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Information for Foreign Residents
February, 2022


We hope you are all well in spite of the cold weather. This month we will introduce some information about daily affairs.

Applications are being accepted for financial support of school children
for the year 2023

Families who are struggling financially in terms of sending their children to publicly run schools can apply to receive financial support to purchase school items and school lunch. Please note that families who are already receiving this support must apply again for next year.

How to apply

Please complete the application form by March 14th (Tuesday) and submit them, together with the necessary documents to the school that your child is (or will be) at. You can also submit your application to the School Education Division of the city hall.

*Applications for elementary school students who will enter this year must be submitted by April 12th.

*Application forms can be found at all schools and at the School Education Division of the city hall. The forms can also be downloaded from the city homepage.

*If you apply during the course of the school year, you will be eligible for support from the following month.

For more information, please contact the School Education Division (TEL 587-6017, FAX 587-3835)


Let’s Cooperate together to recycle unused electrical appliances

What is ‘Home Appliance Recycling’?

Old electrical appliances (air conditioners, TV sets, refrigerators, washing machines and clothes dryers) can be important resources. The Home Appliance Recycling Law was enacted on April 1st 2001 in order to promote the reuse of such items, reduce waste and protect the environment.

Electrical Appliances cannot be placed in the regular waste disposal area.

Please use one of the following methods.

1. Bring it to a home electronics store (please be sure to check the cost)

2. Take it to a designated ‘pick-up spot’ yourself (recycling fee is required)

3. Request the city to dispose of it. The 2ns Wednesday of each month is the collection day for such items (recycling fee and transportation fee are required)

*Please note that the following cannot be put out at the garbage collection point: personal computers, fire extinguishers, automobiles, motorbikes and their parts (tires, batteries etc), agricultural tools, chemicals, petroleum, cylinders, garbage containing mercury or hazardous materials (non-exhaustive list).

*For more information, please check the city-issued pamphlet entitled ‘gomi bunbetsu meijin’

*The closest designated ‘pick-up spot’ is Nihon Transportation Shiga Branch (Yasu City, Kamiya 123-7 TEL 587-1022, FAX 588-0377). Open hours: Monday~Saturday (excluding public and end of year holidays) 9:00~12:00 and 13:00~17:00. You must call ahead before bringing the item you wish to dispose of.

*For more information regarding recycling fees, please contact the Electical Applicance Recycling Ticket Centre (TEL 0120-319-640, FAX 03-3903-0377)


Spring Firefighting Training

This training exercise has been cancelled for 4 years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it will be held this year. Fire engines will be dispatched from facilities across Yasu, Kusatsu, Moriyama and Ritto to create a powerful training exercise. A disaster-prevention helicopter will also be dispatched on this day. Please come and watch.

Date: February 25th (Saturday) 8:30~9:30 (a.m)

Location: Heiwado Al Plaza Yasu

Content: Dispatch of fire engines, rescue activities using ladder trucks and disaster-prevention helicopters, simultaneous water spraying, etc.

*Following the training drills, there will be a disaster prevention fair. For more details, please check the city homepage.

For more information, please contact the Konan Area Fire Department East Fire Station (TEL 587-1119)

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information translated up to one year prior is displayed below. Please note that this information is out of date. 

Information for Foreign Residents
December, 2022


Coming-of-Age Gathering in Yasu City, 2023

Yasu City’s Coming-of-Age Gathering is a celebratory ceremony for newly turned 20-year-olds in the city. In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, this year’s event will be shortened.

Date: January 9th, 2023 (10:00~10:30) (Reception from 9:20)

Location: Shirai Theatre Yasu

Eligibility: Yasu residents who were born between April 2nd 2002 and April 1st 2003. Or those who previously lived in Yasu City.

*Yasu residents will receive an information postcard. If you are eligible but do not receive a postcard, please contact the city.
For more information, please contact the Yasu City Lifelong Learning and Sports Division (TEL: 587-6053, FAX: 587-3835, e-mail: )


15th Annual Yasumaru Hiroba, 2023

Come and join in the planning and running of the Yasumaru Hiroba.

