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 Japanese Speech Event by Foreigners learning Japanese 2016

 2016 Japanese speech event by Japanese language class students was held at Yamauchi
Community Center in Azamino on Nov. 27, 2016
12 students from 8 countries participated at the event.
Co-host: Aoba Ward Office, Yokohama City
Nguyen Thi Tam(from Vietnam, staying in Japan for 5 years)
“Gratified experience”
One day, when I lived in Kyoto, I got on the bus without my wallet.
When I was in difficulty to get off the bus, a girl beside me gave me a coupon ticket.
I told about it to my co-worker, then she gave me a ticket for my return way.
 I thought how kind they were.
Lin Yingchen(from China staying in Japan for 1 year)
“Difference in child-raising”
Chinese children spend most of their time for studying without having any time to play.
In Japan, I feel that children learn a lot through playing.
I have to consider how to balance study time and play time for my children. 
Wen Limei(from Hong Kong, China, staying in Japan for 1 year)
“Japanese is difficult”
Learning Japanese is difficult.  Even if I understand the meaning of Kanji character, I sometimes make a mistake in using it.
Pronunciation of prolonged sound, contracted sound, dull sound are very difficult too*.  I am studying singing a song to improve these sounds.
 Let’s practice Japanese hard so that we can enjoy the life in Japan. 
* Prolonged : カー、オー(kah,oh) , Contracted:キャ、キュ、キョ(kya,kyu,kyo), Dull:ガ、ダ、ザ、バ(ga,da,za,ba)
Yuan Qianying(from China, staying in Japan for 8 months)
 “Why there is less traffic jam in Japan?”
Traffic jam in China is far heavier than that in Japan.
In Japan, parking on the side of the road is generally illegal and there are many parking lots using open spaces.
We should promote the traffic rules and making parking lots first in China.
Fujita Duangkamol(from Thailand, staying in Japan for 1 year)
 “The custom of Thailand, different from that of Japan”
In Thailand, we have meals basically at a food stall or in a restaurant, whereas people in Japan cook and eat meals mostly at home.  
In Thailand, we season food when we eat, but in Japan, we eat without seasoning at the table.
We cannot say which is better.
It is important to understand the custom and respect it.  
Armelia Melkias(from Indonesia, staying in Japan for 2 years)
“My hometown Bandung”
Bandung where I was born is the capital of West Java state of Indonesia and the fourth largest city in Indonesia.
There are historical buildings and you can enjoy gourmet foods and hot spring.
Please go and see there.
I want to visit many places while I am in Japan.  
Usmani Kamran(from Pakistan, staying in Japan for 19 years)
“Japanese in Roman character”
When I came to Japan, I didn’t have time to study Japanese.
I learned Japanese through watching TV, listening to my friends and using Roman character.
Now I understand Japanese, but I have had funny experiences too.  
Please study the difference of pronunciation between "r" and "l" correctly.
Chen Zhengjun(from China, staying in Japan for 1 year)
“I want to be a pastry chef of Japanese cake”.
I wanted to be a pastry chef since I was a child.  After I traveled to Kyoto, I decided to be a pastry chef of Japanese cake.  
The result of a long life experience can be explained in Japanese cakes.
I quit my job and came to Japan to study Japanese.  
I will enter a pastry school next spring.  I am getting closer to my dream.  
Yong Jiawei(from China, staying in Japan for 3 years)
“Impression of Mountain climbing in Japan”
We can enjoy attractive Japanese culture in the nature away from the crowd.  
Climbers carry garbage bags and going down climbers give way to climbers going up and exchange words.  
In mountain climbing, going down is important because it secures your accomplishment.
In our life, to secure our accomplishments is very important.  This impression will be my lifelong treasure. 
Sun Myunghyo(from Korea, staying in Japan for 4 years)
“How to live your own unique life”
After reading the novel “Convenience store man”, I realized that I have the same problem as the man in the novel.
But I found it not exciting and pleasant only to worry about how people look at me.  
I want to live my own life vividly with a pride. 
Huang Xiaoqiao(from Taiwan, staying in Japan for 1 year)
“Something I found in Japan”
I work for a Japanese company.  
I found differences from Taiwan in greeting manner, calmness in the train, and attitude of being “always yes”.  
But there are tasty foods, and variety of goods.  
Toilet is very comfortable.  I like the town too.  Please come to Taiwan. 
Tony Garner (from England, staying in Japan for 1 year)
“Children’s book”
I often read children’s books because I have a daughter who is two year and 9 month old.
So I can understand the Japanese culture well.
In “Kasajizo (Capped Ksitigarbha)” story, Ksitigarbha moves as if it were a human being, which would be very scary for people in Europe.
But in this story it is not. I guess this is because of the difference of culture. 
Chaired by: 
Mr. Neil Hasegawa Yates (from England, staying in Japan for 20 years) and
Ms. Geraldine Tsuyuki (from USA, staying in Japan for 25 year)
Guest of honor: Mr. Toshimi Ohno (vice director of Aoba ward) 
Commentator: Ms. Ayako Kishine of Hanlin Japanese School 
1. Karate performance by Ms. Noriko Kobayashi and her children
2.Chorus by Harmony Swan
    “Furusato no shiki (four seasons in homeland”(Japanese school song)

