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(2018.07.18)Indian Cuisine Gathering

Twenty-seven people including an instructor and guests gathered on July 7th (Sat). We tried to cook chicken-curry, Chapati, Pulau and Chai instructed by an Indian female student in Japan. In the middle of cooking she sang some songs. And participants other than Japanese came from India, Kenya, Nepal, and Korea, which made the gathering international. Thanks to those, we were able to enjoy the time.


(2018.02.02)Our New Year’s Party Was Held!

On January 27, our New Year’s Party was held at the Hotel Mark-1 CNT with an attendance of 70 citizens including many foreign residents in Inzai City. Participants had a good time in a friendly atmosphere with conversations with each other, and enjoyed Aikido demonstration and Recitation of poems(Shigin) as the performances introducing Japanese culture.


(2017.12.25)The English Training Camp for Junior High School Students

On December 16, the English training camp for the junior high school students was held under the auspices of the Inzai City Education Board. The volunteers from our association attended the camp to assist the ALT’s to carry out the lessons smoothly. We will keep on supporting this program in hopes that it would enable young boys and girls to be citizens with interests in international friendship and understanding foreign cultures.



(2017.12.25)Christmas Party of The Ribbon Held

On December 13, a Christmas party was held by the Wednesday class members of the Japanese Language Learning Club “Ribbon”. A total of 36 people including students, their family and the teachers.
We all enjoyed the attractions performed by the groups, who learn together in the language class. One group sang a Christmas song in Japanese, English, and Korean. Other attractions included a riddles play and a magic show.
All the participants brought something to the party, like dishes of various countries. We all had very good time chatting and eating. At the meal, we had a rock-paper-scissors tournament for a special gift.
Then we exchanged Christmas presents at the end of the party. We sang a Christmas song in circle, while we keep passing a present to the next person. When the song ended, each participant got one present.
We all got a nice souvenir and great fun in the party.
日本語(にほんご)教室(きょうしつ)は市内(しない)5か所(5かしょ)の公民館(こうみんかん)で 毎週(まいしゅう)6回(6かい)開催(かいさい)されています。



(2017.11.01)“INZAI WORLD FEST 2017”WAS HELD.

On October 28, our cross cultural event, “Inzai World Fest 2017” was held in collaboration with Makinohara Matsuri, in hopes that our activities are better known to Inzai citizens through the participation in such a community festival.
In the drizzling weather condition due to approach of the Typhoon No.22, the Makinohara Matsuri was barely held, as desired by all the concerned.
Mr. Ichiro Miyama, representing our association, performed Iai, Japanese traditional martial arts, on the stage, to which a big applause was given by spectators.
We also opened a flea market for selling the goods that our association members have bought abroad for souvenirs. The matsuri visitors stopped by the market to look around and buy various items that are rare or uncommon to Japanese people. If the market were opened in good weather conditions, we believe that more purchases might have been seen.
From now on, we will continue holding the “Inzai World Fest” annually, desiring that it would be the best opportunity for the citizens of Inzai City to be more familiar with the people and culture of foreign countries.




(2017.10.20)Inzai World Fest 2017

Please come to our “Inzai World Fest 2017” which, for the first time, will be held in collaboration with Makinohara Matsuri (Festivsal).
We hope it will be a good opportunity for you to meet the people having interests in international friendship and cultural exchange in happy and joyful atmosphere of the community festival, enjoying various performances, meals and drinks at many booths.
Details of the event are as follows as an attached leaflet.

Time & Date: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. October 28 (Saturday), 2017
[One of our members will perform Iai (Japanese traditional martial arts) at the stage at or about 11:30. ]
Place: Nishinohara Koen (Park), the site of Makinohara Matsuri
   (10 minute walk from south exit of Inzai Mankinohara Station on Hokuso Line)
We look forward to seeing you at our booth.

Click here for details

(2017.08.07)”Let's Say Hello in World's Languages!" Held

As previously announced, the 2nd ”Let's Say Hello in World's Languages!" program was held at our Friendship Cafe on July 27, 2017. For the program, Ms. Rebecca Babirye from Republic of Uganda shared the culture and people of her country. She also introduced their traditional batik. The participants had a good time trying to exchange greetings in Uganda language and manner just learned from Ms. Babirye.



(2017.06.26)The New Program for our Friendship Cafe, “Let’s Say Hello in World’s Languages!”

