International Interaction Events

Various HIP Events

The HIP holds a wide variety of events, which are roughly divided into those open to anyone and those arranged for foreign people.
Most of the events open to anyone are designed to promote interaction with trainees and international students from foreign countries, providing casual opportunities for international exchange. Please do not hesitate to participate in these events!
Meanwhile, events arranged for foreign people strive to offer opportunities for foreign residents not only to know more about Japan and Hiroshima, but also to enjoy interacting with other residents, in order to create an even more comfortable environment where everyone can live with peace of mind. If there are foreign people around you, please tell them about these events!The HIP holds many other events in addition to those explained above!
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Ethnic costume fashion show at the
Community Center Festival


Rice-cake pounding at a tondo fire
festival; Yo-ho! Yo-ho!

Events Open to Anyone

The Amazing World Culture Festival

The “Experience the Whole World” Day is an event based on themes closely related to everyone’s daily life, such as games, clothing, and food. At this event, many booths are set up so that everyone can enjoy a wide variety of experiences.
On the day of the event, many people visit the HIP, creating an even more exciting atmosphere than usual. Featuring themes close to daily life, the event is sure to please young children as well!

Let’s Invite Everyone and Experience Various Aspects of the World!

World Play
There are many types of games in the world! Let’s have fun together!
Japanese Play
Kendama (cup and ball), fukuwarai (paper face game), taketonbo (bamboo dragonfly), and many other traditional Japanese toys!
Entertainment Performances
of the World
Song, dance, and many other
wonderful performances!
Let’s enjoy the excitement together!
World Travel Quiz
Answer a question and win a metal badge with a national flag printed on it!
World Cooking
Eat special dishes offered by the restaurant “RACOOLT,” as much as you like!
Flea Market
Make a lucky find!
Recycled Item
You can get foreign magazines and newspapers free of charge. Such papers are useful for studying and wrapping, and are also popular among those who like photographs. First come, first served!

Trying on ethnic costumes


Let’s experience a foreign game! (Thailand)

“Watch,” “Learn,” and “Experience” the World

What is the situation in the world today? What can we do now? Striving to provide an opportunity for everyone to consider the world more deeply, this event is designed for people of different generations to enjoy learning more about the world.

Take This Opportunity to Learn about the World Together!

  • “Watch”: Exhibitions of picture books, national flags, and miscellaneous items from the world
  • “Learn”: International cooperative organizations’ activities, international affairs, and quizzes
  • “Experience”: Workshops, world cooking, world musical instruments, simple lessons for conversational foreign languages, and ethnic costumes

Experience the world directly!


“Trade Bazaar” by children

International Understanding Seminnar “Enjoy the world!”

Filled with Surprises and Discoveries! Why Not Try Virtual Overseas Trips at the HIP?

Although you have heard of the name of a foreign country on TV or found it mentioned in a book, you are actually not sure about the country’s location, people or social conditions……have you ever experienced this?
At the event named “Let Me Tell You How Excellent My Country Is!” people from different countries share all kinds of information on their countries with participants. The event is not just a lecture session, but also includes other fun sessions, including a quiz and a foreign language class where you can learn simple conversational phrases, such as greetings. After these sessions, you can talk freely with the lecturers and other participants. Some past participants commented that the event made them feel as if they were enjoying travelling to a foreign country!
If you want to know more about a foreign country or try speaking a foreign language, why not participate in this event? In addition, the event provides a good opportunity for you to make friends with people from foreign countries.
If requested, we can hold the event at a location other than the Hiroshima International Plaza, such as at a school or community center.


Singing songs of countries in Central
and South America in chorus


Passionate dance of
the Dominican Republic


What do you know about

Events in the Lobby, Mini Concerts and the lobby event

Thanks to cooperation from local residents, we hold events and exhibitions to ensure that trainees from foreign countries can feel more close to Japan.
These events are open to anyone. Please invite your friends and come to the venue.

Let’s Sing, Dance, and Enjoy Various Experiences Together with Trainee

  • Events in the Lobby: Performances of Japanese drumming, Japanese folk songs, and tamasudare, demonstration of old Japanese martial arts, etc.
  • Mini Concerts: Performances of jazz, traditional Japanese music, and singing while playing piano
  • Exhibitions in the Lobby: Flower arrangements, photographs, origami works, patchwork of old cloth materials, etc.




A local amateur band’s


patchwork of old cloth materials

World Cooking Classes

Try World Cooking! Make Friends with Food Lovers!

Inviting a foreign person as a lecturer each time, this event provides an opportunity for participants to try cooking dishes from the lecturer’s country. Thanks to the assistance of interpretation/translation supporters, even if you are worried about the language barrier, you need not hesitate about participating.
Some past participants commented “My children like the dishes that I learned at the event” or “Whenever I have guests, I cook the dishes that I learned at the event!” After eating dishes that you have cooked together with other participants in a cheerful atmosphere, you can listen to interesting comments from the lecturer, which is one of the reasons why the event is popular.


Cooking Bangladeshi dishes


Cooking Hungarian dishes

Disaster Prevention Day―Let’s Consider Preparations Together with Foreign Residents.

To Support Each Other

Are you fully prepared for disasters such as earthquakes, fires, typhoons, flooding, and tsunamis?
There is no knowing when and what kind of disaster will occur. When one does, you might be helped by foreign people in your neighborhood.
Why not discuss together local efforts to prevent disaster damage? At this event, an English translation service is available.


Want to know how to use a fire extinguisher?


Making a stretcher
with a blanket


I didn’t know that a newspaper is useful for first-aid!

Events for Foreign People

Higashi-Hiroshima Bus Tours for Foreign Residents

Aiming to Ensure that People Say “I Love This City!”

How much do foreign residents in your neighborhood know about your community?
The HIP holds bus tours to enable foreign people to learn more about the excellence of Higashi-Hiroshima City. Previous bus tour programs include participation in local festivals, outings to local popular destinations, visits to the Kamo Environmental Center to learn about how to separate trash, and traffic safety seminars given by police officers.

Each of these programs has been well received by participants, some of whom commented “This event taught me how excellent Higashi-Hiroshima City is!” or “Thanks to this event, my feeling of affinity with this city has further increased.”
The bus tour project aims to provide opportunities for participants to understand the mechanism of Japanese society and interact with local residents, thereby helping everyone to live safely and comfortably.
*This is a model project in cooperation with Higashi-Hiroshima City.


Gion Festival of Akitsu


Self-made ice cream tastes good!


Learning about traffic rules!

Participation in Local Events

Small Events? No Way! They All Represent Important Aspects of Japanese Culture!

While staying at the HIP, trainees from foreign countries participate in a wide variety of local events, depending on the season, such as:

  • Sports festival at an elementary school
  • Bon Dance Festival
  • SAKE Festival
  • Tondo fire festival

From local events that you may regard as being ordinary, you will surely discover a wide variety of new aspects of Japanese culture, such as traditional living customs still observed today!
Why not enjoy various aspects of Japanese culture together with local residents?


Participating in a sports
festival at an elementary school!


Terrific! At Saijo sake


Bon Dance Festival
dance for the first time!

Annual Events Schedules

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