Monthly Archive February 2014

ByMark Guthrie
Feb 27, 2014

Kita Ward Holiday Emergency Clinic Aichi, Nagoya, Kita-ku

Please be aware that there may not be an English speaking member of staff available, so it is advisable to bring an interpreter if at all possible.

Kita Ward Holiday Emergency Clinic – 北区休日急病診療所

Branch of medicine: Internal medicine, pediatrics

Telephone:  052-915-5351

Address:  3-3-2 Shimoiida-cho, Kita-ku, Nagoya

Website:  www.city.nagoya.jp

Hours:

Reception hours Mon Tue Wed Thr Fri Sat Sun
9:30 – 12:00 × × × × × ×
13:00 – 16:30 × × × × × ×
20:30 – 23:30 × × × × × × ×
Consultation hours start 30 minutes later

 

 

Use this map to find emergency medical providers in Nagoya

  1. You can click on any icon to get more information (this info is also listed below the map)
  2. Each location has its own page with more information about it.  You can access this specific location information (such as English ability, etc) by clicking the “JIS Info” link.

Key
Clinics=Green
Ladies Clinic/Child Health=Yellow
Dentist=Purple
General Hospitals=Red

ByMark Guthrie
Feb 27, 2014

Chikusa Ward Holiday Emergency Clinic Aichi, Nagoya, Chikusa-ku

Please be aware that there may not be an English speaking member of staff available, so it is advisable to bring an interpreter if at all possible.

Chikusa Ward Holiday Emergency Clinic – 千種区休日急病診療所

Branch of medicine: Internal medicine, pediatrics

Telephone: 052-733-1191

Address:  5-4-15 Imaike, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya

Website:  www.city.nagoya.jp

Hours:

Reception hours Mon Tue Wed Thr Fri Sat Sun
9:30 – 12:00 × × × × × ×
13:00 – 16:30 × × × × × ×
20:30 – 23:30 × × × × × × ×
Consultation hours start 30 minutes later

 

 

Use this map to find emergency medical providers in Nagoya

  1. You can click on any icon to get more information (this info is also listed below the map)
  2. Each location has its own page with more information about it.  You can access this specific location information (such as English ability, etc) by clicking the “JIS Info” link.

Key
Clinics=Green
Ladies Clinic/Child Health=Yellow
Dentist=Purple
General Hospitals=Red

ByMark Guthrie
Feb 27, 2014

Nagoya Medical Association Emergency Center Aichi, Nagoya, Higashi-ku

Please be aware that there may not be an English speaking member of staff available, so it is advisable to bring an interpreter if at all possible.

 

Nagoya Medical Association Emergency Center – 名古屋市医師会急病センタ

Branch of medicine:  Eye, ear, nose & throat

Telephone:  052-937-7821

Address:  Nagoya city medical bldg. 2F3F, Aoi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya

Website:  www.city.nagoya.jp

Hours:

Reception hours Mon Tue Wed Thr Fri Sat Sun
9:30 – 12:00 × × × × × ×
13:00 – 16:30 × × × × × ×
17:30 – 20:30 × × × × × ×
Consultation hours starts 30 minutes later

 

 

Use this map to find emergency medical providers in Nagoya

  1. You can click on any icon to get more information (this info is also listed below the map)
  2. Each location has its own page with more information about it.  You can access this specific location information (such as English ability, etc) by clicking the “JIS Info” link.

Key
Clinics=Green
Ladies Clinic/Child Health=Yellow
Dentist=Purple
General Hospitals=Red

ByFirst Admin
Feb 27, 2014

Crazy Festivals in Japan

There are more festivals in Japan than you could probably count. The traditional GozanOkuribi festival in Kyoto, the Danjiri festival in Osaka or the infamous Hounen Festival in Komaki City, near Nagoya where huge wooden penises are paraded down the streets(to reportedly celebrate the blessings of a bountiful harvest).   It occurs annually on March 15th.

Hounen Matsuri “Penis Festival” – March 15th

The Hounen Festival is actually one of my least favorite festivals in Japan, but it is broadly popular and worth a look once.   If you like it, go back!  One thing I will say is that I had never seen anything like it before!  I cannot begin to describe the “penis festival” as well as was done in this article  http://www.axiommagazine.jp/2012/03/15/honen-matsuri-the-penis-festival/

Onbashira Matsuri – “Log Riding Festival”

My favourite of all the festivals I have attended on the years is the crazy Ombashira festival that takes place in the unfortunatley named city of Suwa in central Nagano prefecture. This festival involves large fir trees being cut down in the nearby forest and then erected in the grounds of the shrine. The tree is called ombashira, and the ceremony, supposed to represent the rebuilding of the shrine, has four parts; Yamadashi (taking the tree of the city), kawawatashi (carrying it across a river), and Hikitate (erecting it in the shrine precincts). This festival takes place over 2 months..So it is probably a good thing it is held just once every 6 years.

The Onbashira festival climaxes with the process of sliding these massive logs down a very steep hill. However this is not a case of simply sliding some big logs down an incline. This is done with as many participants in the festival as possible actually riding the log. This is obviously a very dangerous activity as these are very large, heavy logs, besides the fact that the vast majority of these participants have all consumed quite a bit of sake.

