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Foreign Resident Committee

Purpose

ETo offer a place where foreigners can freely express themselves.
ETo provide valuable information for living in Japan and promote information exchange.
ETo deepen understanding of various cultures and to contribute to Japanese elementary and high school international studies by supporting some foreigners during their presentation


Main Activities

Our committee is making efforts to create safe and comfortable communities for foreign residents and provides activities responding to their needs. This committee is operated by both foreigners and Japanese together living in Ichikawa. We are organizing social gatherings, such as walking around historical places in Ichikawa and disaster prevention activities for foreigners.

Previous Events

The Japanese students made speeches for the foreigners about the Japanese culture.

Date: February 17. Place: Nakayama elementary school.
The international understanding class ? one of the organization in the foreignersf association ? held a presentation for the foreigners to introduce various sorts of the Japanese culture. 
The speakers were the Japanese elementary schoolsf students using English and the ten audience came from China, Thailand, Philippine and the U.S. 
The speech included wide range of course, the natural assets in Japan, Anime, traditional Japanese musical instruments, unique Japanese cuisine, for example. And the speakers had explained with SNS, You-tube, I-pad to let the audience can understand easily. 
After having the speech, the speakers and the audience had a wonderful time over chatting and eating. At the same time, the foreigners had pleased to get to know about the Japanfs education system. 

The general meeting of the Foreignersf Association

It was held on February 19, 2017. The meeting was ended formally. 
Look at the last one year, the Association had performed and contributed to the members and the community, like a nice bus ride, cooking schools with many countries, and lots of training courses under cooperate with the City Hall, such as road safety practice and separate trash. 

Global new yearfs party

One of the annual big events gthe global new yearfs partyh was thrown at the Gyotoku Kominkan on January 21, 2017. One hundred and twelve people participated from the 12 countries. The party was warmed up with the dishes from 5 countries, songs from 6 countries. Japanese special was a bamboo flute ? shakuhachi ? and Taichi performance. And more, all the members were excited by the passionate folk dances came from Thailand, Myanmar and Bolivia. Thanks to all the participants, the party was a great success. 

Halloween party.

A year-round event in Japan, gHalloweenh season had come this year too. On 30, October,2016, the members got together at the community hall with elaborated make ups and Halloween costumes. They really enjoyed the indoor games along with their homemade obento or brown bags. Finally, they began dancing of their own accord. 

Migration exhibit at Yawata area.

The foreignersf Association had cooperated with this Exhibit every year. The volunteer members made genuine Chinese dumplings or pot-stickers at the site on that day. There were a lot of customers who bought them and took home, as well as eat standing.B

Tea party and cooking

Our Association held a tea party on July 16, 2016. The members enjoyed cooking curry and rice a la Thailand under the direction of Ms. Furuta. Then, tasted with hot rice kept saying @@gtoo hot, but too good!h

Free-talking session

The association had thrown a free-talk session instead of the annual general meeting for 2016, on May 22, 2016. The members looked back the events and looked forward for the next fiscal year with tea and refreshments. 

gLunar New Year Partyh on February 20, 2016 at Gyotoku Kominkan

It was the first time for us to have this kind of big event. We were so concerned about its outcome, so we started preparation for the venue, performance, and food to be served two months before. We planned very carefully and worked very hard - determined to make it a success.
Boiled Chinese dumplings (suigyouza) were prepared from the wrappers. There 10 kinds of foods served - roasted pork, white radish rice-cake, steamed bread, almond jelly, Chinese style pickles, chizimi from Korea, spring rolls from Vietnam, minced meat salad from Thailand and coconut jelly from Myanmar. Foreigners offered to cook their traditional dishes for 83 participants.
The second part of the party was entertainment. Folk dances from Nepal, Myanmar and Vietnam were performed. Chinese students sang a Japanese song and a Japanese duo played erhu (Chinese violin). There was also an exhibit of other countryfs traditional costumes and demonstration of Japanese traditional games such as kendama. The city hall had a booth displaying emergency foods for foreigners who are not familiar to disasters and distributed Disaster Information maps.
It was a pleasant festival and we appreciate the attendance of all the people who joined us in this special occasion.

Free Talk Meeting

No theme was decided in the meeting. Everyone was free to talk about any topic they like. They were also free to ask or consult any problems they may have.
Last December 12, 2015, 16 members gathered for this meeting - three Japanese, one Korean, two Taiwanese and ten Chinese. Some newcomers to Japan spoke in their own language. We talked about the problems and funny experiences we had when we first came to Japan. Most people studied Japanese very hard since they liked to be accustomed to Japan as soon as possible. One person said she was living in Japan more than 16 years, however she was struggling in child-rearing by herself. By joining IIA, she had the chance to meet a mother with the same problem and was able to resolve it.
When it was time for the meeting to end, everyone was in good spirit and wanted to talk

Reduction of garbage

The lecture event that aims to reduce garbage was held on November 14, 2016 at the Temporary Recycle Sections Office of the City hall. The city officials talked about the proper way to separate garbage, depending on the type of garbage, and on how to dispose and reuse. They told us that the Clean Center (Garbage Disposal Center) in Ichikawa is already decrepit and has reached its limitation. It helped us understand the necessity to reduce garbage and helped instill the consciousness to do it. The second part of the event was the tea time where we exchanged information about the garbage system and garbage reduction being practiced in our home countries.

