Wednesday, December 21, 2016

[EVENTS] Experience Japanese New Year (2017)





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.

Saturday, January 7th, 11:00-13:00 (registration from 10:30)
100yen/serving

at Misono Park, Yokomizo Old House
http://qq2h4dy9n.wixsite.com/yokomizoyashiki/english-1

Nanakusa Rice Soup at Seseragi Park (Tsuzuki ward)




https://seseragiblog.wordpress.com
Saturday January 7th, 11:00-
100 yen/serving (100 servings)
17 Shin-ei-cho, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama (closest station: Nakamachi-dai, Blue Line)

Nanakusa Rice Soup and New Year Games (Sakae ward)

Sunday, January 8th, 11:30-13:00
100 yen/serving (150 servings)
at Hongo Fujiyama Park (Old houses)
56-1, Nakano-cho, Sakae-ku, Yokoahama (closest station: Hongodai, JR Negishi Line)
http://www.k5.dion.ne.jp/~h_fuji_p/renew-gyouji-table/28-gyouji-table.html

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

Nanakusa Rice Soup
Saturday, January 7th, 11:00-
100 yen/serving (100 servings)
Nagayamon Park (closest station: Mitsukyo, Sotetsu Line, 18min walk or bus)
http://members2.jcom.home.ne.jp/9327mzss/

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.

Wednesday, January 11th, 11:00-
100 yen/serving (200 servings)
http://members2.jcom.home.ne.jp/9327mzss/

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

2 Odana-nishi, Tsuduki-ku, Yokohama (8min walk from Center Kita, Blue Line)
http://tminkaen.org/?p=7198

*They have rice soup event every year but as the house is under reparation this year until the end of next January, there won't be any in 2017.

Hodogaya International Lounge

Tea Ceremony Experience

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

Saturday, 28th 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.

http://www.hodogaya-kokusai.com/en/events-2/introducing-japanese-culture/

Saturday, December 3, 2016

[EVENT] Christmas Fun for Kids (Meet Santa Claus etc.)

*Photos from past events

Yokohama World Porters

http://www.yim.co.jp/16christmas/

23rd, 24th and 25th

Santa's sweet walk
1F 11:00-, 13:00-
5F 11:20-, 13:20-
Santa walks around in YWP and give away candies.

Photo with Santa
12:00-, 14:00-
For first 20 groups each time. Ticket distributed 2F main entrance (next to the stage) 1hour before each time.

Red Brick Warehouse

7th, 10th, 14th 17th, 21st and 24th
Santa will walk around inside/outside the building.

Santa's Post Office photo spot on 3F 2nd building (no Santa Claus)

Yokohama Bay Quarter

http://www.yokohama-bayquarter.com/page/event/#480
23rd and 24th, 12:00-, 14:00-, 16:00- (30mins)
Santa walks around BayQuarter. Free.
You can check Santa's schedule on each day at 3F information counter

Tressa Yokohama

YCC Gospel Lovers Live
23rd Live: 14:00-, 16:00-

Santa Photo Shoot:13:00-, 15:00- (30 mins)
North Bldg. 2F Lyon Square
First 50 groups (each)

Toysrus

https://www.toysrus-cp.jp/xmas/?utm_source=25&utm_medium=onlineheader&utm_campaign=present

4th: Isogo, Yokosuka
11th: Odawara, Sagamihara, Atsugi
17th: Fujisawa, Yokohama Izumi
19th: Hadano, Hiratsuka
23rd: Kohoku New Town Store
11:00-, 13:00-, 15:00-, 16:00-, 17:00-
for 30 minutes each time, no reservation required, free


Motomachi Shopping Street

Motomachi Twinkle Christmas
http://www.motomachi.or.jp/event/twinkle2016.html

Green Santa
11th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th

Free Shuttle Double Decker
21st to 25th

Zoorasia

Happy Christmas in Zoorasia

http://www.hama-midorinokyokai.or.jp/zoo/zoorasia/authorba23b/docs/30a6f172d3c19541d84b61275816a2efd6aa6ddf.pdf

On weekends and holidays
Photo with Reindeer or Alpaca
In front of Ausie Hill Restaurant
11:00-, 12:30-
First 50 groups each

Christmas feeding, Christmas Concert 23rd - 25th December



Thursday, November 3, 2016

[EVENT] Hodogaya International Festa 2016

IMCY will have a booth at Hodogaya International Festa 2016!

