|The exchange students arrived in Handa. They came from Midland Michigan USA, a sister city of Handa.|
★Three students stay at host family house and experience Japanese cultures and customs. They will spend a time with host family and meet many people in Handa. We are sure they will make many memories.
Major topics 2012 (April 2012 – March 2013)
|December||Charity for Guatemala|
A big earthquake of M7.4 occurred on November 7, 2012 at offshore of Guatemala in central America. Guatemala was a friendship country of Handa at 2005 Aichi Expo as well as Bhutan. Handa International Association set a charity box to help Guatemala. We appreciate your donation. Handa International Association will donate a part of sales of World Cafe and country booths as well.
|December 1||The 10th KonnichiWorld festival was held on December 1.|
This is the 10th anniversary of KonnichiWorld festival. We changed the program of the festival from previous ones. this time, the main program of the festival is 'Visit cafes around the world'.
Each country booth such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Peru, Indonesia, America, Japan, etc. served their featured drink and food. Approx. 400 visitors also enjoyed other activities such as stage performances in the festival.
|October 2||Japanese class students took a bus trip to Iga Ueno.|
Total 39 people from 9 countries (Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Korea, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan) went to Iga Ueno and visited several places including 'Ninja' house.
|October 18||In order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nankichi Niimi, Handa International Association published the second English version child book of on October 7.|
We have received 'Yume Support' fund from Chita Sinyou Kinko which assist to promote a local culture. We thank to Chita Sinyou Kinko from the bottom of our heart.
We made a courtesy visit to the mayor of Handa who kindly gave a recommendation. We gave 100 copies of the book to Handa city. We are hoping it is helpfull to an English education in Handa.
|October 8||The delegations from the sister cities attended the 'Dashi' festival. They also took a sightseeing tour in Handa and Nagoya. After that, they left Handa as scheduled.|
|October 7||The delegations came to Handa from Midland and Port Macqaurie, the sister cities of Handa. Handa invited them to Handa 'Dashi' Festival which takes place from October 4 to 8.|
A welcome party will be held at Hakusan restaurant on October 5.
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|Sep. 1||Native American people performed a music concert, Nippon Senba-Zuru No Tabi, at Planetarium in Handa Sky Museum on September 1.|
They performed an unique drumming, dancing and an Indian flute for the audience. They met Handa citizens in the party after the concert. .
'Tanabata' festival was held from 11 am to 1 pm on August 5 (Sunday). 40 foreigners and around 100 Japanese people came to the festival. In the festival, people enjoyed Japanese foods such as 'Chirashi Sushi', Soumen noodle', shaved ice, etc. They also enjoyed many attractions at the festival including 'Tanabata' decoration, 'Yoyo' picking, Horse shoe throwing, Constellation imitation making, message game, 'Koto' play, 'Bon' dance, etc.
|July 25||Although there was some delay on the flight, three exchange students safely arrived at Midland. |
（Pictures from students）
The below is the address of Midland City Home page.
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|April 18||General Assembly of Handa International Association three exchange students safely arrived|
Annual General Assebly was held in Handa Fukushi Bunka Kaikan. A;; proposed items were approved. Mr. Sakakibara, Mayor of Handa and Mr. Horisaki, Member of Aichi Prefecture Congress, came to the assembly and made a speech.
We appreciate your participation and cooperation to this annual assembly.
Greeting by the chairman
Greeting by Mr. Sakakibara, Mayor of Handa
Greeting by Mr. Horisaki, Member of Aichi Prefecture Congress
|April 12||The first board meeting for Heisei 24 was held.|
Heisei 23 accounting result and Heisei 23 activities were reported in the board meeting along with a partial change of the association articles, partial change of board members, Heisei 24 budget, a plan of Heisei 24 activities, etc. All items were approved.
|April 6||Accounting audit was conducted by auditors. They approved.|
|April 8||Japanese class students went to Kariyado park to see cherry blossoms.|
Sunday Japanese class students went to Kariyado park with Wenxin group members to see cherry blossoms.
We enjoyed self introduction, "Rensou" game and singing "Furusato" and "Sakura Sakura" with a guitar play by a Japanese class volunteer under 80% bloomed cherry blossoms.
We sang "Furusato" in Chinese, Spanish and English as well as Japanese.
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|Singing "Furusato" in Chinese||Singing "Furusato" in Spanish|
|Singing "Furusato" in English||Wenxin group members|
Everybody enjoyed !
※The purpose of Wenxin meeting is held for Chinese people to support each other. The meeting is held at 1:30 pm on every 4th Sunday of a month in Kariyado hall.
