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Volunteers Wanted

IIA activities are supported by volunteers.
Please join to IIA membership if you do not join yet and then register yourself to the committees you are interested in.
Membership registration : Click here

1ATo contribute by Host Family¨Homestay,Visit Committee

There are many visitors coming to Ichikawa from each sister cities, partner cities and friendship cities every year. Home stay opportunity gives the chances to understand both countries and cultures each other while you are actually staying together with visitors. You will feel real international contribution from this experience.

2AWish to teach Japanese language¨Japanese Language Committee.

There are more than 10,000 foreigners living in Ichikawa. Many of them wish to learn Japanese since they need to live in Japan. Please help them with your skill.

3AActivate your foreign language¨All committees in the right column

All committees are looking for the person who can speak foreign language. We are sure you can find your organization which match to you perfectly.

4ATo teach or learn cooking¨Home Stay, Visit Committee@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ ¨Cross Cultural Exchange Committee
@@@@@@@@@@@@@ ¨Buddies

There are many countries and foods in the world. You have opportunities to teach Japanese foods to them, but also you can learn many kinds of foreign foods from them.

5AWish to plan and proceed the event¨All committees in the right column

Each committee plans a several big events every year. Please find the pleasure and valuable events.

Previous Events hosted by IIA

Members party to celebrate the 15th anniversary of IIA and publish the commemorative book

It was held at the rose room of the Ichikawa Bunka Kaikan on February 25th, 2017 and more than 130 members participated. It began from the greetings made by Ms. Naita, the president of IIA, Mr. Okubo, the mayor of Ichikawa and Mr. Inaba, the president of the municipal assembly. After the introduction of guests, testimonials were presented to persons and organizations, which contributed to IIA gratefully. 
The party started from beautiful sounds of a violin and a piano. They were talking about old sweet memories and the book published this time while eating the many countries foods lunch box cooked by our members. The last program was the exotic dynamic African dance which was played by Tokyo Goru Goru. 
The party was over while we were promising to keep evolving for IIA. 

High School Guidance

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ft 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. 

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ft 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. 

The 41st Ichikawa Citizen Festival

IIA participated to the 41st Ichikawa Citizen Festival which was held at Osu Disaster Prevention Park demonstrating IIA activities on November 3rd,2016. We have sold fresh apples from Aomori directly, Dallmayr coffee and super-balls-piking-up by the Youth Group. Many people stopped by at IIA booth including Mayor Okubo and city reps. 
There were 125 groups in the festival field and total 172 groups joined this festival. We saw Gyotoku Mikoshi (Portable shrines) as usual, brass band and Ichikawa girls , so it was so crowded and popular. 
IIA members showed the great team work to work on and communicated with other members and citizens closely.

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f 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.

Disaster Prevention Drill

The large scale disaster prevention drill was held at the 7th middle school on August 28th 2016, prior to the disaster memorial day of September 1st. It gathered 10 fire engines, disaster support vehicles of SDF and police cars. Eleven IIA members and 6 foreigners have experienced evacuation in smoke, manmade earthquake vehicle, fire extinguisher usage and AED trial. They have also watched dogsf activity to search survivors in a broken house. They, then, moved to the Onitaka primary school to experience the evacuation shelter. They became evacuators after registrations and acted many jobs to help each other in it. It ended after receiving hot meals cooked at sight. The foreign participants were so glad to have experienced this valuable drills.

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. 

Chef Teachers

Sweet coconut flavor pervaded in Tokagi Primary school on June 1st, 2017. Spicy curry croquette flavor in Fukuei primary school on June 25th. The special program called gTeacher Chefh the city coordinates started in this year. Its concept is to cook foreign cuisines together with foreign chefs and pupil and learn international matters. This program will continue at all of the primary schools in another four years and grow real international personality. 
IIA is pursuing this with full cooperation.

IIA General Assembly 2016

It was held on April 24, 2016 at Kinro Fukushi Center with more than 130 members. There were three parts. First part was the report of 2015 results of the activities and the plans of 2016. The second part was the lecture presentation of Mayor Okubo. The third part was the fun meeting among members. The traditional Taiwanese dance team by Ami Tribe was invited and performed beautiful dance. It was the fruitful 4 hours to think about our capabilities for foreigners and exchange activities.

New Year Festa 2016

More than 300 people gathered to celebrate New Year at Kinro Fukushi Center on January 24, 2016. It began by the Japanese tradition, the Lion dance or Shishimai and enjoyed to eat rice cakes or Mochi. There were many kinds of international cuisines such as Philippines, South America, China and India. On the stage, there were international dances, Philippines music, Kimono fashion show and speech contest. We spent one marvelous international day.

40th Ichikawa Civil Festival (IIA participated)

IIA had the booth in this festival held on November 7, 2015 at the Osu Park. Rosenheim City official delegation was welcomed and enjoyed watching Mikoshi or portable shrines, and eating typical Japanese foods. They visited IIA booth and made close communication with our staffs. IIA sold Rosenheim beers and wataame or cotton candy at the booth. The Division of International Relations, Ichikawa city, surveyed questionnaires to improve international relations.

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.

Survival Japanese School in Ichikawa 2016

It was held for children, who donft use Japanese often in home during summer vacation, between Aug. 24 and 27, 2015 at Ichikawa 7th Middle School. More than 40 children joined this special occasion to study Japanese and went to trip. They enjoyed making a broach and seeing the night sky in the planetarium, and moved to Western Disaster Prevention Center to learn how to minimize the damage.

The lecture gArt made of weaponsh (IIA co-hosted)

IIA supported Ms. Takeuchifs 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.

Support Nepal Quake Disaster

Nepal quake caused serious damages, 8,500 dead, 15,000 injured and 8million victims, which is 30% population. IIA held the charity activity supporting Nepal and donating after eating Nepal curry at Ichikawa Kominkan on June 28, 2015. 100 IIA members gathered. Nepalese and IIA members were working together to make real Nepal curry, have them eat and ask them donation if delicious. The total amount of donation was \180,000 and donated on site to the damaged primary schools in Nepal.

IIA@General Assembly 2015

It was held on April 11, 2015 at Kinrou Fukushi Center with over 120 IIA members. It was approved for activities, financial report and amendments of the byelaw in 2014, activity plans and financial plans 2015. The new chairperson, Ms. Narita and vice chairpersons, Ms. Inoue and Mr. Nagaosa were selected and approved. IIA will perform strongly exchange activities with sisters, friendship and partner cities ,survival Japanese school and other activities. After the assembly, Mayor Okubo explained municipal government. The last session was the social gathering. The Korean performers played the Korean drum, dances and songs while enjoying eating our own prepared lunch.

Disaster Pervention Seminar

The training for the supporters who assist the foreigners when the disasters occur
This training was held at I-link tower and Osu disaster park with more than 70 people. Mr. Takahashi, the manager of multilingual living of CLAIR talked about problems which foreigners face against when the quake occurs. Mr. Fujita, the officer in Ichikawa City, spoke about preparations when disasters occurs in Ichikawa.
Ms. Bannai, the International Language Academia explained how to write easy Japanese. The main session was scenario training against the disaster how to act when the disaster occurs. We felt seriously to prepare against the disaster.

Ichikawa Civil Festival

It was raining in the morning on November 1st, 2014, however it recovered when the opening ceremony started at 9:45am. There were four fields, Viva Ichikawa Field, Festival Field, Bazar Field and Kids Field. IIA promoted distributing the pamphlets of IIA and selling the wata ame (cottony sugar) and popcorn under two tents. The international Exchange Div. of Ichikawa City held the booth next to IIA and appealed exchange activities with five cities and had questionnaires about the international exchange.

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fs chorus.
The exhibitions: Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka and Taiwan

Yawata Town Migration

The town of Yawata was chosen as the area of the excursion display in Ichikawa City this year. It has been held around Yawata Shrine, Shimin Danwashitsu, Yawata Primary School and surrounds on Sep. 20 and 21, 2014. IIA held the booth to introduce the activities at Shimin Danwashitsu, sold Asian and South American merchandizes at the restaurant Marche, and demonstrated the Filipino Dances at Yawata Primary School.

Survival Japanese Language Class

It was held at Ichikawa 7th Middle High School between Aug. 25 and 27, 2014 with 48 pupils of 11countries in primary and middle high school. The purpose of this class is to encourage them to start the second semester of the school smoothly afterafter studying Japanese pleasantly at this class. The theme of this time was to get familiarize themselves the Japanese languages which used at home and school very often. The third day was the trip to Odaiba. We learned refraction and reflection of light and three primary colors at the Panasonic museum and how gas is mined and sent to our home at the Gas museum.
This class is supported by many volunteers who worked hard to put ideas outs, make the materials and teach them.

General Assembly 2014

IIAfs General Assembly 2014 was held on April 26, 2014 at the large conference hall in Ichikawa Kinrou Fukushi Center. More than 100 members including the city hall officers gathered. This year is the important milestone for IIA to celebrate 80th anniversary of the foundation of Ichikawa city, 25th anniversary of Ichikawa-Medan sister-city affiliation and 10th anniversary of Ichikawa-Rosenheim city partnership. We discussed about the business report and result of 2013, the business plan and budget of 2014 and the new board members. All these agenda were approved at the meeting.
After the meeting, Mayor Okubo made a memorial speech of the current condition and future plan of Ichikawa which we are very interested in.

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 gFour seasonsh. 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 Children

The 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 gThe Japanese Language Class for Childrenh 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fs strong demands in this area. The goal of this class is to live smooth school life for foreign elementary and junior high school students.

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