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This is the first floor of the Kajo Building in Yamagata City.  Decorated for Christmas.   Doesn’t this look like a great place for Santa to sit and get his photo taken with children?  Unfortunately, this custom has never made it to Japan.  Shopping malls don’t have visits with Santa (that I know of.)

 

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Thi is the Kokusai Kouryuu Center for Yamagata City.  I have posted previously about these centers.  I think most cities in Japan have them.  They are places where a foreigner can go for information and help.   Minor stuff and major stuff both, this office will try to help you solve your problem, or point you in the direction of where to go to get it solved.

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Great little library here….books mostly in English, but in other languages, too.  Usually these books are any books that foreigners have left behind or donated.  So a pretty random selection.

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Kids’ books in various languages.  Neato.

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Various sister cities of Yamagata City

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Boulder, Colorado is its sister city in America.

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I had no idea Celestial Seasonings Tea comes from Boulder!

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Very pretty…

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Native American

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From Russia….

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More from America….

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The center can help with serious problems…divorce, legal issues… and so on…  Here is a table with info pertaining to the more serious problems.