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Social Program

Please see below for details of the social program. Registration is now closed, but as you will see below, some of the newly added social events can be booked and paid for at the congress. We have created a varied program of events, but hope that delegates will also socialize informally in small and large groups, exploring and enjoying Hiroshima together! Places can be booked on all social events for friends and family members as well as delegates themselves.

 

The social events are being held at a range of venues, all within easy reach of the congress centre.

 

NEWS! NEW SOCIAL EVENTS!

1. MATCHA (JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY) EXPERIENCE

Date and time: Saturday 14th July 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
                        Sunday 15th July 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Capacity: 100 delegates each day

Fee: 700 JPY (please purchase a ticket to join this program at venue)

Venue: Conference Management Room Lobby at Inernational Convention Center Hiroshima

Ticket sales time: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm on each day at the venue (tickets will be sold out once they reach the upper limit.)

If you are interested, please be sure to purchase a ticket first!
Once you purchase a ticket, you can join matcha experience at any time within the time range listed above.
Be sure to bring your ticket with you. You will not be able to join matcha experience if you do not have it.
Japanese accessories are sold near the ceremony. Check it out!
This event is run by Yamato Nadeshiko Project.

2. KIMONO (YUKATA) EXPERIENCE

This experience is only available for attendees of the Kagura Night.

Date and time: Saturday 14th July 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm while you join Kagura Night.

Fee: 2,500 JPY including a Japanese gift

Location: ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL HIROSHIMA

Kimono dressing preparation time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (It will take around 20-30 min to dress up kimono for each person.)

Kimono return time: 14th July 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm (after Kagura Night)

Reservation location and time: Saturday 14th July 10:30 pm - 3:30 pm at Matcha Place in Conference Management Room Lobby at Inernational Convention Center Hiroshima

Please inform us of your height when you reserve this experience.

Capacity: 30 delegates  (20 females / 10 males: first come first served base)

This experience is only available for adult delelgates.
We will look after your own clothes while you dress yukata.
Please change back into your own clothes when you return the yukata.
When wearing a yukata, please  wear T-shirt·and shorts (spats) as underwear (you cannot wear yukata directly against your skin).
Deliberate damage must be paid for by the individual.
This event is run by Yamato Nadeshiko Project.

 

3. EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH HIBAKUSHA (A-BOMB SURVIVORS) 

 A-Bomb Survivor's Speech and Exchange Program

This is an opportunity to meet with a survivor of the A-Bomb and hear about their experiences.

When:

Sunday 15th July 5:45pm - 7:30 pm (primarily aimed at English-speaking delegates, but a translator will be present to assist non-English speakers)
Monday 16th July 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm (primarily aimed at Japanese-speaking delegates, but a translator will be present to assist non-Japanese speakers)

Where: Meet in the Lobby area outside the Congress Management Rooms at the International Conference Centre. The group will then walk together to the Social Book Cafe Hachidori Sha to meet the speaker.

Capacity: 28 delegates each day

Fee: Attendees are required to purchase a drink at the café (prices range from 500 JPY upwards), but there are no other charges for this event.

How to register: If you'd like to join this event, please sign up onsite at the congress information desk at the International Conference Centre Hiroshima. A maximum of 28 tickets are available per day for this event. Tickets will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

 

Thursday 12th July - GUIDED TOURS (booking now closed)

On Thursday 12th July (the day before the congress starts) two guided tours are offered. One is a World Heritage guided tour of Hiroshima, and the other is a visit to a local school.

Elementary School Guided Tour

This guided walking tour will take place from 9.30 - 11.30 am, meeting at the International Conference Centre Hiroshoma at 9.30 am. Participants will have the opportunity to visit one of two local elementary schools. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will have the opportunity to visit the school site, see their facilities and hear about therapy provision for pupils with communication difficulties. Participants will have the the opportunity to observe a clinical session, although thhis will not necessarily be dysfluency-related.

This tour is free and is limited to a maximum of 10 participants. It is most relevant for SLPs who work in elementary school settings.
 

World Heritage Guided Tour

This day-long tour (9 am - 4.30 pm) will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Tour participants will meet outside the International Conference Centre Hiroshima (the congress venue) and will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, before boarding a ferry to Miyajima Island, with its floating Itsukushima shrine. Lunch will be provided at a hotel on the island, followed by a short time exploring, and a demonstration of momiji manju cooking (momiji manju are traditional steamed buns, in the shape of Japanese maple leaves). Returning to Hiroshima on another ferry, followed by a street-car ride through the streets of Hiroshima, the tour will finish at the Atomic Bomb Dome, close to the Peace Memorial Park.

The fee for this tour is 10,300 yen per person (approximately $97 USD). Lunch is included. The tour will involve travel by foot, ferry and street car. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or to discuss options if you use a wheelchair or have difficulty walking short-moderate distances.

This tour is limited to 40 places.



Friday 13th July - JAPANESE WELCOME PARTY - **UPDATED INFO 12th JULY**

This is a ticketed event. Please do not attend if you have not purchased a ticket in advance. Online registration is now closed and it is unlikley that more places will be available. You are, however, welcome to ask at the Congress Reception Desk to see if any places do become available.

The host organizations are throwing a Japanese Welcome Party. This will be a fun, relaxed evening, with a buffet, drinks, games, singing and a demonstration of taiko drumming by local high school students. Come along, join in the fun and meet your fellow delegates!

Please note: As is typical at many Japanese social events, there will be limited seating. Most attendees can anticipate standing throughout the event, but there will be some seats and a few tables around the room for those of us who require it!

When: Friday 13th July, 18.50-21.00 (doors open from 18:15).

