Nishitokyo newsletter (issued Sept 2023)

It’s Autumn! Let’s Go to the Shitanoya Site!

The Shitanoya Archaeological Park is a site where people in the Middle Jomon period (4,000–5,000 years ago) lived in a circular settlement consisting of dwellings built around a central plaza. The largest such site in the southern Kanto region, the settlements here are thought to have continued for about 1,000 years. The site is also thought to have been an important spot on the Shakujii River. Part of the Shitanoya site was designated as a valuable national historic site in March 2015.
□The 17th Jomon Forest Autumn Festival will take place at the park on Sunday, October 8.
*Experience the life and culture of the Jomon period.
*The name of restored ruins will be announced too.
□Come along to the Nishitokyo Local History Museum as well!
*The museum has Japanese artifacts and materials dating from prehistoric to modern times.
Open: Wednesday – Sunday (including national holidays); 10:00–17:00

Procedures for Users of Nonlicensed Nurseries, Etc. to Receive Free Child Daycare

Users of nonlicensed nurseries, etc. who are eligible for the free-of-charge care system need to receive an authorization to receive a benefit for use of a child-raising facility, etc. Please be sure to following the necessary procedures before using the facility.
Eligibility and conditions:
*Infants aged 0–2 years recognized to need daycare (new No. 3 Authorization); households exempted from paying the resident’s tax; maximum monthly benefit of 42,000 yen
*Children aged 3–5 years recognized to need daycare (new No. 2 Authorization); maximum monthly benefit of 37,000 yen
Applications: Please submit an application form and document showing that the child is in need of daycare to the Kindergarten and Nursery Section (2F, Tanashi 2nd Bldg.). *For more details, please see the city website.
Deadline: Applications must be submitted before you start using the nonlicensed nursery, etc.
Inquiries: Kindergarten and Nursery Section
(tel.: 042-460-9842)

Waseda Sports Festa in Higashifushimi

In this event held at a Waseda University sports facility, which both children and adults can enjoy, you can experience various activities, such as baseball, boxing, and camping. There will also be stage performances by supporters’ groups, food trucks, and food and drink booths.
Date and time: September 18 (national holiday); 10:00–16:00
Place: Waseda University Higashifushimi Campus
Inquries Waseda University Athletic Center (tel.: 03-5286-3757 until the day before; 042-461-1172 on the day)

Two-Part Herb Class for Adults (Talk and Farm Visit)

Science Center and October 26 (Thu) at Niikura Farm in Nishitokyo; 10:30–12:00 in each case
Eligibility: Adults aged 18 years or over
Capacity: 20 persons (to be chosen by lottery in the case of many applications)
Fee: 1,900 yen (for herbs taken home, etc.) Participants will also need to pay an admission fee of 520 yen for the Tamarokuto Science Center and the cost of any herbs acquired at Niikura Farm.
Applications: Please apply by Wednesday, October 5 from the website of the Tamarokuto Science Center or by postcard. If applying by postcard, please write the name of the event and your name (with furigana if possible), age, address, and phone number and send to the Tamarokuto Science Center. Participation tickets will be sent to successful applicants.
Applications and inquiries: Tamarokuto Science Center, 5-10-64 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo City 188-0014 (tel.: 042-469-6100)

Invitation to Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

Date and time: October 1 (Sun); from 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, or 16:00
Eligibility: Residents of Nishitokyo, Musashino, Koganei, Chofu, Fuchu, and Mitaka
Capacity: 300 persons for each session (up to 6 persons per group); to be chosen by lottery in the case of many applications
Applications: Please apply by Monday, September 11 either online from the inquiries website or by postcard. In the case of a postcard, please write the name of the representative (with furigana if possible), age, address, phone number, and desired time, as well as the names (with furigana) and ages of all participants and the number of participants (including the representative and children), and send to the inquries contact.
*For more details, please see the website of the inquiries contact. *Invitation tickets will be sent to successful applicants after Tuesday, September 19.
Applications and inquiries: Arts and Culture Section, Sports and Culture Department, Mitaka City Government Office, 1-1-1 Nozaki, Mitaka City 181-8555 (tel.: 0422-29-9861)

Call for Participants
Japanese Cultural Experience Fest

The Japanese Cultural Experience Fest in the Nishitokyo Civil Culture Festival enables Japanese and non-Japanese alike to experience Japanese culture together.
Dates: Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays from October 15 (Sun) to November 3 (national holiday) (total of 10 activities)
Places: Kiratto, Call Tanashi, Tanashi Kominkan, Yato Kominkan, Hibarigaoka Kominkan, Sumiyoshi Kaikan Lupinus
Contents: Traditional Japanese dance, tea ceremony, calligraphy, Japanese braiding (kumihimo), yukata obi tying, ikebana *Some activities are fee-paying (400 yen for tea ceremony, 500 yen for ikebana).
Eligibility: Persons who live, work, or study (including Japanese language classes) in Nishitokyo and are of the age required for each activity.
Capacity: 4–20 persons for each activity (to be chosen by lottery in the case of many applications) *Persons in need of assistance can participate with a carer.
Applications: Please email the Cultural Promotion Section by Friday, September 15. *For more details, please see the city website or leaflets available at public facilities in the city.
Inquiries: Cultural Promotion Section (tel.: 042-420-2817) email:

Nishitokyo Holiday Clinic

Always open on public holidays. You can consult about anything other than internal medicine.
Consultation hours: 10:00–12:00, 13:00–16:00, 17:00–21:00
Place: City Office Nakamachi Annex Bldg. (1-1-5 Nakamachi; tel.: 042-424-3331)

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