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Though it was raining, 42 people including classmates, their families, and volunteers participated.

We got on the boat at Hinode pier and got off at Asakusa. Then we walked to Sensoji temple through Kaminarimon gate and Nakamise street. 

Mr. Jun interviewed three students, Ms. Chang-in, Ms. Kotsuki, and Mr. Javier.   Please see the video of the interview. (Please click the picture, then you can see the video.)

Here is the impression of Mr Jun, the interviewer.

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I am Jun.  I came to Japan from Korea in October two years ago.  I have been studying Japanese from Ms. Chiba at Aoba International Lounge for almost one year and half.  This was the first experience for me join this kind of event.  It was really fun getting on a boat and praying at a temple.   It made me more impressive to have interviewed three classmates, Ms Chan-in, Ms.Kotsuki, and Mr. Javier.  I cannot use a humble form and courteous form appropriately yet. So I want study Japanese more so that I can speak Japanese fluently.

I appreciate for inviting me to such a wonderful event.

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20 people including classmates, their families, and volunteers participated.  2018.3.4 

 

 

 

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One day introductory class of world languages 

The second lecture, “Spanish”

Date: March 24 (Sat) from 2pm to 4pm

Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room 5

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

Participants: 44

Lecturer: Ms. Carmen Yoshioka (from Spain)

This was “One day introductory class of world languages” to introduce world languages that are the entrance to international exchange and understanding of different cultures.

We chose “Spanish” for 2nd lecture.

We invited Ms. Carmen Yoshioka from Spain as a lecturer.  She gave us a fabulous lesson of Spanish starting from the origin of Spanish, alphabet, greetings, and conversation mixing quizzes. Many attendants left comments that they could learn a lot and they enjoyed fun time. We are planning to host lectures to introduce many foreign languages and touch the cultures and histories of the countries where people speak the languages.

This the picture of a Buddhist statue carved by Mr. Zhang Hangtian who told us his wish to be a Miyadaiku, a carpenter specializing in temple and shrine construction, in 2017 Japanese speech convention.
A letter from Mr. Zhang Hangtian
I have been studying carving of Buddhist statues since last April. At the beginning, I just wanted to touch Japanese traditional culture and chose this course.  Soon after I started studying, I was fascinated with it.  In last one year, I made eight sculptures such as a head of Buddha and Nyorai rituzou (Tathagata statue).  In carving a three dimensional stature, it is very hard to correct a mistake. This is the big difference form painting which I have been learning since I was a child.  Unless an auxiliary line which was erased by carving is rewritten, the body balance, curve line and thickness end us differently.  So it is a time consuming work to repeat carving along an auxiliary line and write it again.  As for a carving knife, I need to train hard, if not, it is not only difficult to carve, but also dangerous.  But when I could overcome difficulties and became more skillful after repeated hard works, I was fully satisfied with the good works I could accomplish.  I am very proud of myself to be a youngster who inherits traditional culture.   I will continue my effort to study carving Buddhist statues.  I also want to have chance to contact with people who have interest in traditional culture.  Best regards!
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Please click his picture, then you can watch Video clip of his speech in 2017Japanese speech convention.
 
Mr. Zhang is studying traditional architecture at Sado college of traditional culture, environment and welfare for three years from April, 2018.  
 
 
 
 
 

 
The Saturday Japanese class had a social event.  33 people including class mates, their families, and volunteers participated. 
We enjoyed watching various Hina dolls and wearing a traditional Japanese kimono coat, the Haori, with the help of the kimono club members. 
We also enjoyed tea at the tea ceremony house,.
 
Students’ impression
Hu Yue   (China)
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. 

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65th Afternoon tea
“My Ghana, my Japan”

Date: February 24 (Sat), 2018 from 2pm to 4pm
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room 5
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

Guest speaker: Mr. Tony Justice (from Ghana)

Mr. Tony Justice came to Japan in 1991. He established African Heritage Committee in 2015 and assumed the position of general manager. He has been engaging in the activity to enhance the friendship between Japan and Africa. They made dining rooms for children in Sagamihara and Aobadai to provide free meals, together with chances to experience different cultures such as African drum and to study English lesson.