At our Friendship Cafe on June 22, our new program “Let’s Say Hello in World’s Languages!” started. We planned this program for participants of the Friendship Cafe to better understand the people and culture of foreign countries through learning easy words and phrases used for greetings, self-introduction, etc. in each language. The program will be held occasionally at the Friendship Cafe taking up one respective language at each time.

We selected Thai as the first language at the Friendship Cafe on June 22. The participants all enjoyed the humorous sharing by a member speaker, who has lived in Thailand for nine years, of interesting stories about the language, custom and culture of this country of smiles.

At the next Friendship Cafe scheduled on July 27, a lady from Republic of Uganda, now living in Inzai City, will talk about the language used in her country. There is no doubt that it would be a good opportunity to know of people and things of the country that is not familiar to most of us. We look forward to seeing many participants.


(2017.03.13)A Bus Tour for International Friendship Was Held.

"Little Edo Experience: Touring the Historical Town of Sawara"
                             By Daniel Pettit"

On February 25, 2017, The Inzai City International Friendship Association went on a tour to the town of Sawara with 30 Inzai residents including those from Thailand, India, China, South Korea and America. The local and international residents partnered up during the tour and had great conversations. The weather was perfect for walking around and visiting the rich history of Sawara dating to the Edo period. It's so historically authentic that it's also known as "Little Edo." The first stop was to Katori Shrine where we witnessed a marriage ceremony and met a talking bird in front of a dango shop. Next on the tour was Little Edo where we visited many different shops, some of which are older than America as a nation. The Katori International Friendship Association made the tour really fun and were excellent at describing the history of Sawara. At the end we visited a Sake Brewery, the American and Indian students especially enjoyed the sake tasting afterwards. Overall, the Sawara tour was a fantastic opportunity for the local and international residents to experience the history of Old Japan in its fullest. We look forward to continuing to provide these friendship building opportunities to those in our community."


(2016.12.01)Participated in Dango Matsuri

We, Inzai City International Friendship Association, participated in “The 12th Dango Matsuri (Festival)” held on November 26 and 27, 2016, as an exhibitor with many other volunteer groups in Inzai City. In the room allocated to us, we exhibited panels introducing our activities, and also held the so called Friendship Café to provide the visitors to the festival with an opportunity to discuss with each other about international friendship. On both days, many people visited our room, and we had friendly talks with each of them about matters such as importance of peaceful coexistence with the foreign residents in the city through understanding and respecting different cultures.


(2016.11.07)“The 1st World Festival in Inzai” Held

On October 30, 2016, our cross cultural event, “The 1st World Festival in Inzai”, was held successfully with attendance of a number of foreign people living in Inzai City.
The participants enjoyed traditional dances of Hawaii, Uyghur and Japan, as well as wonderful musical performances by the Imba Meisei High School Brass Band, etc. Everyone had a good time with tasty food and friendly discussions.
We are confident that we could continue to provide the participants with the best occasion to have an international friendship with mutual respect for each culture.
We therefore would like to hold the 2nd World Festival in Inzai in autumn next year.

(2016.09.15)“World Festival in Inzai”

 We would invite you to join our “World Festival in Inzai”, the event for cultural exchange between foreign residents and Japanese citizens in Inzai. At the event, we will enjoy performances of dance and music of various countries and Japan. It also would be a good occasion for you to meet and talk with those who are interested in establishing international friendship. Light meals and drinks will be served.

Details of the event are as follows.
Time & Date: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. October 30 (Sunday), 2016
Place: Shimin Katsudo Shien Center
   2nd Fl. Chuo Ekimae Chiiki Koryukan
   (5 minute walk from south exit of Chiba New Town Chuo Station)
Fees: \300 for Member, \600 for Non-member, Free for kids under 12
For participation, please call us at 070-6475-7633, or send E-mail to inzai.ifa@gmail.com not later than October 15.

We look forward to seeing you.



(2016.08.18)General Meeting of the Ribbon held.

 We held the general meeting of our “Japanese Language Class Ribbon” at Sohfuke Community Center on Sat. 14th May, 2016. The 14 staff members from 5 classes held at 4 different places attended the meeting. They exchanged views frankly for the activities of each class. At the tea party following the general meeting, the participants shared opinions which we hope could contribute to the operation of the Ribbon for starting its 17th year.



