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First-ever in Japan!  Free Rental Smartphone Available for Foreign Tourists at Information Centers in Kanagawa!


Photo: Handy to be availableKanagawa Prefectural Government (K.P.G.) launches a demonstration test program to rent smartphones named “handy” to foreign tourists for free at five tourist information centers in Kanagawa.  This tourism promotion program aims to provide foreign visitors with comfortable communication environment to increase their satisfaction.


As the first local government partner of handy Japan Co., Ltd., K.P.G. starts the program to rent 50 units of handy a day to foreign tourists at the following tourist information centers: Yokohama Station Tourist Information Center, Sakuragi-cho Station Tourist Information Center and Shin-Yokohama Station Tourist Information Center in the Yokohama area, as well as Kamakura City Tourist Information Center and Hakone Town Tourist Information Center.  Handy is available from February 15 to March 31, 2018.

The purposes of the demonstration test is as follows.


Photo: Handy to be available1. To provide comfortable communication environment
Handy uses the fourth generation mobile communication system just like other cellular phones in the country.  You can make domestic and international* calls, and use the Internet without limit for free.
Free international calls can be made to U.S., U.K., France, Australia, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam.


2. Tourism promotion using handy
The home screen of handy has a link to Tokyo Day Trip-Kanagawa Travel Info, K.P.G.’s website that provides useful tourism information in multiple languages.


3. To analyze popular tourism spots for foreign tourists
By analyzing GPS data of those using handy, we grasp popular tourist spots among sightseers from abroad and utilize the result in developing K.P.G.’s tourism measures in the future.


Based on the result of this demonstration test program, we will examine whether to continue the program after April.



Get together, Everbody!  


Poster of Minna-atsumareKanagawa Prefecture will hold an event named “Minna-atsumare (Get together, everybody!)” in which many people, including adults, children, families and friends, get together to sympathize with the idea of “living together in harmony” through sharing experiences.


The event will take place from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and a special stage (1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku Yokohama City).  The following are the main programs.


Get Together for Live Concerts
Live music concerts will be performed by many musicians, including students’ band and musicians with disabilities.  On 17th, Peigy, Yuki Kurei, Chinza Dopeness x Roy Tamaki x U-zhaan, Fire Ball, Fuki, Pushim and Home Grown will appear on stage.  On the following day, Peigy, Mizuki Shikimachi, Sonoko Inoue, Yuki Kurei with yui (Flower Flower), Baby Kiy, Berry Goodman and Monkichi will be performing.

Photo: Get together to play sports


Get Together to Play Sports!
Feel free to join and try out various types of sports, such as boccia, wheelchair rugby, flying disk games for the disabled.  There will be a photo exhibition of Kazuji Shimizu, an official photographer of the 2018 Pyeong Chang Paralympic Games IPC.

Photo: Get together for art


Get Together for Art!
Unique art workshops and exhibitions await you.  You can also buy goods made with artworks.  At the workshops, enjoy demonstration of painting factory pictures, joint painting activity using huge canvas and making your own animal from a box.


Get Together Square and food stalls
Information are presented on para sports promotion aiming for creation of “live together” society by private companies and organizations.  Cakes and snacks are prepared based on experts’ advice and sold by welfare service facilities.   


Choreography for So Life Goes OnWe made a video for a song “So Life Goes On”, which was specially composed for “Get Together, Everybody” by Yuki Kurei, a musician and the event’s general producer.  It’s a very nice song that anyone can easily learn and sing with pleasant feeling.  To enhance sympathy by sharing experience, various activities are prepared for the event.  Students’ groups will perform their own choreography to the song, and there will be “dancing time” when everyone can practice the official choreography and dance together.  Foreign visitors are also welcome, so please watch the video on our website to learn how to dance beforehand and come to join us! 

“Get Together, Everybody” and have fun together!


Contact: “みんなあつまれ (Minna-atsumare) 2017” Secretariat
(in the Inclusive Society Promotion Div., Welfare Dept., Public Health and Welfare Bureau, K.P.G.)
Tel: 045-210-4961   URL:http://www.minna-atsumare.jp/



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