Wednesday, September 6, 2017

[LESSON] Japanese Culture Lessons for Everyone みんなの日本文化教室

"Minnna no Nihon Bunka Kyoshitu" is an organization that provides Japanese culture lessons almost every month based in Kanazawa ward.


Their lessons are open for everyone, no matter where you are from or what language you speak. The lesson is conducted mostly in Japanese, so it would be great if you speak basic Japanese, but they're hands-on lessons, so you don't really have to speak Japanese (of course, basic English should be necessary to communicate with others). 

The founder of the organization is a professional Kimono dresser in Yokohama. She wants to provide a lot of opportunities to casually learn and experience Japanese tradition and culture. 

Here's the summery of each event in 2017 term:

[SEPTEMBER]

How to put on Yukata (summer kimono) like real kimono

September 19th (TUE) 10:30AM-1:30PM
at Kanagawa Chiku Center

It’s the end of the Yukata season. Why don’t we try to wear it like real kimono?
*Yukata is a simplified version of kimono for summer.
We’ll prepare a collar for yukata together and then you will learn how to put on yukata and tie the obi belt. 

Fee: 1000 yen

What to bring: Yukawa, 5 kimono cords, 2 towels, geta sandals, tabi socks, a tenugui clothe, a collar core, a sewing set, an obishime cord or some decorative cord, a hadajuban (top underwear for kimono) or a camisole, a susoyoke (bottom underwear like petticoat) or leggings, and something to tie your hair

[OCTOBER]

Tsumami Zaiku (pinch-craft) workshop


October 4th (WED) 10:30AM -12:30 PM
at Kanagawa Chiku Center

We are going to make two flower pins (or hairpins). They are perfect accessories for occasions when you wear kimono, or even for your bags.

We invite a special Tsumami craft artist as an instructor. 

Fee: 2000 yen

[NOVEMBER]

Easy Do-It-Yourself Japanese traditional hair dressing


November 8th (WED) 10:30AM-12:30PM
at Kanagawa Chiku Center

We are going to learn how to dress your hair in the traditional Japanese way from the teacher who runs a Japanese cafe and spends most of the time wearing kimono.

Fee: 500 yen

What to bring: a comb, a mirror, and some Japanese hair accessories 

[DECEMBER]

Furisode Try-On


December 4th (MON) 10:30AM-12:30PM
at Kanagawa Chiku Center

Furisode is a very formal kimono for single women. Even native Japanese people have less opportunity to wear it. This time, no matter if you’re married or not, let’s try on Furisode!

Fee: For those who want to wear Furisode 500 yen
For those who want to put Furisode on others 500 yen

What to bring: Those who want to wear Furisode: tabi socks, 3 towels, a hadajuban underwear or camisole, and a susoyoke underwear or leggings (a set of Furisode if you have)
Those who want to put Furisode on others: a set of Furisode

[JANUARY]

Learn from a professional! How to prepare Delicious O-nigiri rice balls and Miso soup

January 21st (SUN) 10:30AM-12:30PM
at Kanagawa Chiku Center

The very basic of Japanese home cuisine: O-nigiri rice balls and miso soup!
How do they prepare them, the professionals?

We are going to prepare brown rice onigiris and miso soup with veggies. 

Fee: 1000 yen

What to bring: an apron, a sling (for hair), a hand towel, and a washcloth *you will be asked 200 yen if you forget to bring towels


[FEBRUARY]

Hakama Try-On


February 23rd (FRI) 10:30AM-12:30PM
at Kanagawa Chiku Center

Hakama is a sort of skirt version of kimono. It’s easier to move. 

Fee: For those who wear Hakama 500 yen
For those who want to put hakama on others 500 yen

What to bring: Those who wear hakama: tabs socks, 3 towels, a hadajuban underwear or a camisole, and a susoyoke underwear or leggings

Those who want to put hakama on others: a set of Hakama (feel free to ask us if you don’t have any)



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

[SHOPPING] Mammies Hours Project

We would like to introduce you Mommies Hours Project, which is for sick children and their family and friends.

Official website:
https://www.mammies-hours.com/home-english
FB page
https://www.facebook.com/mammieshours/

Here's the message from the founder (English translation follows):




自身の経験をもとに、市販されていないカテーテルケースを販売しています。I am selling CV catherter cases, which are not sold at stores, through my own experience.

