|Mar.2nd||Weekday Japanese class is held from March 2 to July 31.|
Handa International Association and JICA have jointly set up weekday Japanese class for 5 months period starting on March 2. The class is held from 10 am to noon on Monday through Friday every week until the end of July 2009.
The primary purpose of the class is to assist those foreigners who have lost their job in recent recession and look for a new job. The class is free of charge. The class is also available to any foreign residents.
Currently, about 40 students are learning Japanese in the class.
If you have any questions, please contact the office of Handa International Association.
|Mar.1st||People very much enjoyed the International Potluck Party!|
People came to the auditorium in Handa Fukushi Bunka Kaikan with a dish. It was the busy party with the people from 10 countries including Brazil, China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines, USA, New Zealand, Indonesia and Japan.
The people enjoyed performances including “Koto” play by foreigners and Japanese who are practicing regularly, a music performance by Indonesian band, an unscheduled guitar play by an Indonesian and a chorus by Ｂｒａｚｉｌａｉｎｓ.
They also challenged the international quiz such as problems on world map, quiz to answer a capital of a country and a word of greeting of a country.
Recently, we have new students joined our Sunday Japanese class. Today, we had more than 100 students. The class room was full of students. The number of foreigners who want to learn Japanese is surely increasing.
We want volunteers to teach Japanese in our Sunday class. Those who are willing to do it, please contact us.
|Jan.14th||The volunteer training class (Portuguese class) starts. |
Wednesday class (Beginners class) holds 10 sessions and starts on January 14. Friday class (Middle class) holds 10sessions and starts on January 16. Both classes will finish at the end of March. Every student is studying hard.
The teacher is Ms. Helena Mayumi Ando.
|The 1st Japanese class for 2009 was finished a little earlier to carry out the session of a calligraphy for the New Year. The class room which could accommodate 100 people was full of people. They even could not find a seat to sit. it seems that foreigners are getting interested more to learn Japanese. |
|Dec.27th||A year end party was held. It was the last event for the year!|
Members and volunteers got together and enjoyed a party. With this party, we finished all our activities for the year.
The activities of the association are supported and carried out by many volunteers. We would like to express our deep appreciation and look forward to the continuous support and cooperation in coming year.
I, the home page manager has a stomach flu and could not join the party. The pictures of the party are delayed. I apologize.
Please be careful for cold.
A happy new year!
|Dec.12th||A seminar for citizens|
A seminar of Italian foods and wines was held in Kura-city on December 12. 38 people attended the seminar. After the lecture, the participants tasted wines with snacks such as French bread and olive dip.
The facilitators are Mr. Ivan Vigano from Italy and Mr. Tetsuya Ohashi, the wine advisor.
Mr. Ivan Vigano
Mr. Tetsuya Ohashi
Participants listened to a lecture.
|Dec.7th||Foreign residents experienced "Sencha" tea ceremony. |
They understood that there were two kinds of tea ceremonies in Japan.
|11月30日||Japanese class salon held an outdoor class at Minami Chita Beach Land.|
85 people participated. They enjoyed self-introduction, quiz, etc. in buses and a dolphin show and a sea lion show in Minami Chita Beach Land. It was a little windy day. But, they enjoyed very much.
The people come from 10 countries including Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Niger, Vietnam, Peru Korea and Japan.
|Nov.26th||Mr. Tomoyuki Matsuishi, the president of Handa International Association talked "Culture Diversity" in Chita city.|
He explained the current status and activities of Handa International Association and talked about the history, issues and present situation of culture diversiyt in Handa. The opinions were exchanged among the people who attended the seminar.
Handa International Association will continue to work actively on "culture diversity"
|Nov.2nd||Unexpectedly joined a tea ceremony at the Japanese style room in Kariyado hall.|
28 foreigners went to a tea ceremony after a Japanese class and enjoyed a Japanese tradition. Although some of them had a difficulty to drink a tea as it was bitter, they listened to the explanation of the tea ceremony manners.
|Oct.26th||Japanese class students went to Tokoname and experienced ceramic art.|
Japanese class students went to Tokoname by bus on October 26th after a morning Japanese class. Total 55 people participated.