Ambulances wait at the bottom. Very entertaining indeed. Sadly I was but a spectator of these activities, however looking back I would have loved the challenge of riding one of those big logs down that hill.

What is your crazy festival experience in Japan?

ByFirst Admin
Feb 24, 2014

Personal Name Stamps – Inkan / Hanko

hanko_inkan_stampWhether or not you have lived in Japan long term or short term, or perhaps even just visited briefly, you are probably aware that in  Japan people use a personal name stamp in place of signing their name by hand. There are several different kinds of name stamps, called INKAN or HANKO in Japanese, which are used for different situations.

Individuals have them, even organizations  and companies have them.  This is less true now than it used to be, but you cannot complete a contract in Japan without stamping it in multiple places with “your inkan.”  Big things, like signing for a bank loan, will require stamping with an “official inkan,” which are registered at the city office and are used for contracts and legal documents.

Most of the time, however, life in Japan calls only for “your inkan.”  Normal stamps are not registered anywhere, and are used in place of a signature.  These are generally hand carved wood and can be very expensive or very cheap.  The more expensive the stamp is, the harder it is copy (theoretically, anyway!=)  If you have a Japanese family name, these inkans can be easily found at most stationary and book stores. If not, then you need to have one made.

For most foreigners living in Japan, an official registered inkan is not really necessary, but a personal inkan can come in handy. This type of inkan is specially made with the individual’s last name.  It is not registered and is used for stamping “day to day” forms, and other official documents that do not require a registered inkan. For example: the application used to open a bank account or setting up auto payments for utilities.

You can also buy  self-inking inkans, which are made of rubber and are used for a wide range of things such as signing for a package being delivered or signing off on memos and notes being passed around an office. If you are Japanese you probably own several of these, along with an official registered family inkan.

ByMark Guthrie
Feb 22, 2014

Nishi Ward Holiday Emergency Clinic Aichi, Nagoya, Nishi-ku

Please be aware that there may not be an English speaking member of staff available, so it is advisable to bring an interpreter if at all possible.

Nishi Ward Holiday Emergency Clinic – 西区休日急病診療所

Branch of medicine:  Internal medicine, pediatrics

Telephone: 052-531-2929

Address:  4-15-10 Josai, Nishi-ku, Nagoya

Website:  www.city.nagoya.jp

Hours:

Reception hours Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9:30 – 12:00 × × × × × ×
13:00 – 16:30 × × × × × ×
20:30 – 23:30 × × × × × × ×
Consultation hours start 30 minutes later

 

 

Use this map to find emergency medical providers in Nagoya

  1. You can click on any icon to get more information (this info is also listed below the map)
  2. Each location has its own page with more information about it.  You can access this specific location information (such as English ability, etc) by clicking the “JIS Info” link.

Key
Clinics=Green
Ladies Clinic/Child Health=Yellow
Dentist=Purple
General Hospitals=Red

ByRay Proper
Feb 16, 2014

The Japan Cat Network

japan_cat_networkAnimal-lovers, might want to visit The Japan Cat Network, a registered nonprofit organization working to reduce Japan’s stray and abandoned cat population using the effective TNR (trap, neuter, return) method, to stop the cats from reproducing and adding to the problem. They also run fostering and adoption programs for those who are looking for pets.


About the The Japan Cat Network

JCN is a registered NPO in Japan founded by two American expats, who have been living in Japan, teaching English, and helping cats since 1993.They started the group after having had success helping the cats in their own community through TNR, a method of population control in which stray cats are trapped for neutering and returned to the location. When they first arrived in town there were very sad cases of sick and dying cats, all over the community, and they found this completely intolerable.

After researching, and deciding on TNR as the best plan, they got started. TNR has worked wonders in their community. The remaining cats are healthier, look better, are less annoying to neighbors, and are no longer reproducing. They realized that this could work all over Japan, and also thought how much easier it would have been to get started, if there had been a group to turn to for support. JCN is that group, and we’d like to help others who want to start TNR programs in their communities.

On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku area of Japan was devastated. A magnitude 9 earthquake off of the east coast triggered a tsunami that damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, causing a nuclear disaster. Hundreds of thousands of residents were displaced or evacuated, forced to leave behind companion and farm animals. One of the founders began working in Fukushima in March 2011 to rescue animals left behind and to take in animals from evacuating owners with nowhere to turn.

The JCN Inawashiro Shelter was established in May 2011 as the focal point of this effort. It continues to serve the people and animals of Fukushima whose lives remain overturned.

What The Japan Cat Network Does

JCN helps people help pets. They believe that people helping pets should not have to give up everything to do so. If you have a good local project, or an idea for one, they want to assist you. They also want to try to help you solve any cat or dog related problems.

What You Can Do

Get Involved!  You can volunteer by by doing translations, fundraising events, or shelter work.  If you have another idea, they may be amenable to that as well.  Contact the Japan Cat Network through their website.

The Japan Cat Network