Volunteer for the 2022 Shikochu International Exchange Festival


Date: Saturday, February 26th
Time: noon ~ 5pm
Place: Shikochu Hall
Target age: Twenty or older
Details: Help run the booths
and clean up afterwards
Signup deadline: Friday, February 4th
※ Event time is subject to change

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”Let’s Chat” Online in simple Japanese (SIFA members only)


  In this members-only event you can practice your

Japanese (or English) during the day with our International

Relations staff.
  Why not chat with us in your language of choice?

Dates: Tuesday ~ Friday
Time: 9am ~ 5pm, 15 minutes per signup, 5 chats available per member/year
          Japanese discussion with Japanese city hall staff (Yamakawa or Nino)
          English discussion with Daniel Cruse
          No fee (other than your annual SIFA membership dues)
          Once you sign up, we will send you a Zoom link. Please sign up with your name, top two requests for discussion time, and email address. Since the chats will be conducted using Zoom, please enjoy on your phone or computer.

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♣ If requests overlap at specific times, the chats may take place in a small group.

♣ Circumstances may dictate adjustment to dates and times.


Members-only English Salon

 Come ‘shoot the breeze’ with other SIFA
members in Kawanoe or in Mishima.
Dates: Thursday, December 9th –
Kawanoe Fureai Exchange Center, meeting
room 1
Tuesday, December 14th –
Citizens’ Exchange Center, 2nd floor meeting
Time: 10:30~ 11:05
Group size: 2-4 SIFA members (HS or above)
Discussion leader: Daniel Cruse (city CIR)
Cost: free
Signup deadline: Tuesday, December 7th

Ace the TOEIC

 What do you know about the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)? Unlike the popular Japanese “Eiken,” the TOEIC is a measure of English ability used around the world. Also unlike the Eiken, there’s no “failing” the TOEIC – everyone will get a score regardless of English level.
 We’ll be holding a class in Japanese to prepare first-time
test-takers for how to take the TOEIC. We hope to provide
motivation for intermediate English learners to continue
their studies.

Dates: January 27th, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th,

        March 3rd (Thursdays, six meetings)
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Place: Citizens’ Exchange Building 2nd floor meeting rooms
Instructor: Daniel Cruse (city CIR)
Target English level: Intermediate and above

                       (High Schooler or older)
Cost: ¥2,000 (SIFA member,) ¥4,000 (general)
   ¥3,000 textbook fee not included.
Signup deadline: Thursday, January 20th