Date: November 20th (SUN)
*our stand opens at 11:00. Workshops closes at 14:45 and sales at 15:15.
4F Iwama Shimin Plaza (2min walk from Sotetsu Tennocho, 10min walk from JR Hodogaya).

Get more information and access at 

We'll sell some handmade items and imported items as always.

This year, we'll have 1) Dcoupage bag workshop (you can make a bag decorated by decoupage*1) and 2) Aroma stone decoration workshop (you can decorate an aroma stone*2).

*1 Decoupage: you "decoupe (=cut)" paper napkins of your choice and paste it with special glue onto a bag. It takes 15-30 minutes to let it dry to take it home. Washable when it's completely dried. 

*2 Aroma stone: a small stone made of plaster. You can drip your favorite aroma oil and it can gently defuse the perfume for a couple of days.  Be careful not to let children play with it (or eat it!).


Monday, October 31, 2016

[ACTIVITY REPORT] Co-Events with Hello Kids International School Tsurumi

IMCY had two co-events with Hello Kids International School in Tsurumi, Yokohama, in 2016.
More than 30 families gathered to both events!

Icing Cookies and Uchiwa Craft 


July 9th (SAT), 2016
at Hello Kids International School, Tsurumi



Kids learned shapes and colors.


Icing cookies time! Children decorated the cookies in the shapes of summer stuff in white, blue, green, pink and yellow.


Uchiwa craft! Children made their own uchiwa fan with drawings and origami papers. 



Halloween Craft and Party


October 29th (SAT), 2016
at Hello Kids International School, Tsurumi

 

The school turned into a Halloween haunted house! 

While kids created their trick-or-treating bag with a spider motif, parents prepared a candy lei for their kids.  After the party, children enjoyed a Halloween maze and workshops. They looked all happy with a lot of treats they received!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

[HEALTH] Immunization (Vaccination) Information in Yokohama

Here're some links to vaccination information by the city of Yokohama.

Health and Social Welfare Bureau of the city of Yokohama(横浜市保健所)

Vaccination info page (Chinese versions available from this page):
http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/kenko/hokenjo/genre/kansensyo/vaccination.html

Guide to Vaccinations for Children 

Vaccination medical questionnaire 

BCG Vaccination Questionnaire




FYI
Multilingual information of Immunization
http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/kenko/hokenjo/genre/kansensyo/language/language.html

*Unfortunately, the information in the link above has not been updated for a while (now children can get polio vaccination at local clinics, not at the Health and Social Welfare bureau).

Thursday, October 6, 2016

[EVENT] Halloween Events in Yokohama 2016

Yamate Halloween Walk 2016

October 30th (SUN) 10:00-16:00
-You need to be in costume to participate.
-Free stamp rally sheet for first 6000 people.
-Start point: 7 Western Houses in Yamate, Yamate 68, YITC, Yamate Shiryokan, America Yama Park, Yokohama Doll Museum, Osaragi Jiro museum or Marine Tower.
-Goal: Bluff 18 or America Yama Park
-Small gift for those who collected 9 stamps or all the stamps
-There will also be kitchen trucks, face painting, open cafe, costume sales etc.