International Children's Art Exhibition sponsored by Aoba International Lounge started in October 1996, and celebrated its 20th anniversary  in 2015.
We have asked elementary and junior high schools  to participate, and have invited people of the world to join through press letters and websites.
Individuals can also take part in.
Works had been exhibited at Azamino Art Forum, Aoba Ward Hall, and Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center.

You can see the works from 2011 to 2015 on this site.

Supporting organizations:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges  (YOKE)

Theme Click a image to see the works of the year.
Smile 2011top
Vehicle 2012top
Holidays 2013top

My Favorite Food
Free 2015top


The 6th Lecture on Overseas affairs
“Life in Anatolia, Turkey”

Date: October 1, 2016 from 2 to 4 pm
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center, room No5
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

Mr. Inoue, the lecturer, worked in travel and event business for nearly 40 years. After retirement, he worked as a senior volunteer of JICA staying in Kirsehir, Turkey with his wife for 2 years from April 2014 to January 2016.  There he engaged in promotion and support of sightseeing industry at Culture and Tourism Bureau.    
Mr. and Mrs. Inoue told us about the dietary life, the manners / customs, education and culture together with many pictures which they learned during the stay.

They also told us brief overview of Turkey and the relation with Japan.  
The presentation was well accepted by all attendees since it was easy to understand and very interesting.
Daily commodities and accessories made in Kirsehir were exhibited in the room.
We enjoyed Turkish tea and sugary lokum at tea break. All 41 participants had a good time.




Event for children
“Children, let’s enjoy Halloween party in English.”
Date: October 22 (Sat) 2016 from 2pm to 3:30pm
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room 5.

We had Halloween party for children from 2 to 7 years old in the afternoon of October 2(Sat).
20 children got together in various Halloween costumes.  Students of Clark International high school helped us to decorate walls with Halloween goods and made Halloween original can badges for us.   
Ms. Angie, a teacher of our English class, talked about Halloween characters in English. Children actively responded to it copying the speech. They enjoyed songs, dancing, Bingo game and enthusiastically listened to the picture book reading.  They visited 5 places to enjoy “Trick or Treat” and got lots of candies. At the end, they got presents from Ms Angie.  Their smiling faces looked very charming.



