・To offer a place where foreigners can freely express themselves.
・To provide valuable information for living in Japan and promote information
・To deepen understanding of various cultures and to contribute to Japanese
elementary and high school international studies by supporting some foreigners
during their presentation
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
"Talk Room" started
Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you are all doing well amid the long
Since last March 2020, most of our events have been cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19. However, we have tried to organize several online events together with Cross-Cultural Exchange Committee and have launched the “Talk Room” Salon, to give opportunity for a small group of foreigners to gather. “Talk Room” Salon is a monthly gathering (every first Wednesday), the venue is being sponsored by Ichikawa Japanese Language Institute in Motoyawata. Last October 7, we had our first Salon gathering while taking the necessary precautions against COVID-19. However, in November, the salon had to be cancelled due to the occurrence of positive cases among the students at the Language Institute. In the following months, the rise in COVID cases in Tokyo and the declaration of state of emergency have further extended its cancellation. I hope the salon will resume when the situation improves.
Also, since the General Meeting this year cannot be held, we have decided to send you this letter that includes the Report of Activities 2020 and the list of new officers for 2021. In relation to activities for 2021, you will be informed by the new officers later.
Lastly, I would like to inform you that from April, I will be retiring from my position as Leader of Foreign Residents Committee which I have served for 5 years. I would like to thank you for your support and cooperation.
Chinese Cooking Class
This was held November 10 , 2019 at Danjo Kyodo Sankaku Center. Instructors
are members of Foreign Residents Committee, Ms. Suzuki, Ms. Takamatsu and
Ms. Tajima, who demonstrated how to cook the four popular Yum Cha (Dim
sum) dishes such as, radish rice cake, tofu skin salad, shrimp spring roll
and almond jelly. After struggling for about 3 hours to cook, we finally
made 4 kinds of foods. We all think they were delicious, especially because
we had a hard time in cooking them. Moreover, we enjoyed chatting very
much and ended the class with a great satisfaction.
Multi-culture Lunch Meeting
On May 26, 2019, it was held at a Chinese restaurant near Motoyawata station. 17 members from various countries attended. It was also the first time for the group to hold the meeting at a restaurant instead of a meeting room. While enjoying a variety of sumptuous Chinese food, we had a great time conversing in Japanese, as our common language, but we also had the chance to chat in our own languages.
For 2 hours, we had an amusing and fruitful lunch meeting. With this, I
feel that we are off to a good start for this year’s activities.
Making broaches and dragonfly-shaped
straps, a glimpse of fall
We had our first Sawakai (tea meeting) gathering at the Zennikkei Hall on September 16th, 2017. We were introduced to the beautiful kimono fabric crafts, such as Japanese dolls and small items made by the teacher using old Japanese Kimono fabrics. The teacher was a little apprehensive with the kids who experienced how to make the crafts using needles for the first time.
After making them, they proudly showed their creations to each other.
They wanted to make more, however, the time was over.
There were twenty-five attendees, who made twenty- five beautiful creations.
The First Sawakai Meeting and General Committee Assembly
A general meeting was held on June 18th,
2017 to present our events and activities for this year. We regarded highly the
events such as, Halloween Party and New Year Party. We exchanged thoughts and
opinions as to how we should introduce foreign cultures, custom, and cuisines
how we can pleasantly work together with foreigners living in Japan.Ian, chaired the committee and explained the plans for next year. She mentioned
that there has been an increase in foreign membership of the committee.
However, we should continue to exert more efforts.
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’ association ? held a presentation for the foreigners to introduce various sorts of the Japanese culture.
The speakers were the Japanese elementary schools’ 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’s education system.
The general meeting of the Foreigners’ 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.
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.
“Lunar New Year Party” 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’s 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 MeetingNo 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.
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,
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 CampOne of the international exchange events “International Exchange Day Camp/You are the goodwill ambassador today” was held on July 21, 2014 at Ichikawa Citizen Campsite under the auspices of Foreign Residents’ 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, “ SOMEN NAGASHI(flowing noodles)” 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 “we had a lot of the unique Japanese cultural experience today.”
As a result of the staffers’ elaborate arrangements, this event concluded
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’s wonderful souvenir.
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
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.