(2016.06.27)Annual Cooking Party Held

On June 21, our annual cooking party was held at Chuo-Ekimae Chiiki Koryukan.

At the party, 20 participants including 4 men and the ladies from China and Taiwan enjoyed Russian home cooking under the instruction of Ms. Elena Watanabe who is from Russia and now an Inzai resident and also a student of our Japanese language class “Ribbon”.
The items the participants learned to cook were Meatballs named Hedgehog in Russian language with mashed potatoes, Vegetable soup containing chicken liver, and Cookies.
It is said that the meatballs are so named, because the figure of each ball resembles a hedgehog after the rice stuffed inside is popped out like spines while heated.
As every item was new to the participants, they were in struggle to cook, but finally all foods were made up to the level to win the high praises of Ms. Watanabe.
After the cooking, all the participants had a good time tasting the foods they cooked.


(2016.05.30)From Coordinator of “International Friendship Cafe”

Our latest International Friendship Cafe (IFC) was held on May 26.
At the above IFC, Ms. Sakie Sekimura, who has studied at universities in Xiamen, China and Taiwan, gave the participants a talk under the title “This and That of China from Woman’s View”.
Her presentation covered not only episodes she has experienced during her student days but differences of pronunciation and expression between Chinese and Taiwanese languages, and the topics were further extended to Chinese strange custom of foot-binding, everything of which drew interests of the participants.
Among the participants, there was a lady from China. She shared what she has heard from an old lady who had witnessed this custom before it was abolished, and how Chinese women of today feel about it. We had a very good time.
Thank you.


(2016.05.19)Special Event “Rice Planting with Japanese Families”

May 15, 2016, we participated in the rice planting which was held as one of the commemorative events celebrating the Inzai City’s 20th anniversary.This event was planned and executed by the groups which include NPO Cosmos, Chiba United Soccer Club, Mr. T. Murakoshi of Eiji Kyodoen .
It was a very fine day with clear sky suitable for rice planting. From our association, 19 members joined the event, including 7 foreign participants from China and USA.
The purpose of our participation in this event was to provide foreign citizens with an opportunity to understand the Japanese culture of foods through rice planting together with Japanese citizens.
All the participants seemed to have enjoyed rice planting with their feet and clothes muddy.
We are so grateful to the host groups for not only offering a filed for planting but providing the participants with tasty rice balls, chicken-flavored rice and beverages.


(2016.05.17)Presentation on the Japanese Garden at International Friendship Cafe

At our latest International Friendship Cafe (IFC) held on April 28, 2016, a presentation on the Japanese garden were made in English by Mr. Daniel Pettit, a student of Tokyo Christian University in Inzai City. With many photos, he explained about history of the Japanese garden and why it attracts so many people all over the world. The 15 participants seemed much impressed with his presentation, and some of them immediately decided to become our members. We had a pleasant time talking each other in the friendly atmosphere.
In the next IFC on May 26, we are scheduling to offer a presentation by a lady on the various interesting things she has seen or experienced in China while she lived there to study. We look forward to many participants joining us.


(2015.12.28)Xmas party held by Japanese language class “Ribon”

On the 9th of December, the Japanese Language Class“ Ribon” had “the Christmas Party”. 55 of Japanese class learners and staffs joined and enjoyed the party.
One of staffs played “Niko”, the Chinese music instrument, then another one performed “Magic show”, and the last one showed us Tai Chi Chuan, and then we enjoyed all programs. The party was really international with singing “Jingle Bells” in various languages such as Japanese, English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Russian.
It was impressive that all participants form various countries sang a song“Furusato” in Japanese at the end of the party. We spent very good day with everyone's smiles.

(2015.12.25)“Let’s discover Inzai: Fureai-bus and walking around Kioroshi historical area” held

After gathering at Kioroshi station on November 7th, we enjoyed walking around Kioroshi historical area with the students from abroad. We introduced the convenience of Fureai-bus during the walking and then visited Yoshioka-machikado museum and the old house of Musashiya as well as boat tour.
Total 14 students from the USA , Zimbabwe and so on participated and seemed to understand that Kioroshi used to be a river port and supplies were transported through Kioroshi road after seeing and listening to the history. Water birds and the shrines etc. made us fun during boat tour. At the museum and the old house they had a pleasant feeling by contacting Japanese culture.
The students introduced their own countries, home-town and songs in the countries at the friendship party in the afternoon. Some magic also made the party enjoyable.
We, Inzai City International Friendship Association, would like to have this kind of events to create the good relationship between citizen including people from abroad.