On February 24 (Sat), we invited Mr. Tony Justice as a guest speaker. He told us about the history, culture and daily life in Ghana. He also told us about his friendship activity and his dream for the future. 47 people (including 5 children), three invited guests and staffs filled up the room.

For most of us, what we knew about Ghana was chocolate, and Dr. Hideo Noguchi who studied yellow fever there. But through his easy and gentle lecture, we got to know the daily life, foods, history, and interesting cultures of Ghana.
Especially it was surprising for us to know that they use various kinds of coffins depending upon the disposition and tastes of the dead. After the lecture, we admired greatly to his effort for children of both Japan and Africa and understood the importance of his activity.
His lecture was easy to understand and full of interesting topics, as the result we felt a distant country Ghana much closer.

After the tea break, he answered to our questions gently and at the end we all enjoyed the session of African drum and maracas. Participation of children in drum part of the session added great fun for all of us.
Many attendants left words such as “It was fun” and “It was interesting”.
We appreciate your participation.

 

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2018 New Year Event

Annual “New Year Event” was held.

Date: January 7 (Sun) from 10:30am to noon

Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

We had annual “New Year Event 2018” on January 7 (Sun) as the first event of Yokohama Aoba International Lounge. Though it was on the middle day of three consecutive holidays, 80 people including foreigners, local residents and staffs gathered and had a lively party. New year decorations including brush writing of the kanji character of the year were displayed in the room, which enhanced the mood of new year celebration. As a mini event, Yokohama Accordion Club members played “Soushunfu, Ode to early spring”, and “Miagetegoran yoruno hoshiwo, Look up to see the night stars” and we all sang together to it. Then we enjoyed a quiz to answer names of Japanese folk songs.

We also experienced Iranian dance instructed by Sia, a teacher of a foreign language class of the lounge. First Sia instructed the dance in plain English, then, we all danced together to Iranian music. After the event, we had joyful conversation over snacks, sushi, and drinks. Many participants told us that it was really fun. Thank you very much for your participation.  

 

 

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..
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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.

 
 
 
 

Social event of Chinese class

The Chinese class, which is held every Friday from7pm to 8:30pm, had social event on December 15.

4 students from China were invited and class members introduced themselves in Chinese which they have been studying and enjoyed the event in a friendly mood.

 

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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.
Doraemon

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Pompeii

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Halo, Halo Bandung

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (practice)

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The song of Do-Re-Me (practice)

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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. 
 

  

  

2017 Japanese speech event by Japanese learners of Japanese class was held at Yamauchi Community Center in Azamino on November 26.
 
12 students from 6 countries participated in front of 110 audiences. 
We also enjoyed magic tricks by Mr. Ken Ho as an attraction show.
 
 
Co-host: Aoba Ward Office, Yokohama City
     :Yokohama City, Yamauchi Community Center
 
Please click the picture of a performer, then you can watch Video clip of the speech.
 
[Russia]    Tsutsui (筒井) Nataria (staying in Japan for 10 years)
”I am happy now.”
I return to Russia once a year.   I returned to Russian in August this year for one month.
During my absence, my 8 years old daughter spent 3 weeks with her cousins separated from me. 
I was very happy to see my daughter who is a Japanese elementary school girl being able to spend alone in Russian language environment. 
 

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17th Lecture in plain English

”Yoga by English instruction”

Date: November 26 (Sun) from 10am to 11:30am

Place: Yamauchi Community Center Hall BC on 3rd floor

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge and Yamauchi Community Center of Yokohama City

We had 17th lecture in plain English, “Yoga by English instruction” co-hosting with Yamauchi Community Center. 

Wide range of participants, from high school students to seniors, beginners to experienced including 25 women attended the lecture.

