Saturday, December 13, 2014

[EVENT] Meet Santa In Yokohama 2014

*At Red Brick Warehouse, 2013

Red Brick Warehouse
Dec.14th & 17th
11:00-12:00 Warehouse no.2, 3F Photo spot
13:10-14:00 Christmas Market
14:45-15:30 Warehouse no.2, 3F Photo spot
16:00-17:00 Christmas Market

Dec. 24th
10:30-11:30 Warehouse no.2, 3F Photo spot
12:40-13:30 Christmas Market
14:15-15:00 Warehouse no.2, 3F Photo spot
15:30-16:30 Christmas Market

The hours may change. Free gift for kids (the amount is limited) when you meet him while he is walking around.

Yokohama Bay Quarter
12:00-, 14:00-, and 16:00 on each day (20th and 21st Dec.)
He's going to take a walk in Bay Quarter so find and greet him.
Free of charge.

Colette Mare (Sakuragicho)
Dec. 23rd (TUE) 12:00-, 14:00-, 16:00
Dec. 24th (WED) 14:00-, 16:00-, 18:00
Santa will walk around Colette Mare for about 30 minutes and give away candies for kids each time.
Free of charge.

Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bay Side
Santa is coming on boat
14th, 20th, 21st, 23rd
Photo shoot and candy give-away

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

[FILE UPLOADED] Calling Emergency 119 sheet by Smile Port

Calling 119 (ambulance) is not easy even in your native tongue…
Here's a very useful sheet for non-Japanese speakers. Print it out and hang it on the wall or the fridge. 
Please download the file from our Documents page.

This sheet was provided by Smile Port. We would like to show our gratitude to them.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

[IMCY Activity] 無料保育付き♪デコ巻き寿司&和菓子ワークショップ 2014年冬












[ICMY Activity] IMCY Deko Maki Sushi & Wagashi Workshop December 2014

Enjoy making Deko Maki Sushi and Wagashi*!
Free babysitting service will be provided in another room.

*Wagashi is Japanese confection which is often made of sweet bean paste and rice powder (rice cake).

Let's get together to get to know mothers from different culture and build a relationship to help out each other and make our lives happier!

[Date] Thursday, 11th December 10:30-12:30

[Place] Nishi-ward Chiku center (12-minute walk from the West gate of Yokohama Station)
*Detailed direction will be provided to participants later.

[Charge] 1500 yen (materials for both Deko Maki Sushi and Wagashi included)

Ms. Maeda (Deko Maki Sushi)
Ms. Sugawara (Wagashi)
Their classes are usually in Japanese, but we will prepare recipes and instructions in English.

[Class Size]
10 people (minimum number of participants: 6 people)
In case the number of applicants exceeds the capacity, we will pick up the participants through a

[Application Deadline]
Tuesday, 2nd December 24:00

Please email to:[at]
with your information as below. We will reply to you for confirmation within three days.

[Your name]
[Cell phone number]
[E-mail address]
[Your Ward](the name of the city if you are outside Yokohama)
[Babysitting] Yes / No
If Yes, [Child's name]
[Child's age]
[Allergy information]

Feel free to ask questions. This activity is supported by Nikomachi Subsidy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

[PLAYGROUP] Toddlers Group at YUC

The Toddlers Group at Yokohama Union Church
For parents, caregivers, babies and toddlers (0-36months).
Come and meet other moms!

Please read the details in the flyer and contact the church for further questions.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

[EVENT] Kids Movie Night at YUC

Kids Movie Night : Despicable Me 2 will be held at Yokohama Union Church on Friday, November 21st from 17:00. A cup of coffee for free for advance ticket holders. In case of cancelation, please contact them before 14:00 on the day and you will get a refund.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

[ACTIVITY REPORT] IMCY Multilingual Playgroup September Meeting 2014

This time we introduced Montessori inspired activities prepared by one of our dear members.

First, we had a circle time with some songs and body and finger plays. Then, we moved to individual work activities with materials below.



