Tsuzuki Minka-en was a very big old house. It’s very thick straw roof was impressive. Inside the house we could see many tools in Edo era and Hina dolls and hanging dolls from the Meiji era to the Heisei era.
We could feel deep love of parents who made those dolls putting their love in each stitch. I was really impressed.
In addition, I could experience formal Japanese tea ceremony. I was calmed down in the simple but elegant atmosphere though sitting with my legs folded under me was hard for me.
I found the beauty of Japanese traditional culture through Hina doll festival and tea ceremony.
This was a wonderful experience for us from foreign countries.
Read more: Visit to Tsuzuki Minka-en. Saturday Japanese class, February 24, 2018
The supplementary class for children had an event to present the accomplishments at the class.
In this event, children of the class, their families, and volunteer members joined together and enjoyed social event too.
While waiting for all attendees to show up, we enjoyed Origami.
Then, the event started.
Reading aloud, presentation of their compositions, what they searched, and what they made, etc..
Children to be the first grader next year presented action songs.
They seemed relieved when they finished presentation.
They played instruction game raising hands, food, or patting on their head.
After the games, they all enjoyed social time with snacks.
Tokyo Institute of Technology students from Indonesia played Angklung, an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia, on the stage of Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Festival on November 23, 2017.
This was the 8th year. They played three songs, Doraemon, Pompei (a song of England), and Halo, Halo Bandung (a song of Indonesia).
After the programed performance, Japanese audience had chance to practice Angklung and played “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “The song of Do-Re-Me”, and “Butterfly” together.
Click the title of song, you can watch a Video clip of Angklung performance.
|Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (practice)
|The song of Do-Re-Me (practice)
Every year, half of the students are new members. Some students study Angklung in Japan for the first time.
Indonesian heritage is passed down to younger generation even in Japan.
Wednesday Japanese class students visited Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center on October 18.
51 participants including volunteers enjoyed the visit favored by good weather.
The followings are the voices of participants.
・Mr.D from Australia: I was interested in an earthquake resistant car.
・Ms.F from Taiwan: Some portion was difficult to understand.
・Ms. from China: I want to go this kind of class trip again.
36 participants including class members, their families, and volunteers enjoyed the social event of Saturday Japanese class on June 24, 2017.
We had fun time looking around the exhibitions of models and old materials related to Edo and Tokyo.
Brief comments by students
Ms. Ha phuong Thuỷ from Vietnam
I was interested in the diorama of a town in old days. It was a good chance for me to know the old days’ life.
Ms. Wan Laimui Mona (温 麗梅）from Hongkong
I went to Edo-Tokyo Museum together with classmates of Saturday Japanese class.
I could see the daily life of Edo era and of 1960s.
I could have better understanding of Japan.
I want to find another chance to visit there again.
Ms.Yu Ronghua (于荣華) from China
I could learn culture, history, business and architecture of Edo era. I also experienced common people’s life of those days. I found a doll of Guān Yǔ (関羽）a feudal warlord in Shu-Han dynasty of China) on the Kanda Shrine’s float of Edo era. It was a fun to see the influence of Chinese culture. There was an acrobatic show from 12:30. We could try Japanese traditional entertainment using an umbrella. It was an unforgettable experience.
Presented by Edo-Tokyo Museum.
This is the report by Mr. Heap (TIT student from Vietnam, a person on the right of the photo) Mar. 5, 2017.
We visited Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center on Mach 5 (Sun) as a social event. We experienced artificial earthquake, fire extinguishing drill, and training of escaping from smoke.
Of course we have fire extinguishers in Vietnam, but I have never used it. It was a very interesting experience. I could meet not only Japanese, but Chinese, Koreans, and Indonesians. We took many photographs. I enjoyed the event very much.
I want to visit this facility again with my friends. Thank you very much.
At the tea party on January 28 (Sat), the students of the class made “an Origami talking lip”..
They all looked joyful and we realized so many people liked Origami.
After the Japanese class of Feb.18(Sat), we, together with 14 students, enjoyed making “Hina Doll “Origami, since it was “Doll’s festival” season
It seemed to be a little difficult for the first-timers, but they had good hands and were very enthusiastic. They all looked very happy when they could complete Origami dolls beautifully.
Each of supplementary class children made presentation about what they studied, what they worked hard, what they are good at, and the works they made in front of audience. Presentations were readings of picture stories they made, composition, picture diary, Haiku, and tongue twisters.
After the presentation, we enjoyed “Tell me about you” game, in which fathers, mothers, and volunteers drew cards and answered to the question written on the card. Questions were about favorite foods, sports, and countries where one lived. This gave us a good chance to get to know each other.
The works of all children will be exhibited on the bulletin board of the center in April.
Please come to look at them.
Tokodai Indonesian students played Angklung ( bamboo instrument), an World Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia, on the stage of Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Festival on November 23, 2016.
Half of the students learned Angklung after their coming to Japan. Indonesian heritage is passed down to younger generation even in Japan.
