Our group is acting to create the paces for the foreign resident wivesliving
in Ichikawa and surrounding areas and to provide important information
in relation to our daily life.
We enjoy various activities such as plays and preparing and eating foods related to the season, relaxation Yoga and fancyworks.
Foreign wives can enjoy Japanese culture, experience tea ceremony and trying
on a Japanese Kimono.
We encourage foreign wives to participate so they can get more friends
who will give them a chance to use their Japanese language skills.
We hope that these Japanese friends or friends of the same country will help with the problems of rearing children in an unfamiliar country. There are more than 40 foreign members from 10 countries who are involved.
We hope that both foreign residents and Japanese residents will come and
experience our activities at least once. We, in our twenties to eighties,
are always friendly with each other.
Activity and Fee
Date & Time: First and third Friday 10:00~13:00( Recess in Aug.)
Place：Mainly Ichikawa Eki Minami Kominkan (This place is subject to change.)
Please contact us to confirm
Volunteer insurance fee： \300/year
Outing on beautiful day to Ueno new
We gathered at Keisei Ueno station on Keisei Line or Tokyo Metro Line.
We visited Shitamachi Museum in Taito-ku which reproduced the streets of
downtown Tokyo from the Taisho era. We were able to experience the life
in Japan of those days.
Some Japanese member felt nostalgic with toys and daily living items which they used to have in their childhood and taught non-Japanese members how to use them.
Then, we dropped by a restaurant nearby and enjoyed various Japanese foods such as sashimi, tempura and eel and enjoyed chatting with each other.
Outing to Ueno on a beautiful day
We gathered at Keisei Ueno station using Keisei Line or Tokyo Metro Line.
We visited Shitamachi Museum in Taito-ku which reproduced the streets of
downtown Tokyo in the Taisho era. We were able to experience the life in
Japan of that days.
Some Japanese member felt nostalgic with toys and living supplies which they used to have in their childhood and taught non-Japanese members how to use them.
Then we dropped in a restaurant nearby and enjoyed various Japanese foods such as sashimi, tempura and eel and chatting each other.
On December 1, we held the annual Christmas party.
Well-dressed person and person with native costume made the party gorgeous. We could have a good time with potluck meals, bingo games and folk dances.
Minami Boso bus hike(October,2017)
On October 6, we went to Minami Boso on our bus hike. It was fun to shop
and dine at Michi-no-eki, the roadside rest area. A lot of seafood stimulated
Tanabata at Yukata(July,2017)
On July 7, a day of Tanabata(Star Festival), we learned how to wear a Yukata,
Japanese summer kimono. It was interesting to know a lot of way to tie
the obi, band. Then we wrote our wishes on a strip of paper and decorated
it with bamboo to pray our wishes come ture.
The session was closed after taking a photo together. We enjoyed Yukata and Tanabata on this Japanese summer day.
AED workshop (June,2017)
We invited people of Fire Department to learn how to help the people who
needs a rescue and how to use AED. There were many things that we experienced
for the first time, such as calling loud for someone to help, how to give
artificial respiration and cardiac massage. It was a great learning experience
and we came to think that we will make this experience possible for future
Cooking Class for Chinese Dishes (March, 2017)
Our cooking class in March featured Chinese Dishes. First, we tried to
cook the dish made of wheat which we had never tried in Japan. We rolled
out the dough thinly and spread plenty green onions on it. Then we rolled
it up from edge to finish.
Rolling up the dough was difficult but fun. Other cooking were Chinese salad and dessert dumplings from Chinese home cooking.
Workshop for effective Makeup (October, 2016)
We held a workshop in October to learn how to apply makeup effectively. As a first step, the teacher provided us skin care advise which is an important factor on good finishing.
As the teacher’s advises were so precise, we all were thrilled with unusual make up.
At the end of workshop we were very satisfied with finished make up and expressed our happy faces and minds. It is a good to cherish our minds of fashionable sense.
Bus hike (Autumn, 2016)
Our bus hike of this year went to Bread Factory in Sagamihara and Hattori Ranch. At the factory, we were guided to watch the process of making bread which reminded us of our childhood. Then we could enjoy tasting fresh and warm bread at the factory store.
We proceeded to vast Hattori Ranch where we could see animals living at leisure and could be relaxed. It was a nice small trip filled with fresh air and nature in autumn.