(Contact: Ms. Toyoda, Handa International Association)
Major topics 2011 (April 2011 – March 2012)
|March 22||Handa International Association published Nankichi picture book of English version to commemorate the centennial of the birth of Nankichi Niimi, an author of children's book, who was born in Handa. This book contains three stories, "Sorrow of a snail", "Red candle" and "Heaven". We hope it will be widely read by the people in foreign countries and foreigners living in Japan. We think it will be useful for English education for Japanese as well.|
Mr. Matsuishi, Chirman of Handa International Association made a courtesy visit to Handa City Hall with Ms. Yukiji Hachisuka, the translator of the book, and Ms. Yasuko Ishikawa, Illustrator on March 22 and gave a book to Mr. Sumio Sakakibara, Mayor of Handa. We have donated 100 copies of the book to Primary and middle schools in Handa through Handa education committee as well.
For more details of English version of the book [Click]
|March 4||International Potluck Party|
Many people came to Annual International Potluck Party and brought many kinds of cooking. 114 people from China, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Brazil, USA, Russia, Philippines, Cambodia, Korea and Japan enjoyed talking and eating various cooking.
|February 26||Chris Glenn who is a popular radio DJ gave a lecture on February 26.|
The subject is "Japan which is loved by foreigners - I LOVE JAPAN.". A party took place after his lecture. 86 people came to the lecture.
Greeting by the president of Handa International Association
Audience waited for a lecture.
Greeting by Mr. Horisaki, a member of Aichi prefecture congress
Mr. Chris Glenn
Audience listened eagerly
Japanese people should be more proud of themselves
Handa "Dashi" is No. 1 in Japan !
Chris is tall !
I enjoy listening to your DJ.
Photo of all people.
Thank you, Chris !
|A Happy New Year !|
A special calligraphy for the New year took place at the first Sakura class of 2012. The students challenged writing with a brush which they are not used. They wished that this year would be a good year to them.
|Dec. 15||We have received the essays from three Midland exchange students who came to Handa last summer. The essays are in web page now.|
Please take a look. [Ｃｌｉｃｋ]
|Dec. 1||Japanese class for daily life has ended.|
|Nov.6||The 9th KonnichiWorld Festival was held at Kariyado Hall on November 6.|
Many country booths of Cambodia, USA, Germany, China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Bhutan and Brazil were open in the festival. Booths of Chita SGG (Translation Volunteer Group), JTB and Dow Chemical were open as well. DDM Company dance started at 10:30 on the stage. Visitors enjoyed other stage performances and plays in various countries.
|Oct. 23||Japanese class students took a bus trip to Nara to observe Japanese culture. Total 86 people including Japanese class teachers participated.|
The people concerned rain in Nara. But, when we arrived in Nara, it was a hot nice day. We went to "Toudai-ji" temple, World Heritage. There were full of visitors such as children on a school trip. It was the first time for most Japanese class students to visit Nara. They took many pictures in every sightseeing spot. The staff were busy-working to guide them.
On the way to and from Nara, the people learned the history of Nara and enjoyed a quiz, a game and self-introduction.
|Sep. 25||Students of Japanese class for daily life joined a local community activity in Mihama-cho, a disaster prevention drill.|
Pictures of Step-up course of Japanese class for daily life/10/21/2011（Pictures)
|Sep. 18||Mr. Tsuneyasu Takeda delivered a lecture titled "Know Japan power and the power of Japanese people".|
|Sep. 9||Students of Japanese class for daily life taught cooking of their home countries.|
Dumpling, 「pidan ｄoufu 」and fried tomato and egg by Chinese students. Bean curry and dessert by Sri Lankan. Dashimaki egg, Miso soup and rice cooking by Japanese. Total 24 people including 10 students, 8 Japanese, 5 staff and one guest. When cooking was done, the people tasted them.
|Ｓｅｐ.２||Step-up course of Japanese class for daily life participates activities of local communities.|
Pictures of Step-up course of Japanese class for daily life
|Aug.10|| Pictures of Midland Exchange students [Click …update 8/10]|
|July24||"Tanabata" Festival was held from 11 am to 1 pm on July 24. Total 104 people including foreign residents came to the festival. They enjoyed "Tanabata" decoration, making cotton candy, playing "Koto", Bon dance, etc.|
Foreigners are from China, Vietnam, Peru, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, USA and Brazil.