In Tokoname they just held “Tokoname ceramic festival”. We were guided by Mr. Yagi, a Tokoname ceramic artist, and enjoyed “Dokan-saka” (a famous slope constructed with earthware pipes), “Nobori-gama” (an old style ceramic furnace) and observing ceramic works, although it was a little rain.
They said, “There is one Karaoke studio in Tokoname which was converted from an old ceramic furnace. The people say “Kama-oke” instead of “Kara-oke” in that Karaoke studio. (Kama means a furnace in Japanese.) It is a popular place among Tokoname people..”
|Oct.13th||World cooking class – Brazilian cooking/lunch course|
World cooking class was held at Handa Seinen-no-ie on October 13th. Ms. Monica Akimoto from Brazil taught Brazilian cooking to 23 people. The menu is shown below.
1 Shrimp and vegetables cooked in coconut milk
2 Tropical rice
3 Coconut dessert with prune sauce
4 Caju Fruits juices
5 Tropical salad
Cashew is a fruit of cashew nuts and not available in Japan. All people did not know it. It has a light taste.
|Sep.28th||The 6th KonnichiWorld festival was successful.|
The annual KonnichiWorld festival was held by Handa International Association on September 28th. There were foreign country booths of Vietnam, USA, Canada, Australia, Hungary, Brazil, China, Korea, Bhutan, Peru, Turkey, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. There were a booth of Oiska and SGG English café as well. All booths were crowded with people.
People went around foreign country booths. They had to say hello in the word of each country to collect a stamp at each booth for a stamp rally.
At the food tasting corner, we had Thai curry and Brazilian foods served to the people. They ran out very quickly.
We had many stage performances including jazz music performed by Australian guests, Indonesian dance, Sri Lankan dance, belly dance, Brazilian samba dance, songs by Oiska foreign students, Japanese “Rakugo”, etc. The audience gave a big hand to the performances.
|Sep.24th||Handa-Bhutan Youth Friendship Association formed |
A new friendship has started with Bhutan which was a friendship country for Handa city at Aichi Expo in 2005. Handa-Bhutan Youth Friendship Association has been formed in the general meeting which was held on September 24th. The association further promotes the friendship with Bhutan for the post Expo project.
Speech by the principal promoter
Speech by Handa Mayor
Directors of the association
Mr. Nado Rinchhen, Deputy Minister of Environment of Bhutanese government, sent a message to the general meeting to congratulate the formation of Handa-Bhutan Youth Friendship Association. In the general meeting, we welcomed many people including a director of Japan-Bhutan Friendship Association in Tokyo and Mr. Moktan who is from Bhutan and is living in Nagoya..
We look forward to promoting further friendship with Bhutan, especially among both countries young people.
|Sep.19th||The beginner’s class of Protégées has started today for volunteer education to support culture diversity. ( 10 sessions)|
|Sep.19th||We enjoyed a Hungarian cooking class which was organized by Edina.|
She is a Hungary-born Australian and living in Handa. Her wonderful grandmother taught Hungarian cooking in the class.
|Enjoy cooking and eating. It is always good to meet people.|
Tasting after cooking.
Thank you for the pictures. (Home page manager)
|Sep.14th||It has been 100 years since the immigration to Brazil started. In order to celebrate it, many events are held all over Japan. Sakae in Nagoya hosted an event on September 14th (Sunday). Many Brazilians living in Handa area went to Sakae to see it. Here are the pictures. |
Live music performance by the guests, Performance by elementary and middle school children, Samba dance
Thank you for the pictures. (Home page manager)
|Sep.11th||A conference was held on September 11th at the audio-visual room in Handa Fukushi Bunka Kaikan to report the recent Bhutan visit to Handa people. Bhutan was a friendship country to Handa at Aichi Expo.|
All information’s were well organized on a DVD. The presentation was very well received by the audience. The presenter said he would like to promote Handa-Bhutan youth friendship program with the people in Handa.
