Ichikawa Citizens Visit to Issy-Les-Mouleneaux and Japonismes 2018
To celebrate 160 years of friendship between France and Japan, “Japonismes
2018” was held in Paris and other cities. At the "Culture of Japan-
Festivals and Local Culture" event, Gyotoku Mikoshi (miniature shrine)
was chosen as one of the official performers. In collaboration with Ichikawa
city, together with IIA corporate member, Nakadai Mikoshi Seisakusho, a
group of 27 IIA members joined the Goodwill Tour, visiting France from
October 17 to 25. The Mikoshi Parade in Boulogne and the Workshop on assembly
and dismantling of Mikoshi at the Japanese Culture Center in Paris were
featured. At the Mikoshi parade, a lot of French citizens who came to see
it, and it turned very crowded when we started carrying the Mikoshi. We
joined the parade wearing Kimono, Hanten and festival towel and we tried
our best to carry and follow the parade. People of Issy-Les-Moulineaux,
our partner city, also joined the parade together with Mayor Andre Santini.
Both mayors, Santini and Murakoshi joined the festival celebration. We
also enjoyed sightseeing in Issy city and Paris. At the welcome ceremony
hosted by Issy, titled, "Japan Memorial Evening", Japanese animation
and comics were featured. We made exchanges with Issy people by making
Origami together. We enjoyed delicious French foods such as galettes, crepes
and a splendid French cuisine at a dinner invitation. To express our appreciation,
we offered tea ceremony and Origami lesson.
We wonder if we were able to extend our courtesy enough to Issy people through these activities. Nevertheless, each one of us worked hard to deepen our friendship and we are confident this visit would strengthen our mutual understanding and cooperation - celebrating Japonismes 2018 together, carrying Mikoshi together, and sharing French/Japanese culture together.
After visiting Issy City, the party also enjoyed visiting the beautiful towns of Mont Saint Michel, Honfleur, Rouen and Giverny in Normandy region.
Paticipating to "Summer Festival" of CUC
IIA collaborated to the Summer Program of Chiba University of Commerce
(CUC) , teaching Japanese economy and culture, while dressing Japanese
summer kimono “Yukata” to foreign students on July 26th, 2017. We prepared
more than 50 sets of Yukatas and more than 20 people cooperated to dress
Yukatas to students. The comment of a student was “Beautiful, I like it”
with charming smiles.
Publishing the book in commemoration to 15 years anniversary of IIA
Students graduate middle school in 2016 and their parents were awaiting eagerly for this High school guidance held at Gyotoku I&I hall on September 25th 2016. This guidance is for the people who don’t know high school entrance examination system and explain the system and help them how to succeed to pass this test. It was coordinated by Boso Japanese language Volunteer network and 60 IIA volunteers participated.
We were glad to have heard that one of the parents was so relieved and
relaxed to have known the system and now was confident to prepare for the
test and high school life.
Guiter Trio fom Philippines
The Triple Fret, the lady guitar trio in Philippines, played at the rose room in the Ichikawa Bunka Kaikan on June 17th 2016. They have started to play Sakura, Japanese song, and then Philippines’ folk songs, Spanish guitar songs and Beatles hit songs. It was so heated up on the stage, decollated by our idea. After the concert, we enjoyed chatting and playing with singers.
Survival Japanese school in Ichikawa 2016
One of the biggest events in this summer was held at the 7th junior high school between August 23rd and 24th ,2016. It was the first time that a part of the program was cancelled due to typhoon and it was condensed two-day curriculum into one day.
It was participated by 40 pupils of 10 counties, China, Philippines, Nepal,
Indonesia, Guatemala, Thailand and USA. The themes were words which are
used in school and to know Ichikawa and the location of their houses and
addresses using maps. The second day was the school trip, going to Sakaeya,
the confectionary factory, and the western prevention center in Matsudo.
High School Entrance Guidance (IIA co-hosted)
It is planned for the parents and children who are not familiar to the Japanese high school systems on October 12, 2015 at I&I Hall. Teachers and students in high school explained systems, entrance examinations and characteristics of high schools and made them relieved.
The lecture “Art made of weapons” (IIA co-hosted)
IIA supported Ms. Takeuchi’s lecture, the leader of Ehime Global Network, on June 10, 2015 at Chiba University of Commerce. She is active to collect weapons scattered during the civil war in Mozambique and change them to the arts appealing to peace.
International Day in Ichikawa 2014 It was held on October 26th, 2014 at the Green Studio, Media Park Ichikawa, as a part of 20th Onitaka Sansha Festival and more than 250 participants enjoyed.
The events on the stage: Speeches in Japanese by the foreign residents, Korean Dance, Indonesian Civil Dance , Chilean Dance, Filipino Civil Dance, Songs by the sopranist and Children’s chorus.
The exhibitions: Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka and Taiwan
The International Day
Unfortunately, it was raining on the International Day which was held on
Oct. 20th, 2013 at the Gyotoku Bunka Hall. Some of the events, scheduled
outside, were cancelled, however almost all events were carried out. There
were a performances of chorus, dancing, speech contest and introduction
of typical Japanese cultures such as tea ceremony, paper holdings and kimono
wearing. We also learned how to prepare for disasters and crimes. Of course,
we tasted foreign cuisines.
There were many IIA members and Ichikawa citizens with their families. They really enjoyed one day.
German Day 2013
Many people gathered at the Colton Plaza on October 6, 2013 for the German Day 2013 which was scheduled to match the October Fest in Germany. . People were enjoying drinking amber color beer with white foam and eating sausages At the plaza there were many booths prepared to exhibit the panels to introduce Germany, to sell the German wines and to demonstrate the German cars. It looked like Germany here. We worked hard to introduce the city of Rosenheim and distribute the leaflets as IIA will celebrate 10th anniversary of Ichikawa-Rosenheim city partnership next year.
Survival Japanese Language Class
It was the 7th year since we started this program which offered the opportunity
for non-Japanese children to learn Japanese pleasantly. 41 pupils from
the primary and middle high school and 40 volunteer teachers attended the
3-day curriculum on Aug. 26th, 2013.
The theme for this year was “Four seasons”. They learned the way how to read and pronounce the month and day, languages related to seasons, plants, insects, foods, regional festivals and haiku.
We went on an outing to the subway museum and aquarium on the last day.
The kids joining to this special occasion said it was very valuable and memorable days.
Offered the Japanese Language Class for ChildrenThe volunteer Japanese language classes hosted by IIA were used to hold mostly for adult learners. Meanwhile, the numbers of children are increasing recently and the demands of establishing the Japanese learning system for them are getting stronger.
Then, IIA decided to open a course “The Japanese Language Class for Children”
in fiscal year of 2013. The class is targeted to kids in northern part
of Ichikawa City where is along the JR Sobu line and north because of the
people’s strong demands in this area. The goal of this class is to live
smooth school life for foreign elementary and junior high school students.