①Naka Ward’s main initiatives for fiscal year 2021
Inquiries ： Kikaku Chosei-gakari (Planning and Adjustment Section), Naka Ward Office Tel: 224-8128 Fax: 224-8214
In fiscal year 2021, Naka Ward will promote a variety of initiatives, with top priority given to taking measures to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we will introduce you to some of our main initiatives for the coming year, which we are taking with the goals of ensuring the safety and security of all Naka Ward residents of and invigorating our community.
01 Improving the disaster preparedness of the community
For the safety and security of all ward residents, it is essential to improve the disaster preparedness of the community. In addition to conducting drills and deploying supplies based on countermeasures against infectious diseases at evacuation shelters, we will promote the creation of a disaster-resilient community by ensuring that multiple channels are available for the reception and transmission of information in the event of a disaster.
【Projects to improve the disaster preparedness of the community】
Deployment of supplies needed to operate evacuation shelters in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
02 Building an inclusive society through sports
Getting into the spirit of the Tokyo 2020 Games, we will hold a “Parasport Experience Event” to give ward residents the chance to come along and experience parasports. The event will provide an opportunity for communication that transcends not only disabilities, but also generational and national barriers, thereby helping to bring about an inclusive society.
【Sports and youth projects】
There will also be an opportunity to try out the popular parasport of wheelchair basketball.
03 Watching out for people in the community and community-based health promotion
The Naka Ward Community Welfare and Health Plan “Naka Naka Iine!” was drawn up to encourage all people living and working in Naka Ward to work together for the good of the community so that everyone can live in their familiar neighborhood while supporting and helping each other. This fiscal year, we will formulate the fourth phase of the plan and further expand activities throughout the community.
【Projects to be promoted under the Naka Ward Community Welfare and Health Plan “Naka Naka Iine!”】
In order to bring people together and ensure good health and happiness in the community, we will unfurl a series of initiatives involving a wide range of people in the community around us.
04 Rejuvenating our shopping streets
Shopping streets are indispensable to the community, helping to bring people together. In addition to the “Shopping Street Work Experience” event, we will create opportunities for ward residents to make the most of our community’s shopping streets by, among other things, collaborating with the "Yokohama Walking Points Program" and promoting shopping streets through PR videos encouraging people to discover their charms.
【Projects to boost the appeal of shopping streets】
Making Japanese sweets during the “Shopping Street Work Experience” event
05 A place where both Japanese and non-Japanese nationals can be themselves
In March, we revised the Naka Ward Multicultural Coexistence Promotion Action Plan, an action plan for putting in place the kind of community in which anyone can live their lives how they choose regardless of their nationality or roots. In cooperation with the local community, we will focus on building ties between non-Japanese residents and the local community, centering on Naka International Lounge*2.
【Multicultural community development projects/multicultural exchange projects】
Niji Iro Tankentai*1 participating in a local event
*1 Niji Iro Tankentai
This group is involved in the planning and management of Rainbow Space, a place for young people with foreign roots to come and hang out at Naka International Lounge. The group is led by graduates of the study support class, who are also active as interpreters and volunteers at community events.
*2 Naka International Lounge
A support center for non-Japanese residents located on the first floor of Naka Ward Office Annex. It is the hub for multicultural activities in Naka Ward, providing such services as information on daily life in various languages, Japanese language classes, study support classes, and the dispatch of multilingual volunteers.
②Beware of heatstroke in early spring!!
Inquiries ： Yobou-gakari (Fire Prevention Section), Naka Fire Station Tel/fax: 251-0119
Heatstroke occurs not only in mid-summer, but also in early spring when the body is not used to the heat. To prepare your body for the heat, create more opportunities to sweat through daily light exercise, such as walking.
Steps you can take to prevent heatstroke
Prepare your body for the heat
Exercise moderately from the beginning of the hot season.
Adjust the temperature of your room by using an air conditioner.
Do not overexert yourself on hot days or at the hot times of the day.
Take off your mask as needed
Be careful if wearing a mask when the temperature and humidity are high.
If you are outdoors and can maintain a sufficient distance (2 meters or more) from people, take off your mask as needed.
Drink water before you get thirsty. If you sweat a lot, do not forget to replenish your salt levels.
Take care of your health on a daily basis
If you feel unwell, take it easy and stay home to rest.
Reference: Fiscal Year 2020 Actions to Prevent Heatstroke (Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
Let's prevent heatstroke while taking sufficient measures to halt the spread of infection!
Yokohama City Fire Bureau Mascot Character ハマくん (Hama-kun)
Inquiries ： Kouhou Soudan-gakari (Public Relations Section), Naka Ward Office Tel: 224-8123 Fax: 224-8214
The season of warm sunshine is here. In spring, you can enjoy lots of flowers and fresh greenery in Naka Ward. This month, we would like to share some photos taken at some of Naka Ward most famous places for flowers!
Ookagawa River (cherry blossoms)
The area along the Ookagawa River, which runs from the mouth of the river near Yokohama City Hall and 桜木町 (Sakuragicho) Station through downtown Yokohama, is known as one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Yokohama.
⇒2021 Ookagawa cherry blossom information
In Yokohama Koen, where Yokohama Stadium is located, you can enjoy tulip gardens. There are around 120,000 tulips in 70 varieties planted in the park, charming visitors every year with their colorful blooms.
⇒Yokohama Koen tulip information 2021
Sankeien (wisteria, new greenery)
After the cherry blossoms, a variety of flowers come into bloom in Sankeien, such as Japanese yellow roses, azaleas, Japanese irises, and wisteria. The garden looks particularly nice at this time of year, when the new green leaves come out. Here, you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery of flowers.
Minato no Mieru Oka Koen (roses)
The English Rose Garden in Harbor View Park is one of the best places for roses in Yokohama. In the Rose and Cascade Garden, which stretches between British House Yokohama and Yamate Bluff No.111, you can enjoy seasonal flowers and grasses.
～News from the hills of Yamate～ Motomachi Park
Address: 1-77-4 Motomachi
Tel/fax: 211-1101 (Ehrismann Residence)
There are about 80 cherry trees planted in Motomachi Park. Most of these are of the Somei-Yoshino variety, many of which were planted here 50 to 60 years ago. The cherry blossoms and Yamate 80-bankan Ruins, which still retain traces of the former foreign settlement, are a particularly special sight here. In the past, there was a cherry tree in the park that was used as the official standard for judging when the cherry trees were officially in bloom. When this standard tree bloomed, the City of Yokohama officially announced that the cherry trees were in bloom. (In 2014, this standard tree was replaced by one at Yokohama Local Meteorological Observatory because it had become too old.)
Have you ever heard of the cherry trees in Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.? These cherry trees were planted in Potomac Park 109 years ago. There was a woman who loved cherry blossoms very much. Her name was Eliza Scidmore, and she came to Japan in 1884 as a reporter and lived in the Yamate area for three years. She wanted to recreate Japan’s beautiful scenery of cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., so she approached the then first lady of the United States, Mrs. Taft, and acted as a mediator for the donation of cherry tree seedlings. Eliza Scidmore, who became a bridge between Japan and the U.S., is buried in the Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery adjacent to Motomachi Park, and a cherry tree returned from Washington has been planted nearby. This cherry tree, known as the “Scidmore Cherry Tree,” is extremely popular.