|Mar.24th||Host family members reported the Xuzhou visit to the mayor.|
In the mayor's office
In the mayor's office
In the administration office of Handa International Association
|Mar.24th||Host family members visited China.|
They received Xuzhou basket ball team members as host families in last November. 4 families visited Xuzhou and met the children again.
They met the children again in Zhengji middle school in Xuzhou. Although it was Sunday, all 2,000 school children welcomed them.
|Mar.2nd||The international potluck party was held from 11:30 to 14:00 on March 2nd (Sunday).|
112 people from 9 countries joined the party. The people enjoyed the variety of foods. They also enjoyed singing songs and playing games during the party.
112 people from Indonesia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, China, Peru, Sri Lanka and Japan.
|Dec.24th||The seminar of Brazil Part II was held in the evening of February 24th. It was the 2nd culture diversity seminar sponsored by .Handa International Association|
In the first session, Mr. Takashi Marco Morishige talked “Life plan in Japan” in Portuguese.
In the second session, a panel talk was done. The president of Handa International Association hosted the panel talk. Mr. Takashi Morishige, Mr. Marco Miyazato and Ms. Fumiyo Ishihara were the panelists Andre performed a wonderful simultaneous interpretation from Portuguese to Japanese and from Japanese to Portuguese
Mr. Takashi Marco Morishige
|The audience listening eagerly.|
80 people including 60 Brazilians came to the seminar.
More pictures will come. Please wait.
|Feb.21st||Mr.Zhu Guangwei and Mr.Hao Yujin came to Handa.|
They made a courtesy visit to Handa mayor and other organizations.
The courtesy visit to Handa city
(from left) Mr.Hao Yujin, the chairman of Handa council, Mr.Zhu Guangwei, Mayor, the ex-president of Japan-China Friendship Association, the president of Handa International Association
We have received the letters from Xuzhou high school basket ball team. They had many good memories in Handa.
|Feb.3rd||We had “Mamemaki” event on “Setsubun” day (Feb. 3rd) in Japanese class.|
Note: “Mamemaki” is a traditional Japanese event to be held on Feb.3rd annually to kick out bad lucks and invite good lucks.
Japanese class students did “Kakizome” on January 20th.
Note: “Kakizome” is a special piece of calligraphy for the New Year.
About 50 people from Indonesia, China, Brazil, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. participated.
After “Kakizome”, they enjoyed Japanese style New Year party to eat home-made “Zenzai”, “Kuromame” and “Datemaki”.and play card games and “Fukuwarai” game.
Note:: “Zenazai” is a Japanese sweet dessert. “Kuromame”is sweet black beans. “Datemaki” is sweet cooked eggs “Fukuwarai” is a Japanese traditional game for the New Year.
We thank volunteers for their hard work.
|Dec.27th||A year end party of Handa International Association was held.|
We thank all of you for your usual cooperation to the association activities in the year.
Taking this opportunity, we would like to thank those people who can not come to the party.
We have received the letters from Qingnianlu primary school in Xuzhou.
They stayed in Handa from July 9th to July 12th in 2007 and visited Kamezaki primary school which is a friendship school with Qingnianlu primary school
|Dec.2nd||The foreign residents experienced a Japanese “Sencha” tea ceremony at Handa culture festival at Kariyado hall.|
Note: “Sencha” is one of Japanese green tea.
They observed “Sencha” tea ceremony and tasted a cup of “Sencha” tea and a piece of Japanese sweet cake. Most of the foreign residents have experienced a ‘Macha” tea ceremony before, but “Sencha” tea ceremony was new to them.
|Nov.25th||The Japanese class students and volunteers went to Meiji-Mura by bus. It was an outdoor Japanese class.|
The sport delegation came to Handa from Xuzhou, the friendship city of Handa.
12 people including 8 basket ball team members came from Zhengji high/middle school in Tong Shan xian in Xuzhou city on Nov. 8th. They made a courtesy visit to Handa mayor. They attended a welcome party in the evening. 8 basket ball team members stayed at host family homes for two days.
They had basket ball games with Handa middle school and high school teams at Handa gymnasium on November 10 (Saturday). The results of the games were ???
A courtesy visit to Handa mayor
At Handa sport park
The 5th KonnichiWorld festival was held at Handa Fukushi Bunka Kaikan.
