward A Comfortable Place to Live, Work and Visit

1. Striving for a more vitalized local community


New approach to revitalizing local shopping arcades

The idea of using the Engeki Quest concept was born from a desire to revitalize local shopping arcades. Engeki Quest is a game in which participants follow multi-path plots in a booklet as they walk around town, experiencing the quest's story in person as they go. Destinations and plot developments vary depending on the choices of the reader, so a single quest can be revisited many times with differing outcomes.

Engeki Quest was created by theatre critic Chikara Fujiwara. A special Port Fantasy free-trial edition of the series has been published through a joint effort with Fujiwara and is currently being given out at Zou-no-hana Terrace. Furthermore, in December Fujiwara plans to release the Yokohama Passage edition, which uses the Naka Ward shopping arcades and other areas as settings.

I want to work together with all residents to build a newly revitalized and re-energized Naka Ward for everyone to enjoy. Toward this end, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Engeki Quest and take some time to walk through Naka Ward's shopping arcades to rediscover their charms for yourself.

Kumagai, Chiiki Shinko-ka (Community Promotion Division)

 We are also carrying out the following activities.

Experience the charms of our shopping arcades: overview of the various shopping arcades during “Hello Yokohama”, part of the Naka Ward Citizens' Festival Encouraging better children's health through the "Jump Rope Workshop" "Book-based Communication" event to promote exchanges between book lovers

2. Fostering a community of mutual support, from children to the elderly


Enabling citizens to spend their entire lives comfortably in familiar communities

In order to enable all citizens to comfortably reside in their home communities and pass their lives in ways that suit them, Naka Ward is striving to build an all-inclusive, unified citizen care system encompassing medical care, nursing care, preventive-care measures, housing, and daily life support. Toward this end, daily life support coordinators have been stationed at the City of Yokohama Naka Ward Council of Social Welfare and the six local Community Care Plazas in Naka Ward, where they are pursuing daily life support, nursing and preventive care activities. With a central focus on these daily life support coordinators, all involved are endeavoring to better understand the unique facets of and conditions in each community.

We are devoted to our pursuit of exchanges with local communities, and we aim to maintain good mental and physical health in these areas. If local citizens spend a little more time each day thinking about the other people living in their communities, our ward would become an even better place to live. Therefore, rather than approaching these endeavors in terms of support givers and support receivers, we hope that people throughout local communities will offer mutual support to each other, providing help in areas where they are able and receiving help in areas where they are inexperienced or unable.

Assistant Manager Suzuki of the Korei Shogai Shien-ka (Elderly and Disabled Support Division) and Daily Life Support Coordinator Ozaki of the City of Yokohama Naka Ward Council of Social Welfare

We are also carrying out the following activities.

Informational meeting for persons interested in enrolling their children in nursery school Town guide map with information on fun places to take children

3. Cultivating a community that enables safe, worry-free, healthy living


Working together to protect all community members

As community members increasingly come to understand the importance of helping themselves and mutually assisting each other, many residents are uniting to protect members of their own communities and volunteering their time for activities toward this end. We hope to expand this trend further throughout the ward, encouraging everyone to make efforts to protect their own communities.

Every year, the General Affairs Bureau Crisis Management Office coordinates with residents' and neighborhood associations in disaster prevention and mitigation training activities, and post-training support has now been assigned to the Naka Ward Administration Office's director for disaster prevention. The ward government offers its full support for training carried out by residents' and neighborhood associations. Furthermore, if requested we can also dispatch personnel to carry out disaster prevention and mitigation training seminars, so please contact us if you are interested.

Assistant Manager Yoshida and Koshikawa of the Somu-ka (General Affairs Bureau)

We are also carrying out the following activities.

Working together to be prepared: Naka Ward General Disaster Prevention Training Program Children's Crime Prevention Workshop: getting kids excited about crime prevention with the local heroes of Star☆Jyan
Working together to beautify our community during Naka Ward Cleanup Day Asuka II in-ship tour for kids as part of education to prevent food poisoning

4. Fostering a ward administration office that operates in close sync with local communities


Multicultural harmony means exchanges, mutual respect and amicable coexistence among diverse groups of people

By achieving multicultural harmony, we can enrich the Naka Ward community and make it a place where all residents feel cherished. In June, we established the Naka Ward Action Plan for Promotion of Multicultural Harmony based on this vision.

Approximately 10% of Naka Ward's population comprises non-Japanese foreign nationals. Based on the primary approaches of preventing disadvantage due to differences in language and cultural background (and other such factors), promoting mutual courtesy and respect, and providing support so that all residents can participate actively as members of the local community, we are pursuing efforts to achieve harmonious coexistence among varying cultures.

In addition to provision of information to foreign nationals who relocate to Naka Ward, dispatching of personnel to give seminars and workshops on municipal support systems for residents, and other initiatives carried out by the government as a whole, we are also striving to enhance existing support efforts in areas such as our multilingual public bulletins, websites and International Lounge facilities. By helping Japanese citizens and foreign nationals learn about and accept each other more, we can make Naka Ward a better place to live.

Lee of the Kusei Suishin-ka (Ward Administration Promotion Division)

We are also carrying out the following activities.

Community support teams to assist with "Nakanaka-iine" health and public welfare efforts Multilingual, video-chat-based interpretation services using tablet devices

The activities outlined above are only a portion of the efforts underway with the cooperation of employees and residents in Naka Ward. We are pursuing other projects as well to make our ward a more comfortable place to live, work and visit.

May Issue - National Urban Greenery Fair Yokohama

The 33rd National Urban Greenery Fair Yokohama (Garden Necklace YOKOHAMA 2017) is being held from Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, June 4. Minato Garden, the main venue for the Fair's events, is filled with an even more beautiful array of flowers and greenery than usual.
This major event, which attracts flower enthusiasts from all over the country, is being held now right here in our very own Naka Ward. We hope you will take advantage of this superb opportunity to visit the Fair on numerous occasions to enjoy the seasonal plants and learn firsthand about leading-edge greening technologies and group planting techniques. After experiencing the reinvigorating, moving effects of such beautiful plant life for yourself, you might be inspired to introduced more flowers and plants into your own daily life.
We are now entering the early part of summer—the perfect time to start making plants a part of your everyday routine!
* A related article was published in the spring 2017 edition (p. 4) of the Naka Ward Town News.

Contact Point: Kusei Suishin-ka (Ward Administration Promotion Division), Naka Ward Administration Office (tel. 045-224-8122)

"Yokohama's History and Future" as the Minato Garden Design Concept
The Minato Garden's design concept includes greening of historical buildings constructed at the time that Yokohama's port was first opened to the world and use of flowers and greenery to bolster the appeal of scenic sightseeing spots throughout the ward, as well as showcasing of the new greening walls prominent in the Minatomirai district and other examples of the city's greening technologies.

* Please understand that periods of bloom for certain flowers vary depending on factors such as weather conditions and temperatures. Photographs are from late March to early April.

Spring to Early Summer: Roses Take Center Stage
Spring is a season that sees landscapes coming to life with various colorful flowers, and as spring transitions into summer, it is at last time for the rose, Yokohama's city flower, to make an appearance. Enjoy event venues decorated based on varying themes with roses, the queen of all flowers, and search for that one rose that speaks to you personally.

Yamashita Park

Rose Garden for the Future
This rose garden, which utilizes the ocean as a backdrop, feels incredibly free and open. Employing arches as well prop and support frameworks, this low maintenance garden uses growth-promotion techniques, is highly pest-resistant, and features a large ratio of low-maintenance rose varieties, serving as a useful model for those interested in developing home gardens of their own.


Minato no Mieru Oka Park

English Rose Garden
This natural-feeling English garden, popular among women in particular, features approximately 150 species of rose and 1,200 rose bushes. Enjoy these roses along with other early-summer flowers and plants.
Fragrant Garden
This garden boasts about 100 different species of rose along with other fragrant plants, engulfing visitors in a refreshing cloud of aromatic bliss.
* Note: When visiting a garden to enjoy its fragrant flowers and plants, wearing perfume or cologne is considered taboo.

Nihon Odori Flower Festival

Grand Rose Display
The grand boulevard Nihon Odori is transformed into a rose garden, with more than 1,000 roses along with other flowers adorning the street below the fresh greenery of its ginkgo trees. Visitors can also enjoy the beds of flowers provided by the local government.

Yokohama Sankeien Garden

Serving as a partner venue to the main event, Sankeien Garden provides an extra dose of excitement to National Urban Greenery Fair Yokohama. This is the perfect time to enjoy spring and early summer greenery as well as wisteria, azaleas, satsuki azaleas, hydrangeas and more. Furthermore, a satsuki azalea bonsai exhibition will be held from May 14 (Sun.) to 28 (Sun.), and a "firefly night" event will be held from May 22 (Mon.) to June 2 (Fri.).
Garden admission fee: ¥500 (¥200 for elementary school students; other discounts also available)
Contact point: (tel. 045-621-0634)



In addition to cooling urban environments and cleaning the air, plants and trees are believed to mitigate stress levels, help improve cognitive functions, foster sociability, reduce tension, and promote other useful improvements and adjustments. Try incorporating more flowers and plants in your own life, starting with a simple potted plant in your room or a planter in your garden or on your balcony. Help us foster a greener city together!

April Issue - We are all Naka Ward Residents ~Naka Ward, A Multicultural Coexistence Town since the Port Opening~

Foreign nationals account for about 10% of the population of Naka Ward, making this one of the leading wards in Yokohama as well as one of the leading areas in Japan in terms of the number of foreign residents.
Naka Ward grew from a poor village to an open port district bringing together the cultures of the East and the West across the ocean, taking in foreign cultures with curiosity and acceptance.
Recent years have seen a rapid rise in the number of newcomers from Asia, and it is assumed that they are facing difficulties in various situations of everyday life.
Regardless of their nationality and the languages and cultures they are brought up in, everyone who comes to Naka Ward becomes an equal as a Naka Ward resident.
Naka Ward was built by people with all kinds of backgrounds coming and working together.
We aim to become "a city where people can live better together", and now is the start of a new year.
【Inquiries】Naka Ward Office Ward Administration Promotion Div. Tel: 045-224-8122

What is multicultural coexistence?
Multicultural coexistence is "people of different nationalities and ethnicities living together as members of the local community while acknowledging their mutual cultural differences and aiming to build equal relationships".
In other words, it is residents living in the community recognizing "differences" of nationality, ethnicity, culture, language, and so on, without discrimination, and living together in mutually supportive relationships.

Multicultural coexistence starts with “understanding the cultures of our partners”

Foreign nationals from 87 countries are registered in Naka-ku (as of the end of February).
By country, residents from China come in first place with 9,077 registered residents, accounting for 56.7% of foreigners in the ward.
This is followed by Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, and the United States, in this order.
Everybody, do you know about the cultures of those countries, what values they cherish, and how they differ from Japan?
If there are foreigners nearby, let's begin by learning and understanding their background.

Let's make “face-to-face relationships”!
Second District Multicultural Exchange Meeting
The first ever multicultural exchange meeting in Naka Ward was held in the Second District last month for the purpose of “connecting people in the community”.
A total of 43 people including 13 Japanese, 18 foreigners, and administration staff and interpreter staff participated.
Participants began with self-introductions and a “Discover it on the map!” activity pinpointing local attractions on a map. They had fun introducing to each other their favorite places, it quite some excitement built up.

Participants speaking about their favorite places in the ward I did not know that 1 in 10 residents are foreigners.
I would like to get acquainted with more people.
I cherish greeting people. (Ochiai-san)
I have been living in Naka Ward for 4 years.
I go back to Malaysia every summer, but I like this town so much that I get homesick.
The Japanese are very kind and every day is fun. (Zahara-san)
I am so thankful for and impressed by today's exchange meeting, I can’t find the words.
I was also happy to make new friends. (Li Koran-san)
Until now, I have had few opportunities to get to know other people.
It is important to create such opportunities. (Karasawa-san)

Getting acquainted, accepting one another, having imagination
For foreigners living in Japan, the language barrier is quite tall.
Even children who excelled at school in their home countries find that they can’t understand the language in Japanese schools.
The inconvenience and frustration of not being able to understand and speak Japanese, and the accompanying loss of confidence will break the heart of a child.
The imagination to somehow reach others to express why one left his/her home country and how painful it is not be able to communicate in Japanese is important.
We advise foreign nationals to participate in PTAs and regional festivals to increase their opportunities to meet people.
By participating actively in exchange forums, you can have face-to-face relationships and overcome the language barrier.
If there are foreign nationals around you who need help, please reach out to them.

Multicultural coexistence means to mutually recognize each other and to show goodness to each other.
It is different from assimilation.
We aim for a society in which each person can be as he/she is, without having to hide (deny) his/her roots.
We have been providing for many years already support for solving various problems, including consultations for education, living, and human rights-related issues faced by foreign nationals, and the creation of acceptable environments for children with difficulties.
Our activities are based on experience living abroad.

Inquiries: Tel: 045-252-7862; Email:

Support Center For Foreigner's Education And Life Shin-Ai Juku (NPO)
Center Director: Mariko Takegawa

There are many people and many ways of thinking.
The environments and cultures in which we grew up also differ.
This is precisely why it is so powerful for us all to join forces for the goal of “creating a great city all together.”
A casserole will taste better when many different ingredients whose flavors complement one another are used instead of just one ingredient.
Naka Ward is such a richly tasty city.

March Issue - Vulnerable People in Times of Disasters (*)  Working All Together to Protect Everyone's Lives

If a disaster occurred right now, would you be able to protect your own life?
And would you be able to protect the lives of those around you who need help?
All kinds of people live in our community.
Their situations vary: Some can evacuate on their own, while others can’t.
That is why, in order for all to be saved in case of a disaster, it is necessary to protect our own lives and to help one another in the area.
In this month's issue, we will think about supporting vulnerable people in times of disasters in order to overcome disasters in the area.
* Various people, including elderly people who need nursing care, handicapped persons, foreigners, infants, pregnant women and others, need assistance with evacuation in times of disaster and/or support with life in evacuation shelters. Such people are called “vulnerable people in times of disasters.”
【Inquiries】General Affairs Division of Naka Ward Administration Office, Tel: 045-224-8112

In Case of Emergency
The type of assistance required by vulnerable people in times of disasters varies from person to person.
In order to know what type of assistance is needed, let’s keep in touch with our neighbors in everyday life and let them know each other’s situation.
Let’s make preparations for a possible disaster: For example, if you have any medications you are taking regularly and equipment that you need with you, put them in your emergency carry bag, along with memos indicating which medical institution(s) you attend and your regular medications.

First of all, evacuate! But where to?

If your home is at risk of collapse or fire due for example to an earthquake, evacuate to an evacuation site.
The evacuation site must be selected properly depending on the situation.
Let’s check where we need to evacuate to at which times.

First, go to a nearby いっとき避難場所 (temporary evacuation area) (a nearby park, vacant lot, etc.).
This can be a location decided in advance by the members of your family, your local resident’s association, or your neighborhood association.
This is where, if a disaster strikes, you will temporarily evacuate to and stay at while you see how the situation develops, and where you will gather before evacuating to the next evacuation site (evacuation area or evacuation shelter).

If fire is spreading, go to a広域避難場所 (evacuation area)
This is a temporary evacuation site provided to protect local residents from the heat and smoke in the case of a large-scale fire.

If your home has become unlivable, go to a地域防災拠点(local disaster preparedness center)
This is a place where you can live as an evacuee if you cannot live at home due to collapse or fire.
Nearby municipal elementary and junior high schools, etc., have been designated as evacuation shelters.

* There are also “special evacuation shelters” where vulnerable people who need special assistance and for whom living at a regular evacuation shelter would be difficult can be relocated to.
The Ward Disaster Response Headquarters will determine who is eligible to move to a special evacuation shelter, by assigning a priority level to each applicant based on the physical condition of the person and other factors, and in coordination with special evacuation shelters.
Special evacuation shelters are not evacuation shelters for the general public.

Depending on the circumstances of the disaster, it may not be possible to evacuate according to the above-described procedure.
Therefore, you are advised to consider various possibilities in daily life so that you can make the best decision if the need arises.

Japanese Class Student Interview

Ms. Lei Jing from Gansu Province, China

This is my third year since I came to Naka Ward from Gansu Province in China.
Japan really is a country with many earthquakes.
I guess many foreigners who are not accustomed to earthquakes don’t know what to do and can’t but feel uneasy.
Friends told me that at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake, water and other items sold out immediately at convenience stores and supermarkets.
For that reason, at my home, I keep a stockpile of water and food for earthquakes.
Children here also learn about disaster prevention at school.
Their family will sometimes talk about disaster prevention.

【Preparation foreigners can do themselves】
I think it is important to always store water, food and other items.
And also to learn Japanese quickly.
Regarding Japanese language study, you can receive guidance from the Naka Ward Administration Office and the Naka International Lounge.
Once you have learned Japanese, you can also serve as an interpreter in the event of a disaster.

How About an On-Site Disaster Preparedness Lecture?
On-site disaster preparedness lectures can be delivered to groups and businesses.
Ward Administration Office staff
in charge of disaster prevention will go to your location.
Please contact us if you are interested.
For information, please contact the General Affairs Division of the Naka Ward Administration Office at 045-224-8112.

A disaster preparedness lecture at a parenting circle

March is Naka-ku Kizuna Month (Community Ties Month)
It will soon be six years since the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011.
Many precious lives were lost in this huge earthquake.
There were many elderly people and people with disabilities who died without adequate support.
Therefore, to ensure that this terrible earthquake disaster is not forgotten and that the lessons learned are applied to disaster prevention and mitigation, March has been named the "Naka-ku Kizuna Month” (“Naka Ward Community Ties Month”).
In order to help each other in times of disaster, everyday ties between people are important.
This starts with greeting one another daily.
So let's talk to each other and create ties with everyone in the area.


February Issue - Yokohama Three Towers Day —Spring in Yokohama starts from the Three Towers—

Many historical buildings still remain in Naka Ward.
Among them, the Three Towers, consisting of the Jack (Port Opening Memorial Hall), the Queen (Yokohama Customs Building), and the King (Kanagawa Prefectural Office) are well loved and known by most.
This year is a special commemorative year that marks the 90th anniversary of the ward system and the 100th anniversary of the Port Opening Memorial Hall.
The "Yokohama Three Towers Day" event held at the Port Opening Memorial Hall every year will be specially held over two days this year.
What kind of exciting events await us this year?
Let's sneak a peek together.

<Naka Ward Office, Chiiki Shinkō-ka (Community Promotion Div.)  Tel: 045-224-8135>

(All events will be held at the Port Opening Memorial Hall.)

