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KIX Senshu International Marathon Runner Welcome Party

Monday, February 13 on the 2nd floor of Lifeline Plaza in Izumisano

The day after the 30th KIX Senshu International Marathon, held on February 12, a welcome party was held for 10 runners invited from Weihai City, Shandong Province, China; Tuv Province, Mongolia; Marilia City, Brazil; Gulu City, Republic of Uganda; Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam; and athletic associations in Mongolia and Uganda, which have friendly relations with Izumisano City. The event was a great success.

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A Korean Course

Do you know the meaning of the following phrase? “Do you want to eat ramen noodles?”

The course started on January 11. The instructor, Kyungmin Park, a native of Korea, talked about Korean culture and customs, including the Hangeul alphabet. It was a 5-lesson course, but due to snow, the January 25th session was cancelled.

Session 1: Hangeul Day – Wednesday, January 11. Everyone learned about the Hangul alphabet.

Session 2: How to make delicious pancakes – Wednesday, January 18. Everyone learned how to make delicious pancakes from Ms. Kyungmin, a pancake-making expert.

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End-of-the-year Get-together

Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Izumisano Cross-cultural Association

The GAYAGAYA Party (End-of-the-year Party) was attended by 67 people, including 15 foreigners. Foreigners and Japanese enjoyed playing Japanese drums and flutes, playing games and dancing together while interacting with each other.

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International Friendship Festival

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at the Kansai International Center

The 23rd Fureai Koryu Matsuri (International Friendship Festival) was held at the The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai, for the first time in three years. The ica Original Fan Making event attracted many visitors, with about 100 people taking part, including institute trainees, parents and children. Visitors tried their hand at writing Japanese characters with brush pens to make their own unique fans.

ica’s Safi decided at the last minute, to participate in the Tajiri Collection, an ethnic costume fashion show. “I was super nervous because it was my first time, but the audience gave me such a warm welcome that I think I did well.”

Organized by: Kansai International Centre Trainee Exchange Support Council Co-organized by: The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai

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Idobata Salon

Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Izumisano Cross-cultural Association

Thirty-one people, mostly foreign members of ica and students of the Japanese Language Instruction Volunteer Training Course, participated in the language and culture exchange. Divided into groups, participants spoke freely about their own cultures and impressions of Japan in Japanese, English, and Chinese.

What was your overall impression of the language and culture exchange event?

  • There were many people I had never met before. It was fun.
  • I gave my brain a workout talking with people from overseas for the first time in several years.
  • I was very happy to hear many people say, “I love Japan! I was very happy to hear many of them say, “I love Japan! I hope they will like Japan even more in the future.
  • I was impressed by the way they were actively trying to communicate with each other regardless of whether their Japanese was good or bad. I hope that they will become more proficient.
  • I was impressed by the fact that they have a clear purpose for living in Japan.
  • The atmosphere was warm and easy to talk with. I was surprised that there were several Japanese who spoke Chinese.
  • The topics of conversation were not only about my country and myself, but also about current issues and common interests.