As instructors, we had Ms. Angie who has yoga studios in Tokyo, Sydney, and Florida and is a teacher of International Lounge foreign language class, and Ms. Goli from Iran. At the beginning, Ms. Angie, Ms. Goli and all participants introduced themselves. After the brief explanation of yoga, we all tried yoga.

It seemed to be the first experience for participants to listen to English explanation of each yoga pose and move their body themselves. At the beginning some seemed to be confused.  However they got used to it and at the end enjoyed it with smile.

All participants got comfortable sweat and their minds were refreshed by the English lecture by Ms. Angie and Ms. Goli.

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16th Lecture in plain English

 “The history and Culture of République du Mali which is full of art”

Date: September 23 (Sat) from 2pm to 4pm

Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room5

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

16th Lecture in plain English was held inviting Mr. Osman, Mr. Nomuko from Republic of Mari and Dr. Ba-Konare who is in Paris and linked by Skype as .guest speakers. 

Mr. Ba-Abu from Senegal, which locates next to Mali, moderated the lecture.

In part 1, Mr. Osman told us the history, myth, and culture of Mali which was the center of ancient culture in northern Africa and gave birth to many myths, showing power-pont slides. .

  • In part 2, Dr. Ba-Konare joined from Paris by Skype and told us the confusion of multiethnic nation Mali, present status and problems of Mali which is plunginginto civil war

The attendees of the lecture should be surprised of rich historical culture and art, and at the same time this was a good chance to understood the present status and problems of the country which creates refugees

We apologize that Dr. Ba-Konare could not come but joined only by Skype and also the delay of our schedule due to the delay of the start.

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One day class of world languages for beginners 

The first lecture “Arabic”

Date: November 11 (Sat) from 2pm to 4pm

Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room 5

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

This lecture series started for the purpose of providing opportunities to learn a little bit of foreign languages which can be the entrance to international exchange and understanding of foreign cultures. We will have this lecture regularly every year.  For the first lecture, we chose Arabic

The lecturer, Ms. Enezan Baraa is from Damascus, Sylia.  She came to Japan as an exchange student in 2015 and is a research student of Tokyo Metropolitan University Japanese language education department. She started from the origin and history of Arabic and presented Arabic letters, how to pronounce, and structure of a word using materials she prepared.   At the last half of the lecture, participants challenged to write their name in Arabic referring to the Arabic letter chart.  At the end, Ms. Baraa checked the writings comparing with the name card of the writer.

In the session to listen to the sound of Arabic language, Ms. Baraa read a poem of Syrian poet and we listened to Arabic sound, pronunciation, and intonation. , 

We had wide range of attendees were from 7 years old to 90 years old and we could experience Arabic in a joyful way.

Attendees were very delighted to have Arabic name cards of them written by Ms. Baraa. 

We got a comment that this was a very joyful lecture. 

We will continue to have this kind of lectures, not only to learn a language but to touch the world cultures and histories of the people who speak the language.

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7th Lecture on foreign affairs

“About Saudi Arabia”

Date: October 29, 2017 (Sun) from 2pm to 4pm

Place: Aoba Community Cross-Cultural Center  Room 5

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

Mr. Haruo Wada was sent to many developing countries such as Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Singapore as a JICA specialist to support human development policy.  Based on his experience to communicate with people of those countries, he is working for promotion of understanding different cultures, multicultural living, and internationalization.

In this lecture, he focused on Saudi Arabia, which has two holy places and is called as the leader of Arab world.  Saudi Arabia is not familiar to most of Japanese and is one of difficult countries to enter.  Mr. Wada told us about the history, kingship, people’s life, and the situation of the capital Riyadh in the native dress of Saudi Arabia.  He also told us his new findings, surprises, and touching experiences in a plain way.

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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. 


 

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64th  Afternoon Tea

“Living under aurora”--Vast nature of Yukon, far north of Canada--

Date: October 28, 2017 (Sat) from 2pm to 4pm

Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center  Room5

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

Guest Speakers: Mr.Tomohiro Kamimura and Mrs. Tammy Trotic

They enjoy a simple ger life in a wood with 15 sled dogs, canoeing on Yukon river in summer and sledding with their dog in winter.