March 11 (Saturday)

· Naka Ward Disaster Prevention Corner
A mock evacuation center with cardboard beds will be created, and visitors will be able to experience an evacuation space.
The video “Earthquake Countermeasures at Home” will be shown along with a photograph exhibition of the Kumamoto earthquake disaster area, reminding visitors about the importance of self-help and mutual assistance.
Time: 11:00 to 17:00
Place: Floor 1, Room No. 4

· Spring's Jack Jelly Candle
How about making a spring-like candle in a glass using the Port Opening Memorial Hall as the motif?
Time: 11:00 to 14:00
Place: Floor 1, Room No. 3
Capacity: 50 people
Fee: 500 yen

· Make a fashionable vitamin case
Make a fashionable vitamin case with the silhouette of the Port Opening Memorial Hall.
Besides vitamins, you can also use it for your medications.
Time: 11:00 to 17:00
Place: Floor 1, Room No. 5
Capacity: 30 people
Fee: 700 yen

Disaster prevention/mitigation lecture meetings will also be held.

March 12 (Sunday)

· Memorial concert
A  four-part commemorative concert featuring the Red Shoes Junior Chorus, Minato Junior High School and Nakaodai Junior High School brass bands, and the Yokohama City Fire Band.
Time: 13:00 to 15:10
Place: Auditorium
Capacity: 300 people

・Let’s climb Jack’s Tower
Time: 10:00 onward (numbered tickets will be given out)
Place: 2F, Reference Corner
Capacity: 300 people
Fee: 100 yen

· Three Towers day memorial stamp rally
People who collect stamps from all three towers will receive a souvenir at the Port Opening Memorial Hall.
Queen (Yokohama Customs Building)
Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Place: 1F Exhibit Room (the archive room on 3F and the terrace on 7F will also be open to the public)
King (Kanagawa Prefectural Office)
Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Place: 1F front entrance (The Prefectural Office will not be open to visitors due to renovation work.)

· Spring flower arrangement
A lecture by Morita-san from the "Flower and Green Romantic Cafe,” to be held on both days.
Times: ①11:00 to 12:00 ② 15:30 to 16:30
Place: Floor 1, Room No. 4
Capacity: 15 people per session
Fee: 1,500 yen per person

· Making a Jack mug
Make an elegant mug with the silhouette of the Port Opening Memorial Hall.
Time: 10:00 to 13:00
Place: Floor 1, Room No. 1
Capacity: 80 people
Fee: 500 yen on up

· Making an original Jack card
Make a message card from which the Jack tower springs out when the card is opened.
How about sending this card to congratulate someone for getting admitted to a school or getting hired by a company?
Times: ①10:00 to 12:00 ② 15:30 to 17:00
Place: Floor 1, Room No. 1
Capacity: 10 people per session
Fee: 400 yen per person

“Harbor Tale”, a short animated film, will be shown on March 12 in the basement.

Events held on both days(3/11.12)

・Flower and Green Romantic Cafe
A special cafeteria will be open for 2 days.
This is a cafe with an elegant atmosphere produced by Tomoko Morita with the support of Atelier Moet.
Please enjoy coffee, tea and sweets there.
Time: 11:00 to 16: 30 (Last order 16: 00)
Place: Floor 2, Room No. 6
Fee: According to what is ordered

· Haikara Photo Studio
How about getting a photo taken in a special room or in front of stained glass wearing your favorite kimono or dress?
Kimonos are available for rent.
Time: 10:30 to 15:00 (Closes at 15:30)
Place: Floor 2, Room No. 7
Fee: 200 yen shooting fee (500 yen costume rental fee)

· Three Towers Furniture Exhibit
Furniture in the image of the Three Towers of Yokohama will be on display.
 Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Place: Floor 2 Hall

· Disaster Recovery & Friendship Exchange City Product Exhibition
There will be booths from Kumamoto Prefecture, Sanriku “Gambappeshi” Kokoro Project (March 11 only), Otsuchimarugoto Urikotai (March 12 only), Hanō City, Tsumagoi Village, etc.
Time: 11:00 (10:00 on the 12th) to 17:00
Place: Floor 1, Room No. 1




January Issue - Let's connect to the future! 90th anniversary of Ward system & 100th anniversary of Port Opening Memorial Hall

Happy New Year to all!
2017 will mark the 90th anniversary of the Naka Ward system and the 100th anniversary of the Port Opening Memorial Hall, two great celebrations for Naka Ward.
This month we introduce the events of the past year as well as upcoming events of what will surely be a memorable year that will be a starting point for the future.

Our town, Naka Ward ~ Overcoming turbulent times
Naka Ward was born on October 1, 1927 as the result of the enforcement of the district system of Yokohama City.
In that year, Yokohama City incorporated Tsurumi-cho, Hodogaya-cho, and 7 villages, increasing the city’s area by 3.6 times and boosting its population beyond 500,000. The city area was divided into 5 districts and 5 wards (Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Naka, Hodogaya, and Isogo) were established.
Naka Ward, which was born as the "central ward” of Yokohama at the beginning of the Showa era, underwent a history of misery, burning down for the most part during the Great Yokohama Air Raid of 1945, and being taken over by the US military after the war.
However, in the period of high economic growth from year 30 of the Showa era (1955~), the area off Negishi Bay was reclaimed from the sea and an industrial area was created there.
Railroads and expressways were also built, and in 1982, a new town was created on the grounds of the returned US military residential area of Honmoku.
In the 35 years since then, Naka Ward has been a tourist destination that represents Yokohama and supports its development as a commercial area, growing into what it is today: a vibrant and charming city with historical cityscapes and a distinctive character where people can lead rich lives.
Years earlier, in 1917, the Port Opening Memorial Hall was inaugurated in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Yokohama.

In the ensuing years, the Port Opening Memorial Hall endured through the Great Kanto Earthquake, requisitioning by the US military, and debates as to whether or not to destroy it, until it was designated in 1989 as an important cultural property of Japan, and to this day it is beloved and used by many ward residents.

The bustling Isezakicho Street (early Showa) The Port Opening Memorial Hall restored after the earthquake (early Showa)
Yokohama Air Raid (1945) Osanbashi Bridge, where foreign ships started calling again (1960)
Goodbye Flower Tram (1972) The Marine Tower (which used to be red and white) and Port (1984)


A year of celebration

Having been born in 1924, I am slightly older than Naka Ward.

Just after the end of the war, when I moved to Naka-ku, so-called "kamaboko barracks" lined up this place.

Everybody lived hard and worked hard, and many were probably struggling, but we all help one another, and I witnessed how we made this ward into a lively and spirited ward.

The clock tower of the Port Opening Memorial Hall, my elder, marked time by my side all along.

It is truly a treasure that connects the various epochs of Naka Ward.

Let’s all take pride in being residents of Naka Ward, at the center of Yokohama, greet one another with a friendly smile, and march forward into the future with dreams and hopes.

90th Anniversary of Ward System & 100th Anniversary of Port Opening Memorial Hall Executive Committee

Chairman: Masaharu Hirayama

We are planning the following events for 2017

【Yokohama Three Towers Day 2017】
Dates: March 11 (Sat.), 12 (Sun.)
Location: Port Opening Memorial Hall
The Yokohama Three Towers Day event will be held over two days at the start of the anniversary project.
Disaster preparedness and mitigation lectures will also be held.

The King                  The Queen               The Jack

【Port Opening Memorial Hall 100th Anniversary Event】
Dates: July 1 (Sat.), 2 (Sun.)
Location: Port Opening Memorial Hall
An event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Port Opening Memorial Hall will be held over 2 days.

【90th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony】
Date: October 1 (Sun.)
Location: Port Opening Memorial Hall
A commemorative ceremony including the bestowal of Meritorious Service to the Ward awards will be held.

【Naka Ward Residents Festival "Hello Yokohama 2017" /Genki Festa 21】
Date: October 8 (Sun.)
Location: Yokohama Park, Nihon-odori
Project to make the 90th anniversary celebration of the ward system a success and project to link this to the 100th anniversary in 10 years.

【7th Naka Ward Walk & Health Festival】
Time: November (planned)
Location: TBD
Project linked to 350th anniversary of the completion of the Yoshida Shinden reclamation project.


December Issue - Christmas and the New Year, perfect times to enjoy shopping in shopping streets and having fun at home

Naka Ward has more than 40 shopping streets.
They offer all kinds of wonderful goods.
December is a month that offers more opportunities to invite over friends and relatives and to spend a leisurely time at home.
And more occasions to shop... for drinks, food, presents...
We asked people in the shopping streets in the area to recommend the right items.
Shopping streets make everyday life convenient. Please try and walk around shopping streets looking for your favorite items.

Neighborhood shopping streets offer all kinds of quality goods
The following are some of the recommended items from the various shopping streets.
They make perfect local gifts when you invite people over or when you are invited.
We asked the people in shopping streets to tell us about their recommendations and the features of the various shopping streets.
Please be sure and visit these wonderful shopping streets.

Bashamichi Shopping Street
This is an historic shopping street that will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year.
If offers many sights and historic sites, so please enjoy shopping and dining there while strolling around!

Christmas cake 4,320 yen (15 cm diameter)
Bashamichi Jūbankan (5-67 Tokiwacho, Tel: 651-2621)

This cake is famous for its delicious fresh cream!
This cake is a delicious old-fashioned cake with cream that melts as soon as it enters the mouth and whose sponge layers are wonderfully moist and soft.

Bliss inducing Bashamichi Batei Pie  648 yen (9 pcs)
Gateaux de Voyage (4-42 Tokiwacho, Tel: 651-3170)

A baked sweet with a crispy texture.
The horseshoe is a lucky charm that attracts good fortune and fulfills our wishes.
This product is said to have been inspired by the Bashamichi district.

Isezaki Mall 1st and 2nd St.
This shopping area focuses on holding fun events involving local people.
In December, it presents a Charity Christmas Stage on which elementary and junior high school students from the neighborhood perform!

Lindt Lindor imported chocolate  356 yen (6 pcs), etc.
World Foods Iseichi (1-2-1 Isezakicho, Tel: 261-1001)

Imported confections from about 20 countries around the world line up the shelves, including 600 different kinds of chocolate.
This shop has been around since right after World War 2, offering chocolates and other confections that were hard to come by at that time.
The prices are reasonable too!

Honmoku 1-Chōme Higashi Shōyūkai
This is a small shopping street with just 4 shops.
Most of the shops are long-established businesses.
They actively participate in local events.

Sake "Yokohama Honmoku" 1,280 yen (720 ml) 2,116 yen (1.8 L)
Iwataya (1-36 Honmokucho, Tel: 621-8088)

Sake bearing the name “Honmoku” is perfect for entertaining guests and for gifts!
It also goes well with hot pot dishes!

Honmoku Ribbon Fan Street
This is a shopping street where you can enjoy seeing shop owners’ faces, hearing all kinds of sound, smelling various fragrances, and seeing smiles all day long.
They have made a guide map.

Romania Wine 3,780 yen (1 bottle, rosé or white)
Vino la Honmoku (1-9 Honmokucho; Tel: 323-9095)
Romanian wine started becoming known in Japan just 10 years ago, but in fact it is high-quality wine with a long history.
It can be bought from about 1,000 yen.

Yokohama Bayse Tenant Association
Eating and drinking establishments with distinctive individuality and retail stores are gathered here.
For details, go to their website, which was completed in November.

Handmade hors d'oeuvre 3,000 yen (serves about 3 people)
Washoku Yakuzen (2 Yamashita-cho, Industry and Trade Center Building Level B1, Tel: 681-8919)
The owner, who is also experienced in French cuisine, makes all the dishes with careful attention to all aspects, from ingredients to seasonings.
The food they serve will make you healthy.
The restaurant starts making lunches from the night before.

Yokohama Chūkagai Ichibadōri
Formerly, this was a market for Chinese restaurants in the local Chinatown.
The number of Chinese restaurants started increasing about 10 years ago, and the street became crowded with tourists.

Kōfuku Butaman (Happiness Pork Bun) 500 yen (1 pc)
Edosei Rīron (191-19 Yamashita-cho, Tel: 662-1029)

Generously sized with a super juicy filling!
Different types of Chinese buns are offered according to the season, so please visit frequently!

Marinard Underground Mall
This is a popular shopping street where you can shop at ease without putting on airs.
Located right next to Kannai Station, you can just drop by when passing through.
You will be able to get unique items that can be found only here.
The mall will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year.

Tandoori chicken  243 yen (1 pc)
Authentic Health-Promoting Indian Cuisine PANAS (5-24-2 Minato-cho, Tel: 263-6636)

The taste of authentic tandoori soaked in a special sauce containing several spices and then grilled.
The outside is crispy and the inside is juicy for a delicious taste.
Indian spices promote health.

Kannai Anpan  154 yen (1 pc)
Daily Yamazaki (5-24-2 Minato-cho, Tel: 663-8600)

Delicious products made from dough that is freshly risen and baked on the premises for the freshest taste.
Plus each product bears a Kannai stamp mark!
These products can only be bought here.

Chukagai Kanteibyodōri (Yokohama China Town Kanteibyo Street)
There used to be a wide variety of shops such as Japanese sweets shops and laundry shops on this street.
Many of the restaurants there are family-run businesses of long standing.
Each restaurant offers a unique taste of Chinatown.

Steamed broilers 350 yen/100 g, 1/4 broiler minimum (about 400 g)
Kinryō (132 Yamashita-cho, Tel: 681-2967)

We were told that they often sell out in the afternoon.
They come with a fresh tasting green onion sauce.
Charcoal-grilled pork and braised giblets are also popular.

Ishikawa Shopping Street
Right next to JR Ishikawacho Station.
This easy-to-walk barrier-free street is a historic shopping area.
It holds various fun events.
The Ishikawacho Song & Dance event is also held there.

Broad fabric  756 yen/1 m~

Oshimaya Sho-ten (Oshimaya store) (1-15 Ishikawacho, Tel: 641-4514)
This is a hobby store that has been selling handicraft and dressmaking articles since before the war.
It offers a large variety of goods.
This Christmas pattern fabric would make nice place mats.
Using a water-repellent felt covering is fashionable and convenient!
Even some restaurants in Motomachi use them.

Hinodecho Ekimae Shopping Street
Since shopping streets are important places for creating local communities, we value our relations with the community through residents' associations and neighborhood associations.

Christmas atmosphere sundries  Sachet (Sachet: 529 yen, Cover: 518 yen)
Vivra Vivre (1-200 Hinodecho, Hinode Saquas 1F, Tel: 341-0217)

This is a variety store full of originality and good taste that opened in a redeveloped building last year.
It is great for its selection of items that make nice small gifts.
It offers also garments that are popular among local wives.

Mugitacho Hatten-kai  ( Mugitacho Development Association )
For the first time, first aid kits called “FA Kit” have started being offered by shops on shopping streets nationwide.
These kits consist of items that make it easy to render first aid.

Christmas tree  5,000 yen (Height: About 40 cm); 8,000 yen (Height: About 60 cm)
Flower Shop Sauce (1-27 Mugitacho, Tel: 319-4898)

This flower shop offers a variety of flowers that have eye-catching presence even with a single flower.
Since this is a preserved flower tree, it can be enjoyed for as long as 2 to 3 years.

Yokohama World Porters
This is a giant shopping mall with about 200 shops, including a movie theater, restaurants, fashion stores, interior goods stores, and much more, located about 5 minutes on foot from Minatomirai Station.

Accessory  21,600 yen (1 pc)
WISP (2-2-1 Shinkō, Tel: 222-2256)

This shop offers various accessories perfect for gifts or rewards for yourself.
The staff will help you pick items.


November Issue - Open a door - Child-Care Support Center “NONBIRINKO” is an enjoyable place to gather everyone -

Now, we cannot get along very well with our family, relatives, and neighbors. Therefore, there are very few cases where anyone watches over and takes care of children each other.

You may be worried about child-care for the first time at an unknown place.

In case of being worried or tired about child-care, if anyone hears your pleasure and worry about child-care or helps you even a little, it will lead you to lighten your feeling toward your child and enrich child-care.

In this month, we introduce you to Naka Ward Child-Care Support Center “NONBIRINKO,” which plays a role of a connection with you/your child and others or neighbors.

In July, “NONBIRINKO” moved to the front of Yokohama Park. There is a nice place where you can look at some green trees.

When opening an entrance door, the staff having experiences in child-care will wait for you.

<Naka Ward Office, Kodomo Katei Shien-ka (Children and Families Support Division) Tel: 045-224-8171>

Seven functions and application methods for “NONBIRINKO”

(1) Open Space
At a natural space against the background of Yokohama Park, feel free to spend the time to play with toys and have a relationship with other parents and their children!

(2) Consultation
As part of consultation, you can have a consultation with staff at the open space.
You can also consult the staff at a private room or have a consult with any specialist.

(3) Information Collection/Provision
“Information Corner” regarding child-care and events at Yokohama City or each Ward.
Find and go to each place to enjoy with your child.
In addition, much information about kindergartens/nursery schools!

(4) Network
It creates a network of everyone related to child-care support and groups.
It aims to take care of child-care through the region.

(5) Development of human resources
It offers persons interested in activities for child-care support such as volunteering various experiences in learning and exchange.
If you are interested in activities, visit and attend an orientation meeting!

(6) Naka Ward Bureau for “Yokohama Child-Care Support System”
This system aims to support child-care each other based on the region used through registrations of those who want to leave their child with anyone (user members) and those who can take care of their children (provider members). Charge is required.

*For Foreign Fathers and Mothers

Why don’t you join the event (“Play in Japanese language!”)?
Enjoy learning Japanese language by using picture books and cards.
The next time will be held on November 10 (Thu.). 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The events are held on the 1st Thursday every month.
Application not required.
For more details, click here.

Open: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed: Every Sundays and Mondays, and New Year’s holidays.
Fees: Free of charge
*Registration required in the first time (registration card issued).
Eligibility: Preschool students (mainly 0 – 3 years old) and their guardians, pregnant women and their families, volunteers for child-care support, etc.
Access: 3rd floor of belle Yokohama, 1-12-1 Sumiyoshi-cho (walk from Kannai Station, Nihon- ōdōri Station, bus stop “Shichosha-mae”, etc.)
Tel: 045-663-9715

In the area, there are many enjoyable spots and Naka Ward Office.

Naka Ward Office Main Building/Annex (it is a health checkup venue for infants, and there is Naka International Lounge) Yokohama Park available to play equipment
Nihon-ōdōri enjoyable walking along lines of gingko trees ZOU-NO-HANA Park with generous spaciousness

[Users’ Voices]

When I received “Boshi-techo” (Mother and Child Health Handbook), the Ward Office told me about this center.
We live nearby, but we began to use it when my child was over one year’s old.
In the time of using it, I was concerned about his behavior for the first time.
But when coming here, I was very surprised that its facilities were very clean and there were many toys.
The staff often talk to and play with my child, so he likes this center very much.
When shutting him up at home, he is always put out (laughing).
I feel relieved because of watching by adults. In addition, this center is located near a park, so it is very nice.
If you are hesitant about visiting here, feel free to come here and enjoy together.

