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Get ¥300,000 Lump-sum Payment from your Health Insurance
The hospital stay for childbirth is about one week in Japan. A delivery without complications generally costs between ¥300,000 and ¥500,000. You are eligible for a lump-sum payment of around ¥300,000 if you belong to National Health Insurance or Social Health Insurance. Apply once your child is born, at the health insurance section of your local municipal office if you have National Health Insurance (kokumin kenko hoken), or your company if you have Social Health Insurance (shakai hoken). Expect a delay of a month or two before payment.

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The Family Registration Law
When a child is born, you must register the birth at your local municipal office. The Family Registration Law requires all foreigners as well as Japanese who have a child in Japan to register the child’s birth within 14 days.

You need to take some documents and other things.
Be sure to contact with local office and ask them what you need to bring for registration.
The following vaccinations are generally free of charge, though some municipalities may charge for them.
There may be some differences between Japan and your country in which vaccinations are given or at what age. If you have recently come to Japan or plan to return home before the end of course of vaccinations, take the vaccination record of your child in the Mother and Child Health Handbook (boshi kenko techo) and consult the public health center, the local municipal office, or a pediatrician.

A typical vaccination program(services offered may vary from area to area.

Vaccine Name
1. Vaccination schedule
2. Target age group


Polio
1. Twice at 6-monthly intervals
2. 3 months to 7½ years

DPT
(diphtheria, whooping cough,tetanus)

DT
(diphtheria, tetanus)

First stage: (4 initial injections)3 times at 3-8 week intervals (Booster)
1. One time 12-18 months after the third injection
2. 3 to 7½ years

Second stage:
1. one time
2. 11 to 12 years

Measles
1.One time
3. 12 to 7½ years

Rubella
1. One time
2. 12 to 7½ years

Japanese encephalitis

First stage: (Initial injections)3 times at 1-4 week intervals(Additional injection)
1. One time, about 12 months after the initial injections
2. 3 to 7½ years

Second stage:
1. One time
2. 9 to 12 years

Third stage:
1. One time
2. 14 to 15 years

BCG
1. One time
2. A child of less than 4 years with a negative reaction to the tuberculin test (i.e. not infected)
1st/2nd year students of elementary school and junior high school with a negative reaction to the tuberculin test
Shukubou is an inn in Temple.
Ninnaji-temle is known as the head temple of Buddhist sect.
You would understand what Buddhist is rather than just reading a book about it.
Ninnaji-temple is close to Ryoanji-temple which is famous for "Karesansui", Japanese dry landscape gardens exhibit sophisticated visual designs with minimal compositions and engender a calm, contemplateive atmosphere.
By staying at Omuro Kaikan and visiting Ryoanji-temple, you can have a "Kyoto" weekend.

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Omuro Kaikan in Ninnaji Temple
Address: Mimuro Ouchi33, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
zip code 616-8092
Tel:075-464-3664
Fax:075-464-3665
Price: ¥4,000/night without meal
¥4,800 with breakfast
¥8,000-¥12,000 with dinner & breakfast
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If you only have a non Japanese OS and have difficulties to type Japanese characters, visit Sumibi.org. Click "長文作成モード(暗号化ON)" and type in roman characters and press "Enter" or return key.
This is a sample when you type "kanji" on this web site.
Sumibi.org

KUDO Taku provides a website that you can change roman characters into Japanese characters on the web using Ajax.
Visit his site and try.
This is a sample when you type "kanji", it changes the alphabets immediately like this.
Ajax IME
When you pay with Osaka Pitapa Card at a restaurant or a shop belonging to Check & Check Card Club, you will get 20% off from your payment. More than 2800 eating places have joined this club.
To check the list of restaurants, visit Check & Check Card Club.
The amount will be added to your monthly train charge. Each restaurant has different procedure to get discount.

Some request you to show your Osaka PiTaPa card when you enter the restaurant and others you need to show right before the payment. Ask shop keeper or waiter/waitress about the procedure.

