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We visited Tsuzuki Open-Air Folk House Museum 

Saturday Japanese class

Date: February 23 (Sat) from 1pm to 3pm

38 members including classmates, their families, and volunteers participated in the tour on a fine day. We spent fun time watching Hina dolls and experiencing tea preparation. We asked Ms Ying who came to Japan about 6 months ago to interview our members.

Fuang Kou (China)

 I have been intersted in Japanee tea ceremony and a tea ceremony house and read books about a tea ceremony house. This time, through experiencing tea ceremony, I could understand that there are mamy ingenious attempts such as disigning of a tea house and an alley way in order to treat guests to enjoy tea pleasantly. This was a happy experience.

Chiai Tamura (China)

Last weekend, I attended Hina doll event with my family. We saw an old Japanese house which is more than 100 years old.  We experienced tea ceremony and enjoyed tasty Maccha.  We learned Japanese history, culture, and the sprits of tea ceremony. We had wonderful experience. Thak you very much. 

 

      Ying 

This is the self introduction of the interviewer. Please click the photo.

     

 Kou Kanrei

 

This is the interview with Kou and Kanrei

 Yumi

This is the interview with Yumisan( from Korea, 4 month stayed)

 Mike

This is the inteview with Mikhail

The interview is in English.

 

 

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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

    

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

2:58

I have a dream (Westfile)

2:36

Cofee lumba.

3:25

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (practice)

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The song of Do-Re-Me (practice)

0:39

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. 
 

Children presented the accomplishments of daily hard works at the class, what they were interested in,

and pieces of their work which they wanted to be seen.  

It started with self-introduction of each child and the song “If you are happy and you know it” by early elementary children. 

Then followed quizzes about animals and insects, poetry reading, and speeches. 

 The children’s families attended the event together. 

 After the presentation, they all spent a joyful time playing paper-rock-scissors game and eating snacks. 

 

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 

 

 

 

 

Impression of Mr. Chen Zupei from Taiwan
I visited Shinagawa Aquarium with classmates.
I saw many unusual creatures such as upside down jellyfishes, and big long fishes. It was fun.
The most interesting one was a tunnel aquarium, where we could see fishes from the bottom, since we didn’t have a chance to see the bottom side of fishes. 
Impression of Ms. Do Thihue from Vietnum
Visit to Shinagawa Aquarium
I visited Japanese aquarium for the first time.
There were various kinds of fishes. They were very beautiful.
We also saw Dolphin show. It was really a fun to see various performances. I took many photographs.  We took a photo with teachers in front of the aquarium gate. It became a wonderful memory. I really enjoyed the first visit to the aquarium. 
 

 

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. 

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.

 
 
 
 

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

0:37

Pompeii

4:15

Halo, Halo Bandung

3:25

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (practice)

1:26

The song of Do-Re-Me (practice)

0:39

Every year, half of the students are new members. Some students study Angklung in Japan for the first time. 
Indonesian heritage is passed down to younger generation even in Japan. 
 

  

  

Wednesday Japanese class students visited Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center on October 18.
51 participants including volunteers enjoyed the visit favored by good weather.

The followings are the voices of participants.
・Mr.D from Australia: I was interested in an earthquake resistant car.
・Ms.F from Taiwan: Some portion was difficult to understand.
・Ms. from China: I want to go this kind of class trip again. 


 

 
36 participants including class members, their families, and volunteers enjoyed the social event of Saturday Japanese class on June 24, 2017.

We had fun time looking around the exhibitions of models and old materials related to Edo and Tokyo.  

Brief comments by students
Ms. Ha phuong Thuỷ from Vietnam 
I was interested in the diorama of a town in old days. It was a good chance for me to know the old days’ life.
 
Ms. Wan Laimui Mona (温 麗梅)from Hongkong
I went to Edo-Tokyo Museum together with classmates of Saturday Japanese class.
I could see the daily life of Edo era and of 1960s.  
I could have better understanding of Japan.
 I want to find another chance to visit there again.
 
