To do volunteer Interpreting, like helping foreigners who have language problems in Japanese, to understand the International situation and to promote cross-cultural communication
On Feb. 14, 1994, some of the Ichikawa City's registered volunteer interpreters
organized this society.
Number of members
47 members (as of April, 2017)
IVIS is open to anyone who is interested in cross cultural communication
and volunteer activities in English
\2,000 for six months
Dates & Times: 2nd,3rd,and 4th Wednesday, 10:00-12:00
Place: I-link, The Towers East 3F
Dates & Times: 1st and 3rd Saturday, 10:00-12:00 .
If you are interested in attending these meetings, please contat Ms. Chieko
Ito, the Chair of IVIS, phone 047-376-7302.
*Training of Interpretation skills
*Guest speaker's talks
*Study of other countries
*Discussion of the current topics
*General meeting, Year end party, Anniversary luncheon, others
Cross cultural communication with the guest speaker since Nov. 1994
Open Seminar's Themes since 2000
Open Seminar Topics:
gCultural Differences between Japan and other countriesh
gThe Jamaican Cultureh
gMental Health ? The challenge of understanding psychological disordersh
gRobert Burns and the History of Scottish Songs and Poetryh
gPhotographing Japanese Nature and Countrysideh
Volunteer Interpretation and Translation Works
*Interpretation for public institutions and other non-profit organization
* Interpretation and translation on the base of request from Interpretation & Translation Volunteers Group of the Ichikawa International Exchange Association
*Counseling service at the Foreign Residentsf Assistance Desk at Ichikawa City Hall entrusted by Ichikawa International Relation Section
* Interpretation service for Ichikawa-Gardena Sister City Association
IVIS 25th Anniversary
The celebration for the 25th anniversary of IVIS was held near a restaurant
close to I-Link Tower, Ichikawa city.
After the 49th Open Seminar, which title was gVocabulary Learning through Popular Songsh was over, the Vice President acted as MC. She explained IVISfs history.
The President made a speech, gwe owe what we are to those peoplefs contribution to the
development of IVIS, who went before us, also, to appreciate membersf continuous support and dedication to IVIS. I sincerely hope we will continue walking towards the 30, 40th anniversary together with you.h
In the party, someone said, gIVIS has been part of my daily lifeh. gBeing stimulated by other members, intellectual curiosity has enhancedh, gAdmire memberfs willingness to take on new challengesh, and gLetfs work on volunteer activity together by improving Englishh. Someone said, gOuting and bus tours bring us a new world, they are exciting
Mr. Romanko who was lecturer of the Open Seminar attended. We, the members enjoyed talking with him. The Director of the Division of International Relations who attended as a guest, expressed sincere thanks to IVIS, and said gWe wish IVIS will have many more successful years.h The party ended with a round of clapping hands.
IVIS Open Seminar eVocabulary Learning Through Popular Songs e
Over 90 people gathered on a beautiful Sunday morning despite the snowy weather the previous day. The 49th IVIS Open Seminar was held on February 10th at I-Link Tower Conference Room.
Mr.Rick Romanko, a professor of Wayo Womenfs University, was the speaker.
He is from Canada and has an 18-year long teaching experience at the university level in Japan. Mr. Romanko selected 2,175 popular songs and analyzed their words for his doctoral dissertation.
In the seminar, he talked about his research findings that the most frequent 2,000 words are essential to understanding songs and the benefits of vocabulary learning through songs.
A music quiz where the audience must guess a song name by only its first few notes. We were familiar with each melody but not able to recall the song's name. When Mr. Romanko gave an answer like e Smoke Gets in Your Eyesf ( The Platters), the audience said, eO yes.f
He explained melody and rhythm help people remember a word. He added, eI remembered the word eSokenbichaf easily, which is the name of bottled green tea. And he sang e Soookennbieechaa e as its TV commercial goes. This good example of his explanation made the attendees nod in agreement at him.