The Yasumaru Hiroba is an event which aims to improve our town through the communication and cooperation of various groups and organizations. The event is planned to be held in early June next year.

Recruitment is ongoing for people who are interested in participating in the planning and management of the event.

For more information or to apply: Please contact the Citizen’s Service Centre with your name, address and phone number by January 13th (TEL: 589-6430, FAX: 589-6438, e-mail: )


Christmas Concert

Date: Sunday, December 18th (13:00~)

Location: Yasu Library Main Hall

*All are very welcome. Please come with your small children. No fee for entry.

For more information, please contact Aoki of the Yasu Town of Music Committee (TEL: 090-3262-5421)

50th Annual New Year Climb of Mt Mikami

Would you like to see the first sunrise of the new year from the peak of Mt Mikami?

Date: January 1st, 2023 (reception from 4:45 a.m). Gathering and disbanding at Mikami Shrine’s Sakura Gate. Anyone is welcome to participate. No participation fee and no need to apply.

Plan: We will take a group photo which will be sold for 500 yen. Other events are currently being planned.

Clothing: Please wear clothes which are easy to move in and a jacket to keep warm. Please wear gloves, a hat, a rucksack and suitable footwear such as trainers.

To bring: flashlight, towel, a warm drink, a snack, a nylon sheet, a pen or pencil, raingear, tissues, and a rubbish bag.

*As it is very early in the morning, you won’t be able to come by bus. If you come by car, please use the car park at Community Centre Mikami
Up to December 28th, for more information, please contact the Yasu City Lifelong Learning and Sports Division (TEL: 587-6053, FAX: 587-3835)

From December 29th, please contact the Sakagura-san at the Mt Mikami New Year Climb Event Committee (TEL: 535-0350)

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents
November, 2022


There are many events taking place in autumn. In this month’s recap of the latest information in Yasu we will introduce some which look interesting.


Oide Yasu Marukajiri Festival 2022

~Bringing together the charm of the forest, the village, and the lake~

There will be a market, workshops, and discussions related to the three following themes:
*The Forest (Hunting)
*The Village (Vegetables and Tea)
*The Lake (The Fish of the Lake)

Anyone is welcome to participate.

Date: November 6th (11:00~16:00)  (Will be held even in the case of light rain)
Location: JR Yasu Station South Exit Square

Activities: *Discussion about fish      

               *Discussion about injuries to wildlife and wild game cuisine

               *Sale of locally produced vegetables            

               *Sale of snacks and takeout food made with locally produced ingredients

               *Bingo competition for children

               *Taiko performance by Yasu group Hyouzu Taiko Hozonkai

For more information, please contact the event office (within the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Division) (TEL: 587-6004, FAX: 587-3834)


Tree Education (Kiiku) Wonder Park 2022 in Yasu

~Play with toys made from trees of Shiga~

There will be many toys made by wood of trees in Shiga Prefecture. The toys can be played with freely, so please come and try them out. In the workshops, people can craft their own chopsticks, jigsaw puzzles, and toys. All are very welcome.

Date: November 20th (10:00~16:00)

Location: Museum of History and Folklore (Dotaku Museum) Research Room

Participation Fee: Activities are free, the workshops are from 300 yen

For more details, please consult the Shiga Prefecture Forestry Association Homepage.

For questions or additional information: Shiga Prefecture Forestry Association (TEL: 547-7600, E-mail:

Yasu City Museum of History and Folklore (Dotaku Museum) (TEL: 587-4410, FAX: 587-4413)


16th Annual Stock Walking Event

~Come together and find harmony in nature~

In the beautiful season of autumn leaves, please come and enjoy walking with poles.

Date: November 23rd (National Holiday) 10:00~12:30 *Cancelled in case of rain

Location: Omi Fuji Karyoku Park, Kibogaoka Culture Park Course

Participation Fee: 200 yen per person (price includes insurance)

*All are welcome to participate (Limit of 100 people)

*The walking poles will be lent free of charge

For more information or to apply, contact the Lifelong Learning and Sports Division by November 8th (TEL: 587-6053, FAX: 587-3835)

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents
October, 2022


A Technical College (High School) to be established in Yasu City

In Shiga Prefecture we are all looking to the future as we try to develop our individual selves to build a better society for us all. On this basis, there are always attempts to give opportunities to learn. In order to support the advancement of industry in Shiga, the prefecture plan to open a technical college that can develop technically skilled people in the year 2027. In the prefecture, Yasu City’s plans were well evaluated, and the college (kousen) was decided to be established in our city.


