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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.
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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. 

 
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.
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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15th “Lecture in plain English”

Lecture in plain English”Lecture for improving your English conversation skill by Prof.Takahashi
“Study method useful for improving English conversation skill”


Date: July 2 (Sun) from 2pm to 4pm

 Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room 5

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

This was the fifth lecture by prof.Takahashi of Toyo Eiwa University.We learned so much from the lecture; “Anyone can instantly improve English conversation skill with junior high school level English”   We all nodded in many English expressions of daily conversation. It was a very interesting and fruitful two hour lecture   It was so interesting that we all felt as if it was a very shot lecture. Prof.Takahashi taught us not to take it too seriously to study English conversation but to study English conversation with fun, We could understand the approach very well through the lecture, which made us understood the reason why this lecture had full of applicants.  44 people including 2 students and two families attended the lecture. The lecture of Prof. Takahashi, specialized in English education, is very useful especially for young people and young students studying English now.

We will continue to plan various lectures for young people in our project.

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Event to make Star Festival decoration with your children
Date: June 24 (Sat) from 1:30pm to 3pm
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center, Rm5
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge
Lecturer: Ms. Miho Sasamoto and Ms. Junko Maeda, NPO Flower Club Nanayume
We had the event to make Star Festival decoration with children in preparation for July 7, Tanabata.
39 people including 5 groups of foreign families and 8 groups of Japanese families participated.
Following the easy instruction by the lecturers, all of us including children worked very hard to make flower arrangements for Tanabata decoration.
We were very happy to put paper decorations and complete the flower arrangement that showed the story of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair) on the milky way background.
After that, we enjoyed exchange game between foreign families and Japanese families. All of us including small children eagerly listened to the picture story of Tanabata. Candies were presented to children as a participation award.
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We, staffs, were very touched to hear that most of the children answered “Mother” to our question “Whom do you present the flower?”,

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. 

 

 

 

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“Arpa Duo spring concert”

Date March 11 (Sat), 2017 from 2pm to 4pm

Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center room 5

Title: Arpa Duo Spring Concert

     ~ Beautiful South American music of Arpa, a folk instrument of Paraguay~

Performers: Mr. Enrique Carrera and Ms. Arisa Matsuki

We had Aoba International Lounge Concert for the first time in a while. We invited two Arpa players, Mr. Enrique Carrera and Ms. Arisa Matsuki. Arpa is a folk instrument of Paraguay. The concert program started with “Coffee rumba” and wide range of music from classical to Japanese songs such as “Cannon” and “Sakurasakura” followed, which all audience, regardless of age and gender, could enjoy. At intermission, we enjoyed “MATE”, tea called “salad to drink”, with Chipitas, typical Paraguayan cookie. The second part of the concert started with Q and A session. The custom of Paraguay which we are not familiar with was introduced. We were all comforted and moved by the Arpa sound of famous songs that everyone knew such as “El Condor Pasa”, “Sakura”, “Hanamizuki”, “Tren Lechero”, etc. After the performance, we were allowed to touch Arpa, which gave us a wonderful experience to pluck Arpa.

 

 

 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.