Talked by Ayako Otsuka, Atsushi Otsuka (aged one year and five months)

In the time of “Konnichiwa-Akachan-Hōmon (Hello Baby Visits),” I knew this center, and continue to use it since my child was 4 months.
I want my child to become a sociable person through communication with many people from early childhood. But nobody of the same age lives in the neighborhood.
In spite of my dear child, I am sometimes suffocating because of stress.
It will be a refreshing change of mood by talking with the staff and other mothers. In addition, I can learn child-care through the process of other children.
My child seems to be happy because of playing with friends.
As keeping a life rhythm, she can sleep very well at night.

Talked by Marie Shimada. Himawari Shimada (aged one year and one month)

After reading a leaflet at the Ward Office, we use this center since my child was one and a half months.
Hometowns of me and my wife are very far, so my child’s first going-out was here.
It is very alive with everyone. This place is the most comfortable for us when going out with my child.
Child-care is very hard for my wife every day, so on behalf of my wife, I try to spend the time with my child every weekend.
In order to become a good father for my child and be happy for my family, I want to do my best.
This center is a great help for us by talking and consulting about children with others.
When shutting babies up at home, most babies are bored.
Babies are often fretful and crying.
They require stimulation, and communication with others is very important.

Talked by Hyun-Soo Kim, Ja-yun Kim (aged 4 months), Hye-jin Jo (mother) 





October Issue - Getting healthy with just a little effort!


Hello everyone! Did you read the feature article of last month’s issue: “Everyone has a history ? Tips for enjoying life by learning from your predecessors”? The proactive attitude of our seniors in enjoying life is really neat, isn’t it?

“I too would like to become a cool Ojiichan or Obaachan!” “I want to age like that!” “I want to go on enjoying life forever!” Many people probably had such thoughts. To attain such goals, being healthy is important. And thus our featured theme this month is “Getting healthy with just a little effort!”
In order to live fun and active lives, taking steps to be healthy is essential. First, try following the directions in the check sheet below.



Check Sheet for Health
□ Use the stairs as much as possible, even when elevators or escalators are available.
□ Exercise 2 or more times per week, 30 minutes or more each time
□ Participate in “Yokohama Walking Point”*
□ Try to have 3 meals a day, morning, noon, and evening
□ Try to eat one plate of vegetables at each meal
□ Get sufficient sleep so that you are not tired

If you were able to select only a few of the check box items in the list, please participate in the “just a little effort!” health promotion program.

* よこはまウォーキングポイント事業 (Yokohama Walking Point Project)
A project for all Yokohama residents aged 18 or over who would like to get healthy through light exercise consisting in walking.
Placing a dedicated pedometer over a reader (scanner) provided at participating stores and facilities throughout the city allows you to accumulate points according to the number of steps you have taken, and to win a prize in a lottery according to the number of points you have earned.

Get healthy with the “just a little MENUs”!

In order to live healthily, it is essential to improve our living habits in the following 5 areas: ① exercise, ② diet, ③ rest/recreation, ④ drinking and smoking, and ⑤ dental and oral health. However, improving one’s life habits involves high hurdles and can be quite daunting.
Therefore, our feature article this month spotlights the three aspects of exercise, diet, and rest/recreation, and introduces a health promotion menu that can be practiced with just a little effort. Even just practicing one item is fine. First, let’s start from the ones that look easy to do.

Just a little EXERCISE MENU

① Walk for 10 minutes longer

② Do radio gymnastics

③ Walk around when shopping

④ Commute on foot or by bicycle

⑤ Do frequent cleaning

⑥ Do physical activities with children

⑦ Use the stairs

Key Points!
Even if you are unable to run or do strength training, you can get sufficient exercise by shopping, commuting, cleaning, or playing with children. 1,000 steps in just 10 minutes! Even if this takes some time, walking a little more than usual or making a conscious effort to move your body during everyday life can help prevent disease and refresh your mind and body.
Even casual activities during daily life are great exercise.

Just a little DIET MENU

① Eat breakfast every day

② Prepare a staple, main dish, and side dish

③ Choose a set meal when eating out

Key Points!
Eating three meals a day at regular times is essential both for children and adults in order to foster a healthy body and mind. Especially not skipping breakfasts will fully wake you up, activate your brain and allow you to start your day feeling good.
Moreover, eating three meals a day, including breakfast, will naturally result in the intake of a greater number and variety of foods, helping you achieve better nutritional balance. If you are not in the habit of having breakfast, start by eating easy to eat foods, such as dairy products, fruit, or cereal.
If you are used to having breakfast, be conscious of nutritional balance (line up a staple, main dish, and side dish), and eat well!

Also recommended for breakfast!
Oyaki (Baked potato) recipe

An easy to eat dish with potatoes added to rice!
A Naka Ward Health Mate (staff who promotes improved lifestyles including eating habits) introduced this recipe, which is popular among children as well as adults.

【Ingredients】Serves 4 (1 portion = 208 kcal)
Potato・・・4 medium sized potatoes (360 g)
Rice・・・・・250 g
Ground sesame (white)・・1 tablespoon
Sauce ingredients (soy sauce, water, sugar)・・2 tablespoons each
Oil ・・・・・・・Proper amount

① Place the sauce ingredients in a pan and boil them down.
② Crush the cooked rice while still hot using a pestle or the like.
③ Heat the potatoes for 7-8 minutes in a microwave oven (600 W), then peel them. Crush them while still hot, mix in the crushed rice prepared in step ②, and then mix in the ground sesame.
④ Divide ③ into 8 equal portions formed into a flat oval shape.
⑤ Apply a thin coat of oil to a frying pan and cook the dough portions prepared in step 4. Cook them over low heat until they brown, then flip and repeat.
⑥ When both sides have been cooked, pour the boiled down sauce over.
 (You can also use pumpkin instead of potatoes. You can also make a greater quantity and store it in the freezer.)



① Take 6 or more days off each month and 30 or more minutes of recreation each day

② Aim to get sufficient sleep according to your age and the season

③ Adjust your life rhythm by “rising early”

④ Do not do anything that might interfere with sleep

⑤ Create an environment conducive to sleep

⑥ Do not force yourself to sleep

Key Points!
Rest involves recovery from physical and mental fatigue (rest) and cultivation of spirits.
Sleep in particular is important. Good sleep is healthy for both body and mind.
If you lack sleep or the quality of your sleep is poor, you are more at risk of lifestyle-related diseases, mental disorder, accidents during the day, and so on.
Typically 6 to 8 hours of sleep are considered sufficient, but appropriate sleep duration varies according to the individual. Try to get enough sleep so that you don’t get sleepy during the day.
Moreover, for sleep, what is first needed is not “going to bed early” but “getting up early.”
The wakeup time should be kept constant. If you oversleep until close to noon during the weekend, this will immediately delay your body clock and reduce a week’s effort to naught, so be careful.
For pleasant sleep, you should avoid things that will impair the quality of your sleep, including having a nightcap, consuming caffeine after dinner, smoking, and using a smartphone in bed.
It is important to prepare your sleep environment by selecting the right bedding and the right level of temperature, humidity, noise, light and so on in the bedroom.
Getting all focused on sleeping will have the opposite effect of that desired.
Try to find relaxation methods that work for you.

September Issue - 
Everyone has a history — Tips for enjoying life by learning from your predecessors

Yokohama City has designated September as the Month for Respect of the Aged, centering on the Respect-for-the-Aged Day (third Monday of September, which is a public holiday) and Senior’s Day (September 15), Along with being a time to celebrate the long lives of all the people who have been contributing to society for so many years, this is a period in which various events in different locations are held.

This month, let’s consider some tips for living in happiness and health in our "super-aged society,” by tapping the wisdom of our elders who received their 100th Birthday Award last year, meaning that they have lived through the tumultuous Taisho and Showa eras and been supporting the prosperity of this country for a very long time, as well as the wisdom of elders who are still actively working.

Living a century, 100 years
We asked two persons who received their 100th Birthday Award last year about their life so far and the way they live.

Fumi Nakamura (101 years old)

Born August 1915.
Eldest of 5 sisters.
Her strongest memory of her youth is that of the Great Kanto Earthquake. As people fell into a panic, her mother gathered her little children, advised them to remain calm, and after a little while, took refuge with all of them at the Juzen Hospital (currently, the Yokohama City University Medical Center).

Then, she was evacuated on her own to the homes of relatives in Utsunomiya, and wound up attending four different elementary schools.
For this reason, her happiest time was when the evacuation order was lifted and she was able to return to her parents in Yokohama.
Since then, she has been living surrounded by her kin.

Her hobbies are the shamisen, folk songs, and Japanese dressmaking, which she enjoys with her sisters.
She also goes out on many trips.

For many years, she served as chairperson of her local Women’s Association.
She raised three children while taking care of her husband and eldest son, both in poor health, and she now lives with her eldest daughter, freely doing her favorite things.

She has become hard of hearing, but her legs are still strong, perhaps because she has been walking a lot from her youth.
In terms of food, she loves bread and meat, and can eat anything. Hard rice crackers are also to her liking.
Every day, she enjoys watching her favorite period drama while slowly having brunch.

“Free” is her favorite word.
Her take on that word is not doing only as one pleases, but “freedom in moderation, distinguishing between things that can be done and things that should not be done.

As a mother, she let her children freely do what they liked.

Now, they each do what they like and spend their days laughing.

When there is some pressing matter and her daughter wants her to hurry up, her daughter sings a march (military) song.

Upon which, Nakamura-san says, “I say ‘Oh, I’ve got to hurry!” and I start moving faster” (laughs).

Eldest daughter: Miyuki Kimura (far right)


Kaheiji Yamamoto (101)

Born in February 1915 as the youngest son of sake, rice and grocery traders in Noge.

He worked for many years as a trading company employee, flying to many destinations both in Japan and abroad.

During World War II, he was stationed in Shanghai, and after the war, he established branches in Vienna (Austria) and Belgrade (former Yugoslavia) in Europe during the Cold War era, a first for a Japanese trading company, thus pioneering trade with Eastern Europe.
In his words, “the secret police was always following me, which made it really tough.”Toward the end of his career, he was in charge of development of the Keiyo Rinkai Combinat.

In his youth, he was an accomplished sportsman who played judo, kendo and tennis.
He also likes fishing and often took his children along when they were young.
He has a taste for haiku and once received the Gold Prize in a haiku contest held by a newspaper.

After retiring at an advanced age in his 70s, he has been enjoying taking care of his garden.

He currently lives an a home for the elderly, but other than being hard of hearing, he is well.
“I am not fussy in terms of the foods and people I like.”
“I’ve tried to live my life by remaining true to myself and not hurting others.”
“By being easy-going, trusting and honest in my dealings with others, I have been able to have a good time wherever I’ve been.”

In front of his office building.

April 1963 (48 years old)

I go visit once a week, and each time I am told “Thanks for coming over!”

When he was younger, he could sometimes be a little intimidating, but He has gradually mellowed out and I think he is now at his gentlest.

Eldest daughter: Yumiko (left)

He is a diligent father and keeps all his affairs in good order.

He had the physical strength and willpower to withstand abdominal surgery in his 90s, and even now he makes efforts, working out his legs with weights to maintain muscular strength, and walking around in the hospital during rehabilitation.

Second son: Haruhiko (right)


Listening to elders who work in this area

“What’s needed” “What you want to achieve” “What needs to be done”
Talks with elders who stay active while enjoying themselves

Resident rakugo artist  “Gokurakutei Tombo” Koichi Kaneko(76 years old)

Born October 1939.

After studying architecture and working at a general contractor, he realized that he didn’t like using people and being used by others, and so he obtained his 1st-class Kenchikushi (architect) license and established his own office.
Since then, he has been working locally as an architect.

He also takes part in various community activities, holding various responsibilities such as Neighborhood Association Chairman, Public Relations Director, and Transportation Director.

He also publishes the monthly neighborhood association news. Last year marked the 11th year he has been serving as a monitor for school children on their way to school, an achievement for which he was recognized with an award from the Yamate Police Chief.
He is also a member of the seniors’ Watch Corps.

He also organizes storytelling sessions, picture-story shows, and school festival entertainment acts at his alma mater.

Since the old days, he has had lots of hobbies, including the theater, photography, music, the tea ceremony, and tennis.
“The only one who does not change is my wife,” he says while laughing.

His painful memories are of the war.
He was 5 at the time of the Great Yokohama Air Raid.
Chased away by the flames, he was unable to stay at his home and watched his neighborhood glow red from the Yamate hills where he took refuge.

Perhaps due to the traumatic nature of this experience, he has no earlier memories.
“I am absolutely opposed to war.”
“I also organized a story-telling chapter at my alma mater to make sure this never happens again.”

Asked about what was fun back then, he says “Now is the most fun. And tomorrow will be even more wonderful! My stage name comes from this attitude.” (laughs)

Although he does not following any particular rules for staying healthy, he tries to lead a regular life, getting up every morning at 6:15, and never missing the morning TV gymnastics program with his wife.

“I love to work and I love to play.”
“Try to have a blast in this life--it’s your only one.”
“That too is filial piety, and it is important to give a good example in this manner to your children as a parent.”

(Holding in his hand a photograph of his wife in younger days.)

Chairman of Yokohama Demae Rakugo (Rakugo Delivery Service).

The next show will be on November 27 (Sunday).

Hamaken Charity Show at Yokohama Nigiwai-za.

Involved in many civic activities  Ichie Kuroyanagi (78 years old)

Born in January 1938 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture.
In 1973, moved to Yokohama for her husband’s work.

While bringing up one daughter and three sons, took part in PTA activities and this launched her engagement in numerous civic activities such as Yokohama Iijan Association (which promotes the creation of playgrounds for children), the Neighborhood Association, the Naka Ward Residents Council, the Naka Ward Womens Forum Executive Committee, and the Wadayama District Regional Liaison Office.

“At the PTA, I learned about the importance of speaking in front of people, and at the Womens Forum, I learned about the importance of being on the move.”

At the neighborhood association, we introduced various reforms from the point of view of women, such as changing the Womens Department to the Culture Department, and designing the Town Hall to accommodate a meal preparation area.

I was away from home quite a bit, but thankfully my husband was understanding and gave me the freedom to do all these things.
“The dinner I’d make for the family to eat while I was out was curry, and I have been told that he sometimes complained about that to the children.” (laughs)

These days, she is busy with the prefectural Fiber Recycling Network, which is a civic group that aims for a recycling society through fiber recycling.

Last year, she was admitted to the hospital for two weeks due to a brain infarction.
“I was lucky that this was detected early on!”

Optimistic, forward-looking, never backtracking describe her personality.
“I worked on the creation of children's playgrounds, town planning, recycling, all the various things that were needed at the time, and it was really fun.”

“A town can evolve through the work of its residents.”

A workshop that uses old cloth She is called “Honmoku Grandma” after the neighborhood she lives in, by her six grandchildren

Let’s live longer healthy lives!
Healthy life expectancy refers to the length of time during which one can live without being limited by health problems.

The three principles of health are a balanced diet, moderate exercise, and sufficient rest and sleep, but enjoying life is also important.

Ties with people and the community, and positive thinking contribute to good health.

Enjoying meals strengthens facial muscles through the action of masticating, and laughing strengthens abdominal muscles.

Oral care is also important in order to be able to enjoy one’s food.

Not becoming a creature of convenience and moving one’s body regularly also counts as exercise.

Naka Health and Welfare Center Director  Mami Iwata

August Issue - 
What to do now to prepare for a major earthquake

Two magnitude 7 earthquakes occurred in Kumamoto in April, and a lower 6 magnitude earthquake occurred also in Hakodate in June.
The probability of a lower 6 magnitude earthquake occurring in Yokohama within the next 30 years has been announced to be 81% (Earthquake Research Committee of the government of Japan)
Please take a moment to review your earthquake preparedness.

We interviewed Naka Ward staff who were in charge of disaster relief in Kumamoto
Yokohama City dispatches staff for disaster relief.
The staff dispatched to Kumamoto included nine staff members from Naka Ward, who helped with operational support for shelters, health consultations, the issuance of disaster certificates (documents certifying that one is a disaster victim), investigations for this purpose, and so on.
The Resources and Waste Recycling Bureau Naka Office has also dispatched 8 staff for waste collection support (as of end June).

 Manager for Crisis
Management and
Community Disaster Prevention Yoshida Kakarichō
As the second earthquake occurred in the middle of the night, a large number of people went to the shelters even some time after the earthquake occurred because they were afraid in the night.
They unanimously described the scariness of the earthquake, whose epicenter was directly below populated areas.
I witnessed the damage caused by the earthquake, including fallen houses, cracked apartment buildings, and shopping streets where stores had shifted position, including their foundations.
I also listened to the stories of people who avoided collapsing wardrobes by a hair's breadth.
Many people were mentally exhausted and completely at a loss as to what to do.
Kumamoto did not suffer fires, but Naka Ward is at high risk of earthquake fires.
I was reminded of the importance of taking protective steps, such as seismically reinforcing residences, implementing measures to prevent furniture from tipping over, and installing seismic breakers, and of the importance of shelter management training.
I will talk about the various disaster prevention initiatives in Naka Ward and go work on disaster-prevention measures with the local community.

Reexamining one’s household’s earthquake countermeasures

Is my home safe?
Let’s prevent furniture from tipping over

To not get trapped under furniture that has tipped over in an earthquake, secure all furniture, review its placement, and apply shatterproof film on glass panes.

L-shaped brackets tension rods sticky mats

Let’s install seismic breakers
In the past, large earthquakes have been accompanied by major damage caused by fires.
Many fires are caused by electricity.
Use of a seismic breaker is effective for preventing electric fires from occurring when power is restored (such as fires arising from damaged electrical cords).
Such breakers operate by shutting off the electricity automatically upon sensing a large tremor.

Have you discussed how to evacuate with your family?
When a disaster happens, mobile phone and transportation services may be disrupted, and you may be unable to get in touch with your family.
To prepare for such a possibility, it is a good idea to decide with your family on contact methods and where to evacuate and meet.
Disaster Emergency Message Dial (dial 171), Disaster Message Board (web171), and disaster message boards of the various mobile phone companies are all effective means of communication when phone calls do not go through.
These services can be used on the 1st and 15th of every month as well as between August 30 and September 5, so please practice using them.

dial171 web171

Have you prepared an emergency stockpile and evacuation materials?

Prepare an emergency stockpile that will last you for at least 3 days.
Immediately after a disaster occurs, it will difficult to purchase food and daily necessities.
Therefore, create a sufficient emergency stockpile according to your family composition.
Drinking water: As a guideline, 9 liters per 1 person for 3 days (in the case of a family of 3, 9 liters x 3 persons = 27 liters)
Food: Crackers and other items that don’t require cooking, and canned food (in cans that don’t require a can opener to open) are convenient.
Emergency toilet set (containing coagulant, disposal bags, etc.) for use with existing toilets
Sold at home centers.
Place evacuation materials in a backpack or the like and keep in a readily accessible location.

For protection from heavy rainfall disasters (landslides)
There are 131 landslide danger areas in Naka Ward.