Let’s enjoy international exchange.  
“Enjoy making Japanese style cake and tea ceremony”

Date July 18 (Mon) from 10:30am to noon
Place: Aoba Community and Cross Cultural Center Rm 2 and 3
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

On July 18 (Mon), National holiday (Marine Day) we had an event, “Let’s enjoy international exchange.  Enjoy making Japanese style cake and tea ceremony”
48 participants including 28 foreigners enjoyed making Japanese style cake and tea ceremony.   In making Japanese style cake, we challenged to make a morning glory shaped Japanese style cake as if making a clay model.   After that, we made “Rakugan”, a hard, dainty sweet made of soybean and rice flour mixed with sugar.   After mixing three different taste powders, all we needed to do was to put the mix into a wooden mold and then flip the wooden mold to put out Rakugan.   It was so easy and fun that some people tried it many times forgetting the time passing.
Next we enjoyed tea ceremony with the cakes we made.   Once a lady in a traditional Kimono started making tea using formal tea set, it inspired solemnity.  Following the guest of honor, each participant tried to make a ball of tea.   It looked as if they are scrambling unsteadily rather than preparing.   However, we could enjoy unusual but joyous tea ceremony.  All attendants got a little bit familiar with Japanese culture.



Japanese Class Schedule 

1. All of the teachers are volunteers.

 2.   Eligibility for Japanese class is junior high school graduate.

3.   You can choose the class that fits your schedule.

4.   Lesson for small group

5. Please buy your own textbook. Ask your teacher.

6 .  Fee is 300 yen per month for each class.

7.  Time:    Wed   09:30 ~ 11:00    For the Wednesday class, before being placed, the teacher will speak to you over the phone. You will be placed with other students who are at a similar Japanese language level. You may not be able to join if there are many applicants.

                 Thu    18:30 ~ 20:00    There are no spots available for the Thursday class.

                 Sat     09:30 ~ 11:00  There are no spots available for the Saturday class.

8.   Current Class Schedule   

2022.3  -  2023.3
  Wednesday Thursday Saturday
  09:30-11:00  18:30-20:00 09:30-11:00
MAR 2,9,16 3,10,17 5,12,19 
APR 6,13,20,27 7,14,21,28 9,16,23
MAY 11,18,25 12,19,26 7,14,21,28
JUN 1,8,15,22,29 2,9,16,23,30 4,11,18,25
JUL 6,13,20 7,14,21,28 2,9,16,23 *30
*6 *20 *27
*Special class
of summe
SEP 7,14,21,28 1,8,15,22,29 3,10,17,24
OCT 5,12,19,26  6,13,20,27  1,8,15,22,29
NOV  2,9,16,30   10,17,24  5,12,19,26
DEC  7,14,21  1,8,15,22  3,10,17
JAN  11,18,25  12,19,26  7,14,21,28
FEB  1,8,15,22  2,9,16  4,18,25
MAR  1,8,15,22  2,9,16,23  4,11,18


・There are many events for sightseeing of historical place, experiencing Japanese culture, extra curricular exchange, classroom activities, Speeches in Japanese by foreign residents.

Proffile Ms. Angie Nagam

Lecturer: Ms. Angie Nagam
         She is from USA and came to Japan in 1996.  She has been working as a lecturer at universities and English Schools.  Now, she runs “Yoga in English studios for parents and children” at Aoyama, Tokyo and at Florida, USA.

Message from Ms. Angie Nagam
  Come Enjoy English with US!!
  We focus on clear American pronunciation and have lots of fun learning together.
  Once you master English. You can make your international dreams come true.
  Come join us! 

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Profile of Ms. Chiara Burttoni and her message

Ms. Chiara Buratton is from Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna North Italy.

Ravenna is an old city where Byzantine art flowered and is called the treasury of mosaic arts.

She learned Japanese and Japanese culture at Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.

She got DITALS (Teacher’s license of Italian language) after studying at Institute Italiano de Cultura in 2010. 

She worked as a teacher of Italian language schools in Ravenna and Boronia and is now teaching Italian at Institute Italiano de Cultura.

Her hobbies are visiting museums and playing a board game.

Message from the lecturer, Ms. Chiara Burttoni

Sono  Chiara , piacere  !

How about opening this door and studying Italian and Italian culture with me?

If you study Italian, it will make you easier to make Italian friends and make you understood Italian culture further more.

Let’s enjoy amusing conversation and studying Italian together!


