Japanese Speech Event for students attending Japanese classes was held at Yamauchi Chiku Center in Azamino.  2019.11.10
8 students from 5 different countries gave a speech.
An acapella group from Kokugakuin University performed as well.
 
Co-hosted with: Yokohama City Aoba Ward Office
                          Yokohama Yamauchi Chiku Center
 
 
You can view the video of the speeches if you click on the picture of the speakers. 
[China] Wang Fang (1 year in Japan)
“The Differences Between Growing Up in China and Japan”
In China, a majority of children are raised by mothers or a mother-in-law, and so children are adored and even spoiled. In Japan, children are generally raised by their parents, which means that children should do as much as they can by themselves. Kindergarten in China emphasizes skills like singing and English, while Japanese kindergartens emphasize independence and fitness. I think that there are many things to be learned from early childhood education.

On October 6th, the Thursday class went to the Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama’s Minato Mirai.

There was a group of 9 students and family members, as well as 6 volunteers who participated.

They were able to draw on the instant noodle cups and customize their noodles and toppings to create a one-of-a-kind “my cup” of ramen.         2019.10.6

  

This is the reflection of one of the students who participated, Hu Yuxin (5th grade elementary student).

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 It was fun taking the train with Takahashi-sensei’s granddaughter. She was very cute. It was fun making ramen. Japanese ramen is delicious. That day was so fun. It was fun drawing on the cup. That day was a little tiring. The best part was eating the noodles. Our school went to listen to music before. It was near the Cup Noodles Museum. If there are any Chinese people who read my writing about these interesting parts of Japan and want to go, I’d like to take them next time.

Enokigaoka Elementary School, 5th grade, class 3 – Hu Yuxin 

 

 

 

 

 

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70th Afternoon Tea

“The Charm of Beijing Opera and Mysterious Art of ‘Face-changing’”

Date: 26 October 2019 (Sat), 2–4PM

Location: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center, Room 5

Hosted by Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

The 70th afternoon tea event was held on October 26th (Sat) with special guest Ryuuken.

The event, titled “The Charm of Beijing Opera and Mysterious Art of ‘Face-changing’”, featured a lecture and performance. Ryuuken showed participants just how much one can change by applying the stage makeup, and also talked about the history of Beijing Opera, the roles taken, the nature of acting, the props used, and more in great detail. She also performed in the role of Yang Guifei.

Participants had the chance to take a commemorative photo with Ryuuken, who was dressed in the gorgeous costume of Yang Guifei.

“Face-changing”is a kind of traditional culture in China, and the methods behind it are said to be top secret. There was great applause and reactions from the participants when they witnessed it through the performance.

The event finished with rave reviews from participants, who left comments in the event survey such as“it was wonderful!””I forgot about the time!””I would love to see Beijing Opera!”

 

 

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Lecture in Plain English, No. 23

Mr. Takahashi’s English Conversation “Skill Up” Lecture No. 9
“Let’s Challenge English Subtitle Translation”

Lecturer: Mr. Motoharu Takahashi (from Toyo Eiwa University)
Date: 28 September 2019 (Sat), 2PM to 4PM
Location: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center
No. of Participants: 39

During this session of Mr. Takahashi’s English Conversation “Skill Up” Lecture series (No. 9), participants had the chance to translate Japanese from movies and TV into English. In the first half, they translated simple, everyday conversational phrases like “I knew it!” and “that really suits you,” and took part in conversation with each other.
After the break, participants selected some light material from Japanese variety programs and studied some points about translation into English.
Translation of conversation is not just word for word, but also takes into consideration the situation and feelings involved. They learned that it’s possible to express natural English expressions using simple vocabulary.
During this “Skill Up” session, participants were able to grasp some important points about translation and expressed that they had a great time. We received a lot of helpful feedback from them.
For the next session, we are planning to look at well-known English language songs to try to understand the emotions and meanings found in the lyrics.

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69th Afternoon Tea
Egypt, Exploring an Eternal Mystery -The Past and Present of Egypt-
Date: 20 July 2019 (Sat), 2PM – 4PM
Location: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center, Room 5
Hosted by Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

Guest Speaker: Amal Refaat
Studied Japanese Language and Literature at Cairo University, came to Japan after graduation,
and completed graduate studies at Shinshu University in 2000. Became a research fellow at the
University of Tokyo from 2006 to 2008, and returned to Cairo University until 2017 as a full-time
lecturer for Japanese Language and Literature. Currently a visiting researcher at Doshisha
University.

The 69th Afternoon Tea event, titled “Egypt, Exploring an Eternal Mystery -The Past and Present
of Egypt-“, was held on Saturday, July 20th. The guest speaker was Amal Refaat. Amal spoke
about Egypt in fluent Japanese, covering a wide range of subjects such as nature, history, food,
traditional clothes, popular sports, cars, transportation, and more.