In recent years, heavy rainfall disasters have been causing frequent unexpected situations, so if you detect signs indicating that an evacuation is called for, whether in one of the slide danger areas or any other area, please do evacuate.

What are the signs indicating that an evacuation is called for?
If you detect warning signs such as the following, please evacuate regardless of whether or not an evacuation advisory has been issued.
Such signs are precursory phenomena of landslides.
・Small stones start falling from a cliff
・Spring water starts gushing out from the slope of a cliff
・Cracks appear on the slope of a cliff

3 evacuation methods

Horizontal evacuation
Evacuation to a safe place such as an evacuation site, a nearby hill, etc.
Vertical evacuation
Evacuation to the second or higher floor of a robust building or a nearby high building.
Indoor sheltering
In situations, such as at night or when there is imminent danger, where evacuating outside can actually be more dangerous, take shelter in a safe place inside the building where you are.

 The basic rule when evacuating is to act under your own judgment.
As a matter of routine, always check which high buildings are nearby and think about where to and how to evacuate in the case of an emergency.

Remember the term “Hinan-Kankoku  (evacuation advisory)”!
Evacuation advisories are issued via TV broadcasts (as a ticker displayed on the screen) or by municipal information trucks.
Advisories can also be received via Yokohama City Disaster Prevention Information emails (in English or Japanese only, registration is required), so be sure to sign up!


July Issue -  Friendship Interchange with Tsumagoi Village—Japan’s Top Cabbage Producing Area

In February of this year, Naka Ward and Tsumagoi Village (located in Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture) signed a friendship exchange agreement.

About 150 years ago, the two localities began exchanges as Nakaiya Jūbei, a raw silk merchant born in Tsumagoi Village traded in Yokohama during the port opening period.
Cool in the summer, what kind of place is Tsumagoi Village, Japan’s Top Cabbage Producing Area? Here is an introduction of that village.

* Naka Ward also has friendship exchange agreements with Hanno (Saitama Prefecture), Kamaishi (Iwate Prefecture), and Jung-gu in Incheon Metropolitan City (Korea).

What kind of place is Tsumagoi Village?

Tsumagoi is a village situated on a plateau in the northwest of Gunma Prefecture. Manza Hot Spring is located in the northern part of the village.
Cool even in the summer, the Mt. Asama foothills enjoy the spotlight as a great villa area.
Moreover, Tsumagoi Village is a “highland cabbage” producing area that offers vistas of seemingly endless cabbage fields.
It is also known as “Tsumagoi Village, Holy Land of Devoted Husbands” due to an annual event known as “Shouting love in the center of a cabbage field” (a.k.a. Kyabe-chu, a combination of the words “kyabetsu” (cabbage) and “chu” (kiss)), during which husbands shout messages of love to their wives.

“Kyabe-chu” carried out in a cabbage field

Hot spring: Manza Hot Spring has been famous from olden times as a hot spring sanatorium. The area features a number of other hot springs including Kazawa Hot Spring and Asama-Kogen Hot Spring.

Scenic spot: Onioshidashi—Asama Plateau’s premier scenic spot, called a “lava work of art”.
Picture-perfect scenes at each turn, including beautiful views of mountains and seas of clouds, star-filled skies, and highland landscapes of gorgeous nature that changes in appearance through the seasons.

Highland flowers: The plateau area is home to a rich diversity of alpine flora including the Japanese azalea, which flowers until early July in the Yunomaru Plateau area and has been designated as a natural treasure.
500,000 lilies bloom in Kazawa Yuri Park (mid-July to early September)

Outdoors: There are a number of campgrounds that let you enjoy the great outdoors.
Enjoy also fishing and trekking.

Who is Tsumagoi Village native Nakaiya Jūbei?

Nakaiya Jūbei left Tsumagoi Village for Yokohama during the port opening period, where he plied the nascent silk trade.

His shop, sumptuous enough to be referred to as the “Copper Palace,” accounted for more than half of all Japan’s raw silk exports and was patronized by many foreign merchants.

A society to honor Nakaiya Jūbei has been established in Tsumagoi Village and relays his achievements.

Memorial monument near the historical site of the store on Honchodori Street (2-22 Honcho).In 2003, the Nakaiya Jūbei Honor Society built this monument and donated to Naka Ward.




Present for our readers!
In commemoration of our friendship exchange agreement, a few lucky readers will receive an assortment of highland vegetables including the local cabbage and corn shipped directly from Tsumagoi Village.

10 persons drawn by lottery.

Please send to the address below a postcard listing
① A short message for Tsumagoi Village, ② your thoughts about this website, ③ the themes you would like to be taken up on this website, and ④ your address, name, and age, to the following address, postmarked by July 31 (Sunday).

Public Relations Section, Naka Ward Office, 35 Nihon-odori, Naka Ward, Yokohama 231-0021


* The winners will be directly sent their prize (around mid-August) without preliminary notification.

June Issue -  Introducing the FY2016 Ward Administration Policy of Naka Ward


The ward administration policy describes the goals aimed at by the Naka Ward Office staff for the stated one-year period as they carry out projects and organizational operations.This year, we will concentrate in particular on “improving our disaster preparedness” and “promoting local health and welfare.”We will work to offer peace of mind and enjoyment for all those who live in Naka Ward, those who commute to the ward either for work or for study, and those who visit the ward.Mayor of Naka Ward  Akihiko Mikami

Improving our Disaster Preparedness
Aiming to improve local disaster preparedness through the promotion of self-help and mutual assistance, we will provide support to local communities and companies to better enable them to engage in autonomous disaster mitigation measures.
We will also carry out education and information dissemination activities by holding disaster prevention community walks and disaster prevention meetings centering on the 131 landslide danger areas in Naka ward.
Further, we will also train leaders who can manage activities in times of disasters through drills for wind and flood damage, pet handling training, practical disaster management classes in elementary and junior high schools, as part of the comprehensive and systematic implementation of disaster preparedness and mitigation measures on an on-going basis.

Practical disaster management classes

Promoting Local Health and Welfare
To allow everyone to live with peace of mind in their accustomed area, we will further expand our efforts to develop local communities that mutually help and support one another.
To this end, around the central pillar of the Third Naka Ward Community-Based Welfare Health Plan, we will build a comprehensive community care system, enhance support systems with a focus on the Handicapped Person Autonomy Support Council , and promote measures to support the independence of the needy and measures dealing with child poverty, among other things.
Further, we will proceed with health promotion tailored to local characteristics, including the promotion of walking, the training and dispatch of radio gymnastics leaders, and the dissemination of nutrition-related information.

Naka Ward Walk & Health Festival

We are also promoting the following four measures

・Community planning for mutual support ranging from children to the elderly
With the aim of a city in which children can be raised with peace of mind, along with nursery school waiting list measures, we will promote measures for the early detection and prevention of child abuse through broader implementation of medical checkups for infants and caregiver support.
We will also promote the development of places where the elderly can lead active lives, and activities that promote understanding and awareness about dementia.

Supervision by child care support staff

・Development of lively local communities
This year, which will mark the 90th anniversary of the present ward system and the 100th anniversary of the Port Opening Memorial Hall, will be one of excitement and momentum in which we bring together the capabilities of residents, businesses, organizations, and the like.
Further, we will work toward creating lively and vital communities by disseminating information about the attractiveness of shopping districts and centers through elementary school student work experience and other activities, holding various events in the ward, and collaborating with friendship cities.

Elementary school student work experience activity

・Creation of communities where people can lead safe, secure and healthy lives
We will promote in a systematic manner efforts to protect the lives of all residents through various measures including voluntary local crime prevention activities, traffic safety and measures to prevent the abandonment of bicycles, licensing of establishments to ensure safe foods that can be consumed with peace of mind, and various other certifications and benefits programs.
Further, in collaboration with all local residents, we will promote also global warming countermeasures based on the implementation of the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).

Clean Up Naka Ward day!

・Toward a Ward Administration Office Rich in Sympathy and Trustworthiness
With the adoption of the Yokohama City Ward Administration Office Separation Ordinance, we will redouble our efforts to be attuned to the wishes of residents and reflect them in our administrative operations so as to be better able to offer truly needed administrative services that are appreciated.
Moreover, in addition to promoting original local autonomy and community development activities based on an on-going dialog with all local residents, we will work on various initiatives such as establishing an action plan for the promotion of multiculturalism.

Naka International Lounge Japanese Classes

Next year marks the 90th anniversary of the current ward system as well as the 100th anniversary of the Port Opening Memorial Hall.
Let's all further build up our momentum together!


May Issue - Go to a nearby park

In Naka Ward, there are 76 municipal parks, where children play cheerful. On the other hand, a park is a place of relaxation for adults. Do you know there are 7 parks in Naka Ward where healthcare equipment is established?
At the season of new green leaves, why don’t you take a walk to enjoy flowers and nature and spend your healthy life? Walk in your town to find a park for relaxation.

Chitose Park

Nanamagari Park

Why a park is always clean - join the activities of Aigo-kai -

Do you know why parks of Naka Ward are always clean? That is because Koen Aigo-kai (Park Humane Society) always manages the parks through collecting garbage and cutting grass voluntarily, etc.
In Naka Ward, there are 64 Koen Aigo-kai where many residents do activities. These activities include gardening and watching over children playing.
At the request of you, Naka Public Works Office will provide you a garbage bag and a broom, etc.
“Yellow-colored garbage bag”, which you put garbage into and place in a park, will be collected by Resources and Waste Recycling Bureau, Naka Office.
Why don’t you join the activities of Koen Aigo-kai?

Gardening at Fudoshita Park

Professionals of Naka Public Works Office
Professional staff of Naka Public Works Office often maintain and manage parks by repairing a bench, pruning high trees, etc. After repairing a bench by staff with various knowledge and great skills, as you know, the bench of Yoshihama-cho Park became so beautiful that you could not recognize it!
When pruning high trees, staff cuts branches so that the trees will grow finely in the future.

the bench of Yoshihama-cho Park

【Inquiries: Naka Public Works Office: Tel: 045-641-7681, FAX: 045-664-6196】


April Issue - The beginning of new relations: Join the Neighborhood Association !

Making a town you will want to live in all your life starts with you! There is an old Japanese proverb that goes “Better your neighbor than your relatives far away”.* Even in disaster areas struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake five years ago, it is said that communities that had strong day to day relationships have banded together to help each other, and recovered faster after the disaster. To become a neighbor you can rely on, and enrich your daily life, step through the “door to your community”, and join a neighborhood association.

*Meaning that the people you can rely on when you need them the most are not your relatives living far away, but people living in your neighborhood.

What is the Neighborhood Association?
A neighborhood association is your closest resident’s autonomous organization, operated voluntarily by people living in your neighborhood. This organization brings neighbors together to cooperate on solving various problems shared by the community and increases the sense of solidarity through various activities, with the aim of making a more comfortable town with more human interaction.

What kind of activities is the organization involved in?
• Disaster readiness
Conducting training and seminars for disaster readiness, stockpiling emergency supplies in preparation for the event of a disaster, producing disaster readiness maps
• Beautification of the city
Managing garbage collection sites, clean-up work, managing planter planting
• Safety and security of the town
Management of security lights, crime prevention control at night
• Child care assistance
Creating living spaces for parents and children, checking in on parents and children
• Monitoring the elderly
Individual visits, meal parties, checking in on the elderly
• Promoting good health
Walking and radio gymnastic exercises, mahjong classrooms for training the mind
• Collecting recyclables
Collection of newspapers, cardboard, old clothes, and other items that can be recycled
* Activities vary from one neighborhood association to the next.

Where does funding for these activities come from?
Funding primarily comes from the following sources.
• Fees from neighborhood association members
• Profits from recyclable collection
• Donations, event earnings, etc.
• Various subsidies from Yokohama City
• Honorarium for PR paper distribution

To learn more about the neighborhood association
Do you want to join but you don’t know the Chairman? Is there no such organization in your area but you would like to make one? For these questions and more, contact the Naka Ward Office Chiiki Shinko-ka (Regional Development Division).

TEL: 045-224-8131 FAX: 045-224-8215

March Issue - Enjoy the spring sakura in Naka Ward

In spring, the season of thrilling sakura (cherry blossoms), people can be found admiring sakura all throughout Naka Ward. Amidst all this, members of the community gather every year to hold festivals in Honmoku and Ōokagawa which are enjoyed by many visitors.
To mark this occasion, this month we will shine a spotlight on Honmoku and Ōokagawa, and introduce sakura and festivals long adored by the community!
This year, take a look at Naka Ward’s sakura, and come enjoy the sakura with your family or the community.

Honmoku Sakura Festival
Visitors can enjoy over 300 sakura trees planted from Kominato all the way to Makado in Honmoku. Pick up a copy of the Honmoku Sakura Map to find over 20 unique shops offering delicious cuisine and affordable services. The festival will be held for 2 weeks starting from the announcement that sakura trees are in bloom. Search for “本牧さくら祭り” (Honmoku Sakura Festival) on Facebook for details.

The Sakura Menu Grand Prix will be held again this year!
Try carefully crafted delicacies at various restaurants and food shops, and vote for your favorite. Your vote could determine the Grand Prix. Voters can also win meal tickets by lottery.

This year will be my fourth time planning how to raise awareness among the community of Honmoku’s sakura trees as a point of appeal for the neighborhood. We welcome you to come find the charm of Honmoku’s voluminous sakura blossoms and our premier shops. We’re preparing a festival that will have everyone who comes wanting to come back again next year.Eiko Nunokawa, Honmoku Sakura Festival Executive Committee

<Honmoku Community Center, TEL: 045-622-4501, FAX: 045-622-4828>

Ōokagawa Sakura Festival
Visitors can fully enjoy both the river and the sakura at the Ōokagawa Sakura Festival, held beneath the sakura trees planted along the Ōokagawa River. Come to see live performances held on barge stages floating down the river and join in parties held on boats as well. Stalls set up by the neighborhood association bring a cosmopolitan flavor to the event. We especially recommend you come after sunset to see the sakura lit by paper lanterns at night.

Dates: April 2nd (Sat), 3rd (Sun) 11:00a.m – 4:00p.m
Place: Fukutomichonishi Park, Ōokagawa Sakura Pier, etc. (3 min. walk from Hinodecho Station or Koganecho Station on the Keikyu Line)

The 24th annual Ōokagawa Sakura Festival was originally started as a way for locals to rediscover the charm of their neighborhood. It is also the finest festival in the city to use the river, so that visitors can enjoy sakura from on board boats. Don’t miss the “flower rafts” formed by fallen sakura petals floating on the water.Chairman Shigekazu Ichinose, Ōokagawa Sakura Festival Executive Committee

Ōokagawa Sakura Festival River Cruise Experience
Cruise boats will depart from Yokohama Hinode Pier regularly from 11:00a.m to 3:00p.m on April 2nd (Sat) and 3rd (Sun). Each cruise has room for up to 20 passengers. Tickets are specially priced at just \1,000 (elementary school students and younger children ride free)!

<Executive Committee, TEL: 080-2175-1715, Email:>

February Issue - Take a tour of Naka Ward’s historic buildings

March 10th is Yokohama Three Towers day. The Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall, which has one of these three towers, is a public auditorium of Naka Ward. It has stood the test of time, surviving both the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and the fires of World War II, and will reach its centennial next year. 2017 will also be the 90th anniversary of the ward system in Yokohama. There are many buildings that carry such a rich legacy in Naka Ward. Take this Three Towers day as an opportunity to visit historic buildings, and feel the historicity of the city in Naka Ward.
*The Yokohama Three Towers are towers known as the King (Kanagawa Prefectural Government Building), the Queen (Yokohama Customs Headquarters), and the Jack (Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall). It is said that foreign sailors nicknamed these buildings after playing cards, as landmarks when entering Yokohama Port.

King Queen Jack

1) Yokohama Creative City Center (above Bashamichi Station)
This is a relocated section of the former Bank of Yokohama headquarters annex. Its semi-circular balcony resembles a Greek temple, and the thick, round pillars and high ceiling make for an atmosphere reminiscent of bank architecture at the time on the inside as well. Enjoy a break for drinks and soak in your surroundings at the café.

2) Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of History
This precious relic of the Meiji period was built with brick and stone to be the Yokohama Specie Bank headquarters. At the time it was a very important financial institution. More recently it has been referred to as the “Ace Tower” of Yokohama.


3) Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall
This important cultural property of Japan was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Yokohama Port opening, and will reach its centennial next year. Its interior is a must see, featuring stained glass and decorative windows and an elegant staircase.

4) Yokohama Information Cultural Center, Museum of Yokohama Urban History, Yokohama Museum of EurAsian Cultures
The Yokohama Information Cultural Center, which was built as a high rise extension on the renovated former Yokohama Commerce and Industry Museum, still has the old VIP room open for tours. Linked to it are the Museum of Yokohama Urban History and Yokohama Museum of EurAsian Cultures, inside the former Yokohama Trunk Line Telephone Office.

Yokohama Information Cultural Center Museum of Yokohama Urban History,
Yokohama Museum of EurAsian Cultures

There are many other historical buildings in addition to these, including the elegant NYK Maritime Museum, the Sompo Japan Nippon Koa Bashamichi Building which was the very first registered “Yokohama Designated Historical Architecture”, and the Hotel New Grand where Charlie Chaplin and Babe Ruth once stayed.

NYK Maritime Museum Sompo Japan NipponHotel New Grand Koa Bashamichi Building  Hotel New Grand


January Issue -
Sister Cities of Naka Ward – 3 charming cities bound by friendly exchange partnerships

As you may already know, Naka Ward, Yokohama has connections with several other cities. In particular it has formed friendly exchange partnerships with Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, and Jung District, Incheon in South Korea, in order to build better communities.
In fact, Naka Ward has diverse connections with a number of other cities, such as Tsumagoi, Gunma Prefecture and Usuki, Oita Prefecture opening booths at the Naka Ward resident’s festival “Hello Yokohama”, exchanges with youth baseball teams from Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture and Miyako, Iwate Prefecture through the Naka Ward Youth Baseball League, and reconstruction assistance for Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture through the Yamamoto-cho Nichome Shoeikai.

This month we will introduce the 3 charming cities of Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, and Jung District, Incheon (South Korea) which have formed friendly exchange partnerships with Naka Ward, as well as examples of exchange between our cities. Take this chance to learn about cities partnered with Naka Ward, and find a place that piques your interest enough for a visit!

Hanno, Saitama Prefecture

Hanno City, located in southwestern Saitama Prefecture, with a population of about 80,000, has prospered as a forestry town since the Edo Era. Forest covers 70% of Hanno’s area, and this “Forestry Culture City” has developed culture, history, and industry including textiles from its symbiotic relationship with the forest.
 Hanno can be reached from Naka Ward in 95 minutes by train without transfers. Mutual direct operation of Minatomirai Line and Seibu Line trains made the perfect opportunity for Naka Ward and Hanno to form their partnership, and the two cities have pursued friendly exchange ever since.

Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture

Kamaishi is located in southeastern Iwate Prefecture, with a population of about 40,000. The nearby ocean and geographical conditions bless this city with warm weather year round.
 Naka Ward and Kamaishi formed their partnership in March, 2014 after public servants of Naka Ward visited Kamaishi as volunteers. The steel town of Kamaishi is known as the birthplace of the modern Japanese iron industry, and the Hashino iron mine in the northwest of the city was registered as a “Meiji Japan Industrial Revolution” World Heritage Site last year. Rugby has long been popular in Kamaishi, and the city has been selected as one of the host cities for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It is already showing the same level of excitement for the event as Yokohama City.

 Jung District, Incheon (South Korea)

Jung District is a South Korean city with a population of 120,000. Incheon International Airport and a ferry terminal connect it with the rest of the world through the sky and the sea. The city has many features in common with Naka Ward, Yokohama, including its status as a port city opened early on for trade with the outside world. Jajangmyeon, a popular noodle dish in South Korea, originated in the Chinatown of Jung District, Incheon.
 Do you know there is a place right here in Naka Ward, Yokohama where you can experience Korean culture first hand? It’s Fukutomicho! Korean restaurants and supermarkets selling Korean ingredients line the streets.
A rice cake pounding event will be held in Fukutomicho from 12 noon on February 7th (Sun). Visitors can also enjoy the traditional Korean folk music and dance known as “nongak” (or “pungmul”) and the Korean rice cake soup called “tteok”.

<Naka Ward Office Koho Sodan Gakari (Public Relations Section) TEL: 045-224-8121>


December Issue -
End of the Year SLIM Strategies!

December… the month so busy, it is said that even Buddhist chaplains run hurriedly about in anticipation of the New Year. This season brings fun celebrations as Christmas and New Year’s parties, but also demands preparation for the New Year.
This month we offer advice on how to cure that end of the year headache just waiting to happen; organizing and cleaning. With the SLIM plan, you can greet the New Year with a refreshed and relaxed smile on your face.

Strategy #1
Check the New Year’s holiday “garbage and recycling collection days”
A lot of garbage gets thrown out this time of year, to the point that you may not be able to dispose of bulky garbage before the year’s end if you do not make your reservation early. Take care not to miss your combustible garbage or recycling collection days either, or you might find yourself surrounded by full garbage bags on New Year’s Day. Check the garbage and recycling collection schedule on flyers posted at your nearest garbage collection site.

Strategy #2
Make a schedule!
Preparation and planning are essential to getting things done. Count back from the waste collection day to determine your cleaning process. Start with the types of waste that will be picked up first.
We recommend you start by organizing linens and clothes, including towels, sheets, futon covers, and socks. You can use those old towels and socks for cleaning later.

Bulky Garbage Reception Center (common for all Yokohama)
Tel: 0570-200-530 (Automated Operator)
Tel: 045-330-3953 (From mobile phones and PHS)
Fax: 045-662-1225

* The Yokohama SLIM Plan
We are working to stop global warming (reduce greenhouse gas emissions) by not only separating and recycling our waste, but reducing the waste we produce as well. We also pursue greater safety, security, and stability of waste disposal, with the goal of making a people-friendly town not troubled by its own garbage.
Naka Ward’s priority initiatives include removing water from biodegradable waste, reducing food loss (uneaten food and leftovers), encouraging use of reusable bags and bottles, and separating waste thoroughly.

* The 3 Rs
Reduce: Make less garbage.
Reuse: Use things over and over again.
Recycle: Separate waste into useful parts.

The most important of the 3 Rs is “Reduce: Make less garbage”. To better reduce, we must take a second look at our own lifestyles.
・Choose items you can use repeatedly
・Do not take things that you will throw out right away
・Use your favorite belongings carefully to get the most out of them
・Use everything until it is unusable to avoid waste
・Think of other ways to use something before you throw it out

When separating garbage is so complicated you don’t know what to do...
Use the “Mictionary”! (Yokohama Garbage Separation Dictionary)
Mictionary is website and app that tells you how to separate any garbage just by typing in the name.
There are even English and Chinese language versions for foreign residents.
A printed leaflet is available in 9 languages.

Inquiries: Naka Ward Office Chiiki Shinkō-ka (Community Development Div.) Resources Reuse Promotion  Section Tel: 045-224-8140>


November Issue -
Child care support in the community – Keep children and parents smiling


Nearly 1,100 babies are born in Naka Ward every year. Children are the treasure of society for every generation, but especially now that low birthrate and an aging population are a reality. It is not unusual for first time parents to be confused about child care. This month is the “Month for Promoting Prevention of Child Abuse”. Having someone who can hear about the small joys and concerns of child care can help to prevent child abuse. Your nearby community has a large role as a leader of this. Here we will introduce places in the community that support child care with the thoughts of the people behind them.


The first step to connecting with the community, Konnichiwa Akachan Hōmon (Hello Baby Visits)
“Hello Baby Visits” is a program which sends “Hello Baby Visitors” from the community come to visit all households with children from birth until 4 months of age (not only the first child). They support child care by providing a range of information about child care and giving opportunities to make ties with the community.

We had Michi Yamada (a 3 year Visitor) recreate her visit to the household of Kayoko Nishigaki and her daughter Kanade.

Visitors come on a date determined beforehand over the phone. Their visit stops at the entryway, and they come bearing a baby rattle as a gift and child care information set from the community. This set has guides to the date and location of a variety of child care support events, such as “Baby School”.
Ms. Yamada cradled little Kanade gently while speaking about child care information in the community.

From Ms. Nishigaki, the mother
Since my daughter was born, I haven’t had contact with anyone but my family, so I was really happy to get back in touch with society. Minato Mirai is close enough to be part of my day-to-day life. It’s outside of Naka Ward, but Ms. Yamada gave me information about it as well. It was so nice to get information only a local could provide.

From Ms. Yamada, the visitor
Sometimes it can be very difficult to set a date for the visit by phone, which can be very dubious, but I’m certain local mothers would be happy to make friends through child care, and get some help that would allow them to enjoy taking care of their children. It’s important to have ties with the community in case of a disaster or an emergency. I would be very pleased if our visits could be the start of those ties. More than anything, getting to interact with babies keeps me in good spirits. 


Meet the “Hello Baby Visitors”
Hello Baby Visitors are primarily welfare commissioners, children’s commissioners, the children’s commission chief, and others with experience in child care support. In the whole ward, there are 47 active visitors commissioned by the mayor. They receive training not only on child care, but also disaster preparedness, and other latest information that is important for life in the community.

There are also “mother and child visits” by midwifes. (at 2 months of age)

These visits are intended for households with their first child. There are many causes for confusion for first time mothers, whether it is that they’re not producing breast milk, they’re worried that it’s not enough, their baby is not gaining weight or doesn’t stop crying, or their breasts are swollen and start to hurt. “Mother-and-child Visitors” who are qualified midwifes and health nurses (currently 6 in Naka Ward) visit households to give advice based on their professional opinion. Households wishing to receive these visits should submit the notice of birth in their Maternal and Child Health Handbook to the Kodomo Katei Shien-ka (Children and Family Support Division) with a request written inside.

< Naka Ward Kodomo Katei Shien-ka (Child and Family Support Division)
TEL: 224-8171  FAX: 224-8159>

There are places you can receive support for child care in the community
When you just want to talk with someone, when you want to get out of the house to play with your child, when you need someone to watch your child for just a little while, when you’d like to go out but you need to breast feed… There are many different places in the community that can help you with child care in times of need. Local residents are involved in leading many of these projects as well.

・Community Daycare – Yokohama Kosodate Support System (Yokohama Child Care Support System)
This is a mechanism for mutual support within the community to register people who wish to drop off their children (users) and people who can take care of those children (providers). Child care services are compensated, with member matching handled at the office. Providers can care for children in their own home, or users can have their child picked up and dropped off at a nursery. At present their 340 members registered as users, 60 registered as providers, and 30 registered as both. Now accepting applications for daycare providers! Please join in a registration seminar.
Contact: Naka Ward Branch Office (Inside Nonbirinco) TEL: 663-0676

・A base for supporting child care – Nonbirinco
Nonbirinco is a place where parents can come on a whim to let their child play with toys or picture books, chat with the staff or other parents, or spend time as they please. There are also events to participate in together with their child. Ms. Yasuda, head of the facility told us “It’s reassuring for people to have a place for themselves in the community. Come on down as if you were coming home.” We are also making an effort towards training people who will support child care. Ms. Yasuda added “It’s important to have local residents who can help with child care. Spending time with children is good for the caretakers as well. Every month we hold child care support volunteer seminars.
Contact: Celte 9F, in front of Kannai Station  TEL: 663-9715

・Support for taking your child out – Motomachi Oasis
There are over 500 stores and facilities cooperating with “Hama Hug”, the organization that supports families with children and pregnant women. “Motomachi Oasis” on the Motomachi Shopping Street is one of these. It has long provided a space for nursing or changing diapers on weekends and holidays, but in May it reopened as a facility where this space can be used every day. Shoppers can take their small children here for a break while shopping, to use the diaper changing space in the restroom, or use the nursing room, or kids circle, where small children can take off their shoes to play.
Contact: Motomachi SS Kai Office TEL: 641-1557


October Issue - Get in shape at the Naka Ward Walk & Health Festival

 A healthy diet, rest (sleep), and daily exercise are all important to your health. And for those of us who see starting sports over again as quite a high hurdle… we recommend walking! Because it does not place much stress on the body, anybody can start walking with ease. If you know that well enough, but it’s still a challenge… this season with its pleasant weather is your chance! Come join the “Naka Ward Walk & Health Festival” to start moving your body without too much strain, and get in good shape.
Health starts with a stroll; the benefits of walking
Walking is aerobic exercise, and its benefits include preventing or reducing obesity, slowing the aging process, relieving constipation, and strengthening the bones. Since it also improves circulation, it can help to prevent or treat shoulder and back pain. It is even an effective form of stress relief and mood booster. It requires no special tools, and can easily fit into your daily routine, making perfect for improving your health.

Have fun walking and getting in shape! Naka Ward Walk 11/5 (Sun)
 (*Apply beforehand, first-come-first-served, canceled in case of bad weather)

A health activity promoter (*1) leads participants in this walking event, following courses to the end goal at Yokohama Cultural Stadium. There are ten courses in total, lined with some of Japan’s top spots for sightseeing, history, and rediscovering local charm.
It’s important to move your body, and maintain good habits in order to extend your healthy life expectancy (*2). Choose a course of your liking, and enjoy Yokohama in the fall while taking your first step to getting in shape.

*1 Health Activity Promoter: A promoter of good health in the community who conducts a variety of activities as a partner of the government’s health promotion policy. At present there are 153 health activity promoters active in the 12 districts of Naka Ward.
*2 Healthy life expectancy: The period in which you can live without any health problems restricting your everyday life.


# Course Details Reception/Meet-up location Capacity
1 A brisk walk in search of sea air! Yokohama Hinode Pier → Ookagawa Yume Road → Kishamichi Promenade → Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse → Yokohama Cultural Stadium
- 90 minute course
8:30 Reception
9:00 Departure
Yokohama Hinode Pier
2 Midtown-downtown course Midtown-downtown course  Isezaki Cross Street → Sueyoshibashi → Yokohamabashi Dōri → Otori Shrine → Miyoshi Engeijo → The Birthplace of Soap → Kurumabashi → Chōjamachi Icchōme → Yokohama Cultural Stadium
- 60 minute course
9:40 Reception
10:00 Departure
Isezaki Cross Street
3 Nordic walking from Bashamichi (*rental poles are available) Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History →Tokyo Geidai Mae →Bankokubashi → Shin-Yokohama Chuo Hiroba → Red Brick Park → ZOU-NO-HANA TERRACE → Yokohama Park → Yokohama Cultural Stadium
- 90 minute course
8:30 Reception
9:00 Departure
In front of the main entrance to the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
4 Bustling street walking JR Ishikawachō Station →Motomoachi →Maedabashi → Chinatown → Nihon-ōdōri  → Yokohama City Hall → Yokohama Cultural Stadium
- 60 minute course
9:15 Reception
9:45 Departure
JR Ishikawachō Station
South Exit
5 Yamashita Park/Minato Mirai Course Yamashita Park → Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse →  ZOU-NO-HANA Park → Nihon-ōdōri → Yokohama Park → Yokohama Cultural Stadium
- 70 minute course
8:30 Reception
9:20 Departure
Yamashita Park, in front of The Stone Stage
6 Autumn colors at Yamate, the home of tennis! Mugita Seifūsō → Yokohama Yamate Museum of Tennis → Jizo Zakaue  → Ushizaka → Ishikawachō Go-chome →Chōjamachi Icchōme  → Yokohama Cultural Stadium
- 70 minute course
9:30 Reception
9:50 Departure
Mugita Seifūsō
7 Walk through the history of Naka Ward Nakahonmoku Community House→ Harbor View Park → France Yama Area → Chinatown → Yokohama Park → Yokohama Cultural Stadium
- 90 minute course
9:00 Reception
9:30 Departure
Nakahonmoku Community House
8 Take a stroll in search of the ❤ Naka Sports Center → Harbor View Park → Yamashita Park → Yokohama Cultural Stadium
- 90 minute course
8:30 Reception
9:00 Departure
Naka Sports Center
9 Yamate…
the stylish walking route
Yamamoto Elementary School Community House → Italy Yama Garden →  Kamenohashi → Yokohama Cultural Stadium
- 80 minute course
9:00 Reception
9:45 Departure
Yamamoto Elementary School Community House
10 Shopping district course(Rediscover your nearby shopping districts) Honmoku Izumi Park → Honmoku-dōri shopping district → Yamate Station/Ishikawachō Station shopping district → Yokohama Cultural Stadium
- 80 minute course
9:15 Reception
9:45 Departure
Honmoku Izumi Park

How to apply for Naka Ward Walk

Please apply from October 13 (Tue) to 26 (Mon) (final deadline) by post, fax, or email.
Be sure to include in your application A. The event name (Naka Ward Walk), B. The names, genders, addresses, and telephone numbers of all participants, and C. Your desired walking course. (Circle the name of the representative applicant)

Naka Ward Office Welfare & Health Division
35 Nihon Odori, Naka Ward, Yokohama
Fax: 045-224-8157

Enjoy your health and physical fitness checkup at the “Health Festival”

Date: November 15 (Sun) 10:30am – 1:00pm (cancelled if bad weather)

Venue: Yokohama Cultural Stadium
An application is not required. Anyone may participate.

This health event will be held at the Yokohama Cultural Stadium, which also serves as the goal for Naka Ward walking courses. Many health programs will be staged so both adults and children can have fun while getting their health and physical fitness checkup! A health stamp collection rally and walking point leader will also be featured at the event. Feel free to join even if you don’t follow the Naka Ward walks!

 [Contact] Naka Ward Office Fukushi Hoken-ka (Welfare & Health Div.)
TEL: 045-224-8333 FAX: 045-224-8157

September Issue -
What is multiculturalism? ~ Naka Ward and its foreign residents

With over 10%, or 15,313 foreign residents, Naka Ward has the most of any ward in Yokohama, and is among the communities with the most foreign residents in all of Japan. Our foreign residents originate from 90 different countries. “Permanent residence” is their most common status of residence, and the number of permanent residents is increasing every year. “Permanent residents” are people who intend to live in Japan for the rest of their lives, and they are constructive members of the community. Living with people from a variety of different cultures can pose difficulties, but if we recognize each other as neighbors, we can build a better society. So what does that mean, exactly? Let’s consider it as a community.

We visited Yokohamayoshida Junior High School,
the junior high school with the most students who have ties to foreign countries of any in the city

There are students with ties to foreign countries in every elementary and junior high school of Naka Ward. Even children that are not of foreign nationality, may for example, be the product of an international marriage. Although their family may have naturalized and assumed Japanese style names, the language and customs they use at home are those of their parent’s home country, and they may not be very familiar with life in Japan. Understanding of the Japanese language also varies among these students, from those who have just moved to Japan and have no understanding at all, to those born and raised in Japan and who speak Japanese at school, but have difficulty understanding the Japanese used in class. And of course, some students are completely familiar with life in Japan. Here we will introduce a few of these children, using Yokohamayoshida Junior High School, the junior high school with the most students who have ties to foreign countries of any in Yokohama, as an example.

Out of 400 students at Yokohamayoshida Junior High School, more than 40% of them, or nearly 170 students, have ties to foreign countries (more than half of them to China and Taiwan, followed by the Philippines, South Korea, North Korea, Thailand, and 7 other countries). This is the highest number of any junior high school in Yokohama. Transfer students are not uncommon, with 15 new children transferring from foreign countries at the end of summer break last year. Here, students from not only Japan, but many other countries study together. Sometimes trouble arises from differences in culture and customs, but the student’s school lives are supported by the stupendous efforts of the teachers and volunteers from the community.

Students from the International Classroom, and the International Classroom Teacher, Mrs. Kumada (top right). They’ve already picked up Japanese children’s habit of showing peace signs for the camera.

Supporting children who have difficulty with Japanese language in the “International Classroom”

Children who have just moved to Japan and cannot understand Japanese are enrolled in the “International Classroom”. These students take some classes in their own classroom, but for classes which can be particularly difficult to understand, such as Japanese language, social studies, and natural sciences, they go to the International Classroom for special tutoring on Japanese or the subject.
When we visited, there were students who had transferred from China in February and March, as well as students who had transferred from the Philippines just a few days before, studying Japanese language together in the International Classroom. Initial Japanese tutoring lasts for half a year. However, even after that initial tutoring ends, following lessons along with everyone else is still difficult. Mrs. Kumada, the International Classroom teacher, told us “It takes 1 to 2 years for students to become comfortable with everyday conversation, and 5 to 7 years for them to understand the Japanese used in class.” For this reason, depending on each student’s individual tutoring by teachers of their subjects continues. Because there are so many students from China, the Chinese language assistant Mrs. Tan is there for support, occasionally explaining the lesson in Chinese. She spoke to us, saying “Sometimes the students can understand the content of the lesson, but they simply didn’t get a question that was asked in Japanese.”

Mrs. Kumada giving initial tutoring in Japanese to students who have just arrived in Japan. Mrs. Tan the Chinese language assistant (2nd from the left) is there for additional support.

Going to high school to start a life in Japan

It is common for parents to move to Japan first and make a foundation for their life, and the children to then come to Japan after. Mrs. Kumada explained “Student’s legal guardians often do not understand Japanese schools, and are unable to speak Japanese. Yet many families wish to continue living in Japan.” She continued with words of encouragement, saying “Even with different customs in school, these students are doing their best to continue studies that are many times more difficult for them than for Japanese students.”