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 Japanese Speech 2015

Japanese speech event by foreigners studying Japanese was held at Art Forum Azamino on November 29, 2015.
13 speakers from 8 countries participated.
This event was co-hosted by Yokohama Aoba Ward Office.
[ Indonesia] Irma Andarini       (staying in Japan for 2years 5 months)
 “What surprised me when I came to Japan”
The surprise I experienced in Japan was that there are many earthquakes.   At the beginning, I rushed to outside of the house.  Since I am a Moslem, I wear a scarf outside.  I don’t wear a scarf in the house. I had an experience that it took me a while to find a scarf and the earthquake subsided before I was ready to go out.  As the result, there was no one outside when I was out.   Now I got used to earthquake and became not to care about a small earthquake just like Japanese people don’t.  Another thing was that Japan has four seasons in which there are many events, whereas in Indonesia, we have only a rainy season and a dry season. Cherry blossom viewing was really a fun event.  


[Japan]  Yusuke Noguchi   (staying in Japan for 2 years 5 months) 
“Self-introduction and recitation”
I was born in Philippines and came to Japan two years ago when I was 1st grade of junior high school.  I studied Hiragana and Kanji at “Himawarinokai” on Saturday and Sunday.  I had no friend at the beginning, but later one friend taught me about Japan.  After joining the basket ball club, I got many friends with whom I am spending joyful days.  At the beginning, my friends laughed at me whenever I made mistakes in Japanese.   I continued my effort not to get angry and to have smile always.   In the future, I want to study to be a pilot of US Navy.  I recite the poem by Kenji Miyazawa, “Unbeaten by rain”.  
[Cina]  Xiu Yanhua  (staying in Japan for 1year 6 months)
“What I like in Japanese life.”
 I will tell you what I like in Japanese life.  First one is good service.  People at hospitals and shops are courteous at all times thinking about us.  Next one is that relatives are always kind and accept us with kind heart. I am very happy about it.   The last one is the fact that there are many convenient things.   Connection between trains and busses are very good and there is variety of choice of goods.  I want to continue living in Japan.   
[Korea] Lee Sunee    (staying in Japan for 19 years)
”The power that support me”
I still remember the moment when I arrived at Japan 19 years ago.  That fresh feeling had gradually faded away and lost confidence in me through the experiences of not being able to express myself well, or feeling loneliness.  That was the time when I came across a catholic church.   While I started going there to pray, I began to feel a new power in mind and found a way to encourage myself in hard times.   I will move forward praying to God.  
[Indonesia] Maulana Abdul Aziz   (staying in Japan for  2 years 2 months)
“My worries before coming to Japan”
My biggest worry before coming to Japan to study at Tokyo Institute of Technology as a graduate student was whether or not Halal foods allowed by Islamic law were available in Japan.  Alcohol drinks and pork are prohibited and it is also prohibited to use cookware used for pork cooking.  But I understood that I don’t need to worry about it, finding out that I can buy foodstuffs with Halal logo at supermarket for cooking myself and can find restaurants for Moslem by smart phone.  I also found that the school cafeteria of TIT provides Halal Ramen and Halal deep fried chicken (kara age).  Thus I was released from my worry. 
 [USA]  Guy Rose  (staying in Japan for 6 years)
“Experiences in Japan”
In Japan people get on the train in an orderly manner even if it is overcrowded. If it were in the USA, there can be a fight. I was surprised to find that I can withdraw money, pay a bill, or buy a concert ticket at a convenience store. In USA, drinking on the street is prohibited, but it is possible in Japan.  I felt it ghostlike when I saw dried bonito flakes moving on hot Okonomi yaki as if they were living.  I tried squat toilet several times, but I couldn’t get used to it. I was surprised when I used shower toilet for the first time.  But now I can’t live without it.  Once I made a mistake saying “chikubi”, nipple, instead of “ekubo“, dimple, which made others laugh. 
 [China]  Deng Qiyue    (staying in Japan for 1year 6 months)
“Story of Animation and me”
I like animation since I was a child.  Now animation is like a god for me.  When I was a junior high student, my grades were bad and I was scalded by my teacher. My family concerned about it.  In such days, I saw a movie “Spirited away” by Hayao Miyazaki.  I was encouraged by Chihiro and became aggressive.   Animation is something like a magic for me.  When I was a high school student, I liked “cosplay” and I participated at many events.   When I was in Chihiro’s costume, I could see the world from Chihiro’s point of view.  My shyness faded away and became more confident.  As a result I could have more friends.  Thanks to animation and cosplay, I live in a different world from before.  I am very happy to have met animation.   