|July23||A welcome party for Midland exchange students was held at BBQ restaurant in Handa on July 23. Total 50 people including host families and former Handa exchange students and the staff, got together. There were a self-introduction session and Midland quiz session in the party. People enjoyed it very much.|
Pictures of Midland Exchange students [Click …update7/29]
|July 22||Midland exchange students safely arrived at Chubu International Airport. They will stay at host family house for three weeks. While they stay in Handa, they will meet Japanese high school students and learn Japanese culture and tradition and the life style in Japan. Despite a long journey, they are very well and energetic. They went to their respective host family house with their respective host family. We hope they have a wonderful time in Handa. |
Pictures of Midland Exchange students [Click]
|July 13||Three students and a teacher came to Handa from Bhutan in the evening of July 13. They stay at host family house. They will attend a class in a school and observe several facilities in Handa. They will touch Japanese cultures and experience a Japanese daily life.|
(Pictures)(Photos of Bhutanese students and teacher in Handa)
|June 19||Japanese class students visited Chita Power Plant for an outdoor class.|
Most students had never been to a power plant before. They were very interested in a power plant. The power plant staff explained the system of a thermal power generation plant. Most Japanese class volunteers had never been to a power plant, either. It was a good outdoor class.
Total 37 people from Indonesia, Philippines, China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Nepal as well as Japan participated. Handa city office provided their bus for transportation and we could see power generation windmills on the bus. Thank you very much.
Handa International Association held Annual General Assembly & Commemorative Lecture
All proposed items were approved in Annual General Assembly for Heisei 23. We appreciate all of you for your participation and support. Many members including Mayor of Handa attended the general assembly.
After the general assembly, Mr. Tomoyuki Matsuishi, Chairman of Handa International Association, gave a lecture titled "Think about an international culture exchange in a globalized society".
Greeting from the chairman
Greeting from the mayor of Handa
A commemorative lecture
|★Hnada International Association started in 1981 when Handa and Midland became the sister city.|
The organization of the association was changed in October 2003. It changed from a governmental organization to a nongovernmental organization. It is about 9 years since the organization was changed. The association has conducted many activities thank to a great contribution of many volunteers.
We thank to everyone for your support and contribution given to the association and would like to ask you to continue to support us.
Hnada international Association
|April 3||The students of Sakura Japanese class had a cherry blossom picnic in Kariyado park. They enjoyed singing their home country songs, doing self-introduction, etc. under cherry trees which were half bloomed.|
Total 70 people participated. The people have 12 different nationalities including Indonesia, Peru, Brazil, Thailand, USA, Australia, Cambodia, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, China, Japan.
Major topics 2010 (April 2010 – March 2011)
|March 6 International Potluck Party held.|
Annual International Potluck Party was crowded with 170 people including children. The people met each other through a culture of food.
84 foreigners and 86 Japanese people brought foods. They were divided into ten tables. At each table, they enjoyed self-introduction and stage performances such as Peruvian dance, music plays of "Koto" and "Shamisen", Chorus, music performance by a band and World cooking card game, while they were eating food.
It was the 6th International Potluck party. We hope it promotes a mutual understanding among different cultures and contributes to solve issues and problems in a daily life.
Hope you enjoyed a party.er"> We thank to volunteers who worked hard for the party.
|February 3||The 1st meeting of Mr. Sakaibara, Mayor of Handa, and foreign residents.|
Japanese class for a daily life invited Mr. Sakakibara to hold a meeting with foreign residents. Foreign residents were from 5 countries, Australia, Brazil, China, Sri Lankan and Korea. The meeting was held in a relaxed atmosphere. The chairman of Handa International Association also attended.
Mr. Sakakibara said that Handa would review those honest opinions given by foreign residents and study what they can do for those opinions. Foreign residents were pleased as they never had the opportunity to talk their opinions directly to the mayor before.
Foreign residents also demanded Handa International Association to continue Japanese class and various events. The chairman of Handa International Association said that the association would like to meet those demands with the support from Handa city.
Note: Although the meeting time was only an one hour, it was a valuable meeting. We thank to the people in Handa city office.
|January 15||Foreign language classes for volunteer development|
Second session of Chinese Class and Second session of English Conversation Class started on January 13 and on January 15, respectively. Each class lasts 10 weeks. Total 34 people participate the classes.
|January 9||An event of calligraphy for the New Year. Those foreigners who had never done a calligraphy before had a difficulty to use a calligraphy brush to write a letter. But, they tried over and over again.|
Have an ambition and work hard for the year of 2011!
|December 26||Year End Party was held.|
27 people gathered in the party. The people enjoyed quiz game, Bingo game, singing songs, etc. in a relaxing atmosphere.
We appreciate your hard work in 2010.