“Japanese is very difficult, but we really want to go to school in Japan, so we’re studying hard” said Ms. Minako Uchida and Mr. Benhao Ma from China (2nd year students)

Naka Ward Office supports children learning Japanese as a second language in the Naka International Lounge (Ward Office Annex 1st Floor)

• School Guidance
Counselors explain school life and the Japanese school system individually in English and Chinese to guardians of children who have transferred from overseas into Naka Ward public elementary and junior high schools, and connect them with schools.

•  Scholastic Support Classroom
In cooperation with junior high schools in the ward, volunteer academic supporters assist students with the study of Japanese language or their normal school subjects.

Supporters wanted! We are always recruiting passionate volunteers. Those with experience in academic tutoring or who are able to speak Chinese, English, or Tagalog are especially welcome. Support offered from Wednesday to Friday evenings. Contact the Naka International Lounge for details.

* The Naka International Lounge also dispatches “Naka Ward Multilingual Scholastic Supporters”, mainly to public elementary and junior high schools in the ward, and supplements support for guardians of students learning Japanese as a second language.

A word from Kinen Lin (university junior),
graduate of the Naka International Language Scholastic Support

ClassroomAt the end of my second year in junior high school, I came to Japan to live with my mom who had gotten married here. I had a lot of trouble with classes. For example, even though I could understand English in the English class, I could not understand the questions my teacher would ask in Japanese. But with help from supporters, my understanding of Japanese progressed. That’s why I’m studying Japanese language education in university now, so I can get a job that makes use of my experience. Last year, I even worked as a supporter. Once my job hunt is over, I’d like to try volunteering again.

 [Naka International Lounge]
The Naka International Lounge supports foreign residents with multilingual living information and Japanese language classes. Training for Japanese language volunteers as well as lessons on multicultural understanding and foreign exchange events are also offered.

TEL: 045-210-0667 FAX: 045-224-8343
Time: 10:00 - 17:00 (10:00 - 20:00 on Tue & Sat), closed every third Sun of the month

August Issue
Prepare for the fury of nature and meteorological disasters!

The disastrous heavy rain that struck Hiroshima in August of last year shook all of Japanese society. Heavy rains caused by Typhoon No. 18 in October also led to landslides that lost precious 2 lives in this city.
New records for heavy rain have been set, typhoons have moved north while maintaining their strength, and in June of this year, a downburst(*) caused significant damage in Gunma Prefecture.

We live in an age when climate change is causing meteorological disasters that defy common sense. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, we have published disaster prevention features around this time every year. Now that abnormal weather is the norm, and because we never know when or where we may be caught in a disaster, this year we will tell you how to confront the fury of nature, with a focus on storm and flood damage.

(*) Downburst: An explosive downward airflow from a cumulonimbus cloud, and the destructive airflow that collides with the earth below.

Massive typhoon approaching the Japanese archipelago (provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency July, 2011)

~What you can do now~

Avoid risk with the latest weather information and your own 5 senses
 • Get ready by finding information on the expected path and force of the typhoon, and the impact of rain, wind, and waves.
  • Beware if the weather report says “Atmospheric conditions are unstable”!
 • Don’t miss the 3 signs that cumulonimbus (thunderhead) clouds are approaching (thunder, black clouds, cold wind).
 • Learn about dangerous places in advance, such as flood and landslide prone areas.

Get the latest information here (English) →

* Just don’t go outside when there is strong rain and wind
 If there is any danger of landslides (*), evacuate to a safe place immediately. However, if it is night time, or there is sudden torrential rain making it dangerous to go outside, take refuge in a safe part of the building such as the 2nd floor or the opposite side from the slope.
(*) Small rocks tumbling down, water bubbling out of the slope, and cracks appearing are all precursors to a landslide. Don’t miss even the slightest clues, and make your decision to evacuate quickly!

Unlike earthquakes, meteorological disasters are marked by prior information. Don’t make light of mother nature; beware of the strength of rain and wind, the presence of thunder, and the state of clouds, and if something doesn’t feel right, take action fast!
You only have one life. Take action to protect that life.

A tree toppled by strong wind (November, 2013)

Take these steps in advance to be ready for when the weather is at its worst
  ・Register to receive Yokohama-shi  Bōsai Jōhō (Yokohama Disaster Prevention Information) email at
 ・Learn about emergency and disaster response at
 ・Discuss what to do in an emergency with your family and community
 ・Inspect and repair dangerous places around your home (walls, signs, cliffs, etc.)
 ・Check evacuation sites and evacuation routes
 ・Clean gutters, ditches, and rainwater pipes
 ・Install a lightning rod
 ・Prepare a ration stockpile and emergency evacuation bag
 ・Take part in community disaster prevention training

Japan is an archipelago, surrounded by the sea on all sides, and prone to suffer damage from natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and typhoons. But at the same time it is also blessed with natural riches rarely seen anywhere in the world. Rather than blindly fearing disaster, we can enjoy our everyday life in peace by better understanding nature and preparing for disasters.


July Issue -
Rediscover the charm! ~Visit your local shopping district

Local shopping districts have long supported our daily lives. You may know that there are over 40 shopping districts in Naka Ward. Right here in our hometown are shopping districts overflowing with local charm.
This month, under the title “Rediscover the charm!” we interview shopkeepers from five shopping districts with shops appearing in “Gachimen!” and shine a spotlight on the charm of shopping districts that do locally rooted business, built up over many long years of history.

What’s “Gachimen”?
Final competition to determine the №1“gachi” (seriously) delicious shopping district noodle shop in Yokohama
The “Gachi!” series has chosen the most delicious dishes from local shopping districts based on the reader’s votes. This year, in the 5th edition of the “Gachi” series, you choose the best noodle restaurant. Entries were taken from five shopping districts in Naka Ward. For details on how to vote, check the official website, visit General Information on the first floor of the Ward Office, or see the entry books placed in the entry shops.

The five Gachimen candidates of Naka Ward!

1 Shirakawa Chūka Soba Koryu (Isezakicho Shopping District)
Wantan Men (Wonton Noodles) ¥890

Natural ramen without any artificial flavorings. Wontons made with exquisite skin, and the addictive taste of ground pepper.

Isezakicho shopping district stretches from Kannai Station. This district, lined with shops established in the Meiji Period, has many unique specialty stores. Sponge cake maker Bunmeido is one of many widely known stores that started in Isezakicho.
 (Access: from the north exit of JR Kannai Station)


2 Sports Cafe Yankees (Kannai Station Shop Association)
YOKOHAMA  Noodles  ¥960

This dish uses vermicelli, the thin Italian noodle, in place of Vietnamese pho noodles. The ingredients are a new type of noodle modeled on Spanish ahijo.

Kannai Station Shopping District was built in March of this year, with just 5 shops. While the shops are still few in number, their offense strategy can be seen in their service, with unique shops including a cafe, clothing store, jewelry store, and a beauty salon. This shopping district is also distinguished by its many shops oriented at female shoppers. Stop by for some enjoyable shopping on your way home from work.
 (Access: JR Kannai Station North Exit, inside Certe)


3 Keikarou Ichiba Dōri Shop (Yokohama Chūkagai Ichiba Dōri Association)
Endoumame-iri Jūkei-fū Ramen (Chongqing-style ramen with peas) ¥972

 Authentic Chongqing street cuisine. Peas and minced meat go well with the sesame miso soup. Enjoy the tingling spice of these unique noodles.

Once called the “Kitchen of Chūkagai(China Town)”, Ichiba Dōri was a market offering the full range of ingredients used in Chūkagai. Even now that more restaurants catering to tourists have appeared, the vestiges can still be seen. More than any other shopping district in Chūkagai, visitors can really enjoy the atmosphere of China here. Locals flock to this shopping district on weekdays for its reasonably priced lunches.
 (Access: Motomachi-Chūkagai Station)


4 Shokusai Wagyu Shigekichi (Ishikawa Shopping District (i-canal street)
 Shigeo no Ramen (Shigeo’s Ramen) ¥853

The last dish to wrap up a meal at this exquisite yakiniku restaurant. The chicken and pork bone soup has a refreshing flavor, made with only the finest ingredients.

After Yokohama Port was opened to the world, Ishikawachō became a bustling thoroughfare for canal traffic connecting the port with the city. Even now, vestiges of its time as a port can be seen in buildings shaped like ships.
The barrier free streets of Ishikawachō are easy to walk down, and wide enough to see the entire shopping district from either side. A ten year urban beautification project was just completed in 2013. Historical photographs are on display, showing the Ishikawachō of ages past. Come see the old and new Ishikawachō shopping district for yourself.
(Access: Ishikawachō Station, Motomachi Exit)


5 Nicchūyūkō Tabedokoro Honmoku Tamaya (Honmoku Sankei-en-dōri Shopkeepers Association)
Honmoku Jizakana Tempura Soba (Honmoku Local Fish Tempura Soba Noodles)  ¥1,000

This luxuriant dish is served with sillago, white croaker, and perch bought fresh in Honmoku fishing port. It has a mellow aroma from the domestically made buckwheat flour.

Honmoku Sankei-en-dōri has been the heart of the community since 1950. Even today, with large scale shopping centers popping up nearby, it is a major presence in the lives of local senior citizens and factory workers.
Kept alive through tough economic times thanks to creative efforts of its shopkeepers, women in their 80s can still be seen hard at work in front of some of the district’s more popular shops.
 (Access: From Yamate Station take bus Route 222, disembark at Honmokuhara)



June Issue -
FY2015 Naka Ward administration management policy set!

Basic Goal: Make Naka Ward a town where anyone can enjoy peace of mind and feel vitality
~ Live here, work here, or come to visit

The Ward Administration Management Policy, Naka Ward’s goals for this year, have been decided. We at the Naka Ward Office have established 2 priority goals based on these basic goals, and are using them to promote activity. Our town is a place for everyone to live, commute, work, and visit. Let’s work together to build a better Naka Ward for everyone!

Priority Goal 1: Improve local disaster prevention capabilities

Naka Ward will support the voluntary activities of the community in leading disaster mitigation efforts matched to the damages done by storms, floods, and earthquakes.  We will also train leaders to respond in the event of disasters, such as conducting disaster prevention classes and disaster mitigation lectures in collaboration with local elementary and middle schools.

In order to do this…
 Naka Ward will work to build a safe town that is disaster ready by enhancing training and disaster management in preparation for landslides, earthquakes, and fire; conducting voluntary crime prevention activities in the community; delivering crime prevention information; and dispatching abandoned bicycle monitors.

Disaster Prevention Walk

Priority Goal 2: Promote health among residents

Naka Ward will promote the healthy development of many generations through a range of activities, including training of radio gymnastics leaders for groups involved in health promotion; holding civilization and enlightenment walk rallies, walks, and health festivals; promotion of food education in cooperation with companies such as supermarkets; and disseminating information on health promotion activities.

In order to do this…
We will support the promotion of sport and healthy development of our youth through activities such as radio gymnastics and running. Through the implementation of jump rope classes and competitions, and running clinics, we will work to promote habitual exercise among residents.

Radio gymnastics leadership seminar

What are radio gymnastics?

 Radio gymnastics is a type of exercise that anyone can do to improve their physical fitness. It has been broadcast as a radio program for over 80 years.


<Naka Ward Office Kusei Suishin-ka (Ward Administrative Promotion Division) TEL 045-224-8127 FAX 045-224-8214>


May Issue - Bicycle riding rules and manners you need to know

Bicycles are wonderful things, both environmentally friendly and good for your health. However, misusing a bicycle can cause major accidents.
From June of this year, malicious bicyclists with records of repeated dangerous behavior will be obliged to take Jitensha Untensha Koshu (Bicycle Rider Training). Using this opportunity, we’d like to recap rules of bicycle traffic that may seem obvious but actually are little known.

The State of Bicycle Traffic Accidents in Naka Ward

There were a total of 184 bicycle traffic accidents (shortened to “accidents” below), in Naka Ward in 2014. 57.6% of these accidents were caused by violations of traffic rules.

• Where can you ride a bicycle?

On the roadway? On the sidewalk?

• Do you have to obey traffic signs?

Yes? No?

Bicycles are vehicles (light vehicles), and so road traffic laws apply to them.
Therefore, wherever sidewalks and roadways are separated, bicyclists must ride on the left side of the roadway. Bicyclists must also obey all traffic signs. Violations of these rules will be met with penalties.

• Sidewalks are for pedestrians
• Bicyclists must ride on the roadway, in the same direction as cars.
• Riding while using your smartphone or listening to headphones, riding while holding an umbrella, riding without lights at night, and riding the wrong way down one way streets are all illegal acts.

* From June 1st, bicyclists who ignore traffic lights or ride while under the influence will be required to take “Bicycle Rider Training” (if they commit the offense twice or more in 3 years).



• Be aware of your surroundings and let others pass
• Don’t double ride (except for children’s seats)
• Ride in single file lines only
• Don’t ring your bell more than is necessary

Let’s all follow the rules and manners of bicycle riding, so we can enjoy the green streets of spring safely and comfortably together.

 <Naka Ward Office Chiiki Shinkō-ka (Regional Development Office)  TEL 045-224-8132 Fax 045-224-8215>

April Issue - Participate in local community activities!

 Join your local neighborhood association or residents' association!

 What are neighborhood associations and residents' associations?

 These associations enable residents to get to know one another better, and work together to address local issues so that everyone can live happily and securely in the community.Why not join your local neighborhood association or residents' association and take part in activities that support the community, making it a more comfortable place to live and preparing so that residents can help each other effectively in the event of an emergency. of course, foreign nationals are welcome to join as well!

What kind of community are neighborhood and residents' associations trying to create?

・Safe, secure and crime-free communities
Associations carry out community patrols, and maintain lights that keep dark streets illuminated for safety at night.

 Shin-Honoka Federation of Neighborhood Associations

・Communities where people assist one another in times of emergency
Associations conduct disaster drills and create and maintain stockpiles of emergency food rations, etc.

Umechi Neighborhood Federation of Neighborhood Associations emergency food handout drill

・Communities of culture and communication
Associations organize events such as festivals, sports days, and mochi (rice cake) making sessions, helping to preserve regional culture and foster interaction among residents.

Yoshida Neighborhood Association

・Clean and comfortable communities
Associations clean up trash pickup areas and provide guidance in separating garbage!

Nishitakenomaru Residents' Association


・Communities where older people thrive
Associations carry out activities aimed at maintaining the health and safety of older residents!

Bayside Shin-Yamashita Residents' Association / Let's Take a Walk Association

If you would like to join your local neighborhood association or residents' association, or would like to form one in your area or apartment building, please contact the Naka Ward Office, Regional Promotion Division (in Japanese).
Naka Ward Office, Regional Promotion Division

Tel: 045-224-8131 Fax: 045-224-8215


What are neighborhood and residents' associations doing?
An example is Paopao Parents and Kids Plaza, organized by the Honmoku 2-chome-kita Neighborhood Association.

The Honmoku 2-chome-kita Neighborhood Association Welfare Division and local volunteers have been managing Paopao Parents and Kids Plaza since 2004.Every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, the voices of children playing can be heard ringing out from the neighborhood association building.


Kaho Sato, who visits two or three times a month, like to play house when she comes here!""When my daughter gets tired of playing at home, I bring her here.It's a really nice change of pace for me as well!"" says Kaho's mother.

Mayako Sato (second-year member of the neighborhood association)
Kaho Sato (aged 1 year, 3 months)

Through coming to Paopao, the Tamaki family has gotten involved with other neighborhood association activities such as festivals.""It was so much fun when the three of us went to the local festival as a family. We were able to get a lot of good information from parents of older children as well!""

Kazuko Tamaki (fifth-year member of the neighborhood association)
Hiroto Tamaki (aged 1 year, 5 months)

Tomoko Kojima, the head of the neighborhood association, says she is energized by the presence of children who come to Paopao. ""I hope that by participating in Paopao and other activities we organize, children and their parents will come to realize how much fun the neighborhood association can be,"" she says with a smile.
Tomoko Kojima, President, Honmoku 2-chome-kita Neighborhood Association



March issue-10 years since launch of Operation Bye-Bye

Hatsune-cho, Kogane-cho, and Hinode-cho areas fundamentally transformed
The Hatsuko-Hinode district (containing the Hatsune-cho, Kogane-cho, and Hinode-cho neighborhoods) were formerly home to approximately 250 illegal establishments where prostitution, etc. took place, and the living environment was drastically deteriorating.
In January 2015, Yokohama residents, the police department, and the municipal government teamed up on Operation Bye-Bye, prosecuting illegal businesses and carrying out 24-hour patrols.
Ten years later, the distinctive subdivided spaces formerly occupied by illegal businesses have been converted into artists' studios, shops and cafés, and the district has a whole new look.
Here we introduce some of the highlights of Hatsuko-Hinode, a neighborhood that has undergone truly dramatic changes over the past decade.

Kaidan Hiroba


Underneath the Keikyu Line railroad tracks, this former site of illegal dumping was
converted in 2011 a public space where people gather.


The multi-purpose plaza, the name of which means "Stairway Plaza," is used for a wide variety of purposes.
On the second Sunday of every month, the art and cuisine event Nokisaki ("under the eaves") Art Fair is held.

Paintings on walls


Walls under the Keikyu Line tracks that were formerly covered with graffiti are now
hung with works of art, created for the Kogane-cho Art Bazaar festival held between August and November each year, displayed in six locations.


Ōoka River Promenade
The road along the Ōoka River, formerly difficult to navigate,

since 2009 features a 550-meter promenade for walking.


The pedestrian walkway offers pleasant views of the Ōoka River.
Environmental cleanup initiatives head into the next decade

On January 11, when Operation Bye-Bye celebrated its 10th anniversary, a ceremony was held and Ito-san of the Hatsuko-Hinode Environmental Cleanup Promotion Council read a declaration laying out a vision for the next 10 years.
Ito-san: "All of us love this community, and we're determined to move forward and not back to where it was 10 years ago!"

February Issue-Naka Ward, a community woven from raw silk

Naka Ward developed thanks to trade that grew after the Port of Yokohama opened.The most important trade item was raw silk.Up until the period of rapid economic growth that began about 55 years ago, trade in raw silk was a crucial means for Japan to obtain foreign currency and a major driver of the nation's economy.Let's take a tour of Naka Ward and unearth some of history of raw silk in the community!

A historic building that testifies to raw silk export's status as a major, nationwide endeavor
●The Former Yokohama Raw Silk Inspection Warehouse

The national government's Yokohama No. 2 Joint Government Office Building was formerly the Yokohama Raw Silk Inspection Warehouse, where silk was inspected for quality.After the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the government staked its prestige on reviving the raw silk export sector by building inspection sites and warehouses optimized for raw silk storage.
One warehouse and one office building still survive today.
The present-day Yokohama No. 2 Joint Government Office Building

Yokohama's most prosperous merchant at the time the port opened
●Site of Nakaiya Jubei's Store

Nakaiya Jubei was one of the merchants who came to Yokohama from around the country with dreams of making it big in the raw silk trade. He came from the village of Tsumagoi in Gunma Prefecture, where raw silk was produced, and with incredible speed became Yokohama's most prosperous merchant. His combined store and dwelling on Honmachi-dori Avenue was a mansion nicknamed "The Copper-Roofed Palace."

 A commemorative stone erected in 2003 by the people of Nakaiya's home village, Tsumagoi
Remains of foreign trading post on Silk-dori Avenue

●Emblem stone on wall showing address of  Former Foreign Settlement No. 91

This wall, showing the address of  Former Foreign Settlement No. 91, once belonged to a trading post housing Italian traders Di Rollo & Co. Raw silk-related trade continued until around 1965.There is also an emblem stone inside the entrance of the Fancl Building, indicating that there was once foreign trading post there.This trading post was operated by the Swiss enterprise Siber Hegner & Co., which for many years dealt in raw silk in Yokohama.

Wall showing address of  Former Foreign Settlement No. 91Only surviving remnant of an exterior wall in the former foreign settlement

Emblem stone with the year (1902) and the lot number (No. 89A)
After changing its name and form multiple times, the company became DKSH Japan, which still has its headquarters in Tokyo.

Learn all about silk, from the silkworms that make it to its past and future
●The Yokohama Silk Museum

This is one of the only museums dedicated to silk, a reflection of Yokohama's uniquely deep ties to the material. Learn about the cultivation of silkworms, the manufacture of thread, and the process of weaving, as well as the history of the silk trade in Yokohama and new possibilities that have been uncovered, and try your hand at silk reeling and weaving!
Classes on creating silk cocoon dolls and braids, etc. are taught as well.
Don't miss the ethnic costumes from around the world and lovely Japanese kimonos!

9:00 - 16:00 (last admission)   Closed Mon.   General admission ¥500   Tel: 045-641-0841
Enjoy learning through quizzes with fun questions like "How many silk cocoons did it take to make this kimono?"
Built on the site of the former Fukui Domain Ishikawa-ya silk trading post, an important place in the history of trade in Yokohama

●Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall
For about 10 years after the port opened, this was the site of Ishikawa-ya, a trading post operated by the Fukui Domain (present-day Fukui Prefecture) to sell its regional products such as raw silk.
It was also the childhood home of Okakura Tenshin, a key figure in Japanese art history in the Meiji Period (1868-1912).
Afterward, in 1874, a town meeting hall was built here with funding from raw silk traders and other merchants, to serve as both a local government office and a meeting hall for merchants.
Merchants, including raw silk traders, donated large amounts of funds for reconstruction after the building burned in 1906 as well.

Exterior of the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall

January Issue-Youth 2015

Young people are the future and the vitality of the community.
The power of young people, with new ideas and innovations, is indispensable for a lively community.
Were you aware of the various areas of Naka Ward where young people are active today?
This issue of Naka Ward Town News shines a spotlight on youth who are livening up the community, and through interviews, gives a picture of how today's young people think and act with regards to themselves, their families, society, and  community.
We hope all members of the community will work alongside our youth, with their unlimited potential and love of new challenges, to make Naka Ward a more vibrant place.

〇Yoshikazu Kawai-"Zaki-6" Promotion Council
Young small-business operators are working to invigorate Isezaki-cho 6-chome Shopping Street Born 1984.
Yoshikazu and his brother run the historic Kawamoto-ya tea shop, with a history stretching back over 100 years.

He wears traditional Japanese dress while minding the store.

What kind of activities is the "Zaki-6" Promotion Council engaged in?

Seven younger small business operators in their 20s and 30s, including a cobbler and an electrical appliance shop manager, plan and stage events to draw more people to the shopping street.
The Zaki Festival, held once every two or three months, is an event with a gourmet bazaar featuring food from popular businesses in other shopping streets, live musical performances, and so on, staged in cooperation with other shopping streets and neighborhood or community associations.

How was the response to the Zaki Festival you and other young people organized?

We've been able to establish connections with other shopping arcades thanks to young people's particular ability to get around and cover a lot of ground. In this way, we're working to liven up Naka Ward not as a set of "points" (individual businesses) or "lines" (shopping streets), but as a "plane" (the whole community).
Even if we don't succeed at first, people like the leader of the local business council are looking at our activities over the long term, and that gives us the confidence to take on new challenges.

What do you see as the distinctive appeal of Isezaki 6-chome as a youth-oriented area?

Even time-honored historic businesses are bustling with the ideas and energy of young people.Everybody, please come and pay us a visit. You're sure to find a shop you like!

Distributing Hoji tea porridge at an event


〇Shiho Matsuyama
○Volunteering to tutor junior high school students at Kamidai Community Center
Naka Hope Classroom Born 1993.Hobby: visiting various cafes.

Shiho goes to Kamidai Community Center once a week.

What led you to begin volunteering at Naka Hope Classroom?

Just my university studies alone weren't giving me enough personal fulfillment. I felt like I was just shuttling back and forth between school and home every day.I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do, but I like kids, so I took the step of volunteering at Naka Hope Classroom.

Are you enjoying it?

I certainly am!
I not only tutor them in academic subjects, I'm also like a big sister, listening to their concerns about extracurricular activities, the opposite sex, and so on.It's really rewarding, and great to know that even as a university student I can make a difference in someone's life.
I hear stories about the old days from other volunteers who are of the same generation as my grandparents, and I feel like we're one big family. It gives me a sense of security. 

What have been some of the positive aspects of volunteering so far?

At my own school, I only talk with people my own age, but here I can talk with older people as well.It's been a great opportunity for me to learn that in this community there are people of all ages who have all sorts of different views on things.To realize that I can give meaningful support to other people has helped to build my confidence.

Do you have any advice for people who might be interesting in volunteering in the community?

In my case, I was worried beforehand that the students might not accept or welcome me, but we found we had unexpected things in common, and we have lots of fun talking!
Whatever kind of volunteer work you're thinking of doing, it takes courage to take that first step, but once you take the plunge, you'll discover entirely new sides of yourself and naturally begin to enjoy yourself more and more!

Class in progress at Hiranuma Memorial Rest House

Naka Hope Classroom is looking for volunteers who can work closely with students that need academic support!
They are looking for a teacher who can teach students in Chinse or English with handling excelent Japanese skills. why not sign up as a volunteer?
Classes take place at Hiranuma Memorial Rest House (a five-minute walk from JR Kannai Station) and at Kamidai Community Center (a one-minute walk from Hongo-cho municipal bus stop), for two hours starting at 6:30 PM, one to four times per week.If you are interested in it, Please call them.
Supporting Union for Practical Use of Educational Resources (a nonprofit organization)
(Inquiries) Tel: 045-243-6840   Fax: 045-243-6841



Friends living side by side
Naka Ward: A friendly community where everybody works together to build happiness

December 3 to 9 is Disabled Persons' Week.As of March 31, 2014, there are approximately 7,500 people in Naka Ward with disability passbooks.A large number of organizations and individuals in Naka Ward are engaged in diverse activities aimed at ensuring that people with disabilities can lead the lifestyles they want in the areas to which they are accustomed.

(Inquiries) Naka Ward Office Disabled Support Division
Tel: 045-224-8165 Fax: 045-224-8159

〇Treat people with disabilities naturally, like anyone else!
(Volunteer at Honmoku DAC Regional Vocational Support Center for Persons with Disabilities)
Tadayuki MarumoHonmoku DAC is a local vocational support center where users who want to continue living in the community, no matter how severe their symptoms, engage in activities such as cloisonné, beadwork, making cloths, etc.
I ordinarily work as a care worker for elderly persons, but while engaging in pickup, drop-off, and care of people who attend this vocational support center, I got to know them and realized that there are many people with disabilities who cannot do the things they want because insufficient care is available. I don't do so much for them, really.I help them out here and there and put the finishing touches on the things they make.
For example, they sew cloths with a sewing machine, but they are unable to do the final stitches.
I help them to do that.Everyone loves to talk.They have lots of things they want to share and talk about.
Even without words, they can communicate things non-verbally.People here are all smiles, and I myself am cheered up every time.Some people feel taken aback or don't know how to treat people with disabilities, but there is no need for that. Just act as you normally would!And when someone has trouble with something, help them out.
(Inquiries) Honmoku DAC
Tel:045-623-4399 Fax:045-623-1282


〇Miharashi Ponte   Naka Ward Support Base for Persons with Disabilities
Miharashi Ponte is both a day-to-day living support base for persons with disabilities and a center for interaction between disabled persons and the community. Local residents are free to use the spacious café,  free space equipped with photocopy machine, lockers and other facilities, and play space for preschool kids to enjoy.
Come on down and visit Ponte, a place that overflows with smiles and friendly greetings!
*"Ponte" means "bridge" in Portuguese.

Miharashi Café   1st floor
Tasty and affordable.Try lunch as well!
*Coffee and other drinks from ¥150, many dishes such as pasta, pilaf, etc. from ¥500Beef stew set meal and coffee… all this for just ¥800!

"Pokke" play room for kids   4th floor
All kinds of toys to choose from!
As a rule, the play room is only for preschool children.Some staff members have professional childcare experience, and are happy to give advice on childrearing.There is also a rooftop area.
Open: Sun, Tue, Thu, and Sat 10:00 - 14:00
Address: 3-1-29 Shin-Yamashita, Naka Ward
Access: Municipal bus to Miharashi bus stop
Inquiries: Miharashi Ponte
Tel: 045-628-1343   Fax: 045-628-1344

〇Toward a kind and understanding community

Nobuyoshi Ikeda (Naka Ward Federation of Organizations for the Disabled)

 To say simply that someone has a “disability” does not tell us whether they are unable to use arms or legs, or are blind, deaf, have a mental disorder, or something else. What they have in common is that they have difficulties in daily life caused by the disability. Please keep in mind that people with disabilities have some things they are unable to do no matter how hard they try, and please lend a hand with these things when you have the opportunity!

November Issue-Open up a book! November is Reading Promotion Month

Reading is an essential part of life. It helps us to grow intellectually and emotionally, and nurtures our expressive and creative faculties.To develop a local environment conducive to reading, the City of Yokohama passed the municipal Ordinance on Promotion of Reading by Yokohama  Citizens (the "Reading Ordinance"), which went into effect on April 1, 2014.
In this month's issue, we have information about the Naka Ward Library and the Yokohama Archives of History, which we hope will provide readers with opportunities to dig into a good book.


○Naka Ward Library

The Naka Ward branch of the Yokohama Municipal Library has a collection of over 118,000 books.Of these, 15,000 are in other languages such as English, Chinese, and Korean.This means that you don't have to be able to read Japanese to enjoy the library.

Librarian Ryosuke Uruma


Bring your infant in a stroller and read picture books!

You can push your stroller into the infants' area and read books, without having to take your child out and fold your stroller.The shelves are lined with books on child-rearing and picture books you can read to your child, which are placed low enough for little hands to reach.The library has around 34,000 children's books, and there is a shelf of studies on children's literature that feature advice on how to read aloud.
Storytime is held regularly as well.

The library has a cute sofa just for kids!

Address: 16-1 Honmokuhara
Access: Municipal bus to Honmokuhara stop
Hours: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM (Until 5:00 PM on Sat., Sun., and holidays)
Closed: Facility inspection days (once a month), etc. This month, it will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Tel: 045-621-6621 Fax: 045-621-6444

 ○Yokohama Archives of History   Reading Room

Besides the Naka Ward Library, there are other places in Naka Ward where you can find good books.There are over 260,000 books and historical materials in the collection of the Reading Room at the Yokohama Archives of History.
In the reading room on the ground floor, you can hold in your hands and read newspapers and old publications from a long time ago.Many of the items in the collection are in languages other than Japanese. Please visit and have a look!

Address: 3 Nihon-odori
Access: Three minutes from Nihon-odori Station on the Minatomirai Line
Hours: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (enter by 4:30 PM)
Closed: Monday (or Tuesday when a public holiday falls on Monday), New Year's, collection maintenance days, etc.
Reading Room usage fee: 100 yen
Tel: 045-201-2100

*Materials are for reading on-site only. Copies can be made, with some exceptions.
"Exterior view of the Yokohama Archives of History.

Enjoy browsing the archives in a quiet environment.



Volunteers read picture books aloud, or entertain kids with stories of old times, folk tales, etc.there is no charge to participate.This is a fabulous opportunity for kids to encounter books in Japanese.Adults can take part along with their kids. Stop by at a nearby venue and join the fun.


Nobirinko(Kannai Ekimae Certe 9F) 4th Thu., 11:00 - /11:40 - Tel: 663-9715
Naka Ward Library(16-1 Honmokuhara, Naka Ward   Access: Bus to Honmokuhara) 2nd and 4th Tue., 4th Sat., 10:30 - 11:001st and 3rd Wed., 3:30 - 4:00 Tel: 621-6621
Honmoku Chiku Center(Naka Ward (16-1 Honmokuhara, Naka Ward   Access: Bus to Honmokuhara) 3rd Wed., 11:00 - 11:304th Tue., 2:00 - 3:00 Tel: 622-4501
Naka Honmoku Community House(2-351 Honmoku-cho, Naka Ward  Access: Bus to Kominato or Honmoku 2-chome) 3rd Mon., 11:30 - 12:003rd Wed., 2:30 - 3:00  Tel: 623-8483
Otori-chu Community House(22-1 Honmokuhara, Naka Ward  Access: Bus to Honmokuhara) 2nd and 4th Wed., 3:30 - 4:00 Tel: 624-1651
Furo-cho Chiiki Care Plaza(3-15 Furo-cho, Naka Ward   Access: JR Kannai Sta., Municipal subway Isezaki-Chojamachi Sta.) 4th Mon., 1:30 - 2:00 Tel: 662-0161
Nishinoya Chonai Kaikan (32 Nishinoya-cho, Naka Ward Bus to Manzaka-iriguchi) 1st Wed., 10:30 - 11:30  Tel: 664-6023 (Mugita Chiiki Care Plaza)
Yamate Seiyokan (Yamate Western Residences), Ehrisman House (1-77-4 Motomachi, Naka Ward   Access: Minatomirai Line, Motomachi-Chukagai Sta.)  Once a month (Next time is Thu., Nov. 20) 10:30 - 11:30 Tel: 211-1101   
Yamate Seiyokan (Yamate Western Residences), Yamate 234 Bankan(234-1 Yamate-cho, Naka Ward  Access: Minatomirai Line, Motomachi-Chukagai Sta.) Once a month (Next time is Sun., Nov. 16) 2:00 - 3:30 Tel: 625-9393
Takanomaru Day Care Center(53−1 Takenomaru, Naka Ward  Access: JR Yamate Sta.) Mon. – Fri., 11:45 - 12:00 Tel: 641-1646


n November, Storytime will be held at the following facilities as well.

Noge Chiku Center(3-160-4 Noge-cho, Naka Ward Access: Municipal subway / JR Sakuragi-cho Sta.) 11/20 (Thu.), 11:20 - 11:50 Tel: 241-4535
Takenomaru Chiku Center(133-3 Takenomaru, Naka Ward  Access: JR Yamate Sta.) 11/20 (Thu.), 10:00 - 11:00 Tel: 651-5575
Yamamoto-sho Community House(3-152 Yamamoto-cho, Naka Ward  Access: Bus to Yamamoto-cho 2-chome) 11/27 (Thu.), 10:00 - 12:00★Participation fee: 100 yen each time Tel: 212-9099


Desember Isuue-39th Naka Ward Festival "Hello Yokohama 2014: Support the Great East Japan Earthquake recovery effort!Feel the happiness of being connected!"

Hello Yokohama is a Naka Ward festival made possible by the support of numerous ward residents and businesses.This year, Yokohama has been designated as a Culture City of East Asia, and as part of this initiative, traditional performing arts from Japan, China, and Korea will be featured on the "Queen" stage.The Culture City of East Asia project is dedicated to deepening ties of cultural exchange and mutual understanding among Japan, China, and Korea. Artistic and cultural events are being held in the designated Culture Cities in each country.Yokohama has been selected as Japan's Culture City!

Date/Time: October 12 (Sun.), 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(In the case of heavy rain, the festival will be postponed until the next day, Mon., October 13, a public holiday.)

Location: From Yokohama Koen (Yokohama Park) to Nihon-odori
(Nearest stations: JR Kannai Station or Minatomirai Line Nihon-odori Station)

"Inquiries: Hello Yokohama Executive Committee
Tel: 045-224-8132"


Traditional performing arts of each country to be presented at Hello Yokohama



Shimonaguri Suwa Shrine Shishimai (Lion Dance)


This lion dance comes from the city of Hannō, Saitama Prefecture, which has an intercity Friendship and Exchange Agreement with Naka Ward.Of six lion dance programs, the one that will appear in Naka Ward is entitled Shiraha and features a dancer with a genuine sword who cuts the wings off a mythical winged lion.Don't miss this 80-minute extravaganza of traditional dance!The dance is designated as an Intangible Folk-Cultural Property of Saitama Prefecture.

Shishimai lion dances are intended to ward off
evil spirits and are a treasured cultural asset not
usually shown off shrine grounds.




Chukagai Shishimai (Yokohama Chinatown Lion Dance)


China's lion dances are believed to bring happiness and ward off ill luck.Two organizations, the Yokohama Overseas Chinese School Alumni Association and Yokohama Overseas Chinese School Alumni Association Traditional Arts Team, appear in lion costumes and perform dances. It's fascinating to compare the two performances!

In China, the lion has been a symbol
of driving away evil and bringing happiness
since ancient times.




Samul Nori, Korean folk music


Samul nori is traditional percussive music performed with four types of drums: the kkwaenggwari (a small gong symbolizing a star), the jing (a large gong symbolizing the sun), the janggu (a drum symbolizing a person) and the buk (a drum symbolizing the moon.)The intense beats and brilliant traditional costumes make for a thrilling spectacle!

Musicians generate distinctive rhythms on drums
and metal gongs in a performance that symbolizes
the heavens and the earth

Exciting events are held in three areas: "Jack", "Queen", and "King"!


Jack Area: In Yokohama Park


In addition to handmade toy sales and sports you can try your hand at, there will be a benefit market to raise funds for post-earthquake reconstruction!
Regional specialties from Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima and products created at welfare facilities will be for sale.


Queen Area: Nihon-odori area


Genki Festa 21, a festival to promote health, will be held once again this year, with health-related consultations and examinations offered and the chance to ride in a fire truck.


King Area: Kanagawa Prefectural Office area


Many events are planned, including a food court with dishes from Japan, China, and Korea and opening of the Prefectural Office to the public!

Post-disaster reconstruction benefit market
connects the people of Naka Ward to the Tohoku region

September Issue-Life with animals is full of smiles!

September 20-26 is Be Kind to Animals Week!


Under the Law for the Humane Treatment and Management of Animals, September 20-26 is designated as Be Kind to Animals Week, intended to encourage widespread understanding of and concern with kind treatment and appropriate management of animals.We are surrounded by all kinds of animals. In this issue, we focus in particular on cats and dogs, the two most popular categories of pets, and offer a large number of hints on living with them.

