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.
CHIC offers you the chance to meet people with our regular get-togethers as well as a chance to explore Japan on our trips and activities designed to enhance your time here. Whether you are an expat visiting for a short time or a local resident, CHIC has something for everyone in it’s program.
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 twice a year - January and August.
Check our current program below and follow us on Facebook to get regular updates on our activities.
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.
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.
OSAKA STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
Learn to take better pictures with professional photographer Sydney, then wander the fabulous streets of Osaka and apply what you have learned. Sydney will teach the basics of composition, lighting, and more as you explore Tennoji Park, Keitakuen Garden and the Shinsekai district.
CULTURAL MUST-KNOWS FOR A SOFT LANDING IN JAPAN
If you are new to Japan, this class is vitally important to learn some of the cultural background of your new home. It’s a gentle introduction to some of the expectations from you as a foreigner, and some explanation of the behavior you will encounter.
CHIC WELCOME DINNER
This is a wonderful, fun evening, for couples to dress up and get together with both old and new friends. A great chance to meet new-comers to Japan and mingle!
Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(closed Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays and Canadian Academy school holidays)
Community House & Information Centre
3rd floor RIC Tower