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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HPGCC

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HYOGO PREFECTURE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT JAPAN

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HPGCC

Getting Here

Where is Hyogo Cultural Centre located?
Ground Floor, 20 Kalinda Drive, CITY BEACH WA 6015.
Is the centre located near public transport?
Yes, see the Transperth Timetable 43. Bus No. 81 or 82 from the city.
Does the centre have free parking?
Yes.
Are there bike racks?
No.
Are baby strollers permitted in the Centre?
Yes.
Is the Centre wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the Centre is accessible for wheelchairs provided you park on the ground floor level.
Are there restaurants in the area?
There are a few restaurants located in the nearby Floreat Forum Shopping Centre.

Hours and Admission

When is the Centre open?
The Centre is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm. (closed Mondays, Sundays, and all public holidays.  Where a public holiday falls on a Monday the Centre will be closed on the Tuesday in lieu)
How much is admission to the Centre?
Free.
Do I need to be a member to use the library resources?
No, you are more than welcome to come into our office to do your research and obtain information. However, if you would like to take the resources home for further reading, you would need to become a member of the Centre (see membership information section below).

Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre

Is the Centre a profit making business?
No, the centre is a non-profit organization, which is fully funded by the Hyogo Prefectural Government.
What can I see at Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre?
Hyogo Cultural Centre is a resource centre with many Japanese cultural items and art on display, including traditional tatami mats and shoji screens. HPGCC also has a well stocked library of books, periodicals and DVDs available for loan for people of all ages.
What facilities are available at HPGCC?
For more information, please visit the facilities page of our website.

Membership

What are the benefits of becoming a HPGCC member?
You will be entitled to borrow resources from HPGCC library, you will receive discounts for HPGCC events and you will receive regular updates about HPGCC activities by email or post.
How do I find out more about membership before joining as a member?
Please feel free to call the HPGCC on 9385 9002 or visit the membership page of our website.
Who are HPGCC members?
Students, business people, Japanese enthusiasts, expatriates and visitors.
How much does it cost to become a member?
2016 Membership costs $30 per person and is valid until December 31, 2016.  Please note that there is a special discounted membership fee of $20 for current AJSWA members.
How do I become a Member?
If you are interested in becoming a Member, please come into the Centre to take a look around and speak with one of our friendly staff. Alternatively, you can print out the PDF version of our application form on our website. Please fill it out, tear off the application part and send it to us with a Cheque, Money Order, or proof of bank transfer (sorry, we cannot accept Eftpos / Credit Card.).
I am a current Member. How can I change my name and/or address?
Please notify the HPGCC of any changes to your name and/or address by calling 9385 9002 or sending an email to hyogo@iinet.net.au
Do I have to become a member before I attend one of your events?
No, membership is generally not a prerequisite for attending an event. However, if a fee is applicable, members usually receive a discount, so this may be worth considering.
How can I stop the e-news from Hyogo Cultural Centre ending up in my junk, bulk or spam folders?
Add our email address to your contacts list.

Workshops and Courses

Do you offer workshops and courses?
Hyogo Cultural Centre offers a wide range of seminars, events, and workshops tailored for all ages and speaking levels.
What kinds of workshops are available?
Our workshops, demonstrations and seminars are themed on language, life and culture, exhibitions of Japanese arts and crafts, and the promotion of educational, sporting, youth and cultural exchange. Events are often organized when we receive visiting artists from Japan or special groups from Hyogo Prefecture. For this reason we are unable to provide an annual calendar. If you become a member, you will receive all event information from us, so there is no danger of missing out!
How do I arrange a visit for a school group or a group of adults?
All groups are requested to make a booking prior to visiting to avoid any interruption to scheduled events. Workshops for school groups must be booked at least three weeks in advance. School teachers are encouraged to call the Centre on 9385 9002 to discuss the requirements of their specific group.
What kinds of events take place at HPGCC?
Art exhibitions, academic seminars, language exchange sessions, cultural workshops, demonstrations, language lessons, etc. Please visit our events calendar to view any upcoming activities.
How can I join HPGCC events or activities?
It is very simple and convenient! You can just review the Calendar on our website and book the events you are interested in by calling 9385 9002 or by emailing hyogo@iinet.net.au
What services are available to teachers?
HPGCC has the largest resource library of Japanese language and cultural materials. By joining HPGCC teachers can borrow these materials to assist them in preparing class activities. In addition, Hyogo Cultural Centre provides professional development sessions in conjunction with JLTAWA and The Japan Foundation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HYOGO PREFECTURE

