To create a city in which people from different countries and cultures can live together, mutually accepting their cultural differences . . . With the aim of making Mitaka a truly multicultural city, we of the Mitaka International Society for Hospitality (popularly called "MISHOP") perform various activities together with citizen volunteers and Mitaka City. MISHOP started its activities in 1989, to welcome foreign residents and encourage them to enjoy exchanges with Japanese. Since then, MISHOP has expanded its activities to include enriching the international understanding of Japanese citizens, and supporting foreign residents in their daily lives. MISHOP's activities are supported by all citizens thinking and acting together beyond nationalities. MISHOP would like you to join in our activities towards the internationalization of Mitaka City.
|Mitaka City Chuo-Doori Town Plaza Bldg. 4th Floor 3-30-12 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka City|
|Access||：||●From JR Mitaka Station
Six-minute walk from Mitaka Station, Minamiguchi (South Exit). Go out of the South Exit of Mitaka Station, and walk straight south along Chuo Street to the third traffic light. This is the Mitaka Sangyo Plaza Higashi (East) intersection. MISHOP's entrance is at the far end of the building on the left (southeast) corner, by the bicycle parking area. MISHOP is on the 4th floor.
The bicycle parking area is at Mitaka Sangyo Plaza, located in B1, the basement 1st floor. If you park over three (3) hours, you need to register at the MISHOP Office beforehand. We provide a registration sticker. Please note that removal of a bicycle out of the parking area is not permitted after 22:00.
|●For car owners
No parking space is available at the building. Please use a nearby private parking lot.
Activities for Encouragement of Closer Exchanges Between Japanese and Foreign Residents and Citizens
- Mitaka International Exchange Festival
This is one of the biggest international exchange events in Tokyo, held at Inokashira West Park in Autumn every year, where ethnic cuisine, folk crafts and attractions from all over the world can be enjoyed.
- Japanese Lounge & English Lounge
The Lounges provide a place where foreign citizens and Japanese can freely get together to deepen their mutual exchanges and multicultural understanding, through pleasant conversations in Japanese and in English.
- International Exchange Events by Volunteers
MISHOP offers various events by volunteer initiative, including the introduction of Japanese culture for foreign residents, and the introduction of recipes for foreign (national, local) cuisines for Japanese citizens. 4. International Exchange Walk Rally In this program, groups of people with different nationalities walk to and visit well-known spots and historical sites in Mitaka City, challenging quizzes along the way and promoting the public relations of MISHOP."
Activities for Deepening the International Understanding of Citizens
- Lectures on Language and Culture
These are courses for learning foreign languages, including their background cultures, societies, histories, and subcultures, to promote better understanding and greater interest.
- Lectures for International Understanding
Themes selected are the "hottest" contemporary topics, covering current world political and economic situations and environmental affairs. Lectures are delivered by specialists in their fields.
- Cultural Experiences of the World of Children
MISHOP offers children alone, or together with their parents, chances to experience music and dances from around the world. These experiences encourage children to feel closer to the world.
- International Understanding Program
Volunteer instructors are sent to elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools in Mitaka City upon request from schools, to promote better multicultural understanding among children and students.
Activities for Assisting the Daily Lives and Education of Foreign Residents and Citizens
- Japanese Language Classes
These are group lessons for foreign citizens to learn Japanese conversations related to their daily lives, including shopping, telephone calls, lifestyle, culture, and so on.
- One-on-One Tutoring in Japanese Language
This service introduces Japanese teacher volunteers to accommodate the schedules of foreign citizens who wish to learn the language and culture one-on-one.
- Classes for Children
Volunteers instruct foreign pupils in municipal elementary and junior high schools in Mitaka City to help them acquire Japanese language skills and adjust to their studies so that they can make the most of their school days.
- Voluntary Interpreter/Translator Services
Volunteer interpreting and translation services are offered for foreign citizens who are having difficulty with procedures at the Municipal Office.