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.