Reasons for the choice of Yasu City

1. The express train stops at Yasu. Students can commute to the school on foot from the station.

2. There are many manufacturing companies (factories) in the locale. Students will be able to engage in training and internships.

3. There are many rivers and forests. Environmental studies can take place in these natural spots.

4. Yasu City plans to build a river disaster prevention station next to the school. This can be used to allow students to engage in disaster prevention training.


More detailed information has yet to be released. As more information is given, it will be published in the Kouhou Yasu Newspaper and on the city homepage.

For more information, please contact the Yasu City Planning and Coordination Division (TEL: 077-587-6039, FAX: 077-586-2200)


Make handmade goods using the library’s books.

Collecting pieces for a library exhibition (A 20th anniversary library project)

There are many craft ideas in books. Use library books as a reference and try to make your very own handmade work of art. You could also exhibit what you make in the library!

  • The pieces for the exhibition are to be made using library books as a reference.

  • To apply please complete the application form, attach one photograph of your work and bring it to the library counter by October 30th. Application forms can be found at the library counter.

For more information, please contact the library (TEL: 077-586-0218, FAX: 077-587-5976)


Yasu Cultural Arts Festival 2022

(Never stop! The brightness of artistic culture in Yasu)

The Yasu Cultural Arts Festival will be held for the first time in three years. Come and view art exhibitions and stage performances primarily of the members of the Yasu City Culture Association. All are very welcome.

Location: Shirai Theatre Yasu (Main hall, Lobby), No entry fee

Art Exhibition

November 3rd, 5th, 6th (12:30 p.m ~ 16:30 p.m)

Stage performances       

Group 1: Chorus, Piano/ Guitar, Brass band (November 3rd, 13:00~)

Group 2: Taiko drumming, Sword dance, Noh, Harmonica, Poetry reading, Recitation, Ballet (November 5th, 13:00~)

Group 3: Taiko drumming, Shinobue flute, Cheerleading, Japanese folk songs, Yoshibue flute, Poetry reading, Ballet (November 6th, 13:00~)

For more information, please contact the Yasu City Cultural Arts Festival Executive Committee (TEL: 077-589-3381) or the Lifelong Education and Sports Division (TEL: 077-587-3835)



YIFA’s Halloween Party


YIFA’s annual Halloween party is coming soon. Although we can’t enjoy sharing food again due to Covid-related restrictions, we are looking forward to a fun afternoon and to seeing everyone’s costumes!

Date: October 30th (Sunday) 13:30~15:30 (Entry from 13:00)

Location: Community Centre Kitano (Up to 70 participants)
Theme: “World Heroes”

Content: Taiko drumming performance, Costume contest, Trick or treating

Fee: YIFA members 400 yen, Non-members 800 yen, Elementary school students 500 yen, Infants, 200 yen, Under 1 year old FREE

*For families, in the case that two parents come, one child will be free of charge.

*We always need lots of help with the preparations on the Saturday prior. Please come and help if you can!

For more information, please contact YIFA (TEL: 077-586-3106, FAX: 077-586-3139)

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents
September, 2022


Wata Shiga Kagayaku National Sports and Disability Sports Meeting

It has been decided that both the 79th National Sports Competition and the 24th National Disability Sports Competition will be held in Shiga Prefecture in the year 2025. We want to make these competitions events which are moving and enjoyable for all. On Sunday 11th September, there will be a special event to commemorate the decision of Shiga as host at the Aeon Mall in Kusatsu. Please feel free to join.
For more information contact the event promotion office (TEL 077-587-8813 FAX 077-587-3835)



Late Night at the Library


The library will stay open especially late on this evening. The autumn nights are long and well suited to reading, so please come and have a relaxing time at the library.