[China]  Hao Qiao   (staying in Japan for 4 years)
“Blue sky”
I became a blue sky lover perhaps when I was 11.  One day, I had a feeling of closeness to the sky, different from the one in far away.   I was impressed by beauty of the blue sky.   I think it is very happy that a man can see beautiful blue sky.   Since then, I have been a blue sky lover.  When I came to Japan in 2011, I became a lover of Japanese blue sky immediately.   I think everyone should put color to one’s life as beautiful as the blue sky regardless of nationality.  We have to appreciate to God and live our given life valuably.
[Iran]  Pooyeh Makavei    (staying in Japan for 4 years)
“New Year in Iran”
New Year’s Day in Iran is March 21.  Before New Year, we clean the house and put seven foods such as apples and rice on the table as New Year decoration.   This decoration has meaning of love and health.  New Year continues for two weeks.   During New Year, we meet with relatives, enjoy meals under the tree in the park like Japanese cherry blossom viewing, and present money like Japanese “Otoshidama”.  New Year meal includes sea food from Caspian Sea and is very delicious.    Though I am in Japan now, I decorate seven foods on the table and enjoy sea food on March 21.  
 [Germany]  P.R.   (staying in Japan for 3 years 2 months)
“Unification of Germany”
When I was 5 years old, the world changed drastically.   I have a memory that my father and I went out from the house and broke the wall.  That was the day Germany was unified.   Now, after 25 years, I think unification has not been successful.  I think that the gap between West and East got wider recently.   For example, difference of wage level, unemployment rate, and also the attitude to the refugees from Syria.   Perhaps Germany has not yet unified completely.   I feel that it may take another quarter century to realize the complete unification of economy and state of mind.    
[China] Yin Mingshu   (staying in Japan for 2 years)
“Looking for humanities”
In China, more people have egocentric mind than before now.   Family ties are getting weaker.  In my case, I was raised by my uncle since my father passed away early.  Long ago, it was common for parents and relatives to live together.  Now most of families consist of young parents and their only child.  The relationship between neighbors became tenuous.  People don’t say even hello to each other.  I want the ties between people to get stronger. 
[Thailand]  Prem Langarajidpahkong   (staying in Japan for 2 years 1 month)
“Difficulties I experienced when I came to Japan”
When I came to Japan 2 years ago, I couldn’t read Japanese.   Whenever I buy a food ticket at the restaurant, I always pushed the button at top left side of the vending machine.  One day only one boiled egg came out.  The first Japanese word I remembered was “Daijoubu”, no problem.  One day I was asked at MacDonald “For here or to go?”   I answered “Daijoubu”.  We don’t have lady’s only train car in Thailand.  I had a trouble that I couldn’t understand why someone noticed me that I couldn’t get on the car.  I thought I should have studied Japanese more before coming to Japan.  
[Indonesia]  Silvia Paramita    (staying in japan for 15 years 5 months)
“Unforgettable experience”
When I could understand Japanese only a little, I often got confused because I couldn’t catch Japanese words well.  One day I went to buy toriniku (chicken meat) and asked “Please give me “toraniku” (tiger meat), which frightened a sales staff.   I felt ashamed after coming home and realizing that I made a mistake.  When my child was still small, a train left Shibuya station while my child had gotten on the train and I had not yet.  I got panicked since I couldn’t explain the situation in Japanese for help.   We were very happy that kind passengers on the train helped my child and we could see again in safety.    
Cao Wei from China (staying in Japan for 1 year)
Ms. Malia Bautista supi-chitaikai honnyyakuirai from Philippines (staying in Japan for 4 years) 
 We enjoyed performance by Utsukushigaoka Chamber Orchestra

Date; July 25, 2015
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Rm. 5
We had “Senegal Night” in hot summer evening..
There are many students and business men from Senegal working for Japanese companies in Aoba Ward.
One of them, a young man working for IT company eagerly desired to have an event to show us the beauty of Senegal and supported the event together with his friends from Senegal.