The participants of this event included people who had lived in Egypt or had traveled there, and
those who were planning to go there sometime in the future, which made for a very interested
and intent audience.

During the tea break, everyone had the chance to try a Middle Eastern sweet called baklava, as
well as hibiscus tea. Amal’s son was also in attendance.

During the question and answer session, there were a lot of questions, but Amal answered as
thoroughly as possible. Everyone gained a deeper sense of understanding and interest in Egypt.

Thank you to all of the people who participated.

Amal’s name seems to have the meaning of “hope” in Arabic. We hope that Amal can continue to
act as an important bridge between Japan and Egypt.

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Lecture in plain English, No. 22

Mr. Takahashi’s English Conversation “Skill Up” Lecture No. 8

“Talking about yourself in English ~How to give a self-introduction~”

Lecturer: Mr. Motoharu Takahashi (from Toyo Eiwa University)

Date: 6 July 2019 (Sat), 2PM to 4PM

Location: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center

Number of Participants: 42

What do we talk about the most when given the chance to speak in English? 

Perhaps it would be about ourselves?

During the 8th session in Mr. Takahashi’s English Conversation “Skill Up” Lecture series, titled “Talking about yourself in English ~How to give a self-introduction~”,  participants learned how to express certain things in English, how to continue a conversation, and also how to best promote themselves and leave a memorable impression on others when giving a self-introduction.

In the second part after the break, everyone watched a segment from an American TV audition program. The segment featured Japanese comedian Yuriyan Retriever. While watching, participants studied Yuriyan’s witty responses in English and her way of appealing to the audience. Her jokes were also explained, and Yuriyan’s ability to freely use English to take on a more global challenge further motivated the participants in their studies.

If you have a chance, please check out Yuriyan’s segment on YouTube.

Mr. Takahashi’s English Conversation “Skill Up” Lectures always touch upon important points in a fun, creative, and efficient way. We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of lecture is coming next.

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First Panel Discussion

〜What do foreigners think about Japan?〜

Date: 15 June 2019 (Saturday), 2PM to 4PM

Location: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center, Meeting Rooms 2 & 3

Hosted by Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

We invited 7 foreign residents from 7 different countries to participate as panelists in a new kind of event. They took part in a discussion and voiced their opinions about Japan, including what they think about Japan, how it compares to their own countries, and more.
The panelists, who are fluent in Japanese, were joined by 33 other participants. The discussion focused on education, discipline, food, living environment, and other topics for a total of 7 themes which the panelists spoke about freely.
An example of one of the discussions: “Japan has a strong sense of Omotenashi (hospitality), but in the West African country of Senegal, ‘hospitality’is the norm. In fact, the name ‘Senegal’ means ‘hospitality’”. Many of the participants were surprised to hear this.
The panelists were able to ask each other questions, and also took questions from the participants about differences in customs and culture between Japan and their countries. This opened up a great discussion about a variety of topics.
The cultural exchange between panelists and participants continued into the break over tea, as well as after the event had officially ended, as participants had many lingering questions from the previous discussion. It was a great opportunity to experience cultural exchange.

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6th International Exchange Event for Children

“Let’s Design a Kaleidoscope”

Date: 29 June 2019 (Saturday), 2:00PM to 3:30PM

Location: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center, Room 5

Hosted by Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

Instructor(s): Kumiko Nishikawa and Noriko Morooka (from St. Cecilia Women’s Junior College)

The 6th Cultural Exchange Event for Children, “Let’s Design a Kaleidoscope”, was held on Saturday, June 29th.

It was raining that day, but we had the pleasure of hosting 20 children, ranging from 3 years old to 5th grade elementary school students. We were also joined by a 5th grade student from China. The aim of the event was to let the children design their own kaleidoscope. The event was led by Kumiko Nishikawa and Noriko Morooka from from St. Cecilia Women’s Junior College.

The process started by drawing on a paper cylinder, and once complete, it was set on the kaleidoscope.

The children were free to create what they wanted, so each design was unique. Once reflected in the kaleidoscope, the designs look quite different, so the person viewing can constantly make new discoveries in their designs.

The children added the finishing touches to their one-of-a-kind kaleidoscopes by using stickers and decorative paper. Although there was a scheduled tea time, it was cut short because everyone was so interested in completing their creations.

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Yokohama Aoba International Lounge foreign language class hosted an event.

“The first recitation contest”
How about memorizing a speech by a famous person and presenting it to audience?

Date: March 13 (Sun), 2019 from 1:30pm to 3pm
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room 5
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

5 students from English class and Chinese class challenged at the first recitation contest to memorize a passage of a famous person’s speech and present in front of audience.
5 challengers chose passages of the 2013 Olympic invitation speeches by Ms Sato Maumi, Paralympian, and Ms. Christel Takigawa, a freelance announcer.