 
 Ms.Yu  Ronghua (于荣華) from China
I could learn culture, history, business and architecture of Edo era.  I also experienced common people’s life of those days. I found a doll of Guān Yǔ (関羽)a feudal warlord in Shu-Han dynasty of China) on the Kanda Shrine’s float of Edo era. It was a fun to see the influence of Chinese culture.  There was an acrobatic show from 12:30. We could try Japanese traditional entertainment using an umbrella.  It was an unforgettable experience.  
 
Presented by Edo-Tokyo Museum.
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

This is the report by Mr. Heap (TIT student from Vietnam, a person on the right of the photo)  Mar. 5, 2017.

We visited Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center on Mach 5 (Sun) as a social event. We experienced artificial earthquake, fire extinguishing drill, and training of escaping from smoke.

Of course we have fire extinguishers in Vietnam, but I have never used it. It was a very interesting experience. I could meet not only Japanese, but Chinese, Koreans, and Indonesians. We took many photographs. I enjoyed the event very much.

I want to visit this facility again with my friends. Thank you very much. 

 

 

 

 At the tea party on January 28 (Sat), the students of the class made “an Origami talking lip”..
They all looked joyful and we realized so many people liked Origami. 
 
After the Japanese class of Feb.18(Sat), we, together with 14 students, enjoyed making “Hina Doll “Origami, since it was “Doll’s festival” season
It seemed to be a little difficult for the first-timers, but they had good hands and were very enthusiastic.  They all looked very happy when they could complete Origami dolls beautifully.  

 

 
Each of supplementary class children made presentation about what they studied, what they worked hard, what they are good at, and the works they made in front of audience.  Presentations were readings of picture stories they made, composition, picture diary, Haiku, and tongue twisters. 
 
After the presentation, we enjoyed “Tell me about you” game, in which fathers, mothers, and volunteers drew cards and answered to the question written on the card. Questions were about favorite foods, sports, and countries where one lived. This gave us a good chance to get to know each other. 
 
The works of all children will be exhibited on the bulletin board of the center in April.
Please come to look at them.
 

 

Tokodai Indonesian students played Angklung ( bamboo instrument), an World Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia, on the stage of Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Festival on November 23, 2016. 
Half of the students learned Angklung after their coming to Japan. Indonesian heritage is passed down to younger generation even in Japan.
They performed 3 musics.
1.Manuku Dadali (Indonesian national bird, Garuda)
2.Hana wa saku (Flowers keep blooming, a charity song for 311 earthquake victims)
3.Viba la Vida (English rock band, Coldplay's music) 
Please double click the left Youtube mark, then you can watch their Angklung performance. (15minutes)
Indonesian studens from Tokodai Suzukakdai campus are learning Japanese at Aoba international lounge's Japanese class.
 
They practiced the instrument at rice field.
They played also on the outdoor stage.
They enjoyed Origami too.
One player played two to three instruments.
Halal lunch
Interview by Asian Development Bank 
After the performance

60 of us visited Enoshima Shrine to prey and went up Sea Candle (Enoshima Lighthouse Observation Tower) to enjoy a panoramic view of the sea.

Unfortunately we couldn’t see Mt. Fuji because of cloud but we enjoyed a day of fun.      2016.6.25

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Impression of Ms. Ekaterina (Russia)

Thank you for excursion to Enoshima island. It is a very beautiful place near the sea.

We visited "Enoshima Sea Candle", "Enoshima Jinja shrine" and "Samuel Cocking Garden".

And number one place for my son was "Enoshima Aquarium" with Dorfin Show.

It was great impression for us about nice time which we spent together with Tana center people.