Each child enjoyed her activities, and we had a lot of fun.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[IMCY] Coming Up IMCY Activities: Oct-Nov 2014

1) IMCY Multilingual Playgroup
October 23rd (THU) 10:30-12:00
Venue: 3-15-2 Furocho, Naka-ward, Yokohama, Furocho Chiiki Care Plaza 3F Multi-purpose Room

2) Kandaiji Chiku Center Festival
October 25th (SAT) 9:00-17:00
(*IMCY will be there around 10:00-)
at Kandaiji Chiku Center(神大寺地区センター)
7-minute walk from Blue Line Katakuracho station.

We'll sell cookies, cakes and handmade items etc.
And we're with Robin: heart & hands.

Chilku center website (JAPANESE)

View in Larger Map

 3) Hodogaya International Festa
November 16th (SUN) 10:00-15:00
at Iwama Shimin Plaza (岩間市民プラザ)
2 min walk from Tennocho station, Sotetsu Line (local train)

We'll sell handmade items and small import items.

HIEC website (ENGLISH)
Official Flyer (PDF)

View in Larger Map

4) Manabun Festival in Hodogaya
November 30th (SUN) 10:00-15:00
at OURS Hodogaya
3-min walk from Sotetsu Line Hoshikawa station (next to the library).

We'll sell Chai, handmade items, and have a plastic board craft workshop.

Manabun Festival (JAPANESE)

Monday, October 6, 2014

[IMCY ACTIVITY REPORT] Deko Maki Sushi Workshop #4

IMCYは、10月3日に、昨年から引き続き4回目となるデコ巻き寿司ワークショップを開催しました。今回は西地区センターの調理室をお借りしての開催となりました。(この活動は「にこまち助成金」の交付を受けています。) 今回もたくさんのご応募があり、多くの方々に興味を持っていただけたことを、とても嬉しく思います。


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[EVENT] Halloween Events in Yokohama

In October, many Halloween events are going to be held in Yokohama.

Yokohama Anpanman Museum&Mall "Halloween 2014"

   date: Sep. 20th ~ Oct. 31st
  ・Stage Performance "Baikin-man to Odorou! (Let's dance with Baikin-man!)"
       date: every day
       time: 15:00~
       venue: museum area 1F Yanase Takashi Theater

     ・"Hora Hora Rally"
       get a hat and collect stamps.
       date: every day
       time: 15:20~
       venue: museum area & shopping area

     ・Halloween Fureai Time
       meet the characters with Halloween costumes.
       date: every day
       time: 16:00~
       venue: museum area

      ・Craft workshop
       an anpanman mask and a bag.
       date: every day
       time: 13:00~, 15:00~ (bag, 30kids each in order of arrival)
                10:30~, 16:30~ (mask)
       official  site:
       (only in Japanese)

"Motomachi Halloween 2014"
        date: Oct. 25th~ Oct. 31st  
             Oct. 31st  Let's go trick or treating in Halloween costumes!
        venue: Motomachi Shopping Street (Motomachi Chukagai Station)

       official site:
       (only in Japanese)

Yokohama Bay Quarter "Kids Halloween Parade"
       date: Oct. 25th
       time: 11:30~, 13:30~, 15:30~ (30 min.)
       venue: Yokohama Bay Quarter
                  (Yokohama Station East Gate area)

       20 kids for each.
       entry qualifications: 2~6 years old kids (preschool kids),
                                        who can join the parade in thier own costumes.

       ☆An application in advance is needed!
           deadline: Oct. 16th
           Please send e-mail to
           with kid's name, age,
                   parent's name, age,
                   the nearest station,
                   the time when you want to join ( first choice and second choice),
                   where did you know this event?

           In case of too many applications, they will hold a draw for place allocation.

         official site:
         (only in Japanese)

 ・PORTA "Halloween Star Magic Kids Halloween Parade"

         date: Oct 25th
         time : 10:30~, 14:00~
         venue: Yokohama PORTA
                    (an underground shopping arcade in Yokohama station East Gate area.)
         20 kids for each.
         entry qualifications: preschool and elementary school kids,
                                          who can join the parade in thier own costumes.