Date: September 18th (Sunday) 18:30~22:00

Location: Yasu Library Main Building


*You can freely enter the usually out-of-bounds storehouse!

18:40~21:40 (reservations are necessary; first-come-first-served)

Please apply at the library counter or by phone by 10am of September 2nd.

*Story time with music (No need to apply)

Enjoy the world of the picture book with music.

19:00~ (for around 30 mins)

*Making bookmarks (no need to apply)

Make your very own special bookmark!


Please feel free to participate as you like. You can also just come to the library to enjoy reading peacefully. For more information or applications, please contact the library directly (TEL 077-586-0218  FAX 077-587-5976)



Event for Single Mothers or Fathers: Bread-making Workshop

A workshop led by a Yasu city bakery aimed at busy single parents. Please come and bring home a delicious lunch with your child.

Date: October 2nd (Sunday) 10:00~noon (meeting at 9:50)

Location: Community Centre Nakasato

To bring: Apron (or clothing you don’t mind dirtying), hand towel, bandana

Capacity: 4 families (if there are many applications, a lottery will be held).

Fee: No charge

Applications: Please apply to the Yasu City Welfare Association by September 15th (TEL 077-589-4683  FAX 077-589-5783)

We will inform those chosen to participate on Friday, September 16th.



Drone Workshop

A big gathering for people interesting in operating a drone. Come and fly a drone to your heart’s content in a large soccer field.

Date: October 22nd (Saturday) Group 1: 9:30~10:30, Group 2: 11:00~noon (in case of inclement weather the event will be held on November 23rd)

Applications: Participants must be over ES 4th grade. Each group’s capacity is limited to 10 people on a first-come first-served basis. Please apply by phone from 10:00am on September 3rd.

Fee: 500 yen

For more information or to apply please contact the Yasu City Historical Park Soccer Ground (Big Lake) (TEL 077-584-3366)



157th Oide Yasu Hiking

At this event you can see Mikami Shrine and view the ‘Hibutsu’ (Buddhist statues usually hidden from public view) of Sousen Temple. The hike will be of around 10km.

Date: October 21st (Friday) 9:00~15:30 (approx.) Meeting and Finishing at Yasu Station South Exit.

To bring: Something for your lunch, flask, towel, raingear, a sheet

Fee: 500 yen plus an additional 100 yen donation for the temple.

Capacity: 80 (first come, first served)

Please apply to the Yasu City Tourism Products Association (TEL 077-587-3710) between September 20th~October 17th

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents
August, 2022

Take care to avoid heatstroke!

Small children and the elderly should take particular care.


Key ways to avoid heatstroke

① Avoid the heat

Try to stay indoors during the hottest times of day. Wherever possible, spend time in a cool and breezy place away from the glare of the sun. Cases of elderly people getting heatstroke at home are quite common. Please be sure to regulate the temperature of your home using electric fans and air conditioning.


② There is no need to wear a mask when walking or exercising, or commuting to work or school.

If you are a fair distance from others around you, and not talking too much, there is no necessity to wear a mask outdoors. If you wear a mask at times when heat and humidity are high, your body temperature will rise. You will lose the sense of thirst and you will become dehydrated without realizing it.

③ Drink enough fluids.

Even if you are not feeling thirsty, it is important to take in enough fluids and salt. Please be aware of the dangers of drinking alcoholic beverages. Drinking alcohol expels the fluids your body needs as urine.

If you wish to learn more about heatstroke, please visit the Shiga Prefecture homepage.


Summer Events

Big Lake (Yasu River Historical Park Soccer Ground, Rural Centre Square


① Workshop for Families (Camping)

As a family, learn how to camp at the beautiful natural setting of Big Lake. Learn how to build a bonfire and how to tie a rope.

Date: August 20th (Saturday) 9:30-12:00 (Reception from 9:15)

Fee: 500 yen per group (family)

Applications: Please apply by telephone (TEL 077-584-3366)


② Stargazing Class (The beauty of the stars and the moon)

Learn about the night sky. After preparations, use a telescope to look up into the night sky at Big Lake. In the case of rain, the lesson will take place inside.

