Saturday, December 26, 2015

[EVENT] Experience Japanese New Year (2016)


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.

Thursday, January 7th, 11:00-13:00

at Misono Park, Yokomizo Old House

You can also enjoy the soup for free (first 100 people only) at Tressa Yokohama (close to the house) from 15:00 at 1F South bldg. Center Garden.

Nanakusa Rice Soup at Seseragi Park (Tsuduki ward)
Thursday January 7th, 11:00-
100 yen/serving (100 servings)
17 Shin-ei-cho, Tsuduki-ku, Yokohama (closest station: Nakamachi-dai, Blue Line)

Nanakusa Rice Soup and New Year Games (Sakae ward)

Saturday, January 11th, 11:30-13:00
100 yen/serving (100 servings)
at Hongo Fujiyama Park (Old houses)
56-1, Nakano-cho, Sakae-ku, Yokoahama (closest station: Hongodai, JR Negishi Line)

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

Nanakusa Rice Soup
Thusrday, January 11th, 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.

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

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

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

Hodogaya International Mothers' Gathering
New Year's Zoni Soup Lunch Party

You can try the Zoni soup that Japanese people often have during the New Year holidays.

Tuesday, 19th January, 10:30-11:30
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)

What to bring: Rice balls (onigiri, or whatever you want to have with the soup), bowls, chopsticks and hand wipes for you and your children.

No reservation required, but this gathering is basically for non-Japanese families, so Japanese families are asked to contact the Hodogaya International Lounge beforehand.

Hodogaya International Lounge
Tea Ceremony Experience

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

Saturday, 23rd 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.

[PLAYGROUP] IMCY Chat Cafe January 2016


Our very first meet-up in 2016 will be:

Date&Hours: January 27th (WED), 2016, 15:00-16:30
Venue: Multipurpose Room at Fukushia (First Place Yokohama 3F 2-7-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, 5 min on foot from Yokohama station East gate)

For newcomers, please e-mail us to* (please replace * with @) with your name, your child(ren)'s name(s) and age(s), and your ward/city. You can also sign up on our Facebook group event page.

We'll also set up a give-away table as usual, so please bring baby/kids items, clothes, toys, books etc. that you don't need any more and wish to give away.

We're looking forward to seeing you!!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

[EVENT] Meet Santa Claus 2015 in Yokohama


Sorry for our late notice!!

Yokohama World Porters
Ukulele Santa Live and Photo
14:00-, 16:00-
1F Hawaiian Town

23rd, 24th and 25th

13:00-, 15:00-
Santa walks around in YWP and give candies.
On 1F and 5F

14:00-, 16:20- (on 24th, 14:00- and 17:15-)
Photo with Santa
For first 20 groups each time. Ticket distributed 2F main entrance (next to the stage) 1hour before each time.

Red Brick Warehouse

24th, 13:00-, 15:00-, 17:00-
Santa will walk around inside/outside the building. 

Colette Mare
23rd 11:00-, 13:00-, 15:00-
25th 13:00-, 15:00-, 17:00-
Santa walks around (starts from 1F main entrance) and give children candies.

MM Terrace Minatomirai

Photo with Santa
20th 12:00- at Leaf Minatomirai 1F, first 30 groups
15:30- at MM Terrace 1F in front of Ainz & Tulpe, first 30 groups

Give candies with Santa
20th, 12:30-, 14:00-, 16:00-
Children (a receipt of Leaf Minatomirai or MM Terrace needed)
15 children each place

Yokohama Bay Quarter
19th and 20th, 12:00-, 14:00-, 16:00- (30mins)
Santa walks around BayQuarter. Free.
You can check Santa's schedule on each day at the play space 4F Annex

Tressa Yokohama

YCC Gospel Lovers Live and Santa Photo Shoot
23rd Live: 14:00-, 16:00-
Santa:15:30-. 17:30- (30 mins)
North Bldg. 2F Lyon Square


19th: Yokohama Izumi Store
23rd: Kohoku New Town Store
11:00-, 13:00-, 15:00-, 16:00-, 17:00-
for 30 minutes each time, no reservation required, free

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

[IMCY ACTIVITY REPORT] Cookpad & IMCY Recipe Sharing Party Autumn 2015

We had the second Recipe Sharing Lunch Party at Cookpad kitchen in Ebisu on November 30th.

This time, the theme was: Autumn / Kids-friendly or Holidays.

Children were rather younger than last time, so mostly moms cooked the dishes, but the oldest helped us, too (which was really cute).

Some prepared desserts at home and brought them for the lunch:

Spiral cookies and a stollen (German/Alsacien Christmas bread)

And we cooked following dishes:

-Chickpea cocktail salad
-Potato Mochi (imo-mochi)
-Osechi dishes (Red and White Namasu, Datemaki, Kombu-maki, Sweet potato chakin, Kuri Kinton and Kamaboko)

Some participants haven't prepared Osechi (a boxed Japanese New Year meal) before and were excited to learn how to cook some of the typical dishes. They're not so difficult at all!

We prepared three flavors of imo-mochi (cheese, nori and purple potato-colored).

And we also tried the Kamaboko cutwork!

And enjoy!!! 

Imo-mochi, Namasu, Chakin and Kuri Kinton.
Imo-mochi is not a traditional Osechi dish, but with these colors, we found that it is also good for Osechi!

Chickpea cocktail (yogurt and plain) and kombu-maki.

Osechi dishes (Kamaboko, Datemaki, Imo-mochi, Kombu-maki, Kuri kinton and Red ad White Namasu) served in the O-jyu box. 

We really enjoyed cooking, chatting and eating the food together!!
Why don't you try these festive dishes for the holiday season?

Please find the recipes at Cookpad English version: