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Temporary Closure Extended

To all members:

Thank you for your continued support of ica.

Temporary closing of the ica building has been extended until May 10 (Sun). The general public cannot enter.

The ica office will respond to inquiries during this period.  office hours are from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Depending on the situation, the closing may be further extended, so we will inform you as needed.

Thank you for your understanding.

ica office

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WA・GA・SHI: making traditional Japanese sweets

Friday, February 8 at Izumisano Cross-cultural Center


We welcomed veteran Japanese confectionery artisans to help demonstrate how to make three types of traditional Japanese spring sweets. A total of 22 participants joined, including 6 foreigners from Kansai International Center who are also Japanese learners at ica. Through hands-on experience and conversation, participants deepened their understanding of Japanese culture.

Words from the participants

  • I love wagashi. It was very difficult to make but it was fun. I was so happy to be able to make it myself. (Indonesia)
  • It was very fun today. The teacher was very good. I’m happy because the sweets were delicious. I want to make Japanese sweets in the future. (Pakistan)
  • Making sweets was quite relaxing. I enjoyed the atmosphere. (Germany)
  • It was fun to make wagashi, and it was a lot of fun to be able to interact with people from various countries. Cooking naturally creates conversation. (Japan)
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Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 26 at Kansai International Center


A total of 101 people, including 40 foreigners, gathered. In the atmosphere of the new year, everyone sang Happy New Years and played various games. Participants enjoyed traditional games and took part in activities such as Go, origami, Fukuwari and tea ceremony. Following this, all participants played a game of telephone creating an exciting scene.

In cooperation with International Soroptimist Osaka-Rinku