公益財団法人 とよなか国際交流協会

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Association for Toyonaka Multicultural Symbiosis(ATOMS)
~Creating a fair and sustainable multicultural symbiotic society~

ATOMS, the Association for Toyonaka Multicultural Symbiosis (refers to "the association" hereafter) was established in the year 1993 to make a base for international exchange and multicultural symbiosis. At the same time, an international exchange center was established by the city of Toyonaka and the association also dealt with the management and administration as well.

The association’s primary concern now is to support all foreigners from infants to elderly toward their independence and participation in society. Also, to make a no-support-needed future, making a place where culture diversity is appreciated, and make people understands different people, with collaboration with school and other educational sector.

【Basic Principle】
"To create a symbiotic society within the area and connects to the world that pushes forward exchange activities based on respect to human rights with broad participation of the citizens."

The following activities are carried by Toyonaka International Center. For inquiries, contact the Toyonaka Association for Intercultural Activities and Communication at Tel#. 06-6843-4343. (Closed on Wednesdays).

Japanese Language Activities for Cultural Exchange

Creating a place with rich human relations where foreigners and volunteers meet through a Japanese language exchange while learning necessary Japanese language.

Feefree
VenueToyonaka International Center
Date and TimePlease see below

Motto, motto tsukaeru Nihongo

Monday10:00 ~ 12:00 (closed on public holidays、some days on summer and winter holidays)

*For people who can read and write the Japanese language and willing to learn and practice Japanese that relates to work and qualification.

Toyonaka Nihongo Moku-hiru

Thursday13:30 ~ 15:20 (closed on public holidays, some days on summer and winter holidays)

*There is Tabunka Hoiku Niko-niko (Childcare for 0 year old~before elementary school age children) at the same time.

Toyonaka Nihongo Moku-hiru (facebook)

Toyonaka Nihongo Kin-asa

Friday10:30 ~ 12:00 (closed on public holidays、some days on summer and winter holidays)

*There is Tabunka Hoiku Niko-niko (Childcare for 0 year old~before elementary school age children) at the same time.

Nichiyou Gacha-Gachadan

Sunday10:00 ~ 12:00 (closed on first Sunday of the month)

Senri Nihongo (at Senri-bunka center)

Thursday10:00 ~ 11:30 (closed on public holidays、some days on summer and winter holidays)

In addition, there is some voluntary Japanese language activities of the following citizens‘ groups in Toyonaka International Exchange Center. Please refer to each person in charge by telephone for details.

Night Kanji Class

Tuesday19:30 ~ 21:00 TEL : 0727-61-8965 (Nakata)

Nihongo Kouryuu Salon

Friday19:30 ~ 21:00 TEL : 06-6849-7992 (Ishizumi)

Nihongo Bochi-bochi

Saturday10:30 ~ 12:00 TEL : 090-1731-3715 (Morishita)

Nihongo Hiroba

2nd and 4th Sundays14:00 ~ 16:00 TEL : 06-6854-8371 (Kinoshita)

A Place for Parenting Foreign Women -Oyako de Nihongo-

A place for foreign women that currently raising their children and children where you are able to exchange information and talk in Japanese language about life in Japan and rising children while making friends. There are also events such as reading picture books、cooking classes and making handmade toys. All volunteers are women who are currently raising their children too. We also welcome people who are not skillful in Japanese, currently pregnant people, mothers and individual participants.

Please feel free to come and join us.
Time : Tuesday 10:00 ~ 12:00
(There are also no activities when the library is closed, during public holidays, year-end and start-of-the-year, and during school breaks.)
Fee : free
Venue : Activities are held at the following 3 library spaces within the city.

Okamachi Oyako de Nihongo

Venue:Okamachi Library (2 minutes on foot from the Hankyuu Okamachi Station)

Okamachi Oyako de Nihongo (facebook)

Shounai Oyako de Nihongo

Venue : Shounai Library (10 minutes on foot from the Hankyuu Shounai Station)

Shounai Oyako de Nihongo (facebook)

Senri Oyako de Nihongo

Venue:Senri Library (3 minutes on foot from the Kita Osaka Kyuukou SenriChuo Station)

Senri Oyako de Nihongo(facebook)

Multilingual Consultation Services for Foreign Nationals

The Toyonaka Association for Intercultural Activities and Communication offers the necessary information and provides consultation services so that foreign citizens in the area could live peacefully

Consultation Schedule

[Time] : aFriday 11:00 ~ 16:00(closed during Holidays and year-end and start-of-the-year)
[Available Languages] : Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Thai, English, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, Nepalese, Vietnamese
[Fee] : free

Things that could be consulted about

  • Husband and wife relationship (divorce、domestic violence, discord, International marriages etc.), Procedures (residence eligibility, family invitation etc.)
  • Living (housing、money matter, insurance・pension・tax and other administrative procedures, Japanese language learning, and other things that concern daily living)
  • Human relationship (friends, region, work place, and households).
  • Health (Mental health, pregnancy and childbirth etc.)
  • Children (child rearing, nursery, kindergarten, schools etc.)
  • Labor (Job hunting, unemployment etc.)
  • Human rights violations
  • others

…we could think together about any kinds of problems etc. We also introduce specialists when needed afterwards.