Date: September 11th (Sunday) 19:00~20:30 (Reception from 18:45)

Fee: 1500 yen per group (family)

Applications: Please apply by telephone from August 5th (10:00~) (TEL 077-584-3366)


Music Concert for Children

A concert featuring instruments such as the saxophone and the piano. Children can bring instruments like bells and tambourines and play along with the songs! Songs will include the Anpanman March as well as three others. Anyone can join this concert and there is no fee.

Date: August 24th (Wednesday) 10:30~11:00

Location: Yasu Library Main Hall

Applications: Pokkapoka Parent-Child Group, Tanaka (TEL 090-4901-0428, E-mail


Cooking Class for Children (British Cuisine)   A YIFA Event

In this event the recipes will be simple enough for children to be able to make. With the YIFA C.I.R, Philip Trace, learn about a different culture through the medium of food.

Date: September 11th (Sunday) 10:00~14:00

Location: Community Centre Kitano

Fee: Children 600 yen, YIFA members 700 yen, Non-members 1100 yen

Applications: Please apply directly to YIFA by phone, email or on the homepage (TEL 077-586-3106, E-mail, )


*nb All events are subject to change or cancellation depending on the situation regarding Covid-19. Please be sure to check up to date information online ahead of time. Please also wear a mask when participating in events.

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)


Information for Foreign Residents
July, 2022

The 18th Annual Yasu City Fine Art Exhibition

(Please submit your own work that you would like to be exhibited)


*Those who can submit their work: People living in Shiga Prefecture, or those who are commuting to Shiga for work or school.

*Eligible works: Pieces that have been conceived and created by yourself, and that have not yet been exhibited elsewhere. Only one piece may be submitted per category.

*Fee for submission: There is a fee of 600 yen per each piece submitted. (High school students or those under the age of 18 can submit their works free of charge).

Please bring the pieces you wish to submit to the Yasu Bunka Hall Small Theatre on one of September 10th or 11th.

*More detailed information regarding this event, in a leaflet entitled ‘Regarding the Fine Art Exhibition’ (美術展覧会のお知らせ, bijutsu tenrainkai no oshirase) will be placed in the following locations from July 10th: Lifelong Sports Division, Shirai Theatre Yasu, Sazanami Hall, Yasu Library, Dotaku Museum, Citizen’s Advice Centre, Yasu Community Centers, as well as the Yasu City homepage.

Dates and Location of the Exhibition

September 17th (Saturday) ~ 24th (Saturday) 10:00~16:00 (*until 12:00 on 24th)

Yasu Bunka Hall Small Theatre

Please direct any queries to the Lifelong Sports Division ☏ 077 587 6053  FAX 077 587 3853

**Information Regarding Other Events**

Oide Yasu Market

At this event many special products of Yasu City will be sold (vegetables and good produced in Yasu). There will also be workshops to attend. Ambassadors of Yasu City, such as Dotaku-kun, Family Restaurant (a comedian), and Yayoi-chan will also be in attendance.

Date: July 16th (Saturday) 10:00~16:00

Location: Heiwado Al Plaza Yasu 1st Floor Center Court

For more information please contact the Yasu City Tourist Products Association ☏077 587 3710


Oide Yasu Sunflower Maze (Find your way to the goal through a field of sunflowers!)

After two years away due to the pandemic, this event will finally return this year.

At this event rice, vegetables and shaved ice (using syrup made from fruits grown in Yasu) will be sold.

This event will take place at the fields adjacent to the Yoshikawa Coastal Path (吉川湖岸道路, Yoshikawa Kogan Douro). This is next to Mentai Park where a car park is available)

Fee: 500yen (for junior high school age and above)

*This event will run from late July to early August (9:00~17:00)

For more information, please contact the Yasu City Farmer’s Club Office  ☏077 589 2901 (Weekdays 9:00~17:00)

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents
June, 2022

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Information Regarding the 4th Dose

You can receive a 4th dose of the Covid-19 vaccine if…

  1. you are over the age of 60 years old

  2. you are between 19 and 59 and either have a BMI of over 30, have a medical condition, or are deemed at risk by a doctor.