         ☆An application in advance is needed!
           deadline: Oct. 8th
           Please press "応募はこちらから" buttom and fill the form.
           In case of too many applications, they will hold a draw for place allocation.         
           They wil reply by Oct. 10th if you win.

          official site:
          (only in Japanese)
 ・Yokohama Yamate Seiyou-kan "Halloween walk 2014"

         date: Oct. 26th
         time: 10:00~16:00
         venue: Yamate & Yamashita area

         entry qualification: those who are in Halloween costumes
                                       (an application in advance is not needed.)
                                       Please get a stamp card at any start point.
                                       (10:00~, 6000 pieces)

          Other Halloween events are going to be held on that day.
          Cafe,  face painting, Halloween costume contest etc..

         official site:
         (only in Japanese)

Let's enjoy Halloween events in Yokohama with kids!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

[ACTIVITY REPORT] Baby Massage and Mothers YOGA Workshop









Tuesday, September 23, 2014

[LESSONS] Fuku Yoga: Yoga Lessons in Yokohama (Nishi & Naka)

We would like to introduce the regular lessons by our Baby Massage and Yoga & Pilates instructor, Fukiko Hirao.


Her new website! (updated May 2016)!photo/cpax

You can check the latest schedule on her blog:!news/ch3z
(in Japanese. Please use a translation tool)

Lesson Menu (!lesson-menu/csac

-Maternity Yoga/Pilates
 16w and after. Please consult your doctor before attending. You may not be able to attend if you have some health problem regarding your pregnancy. 60min. Bring a towel, drink and stretchable cloths.

-Postpartum & BabyYoga 
 from 2 months after delivery. Baby massage included. 10:20-11:30 (70min). Bring a towel, drink,  stretchable cloths, a blanket for your baby and your Yoga mat if you have.

-Baby Massage
 from 2 months old to creeping stage (around 9 months old). 60min. Bring a bath towel, diapers and a handkerchief or something that ease your baby when s/he is undressed.

-Family Relax Yoga
 you can join with your child(ren). The instructor will do a picture-card show before starting to have children get used to the place and atmosphere. 13:00-14:10 (70min). Bring a towel, drink, stretchable cloths and your Yoga mat if you have.

-Kids' Yoga (3-6 y-old)

-FukuYoga Pilates
60 min. Bring stretchable cloths, drink, a small towel, a Yoga mat if you have or a bath towel if not.

-FukuYoga Basic Yoga
60 min. Bring stretchable cloths, drink, a small towel, a Yoga mat if you have or a bath towel if not.

1,500 yen / lesson
4 carnets: 5,000 yen (valid for 3 months)
8 carnets: 8,000 yen (valid for 6 months)

Nishi Chiku Center (Okano-cho) Japanese room
Fujidana Chiku Center Japanese room
Higashi Totsuka

Want to join the lesson? Please
Sign Up by email: 
*please change [at] into @. All lessons need to be reserved.

-If you are coming with your kids (Postpartun&Baby Yoga, Baby Massage and Family Relax Yoga), it would be easier if you come a little earlier and give your children some time to get used to the place.
-You can bring toys for your children but please avoid musical toys.
-You can breast-feed or change diapers during the lesson.
-If you don't have a Yoga mat, you can bring a bath towel instead.

Friday, September 12, 2014

[SEMINAR] Parent-Child Personality (MBTI) Seminar

IMCY would like to introduce an MBTI trainer Ms. Gondo. You can also visit her blog for more detail. 

MBTI is the world's most popular and well-known personality assessment tool. It is commonly used by universities and companies to help individuals understand themselves and for teams to understand each other as well as to help communication.

Harumi Gondo is an MBTI trainer who specializes in helping parents understand themselves and their children to help in their parenting.

Harumi has run over a hundred sessions in the past year in Tokyo including one-on-one coaching sessions with JAXA astronauts.

Her parenting seminar is also offered to the Womens Group at Tokyo American Club and is available to moms who would like to know how to use this very powerful tool to help them in their parenting.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

[HEALTH] IMCY Pediatrician List

Open Google Map

This is the map which shows the pediatricians that IMCY members are using. This map is based on the information of IMCY member by questionnaire, facebook comments and so on.

Red marker shows the hospitals used with English.
Yellow markers show the ones used with both English and Japanese.

This map does not guarantee the usage of English in each hospital. Please take the information by your own responsibility.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

[IMCY Activity] Workshop & Gathering for mothers in Autumn 2014

We are hosting events for mothers and expectant mothers in Yokohama.
Get to know with mothers from different culture and build a relationship
to help out each other and make our lives  happier!
Free babysitting service will be provided in the same room or another room,
 so please feel free to come with your child(ren) and enjoy the events♪

①Baby Massage ②Mothers Yoga
①Baby massage: Oil massage for babies from around 2 months to 9 months.
②Mothers Yoga: Enjoy yoga and refresh your body and mind. 

