Monday, June 30, 2014

[IMCY] Link Page Update "Helpline for Foreigners"

We added this URL to our Link page.
"Helpline for Foreigners"

Toll free number for consulting, available in 7 languages. Please visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

[ACTIVITY REPORT] Tea Ceremony Workshop & Gathering #1 on June 12th,2014.






IMCY held Tea Ceremony Workshop & Gathering #1 on June 12th,2014.

In spite of the rain, there were 14 mothers from several countries including local mothers and IMCY staff.We had a lecture for the first 30 minutes to learn the basics, and had matcha green tea and Wagashi(Japanese confection) in the tea ceremony room 5 people at a time.In the meantime, other mothers and IMCY staff looked after the children and enjoyed talking with each other.According to the answers of the questinnaire, 6 out of 7 mothers said they got to know some new friends in this workshop.We were so happy to know that!

We found the instructor among the ones who registered as "teachers in the Nishi-ward community", since this workshop was supported by Nishi-ward subsidy.She is from Omote-Senke school, and instructed in both English and Japanese. Her matcha green tea was so delicious and the Japanese confection she chose was also wonderful. For this time, We had the Japanese confection which was produced by the local confection shop, named "Minato Festival (originally produced for Open-Port anniversary of Yokohama the other day) and colorful Kompeito (sugar confetti).Even though there was a temporary power-down trouble in the tea ceremony room and the washing room, mothers enjoyed the tea ceremony and had clam and relaxed time.The instructor prepared a lot for our workshop and it was exactly the "hospitality" of the way of tea.

It became a very good opportunity to experience beautiful Japanese culture and we enjoyed a lot with the participants and their children!It was also nice to have a student volunteer from Akita prefecture. We hope she learned something for her study.

We would like to show our deep gratitude to the participants, volunteer staff, the instructor and her family.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

[PLAYGROUP] IMCY Multilingual Playgroup June Meeting

Date: Friday, 20th June, 10:00-11:30
Attention! This time it's in the MORNING, not in the afternoon.

Place: Furocho Chiiki Care Plaza, 3F Multi-purpose room

Please feel free to bring picture books in your language(s). You can come and leave anytime, with or without kids. Daddies are welcome, too.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

[WELFARE] Child Allowance Genkyo-Todoke 2014

The Present Condition Form (現況届 genkyo-todoke) arrived again this year. The form has slightly changed, so here we'll explain the new version.

Please refer the last year's post about the Child Allowance and the Present Condition Form.
2013 version

Just like last year, we are supposed to turn in the form by Monday, 30th June, 2014.

Monday, June 2, 2014

[ACTIVITY REPORT]Wagashi(Japanese Confections)Workshop & Gathering #1 on May 20th,2014.






IMCY held Wagashi(Japanese Confections)Workshop & Gathering #1 on May 20th,2014.

As in the pictures, 13 mothers enjoyed making Wagashi (Nerikiri of a cherry flower & hydrangea ) and talking with other participants.It may be because of the hot weather, but the dough was too soft and sticky.So participants had a lot of problem cutting out the small pieces of flowers for hydrangea. But anyhow, they all finished and we could see their unique Sakura(cherry flower) and Ajisai(hydrangea).

During the workshop for mothers, 11 children spent time in the same room. Children could not go out and play at the attached spacious garden, because unluckily there was a pesticide-spraying in the morning. But with the help of babysitting volunteers and IMCY staff, they enjoyed playing together

According to the answers of the qestionnaire, 11 out of 13 mothers said they got to know some new friends in this workshop!This was one of the most important purpose of the workshop, so we were so glad to know that.

We were really happy to be able to see their smiling faces.
We would like to show our deep gratitude to the participants and volunteer staff.