Posts Tagged ‘日本’


2018年国際GG大会 報告

2018.06.04 (Mon)


The 2018 Yurihama International Ground Golf Open was held May 19-20 at Yurihama’s dedicated ground golf course, Shiokaze no Oka Tomari (Tomari Sea Breeze Hill).

This year’s event kicked off once again with a welcome reception at the Suimeiso Hotel, featuring a special performance by one of Yurihama’s local hula groups, Lokahi Ka Makana.

The weather was unfortunately a bit overcast for the first day of the tournament, but nearly 240 players from across 8 countries were able to enjoy ground golf while building new friendships and connections, despite their diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and cultures.

Participants were also able to enjoy a small taste of Japanese culture through complimentary local tonjiru (miso soup with pork and vegetables) as well as a matcha green tea service.

Ground golf is a fun and easy sport suited for fostering friendships between players and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for people of all ages and fitness levels. With simple rules, even beginners can catch on quickly and fully enjoy the game.

We hope you will be able to join us next May for the 2019 Yurihama International Ground Golf Open or for the ground golf competition held at Yurihama’s Shiokaze no Oka Tomari as part of the 2020 Kansai World Masters Games!




ワールド トレイルズ カンファレンス ・ 2016 World Trails Conference

2016.10.10 (Mon)


The 6th annual World Trails Conference (WTC) will be held in Japan’s Tottori Prefecture this weekend, from October 14th through the 17th. The conference is being held outside of Korea for the first time since its inception. First created through the efforts of the Jeju Olle Foundation in 2010, this event has grown to become one of the world’s premier gatherings of trail enthusiasts from across the globe and members of the international trails industry coming together to promote, expand, and celebrate the benefits of walking tied to health, tourism, and nature.

The main events begin on Saturday, October 15th, with an opening ceremony at Kurayoshi’s Mirai Chūshin and a keynote speech by Mr. Yuichiro Miura, followed by various breakout sessions.

Additionally, the Tottori World Walking Festival will be held as a concurrent event with the conference, with an array of courses to choose from- each featuring the natural beauty of the Japanese countryside and the unique charm of its people and towns.










Yurihama’s trails are some of those being showcased through this event- providing a wonderful opportunity to experience the gorgeous nature and greenery, the rich history and culture, and the unique and alluring charm of the town. Explore the retro streetscape around the JR Matsuzaki Station and enjoy the view of the Sea of Japan and Yurihama’s Lake Tōgō from atop Uma no Yama (Horse Mountain).


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2016湯梨浜町GG国際交流大会 募集

2016.08.05 (Fri)

2016 International GG Open 2016 International GG Open Info

9:00am – 9:30am  Registration and Ground Golf Lessons & Practice
10:00am – 10:40am  Opening Ceremony
11:30am – 3:30pm  Gameplay
4:00pm – 4:30pm  Awards & Closing Ceremony

Deadline to Enter:           Friday, August 26th. 2016

Shuttle Service:
Free shuttle bus service available. Pickup/Drop-off locations include: Tottori Station, Central Tottori General Office (in front of TPIEF’s Kurayoshi office), or Yonago Station.

Entry Fee:
1,000円 per person (includes bento lunchbox and special perks!)


  1. Players will complete 2 rounds of 8 holes.
  2. Gameplay will be individual. Those assigned to Group A will use the inside and multi-purpose area courses, while those assigned to Group B will use the outside and cape courses during gameplay. The final ranking will be determined for each group based on the player’s total number of strokes.


  1. Players will complete 2 rounds of 8 holes.
  2. Players will be split into 2 groups (Group A and Group B) for gameplay and ranking.
  3. Clubs and balls used must be equipment approved by the Japan Ground Golf Association.    ※Gear and markers will be available for use at no charge.
  4. Gameplay will follow the rules established by the Japan Ground Golf Association.
  5. Subject to change in the event of bad weather.
  6. All participants will receive GG memorabilia and a certificate of participation.


Please direct any inquiries and submit applications to:
International GG Open Executive Committee
〒682-0723 Tottori-ken, Tōhaku-gun, Yurihama-chō, Hisadome 19-1
TEL: 0858-35-5368   FAX: 0858-35-5387

・ Tokyo (Haneda Airport) ⇒ Tottori Conan Airport (Approx. 1 hr 20 min) ⇒ Train/Bus (Approx. 1 hr)
・ Tokyo (Haneda Airport) ⇒ Yonago Kitarō Airport (Approx. 1 hr 25 min)⇒ Train/Bus (Approx. 1 hr)
・ Kansai International Airport ⇒ Kobe/Kansai Int’l Airport Bay Shuttle ⇒ Kobe Airport
⇒Yonago Kitarō Airport (Approx. 1 hr 30 min) ⇒ Train/Bus (Approx. 1 hr)
・ Kansai International Airport ⇒ Train/Bus (Approx. 5 hrs)


Japan’s Social Security and Tax Number System (社会保障・税番号制度) and My Number

2016.01.28 (Thu)

My Number?

As part of the Social Security and Tax Number System (社会保障・税番号制度 shakai hoshō zei bangō seido) being implemented in Japan, “My Number” is the nickname for the 12-digit individual number being issued to all individuals holding a residence record with a municipality in Japan. This includes foreigners staying in Japan who are registered as residents with an address in Japan staying for a medium to long-term period of time (not for tourism purposes). Starting from January 2016, these numbers will be used when completing procedures for social security, taxation, and disaster response.

This system is meant “to improve administrative efficiency, enhance public convenience and realize a fairer and more just society.” Through this strengthened information infrastructure, the Japanese government hopes to reduce the documentation necessary for certain administrative procedures, prevent unfair payments and tax evasion, and reduce inefficiencies.

Please note that while you may apply to change your individual number if it is stolen and abused, the 12-digit individual number is intended to be used for your entire lifetime (even if you leave and then re-enter Japan or change residences), so please be careful with its use.


My Number Notification Cards

Municipal governments started sending out the notification cards relating to “My Number” in October of 2015. These include the actual Individual Number notification card, the Individual Number IC card application form and return envelope, and an explanatory pamphlet (Japanese). Be sure to keep this documentation in a safe and secure place where you will be able to access it as necessary.


Individual Number Cards

Applying for the Individual Number Card is optional and can be done any time after receiving your notification card. The Individual Number Card is a plastic IC card that displays the holder’s photo and basic information points, as well as the holder’s individual number. It may be used for various services, such as completing certain procedures online, possibly getting government certificates at convenience stores, and verifying your individual number.

You may apply for the Individual Number Card by completing and submitting the application form that accompanied the notification card to your local government office, or via your smartphone or personal computer. You will also need to attach a photo of yourself taken within the last 6 months.

When your card is ready, you will get a postcard telling you to pick it up at your local government office. You will need to bring your notification card, the postcard mentioned above, a valid form of picture identification (such as a driver’s license), and your Basic Resident Registration Card (if you have one). You will return the notification card and the Basic Resident Registration Card (if applicable) at that time.


Further Information

The following are a handful of useful English sites that include more detailed information to help answer any questions or concerns you may have about My Number:

・Japan Agency for Local Authority Information Systems (J-LIS) My Number System Web-page:

・Cabinet Secretariat Website (FAQ Section):

・Japanese Government Internet TV (My Number Video with English Subtitles)


Call Center for the Social Security and Tax Number System (Multilingual Service)
   Call Center Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 22:00 p.m.
※Languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.
※Available through September 29, 2017.
※Excludes national holidays and weekends.