(2015.12.25)Held “Japan Day”

Inzai City International Friendship Association held the event “Japan Day” introducing Japanese culture to people from abroad at Chiiki-kouryukan#2 near Chiba new-town station on Sep. 27th. More than 100 people joined the event.
In the morning they enjoyed some Japanese cultures such as calligraphy, tea ceremony and Kimono-dressing. Other events like Iai-nuki practice and Bon-dancing were done at the friendship party in the afternoon. In addition to those, the participants were also amused with conversation over having snacks. They sure felt the event very pleasant.

(2015.11.30)「Held “The class of experiencing KYUDO for people from abroad”

On Nov. 21st, under the mildly fine weather of autumn, Inzai city International Friendship Association held the event jointly with Inzai City Kyudo Association. Total 24people including 9 foreigners-some students of the university and assistant language teacher and so on-joined. After the shooting by the members of Kyudo Association, participants tried to shoot to the larger target, the diameter is 1m, with the confusion since it was the first time for them to touch Japanese bow and arrows. Each participants tried to shoot ten arrows and they radiated their joy with cheering and knocking up their fists in the air every time they could hit a target. And then they were divided into two teams to have a competition by the team, team Red and White. They enjoyed the competition and the White edged out (43points vs 39). As the final program of the class, the three members of Kyudo Association in Kimono practiced ceremonial shooting at one target.
Thereafter, we took a lunch. And we heard about their impression of Kyudo such as: “I felt Kyudo is not only sports but also a taste of Japanese traditional culture” “When my daughter grows up, I will recommend her to play Kyudo” “If there is a chance, I try to play Kyudo again” It is sure that they enjoyed Kyudo very much.

(2015.10.29)Participated in the disaster drill

October 18th, we, Inzai City International Friendship Association, participated in the disaster drill conducted by the City of Inzai at the premises of Takino Elementary School and Takino Junior High School.
At our booth, we displayed exhibit panels which showed the procedures needed to assist the evacuating foreigners who have difficulty in communicating in Japanese, and providing those people with effective assistance, meeting their needs in the time of disaster.
We also exhibited panels showing our various activities to let the attendants know that mutual understanding and respect of culture, habits, etc. through interaction is useful for Japanese citizens to help evacuate the foreigners living in Inzai.
More than 200 5th and 6th graders at Takino Elementary School visited our booth and listened to our presentation with enthusiasm.
We would like to have more serious concern about disaster prevention so that we can carefully assist foreigners in the event of a disaster.

(2015.07.06)Curry Cooking with International Students

Curry Rice Cooking with International Exchange Students was held on June 20th, 2015 at Chuo Ekimae Chiiki Koryukan.
The cook volunteer, one of our Intermediate English class student, led this event. Twenty one participants including four exchange students from Tokyo Christian University joined the event. This event was a request from the exchange students, for they wanted to learn how to cook Japanese ordinary curry rice.
We cooked three recipes; the curry rice, Chinese pickled vegetables (Sichuan style Pao Tsuai) and pear in plum syrup. He explained how to cook these recipes in English. After that, we separated into 5 groups for the cooking practice. Each group started cooking. We started with the Pear in Plum Syrup. After cooking, we put into the cooler. Second, the Chinese Pickled Vegetables and the last is the curry rice.
After two hours of cooking, the room smelled delicious and it smelled mostly of curry. While they were having the dishes, they also enjoyed having their conversations in English. One of the exchanged American student said, "Finally, I can cook my favorite curry rice after my return to my home."
Everybody enjoyed the event with good smile on their face.

