Yoga at ZOOM
Now, I would like to introduce the past ZOOM events organized by the Cross Cultural
Exchange Committee and Foreign Residents Committee.
We have had two yoga sessions since May and the third one was held on September 26th.
According to the relaxed navigation by Eri (yoga instructor), everyone could relax their body
and mind. During the break, participants spoke each other about what they have done for good health like walking , cooking, field work, and even Shiko(Sumo wrestlers’ feet stamping?)
Tai Chi at ZOOM
In August, we had another ZOOM session Tai Chi by the instructor Fumiko.
Participants said, "I talked to someone other than my husband without
a mask for the first time in a while!" ,"I feel like I participated
in society after so long" ,"Tai Chi is for an aged people in
China , but I (from Beijing) did it in Japan, Oh my goodness!”
ZUMBA at ZOOM
About 20 dancers gathered for the ZUMBA, Latin dance in July at ZOOM meeting due to the Corona virus. The instructor is Michelle. First of all, after dancing once, we introduce ourselves each other through the screen since some of them are new. After getting to know each other's faces and names, the second half was fun and exciting. I definitely want to dance with Michelle again!
Chef Teacher for adults
Recently, the above-mentioned, award-winning "Chef Teacher"
class has become so popular that we launched, an event called, Chef Teacher
for Adults which started last year.
This time, we invited Mr. Jose to teach us Spanish cooking. Twenty people
from many countries. The menu was Paella de pollo, Calamaris en su tinta
with squid ink, and Longaniza de chocolata. All of them are authentic Spanish
cuisine, with the same taste as the Chef's hometown.
We enjoyed cooking, dining, and chatting until the time came to an end.
Bus tour to Kawagoe
On July 15th, 2018, under sweltering heat of 35 ℃., the city bus carrying 46 participants from different countries, departed from Ichikawa to its destination in Kawagoe, called Koedo. After arriving at Kita-in Buddhist Temple, which used to be the guest hall and study hall relocated from the old Edo Castle, we learned about the history of the temple and enjoyed its architecture. After this, we arrived at the place where we had lunch and enjoyed local pork, boiled radish tortoise, etc. We went out under the scorching temperature of almost 40 degrees and walked along the historic old-fashioned town that was crowded with tourists.
We departed on time at 3 pm. All the people on board the bus got tired and remained quiet as the bus returned safely to Ichikawa.
Education of International Understanding
The theme of this year was “Presentations which can convince foreigners of Japanese culture.”
Pupils in 6th grade introduce Japanese culture one after another. They
used the tactics to convince them easily using the ways, touching, tasting
or seeing actually, and making sure after being introduced. Densuma-san,
Mongolian, wore Japanese yukata “actually”, Ponmani-san, Thai, folded origami
“actually” and a high school student Katsu-kun, Taiwanese, studied “hand-in-hand”
with pupils. He was impressed these activities study and felt he would
like to have studied at this kind of active school.
The class of knowing the world
Ten foreigners from Thailand, Philippines, China and USA were invited to the Nakayama primary school to receive the presentations by pupils of 6th grade on February 17th 2017. This style is in reverse since foreigners usually make the presentation to pupil about their cultures and natures. Themes were natural heritage sites in Japan, animations, Japanese music instruments, plays in old days and Japanese cuisines. They presented them very precisely like encyclopedias. After the presentations, they communicated each other very friendly to talk about their countries while having lunches.
International cuisines and markets in Yawata Machi Kaiyuten
It was held at Keiyo Gas show room on September 24th 2016. We cooked and sold fifty foods, mocchiri and hot dumplings from Taiwan and China, popyato from Thailand and enbanada from South America immediately.
There was the pleasant market outside though it was small. They sold folk craft articles of Peru, bags and accessories of Philippines and goods of Indonesia while speaking to the passersby pleasantly.
Participants commented it was the great opportunity to communicate with
people coming from the same country since it is rare to find them.
The things we can do when a disaster happens: February 7, 2015
If we know easy understandable Japanese when a disaster happens, it is easy to make communication with many foreigners using various languages.
It suggests us to make wards and sentences simpler and more practical.
If we utilize this method, we can communicate quickly with many people without translation in each language.
Knowing the World class (Co-hosted by Foreign Residents Committee)
We conducted "Knowing the World class" at Hirata Primary School.