They run a tour guide company aiming to connect nature and humans.

We invited Mr. Tokohiro Kamimura and Mrs. Tammy Trotic who live in Yukon Territory of Canada and we listened to the presentation “Living under aurora”—Vast nature of Yukon, far north of Canada-- on rainy October 28 (Sat).  

Since the topic was about aurora which all of us want to see at least once, 45 people attended to the lecture. They told us about their life showing colorful panoramic pictures of the nature. In summer, they enjoy canoeing on Yukon river under midnight sun and in winter they move around wood on their dog sled under aurora.  While we listened to the realistic lecture, we all felt that we want to visit there once. Based on the experience of a ger life in the wood with 15 sled dogs and working as a guide to connect nature and humans, they taught us about the big nature of aurora, wild animals, recommended spots of Yukon, and the best season to visit there. 

At the tea break, maple cookies and tea were served which all of us enjoyed very much. In the last part of the lecture, they answered to all the questions from participants politely.

We, all staffs, were very impressed to see that participants had smile when they left.

We appreciate all of you.

 

000”International Exchange through making rice dumplings and a moon viewing party”
Date: September 30 (Sat), 2017 from 6pm to 8pm
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room 2 & 3
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge
We had an international exchange event, “Making rice dumplings and a moon viewing party” in the evening of September 30 (Sat). More than 50 participants including Japanese, foreigners and staffs together with their children enjoyed the event. First we listened to the lecture about “Moon viewing of the harvest moon” and then we made rice dumplings all together. While we were waiting for dumplings to be steamed, participants from China and Senegal told us moon viewing in their countries. Then we enjoyed rice dumpling of three kinds of taste, sweet bean paste, sweetened soybean flour and sweet soy glaze. We also enjoyed drum and dance performance of Senegal which we were not familiar with. We were very excited. After that, we enjoyed conversation in many groups over drinks and cookies. It seemed the warm atmosphere wouldn’t end. We felt that two hours passed very quickly. All participants enjoyed making rice dumplings with their children, and for foreign people, this was a good experience to enjoy Japanese culture. We appreciate your participation.

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”63th Afternoon Tea   “Affluent life in Caspian sea area, Russia”

Date: July 15 (Sat), 2017 from 2pm to 4pm

Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge
Guest speaker; Mrs. Yulia  Stonogina ( Mrs. Yulia Ichino)

Mrs. Yulia Stonogina was born in Astrakhan City where Volga flows into Caspian sea.  She studied at Department of Journalism, Moscow University and finished the post graduate course. She worked as a journalist and a researcher in the field of cross cultural exchange between Japan and Russia.  She came to Japan in 2011 and has been staying in Japan.  We invited Mrs. Yulia Ichino from Astrakhan, Russia on July 15 (Sat) and had her lecture, “Affluent culture of Caspian sea area”. 
Astrakhan where Volga flows in to Caspian sea is a multiethnic city of 173 ethnic groups such as Russian, Tartar, and Kazakh and of 14 religious groups.  People live together peacefully.
Since it is located in the Southern part of Russia and the climate is milder, many people from Moscow and Saint Petersburg visit here for fishing and camping.  Caviar is famous and Catfish called Camas is popular.  Water melon is also famous.  It is two hours flight from Moscow to Astrakhan.
At teatime, Russian chocolates and Russian traditional cookie, сушка was served to us by Mrs. Yulia.  We all enjoyed them.There were samovar (water boiler), matrioshka (Russian nesting doll), Balalaika (Russian stringed musical instrument), and ethnic costumes in the room, which gave us Russian atmosphere.At the end, Mrs. Yulia and her husband who always support her sang for us a Russian folk song, “Степь да степь кругом, Unending wild field”, which all of us gave a big cheer. The voice was very beautiful and touched our heart.