International Exchange event

Date: July 5 (Sun) from 10:30am to noon
Place: Aoba Community and Cross Cultural Center Room 2 and 3

“International Exchange event, Tanabata (Star Festival) and Bon Dance” was held. This year we planned the event for foreign friends to wear Yukata (Japanese summer kimono) and to enjoy Japanese culture, star festival and Bon festival dance with local residents. We were very pleased to see many foreign friends taking their own pictures in Yukata, which was their first experience. 44 people including local residents and staffs enjoyed dancing to “Tankobushi” and “Kiyoshi’s zundokobushi” songs. Foreign friends could learn how to dance easily and enjoyed dancing together calling for encore several times. Many local residents were also in Yukata and the room was filled with Japanese atmosphere. We all enjoyed conversation over Japanese cake “mizuyokan” (soft adzuki-bean jelly) and drinks. We felt as if the time ran so fast to the end of the event. Thank you very much for your participation.

The 10th Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Festival

Aoba International Lounge joined to the festival.
(November 23: Labor Thanksgiving Day)

Participants from the world:
Students from Indonesia played bamboo instrument.
We enjoyed mysterious sound of Russian music instrument, Matryomin,
gorgeous dance by a female dancer from Republic of Belarusk,
subtle and profound play of Koto and Origami class from Japan,
magic trick show, and exhibition of pictures by world children.
The festival was very successful.  

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Date: March14 (Sat) 2015 from 2pm to 4pm            
Speaker: Ms. Oksana Piskunova            
25 people attended and learned how to read Russian alphabet characters, simple words and greeting sentences..            
For more detail, click here.           

Japanese speech event by foreigners studying Japanese         October 25, 2014 

Japanese speech event this year was held as Part 1 of 25th anniversary event of Aoba International Lounge at Tana JA. 
10 people from 5 countries participated.
[China]     How to make dumpling
I like cooking. In China we have more chance to eat out instead of cooking at home because most wives have job.   Chinese people like boiled dumpling rather than pan-fried dumpling.   It is made of pork, chopped vegetables and spices.  Dumpling skin is also made at home in China though people buy it in Japan.   It is best to boil dumplings for ten minutes. It is delicious.  Please try to make it yourself.  
[USA] I could do it.
When I came to Japan 23 years ago, I rely everything on my husband since I couldn’t do anything by myself.  My English speaking friend helped me and it gradually became possible for me to go anywhere alone.   I attended a tea party of kindergarten, classroom visitations and events of a school.  I joined parents’ work group and taught English voluntarily.  It is very nice that I could have been teaching at school for 11 years up to now. 
[China]  Volunteer in China
I experienced volunteer work in China with my friend during summer vacation when school is out.   I taught elementary school children at a village in the mountain for 17 days.  There was no gas and water supply.  There were only children and their grandparents in the village because their parents were working in the town.  Children worked for a farm too.   For the last night dinner, they cooked the chicken they raised.  In the morning we left the village, children sang a song for us with tear, which really touched my heart. 
[Indonesia] In Sendai
Last year I visited Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai for university meetings.  Among these cities, I like Sendai best.  Foods were delicious and people were kind.   I went there by bus with my friend.   When we had trouble finding the way to Tohoku University, a Japanese who got off from the same bus kindly taught us.   Sendai is similar to my home town Lampung, Indonesia and I love it. 