They all participated with gestures at their best and finished all sentences well, even though they should have been nervous. There was warm applause from the audience to their courage and challenge spirit.

After the tea time, two teachers of lounge English class gave their comments, which were very good advices for students studying English as the followings..
“Your challenge sprit was great. Very good speech.”
“English is one of communication skills. Please enhance your communication skill through many challenges.”

After the comments, 5 participants were awarded with certificates of commendation, prizes of participation and the most impressive speech award.
At the end, there was a surprise that there were “TOKYO” letters on the envelop a teacher took out of the pocket!!
Yes, this was as if the moment that 2020 Olympic game was decided to be held in Tokyo thanks to the wonderful Olympic invitation speeches by the five participants!!! 

The event of 31 people (including staffs) finished with flicker of excitement and big hand.

 

On the day of the “Hina Matsuri (Dolls’ festival)”, it was unfortunately cold rainy day, but 17 members including learners, their families and volunteers  joined the outing  to Nogeyama zoo which  is in the center of Yokohama city. Though admission was free, we could spend a joyful day watching many animals and touching Guinee pigs and mice at “Good friend” square. Followings are impressions of two classmates.

 (Romeo- san,Switzerland)

 On March 3, we went for an outing to Nogeyama zoo. It was raining all day long, but it was not so bad because there were less visitors. At Nogeyama zoo, we could watch many animals for free.  For example, there was a sign board near the lion’s cage, which says “Please pay attention to Oshikko, (pee)” I learned a new Japanese word. There was an animal which I saw for the first time. It was a monkey, Colobus guereza. Its back hair is black and white. White part is shaped circle and the center of it was black. It was cool. At Good friend square, we could touch Guinee pigs and  mice. It was a wonderful experience. After watching animals, we had lunch together at the dining. The room was warm and we enjoyed conversation. I could make friends and studied Japanese. It was fun and I am looking forward to the next event!   

   (Yu-san, China) 

Last weekend, I went to Nogeyama zoo with teachers and classmates of Japanese class. It was raining and cold day. However, I could practice Japanese while walking with classmates. Usually, I have few chances to speak Japanese except for the Japanese lesson in every morning since I came to Japan. I was very glad that Japanese class provided such a significant event. I could see many animals with teachers and watch real animals which are quite different from seeing the photo of them.  Here at Aoba International Lounge, teachers are kind and I can have friends from other countries. It is fun to talk with them. This outing became one of my good memories.     

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International exchange event

What is “Iai Battoudoh”?   What is Bushidoh?

〜Let’s  study Japanese culture through “Iai”

( a Japanese martial art of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack)~.

Date: March 9 (Sat), 2019 from 2pm to 4pm

Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center  Room 5

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

On March 9, we had International exchange event inviting four swordsmen and a presenter from Yokohama branch of all Japan Toyama Ryu Iaido Renmei. 27 Japanese (including staffs) and seven foreigners attended the event.

Followings are impressions of Japanese participants.

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A grandmaster and three swordsmen were in a black costume and participated in dignified attitude.

First, each person showed us “Iai” forms. Holding a real sword on his waist, the action of drawing a sword looked exactly like that of Samurai. We felt the atmosphere changed at the performance.

Then a swordswoman, who is going to be a university student from April, showed us the performance to cut a roll of wet tatami straw. She started learning Iai sword drawing from February and could cut the roll of wet tatami straw in a standing positon, which, they say, showed that she had a good aptitude.

A young Japanese lady and a foreigner of the audience challenged to cut a roll of tatami straw. One needs to be very careful not to harm oneself when using a real sword.  After they were instructed how to use a real sword and what they need to be careful of, they could successfully cut a roll of tatami straw handling the sword beautifully, which brought us additional excitement.

After holding the sword up and bowing, they put the sword back to the scabbard at waist. It was the way Samurai behaved respecting order and civility. The figure of swordsman looked very nice even for the eyes of us, present Japanese.  Foreign people should have watched them with interest.

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68th Afternoon Tea
-Oolong tea ceremony and introduction of Taiwan-
Date: February 23 (Sat), 2019 from 2pm to 4pm
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room 5
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

Guest speaker: Mrs. Shushin Kaku
She was born in Kagi city, Taiwan and moved to Taipei when she was 14 years old. She married a Japanese and came to Japan in 2006. In return to the help of Japanese people who taught her many things, she wants to let Japanese people know about Taiwan.