 Date: Wednesday, 17th September ①10:00-11:00 ②11:15-12:15
Instructor:Ms. Fukiko Hirao 
Fee: JPY 500 for each session 
Venue: Fukushia (4-minute walk from East Gate of Yokohama Sta.We'll send you the map in English.)
※Her classes are usually in Japanese, but IMCY staff will join together and interpret in English.
※Application Deadline:Tuesday 9th September 12:00
※Free babysitting service will be provided in the same room, so if your child has his/her brothers and sisters, please do not hesitate to apply for these sessions.

Deko Maki Sushi
 Enjoy making Deko Maki and the demonstration of how to roll Jack-o'- Lanterns.

Date:Friday, 3rd October 10:30-12:30
Instructor:Ms. Maeda Emi
Fee: JPY 1,000 (Materials included)
Venue: Nishi-ward Chiku Center
   (12-minute walk from West Gate of Yokohama Sta.)

※Her classes are usually in Japanese, but we prepare recipes and instructions in English.
※Application Deadline:Tuesday 23th September 12:00
※Free babysitting service will be provided in another room.

Kite Making
 Let's make and fly a kite with outdoor recreation professionals. Young kids can hand paint a kite. We can also enjoy bubbles and playing with balls in the park.

Date: Monday, 27th October, 10:00-12:00
Instructor: Mr. Takahara Hiroki
Fee: JPY500 (Materials included)
Venue: Make kites at Yokohamashi Seishonen Koryu Center and then move to the park nearby if the weather permits. (15-minute walk from Sakuragicho station. Near Nogeyama Zoological Park.)
※This activity is supported by NPO National Outfitters Training School.
※IMCY staff will interpret during the workshop if needed.
※Application Deadline: Monday, 20th October, 12:00

★Capacity: 10 for each lesson.
Minimum number of participants: 6 people
In case the number of applicants exceeds the capacity, we will pick up participants through a drawing.

★Application and Inquiries: please email us with your full name, the name of your ward, phone number, email address and workshop(s) you are willing to participate (you can apply for more than one). If you bring your child(ren), give us your child's name and age, too. We will reply to you for confirmation within three days.
email address: [at] (please change [at] into @.)

★Organizer: International Mothers Community in Yokohama (IMCY)
IMCY is a group of international mothers providing a place to share information related to child-care on Facebook and a blog in English.

★Others: Please let us know if you are allergic to any food or something.

※This activity is supported by Nikomachi Subsidy.

[IMCY Activity] 無料保育付き♪Workshop & 交流会 2014年秋

今秋の内容は、毎回ご好評をいただいている、ベビーマッサージ&ママヨガ(9/17)、デコ巻き寿司(10/3)、また、新たな屋外活動の試みとして、親子で凧作り(10/27) です。色々な国のママと一緒にワークショップを楽しみながら、ママたち同士の繋がりを作りませんか?


講師:平尾 福貴子さん     
日程:2014年9月17日(水)①は10:00-11:00、②は11:15-12:15参加費:500円 (実費負担)
場所:西区福祉保健活動拠点 フクシア(横浜駅東口より徒歩4分)


   (横浜駅西口より徒歩12分 )





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Saturday, August 23, 2014

[ACTIVITY REPORT]Wagashi(Japanese Confections)Workshop & Gathering #2 on June 26th,2014.







IMCY held Wagashi Workshop & Gathering #2 on June 26th,2014.

This time, the venue was Nishi Chiku Center, 12-minute walk from the West Gate of Yokohama station.
It was wonderful that there was full attendance and we started on time.

In the cooking room, the participants were divided into 4 groups (4 people each and 1 IMCY staff member) and made Kingyoku( beautiful Japanese seaweed-based agar jelly) and a morning-glory shaped Nerikiri.
To make Kingyoku,participants worked together in a group,so naturally they started chatting.Morning-glory shaped Nerikiri was very simple to make, but each had its individuality / originality in the color and shape.
It was also nice to have two young participants, because they were already in vacation: a teenage girl from UK and a 7-year-old boy.

