Kurashiki Goodwill Guide Association
The Kurashiki Goodwill Guide Association was founded in January of 1987. The association is made up of volunteers from Kurashiki and neighboring areas that are interested in promoting international friendship and goodwill. Currently, there are about 60 members in the association. The association helps sponsor or particpates in several international exchange events and activities throughout the year. In recognition of its volunteer activites and contributions to the internationalization of Japan, the association received the Miki Commemorative Award in 2000 from Okayama Prefecture. The association publishes its own newsletter "Amigo" that it puts out about 6 times a year.
Activities / Events:
The Kurashiki Goodwill Guide Association members offer guided tours in English of the Bikan Historical District for international visitors to Kurashiki. Guides for other languages may also be arranged if enough advance notice is given.
Japanese Language Salon
Members of the association also serve as volunteer Japanese teachers for international residents of Kurashiki and the surrounding areas. These Japanese lessons are designed for those studying fo the Japanese Proficiency exam or for those just interested in improving their overall Japanese ability. These classes also allow the members to learn more about foreign cultures and tradtions. For more information about these lesson please click on the following link.
Kurashiki Goodwill Guide Association Japanese Lessons
Cooking Parties/Exchange Events
The association holds a variety of cooking parties/exchange events with some of its Japanese language students and other international residents throughout the year. Not only are these good ways for everyone to get to know each other and make friends, they also give the members the opportunity to learn about and taste interesting dishes from overseas.
"Potluck" Countdown Party
Each year, the group holds a "Bonenkai" or "end of year party", where members get together with international guests and Japanese language students and their families to celebrate the end of the year, as well as, welcome in the New Year. These parties are a lot of fun and everyone brings at least one "potluck dish" for the enitre group to enjoy. Traditional songs and dances are often performed by many of the international guests.
*Currently these events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Besides, the group holds some seasonal events such as cherry blossom viewing party in early spring and international exchange summer party in the middle of summer.
♦For more information about the group, please contact via email to the following email address.
Kurashiki Goodwill Guides: GWG_Kurashiki@kurashiki-v.net