Sunday, March 11, 2018

[EVENT] IMCY Cooking Party Spring 2018

For IMCY cooking/eating lovers!!
We are going to have another cooking party in April, 2018!!

WHEN: Saturday, April 7th, 2018 (12:00-14:30) *the room is reserved a bit longer  
WHERE: Furocho Chiiki Care Plaza 3F Cooking room and Mutli Purpose room
(about 10 minutes from JR/Blue Line Kannai station or 5 minutes from Blue Line Isezaki Chojamachi station)

WHAT TO COOK: TBD Any ideas?

WHAT TO BRING: Towels, an apron (not obligatory), ziploc container or something in case we bring some food home, your kids and your husband if necessary (both are welcome).

CHARGE: We'll split the material cost. 

Send e-mail to us (* (please replace * with @) 
with your name, the number of your company (the number of children and their ages), and your contact (cell phone number). 

Sign-up will be closed on April 4th. 

You can also click "join" to our FB event page but don't forget to leave a comment (sometimes your kids might click "join" by mistake ;)
*Our FB group is a closed group, so please join the group first. 

Please take off your shoes and use the slippers at the entrance. Strollers can enter. There's an elevator as well. 
The cooking room and the Multiple Purpose room are on the same floor and next to each other. And the cooking room is not very large, so we may not be able to have everyone cook at the same time. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

[EVENT] YCC Temporary Jun Kitazawa "Neighbor's Land"

YCC (Yokohama CreativeCity Center) is looking for members who can take part in their art project "Neighbor's Land".

Here's the information:



YCC Yokohama CreativeCity Center (YCC) is pleased to announce “YCC Temporary JUN KITAZAWA”, an art project and exhibition by a young emerging artist, Jun Kitazawa. This art exhibition will be the 5th time of “YCC Temporary”, the YCC’s original art program that focuses on “Contemporary” and consists from art exhibition, performance and researching project, etc.

Jun Kitazawa has kept making unique art projects with his consistent theme “Community Specific” not only in Japan but also foreign countries. He was listed on the Forbes magazine “30 Under 30 Asia ? The Arts” in 2016.

This art project and exhibition by Jun Kitazawa focuses on various “foreign nationals” who live right next to Japanese people as true “Neighbors” in same Yokohama. Although we live in the same city, Yokohama, there is no many chances to know about neighbor’s country, culture and custom. In this exhibition, “NEIGHBOR'S LAND” is created by diverse neighbor’s country background and culture at YCC’s exhibition space. “NEIGHBOR'S LAND”, which looks like somewhere’s “Town” not like town in Japan but actually located in Japan, consists from various foreign national’s activity, people, cultural things and daily goods. “NEIGHBOR'S LAND” is going to be where you can meet diverse foreign nationals and also you can find out foreign country’s culture, sense of values, traditional customs and daily life. Through a research by the artist himself and meetings and discussions with foreign nationals living in Yokohama, “NEIGHBOR'S LAND” is created by collaboration with foreign nationals and the artist.

If you are interested in this project, please participate in the 1st MEMBERS MEETING for creating “NEIGHBOR’S LAND”.

DATE: February 10th, 2018
(1) PM1:00-PM3:00 (Day Time)
(2) PM6:00-PM8:00 (Night Time)
PLACE: YCC Yokohama Creativecity Center, Basement Floor

DATE: Every Wednesday and Saturday between February and April, 2018
*Detailed date and time will be announced later on.
PLACE: YCC Yokohama Creativecity Center, Basement Floor

DATE: Mid-April to Mid-June, 2018
PLACE: YCC Yokohama Creativecity Center, 3rd Floor

If you can join the 1st NEIGHBORS MEETING, please mail to with the followings.
2) AGE
3) WHICH TIME YOU CAN JOIN ? (1) or (2)

YCC ヨコハマ創造都市センター
YCC Yokohama Creativecity Center

〒231-8315 横浜市中区本町6-50-1
6-50-1 Honcho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-8315, Japan
TEL : 045-307-5305


■みなとみらい線 馬車道駅 1b出口(野毛・桜木町口・アイランドタワー連絡口直結)
Minato Mirai Line, Bashamichi Station, Exit 1b Connected directly to the Noge/Sakuragicho exit (Island Tower passage)
■JR・市営地下鉄線 桜木町駅 徒歩5分
Five minutes’ walk from JR and subway Sakuragicho Station
■JR・市営地下鉄線 関内駅 徒歩7分
Seven minutes from Kannai Station

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

[LIFE] WaNavi Japan

Let us introduce a great NPO, WaNavi Japan. They have been providing workshops mainly about Bosai (防災 :disaster preparedness) and Japanese culture for non-Japanese speaking people. Please read their brief introduction and visit their sites for more information.

WaNavi Japan is a non profit organisation, empowering International residents and visitors to live comfortably and confidently in Japan through various services including Earthquake Preparedness Workshops, Life-skills workshops, navigations, networking, research and consulting.

The inspiration for WaNavi’s work comes from the events that deeply affected Japan on March 11, 2011 and the dislocation and concern experienced by international residents in Japan. We continue to support families who have been directly affected by earthquake disasters in Japan.