We wish you the best in 2011.
|December 16||The students in Japanese class for daily life listened Japanese tax system.|
An official of the tax section in Handa city office explained a tax system including income tax and residential tax to the students.
|November 25||Experienced wearing "Japanese Kimono" in Japanese class for daily life|
A "Japanese Kimono" instructor gave a lecture on "Japanese Kimono" to the students. After that, all students wore "Japanese Kimono".
They wore "Japanese Kimono"
|November 14||The 8th KonnichiWorld Festival|
It was held in Handa Sports Park on November 14 (Sunday) jointly with Handa Industry Festival. The festival was crowded with many visitors. The following booths were open in the festival. USA, Australia, Bhutan, Vietnam, Brazil, Peru, Sri Lanka, China, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, Chita Peninsula SGG, Dow Chemical and JTB, the staff of Handa International Association
We thank to Tokai TV International Association Fund, Dow Chemical and JTB Handa to provide the sponsorship.
We also thank to Mizkan to give the prize of Stamp Rally.
The staff of the festival
|October 31||Japanese class students went to Kyoto as an outdoor class to see Japanese cultures|
Total 115 people including Japanese class students (Japanese class for daily life, Sakura claas, Tsubasa class) and Japanese class volunteers participated the trip. The chairman of Handa International Association also participated.
The students are foreign residents in Handa area. Their nationalities are Germany, Mexico, Sri Lanka, USA, Brazil, Philippines, Turkey, Vietnam, Korea, China, Peru, Nepal, Cambodia and Indonesia.
A typhoon which we had worried about was gone. But, we had a rain a little before noon. Though we had to take a walk with umbrella, the students enjoyed eating Kyoto cooking at Arashiyama. It was the first time for many students to visit Kyoto. Then, we went to Uzumasa movie park to see old Japan and learn Japanese history. In a bus to/from Kyoto, we enjoyed self introduction, history quiz, singing songs, bingo game, etc.
The chairman of Handa International Association was pleased to see a successful bus trip to Kyoto. He said "They enjoyed speaking their local language with the friends from the same country. But, they spoke Japanese to us. It was an enjoyable day today."
|October 30||English conversation class for volunteer training began.|
The class began since October 9. The class lasts 10 weeks. The teacher of the class is Ms. Yuriko Nakanishi. The students enjoy speaking English to each other in a friendly atmosphere in the class.
|September 30||The students of Japanese class for daily life went to Fire department.|
They went to Fire department to learn about 119 call and ambulance service and observed a fire department offices including a control room. They also participated an extinguisher handling training and experienced an earthquake simulator.
Introduction of Fire department
Life saving (AED)
Control room for ambulance
Extinguisher handling training
Experienced rank 7 earthquake
The students were pleased to see Fire department.
We are grateful to Fire department people.
|September 16||The 2nd course of Chinese class for volunteer training started.|
The instructor of the class is Ms. Wang Yin, the same as the basic course. There are 19 students. They are learning a basic conversation.
Ms. Wang Yin
|September 15||6 members of Xuzhou sports association came to Handa. They made a courtesy visit to the mayor of Handa. Then, they went to a Handa city welcome party.|
|August 21||The students in "Usagi" class, Japanese class for foreign children, enjoyed making crepe, cake and pudding with teachers. It was a summer vacation event for the children.|
|August 19||The students in Japanese class for daily life learned about Japanese police.|
The policemen of Handa Police Department talked an outline of Japanese police department, "Kouban" system, traffic safety and natural disasters.
(This same class had been held on August 22.)
We thank to the policemen of Handa Police Department for their valuable lectures.
The students in Japanese class for daily life are studying a number of important issues for daily life such as trash handling, hospital visit, insurances, etc. as well as police department.
Anyone can join the class at anytime. The class is no charge.
|Aug. 13th||Three high school students who were dispatched to Midland on the sister city student exchange program safely returned to Handa after three weeks stay in Midland.|
During the stay in Midland, they received a warm welcome from host families, the members of the sister city committee and many Midland citizens.
We really appreciate their warm hospitality.
|I am sure that they never forget the enjoyable memories of home stay life in Midland.|
Picture: Three exchange students enjoyed a boat riding at Sanford Lake.
I look forward to listening to their report of Midland life. (Home page administrator)
|Aug. 1st ||"Tanabata" party to introduce a Japanese culture|
The 6th "Tanabata" party was held. The party was crowded with 120 participants. The people wrote their wishes on "Tanzaku" paper and hang on bamboo trees. There were 25 Chinese, 5 Filipino, 8 Vietnamese, 3 Brazilian, 1 Peruvian, 3 Colombian, 1 Mexican, 1 American and 70 Japanese.