They performed 3 musics.
1.Manuku Dadali (Indonesian national bird, Garuda)
2.Hana wa saku (Flowers keep blooming, a charity song for 311 earthquake victims)
3.Viba la Vida (English rock band, Coldplay's music)
60 of us visited Enoshima Shrine to prey and went up Sea Candle (Enoshima Lighthouse Observation Tower) to enjoy a panoramic view of the sea.
Unfortunately we couldn’t see Mt. Fuji because of cloud but we enjoyed a day of fun. 2016.6.25
Impression of Ms. Ekaterina (Russia)
Thank you for excursion to Enoshima island. It is a very beautiful place near the sea.
We visited "Enoshima Sea Candle", "Enoshima Jinja shrine" and "Samuel Cocking Garden".
And number one place for my son was "Enoshima Aquarium" with Dorfin Show.
It was great impression for us about nice time which we spent together with Tana center people.
Thank you so much. Martynova Ekaterina
Tokyo Institute of Technology students from Indonesia played Angklung, an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia, on the stage of Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Festival on November 29, 2015.
They also participated in ethnic costume show of the festival.
Half of the students learned Angklung after their coming to Japan. Indonesian heritage is passed down to younger generation even in Japan．
They played “Crayon Shinchan” (3minute), a theme song of a popular cartoon, and “Hanawasaku” (flowers keep blooming), a charity song for 311 earthquake victims (5minutes).
Please click Youtube mark mark below, then you can listen to Angklung.
Indonesian students in Bali costume,
Ms. Chang feng from Vietnam of Thursday Japanese class in ao dai,
and Mr. Tse Ring from Bhutan of Saturday Japanese class in Bhutanese costume participated in the show.
We (class of Wednesday Japanese Class) went to Shinagawa Aquarium on October 14th.
37 people including family members of classmates got together.
Since it was right before Halloween, the Aquarium was decollated by pumpkins and pointed hats.
[A diver was feeding rays.]
This is the report (originally in Japanese) by Ms.Zhang Yihui of Thursday’s Japanese class.
"Romantic Memory" Zhang Yihui
We, classmates of Tana Japanese class, went to Yokohama on Nov. 27.
When we enjoyed walking in the park, we came across a pond surrounded by trees.
There, children were enjoying on the grass.
After that, we got on Marine Shuttle together.
I thought “What a beautiful sea it is!”
We enjoyed drinking coffee and taking pictures on the ship. We saw various beautiful views from the ship.
The ginkgo trees along Ohdori street was very beautiful.
It made me feel romantic.
This will go down as a good memory in me.
Japanese Wednesday Class Social Event, November 19 (Wed), 2014
Visit to Yokohama City Municipal Disaster Prevention Center
29 students with their families and 14 volunteers visited Yokohama City Municipal Disaster Prevention Center on a crystalline autumn day.
We started in two groups, one using municipal subway and the other using JR Yokohama line. At the center, we experienced smoke environment (walking in poor visibility), darkness environment (walking along a wall in darkness), and simulated earthquake. We also saw exhibition.
The center staff taught us in an easy to understand manner and we could learn how we should behave at disasters such as fire and earthquake.
Tokodai (Tokyo Institute of Technology) students from Indonesia played Angklung. 2014.10.25
At Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Festival, Tokodai students from Indonesia played Angklung, Indonesian bamboo music instrument, a world cultural helitage .
Students of Thursday's Japanese class joined.
Most of them learned the instrument after they came to Japan.
This means that Indonesian heritage is handed down in Japan too.
They played two Japanese songs, "Furusato" and "Ue wo muite arukou".
and also click "X" of Drop box in the picture, you can enjoy the video. (4minutes 53 seconds)
Japanese Saturday class exchange Girl’s festival
After the Saturday class, 27 students and 13 volunteers had sushi bento lunch together and went to Tsuzuki Private House Garden.
Traditional Hina Dolls were displayed . We experienced powdered green tea at tea ceremony in the tea ceremony room.
We also experienced the pain numbness in our feet by seiza (sitting straight) during the ceremony.
Students of Japanese Saturday Class enjoy Girl’s Festival social event every year.
Japanese Thursday class Exchange "Sankeien 三溪園”
We, Thursday class students, went to Sankeien Garden .19 students and their families and 8 volunteers participated. We also enjoyed tea celemony trial （Sadoh 茶道）. 2014.03.06
Written description of Mr. Yaojie (China) （妖杰）.
Thursday class members visited Sankeien Garden. Sankeien Garden was made by Mr. Sankei Hara, a successful business man who made a fortune in silk export. The garden was made open to the public June 1906. There are many big carp in the pond of the garden and they come close to you. In March, colorful Japanese apricot flowers are in full bloom.
Historical buildings are preserved and garden staffs guided us. This was a good opportunity for us not only to study Japanese but also to study Japanese historcal culture.
This visit was a very good lesson for us. We had a wonderful time in Japan.
Read more: Japanese Thursday class Exchange