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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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The ica Walk

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.

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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’ 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 for one year while being involved in the military or nursing care for one year to decide their next path.
  • There is no levels at university, it is what you learn that counts.
  • BMW and Audi have universities that allow students to study while working.

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Café 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)