The participants enjoyed eating "Chirasi" sushi, playing games such as "Himo-hiki", "Shateki", "Kendama" experiencing green tea, experiencing to make cotton candy, experiencing to wear "Yukata", etc.
|July 27||Three exchange middle school students who participated the student exchange program of Handa-Bhutan Youth Friendship Association safely arrived in Bhutan with Handa Citizen Delegation.|
Each student went to his/her host family house. How is the experience living in a host family house in Bhutan? I hope they can enjoy.
Topics of Handa-Bhutan Youth Friendship Association
Handa-Bhutan Youth friendship Association -Topics [Click]
|July 27||Three exchange students to Midland are staying in host family home. They enjoy many new experiences. They made a speech in English in front of the mayor of Midland and the chairman of the city council. It was broadcasted live by Midland cable TV.|
I hope they can experience many new things.
Three students safely arrived in Midland city.
From Midland [Click]
|July 21||Three exchange students left Centrair airport for Midland Michigan USA which is a sister city of Handa. They will stay in Midland for three weeks to meet many people.|
The student exchange program started when Handa and Midland signed a sister city relationship treaty. It is the 15th time this year to send the exchange students to Midland. Three students who are chosen as the exchange students (Haruka Takeuchim Kento Takeuchi and Yuki Sumiya) live in three different host family home in one week at a time for three weeks. They will experience many things and meet many people. (July 21 to August 12)
Ms. Takahashi who is living in Midland has been contributing a lot to various culture exchange activities between Handa and Midland for 30 years as a volunteer since a sister city relationship between Handa and Midland began.
We respect her for her great support on various culture exchange activities.
She has been a excellent bridge between Handa and Midland. If we did not have her excellent work, we would never be able to execute the student exchange program thus smoothly. Handa International Association is grateful to her.!
|July 1||Daily conversation class (Kurashi-no-nihongo) for foreigners has started.|
This class is sponsored by Aichi prefecture. The class is held for 8 months starting on July 1. The class teaches social rules, Japanese cultures and traditions, etc. to foreigners living in Japan to make their daily life easier.
|The chairman of Handa International Association came to the class to cheer the students.|
Orientation given by the staff
The lesson starts.
Introduce herself in Japanese.
In the class, there will be many pleasant events such as outdoor class, special lectures, cooking class, etc. The class will solve problems which the students encounter in daily life in Japan Please do not miss this opportunity. You can join the class at any time.
Please see the homepage of Japanese class for more details. [Click]
|June 13||Outdoor Japanese class - Know more about Handa town|
Japanese class students went to Sake museum and Vinegar museum with volunteers to know more about Handa after a Japanese class.
They took a rest at the 2nd floor in Handa Tourist Association office which is located at "Oguri" house. "Oguri" house was built 140 years ago and is registered as a national culture heritage. Then, they went to Sake museum. 39 people participated.
|June 10||Started Chinese class for volunteers to promote culture diversity.|
This class is held from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm on every Thursday. The class has 10 sessions. "Waku-Waku" Chinese Basic Master is used as a text book.
|May 13th||International Friendship Day|
The first Peace Conference was held in Hague in Netherland on May 18th in 1899. 26 countries participated in the conference. May 18th was named an International Friendship Day to commemorate the first Peace Conference. An international Friendship Day has been adopted since 1931 in Japan. As such, CAC broadcasted a live TV program from Handa International Association on May 18th.
TV program included an introduction of Handa International Association, introductions of Vietnam, Sri Lanka and China. Ladies from Vietnam, Sri Lanka and China wore their traditional costumes and talked about differences between their cultures and Japanese culture.
Our first live TV program
|May 9th||Training course for Japanese teaching volunteers has begun.|
As one of the culture diversity activities, the training course to train Japanese teaching volunteers has begun on May 9. Most participants have an experience to teach Japanese as volunteers. They listened eagerly to the lesson of Ms. Natsuko Urase, the instructor of the training course. There are 10 sessions. The sessions are held from 1:30 pm to 3 pm on every other Sunday.
Greeting by the chairman of the association
Ms. Natsuko Urase
This training course is sponsored by Friendship Succession Fund and is supported by Handa city.
|April 24th||The general assembly of Handa International Association and commemoration speeches|
The general assembly of Handa International Association for Heisei 22nd was held. Ms. Kanthi Gajanayake from Sri Lanka and Ms. Edyna Kurota from Hungary talked about a Japanese life for the commemoration speech.
The chairman of the association
Ms. Kanthi Gajanayake
Ms. Edina Kurota
Greeting by a guest
(Vice mayor of Handa)
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|April 24||The 1st board meeting of Handa International Association|
The board meeting reviewed and approved all proposed items including the plan of activities and budget for Heisei 22nd.
|April 1 || Weekday Japanese Class for foreigners (Tsubasa) began a new session.|
Anyone can join the class with no fees.