For people who wish to consult by telephone
TEL :
06-6843-4343
Time :
Friday 11:00 ~ 16:00

Initially, a Japanese staff will answer the phone, please tell the staff "(your language or country name) go no staff wo onegaishimasu".

For people who wish to consult in person

Please come directly to Toyonaka International Center’s office on the time slot listed above. If you tell the staff in the office 「Soudan ni kimashita」 the person-in-charge will correspond to you.

Although you could be assisted even without making a reservation, you might have to wait if you come directly. For those people who want to come on an exact time, please make a reservation by phone (06-6843-4343). The possible reservation time will be from 9:00 ~ 17:00 every day except on Wednesdays.
The Japanese staff will answer your call so please say "Soudan no mendan no yoyaku wo shitai desu" and mention your desired time.

About the correspondence method

According to consultation content and your request, a Japanese specialist and a foreign staff speaking your native language can help you.

About the strict confidentiality

The consultation will be confidential and your privacy will be protected.

Activities for Children with Foreign Roots

We provide child-friendly space & program for children with multicultural background as "Support program for Children" in ATOMS

Tabunka Hoiku Niko-niko

Tabunka Hoiku Niko-niko

The children with foreign roots could play and experience different games with their parents in the playroom. Because the volunteers for child care are there, the topic about parenting also can be discussed. In addition, on the same time, the Japanese language exchange activities are being held so parents could participate. No advanced application is needed.

対象 Foreign children that not attending school yet and their parents
日時 Thursday 13:30 ~ 15:30/Friday 10:30 ~ 12:00 (closed on holidays)
場所 Toyonaka International Center Playroom 1
参加費 free

Kodomo Bogo

A place for children with foreign roots to pleasantly learn their mother tongue and native culture. They get to learn not only the conversation, reading and writing but also their culture like cooking and dancing. It is also a place to meet other children of the same roots and a place to make friends. The staffs who are teaching the mother tongue to children are university students with foreign roots themselves.

対象 Children with foreign roots (elementary students and above)
日時 2nd and 4th Sundays 10:00 ~ 12:00
場所 Toyonaka International Center
*Currently, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, And Thai language classes are being taught.
参加費 free

Learning Support /Sun Place

For children with foreign roots it is not the home or the school but the 3rd place of belonging is what we are trying to build up. It is a place where they can also converse and dance with the volunteers and not just study. The volunteers are mainly university and graduate students and there are also volunteers with foreign roots.

対象 Children with foreign roots (elementary students and above)
日時 Sunday 13:00 ~ 15:00 (holiday every 1st Sunday of the month)
場所 Toyonaka International Center
参加費 free

Children Study Support 「Garakuta」

Elementary school student and junior high school student study and life support in Toyonaka International Center and Shounai. Also open for children with international roots! Please register in advance.

対象 Elementary and Junior high school student
場所 Toyonaka International Center (Every Friday 17:00 ~ 19:00) and Shounai Gadaba (Every Tuesday 17:00 ~ 20:00) *10 mins walk to west from Hankyu Shounai Station
参加費 1000 yen/one month or 300 yen/times (Food available at Gadaba for 200 yen/portion)

Wakamono no Tamariba

For someone who wanted friends with international roots like yourself. Or, if you are tired staying in home or with school or job. Let’s join “Wakamono no tamariba” where you can cook and eat foods with others and have fun. Feel free to come.


対象 youth with international roots (From high school students to 39 year old)
日時 Sunday, 17:00 ~ 20:00
参加費 200 Yen

Kankoku・Chousen no kotoba to asobi no tsudoi

Kankoku・Chousen no kotoba to asobi no tsudoi

A place for children with Korean roots to mutually know each other, connect and interact with each other. Children with Korean roots develop native pride while learning their native language with the native lecturer, dance, and playing their games. School teachers mainly carry out the collaboration project with the foreign education promotion association staying in Toyonaka city in Japan.

対象 Children with Korean roots
日時 3rd Sunday of the month 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
場所 Toyonaka International Center
参加費 free

Omatsuri chikyuu isshuu kurabu

As a venue for foreigners living in the region to meet with the world various cultures, a seminar for International Understanding is held for foreign lecturers and volunteers living in the area. World languages and games are learned in a fun way.

対象 Elementary and Junior high school students (protector companion is allowed)
Please refer to the "Kouhou Toyonaka" (Monthly Newsletter) and the association’s homepage for monthly contents and venue.
日時 Irregular

Other information

  • Free multilingual magazines, newspapers, brochures and information are placed at the center.
  • For those people who are searching for information on international understanding and multicultural symbiosis etc. there is a free internet service (until 20 minutes per use), please feel free to drop by.

Feel free to ask the staff if you need help.

Association for Toyonaka Multicultural Symbiosis(ATOMS)
Address :
Osaka-fu, Toyonaka-shi, Tamai-chou,1-1-1-601(Etre Toyonaka 6th Floor)Toyonaka International Center
Days closed :
Wednesday, year-end and the start-of-the-year)
TEL :
06-6843-4343

Access to Toyonaka International Center

  • Hankyu Takarazuka Line (Toyonaka) Right after getting off (11 minutes from Hankyu Umeda Station on Express train)
  • Parking for Bicycles is on ther 1st Floor Etre Building. (Free for 2 and a half hours)
  • Car Parking Area is on ther Basement 3rd Floor (200 for every 30 miniutes)