2019 International Cafe in Minamata!

Minamata City is putting on their third annual International Cafe and they are looking for participants! Please find a message below from Greg, the JET CIR organising the event:


Hello, Kumamoto JETs! This summer holidays, would you like to get out of the office, see some sights, have fun and meet people from all over the world? If so, I have the perfect event for you.

You are invited to the 2019 International Exchange Cafe in Minamata on Tuesday 6th August 2019, 10:30am-4pm.

What: 2019 International Exchange Cafe in Minamata
Time and date: Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 from 10:30am to 4:00pm
Place: Various locations around Minamata City (transport by bus)
Participants: Foreign residents living in Kumamoto, as well as Minamata High School and local junior high school students.
Program: Ice breaker, presentation by Minamata HS students, lunch and chatting, tour of Minamata’s famous spots (guided in English by Minamata HS students!)
Capacity: 40 (if there are more applications, participants will be selected by lottery)
Transportation: Please make your own way to Minamata City Hall (Temporary Building) by 9:30am.
Fee: 500 yen (includes light lunch, drinks and insurance)
Organised by: Minamata City (commissioned to the Minamata International Friendship Association (MIFA))
Application: Please complete the form attached and submit it by post, fax, or email.
Deadline: Tuesday 9th July, 2019 (The form must arrive by this date)

We hope you can attend!

Note: There will be a round trip charter bus from Kumamoto City to Minamata City available. From other locations, you will be responsible for your own transportation to Minamata. Also, we cannot guarantee that this will be treated as a work event. Please discuss with your contracting organisation, but be aware that you may have to use nenkyu to attend.

Please direct questions and registration to Greg in the Minamata City Office
(Email: mifa.english@gmail.com, Ph: 0966-61-1606)

[Click HERE to see the flyer for more information and the sign-up form.]