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.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. In response to the request from Osaka Prefecture to refrain from going out for non-essential reasons, ica office will be closed for business until Tuesday 15th December. The ica office will however be open during this period to respond to any inquiries.
We are scheduled to resume normal activities on Wednesday 16th December however, this is subject to change depending on future circumstances.
Japanese Language Classes: Until Wednesday 15th December.
Japanese Language Teaching Volunteer Training Course: Saturdays, 5th and 12th December.
Together, let’s make “Trocken Gebinde Candles”: Saturday 12th December
Together, let’s make “Mini Kadomatsu”: Saturday 12th December
In addition, please be advised that earlier planned group activities namely; ‘Trocken Gebinde Candle’ and ‘Mini Kadomatsu’ will be postponed. We will inform you of the new dates as soon as possible.
We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please take necessary precautions to prevent infection and take care of yourselves.
ica welcomed four guests from Sri Lanka including Kabidu, Samadhi, Champika and Anuradha. The topics of the day at Café Talk were Sri Lankan culture, food, folk costumes, festivals, as well as life in Japan.
Words from a guest of Café Talk
This event was a lot of fun. And I would like to participate in more ica events in the future. As a student of Japanese at ica, this kind of event is very meaningful for me as a way to learn the language and also to meet new people and understand cultures. I am grateful for the opportunity to talk about my country, Sri Lanka. ~Anuradha, ica Japanese student
Monday, November 23 Osaka Prefectural Izumisano Hilly Parkland
The coronavirus continues to limit many activities. However, ica was finally able to hold an outdoor event, making sure to take necessary precautions against infection. Surrounded by beautiful weather and the crisp autumn air, a total of 58 people (including 14 foreigners) gathered for a lively walk and talk.
Café Talk is a gathering where guests are free to talk about whatever they’d like to. Inevitably, ica members and ica foreign guests discuss various topics. The guests this time were ica members, Safi from Malaysia and Yong from Ghana. The topics of conversation this time revolved around their countries and their experiences in Japan.
Words from the Guests
Cafe Talk was interesting and I’m really glad I participated. I was glad that the participants were not only interested in Malaysia but also in me as a person. (Safi)
Words from the participants
I found it interesting that Yong and Safi were both working hard in Japan. (K)
Yong from Ghana has big dreams and I’m cheering for him. (M)
I learned a little about Islam in Malaysia. (M)
Both guests said that teaching English at school is fun. However, they also said that there were difficult times (I)
Both Young and Safi were nice young men. (M)
I was impressed with the story about getting a driver’s license after Yong had arrived in Okinawa, Japan. The driver’s license study material was translated into English by the family, then diligently studied. Finally, with a family interpreter and a supervisor nearby, Yong took the driver’s license test. To this day that study material has great importance. It’s full of memories for Yong and the family. (T)
Would you like to chat with people from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China and South Korea? Here’s your chance. Gatherings will take place Wednesday, July 15, Thursday, August 20th, and Thursday, September 17 at Shappy House. For more information see the notice below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.