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Shizuoka Airport

The Shizuoka Prefectural Government is constructing the Shizuoka Airport as a gateway to Shizuoka and a hub for major cities in Japan and other Asian countries. Together with the Tokaido shinkansen Line, Tokaido Line and Tomei Expressway, it will facilitate domestic and international exchange. Direct flights make Shizuoka Prefecture, home to majestic Mount Fuji, even closer than ever!

Shizuoka Airport (Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport) OPENS in March 2009.


Nenrinpikku Shizuoka Dance Sports Comptition Rehearsal

The 19th National Health and Welfare Festival for seniors (Nenrinpikku is a play on words that rhymes with "Olympics") will be held in Shizuoka in 2006. Our city will host the Dance Sports, Boat, Bound Tennis and Shogi events, 4 events in total. Contestants and onlookers will come from all over Japan to attend the events. The Dance Sports Rehearsal that will be held on October 2nd will incorporate health education classes, souvenir stands, and other attractions.

When Oct. 2nd (Sun.), 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where Hamamatsu Arena (Wada-cho)

* Just come! No advance notice required.
Senior Citizens' Welfare Division (053) 457-2062


The 6th Shizuoka International Translation Competition

Application Deadline : December 10, 2006

This translation competition is held to encourage the appreciation of Japanese literature around the world and to promote international understanding. The competition is open to entrants from every part of the world.

Recipients of the Grand Prize will be invited to Japan to enhance their translation skills and knowledge of Japanese culture at a university or institute in Shizuoka Prefecture.

For more information & application procedures on the 6th Shizuoka International Translation Competition, please refer to the website at http://www1.sphere.ne.jp/shizuoka/translate/gaiyou6-e.html


World O-Cha (Tea) Festival 2007

November 1~4, 2007

Tea is popular all over the world as a beverage, a tool for communication and a product which supplies us with contentment and relaxation. Also, tea@offers a variety of effects and in recent years tea has been re-evaluated as a beverage for health oriented people with increasing interest.

People are changing in lifestyle and diversification, which leads to their acceptance of a new style and the culture for enjoying tea is growing.

At the World O-CHA Festival held in November, 2004, following the World O-CHA Festival in October 2001, there were many participants from 24 countries and regions, including Japan. Many people from 24 countries and regions participated in the World O-CHA Festival 2004(November, 2004), which was held 3 years after the World O-CHA Festival 2001(October, 2001).

We built international exchanges in a wide range of fields and introduced the advantages of tea to the local people of Shizuoka Prefecture as well.

The mission of Shizuoka Prefecture is to allow the people of the world to become familiar with tea, as it is the largest source of tea in Japan as well as a main distribution location.
Shizuoka Prefecture is not only important to tea within Japan, but also to the world and for this reason Shizuoka Prefecture is holding the World O-CHA Festival 2007 in order to further promote industry, culture, and research of tea.

For more information on World O-Cha (Tea) Festival 2007, please refer to the website at
http://www.o-cha2007.jp/english/world.html


39th WorldSkills Competition - Shizuoka 2007

November 8~21, 2007

WorldSkills is a not for profit membership association open to agencies or bodies which have a responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions. WorldSkills operates worldwide and is politically and denominationally neutral.

WorldSkills provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy. The continued growth of WorldSkills attests to the fact that traditional trade and craft skills along with the newer technology multi-skilled vocations make an essential contribution to the economic and social well being of peoples everywhere.

The next Competition will be held in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. 14-21 November 2007. Preparation is well underway. Over four days of competition, more than 700 young people drawn from 45 member countries/regions will test themselves against tough international standards in 40 key skills and technologies. The ultimate prizes will be gold, silver and bronze medals.

For more information on 39th WorldSkills Competition, please refer to the website at
http://www.skillsfestival2007.or.jp/en/index.html