Further info
e-mail: check-o@dynalink.co.jp
tel: 0120-48-1570 ( toll free )
fax: 06-6538-3660
If you want to get experience of dyeing clothes, Roketsuzome dyeing would be interesting for you.
Roketsu dyeing studio is the only place in Japan visitors can experience the entire roketsu process;
instruction by craftspeople with more than 50 years of experience;
make something to take home;
two hour sessions: 1500/cloth or 2500/T-shirt;
book at least 1 hour before your visit;

15 min. by taxi from Kyoto St. or a 2-min.
walk from Nishikyogoku Umazuka-cho stop on Kyoto City bus #80 or #32;

73 Umazuka-cho, Nishikyogoku
Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 615-0885
Tel (075) 313-1871
Fax (075) 313-1941
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Wednesday
Once you settle here and have kids here in Japan, you need to make decision at which school do you want your kids to go to.
Elementary school, between 6 and 11 years old, and junior high school, between 12 and 14 years old, are mandatory and free.
But if you want your kids to have foreign education, one of the choices could be international schools.
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Osaka International School
This school has a pre-school, an elementary school, a junior high school and a high school. They even offer housing. Visit their web site and get some info.
address: 4-16, Onohara Nishi 4-chome, Mino, Osaka, 562-0032, Japan
tel: 072-727-5050

Kansai International Shchool
Higashiosaka campus
address: 5-10, Nagata1-chome, Higashiosaka city, Osaka
tel: 06-6784-0014
e-mail: kis-kn@circus.ocn.ne.jp

Ashiya campus
address: 15-20, Fukaeminamimachi1-chome, Higashinada-ku, Kobe city, Hyogo
tel: 078-413-2210
e-mail: kis-ashiya@aioros.ocn.ne.jp

Sister school
Sakura International School
1-17, Meguri1-chome, Hirakata city, Osaka
tel: 072-840-9119
e-mail: info@sakurainter.com

Osala YMCA International School
1-2-2-800 Benten
Minato-ku Osaka
Japan 552-0007
tel: 06 4395-1002
fax: 06 4395-1004
e-mail: general-inquiry@oyis.org

Canadian Academy
address: 4-1 Koyo-cho Naka
Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Zip code 658-0032
tel 078-857-0100
fax: 078-857-3250
Administration:
Mr. Fres Wesson -- Headmaster
e-mail: fwesson@mail.canacad.ac.jp
General Offices
Admission office
e-mail: admissions@mail.canacad.ac.jp

Marist Brothers International School
1-2-1 Chimori-cho, Suma-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Zip code 654-0072
tel: 81 78 732 6266
fax: 81 732 6268

St. Michel's International School
17-2 Nakayamate-Dori,
3-Chome, Chuo-ku,
Kobe City, Hyogo
Zip code 650-0004

Kyoto International School
Kitatawara-cho, Nakadachiuri-sagaru,
Yoshiyamachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku,
Kyoto
Zip code 602-8247
tel: 075-451-1022
fax: 075-451-1023
e-mail: kis@kyoto-is.org

KIU Academy
address: Kyoto International University
1-1 Ichinotsubo Kusauchi
Kyotanabe, Kyoto
Zip code 610-0311
tel 0120-23-5931
tel: 0774-64-0804
fax: 0774-64-0805
e-mail: kiu@kyotoiu.org

Kansai Christian School
951 Tawaraguchi Cho, Ikoma Shi, Nara
Zip code 630-0243
tel / fax: 0743-74-1781
e-mail: kcsjapan@yahoo.com
Japanese Lamp
To have Japanese style room, it is very easy and nice to have a Japanese Paper Lamp.
"あかりデザイン工房", a Japanese craft lamp workshop makes nice lamps.
The lamps gives you warm feeling and makes you relaxed.

address: 京都市上京区東堀川通り出水下る
tel: 075-451-8789
e-mail: kabun@pop02.odn.ne.jp
There is a machiya, old Japanese house, called "Shijo-Kyo machiya" which you can visit for free in Kyoto.
This machiya is kept by Kyoto city to show what is a machiya and hold some traditional event you can join for reasonable price.