マミーズアワーズショップは、病気と闘う子どもたちと家族を応援するショッピングサイトです。市販で流通していないカテーテルケースを始め、長期療養が必要な子どもたちの生活の中で、現状保護者が手作りで制作するほかないものをクローズアップして販売しています。
Mommies Hours Shop is an online shopping site to support children fighting against sickness and their families. I am selling items like CV catheter cases, which are not easily found at stores, and items that necessary for sick children who need long treatment, but caretakers have to make by themselves in the current situation (where they can't find any at stores).



子どものお見舞い品について
About gifts for sick kids
マミーズアワーズショップでカテーテルケースをお買い求めいただくお客様のほとんどが、長期療養を余儀なくされているお子様の保護者の方々です。
マミーズアワーズショップの提案する「子供のお見舞い品」は、子供が闘病したからこそ気づいた本当に欲しいものを提案しています。
患児を持つ家族以外の「優しい誰か」からプレゼントしてあげていただきたいなと考えております。

収益金の一部を病気と闘う子どもたちと家族が宿泊する施設に寄付します。・・・「ちょっとだけ、だけど・・・ずっと」をキャッチフレーズに、長いスパンでこの活動を行えたらと考えております。
Most of the customers who purchase the catheter cases at Mommies Hours Shop are caretakers of sick children who have to get through long treatment. 
I propose "gifts for sick kids", that I found really helpful through my experience with sick children. I also donate a part of the profit to lodging facilities for sick children and their family. I would like to continue this project under a motto "A little bit (of time and effort)...but for good". 


*様々な方面にバックアップなどの協力要請をしましたが、現状個人で運営するほか方法がなく、息子の闘病中に病院にて個人でサイトを制作し、このマミーズアワーズプロジェクトを立ち上げました。当サイトはサイト制作や写真撮影、商品制作に至るまで、すべて個人で行っております。(縫製作業スタッフ1名のみ在籍しております)。

Although I asked around support in various fields, there's no way but to run the project by myself at the moment. I created the website alone at the hospital where my son had medical treatment and started this Mommies Hours Project. The updates, photo shooting and production of the items are all done by one person, except for a sewing crew. 

[EVENT] Upcoming Events in Yokohama (Fall 2017)

*The images were captured from the official sites.

SEPTEMBER



Kanagawa Milk Festival 2017
September 9th (SAT)11:00-15:00
Nipponmaru Memorial Park (Minatomirai)
http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f480451/p1159558.html










Vietnam Festa in Kanagawa
September 16th and 17th
Nihon Odori, Kanagawa Prefecture Hall, Zou no hana Park&Terrace etc...
http://www.vietnamfesta.jp


Satoyama Garden in Autumn
(the re-opening of the flower garden from the Yokohama Garden Necklace Fair in spring)
September 22nd (FRI) to October 22nd
9:30-16:00
Admission Free
http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/kankyo/green/satoyamagarden/





Daddy Daughter Dance 2017
September 23rd (SAT)
at Zou no Hana Terrace
http://www.zounohana.com/schedule/detail.php?article_id=756
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/133974303830763/?fref=gs&hc_location=group









Naka Multicultural Festa 2017
September 24th (SUN) 11:00-15:30
at Kaiko Kinen Kan (Jack)
http://nakalounge.main.jp/festa/
Dances, performances, speeches in Japanese by foreign-related children, snack stands, imported items, craft workshops for kids etc...
*The English page hasn't been available (09/06).




How To Put Out Your Garbage And Recyclables
International Mothers Gathering in Hodogaya "Piccolo"

September 26th (TUE) 10:30-11:30
at Iwama Shimin Plaza
http://www.hodogaya-kokusai.com/en/events-2/international-mother-gathering/










OCTOBER

*Halloween events will be updated in another post.


NOVEMBER

November 19th (SUN) 10:00-15:00
at Iwama Shimin Plaza
http://www.hodogaya-kokusai.com/en/first/page-1361/
IMCY will have a booth as the past years. We will sell handmade items, imported goods etc., and a workshop for families! Details will be announced later.



