Izumisano Cross-cultural Association (ica), a privately run volunteer NGO, is a fun place to gather and meet people from all over the world. At ica we learn various skills and discuss various topics in a casual setting.
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Cross-cultural interchange for children ９月1日(日) 佐野公民館多目的室
World Fun のお母さんたちの企画、準備、運営で開催された「外国の人と遊ぼう」。ゲストにはイラン、エジプト、ガーナ、スリランカ、中国、ドイツ、ベトナムの７カ国８名の外国人をお迎えしました。ゲストの各国紹介、ジェスチャーゲーム、じゃんけん列車、おみせやさんごっこなど、盛りだくさんな内容で、子どもたちの心をわしづかみのプログラムでした。ゲストもファミリーも一緒に盛り上がり、笑顔があふれていました。
The 44th Annual Izumisano Folk Art Festival was held at Rinku Park, near Rinku Town Station. The event was packed with local citizens and foreign tourists. Ten foreigners from six different countries, mainly learners of ica Japanese language classes, wore traditional yukata and enjoyed the summer festivities. Like last year, ica set up a booth titled Charity Lottery. The booth attracted children and foreigners alike, giving them a chance to win souvenirs from around the world.
Japanese Class Presentation Saturday, June 15, 2019
Let’s Speak Japanese was held on Saturday, June 15. Students of ica learning Japanese, had a chance to present in front of an audience. Fourteen presenters from eight different countries, with various levels of Japanese, performed a song or gave a speech.
Impressions from presenters and audience members
It was fun to hear various speeches. I learned some new things. I was also surprised that some of the learners were able to speak Japanese in such a short period of time. (Jeffrey / Germany)
It was a very fun activity. It was my first time so I was a bit nervous. It was great to be able to talk with other Chinese people. (Sonlin/ China)
Everyone was good at Japanese and I had no problem understanding. (S)
It’s been a long time since I participated in the ica event. I was surprised to hear that the number of learners increased. In addition, they’ve come from various countries. (T)
The relationships between the learners and the teachers were warm and congenial. (M)
Various thoughts and ideas were presented. I could see that they’d worked very hard for this day. (K)
It was very interesting to get a better understanding of Japan, not only in the Japanese classroom but also by understanding the culture of other countries.(U)