68th Afternoon tea, “Oolong tea ceremony and introduction of Taiwan”, was held on February 23 (Sat). 42 people and 18 staffs attended the event. Since Taiwan is located near Japan and the title was about famous oolong tea, participants listened and watched enthusiastically the speech of Mrs Kaku and the slides she showed.
First, we were very impressed by the slides of beautiful nature such as mountains, lakes, and famous sightseeing spot, Jiufen, which made us think to visit Taiwan.
Then, at the topic of food and oolong tea of Taiwan, all of us listened attentively to the talk about oolong tea. After this, we rearranged the room and had tea time. We saw demonstration of real Taiwan’s way of preparing oolong tea. We could taste oolong tea from the first class tea leaves. There were voices such as “so tasty”, “It changed the image of oolong tea.”, and “More interested in Taiwan and oolong tea”.
At Q & A session, there were many questions about oolong tea.

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2019 New Year Party

Annual new year party was held.
Date: January 13 Sun) from 10:30am to noon
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

The first annual event in 2019, New Year Party of Yokohama Aoba International Lounge was held on January 13 (Sun). Though it was the middle day of three consecutive holidays, about 70 residents including foreign residents gathered.
The party room was decorated with new year decorations such as flower arrangements and brush writings of the word “boar”, which created bright new year celebration atmosphere. In the mini event, we enjoyed Gamelan by traditional Indonesian percussion instrument ensemble “Bali suka campur”. We felt really comforted by bamboo sound and children were very much interested in the unique instruments having chance to touch them.
After the mini event, we chatted over Sushi, cakes, and drinks. Pleasant conversation continued endlessly. At the end, Japanese cakes were presented and many people left words of appreciation.
Thank you very much for attending the party.

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Social event of Chinese class

We, Chinese class, had a social event on December 21 (Thu)

We invited 6 Chinese students who live in Aoba Ward.  We listened to Chinese geography, history, and culture.  We introduced ourselves in Chinese we have studied so far. We enjoyed exchange event in a cheerful and peaceful atmosphere

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8th lecture on overseas affairs, “Far East Russia”

Date: October 21 (Sun), 2018

Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Room 5

Far east Russia is located in short distance from Japan, but not well known to most of Japanese due to lack of information.

Though recent news say that Russian government is making big effort to social and economic development of this area and this area is developing rapidly, the detail is not clear yet.  Most of Japanese have few chances to take an interest and to recognize it as a neighbor country.

In this lecture, we invited Mr. Tosiji Maeda who worked many years in Russia as an expat worker of a trading company and is now promoting the exchange of economy and culture between Japan and Russia.

In this lecture, he told us the history of Russia, relation with Japan, the feeling of Russian people about Japan, and the situation of the far east Russia.  

This was a good chance to know far east Russia.

58 members including class mates, their children, and volunteers visited the museum on October 24 (Wed).                                                                   

Impression of Mr. Fletcher Joshua Hikaru

Various technologies of 21th Century were exhibited at Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum.

We looked at the exhibitions and spent fun time trying the experiencing system.  The most impressive exhibition was

the information such as the history of a submersible research vehicle and the present status of development.

Other exhibitions were MRJ jet plane, a rocket engine, and a future transportation vehicle. There also was detail information about measures 

against global warming and about renewable energy. It was a fun day for me to study going out of the usual class room. What kind of technologies

will be developed in next 10, 20 years? Studying these recent technologies, I realized the importance of supporting technology development for the future.

                                                                                                                                         水曜クラス    フレッチャー、ジョシュア光

    

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Introductory event of Japanese culture for foreigners
“Classical Japanese Dance and Tea Ceremony”

Date: Dec.2 (Sun) from 2pm to 4pm
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

We had Introductory Event of “Japanese culture for foreigners” to give a chance to foreign residents to contact Japanese culture.
We had 24 foreign residents to experience Japanese culture such as studying how to use a Japanese fan, dancing together in a ring, studying the manner of tea ceremony and enjoying Matcha, green powdered tea, prepared by oneself with a Japanese cake.

At the end of the event there was a chance to put on the Kimono for Japanese classical dance exhibited by the teacher and to take a picture. At Q & A time, there were many detailed questions about tea ceremony performance and tea-sets.
We enjoyed the event in a friendly and calm atmosphere.

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, 2018. 
 They played three songs, Doraemon, I have a dream, and Cofee lumba.
After the programed performance, Japanese audience had chance to practice Angklung and played “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and“The song of Do-Re-Me” together.
 
Click the illistratio of song, you can watch a  Video clip of Angklung performance.
STAND BY ME Doraemon

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I have a dream (Westfile)

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Cofee lumba.

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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. 
 
2018 Japanese speech event by Japanese learners of Japanese class was held at Yamauchi Community Center in Azamino on November 11.
 
13 students from 5 countries participated.. 
We also enjoyed Fula dance by the members of “KAIMANAHILA”.
 
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. 
 
1 Deng Dian[China]  Deng Dia   (staying in Japan for 3 years and 10 months) 
“Heaven for singles”
I think foreign people feel that Japan is the easy place for singles to live. 
In China, it is common to move in groups.  
 However, I learned that business for singles is thriving in Japan.  I will talk about it.