|For Bhutanese children…|
And for Japanese children…
|Aug.31st||22 Hekinan people came to the association to observe our Japanese class. They are going to begin Japanese class in Hekinan.|
|Observing Japanese class||Hekinan people listening to our explanation.|
It has been 5 years since we started Japanese class. Now, nearly 60 students are studying in the class. We keep it in our mind that the communication between teachers and students is important for the class. (We want more volunteers for Japanese class.)
|Aug.28th|| Midland exchange students visited the association to report their safe return fron Midland. They talked their various experiences during their 23 day stay in Midland. Looks like there were a couple of uneasy experiences. The bulletin which will be issued on December 1st will have their complete report |
With the association chairman and the administration director.
(One of the exchange students could not come to the association for school reason.)
|Aug.15th||The exchange students have safely returned from Midland.|
|Aug.7th||Midland home page introduces the exchange students. Please look at the below home page.|
★All exchange students got together at Kissinger home and challenged a horse riding. Kissinger is my host family. The host family of Kaihei also joined us to challenge a horse riding. We took a horse riding in a forest. A local newspaper reporter came and took many pictures. They may report us in a newspaper.
We had cake and ice cream after a horse riding. We have had a nice time today. We will challenge canoeing the day after tomorrow.
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|Aug.5th||The pictures of the exchange students can be seen on Midland web page.|
Please click the below.
|Aug.3rd|| Tanabata party was held to introduce Japanese cultures to foreign residents.|
The participants enjoyed various activities such as writing wishes on Tanzaku papers, Bon dance at Tanabata decoration, playing traditional Japanese toys, tea ceremony, playing Koto (Japanese music instrument), Stamp rally, drawing lots, etc. The party was crowded with total 184 people including 89 foreigners from 13 countries including Brazil, Cameroon，Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam.
|Aug. 2nd||We have received new photo’s of the students from Midland.|
★Update by Hiroe Kutsuna
I moved to Kissinger’s house, my second host family. It is a farm They have bourses, cows, rabbits, gooses, chickens, cats and dogs. I challenged to brush cows.
|July 30th ||Ms. Libby, a member of Midland sister city committee, sent us the photo’s of the party to welcome the exchange students visiting Midland. They received a warm welcome from Midland people and enjoy staying in Midland.|
★Mail from Hiroe Kutsuna
We went to Midland High School today. It is a big school and very nice.
We walked in the downtown Midland in the afternoon. We went to an ice hockey game in the evening. It was dangerous and thrilling. But, it was interesting.
Went to an ice hockey game.
|A coffee shop in the downtown.|
|July 29th ||
We received the information on the exchange students visiting Midland.
★They went to the picnic on July 27 and watched a local baseball game. They enjoyed a typical American style weekend including playing football with host family members and Midland people, eating ice cream. The highest temperature reached 28.9 degree C which was a little warmer than the usual temperature in Midland. But, if you compare with Japan, it is still a very comfortable day to watch a baseball game even under a sunny sky.
(reported by Ms. Mieko Takahashi)
★Message from Ms. Hiroe Kutsuna
The picture is a baseball field in Midland. There is lawn on the outer field. It is different from a baseball field in Japan. Everything is big here and the volume of foods is big, too. I am afraid I add a too much weight while I am here.
|Thank you for your contribution to the donations for Myanmar Cyclone Disaster and China Xichuan earthquake disaster.|
Your donations have been sent to both countries through Japan Red Cross. Total amount of the donations is 250,000 yen including the donation from Chukyou Medical company.
|July 24th ||★12 students of Handa Higashi high school have left for Port Macquaie, Australia. We are sure they will have many good experiences there.|
★Three exchange students have left for Midland, Michigan, U.S.A. They will stay in host family home for three weeks. (We are informed that they have safely arrived in Midland on July 25.)