Please contact us for more information, to get involved or to organize a workshop.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

[LEISURE] Tourist Farms in Yokohama

There are many farms in Yokohama, and some are open to public. We can enjoy picking fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, Japanese pears, Kakis, satsumas etc... or digging out sweet potatoes.

Here is the list of farms (make use of some website translator):

These articles are on some of the farms we visited:
Yumegaoka Strawberry Farm
Iwasaki Fruit Farm 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

[EVENT] Enjoy Japanese New Year 2018

Nanakusa Rice Soup at Yokomizo Old House (Tsurumi ward)


Nanakusa (seven herbs) rice soup is Japanese traditional food that they have on 7th January, to ease the stomach after the festive dishes of the New Year and to wish the health.

Sunday, January 7th, 11:00-13:00 (registration from 10:30)

at Misono Park, Yokomizo Old House

Nanakusa Rice Soup at Seseragi Park (Tsuzuki ward)
Sunday January 7th, 11:00-
100 yen/serving (100 servings)
17 Shin-ei-cho, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama (closest station: Nakamachi-dai, Blue Line)
Information not updated yet

Nanakusa Rice Soup and New Year Games (Sakae ward)

Monday, January 8th, 11:30-13:00 (registration from 11:15)
100 yen/serving (150 servings)
at Hongo Fujiyama Park (Old houses)
56-1, Nakano-cho, Sakae-ku, Yokoahama (closest station: Hongodai, JR Negishi Line) (the event poster in Japanese)

Nanakusa Rice Soup / Sweet Bean Soup at Nagayamon Park (Seya ward)

Nanakusa Rice Soup
Sunday, January 7th, 11:00-
100 yen/serving (100 servings)
Nagayamon Park (closest station: Mitsukyo, Sotetsu Line, 18min walk or bus)

Sweet Bean Soup with Mochi rice cake
Japanese people decorate mochi (rice cake) during the New Year and then brake it down to eat in sweet bean soup around this day.

Thursday, January 11th, 11:00-
100 yen/serving (200 servings)

Nanakusa Rice Soup at Tsuduki Minka-en (Tsuduki ward)

Sunday, January 7th, 11:00-12:00 (100 servings)
100 yen/serving
2 Odana-nishi, Tsuduki-ku, Yokohama (8min walk from Center Kita, Blue Line) (Home) (in Japanese)

Kikuna Jinja Shrine (Kohoku ward)

January 7th 12:00-
6-5-14 Kikuna, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama (3min from Kikuna Station)

Hodogaya International Lounge

Tea Ceremony Experience

You can enjoy a cup of green tea and Japanese confection.

Saturday, 27th January 14:30-16:00
at 3F Japanese Room, Iwama Shimin Plaza
1-7-15 Iwamacho, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama (2min walk from Sotetsu Line Tennocho station or 10 min from JR Hodogaya station)

Free for non-Japanese people and 500 yen for Japanese people.
Please sign up by telephone, e-mail or at the counter.

[HEALTH] Be Careful of Mosquito-borne Infections

*This is an announcement through YOKE.

If you are traveling to South Asia, South-East Asia, Central America or South America during the holidays, please read through this leaflet about mosquito-borne infections.

Happy holidays!

Monday, November 20, 2017

[EVENT] Christmas Fun in Yokohama 2017


Motomachi Twinkle Christmas 2017
Green Charity Santa Claus
(you can donate some money and take a picture with the Green Santa)
December 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th (weekends) at Plaza Deck

Double-Decker ride and exhibition
December 21st (THU)-25th (MON)
Motomachi: in front of CHARMY
Sakuragicho: Sakuragicho bus terminal 9

Red Brick Warehouse (Akarenga) Christmas Market 2017

Meet Santa Claus
December 1st, 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 18th, 20th, 22nd
(time and place unknown)

World Porters Fantastic Christmas 2017

Meet Santa Claus
December 23rd-25th
1F 11:00-, 13:00-
5F 11:20-, 13:20-

Photo with Santa
12:00-, 15:00-
2F Kishamichi main gate
tickets available on the spot 60 minutes before each time, first 20 groups

Landmark Bright Christmas 2017
Peter Rabbit Christmas Market

Yokohama Bay Quarter Christmas Village

Finnish Christmas Decoration workshop
for kids: November 26th 11:00- first 60 children (4 and older)
500 yen (free if you offer your work to BayQuarter for their decoration)
for adults: December 3rd  (reservation required, but you can join on the spot if there's a place)
500 yen  (free if you offer your work to BayQuarter for their decoration)
11:00-12:00, 13:00-14:00, 15:00-16:00

Outdoor Movie Show (17:00-)
16th: The Poler Express
17th: Notting Hill

Northport Mall (Center Kita)

December 24th, 11:00-, 14:00-, 17:00-
Greeting Santa, for first 60 groups each time (tickets available from 10:00-, Free)

Toysrus Meet Santa

!1:30-12:00, 13:00-13:30, 15:00-15:30, 16:00-16:30, 17:00-17:30
Check out the date of his visit at your local store: