Friday, May 30, 2014

[WORKSHOP] Handmade Workshop at Daikanyama Tsutaya Books on 27th June

Daikanyama Tsutaya Books shop has a handmade workshop regularly. At the next one, they'll make a pen/fan case.

Date: Friday, 27th June, 10:00-12:00
Place: Daikanyama Tsutaya Books, 1F 3rd bldg
Fee: 1500 yen (for materials)
Application/Condition: You will get a ticket to the workshop by buying either of the instructor's books (on the right bottom in the flyer). Make a registration at the counter of the Tsutaya book store or their online store (

Please bring your scissors.

[GOVERNMENT] The Hague Convention Entered in Force in April 2014

The Japanese government accepted the Hague Convention in 2013 and it has been in effect since the 1st of April, 2014.

It is mainly to protect children's right to return to the country of their habitual residence when they're taken away by one of the parents without the other's agreement/permission.

Here is the link to the page about the Hague Convention (by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

[EVENT] KDF Universal Canoe (Canoe experience for everyone)

KDF provides events called Universal Canoe: it is named "universal" since it's for everyone including handicapped and elderly people.

Place: Southern Pond Tsujido Kaihin Koen Park (辻堂海浜公園サザン池)
3-2 Tsujido Nishi Kaigan, Fujisawa city

Dates (Sundays): Spring Time: 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 June

Fall Time: 21 and 28 September, 5, 12, 19, and 26 October

Registration starts at 10:10 each day
10:30-15:30 (lunch break 12:30-13:00)

Fee: 200 yen for 15 minutes, per a schoolchild and up (preschool and under need to be accompanied by an adult)

Inquiries (beforehand): KDF email: info* (change * to @) or Fax:045-681-2342
for inquiries on the day of the event, please contact Tsujido Kaihin Park :0466(34)0011

[EVENT] KDF Wagashi Workshop on 10th June

KDF (Kanagawa Design Forum) is going to have a Wagashi (Japanese confections) workshop on Tuesday 10th June. 

Date: Tuesday, 10th June, 2014, 13:00-15:00
Venue: Sakura WORKS (Kannai) 2F Taisei bldg, 3-6-1 Aioi-cho, Naka-ku
Fee: 2500 yen (1000 yen for under 15 years old. Under 18 years old need to be accompanied by an adult)

What you bring: an apron, a face mask, a sling (bandana), a hand towel, a camera (cellphone/smartphone is ok), a bag to bring back your work

Application: Send e-mail to info* (please change * to @) or facsimile to 045-681-2342
your name, address, number (mobile phone etc.) and e-mail address.   

Application deadline: Friday, 6th June

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[ACTIVITY REPORT] Kanagawaku International Festival / Minato Festa

We joined the Kanagawa Minato Festa / Kanagawa-ku International Exchange Festival on 25th May. It was almost like a summer day but it wasn't too hot under the tent. Yes, it was the very first time for us to have an outdoor booth!

We sold some handmade items, souvenirs from India and some cakes this time. The sales didn't go as good as previous times, but we were able to communicate with people and hand out our flyers. Some of our members also appeared in the ethnic costume fashion show.

The festival itself was fantastic with lots of stands and workshops. Our kids enjoyed a lot and didn't want to go home. We would like to show our gratitude to our admin members and the association of the festival. The next festival we are going to attend will be in October or November.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

[CHILDCARE] Vaccination Guide in Various Language (by KIF)

Here is the link to the page of Kanagawa Community Network Site to download pdf files of vaccination guide in various languages. The page is in Japanese but you can also use automatic translation.

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[EVENT] Nonbirinko (Childcare Support Center in Naka ward) Japanese Activities for International Families

There will be Japanese language activities for international parents and children at Nonbirinko (Child care Support Center in Naka ward) by Japanese volunteer group Nadeshiko's.

This event is for parents/guardians who want to learn Japanese with their child(ren).

No reservation and fee needed.

Nonbirinko is for children under six years old (baby to preschooler) and their parents/guardians, and you need registration.

Please read the PDF file for more information.
*There was a mistake in the English version. We replaced it with the new (correct) version. (updated 27th June, 2014)


Friday, May 16, 2014

[UPDATE] Kanagawa Community Network Site was added to the "Links"

We added the links to Kanagawa Community Network Site and its subordinate pages to our Links page.