Hiroko Umeda, Assistant Manager, Yokohama City Doubutsu aigo center(Animal Welfare Center)


The life expectancy of dogs and cats varies depending on their breed and environment, but in general it is 10 to 15 years, and can even exceed 20.Their intelligence is said to be equivalent to that of a three-year-old human child. Cats and dogs are smart and have strong emotions, experiencing joy, anger, sadness and amusement just as we do.Pet owners must be willing and prepared to live with and take care of their pets throughout their entire lives.This entails various expenses, for prevention of illness, periodic medical examinations, treatment in cases of illness or accident, and care in old age.


It is also important to be prepared for various eventualities.Keeping the characteristics of your pet in mind, it is important to maintain discipline, which enables the pet to be a member of society.This is similar to teaching a child manners, for example.To teach a pet obedience, the owner must have a relationship of mutual trust with the animal.




●Obedience training for dogs

Discipline is particularly important for dogs, and whether or not it has obedience training during the first 100 days of a life will have a major impact on a dog's future.When a dog is around two months old, it is time to begin establishing patterns of communication between human and animal.


・Gently teach the dog that the human is boss.
・Let the dog know it is loved by talking to it with feeling and playing with it.


Discipline (obedience) and training (to do tricks, etc.) are two different things.
The first priority is discipline (obedience).If your dog can learn to "wait" and go to its place,* you'll be well on your way!
*A dog should be able to follow a command to go to a designated place, such as a doghouse, cage, its bed or mat, etc.


The trick is to instill the sense that this place (doghouse etc.) is a friendly place where good things happen, such as receiving treats and so forth.


●Discipline for cats

Unlike a dog, a cat does not view his or her owner as the boss, and is not apt to follow commands.To teach the necessary household manners, when problem behavior occurs you should think about why the cat is acting this way, and come up with strategies for improving behavior.
Cats sometimes have a reputation for being selfish and self-centered, but in fact they develop strong bonds with their owners and are quite willing to cooperate with a loved and trusted human.


●To pet owners


While some people are animal lovers, others dislike or are afraid of them.Other people like animals but are unable to approach some of them due to allergies.The best way to increase the number of dog and cat lovers is to maintain proper manners  in public places, and to think about others around you.


■Three main obligations of dog owners


・Register your dog
・Get your dog a rabies shot (once a year)
・Put a license tag and vaccination tag on your dog


■Always keep a leash on your dog

・Parks are places where children play and local people come to relax.
・Please don't forget that not everyone in the park is there with their dogs.


■Clean up your dog's droppings or have it do its business before taking a walk


While your pet's droppings are an important source of information about its health condition, for other people they are not only a nuisance but also a threat to health and sanitation when left lying around.It's good if you can get your dog to do its business before going for a walk.


Inquiries: Naka Ward Kankyou eisei (Environmental & Sanitation) Division
Tel: 045-224-8339   Fax: 045- 681-9323



August issue-Protect yourself and your family from fires caused by earthquakes

Last December, the Cabinet Office of Japan released figures for the probability of an earthquake occurring directly under Tokyo and the predicted scope of damage.
There is a 70% chance that an earthquake of magnitude 7 or above will occur in Tokyo within the next 30 years, which would result in an estimated 610,000 buildings totally collapsing or being destroyed and over 20,000 deaths, primarily in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba.
Fires breaking out as a result of the earthquake are seen as one of the main sources of damage. Please take the time to check the steps you should take to protect yourself from fires caused by earthquakes.


Major fire caused by the Great Hanshin-Awaji
Earthquake of 1995

Fires in the aftermath of earthquakes are most commonly electrical in origin

A great many fires broke out not only after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, but also after the even more devastating Great East Japan Earthquake.
Of the fires for which causes could be determined, the majority were related to electrical appliances or wiring (over 60% of fires, excluding those of unidentified origin.)
If the interior of your home is thrown into disorder by major earthquake vibrations, flammable materials may come in contact with heat-generating electrical appliances, and when the electricity comes back on after the quake, broken appliances or damaged wiring may short-circuit and start a fire.
In the past, fires have started days after the earthquake occurred.
The terrifying thing about fires caused by earthquakes is that many can occur simultaneously here and there, and spread very quickly.

First of all, keep yourself safe, and then put out the fire

While a massive tremor is still occurring, priority number one is to keep yourself safe. Once the vibrations have died down, then you can put out any fires that have started.
It's important to take preventive measures against fires.
If a fire does break out, the first two to three minutes are key.Do your best to put out the fire before it spreads to the ceiling.

Neighbors helping one another
It is said that after an earthquake, survivors need to be rescued within three days (72 hours).
The situation is even more urgent if fire is posing a danger.When multiple fires break out in different locations simultaneously after an earthquake, fire trucks and ambulances may not be able to reach the scene.It is vital for neighbors to help one another out. Remember the following three pointers:
●Check on your neighbors to make sure they are all right.
●Work together with neighbors to rescue people trapped under buildings or furniture.
●If a fire breaks out, work together to put it out while it is still small.


If your home poses a danger due to collapsing or burning, evacuate to a designated evacuation area.
Communicate with your neighbors while evacuating.
Before you evacuate, be sure to switch off the electrical fuses and shut off the cock of your gas meter to prevent fires.

●First of all, move to a temporary evacuation site
A temporary evacuation site is an open space such as a park or vacant lot where local people assemble during states of emergency.
These areas are designated by each neighborhood association.
After evacuating your home, go here and get a sense of the scope of the damage, and check on how your neighbors are doing.
If fire poses a danger, people move again to a wide-area evacuation site. People whose homes have collapsed and are unlivable move to a disaster evacuation site (Local Disaster Preparedness Center).

●If fire poses a danger, move to a wide-area evacuation site
These sites are temporary gathering places for people to protect themselves from fire and smoke when multiple fires are causing waves of heat and smoke.
The designated wide-area evacuation sites in Naka Ward are shown below. Check the location of your designated site on a map, etc.
Yamashita Park, Honmoku Sancho Park area, Negishi Shinrin Park
Harbor View Park (Minato-no-mieru-oka Koen)
Momijigaoka area,Nogeyama Park

●If your home has collapsed and is unlivable, move to a disaster evacuation site (Local Disaster Preparedness Center)
A disaster evacuation site (Local Disaster Preparedness Center) is a place for evacuees to stay until a more permanent residence can be found.
They are opened to evacuees if an earthquake of seismic intensity 5 or greater is detected anywhere in the city of Yokohama.
Evacuees who are staying elsewhere can also obtain relief supplies and information here.
These sites are operated by local neighborhood associations. Every year disaster preparedness drills are held, so please take part so you'll be ready for any disasters that may occur.
Disaster evacuation sites (Local Disaster Preparedness Centers) are equipped with rescue equipment such as wire cutters, crowbars, power saws, jacks, and so forth.

Power saw


Click on the link below for a list of disaster evacuation sites (Local Disaster Preparedness Centers), in English and Japanese.

(jumps to City of Yokohama Shelter List page)


Naka Ward General Affairs Division, Emergency Management Office   045-224-8112


July issue-Take a walk through your local shopping arcade


Shotengai (shopping arcades) have played a central role in local communities for generations.Several shopping arcades like these can be found in the Honmoku-dori district of Naka Ward.


What sort of shopping arcades are there in Honmoku-dori?

There is a series of shopping arcades, including Mugita-cho Hattenkai, Honmoku-cho Shoeikai, and Honmoku Ribbon Fun Street, featuring shops selling everything from fresh foods to everyday necessities, as well as dining and drinking establishments and more. New and old shops nestle side by side.
These shops are dedicated to providing the finest products, and value their relationships with customers and the local community.


 What is the historical background of the shopping arcades?

The streets of Honmoku-dori were laid out around the end of the Meiji Period (1868-1912) to enable the coming and going of streetcars.During the Taisho Period (1912-1926) a public market was established at the site of the present-day Kamidai Shukaijo hall, and this later evolved into the Honmoku-cho shopping arcades.

Between the mid-1950s and mid-1970s, these shopping arcades bustled with shoppers who came by train from Negishi, Isogo, Yamamoto-cho, and as far away as Kanagawa Ward. On occasions such as big sales, the shopping arcades were thronged with people as far as the eye could see.From 1946 until 1982, there was housing for US armed forces in the Kominato area, and there were some shops especially for American customers.


Interviews with shopkeepers in Honmoku-dori

 ☆Syuji Sugiyama, proprietor, Sugiyama Beef (butcher)

 I inherited this store from my parents, who not only sold beef but also prepared processed meats like ham and sausages in-house. I spent three and a half years in Germany studying the making of ham, and earned a certification.
Every day, I work in the back of the shop preparing meats. Since I'm the proprietor, I can spend as much time and effort as I want to achieve the perfect flavor. I'm happy as a retail shopkeeper since I can enjoy conversations with customers.
 We also sell fried foods, which we fry up on the spot after receiving an order.


Store location: One-minute walk from Hongo-cho bus stop, Yokohama municipal bus

Mr. Sugiyama's ham and sausages have won awards for seven consecutive years in German food competitions

☆Sakae Noda, proprietor, Honmoku Oz (imported clothing retailer)

 This store got started when there was still housing for US servicemembers in this area. We imported T-shirts and jeans large enough to fit them directly from the US.
That was about 40 years ago.The atmosphere of the store remains unchanged today.
 In those days more than half the customers were American, but these days we have lots of local customers as well.Our way of doing business is typical of a neighborhood shop. For example, kids come to buy something by themselves, and then their parents come to pay us later.


Store location: One-minute walk from Honmoku 2-chome bus stop, Yokohama municipal bus

The store's lineup of merchandise evokes 1970s America. Payment in US dollars is accepted as well

 ☆masashi Hosono, proprietor, Honmoku Garden Center (florist)

 We got started as a gardening business during the Meiji Period (1868-1912).Today our products include potted plants, cut flowers, and flower seedlings.Sometimes we hold classes in gardening and flower design as well.The neighborhood association operates some fields, and we offer people our advice on growing various kinds of plants. We sell flowers online as well, but I recommend that you come to pick them out in person.That way we can offer you our advice on how to plant, care for, and display flowers.


Store location: One-minute walk from Honmoku 2-chome bus stop, Yokohama municipal bus

The store's flowers brighten the shopping arcade and charm passersby


 Take a walk through your local shopping arcade and converse with the shopkeepers!You're sure to discover something new and fascinating each time.


June issue-FY2014 Naka Ward administrative policies and major projects
Naka Ward, a community where everyone can enjoy a sense of security and vitality.A great place to live, work, or visit

Naka Ward has drawn up its administrative policies outlining goals for the period from April 2014 through 2015.Based on the basic goals shown above, Naka Ward has designated two areas of focus, in which projects are underway.

Area of Forcus 1

Reduction of Disaster Damage

Goal: to raise awareness of disaster prevention and damage reduction, and hold hands-on drills, and provide support so that the entire community comes together and pursue disaster damage reduction efforts in a manner compatible with community characteristics.
In Naka Ward, there are areas with dense concentrations of wooden dwellings, and business and commercial districts with high daytime population density.The ward is implementing the "Community Disaster Prevention Reinforcement Project" so as to advance fire prevention measures, measures to assist persons unable to return home, and cultivation of human resources that can lead disaster-prevention efforts.

☆Specific initiatives: Disaster prevention roundtable talks and community walks in each district / Disaster prevention drills in shopping arcades and underground shopping areas / model implementation of disaster-prevention survival classes at elementary and junior high schools / training in handling of disaster relief supplies and equipment / disaster prevention education training sessions for elementary and junior high school teachers

Hands-on drills build ability to handle disaster relief supplies and equipment in case of an emergency

Drills envisioning a large number of people being unable to return home

Area of Forcus 2

Health Promotion

Through taking various opportunities to hold *ラジオ体操(NHK daily radio exercises), etc., Naka Ward aims to promote health among people of all ages.Maintaining the best possible health no matter what one's age is essential to enjoying your life, your way, with a smile on your face.We will implement a wide range of health promotion initiatives aimed at maximizing the years of health for all ward residents.In particular, we will utilize the NHK daily radio exercises, which can be done by anyone from children to the elderly.An important part of this effort is the development of social contacts and opportunities to be active, which enable people to continue health-promoting activities over the long term.

People did NHK daily radio exercises at Naka Ward Cleanup Day in May

*A set of exercises anyone can do to maintain their health and vigor.They have been broadcast on public radio daily for 80 years.


May Issue-Flowers and greenery brighten up the community!

Yokohama is a city that tourists visit from all over Japan.Naka Ward, in the city center, is fortunate to have beautiful scenery and vegetation that can be enjoyed year-round, including in Yamashita-koen (Yamashita Park), Yamate Seiyoukan (Yamate Seiyoukan Residences), and many of the city’s finest gardens including Sankei-en (Sankei-en Garden).You can enjoy taking a walk or contemplating cherry blossoms, or take part in various events offered.If you enjoy seeing and encountering flowers and greenery, why not raise some yourself?
In this issue we focus on various initiatives aimed at conserving and creating greenery in our urban environment.


Flowers can be enjoyed in many areas of Naka Ward (photo shows Yamashita-koen)

☆Events featuring flowers and greenery
・Igirisu-kan (British House) Rose Concert: Enfolded by the fragrance of roses
Enjoy a viola and piano concert amid the roses of Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen (Harbor View Park).
Sunday, May 25    First performance: 11:00 - Second performance: 14:00 - *Seating for first 60 audience members to arrive each time
Inquiries: Yokohama-shi Igirisu-kan

・Yamate Seiyoukan
This event features a display of elegant flower arrangement combined with stylish table coordination. This year, sweets will be served as well.
June 7 (Sat.) – June 15 (Sun.) 9:30 – 17:00
Yokohama Yamate Seiyoukan, Building 7
Inquiries: Yamate 234-Bankan   Tel:045-625-9393

☆Initiatives aimed at conserving and creating greenery
・Cheerful Flower-Filled Community Initiative
In Naka Ward, home to sightseeing districts and entertainment areas, illegal dumping and illegal parking of cars and bicycles are causing problems.
 We are addressing the problem by placing flowerpots and planters in vulnerable areas.Garbage creates more garbage, but flowers can both prevent illegal dumping and brighten up the community.
Inquiries: Naka Doboku Office (Naka Civil Engineering Office) 
Tel: 045-641-7681 Fax: 045-664-6196

We planted them together! (Kids from Shoko Nursery School)

・Koen Aigokai (Friends of Parks Association)
Seeking new organizations and individuals as members of Hama Road Supporters!Both roads and parks are treasured local assets, and tools for community development.Let’s all work together to build a pleasant living environment and strengthen community ties.

What is the Koen Aigokai?
 It’s an association that performs day-to-day maintenance and upkeep of local parks.

What are Hama Road Supporters?
It’s an organization that works to beautify neighborhood roads.It has approximately 1,900 members belonging to 46 groups in Naka Ward.

 April Issue-How About Joining Your Neighborhood Association?

Neighborhood associations carry out activities that help local residents, in collaboration with various organizations. In many cases, neighborhood associations can offer solutions to concerns and problems faced by foreign residents. By all means, use this opportunity to join your neighborhood association.

Q: Of course I've made preparations for a possible disaster, but still, I'm a little worried whether I'll be able cope on my own if a major disaster occurs…

A: Your neighborhood association has made preparations against major disasters in collaboration with the government, including the management of disaster stockpiles and disaster drills.
Your neighborhood association is also deeply involved in the operation of local disaster preparedness centers(*).

Q: I live by myself and feel lonely…

A: You will make acquaintances in the neighborhood and feel part of a nice community for day-to-day living.  Through events such as festivals and health promotion events, you will be able to develop deeper and broader relations in the community. Single living need not be lonesome.

Q: I would like local information.

A: You will receive local information and administrative information about Naka Ward and Yokohama City from your neighborhood association. Belonging to your neighborhood association will also allow you to get more information about your area in the event of a disaster.

Q: I want a clean and safe neighborhood…

A: Your neighborhood association work together with local residents to create and maintain a clean neighborhood that provides a pleasant environment. Further, to ensure a safe neighborhood, your neighborhood association conducts crime prevention patrols and crime prevention classes across the community in collaboration with the Ward Administration Office and the Police Department.

(*) Operation of evacuation shelter

If a disaster strikes, neighborhood associations, schools, the government and other bodies will work together to conduct relief and rescue operations using disaster using disaster prevention equipment.

Persons undergoing emergency water supply training for shelter management

☆ To apply for membership in your local neighborhood association, either call or fax with the following information: (1) Your name, (2) Your address, (3) Your phone number.
Tel: 224-8131  Fax: 224-8215

Naka-Ward Neighborhood Association Federation Chairman Liaison Committee Office (inside the Naka-ku Regional Promotion Division)

March is the Month of Relations
-Community relations boost disaster prevention capabilities

Naka Ward has designated the month of March as the month of relations in commemoration of the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011, and the lessons it taught us.  This year, we will hold a disaster prevention symposium having as its main theme measures to help vulnerable people during disasters. Meanwhile, the various disaster prevention activities we have organized in the community have been steadily boosting our disaster prevention capabilities by creating community relations. This is a good opportunity for us all to think again about "relations" and "disaster prevention."


Offering our disaster management methods to people from overseas(Catholic Commission of Japan for Migrants, Refugees, and People on the Move of the Catholic Diocese of Yokohama)In the words of foreign residents who come to the Church of Sueyoshi, "Even though we know the word 'earthquake,' we don't know at all what to do when one actually occurs…" Meanwhile, the Ward Office wishes to relay information about disaster prevention to as many people as possible. "Wanting to know" and "wanting to tell": Mr. Suzuki from the Catholic Commission of Japan for Migrants, Refugees, and People on the Move of the Catholic Diocese of Yokohama connects these two wants. A disaster prevention workshop for people from the Philippines was organized by Naka Ward last year in November.

Summarizing and translating the Japanese explanations into English


"I have always wanted to relay our disaster prevention knowledge to people from overseas. One day, when participating in a disaster prevention seminar, I learned that public administration officials also wished to relay this information to foreigners, and I came up with the idea of holding a seminar at the Church of Sueyoshi.
 As the result of consulting with The Yokohama International Association (YOKE) and its Naka International Lounge, I was put in touch with the disaster prevention official of Naka Ward. The contents of this seminar were based on actual cases that we found out about by asking Filipinos who experienced the earthquake of March 2011.  Naturally, Filipinos played a leading role. They notified their fellow Filipinos by creating posters and utilizing their own community networks. Now that the seminar is over, they are thinking already about the next step, which might include training in addition to lectures! (laughs). There is also talk about churches in other municipalities planning disaster prevention lectures, using the Church of Sueyoshi as a model. I hope that good initiatives will spread through the community."

 Suzuki-san, who conducts livelihood and study support activities at the church

Groups that wish to hold seminars to teach disaster prevention knowledge should contact the Naka Ward General Affairs Section. Tel: 045-224-8112 (Japanese)