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.
Sunday, February 5
Peace Bowling, ?Rinku Town Seacle
The International Exchange Bowling Event, held on Sunday, February 5, was a new sports event for ica. There were 69 participants including 36 foreigners. Teams of four, made up of Japanese and foreigners, took to the lanes and vied for first place. There were people who bowled for the first time and those that had back to back?strikes. They cheered each other on each time they stepped into the approach.
Words from the participants
I can’t believe our team won! It was great to be able to make friends with fellow Taiwanese.
(Irene / Taiwan)
I enjoyed bowling with a lot of foreigners. I was able to talk with a person I had happened to meet a week ago at ica. I think it’s good that ica has these kinds of events.
(Lee / Korea)
It was my first time bowling. The bowling ball was heavier than I had thought.
(Junnatu / Bangladesh)
There is bowling in Nepal, but I’d had never tried it. This is my second time bowling since being in Japan. Bowling with the same group of people, we were able to have a fun time and get along.
(Dipak / Nepal)
There are two kinds of bowling alleys in Aleppo, Syria. One kind of alley has a big cafe, and it’s a bit expensive. However, friends can have cake?or coffee and bowl. You can go bowling after work or study. For junior high school students, it’s open until 10 pm, but for adults it’s open until around midnight. Everyone can have fun because if you’re too tired you don’t have to bowl. You can simply have a cup of coffee. The alleys without cafes, we use for school events, etc.
(Nagam / Syria)
With people of the world, let’s make a toast!
There were 138 people from 48 different countries who attended this year’s Gayagaya event, making it the most attended event in ica history. Many families and people of various ages and nationalities enjoyed singing, dancing, games and chatting. (Social Welfare Center)
The Mongolian games were fun because I was able to talk with foreigners for the first time. (I)
It was fun. I enjoyed the music and dancing. Both Japanese and Jamaicans were warm and friendly. (D / Jamaica)
There were more countries that came here than I had thought. They really understood whole point of ica. (M)
As the moderator, I was very nervous; but it was fun. I wore a hat and danced to Pico Taro. But of course, suddenly it became difficult. (L / China)
The eighth international event was held indoors. Twenty-seven foreigners appeared on stage and were welcomed with warm applause. The event had a friendly atmosphere. In addition, there various booths including a booth?that displayed?photos of past ica activities.
Sunday, September 4, Sano Public Hall Multipurpose Room
Twenty-five children, up to grade four of elementary school, and their parents listened to the stories of the students of Japanese learners from ica and also played Rock, Scissors, Paper. This year was a first time the mothers of the World Fun (intercultural exchange group for families) held the event. They found some time in their busy schedules for to prepare for this event and were careful to design the event to appeal to children’s interests.
Children and Adults Have a Good Time
I was a staff member from the preparation stage to the final event of the international exchange event “Let’s play with foreigners”. All staff members were struggling to find ideas that both children and adults, and both foreigners and Japanese would enjoy. On Saturday, natives of Sri Lanka, Korea, China, Bulgaria and the Philippines joined in and taught greetings in foreign languages ??such as “good morning”. Participants also learned how express animal sounds such as dog barks and took an animal bark quiz. There were plenty of things to do and see. For example, members asked such questions as?”What do you have for breakfast?”, others listened to a Sri Lankan songs and everyone joined?along in a Bulgarian dance.
Everyone was very excited about the Sri Lanka’s game where players were blindfolded and had to correctly place the elephant’s eyeball on the elephant’s body. No matter which country, we all laughed. It was so fun that time flew by.
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