[USA]   Memory of State Fair
When I was a child, I went to State Fare of Texas every year.  There were lots of oily foods.   I ate turkey and drank orange lemonade.  After that I enjoyed flying ship, giant swing and looking at animal show.  At night, I enjoyed speech of Big Tex (a cawboy robot of 16m high) 
[China]  Toilet culture of Japan
The first thing I was impressed when I came to Japan was a toilet.  It was depressing to go out in China since public bathrooms were dirty.   When I went to a bathroom at Narita Airport for the first time, I was surprised. When I sat on the toilet seat, sound of water flow started.  Toilet seat with bidet function, so called “WASHLET” with a dryer, and even a small bed for a baby were installed.   It was filled with warm-heartedness. 
[Iran]   Japanese woman and Iranian woman” from my point of view
> In Japan, there is no dress code for woman and usually women choose cloths and make up in a less obtrusive color.   Iranian woman should put on a scarf and wear a cloak when go out.   Young women prefer red, yellow, blue and green colors.  They spend several tens of minutes for heavy make up before going to the party.  In Japan, it is funny to see women doing make-up in a train while men are in the same car. 
 [China]  Life in Japan
When I came to Japan in March this year, I could not understand Japanese at all.   Now I can.   Daily life in Japan is interesting but very busy.   Prices are higher than in China, especially price for transportation is very high.   Woman’s clothes look very nice and I want to try.  The place I want to go most is Kyoto.  In winter, I want to see snowy landscape in Hokkaido.  I also want to try snowboarding. 
[China]  My home town
My home town, Yunnansheng is a sightseeing area in southwestern part of China and more than 5.33 million tourists from abroad visit every year.  The capital Kunming is located at the center highland of Yunnansheng where temperature is 15 to 30 degree C and flowers are blooming all year round.  25 ethnic minorities live in Unnansheng (There are 56 ethnic minorities in China.).  Lijiang, world heritage, has rich nature and you can listen to the music of nà xī there.  It is also famous for Pu’ercha and matsutake-mashrooms.    
[Philippin] Japanese primary school
I became an English teacher three years ago. Primary school children set up school lunch, eat it, clean the room, play and study together. English class in Japan is focused on fun communication.  One day, a firstgrader asked me"How many teeth have you lost, teacher? " I answered.  That child said “Oh, foreign people don’t lose baby teeth.”  Children are cute. 

 [Feedback of listeners]

・It is surprising that they improved their Japanese in such a short period.
・Their honest feelings about Japan were very informative.
・I will do volunteer work so that they can have more chances to get good impression on Japan. 
・They taught me Japanese touch which I am not aware of.  
・The moderator did a good job.
・They all chose good topics.  



Date: October 11th (Sat) from 2pm to 3:30pm
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room No.5
19 children of ages from 2 to 6 years old and 22 parents of them enjoyed Halloween party with Mr. Mike who teaches at English Class A. We all enjoyed making candy baskets putting Halloween characters on empty milk packages, singing songs, dancing, playing games, and reading picture books.   At the end of the event, we enjoyed “Trick or Treat”, visiting 5 spots in the center for candies.  

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Lecturer:  Park Changmi
She is from Incheon City,  Korea and came to Japan 18 years ago
Her powerful teaching style has been attracting students.
(Message from Ms. Pak Chengmi)  
Through the study at Aoba International Lounge class, I want to make this chance to let you know the charm of Korean language and also Korean culture.


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 Volunteer groups


No. グ ル ー プ 名 キーワード
サロン・デ・チャルラス 在住外国人への支援
ザ・オリガミ 日本文化紹介
ハンプティ・ダンプティ文庫 子供と参加
田園都市トーストマスターズクラブ 英語スピーチ学習
タイ文化研究会 タイ語学習
7 生活情報ネット あ・つ・み 在住外国人への支援
8 オリーブみどり 在住外国人への支援と
9 Sharing Caring CULTURE 多国籍親子交流会
10 あざみ野日本語クラス 近隣在住の外国人
11 NPO法人 アフリカヘリテイジコミティー


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