(2015.03.10)Japanese Class“Ribbon”,Teachers' Workshop

  On Wednesday February the 25th , the staff of the Japanese Class”Ribbon” had a teachers’ workshop at the Eki Mae Chiiki Kouryuukan near Chiba New Town Central Station and invited as a lecturer Mrs. Mannami Eri, a Japanese Language Business Coordinator trusted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Mrs. Mannami, who has been supporting local Japanese learning groups for many years from the viewpoint of “symbiosis of multi cultures”, had a lecture about the theme of “foreigner support as a citizen and the role of the Japanese language volunteer.
“ After the lecture, there was a Question & Answer corner in which a lot of views were exchanged between the staff.
This time there were also 5 teachers invited from the Japanese study group in Shiroi and Kamagaya City , so we were able to exchange a lot of information, what made this meeting very meaningful.
Main points
{symbiosis} =striving together for a better society while respecting each other’ cultures.
Teaching is not only a teacher⇒student relationship (input) but there must also be opportunities for the students to study and express themselves (output).
This is why it is also important to talk about everyday life topics like child rearing, hobbies, disaster prevention, nursing etc.
The teachers should, according to the interests of their students and the aim of their studies, provide opportunity to the students to express themselves and to have discussions.(Like workshops together with Japanese citizens from the neighborhood. )
By having workshops about a theme the motivation for studying Japanese and communication skills of students can be increased.
Students can take part into society, mutual understanding will be deepened, the area will become easier to live in for foreigners and become a city that is friendly for multi cultures

(2015.02.05)Cooking class in English: Tourtieres and maple bread puddings

A cooking event in English was held on January 30, 2015 at Chuo ekimae chiiki koryukan.
Mrs. Marie Yatsuda, a cooking teacher, talked about the recipes’ cultural background and how to make maple syrup. After that, twenty participants baked Tourtieres; French Canadian meat pies, and maple bread puddings with their teacher. They made the tourtieres and puddings in unique different shapes, and both were very delicious. They really enjoyed every minute of this event talking to each other in Japanese and in English with their teacher. According to Mrs. Marie, the participants were all enthusiastic and fast learners. It was also nice to chat and get to know each other while we ate together.
Reporters from local TV Rurban Net came to Cooking Class for shooting, and it will be broadcasted from 12th to 18th February.

(2015.01.12)“Lecture for Understanding Cross-Culture”

Mr. Kawakita; our Director, gave lecture on “Experience through International Cooperation in Thai, Indonesia, Kenya, Zimbabwe for 30 years” at Inzai City Bunka Hall, on 26th November.
Lecture for Understanding Cross-Culture is held once a month by Inzai City. Lectures are formulated by a long-stay foreigner resident or a Japanese lecture having overseas long-stay experience. The title of lecture was “Let’s share cross-culture experience! Thai, Indonesia, Kenya, Zimbabwe for 30 years”. Mr. Kawakita told the experience concerning with the difference between Asia and Africa, cross-culture and international cooperation.
He had participated in overseas technical cooperation for official development aid of Japan from 1980 to 2009, and worked at JICA Zimbabwe Office as resident representative from 2010 to 2013.

(2015.01.12)Participation in 10th Inzai City citizen’s activities Dango Matsuri

10th Inzai City citizen’s activities Dango Matsuri was held at cyuouekimae second building for regional citizen exchange on 29th-30th November, 2014. Inzai City International Friendship Association participated in this event with Talking with Foreigners, photo exhibition, Power-Point showing and a survey by questionnaires.
In talking with foreigners event, overseas students of U.S.A., Iraq and India from Tokyo Christian University and Tokyo Denki University participated. We got 110 answers by questionnaires. A cooking class, a tea party, language classes and tours are popular in activities. The information about overseas study and overseas life arealso concerned as the result.

(2014.12.26)Life and Agriculture in Kingdom of Tonga

Mr. Yoshihara; our Chairman, gave lecture on “Life and Agriculture in Kingdom of Tonga” at Goi Civic Center, Ichihara City, on 5th December. There were about 80 attendants.
Name of TONGA is known, but people do not know well about Kingdom. Mr. Yoshihara showed plenty photos which he took, and explained on the Kingdom. Attendants had been interested in residences, foods and clothes. Mr. Yoshihara expects the relation between Tonga and Japan will become closer, even approximate 8,000km away from here.
He had lived and worked at Ministry of Agriculture, Foods, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFFF), as the adviser on Agricultural policy to the parliamentary vice-minister, from 2010 to 2012. He was a member of JICA Senior Volunteer.

(2014.12.26)Foreign students enjoyed Mochi-tsuki; making rice cake, at Kobayashi-Sengen

Daniel and Chin joined Mochi-tsuki; making rice cake, at Inariya Park; Kobayashi-sengen 1choume on 14th December. This event was organized by Makinohara-Naka neighborhood association, as one of annual event of the association. The association is very kind to invites foreign residents in our city to join, every year.
They have had nice joyful time making rice cake, eating rice cake and Ton-jiru; miso soup with pork and vegetables, some drinks and bingo game.
Daniel is studying theology at Tokyo Christian University. He came from Seattle, Washington, USA, and is living almost 2 years in University Campus in Uchino, Inzai. He had an experience of a volunteer for mind care at Miyagi Prefecture, Aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in 2012.
Chin is Junior High school pupil, and studying Japanese language at “Ribbon Nippongo Class” operated by our association. He came from Shenyang, China, together with parents.
We appreciate Makiohara-Naka people’s kindness.

(2014.12.02)“International Friendship Café” held by Inzai City International Friendship Association(IIFA)

IIFA will offer the opportunity twice a month for you to associate with Japanese citizen. Anyone can join it with no charge. We are looking forward to meeting you soon.
Date, Time, Place
 ・from Jan.10 the second Saturday of every month 16:00 to 18:00
  at IIFA’s office K-front bldg. 2F,
  3 minutes’ walk from the north exit of JR Kioroshi station
 ・from Jan.22 the fourth Thursday of every month 10:00 to 12:00
  at Chuo-ekimae Chiiki Kouryukan(public hall)
  5 minutes’ walk from the south exit of Chiba-new-town Chuo station of Hokuso railway
Inquiry : inzai.ifa@gmail.com to: person in charge of “International Friendship Café”

(2014.11.25)Supported International friendship program of Junior High schools in Inzai City

A group of William Ruthven Secondary College from Melbourne, Victoria State, Australia came to stay Inzai City from 22sd to 28th September. They were students, teachers and parents total 15 members. The Chairman and two Directors of IIFA attended Welcome party held at Inzai Junior High schools.
A party of Gulstone State School from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia visited Kobayashi Junior High school from 28th September to 1st October. They were 2 teachers and 10 pupils. The Chairman and Director of IIFA attended Welcome party held at Kobayashi Junior High schools. We presented books of Japanese culture to our visitors. We expected to expand these kinds of Programs more, and students and pupils of those schools will have interest to learn foreign culture and languages.

(2014.11.18)Small Scale Meeting for Chiba Prefecture Inba Meisei High School.

Small Scale Meeting as the title of "My opinion to future figure for 2020 Inba Meisei " was performed on Oct 8th, 2014 at Inba Meisei High School, 4 people from Inzai City International Friendship Association(IIFA) attended. The new proposal was presented by each group consisted from primary school students, graduated students and parents association e.t.c. IIFA presented three point as 1. To strengthen ability of understanding different culture 2. To grow spirits of challenge to the world 3. To return experience and knowledge to regional society. The suggestion of cooperation with IIFA was shown by Inba Meisei High School.

(2014.11.18)Accept the home-stay of short-term students from abroad

Thirteen students are staying at the dormitory of Tokyo Christian University from the end of August to the beginning of December. Four IIFA members accepted their home-stay on November 1st and 2nd. During the home-stay, they seemed to have various kinds of experiences with the host families and their friends like attending the local festival, enjoying home party and shopping. Those experiences surely gave them pleasant memories.

(2014.08.29)had a pleasant bus tour

Inzai International Friendship Association held the bus tour on August 29th, 2014. The first destination was Chiba-Hokuso hospital which was used for the TV drama titled “Called Blue”. There, we could ride on the actual helicopter after listening to the inside stories of the drama and explanation for the system of so called doctor-heli. The participants, both of the adults and children, enjoyed the unusual experience with full of smile and sparkling eyes.
The next was Inzai garbage-managing center. Since we haven’t seen the treatment of garbage dumped with no intention, this experience must have gotten us to raise the consciousness for the classification
We took social lunch last. Two Iraqi, a university student and her mother, who joined the tour served us the home-made cookies and told some differences between Japan and their country.
It is sure that through the tour we could experience a lot of things whichever we haven’t known or seen.

(2014.03.30)Let’s explore the spring in Inzai with Mr. Kevin

Under the cold weather with small rain, 38 people including 16 children gathered at Hokuso Hanano-oka-kouen(flower park) on March 30,2014. After Mr. Kevin’s explanation about plants and how to observe them, the participants enjoyed the observation with a magnifying glass. In the meantime, the weather with heavy rain forced us to move inside and change the schedule to the experience of handicraft. The experience pleased the participants, especially children, and each of them made their own badges. In spite of the bad weather, it is sure that almost all participants had a wonderful time.

