8th Japanese Speech Contest for Foreigners in Kashiwa
- Call for Participants

Date & Time: February 11 (Sun), 2024 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friendship City Australia Camden Exchange Commemorative Event "Discover Australia” 

Date & Time: Sunday December 10, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: Palette Kashiwa Open Space

Upcoming Events (December - )

8th Japanese Speech Contest for Foreigners in Kashiwa - Call for Participants

To all foreigners living in the Tokatsu area (Kashiwa, Abiko, Nagareyama, Kamagaya, and Matsudo city)!
We are once again organizing the "Foreigner Japanese Speech Contest in Kashiwa." Please share your thoughts on living in Japan and what you want to convey to Japanese people in Japanese.

Date & Time: February 11 (Sun), 2024 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: Palette Kashiwa (Day One Tower 3F, 1-7-1-301 Kashiwa, Kashiwa city)
Eligible Participants: About 15 people who live, or work, or study in the Tokatsu area, and whose parents are foreign nationals. Application forms: Available at Kashiwa Cross-cultural Center (KCC) or downloadable from KCC's website.
Awards: Kashiwa Mayor's Award (1 person), Kashiwa International Relations Association Chairman's Award (1 person), Special Awards (2 people), Participation Awards (all participants who do not win).
Theme: Thoughts on living in Japan and what you want to convey to the Japanese people.
For those who are unable to enter the venue, we plan to livestream the event.
Details on how to access the livestream will be posted on KCC's website in early January 2024. Please check it out. Application Deadline: December 6 (Wed)
Mailing Address: Kashiwa Cross-cultural Center, 1-7-1-301 Kashiwa, Kashiwa City, 277-0005
Email: or bring it to the KCC's office. *If there are many applicants, we will screen them. Applicants will be notified by email by December 20 (Wed).
Inquiries: KCC Office, 04-7157-0281

Friendship City Australia Camden Exchange Commemorative Event "Discover Australia”

The lead editor & travel writer of "Globe-Trotter Australia" will talk about the evolution, fun, diverse cultural aspects and attractions of Australia, where Kashiwa's friendship city Camden is located.

Date & Time: Sunday December 10, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: Palette Kashiwa Open Space
Lecturer: Mr. Shinpei Ito
Fee: 300 yen
Number of applicants: 70
Application: Directly at the office or via email at <>

Upcoming Events (December - )

Chengde 40th anniversary events (12/24 in 2023, 1/7 and 1/14 in 2024), Shadow puppet show by foreign residents (12/17).

Information from other organizations

Members Wanted! Kashiwa International Relations Association (KIRA)

Why don't you become a member and join us in international exchange activities? Let's interact with foreigners by planning and organizing various events. You don't have to speak English. You can also make friends. For more information, please visit our website. (Inquiries: Office)

Consultation for Foreign Residents:Consultation in English, Chinese, Spanish and Korean is Available.

English: Thursday, Chinese: Wednesday & Friday, Spanish: Monday, Korean: Tuesday of the 2nd and 4th week.
Time: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Place: Foreign Residents Consultation Counter (3F, City Hall Main Building)
Tel: 04-7168-1033 (No reservation required)


Please include the event name, your name and phone number when applying by email The events may be cancelled depending on the Covid-19 situation. Contact the office for more information. Please wear a mask when participating.


(1) Kashiwa de International Exchange Festa

We hold the Kashiwa de Kokusai Koryu Festa every year so that Kashiwa citizens can learn about international exchange activities in Kashiwa City and work together as one. The event is held at the "Howdy Mall" (Kashiwa Station Road), where citizens can easily participate.

In November 2020, "Kashiwa de International Exchange Festa 2020" was held at Palette Kashiwa. In order to make it easier to participate in Covid-19 disaster, we used online to send out information of the festa. KIRA committee members appeared live online to introduce the international exchange activities in Kashiwa City. We also aired a video created by the committee. A student from Torrance and a student from Kashiwa had a web exchange during the festival.

(2) International Exchange Week

We hold an "International Exchange Week" for the public to learn about the city's international exchange activities.

In November 2020, due to the Corona disaster, an online workshop was held to learn about refugees, and seminars and lectures were also held.

In the future, we will cooperate with other international exchange organizations in Kashiwa to introduce international exchange activities of the city as a whole.

◆2020 Events◆
(1) Puppet show "Red Riding Hood" performed by foreign members, distributed on YouTube
(2) Lecture: "Drinking, eating and walking in Mauritania and Senegal".
(3) Multicultural coexistence seminar: "Don't go in, don't go out, from diversity to champuru culture".
(4) Online Workshop: "What is a refugee?”
(5) Display:
① The exhibition of photos of the late Mr. Tetsu Nakamura's activities (Peshawar-kai), “International Contribution in a Different Culture”
② The History of Friendship Time: the Exhibition of International Understanding Lecture
③ The display of disaster for foreigners: multi-language materials, disaster prevention maps, distribution of emergency food, and the 20 kinds of disaster prevention products.
④ Display of photos of Kashiwa City's international exchange activities.

(3) Japanese Speech Contest for Foreigners

The purpose of this contest is for foreign residents living, working, or studying in Kashiwa City to present their thoughts on living in Japan in Japanese.

The event encourages foreign residents to study Japanese, and Japanese people to deepen their understanding of foreign people.

Since 2017, we have expanded the scope of participants to include not only Kashiwa City but also the Tokatsu region.

Although we were unable to hold the 2020 conference due to the Corona disaster, we have prepared a "speech manuscript collection" for those who are scheduled to present.

We believe that the more Japanese citizens learn about the voices of foreign residents, the more they will get to know each other. We will build a "multicultural society" by accepting each other's differences in language, customs, and culture.

Cross-cultural Center

1-7-1-301 Kashiwa, Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture
DayOne Tower 3F Palette Kashiwa
Closed:Sundays, national holidays, year-end and New Year holidays