73rd Afternoon Tea
“Ms. Mariangela’s Italian Technique to Happiness”

AT73 00Date: 5 March 2022 (Sat), 12:30~2:00PM (Doors open at 12:15)
Location: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center, Rooms 2 and 3
Hosted by Yokohama Aoba International LoungeGuest Speaker: Ms. Mariangela Rago
Born in Brescia in Northern Italy, Ms. Mariangela is a graduate of the department of biology at the University of Milan. She married pianist Mr. Takahiro Seki and came to Japan. She is currently a lecturer at the Tokyo College of Music. She taught on NHK’s “Italian Language Course” (2009). She was awarded the title of honorary citizen by the city of Finale Ligure in Italy for spreading Italian culture (2014). She is currently expanding her Italian-themed courses all over Japan.

On Saturday, March 5th, we welcomed Ms. Mariangela, who talked about the “Italian Technique to Happiness”. Ms. Mariangela grew up in a home where both parents and her grandfather were educators, and so she talked about the essence of the education they cultivated.

  

72nd Afternoon Tea
Welcome to Indonesia! The Land of Everlasting Summer
AT72 00Date: 30 October 2021 (Sat), 12:30~2:00PM
Format: Zoom
Hosted by: Yokohama Aoba International LoungeGuest Speaker: Ms. Shady Cecilia
Ms. Shady came to Japan in 2019and is currently enrolled in the doctoral course in environmental studies at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Her hobbies include swimming, music, and reading. She particularly likes listening to others and hearing their opinions. She loves Japanese breakfast foods such as rice, kinpira gobo (braised burdock root), miso soup, and grilled mackerel. She is taking Japanese language classes at Aoba International Lounge.

The72nd Afternoon Tea event, “Welcome to Indonesia! The Land of Everlasting Summer”, was held on October 31st (Sat). This Afternoon Tea was the first to be held online as a web event. Since it was the first of its kind, the preparation was challenging for the staff, but we are feeling relieved that it was conducted without an issue. There were 16 participants and12 staff present.

 Using pictures and maps of Indonesia, Ms. Shady was able to speak—in fluent Japanese—about 11 different categories such as geography, the history of the country, culture, food, clothing, and shelter, Indonesia’s relationship with Japan, and more. The materials she used were designed in a way that was easy to understand, and her explanations were easy to follow. It was a chance to learn a lot about Indonesia as a country, including the diversity found in its different cultures and ethnic groups. It was also very interesting to see that the Japanese and Indonesian languages share some similarities. Among the participants, there were individuals who visited Indonesia for business and for leisure. There were also those who gained a deeper interest in Indonesia and felt that they would like to visit someday. We are happy if the participants were able to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Indonesia. We would like to thank all the participants who attended. We hope that the next Afternoon Tea event can be held in person.

 

 71st Afternoon Tea
“My Hometown Tula, Russia〜A place linked to Tolstoy〜”

at202107 3Date: 17 July 2021 (Sat), 12:30-2:00pm (doors open at 12:15)
Location: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center, Room 5 (about 1 min. from Tana station on the Denentoshi Line)
Guest Speaker: Sanya (Real name: Mr. Kuznetcov Aleksandr)
Capacity: 15 participants (please make sure to wear a mask)
Application: starting 11 June 2021 (Fri) by telephone/e-mail (first come, first served)
Fee: 500 yen
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge
※If coronavirus infections worsen around July, there is a possibility that the event may be postponed. We ask for your understanding.

Tula, located outside of Moscow, is famous for producing samovar (a Russian container used to boil water) and pryanik (a type of Russian gingerbread).

  

70th Afternoon Tea

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

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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!”

 

69th Afternoon Tea
Egypt, Exploring an Eternal Mystery -The Past and Present of Egypt-

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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.

 

68th Afternoon Tea
-Oolong tea ceremony and introduction of Taiwan-

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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.