Thank you so much.              Martynova Ekaterina

 

 

Tokyo Institute of Technology students from Indonesia played Angklung, an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia, on the stage of Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Festival on November 29, 2015.   
They also participated in ethnic costume show of the festival.
Half of the students learned Angklung after their coming to Japan. Indonesian heritage is passed down to younger generation even in Japan.
They played “Crayon Shinchan” (3minute), a theme song of a popular cartoon, and “Hanawasaku” (flowers keep blooming), a charity song for 311 earthquake victims (5minutes).
Please click Youtube mark mark below, then you can listen to Angklung. 
 
Indonesian students in Bali costume,
 
Ms. Chang feng from Vietnam of Thursday Japanese class in ao dai,
 
and Mr. Tse Ring from Bhutan of Saturday Japanese class in Bhutanese costume participated in the show.  
 
 
We (class of Wednesday Japanese Class) went to Shinagawa Aquarium on October 14th.
   37 people including family members of classmates got together.
   Since it was right before Halloween, the Aquarium was decollated by pumpkins and pointed hats. 
   
      [A diver was feeding rays.]

 

 

 

 

 


This is the report (originally in Japanese) by Ms.Zhang Yihui of Thursday’s Japanese class.

       "Romantic Memory"          Zhang Yihui
We, classmates of Tana Japanese class, went to Yokohama on Nov. 27. 
When we enjoyed walking in the park, we came across a pond surrounded by trees.
There, children were enjoying on the grass.
After that, we got on Marine Shuttle together.
I thought “What a beautiful sea it is!” 
We enjoyed drinking coffee and taking pictures on the ship.  We saw various beautiful views from the ship.
The ginkgo trees along Ohdori street was very beautiful.
It made me feel romantic.
This will go down as a good memory in me. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Japanese Wednesday Class Social Event,   November 19 (Wed), 2014
Visit to Yokohama City Municipal Disaster Prevention Center  
 
29 students with their families and 14 volunteers visited Yokohama City Municipal Disaster Prevention Center on a crystalline autumn day.
We started in two groups, one using municipal subway and the other using JR Yokohama line.  At the center, we experienced smoke environment (walking in poor visibility), darkness environment (walking along a wall in darkness), and simulated earthquake.  We also saw exhibition. 
The center staff taught us in an easy to understand manner and we could learn how we should behave at disasters such as fire and earthquake. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Japanese Thursday's class  exchange at Yokohama Bay.     November 29 2014

17 people of Thursday's Class members with their families and 7 volunteers enjoyed cruise and bus trip at Yokohama Bay 

We had lunch at a restaurant in Yamashita Park and got on the cruise ship, "Marine Shuttle".  We enjoyed looking up Yokohama Bay Bridge from the ship, scenery of the red brick warehouse "Akarenga Sohko" and the Landmark Tower. 

By the time we went over Yokohama Bay bridge to Daikoku pier, the rain from the morning stopped.  We saw lots of cars lining up for export and containers were hoisted aboard by cranes.

 

 

 Tokodai (Tokyo Institute of Technology)  students from Indonesia played Angklung.  2014.10.25
 
At Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center Festival, Tokodai students from Indonesia played Angklung, Indonesian bamboo music instrument, a world cultural helitage .   
Students of Thursday's Japanese class joined.
Most of them learned the instrument after they came to Japan. 
This means that Indonesian heritage is handed down in Japan too. 
 
They played two Japanese songs, "Furusato" and "Ue wo muite arukou". 
 
 
 Click here and also  click "X" of Drop box in the picture, you can enjoy the video. (4minutes 53 seconds)

Japanese Saturday class exchange       Girl’s festival

    

 After the Saturday class, 27 students and 13 volunteers had sushi bento lunch together and went to Tsuzuki Private House Garden.
 Traditional Hina Dolls were displayed .  We experienced powdered green tea at tea ceremony in the tea ceremony room.  
We also experienced the pain numbness in our feet by seiza (sitting straight) during the ceremony.
Students of Japanese Saturday Class enjoy Girl’s Festival social event every year.