Where:  Hiroshima CityCultural Exchange Center

Style: Casual

Included in the ticket price: Fun, laughter, good conversation, meal (regular and vegetarian diets catered for), soft drinks (available from 18:50), alcoholic drinks (available from 19:20), taiko drumming performance, games and singing.

Fee: The standard rate for this event is 4,500 yen (approx. $43) but, thanks to the incredible generosity of the Japan Stuttering Genyukai Organization, one of our headline sponsors, 200 discounted places are available at the following rates: 

3,000 yen (approx. $29)  Discounted fee for people who stutter and people who clutter, students (university students or children and young people in full-time education), and parents, siblings, spouses and partners of people who stutter or clutter (discounted fee limited to first 150 registering at this price point)

4,000 yen (approx. $38)  Discounted fee for members of ICA, IFA or JSSFD (discounted fee limited to the first 50 registering at this price point)

 

Use these coupon codes when completing your purchases.  You can use only one coupon per ticket.  The available coupon codes are displayed at checkout, just copy and paste them into the Coupon field.  These discounts are intended to support participation in the congress by these groups so please do not use a coupon if you are not a member of the corresponding group.

 

Coupon Code Elligible Groups Discount
Associate_Welcome members of ICA, IFA or JSSFD $5 off = $38
Friends_Welcome people who stutter and people who clutter, university students or children and young people in full-time education). and parents, siblings, spouses and partners of people who stutter or clutter $14 off = $29

 

 


Saturday 14th July - KAGURA EVENING (MAIN SOCIAL EVENT OF THIS CONGRESS)

This is a ticketed event. Please do not attend if you have not purchased a ticket in advance. Online registration is now closed and it is unlikley that more places will be available. You are, however, welcome to ask at the Congress Reception Desk to see if any places do become available.

Replacing the traditional gala dinner, we will be holding a Kagura Evening. This will be a wonderful evening where delegates can spend time together, eating, drinking, socialising, and enjoying a performance of kagura. Kagura is a traditional Japanese theatrical dance. With its roots in the Shinto religion, kagura was originally performed in the Imperial Court and, over time, spread across Japan, becoming incorporated into folk tradition. With its colorful costumes and symbolic dance, kagura is a feast for the eyes. A grand buffet will be provided and drinks (alcoholic and soft drinks) are included.

Please note: As is typical at many Japanese social events, there will be limited seating. Most attendees can anticipate standing throughout the event, but there will be some seats and a few tables around the room for those of us who require it!

When: Saturday 14th July, 19.30-22.00 (doors open from 19:00)

Where: ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel

Style: Smart (this is your opportunity to dress up a little, if you wish to!)

Includes: Fun, good conversation, meal (regular and vegetarian diets catered for), soft and alcoholic drinks (included until 21.30 - please note there will be no drinks service after 21.30 and there is no cash bar), kagura performance, opportunity to have your picture taken with the kagura performers, brief awards ceremonies for individuals nominated by the collaborating organisations.

Fee: The standard rate for this event is 6,500 yen (approx. $62) but, thanks to the incredible generosity of the Japan Stuttering Genyukai Organization, one of our headline sponsors, 200 discounted places are available at the following rates:

5,500 yen (approx. $52)  Discounted fee for members of ICA, IFA or JSSFD (discounted fee limited to the first 50 registering at this price point)

4,000 yen (approx. $38)  Discounted fee for people who stutter and people who clutter (discounted fee limited to first 100 registering at this price point)

3,000 yen (approx. $29)  Discounted rate for students (university students or children and young people in full-time education), and parents, siblings, spouses and partners of people who stutter or clutter (discounted fee limited to the first 50 registering at this price point) 

We kindly ask all attendees to ensure that they only register for discounts for which they are truly eligible, so that the financial support offered by the Japan Stuttering Genyukai Organization is used in the way they have indicated.


Use these coupon codes when completing your purchases.  You can use only one coupon per ticket.  The available coupon codes are displayed at checkout, just copy and paste them into the Coupon field.  These discounts are intended to support participation in the congress by these groups so please do not use a coupon if you are not a member of the corresponding group.

Coupon Code Elligible Groups Discount
Associate_Kagura members of ICA, IFA or JSSFD $10 off = $52
PWS_PWC_Kagura people who stutter and people who clutter $24 off = $38
Friends_Kagura university students or children and young people in full-time education). and parents, siblings, spouses and partners of people who stutter or clutter $33off = $29

 

 

Sunday 15th July - OKONOMIYAKI PARTY - SOLD OUT!

This is a ticketed event. Please do not attend if you have not purchased a ticket in advance. Online registration is now closed and this event has a long waiting list so new places will NOT become available.

The Okonomiyaki Party is a more intimate event. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese street food and is a real Hiroshima speciality. The host of the evening will demonstrate how Okonomiyaki is made, and then you get to enjoy eating it (If you can help them to clean up the room afterwads, they will really appreciate it). A great option for foodies! Regular and vegetarian diets catered for. For the regular version, cooked thin sliced pork will be served as a ingredient of Okonomiyaki.

When: Sunday 15th July. Start times range from 18:00 - 18:40. Finishes at 20:30.

Where:  This is now being held at two different venues. An information sheet will be provided with details at the congress reception.

Style: Please note that cooking okonomiyaki tends to be hot and sweaty and clothes can pick up cooking smells. Dress casually and bring a small towel with you if you can.

Includes: Demonstration of okonomiyaki preparation, eating delicious okonomiyaki, conversation and companionship in a smaller group. 

Fee: 1,500 yen (approx. $15)

 

 

 

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