Disaster prevention drill

It was held at regional disaster prevention bases which are 39 primary schools in the city on August 30, 2015. Many foreigners joined this drill in the Niihama and Kitakata Primary Schools. There were fire engines, an ambulance car, copfs vehicles and special vehicles of SDF. They demonstrated how to evacuate in smoke, resuscitate using AED and others. They also experienced procedures in the evacuation shelters.

About Traffic Safety

36 people from 10 countries joined a lecture on traffic safety on September 19, 2015, held at Masala Kaya Indian Restaurant in Motoyawata. Using powerpoint slides, 2 police lecturers conducted a presentation about traffic condition in Japan and on how to ride a bicycle safely. After this lecture, we had lunch while chatting, enjoying quiz and exchanged information in the Japanese language while having lunch of tasty Indian food. Freshly-baked naans were enjoyed by everyone, that some of them ordered for some more. Naans were served free of charge after the second order. We were all satisfied with the set lunch prepared by this restaurant and expressed enthusiasm in seeing each other again.

"Knowing the World" class (Co-hosted by Cross Cultural 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, 2015.
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.

Day Camp

One of the international exchange events gInternational Exchange Day Camp/You are the goodwill ambassador todayh was held on July 21, 2014 at Ichikawa Citizen Campsite under the auspices of Foreign Residentsf Committee.
Around 90 people from Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, China, Bangladesh, Philippine, New Zealand and Japanese were gathered in the campsite where surrounded by the deep green forest.
The staffers of the Committee produced a lot of fun programs such as game plays, handmade lunch, and Japanese-tea service with sweets, handicraft of paper fan and so forth. Above all, g SOMEN NAGASHI(flowing noodles)h was the high light among even the Japanese not to mention the Foreigners. In the meantime, the participants enjoyed talking each other in English and Japanese language.
The foreign participants said gwe had a lot of the unique Japanese cultural experience today.h
As a result of the staffersf elaborate arrangements, this event concluded successfully.

Paper folding Class(Origami)

The Foreign Resident Committee held a workshop for manual crafts of ORIGAMI (the art of paper holding) together with foreign students and made paper dolls OHINASAMA on Jul.14, 2014. All the students did a good job and they all got pleasure from making handmade dolls as dolls would be Japanfs wonderful souvenir.

Bus Tour for the Disaster Prevention Center and Shibamata Taishakuten

It was planned to have foreigners living in Ichikawa recognize the importance of disaster prevention. We went to the disaster prevention center in Matsudo on May 25, 2014. We have watched the video which showed the disastrous sites and introduced the facility of this center. We, experienced the man-made earthquake, severe storm, evacuation from the smoke and spraying by the fire extinguisher. Those experiences were so useful when it happens actually.
We, then, went to Shibamata Taishakuten using the traditional Japanese boat on Edogawa River. Many enjoyed shopping and eating such as the famous Takagiyafs grass rice cake.

Annual Meeting and Hokekyouji

Our committee had the annual meeting on March 1, 2014. After the meeting, we have taken a walk in the Nakayama Hokekyouji and enjoyed to see the doll festival. There were many dolls exhibited from 70 years ago to now. We also enjoyed seeing the dolls as well as the tea ceremony which we actually participated at Seika en. Foreigners enjoyed and renewed the beautiful Japanese cultures.B

Disaster Prevention Seminar

Disaster Prevention Seminar for Foreigners and Japanese
It was held on Dec. 15, 2013 at the Danjo Kyodo Sankaku Center.
It was the first time to invite foreigners to join the disaster prevention seminar in Ichikawa that is renewing the disaster prevention plan. The rescue officer instructed us the way how to use the AED. There was the area which showed the evacuation area you live.
The interpreters and information materials written in each language were well accepted by the attendees.
They were glad to have had this good opportunity.

Knowing Ichikawa more: Nakayama Hokekyo Temple

We searched Hokekyo Temple in Ichikawa on Jul. 13, 2011 as the first event of Foreign Resident Committee in this year. It looked like a summer day though it was the end of the rainy season and thirty people gathered were walking with keeping away from the strong sunshine.
We enjoyed very much to watch the Hokekyo Temple which is the very important Culture Heritage and Ichikawa is proud of with the the guidance of Mr. Nagai, Ichikawa Volunteers' Guide Group.

Temple Tour in Gyotoku

We walked around Tkuganji Temple, Myoukakuji Temple, Jourenji Temple and so on seeing paintings and wall scrolls which are national treasure level with the guide of Ichikawa Volunteers' Guide Group under the beautiful spring sky on Mar. 25, 2012 .There were events at many places as Teramachi Kaiyuten were being held and we could feel the history of Gyotoku again.

Spring Exchange Party

I appreciate you to have participated to the Spring Tea Party. We held the Spring Tea Party, the first get-together in this year, at Yawata Shimin Danwashitsu in the afternoon of May 27, 2012.
We started from the explanation and demonstration of Chinese tea ceremony by the members after the self-introduction, introduction of the stuffs and the speech of the new chairperson. Many members were interested in rare Chinese, teas and the way to serve the tea.
Time has passed quickly since we enjoyed very much to communicate each other while taking Brazilian and South African teas and Taiwanese cookies. Children played rare games of Philippines.
It was so crowded by more than 30 people who were Chinese, Taiwanese, American, Nepalian, Brazilian and current, new, and potential members.There were many new members this time and they suggested several new ideas. Thank you very much.
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