CHIC (Community House & Information Centre) is a non profit organization committed to meeting the needs of the Kansai community. CHIC is a place for Japanese and foreigners to socialize and connect in a casual and fun atmosphere.
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
What a year it has been! The challenges presented to the world have been devastating, forcing us to change the way we work, communicate and interact. We hope that everyone in our community and their families have managed to stay safe and connected during this crazy time.
Unfortunately for CHIC, the continued State of Emergency has meant that our offices have been closed intermittently for many months. During this time however, we have been working hard behind the scenes to make CHIC an even greater support for our community. We have improved and expanded our online presence (much more on this to come), developed new communications strategies, moved many classes online and revised our governing documents to ensure our long term sustainability. And you asked for it, we are in final testing stages of credit card payments for both in the office and online!
As the school year draws to a close, and we prepare to close for the summer holidays, we want to say thank you. Thank you for your continued support for our classes, activities and trips. Thank you for supporting each other during these crazy days. And thank you for being part of the CHIC family. It takes a village - and we sincerely appreciate ours. Good luck and best wishes to everyone leaving us and moving on to new destinations. We will miss you!
Wishing you a happy summer, and for those returning, we are excited to catch up in Fall 2021. We also welcome new families and look forward to making lasting friendships and unforgettable memories.
We offer a wide variety of classes in Japanese culture, international cooking, languages, fitness, children’s playgroup, crafts and much more. In addition to classes, we organize trips to explore highlights of the region. Programs are launched monthly.
Check our current program below and follow us on Facebook to get regular updates on our activities.
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OUR DESK OF VOLUNTEERS
Our desk in Kobe welcomes you during the week and for coffee mornings. CHIC volunteers are happy to help with any inquiries, be it travel plans, finding English speaking services or help deciphering Japanese. Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. No appointment needed, just pop-in during our office hours!
CHIC membership is not mandatory to join classes and activities. However, membership allows you, your family and your visitors to participate in classes and trips at a special member’s price. Membership is ¥ 6,000 for a year (12 months from signing up) and ¥ 4,000 for six months. Membership, classes, and trips are to be paid at the CHIC volunteer desk.
Community House & Information Centre (CHIC) is a non-profit community service organization committed to meeting the needs of the international community in Kansai, Japan. With an office in Kobe and members residing both near and far afield, CHIC's goal is to serve as a bridge between the international community and the local community at large, to help both newcomers and long-time residents get the most out of their stay in Japan.
LIVING IN KOBE GUIDE
A knowledgeable companion to your daily life in Japan!
Living in Kobe, now in its eighth edition, has grown from a collection of hand-written tips to become the premier published resource for expatriates new to Japan and the Kansai region. The guide covers essential topics for new residents - from setting up house, schooling and shopping, to medical and unexpected legal issues.
Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
(closed Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays and Canadian Academy school holidays)
Community House & Information Centre
3rd floor RIC Tower