New Year Party (January, 2017)
In January we had an annual New Year Party. We learned simple manners
of tea ceremony with tasting “Matcha”(Green Powder Tea) and sweets. While
we waited for the round, we also tried the first calligraphy writings with
a word of this year or goal. Even the members who tried it at first time
could enjoy writing with their own words.
We all hope it will be a good year for Buddies.
Body age check (July, 2016)
How old are our bodies? We had a body examination to know the answer to
this question by measuring the mass of body fat, amount of water in the
body and other factors. It was a good opportunity to face our bodies and
think about our own health from various aspects such as dieting, lifestyle
habits, exercise as well as weight control.
2016 24th Anniversary Party
In June, 2016, we celebrated 24th anniversary of Buddies
The party was very international as we could enjoy dances from many countries and playing games each other. At the pot-luck lunch time, everybody was at smiling face with many dishes from countries which gave us a hard time to choose.
2015 Short trip to Tokyo University and Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens
In October, 2015, Buddies planned a day trip to Tokyo University area.
We visited a campus of the University for the first time and took a photo to remember this trip at Yasuda Hall. Then we ate Akamon Ramen at the school cafeteria, which made us feel like students. After lunch, we enjoyed a strolling in beautiful Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens with its historical architectures.
23rd Year Anniversary Party On this June, Buddies celebrated the 23rd year anniversary since the
establishment. This year’s party focused on free talking of non-Japanese
members as to what they surprised, satisfied and felt difference between
Japan and their home countries.
Having heared their comments, we Japanese felt curious, agreed and were
ashamed to hear. Thus we understood that they love Ichikawa as their second
home town understanding a good side and bad side of Ichikawa. One Taiwanese
said that “though I sometime came to say nasty things about Japan, in Taiwan
I felt annoyed with someone’s lashing out Japan”. We all were deeply impressed
by this words and felt happy with good members and atmosphere of Buddies.
Then it was lunch time! Plenty foods from homes of different country members were brought to the table and we enjoyed chatting in Thai, Tagalog, Chinese, English and Japanese. Those different languages said “taste good”.
Crepe a la carte Although I am not good at cooking, I am always looking forward to having
a cooking lesson of Buddies.
On May 1, the lesson featured “crepe” and I could make it very easily.
Also a carrot soup with plenty ginger made my body warm. I like Buddies’
cooking lesson as it always introduced me a healthy menu. I tried it again
at my home and was so happy with my children’s words “Mam, it was so good!
Please make it again!”
Tea brewing lessonOn Mar.6, I joined the Buddies’ tea brewing lesson at Eki-nan Public
On this 2-hours lesson, I could learn the history of tea, brands, proper
way of making tea and right tasting method. Then we practiced the way of
brewing according to the teacher’s instructions. The points I’ve learned
were, 1. Warm up the tea pot and cup by boiling water, 2. As soon as water
boiled, pored it into tea pot and steamed for three minutes.
At the tasting time, the fruit tea with honey was so good that I could
not stop saying “excellent”. Tea brewing lesson was a good opportunity
to meet old and new friends and to enjoy talking with my familiar friends.
This lesson made my daily life more rewarding with good tea as I usually
do not drink coffee.
The Valentine Day CookingOn Feb.6, we tried to cook chocolate cookies which one of the Philippine members gave us a recipe. It was well done and a slightly bitter sponge cake and a lot of chocolate coating melt in our mouths. Also we enjoyed a roll sandwiches by the Japanese member which looked nice and perfect for a pot luck party.
The New Year PartyWe had an annual New Year Party on the first gathering day with Japanese tea and cakes. You do not needs to perform the Japanese tea ceremony manners but just enjoy the party.
Ichikawa Citizens visited Tokyo Metropolitan Government Towers
On a clear day of Nov. 7, we, 12 people of Thais, Philippine and Japanese
, visited Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building which consists of high-rise
Two parties got together on the site from Ichikawa Station and Gyotoku
Station and took an elevator to 202meters observation deck which gave us
a broad view of Kanto Area. And surprisingly, even the school which Thai
children are commuting could be seen.
Our another purpose of the visit was having a lunch at the employees restaurant
which served many dishes of foods on a buffet service. After enjoying a
tea and chatting time, we went home thinking about next trip.
Philippine foods cooking
One of our Filipina members taught us how to make home-made cooking easily by Japanese food materials. Recipes included spaghetti with meat sauce, long and crispy ground meat lumpias, soup and dessert. Among those cooking, rod-shaped lumpias were most popular as they were good for nibbles and afternoon snacks.
