When you move in, it is advised that you become acquainted with your neighbours as soon as possible. Even if you cannot speak Japanese well, simple greetings will bring a good relationship with them.
WHAT IS A JICHIKAI?【自治会ってなあに？】
A Jichikai is an organisation whose members carry out independent activities to help one another and improve the living environment, development of an area and promote mutual friendship in the community.
Membership in Jichikais is optional. However, to obtain public information and daily life information, as well as to participate in various public events, it is useful to join. The representative of a Jichikai is called the “Jichikaichou” (chairman of the Jichikai). The body is subdivided into groups called “han”. The representative of a Han is called the “Hanchou”. Entrance fees and monthly Jichikai dues differ between Jichikai. Please ask your Jichikaichou or Hanchou.
KAIRANBAN (circular notice board)【回覧板】
If you join the Jichikai, a “Kairanban” containing municipal notices and other information is circulated to you. After reading the notice, pass the Kairanban on to your neighbour as soon as possible. Do not keep it in your home.