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

Schedule

*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!

18:30~21:00

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 Please note that this information is out of date. 

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 pokkapoka8330@gmail.com)

 

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 yifa@gaia.eonet.ne.jp, www.yifashiga.org )

 

*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 wakuchin@city.yasu.lg.jp

 

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.

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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)  

Information for Foreign Residents

November, 2021

Recently there has been a trend of fewer infections of Covid-19, and across the prefecture we are now only seeing a handful of cases each day. The reason for the decline in numbers is said to be the success of the vaccination programme, though the daily measures we take, such as wearing a mask, washing hands, and gargling, are also hugely effective. On top of worries about Covid-19, as Autumn turns to Winter, cases of flu may see an increase, so please continue to take measures to prevent the spread of infection, and look after your own physical condition.

 

Covid-19 information: Additional injections will be given

A third injection will be given to those people who received their second dose of the vaccine over 8 months ago. Vaccination Coupons (接種券, sesshuken) will be sent in due course, please follow the information in the leaflet also enclosed to make your application.

Call Centre: 586-0022 (Open Monday to Friday 9:00~17:00)

For more information regarding facilities which offer individual vaccinations, please check the Yasu City homepage.

 

Yasu Environment Festival 2021

Date: December 5th (9:00~noon)

Location: Yasu Clean Centre

Eligible: All residents of Yasu City

*Free exchange of second-hand home furniture

From April of this year, in the first-floor exhibition room, second-hand furniture has been available to be taken free-of-charge on weekdays.

*Free collection of small electronic goods, thermometer, and other items which contain mercury.

 

 

The Yasu ‘Take-Out’ Bar

Date: November 20th (Saturday)~January 16th (Sunday)

Tickets: 2000 yen (for one set of five 500-yen tickets)

Date of ticket sale: November 15th (Monday)~January 14th (Friday) *A maximum of 1,000 sets will be sold. One person may purchase up to five sets.

Location of ticket sale: Yasu City Chamber of Commerce (within the Yasu City North Government Building)

For more information regarding participating stores, please check the Yasu City Chamber of Commerce homepage.

 

 

A YIFA ‘World-Watching’ Seminar

Otsu resident, Naira Munoz will give a presentation about her home country, Costa Rica.

Date: December 5th (Sunday) 14:00~15:30

Location: Community Centre Kitano (2F Kenshu Shitsu)

Fee: No fee for YIFA members, 300 yen for non-members

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, 2021

 

The emergency measures declared due to the worsening coronavirus situation have been lifted as of the end of September. The vaccine programme is progressing on schedule, and we can be relieved of some restraints we had on our daily lives over the summer. However, even among the double-vaccinated, there have been a number of cases, so please continue to take every precaution to reduce the infection rates of the virus.

 

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

The group vaccination programme is scheduled to have completed all first doses by mid-October, and all second doses by mid-November. Applications are currently being taken for all those over the age of twelve registered as living in Yasu City.

Group Vaccination Centre: Aeon Town Yasu (The Big Extra Yasu)

Group Vaccination Dates: October 1st (Friday)~31st (Sunday) on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Please be aware that vaccination times differ by day.

Reservations are necessary. Please apply through the call centre or reservation site more than three days prior to the date you wish to receive your vaccination.

Call Centre: Tel 586-0022 (Monday~ Friday 9:00~17:00)

Reservation Site: https//reserve-vac-c.jp/yasu/user/login

For more information regarding individual vaccinations, please refer to the city homepage.

 

Coronavirus-Related Support Measures

All water fees for two months from October will be made reduced. This reduction will be made automatically when the fee is taken so there is no need for any procedure.

 

Free Exchange of Furniture

This programme, which allows for the exchange of second-hand furniture, was tested earlier this year, and will now become a regular event as of October 1st. Before purchasing new furniture, please take a look at what is available.

Days: Monday~Friday (9:00~noon, 13:00~16:00)

Location: Yasu Clean Centre First Floor Exhibition Space

Eligible: All residents of Yasu City

Available goods: Disposed-of furniture deemed to be reusable. *Please take home by yourself.

 

National Disaster Information Transmission Test

This Test will be run on October 6th at 11:00.

These nationwide tests are regularly carried out in order that important information can be relayed to the population in the case of disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, or military attacks.

 

 

Temporary Suspension of Document Issue at Convenience Stores

Due to necessary inspections of the system, the document issue system will be unavailable on the following dates: November 1st (Monday), November 9th (Tuesday), November 10th (Wednesday). Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 

YIFA`s Annual Halloween Party

Date: October 31st (Sunday) 13:30~15:30 (Doors open at 13:00)

Location: Community Centre Kitano

Theme: Super Mario World

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

We will have a fun ‘double-dutch’ activity as well as a costume contest and trick-or-treat for the children. Please come in costume and enjoy the party. Unfortunately, due to coronavirus-related restrictions, we can’t have food this year, so please eat lunch before coming.

 

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, 2021

 

Through the coronavirus emergency measures the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been taking place. We are now in the midst of the 5th wave of coronavirus and numbers are rising due to the new variants of the virus. In Shiga, emergency measures have been put in place until September 12th. Although vaccinations are being given on schedule, infections are rising among younger people and within households. Please continue to take necessary measures to protect yourself and others from coronavirus.

 

 

Coronavirus Vaccinations

 

Please be aware that from September the vaccination centres and dates have been changed.

Group Vaccination Centre

Aeon Town Yasu (The Big Extra Yasu)

Group Vaccination Dates

September 1st(Wed)~16th(Thu): Vaccinations given on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

September 17th(Fri)~30th(Thu): Vaccinations given on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Please be aware that times differ by day.

Please refer to the city homepage for information regarding facilities where individual vaccinations can be received.

For more information, please contact the Vaccination Promotion Office (Tel 588-5007, e-mail wakuchin@city.yasu.lg.jp)

 

Community Bus Routes to be Reorganised, Voice Guidance to be Introduced

For the increased convenience of bus users, bus routes and timetables will be altered from October 1st. Furthermore, voice guidance will be added on all bus routes. Please make use of the city’s community buses.

A leaflet regarding all of these changes will be distributed to all homes in the latter part of September. The leaflet will also be placed in city facilities and published on the city homepage.

 

 

Warning Regarding the Disposal of Spray Cans

In order to dispose of spray cans in Yasu, one must empty the contents before popping a hole in the side. In other prefectures spray cans have been a cause of fires, so please take care of the following points:

1) Empty cans of gas outdoors

2) Use tools dedicated to the task of emptying gas cans (in Yasu, hole punches have been distributed to all collection sites)

3) Put out on “Empty Can/ Metals” day (please place them in the special red container)

For more information, please contact the environment division (Tel 587-6003)

 

 

Event Cancellation

The 18th annual Yasu City Fine Art Exhibition, originally scheduled to take place at Yasu Culture Hall’s Small Theatre (Sept 11th~19th), has been cancelled due to the state of emergency in Shiga Prefecture.

For more information, please contact the Lifelong Learning and Sports Division (Tel 587-6053)

 

 

Event Information for Yasu Health and Sports Centre

Citizen Thanksgiving Festival (Respect the Aged Day)

Free opening of the facility for those eligible.

Date: September 20th 9 a.m~6 p.m

Eligibility: Residents of Yasu City over the age of 65 (one companion can also enter free-of-charge)

Bathing Facility Event (Charcoal Bath)

Date: September 13th (Mon)~26th (Sun)

Monday~Saturday 10 a.m~8 p.m   /   Sundays, National Holidays 10 a.m~5 p.m

Eligibility: Users of the bathing facilities

For more information, please contact the Yasu Health and Sports Centre (Tel 596-5964) (closed Tuesdays)

 

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, 2021

The postponed Tokyo Olympic Games are currently being held. A fifth wave of Covid-19 is upon us, and in our neighbouring prefecture of Kyoto, priority measures are in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. During the summer vacation and the Obon period, there is a request for people to refrain from travelling across prefectural borders. Please continue to do all you can to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.  

 

Information Regarding the Coronavirus Vaccine

Group Vaccination Information: From July, there was a shortage of the Pfizer vaccine in our prefecture and across the country. This situation is expected to continue into August, therefore the reservation and vaccination dates for under-59s have been changed accordingly.

55~59 years old: Currently accepting reservations

45~54 years old: From August 2nd

Under 44 years old: From August 20th

Individual Vaccination Information: As with elderly people, patients deemed by their doctor to require the vaccine may be offered one individually.

Change to the Schedule at the Aeon Town Vaccination Centre: On August 5th (Thursday) and August 7th (Saturday), the reception time has been changed to 15:30. Vaccinations will not be carried out on August 14th (Saturday) or August 15th (Sunday).

For more information, please contact the Vaccine Promotion Office (Tel: 588-5007, E-mail: wakuchin@city.yasu.lg.jp)

 

 

Peace Panel Exhibition

Praying for everlasting peace around the world, in Yasu City this exhibition is carried out annually as a part of the peace and enlightenment project. Please take this chance to reflect again on the suffering of war, and the nobleness of peace.

Date: Until August 15th 10:00~18:00 (On days when Yasu Library is open)

Location: Yasu Library, Main Building Gallery

For more information, please contact the Human Rights Facilities Promotion Division (Tel: 587-6041)

 

Yasu Health and Sports Centre Event Information

 

Pool Athletics

Date: August 15th (Sunday), August 22nd (Sunday)

Group 1: 14:00~15:00     Group 2: 15:30~16:30

Eligible: Pool users (first-come-first-served, up to 50 participants)

Fee: 500 yen (Fee for using the pool is also necessary). If you apply up to one week prior to the event, you can pay a reduced fee of 300 yen.

Children younger than elementary school third grade must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Maximum 2 children per guardian)

Applications will be taken from 9 a.m on August 1st (Sunday)

For more information, please contact the Yasu City Health and Sports Centre (Tel 596-5964) (Closed Tuesdays)

 

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, 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, postponed from last year, will be held this year in spite of ongoing concerns regarding coronavirus. On May 27th the Olympic torch was paraded through Yasu City by a team of eight runners. There is now less than one month before the Olympics begin, but with the new strains of Covid-19 seen to be more infectious, there has been an upward trend in terms of cases. The vaccination programme is progressing, though we must continue to take the same precautionary measures to keep infection levels down.

 

The situation regarding the Covid-19 vaccination programme

In Yasu City residents over the age of 65 have been receiving their Covid-19 vaccinations at Yasu Hospital. From July 1st Aeon Town Yasu has been added as a vaccination centre. Due to the added facility, most of the residents who were to have completed their vaccine after August, have now been rescheduled to receive their injections earlier, during the month of July. Vaccination Coupons (接種券, sesshuken) will be sent to all residents aged 16-64 from July 1st. The scheduled dates for individuals to receive their vaccination will differ, so please wait until the registration system is open for your age-group before making a reservation.

Vaccination Centers

* Yasu Hospital

*Aeon Town Yasu (The Big Extra Yasu Store)

For more information: Vaccination Promotion Office (588-5007)

E-mail: wakuchin@city.yasu.lg.jp

 

Change of date for testing of the Disaster Prevention Public Address System

This system is used at times of emergency in order to relay evacuation information in a timely manner. Until now it was tested at 17:00 on the 17th of each month, but will now be tested on a weekly basis, at 17:00 every Friday. Increasing the opportunities to check the system’s sound will allow us to find any issues at an early stage while also increasing awareness of disaster prevention.

 

Oide Yasu Market (For Local Products)

Featuring many delicious things from Yasu City! There will be ‘exhibition booths’ as well as ‘experience booths’.

Date: July 3rd (Saturday) and July 4th (Sunday) 10:00~17:00

Location: Heiwado Al Plaza Yasu

For more information: Yasu City Tourism Products Association (587-3710)

 

The Marine Day ‘Marine Sports Festival’

Date: July 22nd (National Holiday) 10:00~12:30 *Cancelled in case of inclement weather

Location: Chuzu B&G (In front of the Marine Centre Boathouse), Maiami Beach

Eligibility: Anyone up to a capacity of 100 people *Elementary school students and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Schedule: A chance to try many marine sports such as canoeing, yachting, dragon boats, and windsurfing

Fee: 300 yen (This covers damage insurance)

Application deadline: July 10th (Saturday)

For more information: The office of the Yasu City Sports Association (589-3381)

 

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, 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, postponed from last year, will be held this year in spite of ongoing concerns regarding coronavirus. On May 27th the Olympic torch was paraded through Yasu City by a team of eight runners. There is now less than one month before the Olympics begin, but with the new strains of Covid-19 seen to be more infectious, there has been an upward trend in terms of cases. The vaccination programme is progressing, though we must continue to take the same precautionary measures to keep infection levels down.

 

The situation regarding the Covid-19 vaccination programme

In Yasu City residents over the age of 65 have been receiving their Covid-19 vaccinations at Yasu Hospital. From July 1st Aeon Town Yasu has been added as a vaccination centre. Due to the added facility, most of the residents who were to have completed their vaccine after August, have now been rescheduled to receive their injections earlier, during the month of July. Vaccination Coupons (接種券, sesshuken) will be sent to all residents aged 16-64 from July 1st. The scheduled dates for individuals to receive their vaccination will differ, so please wait until the registration system is open for your age-group before making a reservation.

Vaccination Centers

* Yasu Hospital

*Aeon Town Yasu (The Big Extra Yasu Store)

For more information: Vaccination Promotion Office (588-5007)

E-mail: wakuchin@city.yasu.lg.jp

 

Change of date for testing of the Disaster Prevention Public Address System

This system is used at times of emergency in order to relay evacuation information in a timely manner. Until now it was tested at 17:00 on the 17th of each month, but will now be tested on a weekly basis, at 17:00 every Friday. Increasing the opportunities to check the system’s sound will allow us to find any issues at an early stage while also increasing awareness of disaster prevention.

 

Oide Yasu Market (For Local Products)

Featuring many delicious things from Yasu City! There will be ‘exhibition booths’ as well as ‘experience booths’.

Date: July 3rd (Saturday) and July 4th (Sunday) 10:00~17:00

Location: Heiwado Al Plaza Yasu

For more information: Yasu City Tourism Products Association (587-3710)

 

The Marine Day ‘Marine Sports Festival’

Date: July 22nd (National Holiday) 10:00~12:30 *Cancelled in case of inclement weather

Location: Chuzu B&G (In front of the Marine Centre Boathouse), Maiami Beach

Eligibility: Anyone up to a capacity of 100 people *Elementary school students and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Schedule: A chance to try many marine sports such as canoeing, yachting, dragon boats, and windsurfing

Fee: 300 yen (This covers damage insurance)

Application deadline: July 10th (Saturday)

For more information: The office of the Yasu City Sports Association (589-3381)

 

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, 2021

 

The state of emergency declared in our neighbouring prefecture of Kyoto was extended until May 31st, and has now been further extended until June 20th. With mutant strains of the coronavirus taking hold, there has been no decrease in the number of infected in Shiga. Yasu City’s vaccination programme began on May 20th, but until the vaccine has been provided to a sufficient number of the population, we must continue to take measures to prevent infection. It is challenging for us all, but let’s try our best to take precautions and stop the spread of Covid-19.

 

The Covid-19 Vaccination Program

From May 25th, the reservation system for the vaccine was open again for those who will be 65 years old or over during the course of this year. When reserving your vaccine, please book both the first and second injections together.

Vaccination Site: Municipal Yasu Hospital, Outpatients Floor (L1)

Call Centre: Tel ①0570-200-698  ②Extension 077-586-0022

(Open 9:00 a.m ~ 5:00 p.m)

Reservation Homepage: https://reserve-vac-c.jp/yasu/user/login

For more information, please contact the Vaccination Promotion Office (Tel 588-5007, E-mail wakuchin@city.yasu.lg.jp)

 

 

The First Lifelong Learning College

Enjoy learning about local history, culture and health, and see the results of your study disseminated across the area.

Date: June 26th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m ~ midday (reception from 9:30 a.m)

Location: Yasu Library Main Hall

Eligibility: All welcome, up to 50 participants

Content: Lecture (regarding the initiatives of the Gio Town Development Promotion Council)

Fee: Free-of-charge

For more information, or to apply: Lifelong Learning and Sports Division (Tel 587-6063) (Please apply by June 24th)

 

National Monitoring of Illegal Dumping Week

This week runs from May 30th (go-mi zero no hi, English: No Garbage Day) to June 5th (Environment Day)

If found guilty of illegal dumping, punishments include imprisonment for less than 5 years, and a fine of up to 10 million yen. In order to discover cases of illegal dumping at an early stage, or prevent it from happening in the first place, in Yasu City ‘Illegal Dumping Monitors’ make regular patrols, and our Clean Patrol Corps work to collect illegally disposed of items.
Let’s all work together to keep our city a clean and pleasant place to live.