蒔絵:makie class
Every Saturday, they hold a class to make "Bon", a Japanese plate with gold powder.
Date: every Saturday 11:00 to 16:00
e-mail: info@kyomachiya.org
tel: 075-213-0350
address: 京都市下京区四条通西洞院東入郭巨山町11
higashihairu, nishino-toin,
shijodori, shimogyo-ku, kyoto city

They exhibit many traditional hand crafts like ceramics, sake, clothes and so forth and you can even purchase those.
It is free to enter and enjoy Japanese culture!



Have you ever visited any museums in Kansai?
If not, this could be a good oppotunity for you to visit more than on museum for reasonable price.
With Museum Grutto Pass KANSAI 2005 sixty Kansai area museums and facilities are either free or discounted.
They don't mention much in English, so I recommend some of the museums might be interesting for you.

Kyoto
TONDAYA
This is a strongly recommended place to visit.
You can stay in "Machiya"; traditional Japanese house, try Japanese cloths "Kimono" and experience tea ceremony.

Kyoto National Museum

The Museum of Kyoto

KYOTO MUNICIPAL MUSEUM OF SCHOOL HISTORY
English version is currently under construction.
But you can see some nice photos just clicking Japanese page.

kiyomizu sannenzaka museum

KYOTO STUDIO PARK

Osaka
OPEN-AIR MUSEUM OF OLD JAPANESE FARM HOUSES
You can join some events for free:
Koto(Japanese traditional string instrument) Concert
Feb 19(Sun) 2pm-3pm
Feb 25(Sat) 2om-3pm
Mar 5 (Sun) 11am-0pm
Mar 11(Sat) 2om-3pm
Get Explanation of "Irori" fireplace
A volunteer guide will explain and how to use Irori.
You can feel how to live in old Japanese farm house.
Jan 17th - Mar 31st
Tue - Sun 1pm - 4pm

The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Osaka Museum of History
Special Exhibition
Japanese Artistry and Beauty
Jan. 25th - Feb. 27th, 2006

KAMIGATA URIYOE MUSEUM Museum of Osaka Prints
Keihan railway, Hankyu railway, Nose railway, Hanshin railway and Osaka Monorail ask you to register your commuting area. According to that info, you can get a discount.
But Subway in Osaka (runs by Osaka Minicipal Transportation Bureau) and Hankyu bus don't require any registration, which means when you get PiTaPa card, you can use it right away and according to your amount you spend per month, you can get discount.
If you want to know and check how much you can get discount, visit Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau and you'll see "利用額割引シュミレーション" in "search" category.
I'm sorry but they don't provide this service in English. But they accept alphabets so you can get the difference.

To see Discount calculation
When you reach "Pitapa 利用額割引における料金比較" page, you'll see 4 grey buttons.

1. According to your monthly amount(left top button)
After you click this button, you'll see 3 links, "大人(一般)" adult, "大人(学生)" junior high, high school and college students and "小児(一般)" elementary school students. After enter the amount you spend per month and click "検索" button, then you'll see the result.

2. Comparison with Commuting pass(left bottom button)
After you enter 2 station names and click "検索" button, you might confirm the names. After that if there are some different ways to get one station to the other, you need to chose which one you use. Just click the link of "定期券料金", you'll find a fee table.
If these are the right amount you usually spend per month, click "P" mark and you'll see how much you'll pay with PiTaPa.

I'll talk about other 2 buttons soon.
Keep visiting us to get info!!

Setsubun

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The day before the season changes is called Setsubun. This occurs 4 times a year, but only the change from winter to spring is widly observed. Nowadays, this day falls on 3r of February.
On this day, beans are thrown at a demon (often a cooperative family member with a mask), while screaming “Out with demons, in with good luck”. You can find in many shops the set of mask and beans ready to use.setsubun