(2014.02.23)Bus Tour with Foreign Residents

Inzai International Friendship Associatin held the event on Sunday Feb. 23. It was cold the day but the weather was fine. Total twenty-nine people including forein residents coming from Chaina, Korea, Australia and Taiwan participated and headed for Fire Department of Inzai Makinohara and the train inspecting base of Hokuso Railways. We are accustomed to the fire cars and the trains, however, most of us haven't seen them closely. At the fire department, we watched the inside of the ambulances and the fire cars and were surprised at the weight of the fire resistant clothes when we tried them on. Then, the explanation of how to respond to the sudden big earthquake was done. At the next destination, we closely watched the cars and were surprised at how large they were as well. Sitting on the driver's seat, putting the driver's cap on, taking the memorial pictures and sending on the air like the conducters do gave us enjoyable time.

(2013.10.17)The Short Stay Students from Thailand visited Inzai City

The ten teenager-students of Assumption Samutprakarn School in Thailand who were studying short term program at Narita Japanese Language School visited Inzai city from 17th to 19th Oct in 2013.They paid a courtesy call on the mayor of Inzai city, played Kendo(Japanese fencing) at Imba Meisei Senior High School and joined the cooking class, made Japanese OBENTOU(lunch) with Thai residents in Inzai. During that time they stayed with the host families of the members of Inzai International Friendship Association(IIFA). On the last day,they enjoyed hiking at Sakura Kusabue-no-oka with the members of host families and IIFA. The term they stayed in Inzai city was short, however, they seemed to have had significant experiences with us.

(2013.12.01)Tea party

The tea party for exchanging the mutual cultures between foreign and Japanese residents was held by IIFA(Inzai City Friendship Association) at the Central public hall on December 1(Sunday), 2013. Twelve people including two from Australia and one from Jamaica joined the party and spent the enjoyable time by listening to the native speakers’ English and talking the topics about coffee or tea. Hereafter, we will hold the same kind of events which everybody can join with a light heart and would like you to join them.

(2013.11.10)Accept the home-stay of short-period-stayed foreign students

Fourteen students stayed in Japan to study at Tokyo Christian University from the end of August to the beginning of December. Three IIFA members accepted their home-stay on November 9 and 10. During the home-stay the students had various experiences with the host families and friends like attending the local festival, enjoying home party and shopping. Those experiences surely gave them pleasant memories.

(2013.09.25)Cooking class for Thai food

Thai food cooking class instructed by Thai woman was done at the Central public hall on September 25(Wednesday), 2013. The instructor picked up two menus: Spaghetti Keemao and Pumpkin boiled with coconut milk. Some stuff like prawns, green peppers, garlic chilli, kaffir lime leaves, kidney beans, baby corns, basil and so on were used for Spaghetti Keemao, which gave the food special taste and flavor. Pumpkin with coconut milk was not soup but a kind of dessert satisfied us when we tried to eat. The participants could cook well using rare flavored leaves and stone grinder in accordance with the proper instruction and enjoy leisurely tasting. The instructor’s husband made a good support to clean the tables and take away plates and we could spend an enjoyable time. At last, some participants expressed their wishes to take a next cooking class and asked “what to cook and when?”

(2013.08.27)Home-stay of students in Australia

Twelve people including seven students of Inzai junior high school visited the sister concern school located in suburban area of Melbourne, Australia from Aug.17 to 27. Both of the related people were looking forward to seeing each other again, because Australian students and teachers visited the Inzai high school in September last year and they already mutually got acquainted. The students, through home-stay, had the wonderful experiences and seemed to become interested in English or oversea world and be able to extend their own future possibility.

((2013.07.06)Tanabata, Yukata and river cruise

放映された「Tanabata, Yukata and river cruise」の様子

The event sponsored by IIFA was held on July 7(Saturday),2013. Due to the strong wind, the river cruise had to be given up, however, the participants in total twenty four enjoyed the Tanabata. The foreign residents wearing their favorite Yukata stared at the Tanabata decoration, looked for the narrow paper tablets written in advance their desires and wrote the additional ones on them at Kioroshi station. Though we went to see Kioroshi antique market, most of the shops were already closed because of the strong wind as well. In spite of the relatively no-good situation, they seemed to feel a hint of the Japanese traditional cultures and enjoy the half day in hot summer.
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