Where is Hyogo?
Hyogo Prefecture is located almost in the centre of the Japanese archipelago, and straddles the 135th meridian which is used to define Japanese Standard Time Zone. It is situated in the western part of the Kansai Region (Midwest Japan) facing Seto Inland Sea to the south and the Sea of Japan to the north.
What is the capital of Hyogo?
Hyogo’s capital is Kobe.
What is Hyogo’s population?
According to 2011 statistics, approximately 5.6 million people live in Hyogo.
How do you get to Hyogo?
By Plane – There isn’t a direct flight from Perth, but most international carriers fly to Kansai International Airport, or KIX.
By Train – One of the world’s fastest trains, the Shinkansen, (bullet train), runs from Kobe to destinations east and west, making the travel time from Kobe to Tokyo only about three hours.
Why visit Hyogo?
As a result of Hyogo’s diversified climate and abundant natural features, swimming and other marine sports can be enjoyed in the summer, while in the winter skiing can be enjoyed in Tajima. Also, Arima hot springs, one of the oldest in Japan, as well as Kinosaki and Yumura hot springs, are all popular tourist attractions in Hyogo Prefecture. Himeji Castle is perhaps the most famous draw card for Hyogo and looks stunning whether it is covered in snow in the winter or surrounded by cherry blossoms in the spring.
What are Hyogo’s main attractions?
Some of Hyogo’s main attractions include:
Himeji Castle. It is one of the oldest surviving structures from medieval Japan, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Japanese National Cultural Treasure.

Hanshin Koshien Ball Park, one of the biggest ball-parks in Japan, it is the home-ground of the HANSHIN Tigers, a famous Japanese baseball team.

Mt. Rokko overlooks Kobe with an elevation of 931 metres. During the autumn season, it is famous for the rich change in colours of its forests.

The Arimafuji Park is a nice place to bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy nature! There is also a little mountain called Arimafuji. They call it this because it is said to resemble Mt. Fuji.

The Myoken Cable and Lift is a nice way to view the flowers during different seasons.
Kobe is also the home of world famous Kobe-beef.

Kinosaki Hot Spring for relaxation and rejuvenation.

The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. It is the longest suspension bridge in the world with a total length of 3911 meters.

Adjacent to the bridge is Maiko Tower, which offers panoramic views over the bridge from the top.

Seto Inland Sea National Park.

What is Hyogo known for?
Iron, steel, textiles, food processing, and lumbering are the main industries of Hyogo, which has industrial centers at Kobe, Akashi, Amagasaki, Himeji, and Nishinomiya. Hyogo Prefecture is home to internationally renowned companies such as Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Kobe Steel, Ltd. Many major Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Toshiba Corporation, Fujitsu Ltd., and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, locate their research and manufacturing facilities in Hyogo. Recently, Hyogo is creating a name for itself as a venue of technological innovation and development in fields related to nanotechnology.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT JAPAN

Where is Japan located?
The Japanese archipelago lies in the north-west corner of the Pacific Ocean. It stretches 3000 kms from northeast to southwest and includes more than 1000 islands. Japan’s nearest neighbours are Russia to the north, Korea to the west, and Taiwan and China to the south-west.
How big is Japan?
The approximate area of Japan is 378 000 km. (Western Australia is about 7 times larger than Japan, with an area of approximately 2 525 500 km.)
What are the main islands of Japan?
The four main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.
What is Japan’s population?
Approximately 127.1 million people live in Japan (2014). The population density is around 336 people/square km. Eleven cities in Japan have populations in excess of 1 million people. They are: Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kobe, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Kawasaki, Hiroshima and Kita-Kyushu.
One of these cities is the capital of Hyogo prefecture. Do you know which one?
What is the capital city of Japan?
Tokyo (meaning “Eastern Capital”) became the capital city of Japan in 1868, at the beginning of the Meiji Period. Previously, the capital city was Kyoto. Tokyo is located in the north-eastern part of Japan in what is known as the “Kanto” region. One in three Japanese people live in this region. Tokyo itself has a population of 8 million within its city boundaries, and a further 3.6 million in the surrounding suburbs!
Only 29 kilometres from Tokyo is Yokohama, with a population of 3.2 million. In between the two is Kawasaki, with a population of 1.2 million. Together with Tokyo, these three cities form the world’s largest megalopolis.
Who is Japan’s Prime Minister, and to which political party does he belong?
The Prime Minister is Mr Shinzo Abe (since December 26, 2012). He is the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP).
What is the role of the Imperial family in modern Japan?
The present day Imperial Family consists of Emperor Akihito, who is the 125th sovereign in the traditional count and Empress Michiko. They have three children: Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and Princess Sayako. Crown Prince Naruhito married Princess Masako on June 9, 1993.
The role of the Emperor was transformed in 1946 and he now undertakes various activities including marking the appointment of the Prime Minister and Chief Judge of the Supreme Court, the opening and closing of Diet sessions and harmonising relations between Japan and other countries. The Emperor is “the symbol of the Japanese state’.
How many National Holidays are there in Japan?
There are 13 National Holidays:

  • Ganjitsu: New Years Day, January 1
  • Seijin no Hi: Coming of Age Day, January 15
  • Kenkoku Kinen no Hi: National Foundation Day, February 11
  • Shumbun no Hi: Vernal Equinox Day, March 21
  • Midori no Hi: Green Day, April 29
  • Kempo Kinembi: Constitution Memorial Day, May 3
  • Kodomo no Hi: Children’s Day, May 5
  • Keiro no Hi: Respect for the Aged Day, September 15
  • Shubun no Hi: Autumnal Equinox Day, September 23
  • Taiiku no Hi: Sports Day, Second Monday in October
  • Bunka no Hi: Culture Day, November 3
  • Kinro Kansha no Hi: Labour Thanksgiving Day, November 23
  • Tenno Tanjobi: Emperor’s Birthday, December 23

What is “Nihon Sankei”?
This term means “three views of Japan”, and refers to three famous scenic spots in Japan.
Matsushima: A group of islands in Miyagi prefecture
Amanohashidate: This “Bridge of Heaven” is a pine tree covered sandbar in Kyoto prefecture
Itsukushima: An island in Hiroshima prefecture.
Make sure these three spots are on the itinerary for your next trip to Japan!
What are the seasons like in Japan?
Spring: March – May. Spring is well known as cherry blossom time in Japan. The Japanese celebrate the blooming of these trees with Hanami parties – cherry blossom parties, which involve lots of food and karaoke! April and May are fairly warm and stable weather wise, so they are good times for travel.
Summer: June – August. Summer begins with the rainy season in Japan, and continues with high humidity, warm to hot temperatures and occasional showers throughout the season.
Autumn: September – November. Although autumn begins with occasional showers, it is another fairly stable season, with blue skies and relatively warm temperatures. Autumn, like spring, is a sentimental favourite on the seasonal calendar because of the changing colour of the leaves on trees in various gardens and wilderness areas of Japan. A highly scenic season!
Winter: December – February. Cold westerly winds from Siberia mark the start of winter. In the internal parts of Japan, snowfall is heavy, making the area a paradise for snow lovers. On the Pacific coast of Japan, temperatures are mild and rarely fall below freezing. However, don’t forget to take a warm jacket!
Do you need a Visa to travel to Japan?
In general, Australian Passport holders will be issued a 90 day tourist visa upon arrival in Japan. In most cases obtaining a visa prior to departure is not required. If you are travelling on a non Australian Passport please check with a licensed Travel Agent or the Japanese Consulate. Japanese immigration procedures now require all visitors to be electronically finger printed and photographed upon arrival.
What is the Japanese currency?
The Japanese currency is YEN (¥). Coins are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500. Notes are 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000. Although Australian dollars can be exchanged at major hotels and banks, it is not recommended to take Australian dollars to Japan, as you will find the exchange rate for cash is very low. We recommend you exchange your money prior to travel to Japanese yen travellers cheques and/or Japanese yen.
Do I need to take an electricity adapter?
Yes. The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 110 volts, A.C. A convertible type of electrical appliance such as a hair dryer, travel iron and shaver can be used, otherwise a transformer is required to convert the voltage. There are no columnar-shaped plugs or 3-pin plugs used in Japan but 2-flat-pin plugs are used instead. It is therefore advised to purchase a plug adapter beforehand.
Is it safe to drink the water in Japan?
Tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Japan. Mineral water including major imported brands can be easily obtained from super markets, convenience stores and other similar places.
Are vaccinations necessary when travelling to Japan?
As at February 2009, no inoculations are required for entering Japan from anywhere around the world, but as situations may change, please check the Australian foreign affairs website www.smartraveller.gov.au
What is the time difference between Japan and Australia?
Japan is one hour behind Australian Eastern Standard Time. During Australian Daylight Saving time Japan is 2 hours behind AEST.
What religions do Japanese people practice?
Shinto and Buddhism have both become important parts of daily Japanese life. On New Year’s Eve, for example, the ringing of Buddhist temple bells fills the air. And on New Year’s Day, people visit both Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples to pray for good fortune in the coming year. During the spring and autumn equinoxes and also Bon festival (in July and August), families perform Buddhist memorial services for their ancestors. Also through the year, towns and villages hold lively Shinto festivals, where participants carry portable shrines around on their shoulders and tow floats through the streets. Wedding ceremonies are usually Shinto style, while funerals tend to be Buddhist. In addition, many families have small-sized Shinto shrines and Buddhist altars in their homes.
Christianity has also taken root in Japan; a Jesuit missionary from Spain, Francisco de Xavier, introduced the religion to Japan in the sixteenth century. The country’s military rulers banned Christianity during the Edo period (1603-1868), but it made a comeback during the Meiji era (1868-1912).

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