Posts Tagged ‘japan’



2017.02.22 (Wed)


  Yurihama’s Genki Ume (peppy plum) brand uses locally grown Japanese plums (ume) in a variety of %e3%81%92%e3%82%93%e3%81%8d%e6%a2%85%ef%bc%92delicious and unique local creations sold at several locations throughout the town. The brand was devised to bring out the vitality of the region, guided by the idea that the spirit and energy of the community is intrinsically linked to the spirit and energy of its citizens.

The original products sold under the Genki Ume brand are made with Nokyō Bungo Japanese plums, which is a large type of plum grown in the area. These large Japanese plums not only make a sweet and tasty treat, but are also said to help in relieving fatigue and increasing energy and vitality

%e3%81%92%e3%82%93%e3%81%8d%e6%a2%85%ef%bc%91   You can choose from everything from desserts, ice-cream, and pound cakes to syrups, vinegar, and jams! The sweet tartness of the plums makes a surprisingly satisfying and delicious contrast when matched with the other ingredients of these local creations.


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Happy New Year!!★ 明けましておめでとうございます!

2017.01.01 (Sun)



湯梨浜町民ミュージカル・Yurihama Musical

2016.11.21 (Mon)



The Yurihama Musical is welcoming its 10th year of celebrating the area’s legends and traditions through the productions put on by talented local performers and supporting staff. Congratulations to everyone who has dedicated their time and energy to this project.

This year’s musical, directed by Mr. Takayasu Onoue of the Gekisou Seisha OHKUS company, tells the story of 3 girls who visit Yurihama’s Shitori Shrine and find themselves pulled into the adventure of a lifetime- pulling together historical sites and artifacts with mythological figures and stories for an intriguing and riveting production.



Date         Sunday, December 11, 2016

Times       Matinee 1:00pm          Evening performance 5:00pm

Venue     Hawai Aloha Hall
(584 Hawai-Nagase, Yurihama, Tohaku, Tottori Prefecture 〒682-0722)

Tickets     Adults: 1,000 yen (1,300 yen at the door)

High school students & below: 500 yen

Tickets are available for sale at the Yurihama Town Office Planning Division (2F), Hawai Aloha Hall, Kurayoshi Mirai Chushin event hall, and the Tottori Prefecture Citizens Culture Hall.


日時        平成28年12月11日(日) 昼の部 開演13:00 夜の部 開演17:00

会場        ハワイアロハホール (鳥取県東伯郡湯梨浜町はわい長瀬584)

チケット 大人/1000円(当日1300円)               小人/500円(高校生以下)



Come and enjoy a production full of fantasy, adventure, and excitement!



2016湯梨浜町GG国際交流大会 報告

2016.11.04 (Fri)




A special welcome reception and social mixer was held for the GG open participants on 1 October 2016 (Saturday), at the Suimeiso Hotel in Yurihama, following a productive meeting of representatives regarding the further internationalization and promotion of the sport.

The ground golf open kicked off the next day with an opening ceremony, with remarks from the event chairman and mayor of Yurihama, Mr. Masamichi Miyawaki, honorary event chairman and governor of Tottori Prefecture, Mr. Shinji Hirai, and head of thggpic1e Japan Ground Golf Association, Mr. Kazuo Sonoyama.

Blessed with perfect weather, players were able to enjoy a full day of ground golf. Many participants commented on how it was a fantastic game for building relationships and enjoying the outdoors with friends.




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)


Yurihama Walking Resort

2016.05.19 (Thu)

Walking Resort

Yurihama’s sceniWalk Yuririnc and open landscape lends itself well to outdoor activities. Taking advantage of this, the town has been working to further promote itself as a walking resort- for the enjoyment of both local residents and visitors alike.

As part of this, projects to better improve the walking environment have included the construction of a sidewalk all around Lake Tōgō, the installation of informational signposts, improved access to restrooms and rest stops, and Nordic walking events, among others.

With walking courses of all different lengths to accommodate a wide range of fitness levels and goals, Yurihama is an ideal place to refresh while experiencing the charms of countryside Japan!

Yurihama Walking Resort Routes

There are various recommended courses that include walking paths around the beautiful Lake Tōgō, along the stretching ocean coastline, and to the area’s healing waterfalls- all of which offer a firsthand look at the pristine and striking nature of rural Japan.
You can also choose to from walking courses that take you past historical and cultural sights or allow you to experience the retro-atmosphere lingering from the Shōwa era.

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You can find more details and suggested routes at (Japanese):

Also! The 2016 World Trails Conference (WTC) will be held in Tottori this fall.
Check back for more details coming soon!★




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.