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.
Chitchat Saturday, October 23, 2021 Izumisano Cross-cultural Association, Minaminakakashii Building
ica Japanese learners Ms. Yu (Thailand) and Ms. Lin (China) were invited as guests, and enjoyed chatting in Japanese.
“In Thailand, women do not touch monks. I was surprised to learn that monks in Japan can marry and are allowed to touch women,” said Ms. Yu.
Ms. Lin introduces tea utensils and a variety of teas, including Pu’er tea and Ma Li Hua tea. One of the most popular teas is Gong Yi tea, which is a dried flower wrapped in tea leaves that opens when hot water is poured over it.
The Introduction of the English Café Passport
Participants will be issued a English Café Passport! We invite you to create your own original passport. Jot down special moments and interactions you’ve had or simply add your own photos to it.
Saturday, September 11 , Online Lecture via Zoom Live Viewing Venue, Izumisano Cross-cultural Association, Minaminakakashii Building
Twenty-seven participants from 20 groups listened to Ms. Sawako Nishimura. Ms. Nishimura studied the traditional the Turkish embroidery known as igne oyasi in Turkey. She showed participants photos she had taken there and also some examples of delicate embroidery work.
This was the first time the event was held on Zoom under the nation’s state of emergency declaration. In order to watch the event, a display area was setup at Izumisano Cross-cultural Association in Minaminakakashii Building. There were participants from overseas and remote areas of Japan, making it a unique online event.
Words from the participants
Turkey is a country that I want to visit again and again. The more I learn about it, the more I enjoy it. Ms. Nishimura, the speaker, received training in Turkish handicraft in Antalya, a city facing the Mediterranean Sea. Using photographs, from her training and her travels around the country, she explained in an easy-to-understand manner, with scenes of women at the market . I hope this will get more people to become interested in Turkey. -Mitsui Takahiro
It was interesting to hear various stories about the Turkish handicraft, igne oyasi. I am worried about the fact that this wonderful tradition is in danger of dying out. I had been to Antalya before, so watching this was quite nostalgic . I wondered how they could make such beautiful patterns with just a needle and thread. I immediately had to go to YouTube to check it out. -M
It made me feel like I was on a trip in Turkey. -F
About the Online Experience I was nervous because this was my first time joining online, but it was a good experience for me to be able to participate at home. -I
I was quite happy to be able to participate in this kind of online lecture. -P, Korea
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
Friday, February 12, 2021 atIzumisano 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.
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.