*Please be sure that 5 months have elapsed since your 3rd covid vaccination.

Residents over the age of 60 will receive information regarding the vaccine by post from June 1st. Applications can be made using the QR code. Other eligible residents should apply at Yasu City Hall directly.

*The vaccines will begin to be given at the end of June.

*For more information regarding the times and locations of vaccine centers, please check the information that is sent to you.

For more information, you can contact the vaccine department at city hall directly:

TEL 588-5007      FAX 586-3668       e-mail


The 14th Annual 2022 Yasumaru Hiroba Panel Exhibition Event

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 situation, the Yasumaru Hiroba event has had to be cancelled again this year. However, to show support for the activities of our residents, the ‘Yasumaru Hiroba Panel Exhibition’ will be held.

Date: June 4th (Saturday) ~ June 16th (Sunday) 10:00~18:00

(On June 4th 13:00~18:00, on June 16th 10:00~12:00)

Location: Yasu Library Main Building Gallery


For more information, please contact the Yasumaru Hiroba Committee:

TEL 589-6430      FAX 589-6438

Event for Children: Picking Bamboo Shoots

This event is aimed at children aged 4~12. Walk through the woods searching for bamboo shoots. Afterwards enjoy grilling and eating the bamboo that has been picked.

Date: June 11th (Saturday) 9:30~12:00 (Registration from 9:15).

Location: Yasugawa Kitaryuseki Shizen no Mori (Yasu River Northern Stream Forest of Nature)

The event is free. Please apply by June 8th if you want to participate.


For more details, please contact the city planning division at city hall:​

TEL 587-6324      FAX 586-2176

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents

April, 2022

In this 6th wave of Covid-19, the previous trend of decreasing cases has stopped, and the situation in Shiga Prefecture is still rather serious. As the cherry blossom season arrives, and we enjoy time outside with others, please continue to take every care in preventing the spread of infection.



Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (As of March 15th)

Delivery of Vaccine Coupons

Those who received their second dose of the vaccine by November will be sent their vaccine coupons (接種券, sesshuken) in early April.

Group Vaccination Schedule

Location: Aeon Town Yasu

Operating Days:Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (Please check the leaflet for more details)

Vaccine Offered: Between 2nd and 10th of April the Pfizer Vaccine will be given. From 16th to 24th, it will be the Moderna Vaccine. For information on how to apply, please check the leaflet sent with your vaccine coupon.


Schedule of Vaccinations for Children aged 5~11

First Dose: Sunday, April 3rd (10:30~11:30); Sunday, April 24th (15:00~)

Second Dose:Sunday, April 10th/17th (13:30~15:00); Sunday April 24th (13:30~14:30)

Location: Aeon Town Yasu


Cancellation of Large-Scale Events

The following annual events are regrettably cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

*Yasu Fireworks Festival

*Oktoberfest Yasu JAZZ UP!


Canoe Trial Lesson

Every year during the summer vacation a three-day canoe school is held for both younger and older elementary school-aged children respectively. A trial lesson in a swimming pool is planned for children to try out canoeing before deciding whether they want to join summer school.

Dates: June 18th and 25th (both Saturday) (10:00~11:30, 13:30~15:00) (4 lessons held)

Location: Chuzu B&G Kaiyou Centre

Eligible: Elementary school students who have never taken a canoe lesson before. Up to 4 children can join each trial lesson.

Participation fee: 1,000 yen

Applications will be accepted at the reception of the centre from May 7th.


Flowers of Shiga: Exhibition of Shakunage Rhododendrons

Date: April 16th (Saturday) from 10:00 am

Location: OmiFuji Karyoku Park Botanical Garden

Event Info: Exhibition, Shakunage lesson (grafting etc)

Participation fee: Free-of-charge 

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don't hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents

March, 2022

Due to an increase of subvariants, numbers of people being infected with Covid-19 during this 6th wave of the pandemic are growing in number. The trend towards decreasing numbers has slowed and therefore the circumstances are still rather serious. Spring will arrive soon, bringing with it allergic reactions to the pollen. It is said that it can be somewhat difficult to distinguish between symptoms of hay fever and Covid-19. Please continue to take every care in terms of managing your physical wellbeing and preventing the spread of infection.


Information regarding Covid-19 Vaccinations (as of February 10th)

Based on the supply outlook for the booster vaccine, there has been a change to the schedule. Following this change, all over-18s who received their second injection more than 6 months ago are now eligible for the 3rd booster shot.


Delivery of the Vaccine Coupon

If you received your second dose of the vaccine by the end of September, you should have already received your vaccine coupon.

If you received your second dose of the vaccine in October, you will be sent a vaccine coupon in mid-March.


Group Vaccination Schedule

Vaccination Centre: Aeon Town Yasu

Operating Days: Every week on Tuesday~Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays.

Vaccine offered: Moderna

A leaflet detailing information on how to apply for the vaccine shot is enclosed with the vaccine coupon.


Vaccines will be offered to children (5~11)

Vaccine coupons will be sent on March 7th. The vaccine given will be a version of the Pfizer Vaccine adapted for children. It differs from the regular adult vaccine.

If you have any questions or queries regarding this vaccine, please talk to your regular doctor.

Vaccine Centre: Aeon Town Yasu

Vaccine Dates: First doses will be given on March 20th (Sunday), March 27th (Sunday), and April 3d (Sunday) between 10:30 and 11:30.


A Big Lake Event

Family Sports Day (This event is free-of-charge, and please apply on the day at the site)

Please come and enjoy sporting activities at the beautiful natural setting of Big Lake.

Date: March 6th (Sunday) 14:30~16:00 *event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather

Location: Yasu River Historical Park Soccer Ground (C Court)


The Tree Planting Festival 'Convoy Troops' are coming to our town

A PR event will be held in anticipation of the 72nd National Tree Planting Festival on June 5th (Sunday).

Date: March 12th (Saturday) 10:00~14:00

Location: Yasu Library Main Hall

All are very welcome.

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don't hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)


Information for Foreign Residents

February, 2022

Across the country there has been a huge increase in numbers infected by the new Omicron variant of Covid-19. In the prefectures surrounding Shiga, there have been official requests to limit opening hours of establishments which serve food. Though with school and year-group closures increasing in number, it is clear that we must take similar care in daytime also, and take action to avoid busy times when going about our daily routines. As the cold winter continues, let's all continue making efforts to both maintain our physical condition and prevent the spread of coronavirus.


City Prefectural Tax Returns and Final Tax Returns to Begin

Declaration Period: February 16th (Thursday) ~ March 15th (Tuesday)

Those who are duty-bound to declare their taxes, or those who are eligible to receive an income tax rebate should submit the various documents and finish their tax return within the designated period.


Information Regarding Covid-19 Vaccinations (national policy has been changed)

Those over the age of 18 who received their second injection over 7 months ago are eligible for the 3rd'booster' vaccination. However, both the elderly and those who work in medical or care facilities can receive their booster injection after 6 months,

Delivery of Vaccine Coupon (Vaccine Coupon, sesshuken)

Those who received their second injection in June of last year will already have been sent their vaccine coupon.

Those who received their second injection in July or August of last year will be sent their vaccine coupon during this month.

Group Vaccination Schedule

The date, location and form of vaccine have been decided. It is necessary to make a reservation. Please check the leaflet sent with the vaccine coupon for more information regarding the application procedure.

Vaccinations for 5 ~ 11-year-olds are planned to begin in March at the earliest. When the details are decided, information will be published in the Koho Yasu Newsletter and on the city homepage.

Promote a healthy lifestyle and enjoy exercise with the BIWATEKU app

This is a smartphone application designed in collaboration with towns and cities within Shiga Prefecture. The app will help users to live healthily and take walks enjoyably. Anyone is able to take part, and you can set your own targets which allow you to save'health points'. At one point during the year, these points can be used to enter a prize giveaway competition.

* For more details, please check the BIWA-TEKU official homepage.

J-Alert Test

A national test will be conducted for the transmission of information in the case of a disaster. The test will be carried out on February 16th (Wednesday) at around 11 am In the case of an earthquake, tsunami or armed attack on the country, the J-Alert system will be used in order to disseminate information. This test will be conducted to prepare for such an occurrence.