 

​11th Annual New Sports Challenge: Enrolling Participants Now!

Date: June 26th (Saturday) 9:00 a.m ~ midday

Location: General Gymnasium (総合体育館, sougou taiikukan)

Eligibility: All elementary school age or over, up to a limit of 70 participants (elementary school students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)

Content: Try new sports. Sports include ‘Throwing Bingo’, ‘Igo Ball’, ‘Goro Ping Pong’, ‘Curolling’, and ‘Boccia’.

To bring: Gym shoes, Drink

Fee: 200 yen per person (Includes accident insurance)

For more information, or to apply: Lifelong Learning and Sports Division (Tel 587-6053) (Please apply by June 18th)

 

 

Yasu Marukajiri Week 2021

This event will be held among 29 restaurants in the Yasu Station area. Recipes which make use of locally sourced vegetables and fish will be prepared specially for the event. Restaurants offering take-out are participating, so please do come and try the special dishes on offer.

Duration: June 7th (Monday) ~ June 11th (Friday)

*For more details regarding participating restaurants, please check the event leaflet or the homepage of the Yasu City Commercial and Industrial Association (野洲市商工会, yasushi shoukoukai)

 

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
May, 2021

 

There are signs that the fourth wave of Covid-19 has come, and as of April 23rd our neighbouring prefecture of Kyoto has been put into emergency measures for the third time. There has also been an increase in numbers of those infected by Covid-19 in Shiga, and as the vaccine has yet to be fully rolled out, we must take more care than ever to avoid spreading the virus. Please continue to wear masks, avoid eating in large groups, and make every effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

 

The Current Situation of the Covid-19 Vaccine

 

Current Circumstances and Restarting the Vaccine Program

On March 31st, vaccination tickets (接種券, sesshuken) were sent to those eligible (i.e. those who are 65 or over during the course of this year), however as openings in May reached capacity, reservations were temporarily stopped. With great apologies the city request that those hoping to receive a vaccine should wait a little longer. Once the city has scheduled the resupply of the vaccine, reservations will be taken again. Information on restarting the vaccine program will be given on the city homepage, the reservation site, and through individual notifications.

Call Centre: TEL 0570-200-698 (9 a.m.~5 p.m.)

Reservation Site: https://reserve-vac-c.jp/yasu/user/login

Please direct any questions to the Vaccine Promotion Office (TEL 588-5007) (Email wakuchin@city.yasu.lg.jp)

 

 

2020 Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay

A date for last year’s postponed torch relay has been set, so please do come and show your support. There will also be a live broadcast on the day so please take the chance to watch it.

Date: May 27th (Thursday) 11:23 a.m. ~ 11:51 a.m.

Location: START The road in front of Community Centre Kitano​

Plan: Over the 1600m stretch of road, 8 runners will pass the torch between eight individual sections.

How to watch: Spectators can watch from the side of the course.

 

Collection Sites for Small Electrical Goods or Goods Containing Mercury

There are three collection sites put in pace by Yasu City where you can dispose of such goods free of charge. These collection boxes are at the main building of Yasu City Hall, the Northern Government Building (北部合同庁舎, hokubu goudouchousha), and the main building of Yasu City Library. On this date there will be a focus on the free-of-charge collection of small sized electronic goods which are too big to fit into the collection boxes.  

Date: May 16th (Sunday) 9 a.m. ~ noon

Location: Yasu Clean Centre

Goods for Collection: Small-size electrical goods or goods containing mercury which Yasu households wish to dispose of.

N.B.: There are some types of goods such as television sets or air conditioning units which are not accepted.

Please direct any questions to the Environment Division (TEL 587-6003)

 

National Disaster Information Transmission Test

 

This test will be conducted on May 19th (Wednesday) at approximately 11 a.m.

In preparation for cases such as earthquakes, tsunamis or military attack, a transmission test will be carried out. This test will use the national instant alarm system, J Alert. Outside of Yasu City a variety of methods may be used to carry out such tests.

Please direct any questions to the Crisis Management Division (TEL 587-6089)

 

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