In the nursary room, 14 children, 5 babysitters and 3 IMCY staff members spent 2 hours together.
There were some mothers who left their child with babysitters for the first time. No wonder that many children were crying hard at the beginning.But they gradually calmed down and got used to the new circumstance by going down to another playroom or having snacks.

We were impressed by the lively and smily faces of mothers after the workshop where they met new friends and enjoyed cooking together. We were also glad to have had lunch with some moms after the workshop.

It would be great if this workshop provided mothers with a place to refresh and to make new friends.We would like to show our deep gratitude to the participants, volunteer staff, and the instructor.

Friday, August 22, 2014

[HEALTH] The City of Yokohama: Cancer Check-up for Women

Aiming at early discovery and treatment for cancers, the city of Yokohama provides citizens cancer screening services. You may have received this letter in the photo or a free coupon for screening.

Please scroll down to read the brief explanation of what is written in each document in the photo above.

*Please remember that fiscal year starts in April in Japan. So "this year" may mean from April this year (to March next year).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

[GOVERNMENT] New System of Children and Childcare Support

Brief description on the new system of children and childcare support was published in the monthly paper of Yokohama "Koho Yokohama" August issue.
Here are the links to the page in several languages.

*This information was provided by YOKE.
*Please scroll down to find the article in question.



Chinese (simplified):

Chinese (traditional):




Simple Japanese:

Monday, August 4, 2014

[PLAYGROUP] IMCY Multilingual Playgroup August Meeting

We are going to get together at Furocho Chiiki Care Plaza as usual.

Date: August 12th (TUE) 13:30-15:00

Please feel free to join us.You can come and leave anytime. You can come with your children or not. Free of charge and no reservation required.
We are planning a game of some kind.
*The time is in the Afternoon!!

Venue: 3-15-2 Furocho, Naka-ward, Yokohama, Furocho Chiiki Care Plaza 3F Multi-purpose Room

[HEALTH] Herpangina Epidemic Alert in Kanagawa July~ 2014

Herpangina is also known as mouth blisters. This summer, some local governments have put an alert on Herpangina.

The website of Kanagawa Prefectural Institute of Public Health

*Screenshot from the webpage above.

In the page, it is described that Herpangina brings about a high fever and blisters in the throat. There's the epidemic in summer just like Hand Foot Mouth Disease and many of the patients are young children. The virus is infected by cough and sneeze, or by broken blisters and excrements. So please wash hands well when you get home or after changing diapers.

Friday, July 18, 2014

[WELFARE] Temporary Welfare Benefits Information in Some Languages

Here is the link to the website of Yokohama city where we can find the information and "how to fill in the form" in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and Tagalog.

Please scroll down to the middle and find 外国版チラシ等
The very top is a flyer (information paper) and the second is "how to fill in the form", then the monthly paper of Yokohama city.

[This information was provided by YOKE]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

[CHILDCARE] Special Benefits for Child Rearing Households (Temporary Allowance)

The city of Yokohama sent us the documents for Special Benefits for Child Rearing Households in the mid-July and you must have received this orange envelop if you or your partner is eligible to receive the benefits. To our regret, there are seems to be no English version, so we'll try to translate what is written on these documents.

There are two sheets of paper and an envelop. This time you DON'T have to put a postal stamp to send it back. The green one is a description of the benefits, and the gray one is a form to fill in and to be send back.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

[ACTIVITY REPORT] IMCY Multilingual Playgroup July Meeting

We had a multilingual playgroup at Furocho Chiiki Care Plaza (near JR Kannai Station) on July 9th.

This time, some mothers and babies joined us for the first time. We could enjoy talking, playing a game, and reading books.

First, we played "Find Animals Game". Children picked up pieces of paper
with animals' names and found the pictures of those animals on the wall. 

Next, we learned a poem in Hindi. It's the same song as "Ten Little Monkeys" in English.
A mother from India prepared tiny puppets of monkey and children got them later.

We read 2 books at the end of the playgroup. One is in English and the other is in French.
Children listened them eagerly.

Thank you so much for coming, all participants! We had a lot of fun with you all.
We hope to see you at the next playgroup!