Ms. Tajima, originally coming from Taiwan, and Ms. Tanaka, from Philippines
taught them with frequent Japanese about their home countries on June 3,
Stephan from Sweden, Daniel from Spain and Sanbotan from Nepal spoke about
their home countries next week at the same school in Japanese and English
very enthusiastically. Three of them are learning Japanese now. School
kids must be encouraged knowing the world.
Mochitsuki Festival was held on Jan. 18th 2015 at Niihama Primary School
with 100 participants. The enjoyed very much to eat since there were many
kinds of toppings, such as Salsa from Mexico, powdered peanuts from Taiwan,
fruits salads from Philippines, and chocolate banana from unidentified
country. We also played Japanese cards as the second session. Hurry up
and farer away to the higher place, Tsunami is attacking very fast. Be
careful, , earthquakes hit again. They were running around and picking
up cards and enjoying to get cards.
The Bus Tour for Enoshima island(Co-organized by Japanese Language Committee)
It was raining from the morning on November 9, 2014. However it stopped when we left for Enoshima from the city hall. We learned the history, nature of Enoshima and public manners in the bus. We arrived there one hour or so and started to walk up to the viewing tower. There were many shops selling Manju (steamed bread), Youkan (sweet bean jerry), dried fish, sea weed and shell works along the road. After learning the way how to pray at the Ejima shrine, we went up to the viewing light house. We could see the mountains and sea half and half. We were enchanted by the beauty of nature. The bus was waiting for us at Kamakura since it would be crowded around Enoshima area. We took the Enoden railways which brought us to the parking lot in Kamakura. This train is unique since it is running almost hitting the roofs of houses slowly. We returned to the city hall just before 5pm.
The Bus Tour for Mt. Takao (Co-organized by Japanese Language Committee)
We have been to Mt. Takao where locates in Tokyo and is the national park with full of nature on July 13, 2014. This tour aimed to learn the rule keeping good nature , bringing back the garbage, taking care of plants and the manner of mountain climbing. We have seen Gomadaki(Burning the plate which the desired items were written) and been to the summit of Mountain. We couldn’t see the Mt. Fuji unfortunately, however could enjoy seeing the beautiful mount
Cooking and Eating
This CCEC’s annual cooking event was held at Ichikawa Kominkan on June 8, 2014. There were Thai Kaeng Khiao Wan which is cooked with hottest green curry paste and coconut milk, Mexican Tostadas which is covered by bean and tortilla, and Japanese Anmitsumame. Forty participants, Filipinos, Americans, Chinese, Taiwanese, Brazilian, Thai, Mexican and Japanese enjoyed cooking three kinds of foods.
Those foods were so delicious and they ate many.
Internatonal ComprehensionRaise the seeds of international comprehensions.
The open school of three classes of 4th grade at the Sugano Primary School.
Three foreigners visited these classes and greeted in their own languages on Dec. 12, 2013. They explained many things about their countries and replied pupils’ questions seriously in broken Japanese. While they were taking lunch together talking about schools, foods and sports, they established the close relationship. The pupils feel they are international persons.
We respect our cultures and customs and become the close friendship. It is our desire to raise such international exchange relationship.
Bus Tour: KawagoeBus Tour for Kawagoe, small Kyoto, on Nov. 24, 2013 coordinated by Cross Cultural Exchange Committee and Japanese Language School Committee.
We enjoyed taking a walk on the old style streets chatting in their own languages and watching the souvenirs. We moved to Kita-in in the afternoon where beautiful fall foliage was. This temple has the close relationship with Tokugawa Shogunate. Some of the architecture was moved from Edo castle. We enjoyed to see the room where Iemitsu, the third Shogun, got born and the cosmetic set which Kasuga-no-Tsubone, the nursing mother of Iemitsu and even the toilet. After spending great fun time each other, they knew each other very closely and felt they were one close family.
I want to know more about “Peru” At Tanabata, 2013, we enjoyed culture, country, foods and dance of Peru at Ichikawa Kouminkan.
Silvia introduced Peru. There are 11 World Heritages including famous Machu Picchu. They speak Spanish and Quechua. The first immigration from Japan arrived at Port Callao in 1899. It was 10years earlier than the first immigration for Brazil.
Gloria then showed Peruvian folk dance, wearing beautiful Peruvian cloth and singing Peruvian music. It was so rhythmical and enjoyable, so that many people joined into the dance accordingly.
Lastly, they served tasteful Peruvian foods, such as Papa a la huancaina with cream cheese sauce and potatoes. By the way, did you know Peru was the country of origin of potato?