He also introduced three useful web sites like eLex Tutor', 'Official Lyric Videof and eLyrics Trainingf. The audience watched the screen eagerly.
eThe seminar was interesting,f 93% respondents of the questionnaire said. A certain person wrote a message on the questionnaire. gIfve understood that English songs improve my English, so Ifm motivated to learn English through songs. g With the motivation from the language expert, a chance to get knowledge of English learning as listing to new and old tunes, and a friendly atmosphere throughout the seminar, it was truly an event to remember.
Year End Party 2018
On the day, Dec. 2nd, 2018, ladies and gentlemen who wore "something
RED" gathered and enjoyed the last YE party in Heisei.
I was impressed and thanked the people who spared no effort to make this party lively and gave us a happy time. The party organizers would have had to do a lot of work, scheduling, arrangement, ordering, shopping so on. Thanks to the backstage workers devotion, all the participants seemed to be fun.
While enjoying foods and conversations, the program went onc
1. All of us stand up and chorus "Besame mucho =Kiss Me a lot"
(under daylight.. all togethercUmm subtle feeling of mismatch. Don't you
2. Song by Baumgartner family: Mr. and Mrs. + three energetic boys ((We are good at singing like Trapp family*, aren't we? Ouch! They outnumber us!))
*the movie "The sound of music", Trapp Family has 7 children.
3. Michelle and her husband showed us witty and amusing words game. They are like double act, having perfect chemistry.
4.A Gesture Game for all : We performed eagerly, seriously, frantically like a child
(That seriousness not often seen in the classroom)
Thank you again to those who took care of.
Last hurrah for Heisei, Welcome new era, Cheers!
IVIS Bus Tour in Spring on May 27th, 2018
Our annual bus tour was held in a comfortable weather.
32participants including 10 foreign friends from 5countries such as France, the Philippines, the Tibet, the UK and the US took part in it.
We visited Kashima Jingu Shrine in Ibaraki Prefecture and Chiba Prefectural Open-Air Museum called gBoso-no-Murah near Narita City this year.
We left the parking lot of the Ichikawa@minami temporary building of the City Hall for Kashima Jingu Shrine by a bus operated by the City Hall at a little before 9:00AM.
It is said that Kashima Jingu Shrine was established by the Emperor Jinmu in 660BC to worship the deity of the military arts.
We passed through the tower gate entrance, gRomonh , entered the central area of the shrine and prayed in front of the prayer hall,gHaidenh.
After that, we proceeded on the inner approach,gOkusandoh, feeling fresh and crisp air under the shade made by several-hundred-year-old cedar trees, seeing the deer pen, gShikaenh
where deer are taken care of as messengers of the god, and then we arrived at the Inner ShrinegOkumiyah, where we prayed again.
We proceeded further and strolled in the forest, stopping by the Mitarashi Pond with the source of fresh water and the legendary stone, gKanameishih that is said to be pinning the catfish, gNamazuh which causes earthquakes and went back to the entrance.
At a nearby Japanese restaurant, we had enjoyed Japanese cuisine,gSashimih and gTenpurah etc. for lunch.
In the afternoon, we visited the Chiba Prefectural Open-air-Museum, gBoso-no-Murah which was built to learn the traditional life-style in Chiba area.
In the reproduction area of a row of old stores on the street, we listened to the explanation in English by a guide, and then visited Samurai residence, gBuke Yashikih, Farmhouse, and Village Kabuki Stage.
At the Farmhouse, some of our participants walked on bamboo stilts gTakeumah remembering our old days, and many people applauded the collaboration in playing Japanese drums, gWadaikohby one of IVIS members and an American friend on the Village Kabuki Stage.
After that, we left there and arrived at Ichikawa at a little past 4:00PM.
In the bus on the way to and from, some of IVIS members gave explanations in English about places we visited and so on, all the members sang gOh, Susannah, and we also enjoyed the comic dialogues on the baseballgWhofs on First?hby an American couple which made us laugh involuntarily .
We had enjoyable and pleasant time together.
Lastly, we would like to express our heartful thanks to the division of international relations of the City Hall, IVIS members who took their roles and all the participants.