The site is run by Kanagawa International Foundation and is full of useful information for people living in Kanagawa prefecture. They provide information in various languages.

We added:
-Kanagawa Community Network Site
-Multilingual Medical Questionnaire
-The Map of Japanese Language Classroom, Supplementary Study Classroom, and Native Language Classroom in Kanagawa

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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

IMCY mothers 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!

★Tea Ceremony★ 
Experience the Japanese tea ceremony,learn the basic and savor the tea.
Date: Thursday 12th June 10:30-12:30
Instructor: Ms.Soka Soma
Fee: JPY 1,500 (Cost for tea and confection included)
Venue: Nishi-ward Chiku Center
(12-minute walk from West Gate of Yokohama Sta.We'll send you the map in English.)  

※This workshop is held in both Japanese and English.
                                                         ※Application Deadline:Tuesday 3rd June 12:00
                                                         ※First we'll have a short lecture in the same room
                                                         with our children. Then only mothers will move to the
                                                         Tea-ceremony room. During that time, free babysitting
                                                         service will be provided in the meeting room.
 ★Wagashi (Japanese Confections)★
 Learn how to make Japanese confections that reflect a sense of the season. 
For this time, we'll make a morning-glory shaped Nerikiri and there will be a demonstration on how to make goldfish shaped Kingyoku( beautiful Japanese seaweed-based agar jelly).

Date:Thursday 26th June 10:30-12:30
Instructor:Ms. Misako Sugawara
Fee: JPY 1,000 (Cost for materials included)
Venue: Nishi-ward Chiku Center
(12-minute walk from West Gate of Yokohama Sta.We'll send you the map in English.)

※Her classes are usually in Japanese, but we will prepare recipes and instructions in English.
※Application Deadline:Tuesday 17th June 12:00
※Free babysitting service will be provided in another room.

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


今夏の内容は、茶道体験(6/12)、和菓子作り(6/26)、ベビーマッサージ&親子ヨガ(7/17) 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?日本の文化について改めて触れる機会にもなればと考えています。

講師:相馬 宗花氏      
参加費:1,500円 (お茶、御菓子代等含みます。)
場所:西区地区センター 茶道室・小会議室  



講師:菅原 美佐子さん     
参加費:1,000円 (材料費等含みます。)
場所:西区地区センター 料理室・小会議室  (横浜駅西口より徒歩12分


Thursday, May 8, 2014

[GOVERNMENT] Temporary Allowance Call Center (Available in English, Chinese and Korean)

The city of Yokohama announced that they prepared a toll-free number to accept inquiries on the temporary allowance.

Duration: through 8th May (THU) 2014 to 28th February (SAT) 2015
9:00-18:00 (also on weekends and holidays including New Year holidays)
Available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean
Please open the PDF below to find the toll-free number starting with 0120 (calls from mobile phone are acceptable).

*This information is provided by YOKE.

Source (PDF in Japanese):

The previous article on our blog.

[EVENT] Kanagawaku International Festival Minato Festa

Kanagawaku International Festival (Minato Festa) is going to be held on 25th May. The place is near Yokohama Station and it takes 10 minutes from the West Exit. There will be some booths for foods, items and exhibitions.

Date:     Sunday 25th May, 10:00-15:30
Place:     Sawatari Chuo Park and Yokohama Shimin Bosai Center
               4-7 Sawarari, Kanagawa ward
Access:  ・10 minutes from Yokohama Station West Exit
              (Via Diamond Underground Shopping Arcade South 12 Exit)
              ・13 minutes from Tanmachi Station  (Tokyu Toyoko Line)
              ・Yokohama Municipal Bus System34 Shimin Bosai Center Mae Bus stop

Contents: ・Events on the stage - Taiko (Japanese drums), brass bands, and dance
                ・Touching animals like pony
                ・The Exhibition of the activities by the groups around Kanagawa ward
                ・The booth for selling fresh local vegetables and products from foreign countries
                ・The food stands for international foods and Japanese popular foods
                ・The booth for Handicraft workshop
 Admission Free

It's going to be held even if it's raining, but in the case of rough weather, it's going to be postponed.