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don't hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)

Information for Foreign Residents,

January 2022


2022 has arrived. The new Omicron variant of Covid-19 is spreading across the world. There are also sings of an increase in Japan, and in spite of reports that there is a lower risk of serious symptoms, we mustn’t let down our guard. The weather this winter is forecast to be extremely cold, so please look after yourself physically as we make efforts to reduce the spread of the virus.  


Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (Updated December 16th)

Anyone over the age of 18 who has had two vaccinations is eligible for the third ‘booster’ injection.

Delivery of Vaccine Coupon (接種券, sesshuken)

Those who had received their second vaccination by the end of May last year will already have been sent their coupon.

Those who received their second vaccination by the end of June last year will be sent their coupon by the end of this month.

*For those who have moved to Yasu after receiving two vaccinations, it is necessary to apply for the booster injection.


Group vaccinations to begin

From January group vaccinations will begin at Aeon Town Yasu. These are scheduled to take place in the afternoons of January 13th, 15th, 19th, 27th and 29th, and in both the morning and afternoon of January 23rd.


Vaccinations of children aged 5~11

The vaccination programme for children aged 5~11 is scheduled to begin in February. The vaccine to be used will be a different type to the adult vaccine that was given to children over 12.

For more information, please consult the city homepage.


Traditional Japanese Music Gathering (新春邦楽, shinshun hogaku) for the New Year

Date: January 16th (Sunday) 13:30~ (entry from 13:00)

Location: Yasu Library Main Building Hall

Eligibility: All are welcome *Please register on the day. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Content: A musical performance to allow people to enjoy traditional Japanese music.

Fee: Free-of-charge


The 13th Annual Omi Fuji Ekiden

Please make a team with your school, work or clubmates, or your friends in the area and come and join the event.

Date: February 20th (Sunday) 9:30 a.m.~ (reception from 8:30 a.m.)

Location: Yasu River Park Ground

Eligibility; Teams of six members. Participants must be junior high school age or above. Teams can be comprised of any gender. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Course: A sash relay of 20.1 km for six person teams (1 lap = 3.35km)

Fee: 2000 yen per team

Applications: Please apply by January 30th to Nomura at the event office (TEL/FAX 587-2211)


For more information or any assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (586-3106)


Information for Foreign Residents

December, 2021

As we move into December the cold of winter has arrived. Although cases of coronavirus have dropped of late, the new strain of the virus which has spread across Europe has now been detected in cases in Japan as well. A ban on foreign visitors entering Japan has been put in place, though there is still concern of rising cases. Please continue to take measures to prevent the spread of infection, and look after your own physical condition.


Information Regarding Covid-19 Vaccinations (As of November 12th)

Those who wish to receive their first or second vaccinations

You can receive the vaccine individually at medical facilities which offer it. Please apply directly to the facility.

Those who wish to receive a (third) booster vaccination

If eight months have elapsed after your second vaccination, you are eligible for the booster. Once your vaccine coupon (接種券, sesshuken) has been delivered, please apply directly to medical facilities which offer vaccinations on an individual basis. Group vaccinations are planned to start in the middle of January next year.

For more information regarding which facilities offer vaccinations, please consult the city homepage.


49th Annual Mount Mikami Climb Festival

Date: January 1st (National Holiday). Reception from 4:45a.m. Meet and finish in front of Mikami Shrine tower gate.

Eligible: Anybody (no need to apply)

Content: A group photo will be taken and can be bought as a memento of the occasion by participants for 500 yen.

Attire: Cold-weather clothing that is easy to move in.

To bring: waterproof torch, drink, etc.

Fee: Free-of-charge

If you will come by car, please use the car park at Community Centre Mikami.



Winter Closure of City Hall

The city hall (including YIFA office) will be closed from December 29th (Wednesday) to January 3rd (Monday)

At this time notifications related to the family register (births, marriages, deaths, etc) will be accepted.

The Onori Yasu community buses will not be running during this period.

For any more information or assistance with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact YIFA (TEL 586-3106)  

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