|July 21st ||We participated the welcome party of IWCAT (International workshop of ceramic art in Tokoname) on July 21. This year, 7 foreigners joined the IWCAT program. They stay at host family houses for one month and challenge Tokoname ceramic. They also learn Japanese ceramic.|
|7 foreign participants in IWCAT|| With people from Portugal and Singapore |
Various languages were spoken including English, Portuguese, Chinese, etc.
|July 1st || Handa International Association issued No. 29 bulletin. [Click]|
No. 29 bulletin is inserted in a city bulletin dated July 1 and delivered to Handa residents. Please read.
|June 20th ||The Portuguese beginner's class has started as one of the culture diversity program. There will be 10 sessions.|
40 people including school personnel, business personnel, Japanese volunteers and regional volunteers who want to help culture diversity in the area.
The instructor is Ms.Helena Mayumi Ando who is from Brazil and is a staff of Handa International Association administration office. She came to Japan three years ago and wants to be a bridge between Brazil and Japan aggressively.
Ms. Helena Mayumi Ando, Instructor
Students take a note.
|June 15th |
The delegation to Bhutan has safely returned.
|June 15th ||Japanese class students went to the planetarium in Handa Sky museum.|
|June 11th ||The delegation which is visiting Bhutan has reported that they are having a good talk with Bhutan government. Today, they met Mr. Jigmi Thinley, the prime minister of Bhutan and presented him a calligraphy written by Mr. Koji Ito, the vice chairman of Handa International Association. He was very pleased. |
The delegation team visited two schools in the countryside.
Mr. Jigmi Thinley, Prime minister of Bhutan, and Mr. Matsuishi
In front of JICA office
|June 8 to June 15||The delegation of Handa International Association visits Bhutan to promote the friendship projects including the exchange program for young people and the education assistance. The friendship projects are the succession to the friendship activities of Aichi Expo. |
|May 19th ||The 1st world cooking class – Sri Lanka cooking|
The class made a lunch. The instructor was Ms. カーンティ・ガジャナカ from Sri Lanka. She wore the Sri Lankan costume for the class. The class was full of Sri Lanka atmosphere.
The cooking used 12 kinds of spices and was very delicious. Everybody was satisfied with the tasty Sri Lanka food.
|May 18th ||60 Japanese class students pattended an outdoor class to get to know more about Handa.|
They walked in Handa with Japanese volunteer teachers and interpreters and observed Sake museum. Total number of participants was 92.
During walking in Handa, Mr. Katsumi Kawai and 7 members of Handa Tourist Association and “Handa-No-Machi” group explained them about the history of Handa which was a good education to us.
The nationalities of the participants include Indonesia, China, Brazil, USA, Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Korea and Japan.
|Annual general assembly of Handa International Association for Heisei 20th and the talk by a guest speaker for the commemoration of annual general assembly|
Speech by the chairman of the association
Talk by Ms. Mari Christine
|４月２４･２５日||6 members of Xuzhou technical school delegation came to Handa.|
They made a courtesy visit to the mayor of Handa. After that, they visited Nihon Fukushi University in Handa.
At the mayor’s office
Greeting by the leader of the delegation
The association dispatched Mr. Ming Gang as an interpreter. He did an excellent work.
|4月12日（日）||The charity goods finally arrived in Sri Lanka which had been damaged by Tsunami and were distributed to the children.|
Some children go to school with bare feet. They are glad to receive notes, erasers, towels, soap, etc. The charity goods were sent last year by ship and arrived there this year. We could finally deliver them to the children. We are grateful to the people of the middle schools in Handa and volunteers who helped this charity event.
|4月13日（日）||Dashi floats here and there in Handa|
The foreign residents went to Sumiyoshi shrine to see the festival.
Japanese class students went to see cherry blossom.
Japanese class students walked to Kariyado park after the class to see beautiful cherry blossom. They had a nice time to enjoy introducing themselves and explaining proverbs in Japanese.
|４月４日（金）||The members of wenxing meeting went to see cherry blossom.|
The members had a good time under beautiful cherry trees.