We enjoyed the wind of Peru and many members would like to visit Peru after experiencing Peruvian culture this time.
Bus Tour “ JAL Maintenance Factory and Yokohama China Town”
45 friends in 15 countriers departed for the attractive destinations from
City Hall at 9am on Feb. 17, 2013. This tour was coordinated by two committees(Cross
Cultural Exch.Cmte. & Japanese Language Cmte.), so that more than 100
members applied and the lottery was made.
After arriving at JAL factory, we were explained about the mechanism how the plane flies and outlines of the airport. We were excited to wear the uniform of JAL. We went down to the lower level and saw the huge real air planes with their own eyes. “Marvelous!”
The next destination was China Town. It was the mid of New Year Festival and so crowded. First, we went to Kantei-Byo and then it was free time. They took their lunches, bought the souvenirs and enjoyed the parades. They felt to stay in China
They returned to the bus on time though they acted on their own.
All of them were satisfied and tired.
Bus tour “Yoro Valley and Otaki Castle” in Chiba
50 friends including more than 40 foreigners went toward the water fall
in Yoro-valley, the most beautiful fall in Chiba, on Nov. 18, 2012. The
attendees were over this time, so that another group followed by their
own car. It was a little bit earlier for the fall foliage, however we enjoyed
nice falls and some colored leaves in calm nature.
We moved to the Otaki castle where was built by the famous samurai “Tadakatsu Honda” The meaning of this name is “only victory”. Unfortunately, this castle was rebuilt in 1970’s and made from concrete. However, we enjoyed to see the real Japanese swords, riffles and armors which the foreigners were so interested in. We could wear the armors and beautiful cloth actually. Please take a look at the beautiful princess and strong samurais.
I want to know more about “Sri Lanka”
We welcomed the Sri Lanka friends on Jul. 14, 2012. They explained us the details of their country.
Sri Lanka was colonized by UK in 1812 and decolonized in 1948. Its name was changed to Sri Lanka from Ceylon in 1972. It is very beautiful island called “Pearl in Indian ocean”. The size of the land is almost same as Hokkaido and the population is almost 20milliion. The special local products are tea, ivory, cinnamon and others. The coffee used to be a special local product. However all coffee trees died due to the disease. Then they changed to tea. You may know the familiar name “Ceylon Tea”.
Cooking competition with 3 big chefs
Three international male chefs gathered together at Ichikawa Public Hall
and competed their fabulous cooking on Jun.24,2012. They were Mr.Kato from
France, Mr.Melvin from Sri Lanka and Mr.Kinugawa from Japan.
Simple, healthy and tasty typical Bretagne food in
France using soba powder.
Familiar smell curry using more than 10 kinds
of family secret spices of Sri Lanka.
The most famous Japanese food.
More than 50 attendees including 20 foreigners were wondering around the
foods with good smell and ate enough all three kinds of foods.
Disaster Prevention Park and Downtown Tour
More than forty participants left the City Hall by the Bus at 9am, Mar. 3, 2012,in good weather regardless of the cold rain weather yesterday.
First, we arrived at Sensouji temple where was snow remained. It was 10am
and already crowded at Nakamise-dori. They bought Japanese cookies, Kaminari
okoshi, amazaki and picture cards. They bought their favorite souvenirs
and returned to the bus on time. Of course, all of us have been Sensouji
and prayed our good fortune saying ;Namukanzenon Bosatu. Then, we have
been Hama Rikyuu surrounded by many tall buildings. Its park locates calmly
in 400 year history using sea water for the ponds. We took a little bit
gorgeous lunch here.
The last destination was the Tokyo Seaside Disaster Prevention Park in
Ariake, koutou ward where will be the control center when the disaster
actually happens. We experienced how to act when the disaster happens.
It was the busy day going to three places, however very valuable tour it was.</font>
New Year Latin Party
New Year Party was held at Rose room in Bunkakaikan on Jan. 12, 2012 with
gathering many people than expected. Mexican singer "Alejandro"
played pomp-filled Latin musics. He played the guitar walking around the
people singing the Mexican songs. Attendees were also getting enthusiatic
with his play and began to sing and dance.
Next, Salsa dance time. Papo-san and Yumi-san from Cuba trained us how
to dance Salsa. We could dance (move) with the music after enthusiastic
Last stage was Peru Dance which Gloria-san and her friends played beautifully.
Time has pasted very quickly.
Ending, we song "Cielito Lindo" together. It means nice,
They are spouses, lovers, friends, children,.....