Japanese tea and Kimono dressing
On every 2nd Wednesday, we open a class for experience of Japanese tea ceremony and Kimono dressing in the Japanese room of Gender Equality Center. Please join us and enjoy Kimono dressing and green powdered tea with Japanese cake.
Japanese foods cooking
Accommodating a request from non-Japanese members, we held a Japanese foods cooking lesson which featured soup stock made from dried kelps and bonitoes. Soup stock can be used for steamed food, simmered food and miso soup and this extra effort made taste better.
Strolling in China Town and YokohamaOn May 2, we, buddies members, went to Yokohama to enjoy Chinese all-you-can
eat buffet. We were surprised with so many foods on buffet lines and wondered
which foods to take. This restaurant offered semi-ordering buffet so that
we could order favorite foods to cook. After lunch, we proceeded to Yamashita
Park wherewe toured the old cargo-passenger ship Hikawamaru.
Following the tour route, we saw passenger rooms, restaurants, engine room and pilot house. Passenger rooms are gorgeous with their Spanish decors and ranked by size and gorgeousness. At the restaurant we sat the table and took pictures of southern European style furnitures. Then proceeded to the engine room at the bottom where many machines were lined up. I came to think over the loudness of this room when the engine fired up and engineers’ hardship under this heat.
We finished the tour at the deck where we took a rest for a while.
We returned to China Town and I bought a piece of rice cake which resembled my favorite Phillipino rice cake. It was a long day but I really enjoyed the places.
Let’s cook one more side dish!It is a sort of headache for house wives to prepare foods everyday. To solve this problem, we tried to cook several side dishes according to the recipes brought by our members.
Many colorful dishes covered the table which seemed to celebrate Girls’ Day.
Lesson- How to brew good instant coffee by Nestle
We asked Nestle company to teach us how to brew good instant coffee. The
person from the company taught us teh difference of eachproduct and the
proper brewing process. We enjoyed three different instant coffee granules
as well as coffee art using chocolate syrups.
We tried to make rabbit shaped small beanbags by remnants. It was fun to
see completed beanbags as the faces of rabbits were different each other.
Cooking Class- Thai FoodsOnce again we had Thai Foods Cooking Class and it was so well done.
Red curry was superb with its spicy flavor and tasty roux mixed with ingredients.I
can’t forget the taste of crispy fried spring rolls with sweet and hot
chili sauce.The dessert was perfect for winter season.
I was so happy to see everybody enjoyed my Thai Foods.
Christmas Party in 2012
A lot of foods prepared by the Buddies members! This is the Christmas Party every year. We enjoy the food of Philippine, China, Thailand and Japan and the games of bingo with many prizes. We thank this occasion and wish a very good year for everyone.
Day Trip in AutumnIn October, 2012, we had a day trip to Hamarikyu Gardens and Sumida River Line Water Bus cruise. It was lovely weather and we enjoyed strolling the flower garden in Hamarikyu and 1 hour boat ride to Asakusa. The boat arrived the pier of Asakusa which is near the Sky Tree. After lunch at famous Kamiya Bar, we enjoyed free time in Asakusa area. It is always nice to spend a day with members like this.
Twentieth Anniversary Party
Buddies celebrated the 20th anniversary party on Jun. 1, 2012. We express
our special appreciation to the persons to support us. We enjoyed each
countries' songs and dances we practiced before and spoke good old days
story with enjoying foods.
Thailand cooking class on Feb. 3, 2012. The instructor was Nonrack Furuta,
a member of Buddies. We cooked typical Thailand foods.
When we started to cook hot peppers at one time at each tables, we couldn't
stop coughing. All of us were cooking with laughing.
Thais joined to each tables and we enjoyed to cook three kinds of Thai
foods with chattering the friendly wives' conversation. All food were really
Thailand foods and all of us were satisfied. Nonrack, the instructor,said
I made these foods many times, but I was so nervous to stand in front of
you. Some members asked her to teach us new menu next year again.
Cooking School-Chinese FoodIn July, 2013, Japanese and Chinese members gathered at Ichikawa Station South Community Center for Chinese cooking.
We learned the cooking of traditional food in Northern China from one of our Chinese members. She cooked “chunbing” which is rolled out dough made of wheat flour into thin rounds with meat, vegetables and egg inside.
Well done! The food was pretty and delicious. Every member was happy with
this Chinese traditional food and they said they will try again at their