The festival which was the biggest international culture exchange event in Handa International Association was held on Nov. 4th (Sunday) under a clear Autumn sky. It was supported by many volunteers.
14 countries participated in the festival. There were 20 booths including co-sponsor booths and food service booths. All booths were crowded with people. The people enjoyed exhibitions, games, food tasting, talks, receiving small gifts, balloons, etc.
In the stage performance, Brazilian Koboeira, Chinese Niko, Perurian dance and Egyptian dance were presented. Brazilian samba was performed for the final stage performance, The performers and the guests were dancing samba together. They enjoyed it very much.
In a stamp rally game, people had to say hello at each country booth with its language to get a stamp. Everybody from children to adult enjoyed walking around booths to gather stamps. They received a prize at the goal.
Chinese dumpling and Thai curry were served at food service corner. The food for 200 people was quickly gone.
We had 100 volunteers including 40 foreigners and 400 guests including 40 foreigners in the festival. It is not too much to say that it was Handa Expo. It surely promoted an international culture exchange There were a lot of smiles in the festival.
Please look at the pictures.
|Oct.14th||The Japanese class students experienced a Japanese tea ceremony.|
How do you like green tea?
|Oct.7th||The foreign residents went to Handa Dashi festival after the Japanese class.|
|Oct.7th||The delegations from the sister cities and friendship city went to Nagoya castle and then, went to Arimatsu to see Arimatsu Sibori (Tie-dyed fabric in Arimatsu area).|
|Oct.6th||The delegations from the sister cities and friendship city watched the 6th Handa Dashi festival.|
|Oct.5th||The delegations from the sister cities and friendship city safely arrived in Handa.|
The Japanese class students went to Handa museum and Handa sky science museum. It was the outdoor class for Japanese class.
They saw the exhibition of old Handa town in Handa Museum. In Handa sky science museum, they experienced a wonder of electricity and enjoyed a planetarium. How different is the sky here from the skies of their countries???
33 foreign residents and 17 Japanese volunteers participated.
|Aug.10th||Midland exchange students have returned home from Centrair airport (Chubu airport). They got many nice memories during the stay in Handa.|
|Aug.5th||Tanabata party was held. Total 143 people including 53 foreigners attended the party. The mayor of Handa attended the party as well. The foreign residents enjoyed Japanese culture. Volunteers prepared various events such as wearing Yukata (an informal cotton Kimono), Bon dance, playing with Japanese traditional toys, cotton candy, etc. The party lasted about 3 hours. We are sure that the party has promoted the friendship among the participants.|
|Update from host families of Midland exchange students!|
-Three of us went to Takayama to see old historical town.
-Many pictures came from host families.
Pictures from Handa East high school students who are visiting Australia.
|July 25th||The 1st culture diversity seminar “Learning Brazil” was held.|
The mayor, the local community leaders in Handa and the school people attended the seminar as well as the association members. We have received many valuable opinions. Ms. Kayoko Maria Kawasaki from Nagoya international center talked about culture diversity from the standpoint of a Brazilian person.
discussion between the speaker and the audience
|Brazilian tea and snack were served during a break.|
|July 24th|Midland exchange students visited Handa International Association office. They had a good time with the volunteers of the association.
Chantana-san, Handa high school studemt from Sri Lanka, joined the conversation.
|July 22nd||We attended the ceremony of the 40th anniversary of the OISＣA Chubu training center.|
|The performance by Belly Dance club||Trainees from Papua New Guinea|
There were many other performances at the ceremony.
|July 21st||The welcome party for Midland exchange students was held at the city office.|
Picture of thMidland exchange students with host families and the staff
|July 20th||Midland exchange students arrived at Handa safely. Despite a long trip, all three students are very well and go straight to their host family houses. They will experience Japanese cultures and customs in next three weeks.|
|July 12th/13rd||The cute primary school children visited the Mihama campus of Nihon Fukushi university on Jul. 12th. They had hashed beef and rice at the university cafeteria. After that, they went to Minami Chita Beach Land.|
The farewell party was held in the evening. The Kamezaki primary school children also attended the party.
The children liked Handa very much. They left Handa on Jul. 13th. They went to Nagoya by bus and changed to Shinkansen to go to Tokyo.
The delegation of Qingnianlu primary school visited Kamezaki primary school.
Despite rain, the Kamezaki primary school children were standing outside to wave Chinese and Japanese flags and say “Nihao, Nihao” and welcomed them
We thank the Kamezaki primary school children.