Naka Ward Book Festa
November 21st(WED) and 25th (SAT)14:00-14:30
at Nonbirinko (Naka ward Childcare Support Base)
http://nonbirinco.com
For families with 0-3 years old kids (20 families each time)
A librarian will talk about the importance and pleasure of picture books for children. English and Chinese interpreters will be there.
No reservation required.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

[EVENT] YC&AC Bon Odori Festival 2017



YC&AC is having a Bon Odori Festival in August.
Here's the information by YC&AC:





On the weekend of August 5th and 6th from 5pm to 9pm we will be holding our annual Bon Odori festival and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. This year there will be:
-Food and beverage stalls: BBQ hamburgers/hotdogs, nagashi somen, yakitori, okonomiyaki, Chinese dumplings and many more.
-Traditional Bon dancing.
-Fun games and prizes including target shooting, basketball challenge, ball throwing and more.
-A traditional watermelon cracking game at 5:30pm (both days).



And YC&AC is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018!!



Monday, July 17, 2017

[NEWS] Fire Ants Found in Yokohama

Fire ants have found in various places (mostly international ports) in Japan recently. And they were also found in Honmoku Pier, Yokohama.

The Japan News:
Over 500 fire ants found in Yokohama

Press release by the city (PDF in Japanese)
Report on the fire ant investigation at Yokohama port (July 14th, 2017)

(quote and translation from the report)
When you find fire ant, stay away and don't touch or try to break the nest.
When you were stung by fire ants, stay calm and rest for about 20-30 minutes. If it gets worse, go immediately to the doctor's.  Tell the doctor that you were stung by fire ants and you might have an anaphylaxis.


Other fire ants news in Japan:

Nikkei Asian Review:
Fire ant scare gives Japanese pesticide stocks a boost


About the fire ant

National Institute for Environmental Studies
Solenopsis invicta


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

[SPORTS] Yokohama Outdoor Swimming Pools and Baby-friendly Pools in Kanagawa(2017)


The outdoor swimming season is coming!

You can search your closest outdoor swimming pools here (choose your language (言語)from the list (English is 英語)).
https://www.hamaspo.com/reservation/list

*The opening hours and dates depend on each pool. Mostly from July 9th to September 4th.

*You may be able to bring your young children who haven't finished potty training to the pool for free, but they can't enter the water for hygiene reasons.

*Kishitani Park, Yokodai South Park and Morimachi Park have an inflatable pool for young children with diaper.

*Honmoku Citizen's Pool is always closed. They're considering the reconstruction as the facility is getting too old (they're also considering the reconstruction of Yokohama Pool Center).


Looking for baby-friendly swimming pools?

Kodomono Kuni Pool
They ask caretakers to use swim diaper for kids who haven't finished potty training and to check the inside frequently;-)

Tsujido Kaihin Park Jumbo Pool
Kujira no umi (くじらの海Whale's Sea) and Taki no pool (滝のプールWater Fall Pool) accept swim diapers. Both are a sort of water-play yard.Young kids under/before potty training can't use other pools including the toddlers' pool.

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
If your children are not potty-trained yet, they can put on the swim diaper and swim suit over it. You can buy swim diapers at the shop there. You cannot bring them into the bath area (Mori no Yu: where you are supposed not to wear swim suit).

Sagamiko Pleasure Forest 
Jabujabu Paradise
This is not a swimming pool but a water-play yard, so you don't have to wear swim suit. Young children must wear swim diaper if they haven't finished potty training and can play only at the toddlers' area.

Oiso Long Beach
The same condition as Yunessun (swim diaper and swim suit).

Hilton Odawara Resort and Spa
Bade Zone
You can bring children over 1 year old with swim diaper. Babies under 1 year old are not accepted.






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

[WELFARE] Child Allowance Present Condition Form 2017

Have you received another yellow envelop from the city yet?
That must be the Child Allowance present condition form.

The form seems to be the same as last year's, so please refer this post to fill in.

Please remember that the deadline is June 30th (FRI), 2017!!!

If you bring it to your local ward office, they may have a letter box to collect the present condition forms (so that you don't have to pick the ticket to be called to the counter). In that case, be sure to write your name (basically the recipient's name, so it may be your partner's name) on the envelop and seal it with glue.

*If you are new to the city, you have to sign up at the ward office to receive the allowance.