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A Chance to Conduct Osaka University of Tourism’s Brass Band Club

Sunday, May 26
Ebeno Izumi Mori Hall, Reception Hall


Following the general assembly meeting, around 60 people attended and enjoyed an Understanding Earth Lecture, with a performance by Osaka University of Tourism’s Brass Band Club. In addition, from a group of interested participants, three people were selected to try their hand at conducting. They waved the baton in the air however they saw fit, to the tune of Do-Re-Mi.

Attendees’ Impressions

● ica sponsored, the energy and youthfulness of the tourism university students, it was a valuable and enjoyable experience through the music produced by foreigners. Thank you.

● I used to be in band brass band. I recognized all the songs and my daughter who is an elementary school student, also enjoyed it.

● It looked liked fun for the foreigners who were asked to conduct. Music is shared by everyone around the world.

Guest Conductor’s Impressions

It was fun. Although it was my first experience I wasn’t nervous.  And while the actual time conducting was quite short, it felt like a long time. That means it was fun. If it had been longer, I would’ve started dancing. I was impressed when I stood on the stage and saw everyone in the brass band with cheerful expressions on their faces. (Emanuel / Uganda)

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Disaster Prevention Tour 2019

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution and Earthquake Memorial Park
Sunday, February 24, Kobe


On the Tour

I learned about earthquakes, tsunamis and disaster prevention at the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution in Kobe. I felt the strength and the terror of Mother Nature while at the same time, moved by the efforts of people who are working hard in the post-disaster reconstruction. As Japan is a country where natural disasters frequently occur, citizens are regularly educated in disaster prevention. I felt that the children that were with me on the tour were well trained. As a foreigner living in Japan, I felt that I wasn’t very aware of disaster prevention and my knowledge was lacking. This tour was very meaningful and I would like to share what I learned today with those around me. (Chi Lee / China)

 

Disaster Prevention Workshop
Saturday, March 2, Minaminakakashii


 

Words from the participants

There were many things I didn’t know that are common knowledge about earthquakes and tsunamis, so it’s been very helpful. (H.M.)

I thought I knew, but there were many things I had forgotten. I’m glad to be able to get a refresher. I would like to try the disaster emergency phone system again. (H.I.)

The disaster emergency phone system was taught at work, but I had never actually used it, so it was good to learn. (B)

This game gives insight into how foreigners feel while living in Japan. It was a good experience. (H. H.)

It is difficult to understand with just the words. Pictures and signs, I felt, are very important. (K.S.)

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Welcome Party for KIX Senshu International Marathon Runners

Welcome Party for Marathon Runners 
Friday February 15, Minaminakakashii


Prior to the 26th Annual KIX Senshu International Marathon, Izumisano City, in partnership with Chengdu in China, New Town in Mongolia, Tubu in Mongolia, the city of Marilia in Brazil, and the Republic of Uganda, held a welcome party for the 6 runners from their respective countries. Forty-four people, mainly ica members, participated and cheered on the runners.

 

From the left, Wang Jiayu (China),  Oyuka (Mongolia),  Dogee (Mongolia), Alex (Uganda), Saihana (Mongolia), Satake (ica) and Leonardo (Brazil). Satake, a registered runner, who also participated last year, said, “The bridge makes this course difficult.”


Nankin Tamasudare​, a traditional Japanese street performance, stirring everyone in the hall with excitement.
  

Having a short tea break, Emmanuel (left) and Alex (right),  "The Uganda Brothers". Alex is a 19-year-old police officer.
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New Year’s Celebration

Sunday, January 27 at Kansai International Center


A total of 118 people, including about 30 foreigners, gathered and enjoyed various games and activities such as Go, origami, and plate turning. In addition, participants enjoyed mizuhiki, the art of wrapping and shaping cord in a decorative fashion and the traditional card gamed called karuta. Performers took to the floor and danced Yosakoi, an exhilarating performance of beautiful voices, colorful costumes, and bright rhythms and colorful dances.

In cooperation with:
Soroptimist International Osaka
Rinku Art, Mizuhiki Club
Dream Club (Yosakoi)