The delegation of Qingnianlu primary school in Xuzhou arrived at Handa safely.
Welcome to Handa! A courtesy visit to Handa mayor.
Their first impression on Handa is “It is clean in Handa city.”
|July 8th||35 copies of Japanese text book were donated to Japanese class by Tokukura construction company. We thank them for their generosity.|
|July 3rd||We have received the charity goods and money for Sri Lanka from Narawa middle school.|
We have received the charity goods from Aoyama middle school, too. We appreciate it. (We are sorry we forgot to take pictures.)
The Narawa middle school students
Thank you for charity goods and money.
The charity goods for Sri Lamka have been sent from O’kawa middle school
We thank the O’kawa middle school students..
|June 24th||Ms. Mieko Takahashi who is a member of the sister city committee in Midland sent a letter to us.|
The below is her letter.
The day of “summer begin” is passed. We are enjoying nice summer days now. Though the temperature rose to 32 degreeC a few days ago, it is rather cool in the morning and evening now. The humidity is low. According to the weather forecast, it will be warm up from the beginning of the next week. Until then, we can enjoy nice summer days. This summer we have a lot of fireflies in our backyard for the first time in several years. We enjoy it everyday after a sunset.
As the latitude is high, it gets dark around 10 o’clock. When it gets dark, one or two fireflies come out of the grass. Then, many fireflies come out one after another. It is splendid. If screen doors are closed, fireflies stop on screen doors and flash. It is nice to see it.
I understand that the life of s firefly is about 10 days. So, we still have a few days left to enjoy fireflies. What a luxury it is to see 15 types of birds picking seed in the day time and watch fireflies flying in the evening.
Robins nested in the flowers in a hanging pot and lay eggs in it. Now, they are sitting on eggs. A mid-summer is just around the corner here in Midland.
A farewell party was held for Mr. Safari from Indonesia with Japanese class teachers and students. He always contributed to the events and activities of the association. He returns home.
Mr. Safari (center)
Hope to see you again!
Thank you, Mr.Safari! We wish you the best in Indonesia!!
|May 27th|| |37 Japanese class students took a walk in Handa. They went to Sake museum and Vinegar museum.
Let’s start! We walked from the office. (Total 54 people)
Information from Chita peninsula SGG, the voluntary interpretation group.
They guided Sam from Australia to Kamezaki Choukan festival. He enjoyed it very much.
Chita peninsula SGG has English and Chinese departments. We look forward to their great work in this area.
☆☆We have received a thank-you message from Ms. カーンティ･ガジャナヤカ (Sri Lanka). (Related news)
★★The people in Handa and several primary schools and middle schools in Handa kindly donated goods and stationeries for suffered Sri Lanka people. I took them to Sri Lanka and distributed among many suffered Sri Lanka people.
Thank you very much for your kindness.
Your warm heart to support Sri Lanka people has been deeply appreciated by Sri Lanka people. I also think this has been a good opportunity for Sri Lanka people to know Japan and for Japanese people to know Sri Lanka. It is good for both nations to have an interest in each other country.
2007/5/1 From カーンティ･ガジャナヤカ ★★
|April 20th|| (Pictures)|
The Hastings Koalas Orchestra left Centrair airport for Australia.
Thanks to Chita Peninsula SGG (Systematized Goodwill Guides) Club !!
SGG volunteers provided the interpretation service to the members of the Hastings Koalas Orchestra while they were in Handa. Handa international Association would like to thank to SGG for their kind and excellent interpretation service.
|April 19th||★コアラズ･オーケストラの皆様の送別会開催 (Farewell Party)|
The friendship concert was held jointly by Ｔhe Hastings Koalas Orchestra and Handa Junior Brass Band.. (Pictures)
The many people came to the concert in spite of a busy season of local festivals. The concert was very successful. Both the audience and the orchestra members very much enjoyed it.
|April 13rd||40 members of The Hastings Koalas Orchestra came to Handa in the evening of April 13. They are from Port Macquarie which is a sister city of Handa.|
They will stay in host family home for one week. They have a joint concert with Handa Junior Brass Band and experience Japanese cultures. If you see them in the town, please say Hello to them.
Members of The Hasting Koalas Orchestra met their host families.
|April 11th ||★スリランカへ支援物資届けられる。|