This class is sponsored by Handa city office and is conducted by Handa International Association.
Please contact us for more details.
|March 31 ||Japanese Class Presentation session|
The students of Weekday Japanese class (Tsubasa) which started on August 3, 2009 made presentations in Japanese.
16 students from Brazil, China, Samoa and Korea made a speech in Japanese. The students who could not speak Japanese at the beginning of the class can communicate in Japanese now. It was confirmed that the class was very helpful for foreigners to learn Japanese.
We hope the students continue to learn Japanese and are well adapted themselves to Japanese culture.
Major topics 2009 (2008 /2007)
Cherry blossom hunting
After Sunday Japanese class, some 70 people of foreign students and Japanese volunteers went to Kariyado park to see cherry blossoms. We went there one week earlier than we had scheduled, since cherry blossoms bloomed earlier comparing with a normal year. Though cherry blossoms started to bloom earlier, they did not reach full bloom due to a recent unusual cold weather.
But, the people enjoyed self introduction, playing “Janken” game and singing the songs of their home countries under cherry trees.
International Potluck Party
International Potluck Party was held at the auditorium in Handa Fukushi Bunka Kaikan.
Total 121 people including 54 foreigners from 11 countries (Indonesia, China, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Canada, USA, Vietnam, Mexico, Ｂｒａｚｉｌ) participated. They enjoyed eating foods which were brought by participants and developed the mutual understanding of cultures through foods.
During the party, several performances such as “Koto” play, singing, “Nankin Tama Sudare” by volunteers were made. The people were divided into several groups at an international quiz and competed with each other group.
Japanese class for foreign children began.
Japanese class for foreign children began on February 6. Several volunteers teach the class. The class is held from 2 pm to 4 pm every Saturday to assist foreign children to learn not only Japanese but other subjects. The class is held at the administration office of Handa International Association.
|Jan. 10, 2010|
The event of the calligraphy for the New Year was held at the first Japanese class for 2010.
Japanese class students wrote their dreams of the year.
Year End Party of Handa International Association
23 people gathered at the party and enjoyed in a casual atmosphere.
The association thanks to volunteers for their contributions in this year. We would like them to continue to work in the association in next year.
Wish you a Happy New Year!
December 6 &13 & 20
Training session for the volunteers who teach Japanese to foreign children.
The training sessions were conducted jointly bu the office of Learning Japanese Assistance Fund and Handa International Association. The sessions utilized Learning Japanese Assistance Fund. 32 volunteers participated.
★Ms. Itiko Matsumoto, a part time lecturer at Aichi Shukutoku University and Aichi Education Universiyt, talked "the current status and issue of foreign school children" on December 6.
★On December 13, Ms. Yasuyo Okada, a foreign school children assistance resource adviser, gave advices for volunteers to teach Japanese to foreign children.
★Ms. Yachiko Kawamura, the leader of Volunteer Group Frontier Toyohashi, and Ms. Miho Imura, the president of Kodomonokuni NPO, lectured the examples of local Japanese class for foreign children on December 20.
We learned the present status of foreign children at this trainign session. We would like to improve to teach Japanese to foreign children.
The 7th KonnichiWorld Festival was held.
The festival was held with Handa Industrial festival. and was crowded with many people.
There were 12 country booths of Indonesia, China, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Canada, Nepal, Turkey and Peru and other booths including Chita SGG club, JTB and Dow Chemical.
The guests were served foreign cooking such as Thai curry and Vietnamese noodle. At the stage, the people enjoyed belly dance, Sri Lankan dance, street performance performed by the students of Nihon Fukushi University, "Kendama" performance by the "Kendama" champion and South America music performance by Asiandina. In each country booth. the staff introduced their country and their special products to the visitors. The people also enjoyed hand crafts and stamp rally.
We thank to Tokai TV International Fund, Mizkan Biztech, Dow Chemical Japan and JTB Handa Branch Office for their co-sponsorship.
|October 21st||World cooking class – Thai cooking class was held.|
We held a Thai cooking class. The instructor of the class was Ms. タンマ・オイ who came from Thailand. 27 people joined the class. We cooked Yellow curry with Thai rice, ヤムウンセン and ブアロイ. After cooking, we enjoyed delicious Thai dishes which were cooked in the class.
|October 10th||A Bhutan booth was set up in Aichi world friendship festival|
Handa International Association and Handa-Bhutan Youth Friendship Association jointly set up a Bhutan booth in Aichi world friendship festival sponsored by Aichi prefecture to introduce Bhutan and the culture exchange activities between Handa and Bhutan. Ms. ツェリン・ザム, a Bhutanese woman who is living in Yokohama, came to the festival to help our booth. The festival is open until 11th. Please visit our booth.
|September 27th||Japanese class students took a one-day bus trip to Kyoto to enjoy a Japanese culture. |
46 foreign students including Brazil, Peru, China, Korea, Venom, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Turkey went to Kyoto with 10 Japanese volunteers and staff to enjoy a traditional Japanese culture.
