Japanese drum (taiko) lessons are given Sundays from 19:00 to 21:00 at Matsuri-ya Tauchi. The shop is located on the corner just south of the Teppocho streetcar station. Teppocho 1-8. Tel. 089-925-3591, email:




MIC Japanese Classes

Online Japanese language classes are offered for free by the Matsuyama International Center.
We offer child care for children over one year old, but you need to request it in advance.
Please check with MIC before you go to class. If no one has signed up the class will be closed.
INFO: MIC 943-2025
Afternoon classes: Through – Feb. 24
*Please come 10 minutes before starting time.
Beginner I Tuesdays 13:00-14:30
Beginner II Thursdays 13:00-14:30
Beginner III Thursdays 14:45 – 16:15
Evening classes: Through-Feb. 24
*Please check with MIC before you go to class. If no one has signed up the class will be closed.
Beginner II Tuesdays 18:30 – 20:00
Beginner III Tuesdays 18:30 – 20:00
Place: COMs (6-4-20 Sanbancho, Matsuyama
Daily Japanese – Information Plaza for Life
For those who just started studying Japanese
Through – Dec. 18     Saturdays
13:30 – 14:30    Vocabulary, hiragana and katakana
14:30 – 15:30    Active practice
Health measures for all classes:
Your temperature will be checked.
Please wear a mask.
Sanitize your hands when you enter the room.
Refrain from coming if you have cold symptoms.
If you have been to an area where the virus is spreading within 2 weeks before the class, please do not come to class.

Ehime JASL
A study group, Japanese as a Second Language, offers private lessons to those interested in learning Japanese. 45-minute lesson is 500 yen and 90-min. is 1000 yen.
INFO:Ms. Yuriko kida Tel. 090-4500-5588

Bancho Fukushi Center Japanese Classes
Japanese language classes are held 13:30~15:00 at the Bancho Fukushi Center on Fridays. Levels: Beginning and intermediate classes, and a class for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test
Fee: 300yen/ term (Jan.-June or July-Dec.)
INFO: Ms. Shioiri TEL 089-946-0885

Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. Please check our Facebook page for information about Nov. events. (Ayumi MIYATA)

Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT)

JALT holds meetings in English on a wide range of topics related to language teaching.
There will be no chapter meeting in Nov. You are all encouraged to join the JALT2021 Conference: Reflections and New Perspectives. It will be held online.

Info: Junko Yamamoto 080-3920-5231

Wakakusa Japanese Classes
Ehime Nihongo Network offers classes to prepare for the Japanese Language Proficientcy Test at Matsuyama-shi Sogo Fukushi Center from 13:30 to15:00 on Mondays.
Fee: N1 & N2 400yen/month
        N3-N5 300yen/month
INFO: Tel. 089-946-0885 (Shioiri)

Video to help bridge cultural gaps
In order to give Ehime residents a perspective on the kinds of things that foreign residents may have difficulty with living here, eight Ehime University international students and two Japanese students worked together to create a video. There are six sections each dealing with issues that many foreign residents have encountered. The entire video is about ten minutes long.
Here is the English version on YouTube:

You can also search for it using Help Us Ehime.




Worship at the Fukuin Center
Nov. 7, 14, 21     9:00-10:45    Sunday Service
Nov. 28    13:30-14:45    Worship in English
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6      Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our web site:

Catholic Mass
Mass in English is held on every Sundays from 15:00 at the Catholic Church in Sanbancho located near Junkudo Bookstore (see City Center Map). May be cancelled due to the pandemic.
INFO    Tel. 089-921-1849
Matsuyama Islamic Culture Center
Prayers are held 5 times every day and Islamic dakwah activities such as daily reading Hadist, weekly Qur’an Recitation for Adults (Usroh) and weekly recitation for kids (Kids Program), also Halal meat, and a Islamic book library are available.
Address: 3-83-2 Shimizu-machi, Matsuyama
Facebook :
Contact Person: Fadli Irsyad
Phone: 080-7836-6159





HIV Testing Services

HIV tests are offered free of charge at two places in Matsuyama. Privacy is ensured. You are advised to take the test three months after you think you might have been infected.
*See the WGO? Map.

*Matsuyama City Public Health Center
Kayamachi 6-30-5
Tel: 089-911-1815      Reservation requiered.
Monday 11:00-13:00 and once a month from 18:30 to 19:30
Results are available a week later. You must go and ask in person.

*Ehime-ken Chûyo Public Health Center
Kita Mochida 132 (north of Higashi Police Sta.)
Tel. 089-909-8757 (ext.261)
Wednesday 13:00-14:00 (Results may be available the same day.)

Free Legal Aid Services

The Japan Legal Support Center, Houterasu, offers free legal information by phone in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Tagalog, Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, but your call will be charged 8.5yen/3 minutes. Tel : 0570-078377.

The Association of Foreign Wives of the Japanese

AFWJ aims to provide friendship, support and opportunities for social, emotional, educational and professional growth to non-Japanese women who are married or engaged to Japanese men.


Civil Liberties Counseling

Free paralegal counselling sessions for civil rights are sponsored by the District Legal Affairs Bureau and the Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC). All sessions will be strictly confidential.
Place : Ehime Prefecture International Center (EPIC)
Day/Time : 1:30-3:30 the 4th Thursday of each month. If you can not come at that time, call EPIC at 089-917-5678 to make an appointment.
Language : Japanese, English (For help in another language, contact EPIC by the 10th of the month)

Matsuyama City Library

The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English.
Open 9:30-20:00 (the A/V section closes at 17:00.)
Closed Monday and Nov. 30
INFO: 089-943-8008



All pay phones have a red button you can push which
allows you to dial 110 or 119 for free.

SGG Club

Goodwill Guides are volunteers who are ready to assist visitors from overseas. Please contact us if you need guides or translators. We can provide guides who speak English, Spanish. French, Chinese and Korean.

Matsuyama Toastmasters Club

Matsuyama Toastmasters Club is a non-profit, international organization for improving communication and leadership skills. We pratice public speaking in English and Japanese. Visit us 3 times for free to see if Toastmasters is for you.

Nov. 14 (Sun.) 13:30-15:00
On Zoom:

Nov. 27 (Sat.) 19:00-20:30
On Zoom:

Cinnamon Guesthouse Dogo

This guesthouse offers capsule-style beds (Mix/Female) with security lockers and private Japanese-style rooms. There is also a kitchen. Just google Cinnamon Guesthous Dogo for details. Address: 4-50 Dogo Yu-no-machi, Matsuyama

Imaichi Sharehouse

The Imaichi Sharehouse is a backpacker-style accommodation managed by the Matsuyama Youth Hostel. It is locaated behind Hime-gin Hall. Check the website for details, just google Matsuyama Imaichi Sharehouse or call 089-933-6366 (Matsuyama Youth Hostel).

Guesthouse Matsuyama

Located on the north end of the Ropeway Street above the taimeshi Motoyama restaurant. Rooms are suitable for short or long-term stay.
3-8-3 Okaido, Matsuyama Tel: 089-934-5296

Yorisoi Helpline for Foreigners

     0120-279-338      10:00-22:00
Are you having trouble with your visa, nationality, family issues, work, everyday life, discrimination, domestic violence, confinement or human trafficking? Call us. The service is available in English, Tagalog, Korean Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai. Your privacy will be protected. This is a model project of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.


MIC Information

Council of Local Authorities for International Relations

Have you got any questions about life in Japan? “Japan Life Guide” app has a wealth of information for the benefit of foreign residents in Japan. English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, German, Russian, Japanese (with Japanese syllabaries/furigana) and Simple Japanese are available. You can use this app as an everyday guide as well as in times of disaster.




Japan Tourism Agency(JTA)

Council of Local Authorities for International Relations

JTA’s app called “Safety tips” provides disaster information of Earthquake Early Warnings, Tsunami Warnings, Eruption Notices, Weather Warning in Japan. This app is useful to not only visitors but also residents in Japan. English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean and Japanese are available.

Hime Shelter

Ehime Prefecture has created an app to provide information in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. It will launch automatically into one of the languages if you use it on your cell phone. This app will provide updates on what is happening here in Ehime pref. in the case a natural disaster.




Disaster Information

The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) has an app “Safety tips” with information of Earthquake Early Warnings, Tsunami Warnings, Eruption Notices, and Weather Warning in Japan. It is in English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean and Japanese.




Japan Life Guide

The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations “Japan Life Guide” app has a information for foreign residents in Japan in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, German, Russian, Japanese (with Japanese syllabaries/furigana) and Simple Japanese are available. You can use this app as an everyday guide as well as in times of disaster.


Speech Translation App “Voice Tra”

VoiceTra is a speech translation app developed by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). The app translates your speech into different languages. With an easy-to-use interface, you can also check whether the translation is correct.




Free Legal Consultation Service

Certified administrative procedures legal specialists (gyouseishoshi) are offering free consultation services to non-Japanese on various matters such as residency, nationality, marriage, owning a vehicle, contracts, and setting up a business. Your privacy will be protected.
Date and Time: Nov. 10 (Wed.) Dec. 8 (Wed.) 13:30-15:30
Place: COMS 4F International Meeting Room
To make an appointment, please complete the consultation form which is available at the Matsuyama International Center.
For further information you can email the Center at or call 089-943-2025.

Emergency Cards

EPIC made Emergency Cards for the international residents to prepare for a natural disaster or emergency cases. This card is written in 9 languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Burmese, and Khmer. Instructions for what to do in case of fire,earthquake or tsunami are provided. There are also useful Japanese phrases for calling a fire engine or an ambulance.
The Emergency Cards can be downloaded from the following web page of EPIC.

MIC Event Mailing List

The Matsuyama International Center (MIC) sends information in English and easy Japanese about local and MIC events, Japanese language classes and more!
* To register, email to MIC at

Do you have Something for WGO?

If you have an article or announcement, we will put it in for free as long as it is of interest or benefit to the foreign community. We do not accept advertising, but we will put in ads for moving sales and employment opportunities. Send your article by the 3rd Wednesday of the month to WGO? c/o MIC by fax089-931-2041 or e-mail it to:

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