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To ica members:

Attention all members,

 Thank you for always cooperating with ica’s activities.

 Due to the extension of the emergency declaration under Osaka Prefecture, Nambu Shimin Koryu Center, where our office is located, will be closed for the duration of the announcement.

 Accompanying this, ica will suspend our business including Japanese classes until June 21st (Mon).

 We will continue to respond to inquiries, but you cannot enter even if you come to the office during this period.

 We are planning to reopen on June 22nd (Tue), but the period is subject to change depending on the future situation.

 Thank you for your understanding.

 Please take care of yourselves by taking measures to prevent infection such as washing hands and gargling.
                           ica Administration


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Event Postponement Notice

Due to Osaka Prefecture’s measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus the following events have been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and are sorry to those who were looking forward to these events. The new schedule will be announced as soon as possible.

  • April 10th (Tue) Café Talk
  • April 24 (Wed) International Exchange Hike, ica Walk 2021
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Expressing Japanese Culture in English

Friday, February 12, 2021 at Izumisano Cross-cultural Center

“I want to introduce Japanese culture to a foreigners!” If such a situation arises, how would you talk about Japanese culture in English? ica has started a series of six lectures (Feb. 12 to Mar. 19) to help you learn about Japanese culture while having fun at the same time. Twelve students are taking the course with themes including Japanese rooms, kimonos, Japanese food, tea ceremony, Japanese holidays and traditional events, and Japanese sake.

Impressions from the participants

  • It was interesting to learn about the unique culture of Japan.
  • What was interesting for me think about was the fact that many behaviors Japanese people take for granted are new and unknown to people from other countries.

Lasting impressions

  • Fusuma became a place of art.
  • The teacher told us that there were times when foreigners sat on the floor of the area where left suitcases were stowed.
  • I was impressed with the teacher’s experience working as an interpreter.
  • I was reminded of the importance of shadowing.
  • I was taken away by Ms. Azuma’s excellent English.
  • With simple words, quite detailed explanations are possible.
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Attention All Members

Attention all members,

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support during ica’s activities.

  • As a result of the State of Emergency declared in Osaka Prefecture, ica will not conduct Japanese Language Classes starting today until Monday, 8th February.

The ica office will however be open during this period to respond to any inquiries.

  • Activities to refrain from;
  • Japanese Language Classes: Until Monday, 8th February 2021.
  • Chatting Salon: Tuesdays, 19th and 26th January 2021
  • 30th Anniversary Project Executive Committee: Saturday 23th January 2021.
  • Brush up English: Saturdays, 6th February 2021.
  • Rescheduled activities (To be conducted while observing measures to mitigate infections)
  • Japanese culture conveyed in English: Friday 5th February – Friday 12th March New Date: Friday 12th February – Friday 19th March
  • Japanese Language Training Course: Completion Date, Saturday 27th February.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please take necessary precautions to prevent infections and take care of yourselves.

ica Administration

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Café Talk

ica members Chow Kang (China), Mr. Emmanuel (Uganda), and Mr. Tommy (Germany) were welcomed as guests. They talked about their countries, work, and life in Japan. Education was also discussed, as there were six participants from Osaka University of Tourism who would like to work in education in the future.

Tommy’s introduction to the German education system

  • Tuition is free from kindergarten to university.
  • When students enter junior high school, the path which students can take is divided into a higher education course and a standard course. There are no exams, but rather a discussion between the student, parents and teachers to decide which school to enter.
  • There is also a system for students who have completed their junior high school education and are still thinking about what path they want to take next. They can attend school while being involved in the military or nursing care for one year while they decide their next path.
  • There are no levels at university, it is what you learn that counts.
  • BMW and Audi have universities that allow students to study while working.