The group went to Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji temple), Heian Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple. As most students had never been Kyoto before, they were excited with shopping as well as sightseeing. Japanese volunteers lead foreign students during sightseeing. Since it was Sunday, Kyoto was so crowded with tourists that Japanese volunteers had to always carefully watch foreign students to not lose them. They raised their voice many times to call them. We are sorry to them that they had no time to enjoy sightseeing.
On the way, people enjoyed quiz about Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji temple), Heian Shrine and Kiyomizu temple. They also introduced themselves in Japanese to demonstrate the competency of their Japanese. The people from 10 countries enjoyed a trip and promoted the mutual friendship.
|September 17th||The people of Sports department of Xuzhou came to Handa and made a courtesy visit to Handa International Association.|
They are Mr. Nan Jianping, Director of Sports department, Mr. Miao Lin, Mr. Yang Youjun and Ms. Song Lili. They made a coutesy visit to the mayor of Handa and met with the people of Handa Sports Association. They came to Handa international Association and met several people including the chairman and the director of the association.
|September 14th||The 3rd world cooking class - Sri Lanka cooking - part II|
Sri Lanka cooking part-II class was held, as many people wanted Sri Lanka cooking class one more time.
1 Curry with pork and Hiyoko beans
3 Goya salad
5 Ginger tea
|August 31st||The prime minister of Bhutan came to Japan. Japan-Bhutan Friendship Association hosted the welcome party at International Culture Building in Tokyo. The chairman of Handa International Association went to the party. The prime minister was very pleased to hear that the young people exchange program which is sponsored by Handa-Bhutan Youth Friendship Association has begun smoothly. |
|August 30th||The 3rd volunteer meeting|
Japanese class volunteers and Activity volunteers had a meeting to discuss various issues. 27 volunteers participated.
|August 29th||A meeting was held by Handa international Association and Chita Peninsula SGG Club.|
10 members of Chita Peninsula SGG talked their opinions on interpretation activity. They worked as interpreters when Koalas Orchestra came to Handa and Bhutanese students and Midland exchange students stayed in Handa. We got many valuable opinions which are very helpful for our future activities.
Thank you for joining the meeting.
|Aug.13th||Three Midland exchange students who came to Handa on July 24th have spent three weeks in Handa and returned home from Chubu International Airport. Many Japanese people saw them off at the airport.|
|Aug.3rd||New weekday Japanese class 『 Tsubasa 』 has started. 28 students attended a class. Ms. Natuko Urase teaches the class until March 2010. |
The class is free of charge to students. A student can join the class at any time. Those who want to study Japanese, please come to the class.
|Aug.2nd||Japanese class students and foreign residents experienced a Japanese culture at "Tanabata" festival.|
In spite of a rain, many people attended a festival. The people wrote their wishes on a special piece of paper and hang it on a bamboo tree. They enjoyed several activities including wearing a Japanese "Yukata", making a cotton candy, making a "Macha" tea, playing "Kendama" (a Japanese traditional toy), etc.
The people sang "Tanabata-sama" with a "Koto" music play by volunteers. All people were united.
The room is a little bit smoky.
|July 31st ||The special Japanese class which is conducted by JICA to assist foreign workers to find a new job ended on July 31st.On the last day, the students brought foods and had a party for the teacher to thank him. Mr. Hyodou, the teacher dispatched by JICA, goes to Panama as a member of JICA on August 2nd.|
Teacher and students
★The special Japanese class is reopened on August 3rd. under a joint sponsorship of Handa city and Handa International Association. Most students continue to study Japanese in the new class with new students. Handa International Association continue to assist those foreigners who lost jobs.
|July 28th||Midland exchange students visited Handa city office, Dow Chemical Kinu Ura plant, Handa International Association and Handa High School.|
|July 25th||Handa city office held a welcome party for Midland exchange students.|
Everybody enjoyed talking/singing/playing a game in a relaxed atmosphere.
★7/28/2009 update (Pictures)
|July 24th||The exchange students arrived in Handa. They came from Midland Michigan USA, a sister city of Handa.|
★Three students stay at a host family house and experience Japanese cultures and customs. They will spend a time with a host family and meet many people in Handa. We are sure they will make many memories
The Bhutanese teacher and children finished said “Good-by” with tears in their eyes in the farewell party held on July 13th and left Centrair airport for Bhutan on July 14th. While they stayed in Handa for 11 days, they experienced/observed many things.
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|July 11th||The Bhutanese children completed a short education program in Narawa Middle School and then attended a farewell party held by Narawa Middle School students. The Bhutanese teacher visited elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. The teacher and children went to Nagoya on July 11th and visited Industry Museum, Toyota Museum and Electric Museum.|
|July 8th||Bhutanese children have started to study at Narawa Middle School in Handa today (July 8). They looked a little nervous, but, they settled in the class quickly. They are studying hard in each class. We hope they can have many nice memories for the next three days. |
The teacher plans to visit a primary school, a middle school, a nursery school and a high school in Handa.
|June 28th|| Japanese volunteer meeting|
The meeting was held for Japanese volunteers who are working in Japanese class for foreign residents on every Sunday 29 volunteers joined the meeting and actively exchanged their opinions.
|June 21st|| Foreign residents visited a planetarium.|
They left Kariyado hall with Hapanese volunteers after a Japanese class and walked to Handa Science museum. Total 79 people watched an evening sky of Handa in the planetarium. They also enjoyed listening the explanation of the solar ｅｃｌｉｐｓｅ and watching a drama in the planetarium and experiencing wonders in Science museum.
|June 19th|| PC training to assist job finding|
The special Japanese class is being held in the morning on weekdays to assist job finding activities of foreign residents Upon the request from the students, PC training class was held in the afternoon on June 19.
The second PC training class is scheduled on July 10 (Friday) at the association office.）
|June 8th|| The 1st operation committee of Handa International Association was held|
For the fiscal year of Heisei 21
The committee members actively discussed the details of the planned activities of each committee and exchanged opnions.
The schedule of the activities for the fiscal year of Heisei 21
|May 9th|| The general assembly of Handa International Association was held.|
All items proposed in the general assembly including the results of activities and accounting for Heisei 20 and the plan of activities and budget for Heisei 21 were approved without any corrections.
Greeting by Mr. Matsuishi, the chairman
Greeting by Mr. Izo Sakakibara,
Mayor of Handa city
|← Introduced directors for Heisei 21|
|April 30th|| Handa International Association Board meeting was held.|
Board members discussed the results of activities and accounting for Heisei 20 and the plan of activities and budget for Heisei 21.
|April 24th||52 people of Hastings Koalas Orchestra have left Chubu International Airport today.|
They stayed at hst families homes in Handa area. While they were in Handa, they enjoyed many events and activities including visits to Handa East High School, Handa Elementary School, Sake Museum, Vinegar Museum, Handa City Museum and Gamagouri Laguna Park and travelling to Kyoto. Luckily, the weather was always good while they were in Handa. They had a good time with host families. Hope they will have a safe and smooth return to home with many good memories.
The people look forward to seeing each other again in near future. In the evening of April 25.
|April 18th||The joint friendship concert of Hastings Koalas Orchestra and Handa Junior Brass Band took place. After the concert, the people went to a welcome party.|
|April 17th||52 people of Hastings Koalas Orchestra from Port Macquarie, a sister city of Handa, have arrived at Handa.|
After the arrival, they went straight to Nankichi Niimi Museum and Handa Museum and attended a welcome ceremony in the evening. After that, they went to host families’ houses.
The joint friendship concert of Hastings Koalas Orchestra and Handa Junior Brass Band will take place in the afternoon of April 18 at Kariyado Hall. The people of Hastings Koalas Orchestra will have one week home stay in Handa until April 24.
|April 5th||Japanese class students and volunteers went on a cherry blossom picnic.|
They walked to Kariyado Park after a Japanese class on April 5 (Sunday). More than 100 people participated a picnic. They talked in Japanese to practice their Japanese while they enjoyed beautiful Sakura flowers in the park.
It was a nice weather for a picnic. We appreciate the people who went to the park earlier to reserve the place.
|April .3rd||The member of Wenxing group went on a cherry blossom picnic in Kariyado Park. |
Unzia group is set up for Chinese residents in Handa area. The group meets regularly to talk daily problems and questions and hopefully get rid of some of anxieties on daily life.
We had a nice time under cherry trees.
|April.1st||The fiscal year of Heisei 21 began|
We will conduct various activities with you as we did last year. We would like to ask for your usual support and cooperation.
We appreciate if you send information’s to us.
|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.