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.
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 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.
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’ 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 where students who have completed their junior high school education and are still thinking about what path they want to take next, can attend school while being involved in the military or nursing care for one year to 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.
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