-Face painting at Berrick Hall (200 yen) 10:00-15:00
-Costume contest at America yama Park, first 60 groups sign up from 13:00

-Changing room (free) Ehrissman residence basement

http://www.hama-midorinokyokai.or.jp/yamate-seiyoukan/details/2016-10.php
(in Japanese)

Motomachi Halloween 2016

October 31st (MON)
Trick-or-treating at shops from 16:00
http://www.motomachi.or.jp/event/halloween2016.html


World Porters Halloween Magic 2016

http://www.yim.co.jp/16halloween/

Pumpkin curving on October 30th 13:00-, 14:00-, 15:00
Tickets distributed from 10:30, 500 yen

Hawaiian town Event information
http://www.vivre-shop.jp/vivre/pc/focused_list.php?SHOP=wp&FOCS=1119280


Minatomirai Halloween

http://www.minatomirai21.com/eng/topics/detail.html?navi=10&tab=36&lst=193&topicsno=12570

1) Queen's Square At 

http://www.at-yokohama.com/event/detail.php?id=151

2) Mark Is

http://www.mec-markis.jp/mm/campaign/kt0082hween2016s01.html

3) Landmark Plaza

http://www.yokohama-landmark.jp/page/event/

4) Queen's East


http://www.queens-east.co.jp/qe/event/detail.html/?id=125

Yokohama Bay Quarter Halloween

http://www.yokohama-bayquarter.com/page/event/#550
Stamp rally sign up already closed.
Parade registration by October 12th (the parade is on 29th)


Yokohama East Happy Halloween


http://www.yokohama-east.net/festa2016/index02.html
Sogo, Porta, Lumine, Yokohama Sky, Marui City, Bay Quarter, Kiyoken and Nissan HQ

Halloween parade registration is already closed. Photo contest on 23rd (the same day as the parade).


Tressa Yokohama 

http://www.tressa-yokohama.jp/shop/eventnews.jsp
Decorations, Photo spot and Trick-or-treating at some shops.

Kawasaki Halloween 2016

October 29th
-Halloween Kids Parade (registration required, free of charge)

October 30th
-Halloween Parade (ticket required ¥1000, 2500 people, elementary school and up, 13:30-14:45)
and more!
http://lacittadella.co.jp/halloween/

Friday, September 30, 2016

[PLAYGROUP] IMCY Chat Cafe October -December 2016


Thank you for coming to our playgroup in September! We had a good time.


There was a gift from the center. Some older kids loved it!

Here are our next IMCY Chat Cafe schedule:

October 25th (TUE) 10:30-12:30

*Attention! In the morning
You can bring and have lunch there.
For this event, we don't have enough staff. The event may be canceled if we can't find some more volunteer staff.

November 21st (MON) 15:00-16:30


December 19th (MON) 15:00-16:30


Always at the Multi-purpose room, 3F First Place Yokohama, 2-7-1 Takashima, Nishi ward, Yokohama. About 5 min walk from Yokohama station East gate.

For first comers, it would be great if you can send us e-mail before coming to Chat Cafe. For Facebook users, please join our FB group and find an event page for each Chat Cafe.
More details may be updated later.








Tuesday, July 19, 2016

[PLAYGROUP] IMCY Chat Cafe September 2016

We had a great time again at our last Chat Cafe on July 18th. 
This time, we had a guest from Cookpad international team who presented their new project on "Washoku (Japanese cuisine)" community. That was interesting!
















We also had a Uchiwa fan making workshop for kids.




Carrot cupcakes and brown sugar cookies:-) Yum!
















The next IMCY Chat Cafe is :

Friday, September 30th, 2016, 15:00-16:30
*Attention! Friday afternoon this time!

Fukushia Multipurpose room, 3F First Place Yokohama, 2-7-1 Takashima, Nisei-Ward
(5min walk from Yokohama station East gate)

ORGANIZING VOLUNTEERS
*Your help is always appreciated! If you can come a bit earlier (10:15-10:20), please help us organize the room (hold and push out the tables and chairs to the walls to make a free space for young kids, take out joint mats etc.)

GIVE AWAY TABLE
*Please bring baby or kids stuff in good condition that you wish to give away. If these items can''t find the second owner by the end of the playgroup, please bring them back with you.

SNACKS
*Some volunteer members will prepare cookies and cakes. If you would like some, we ask for the cost (usually 100yen per serving). Please put the money in the donation bag.

BOOK TIME VOLUNTEERS
*Please feel free to bring children's books to read at the playgroup. Any language is okay (if you can read).

*There is no changing table at Fukushia but you can change diapers using your changing mat on the floor.

*There is no nursing room either. You can feed your baby in the storage room or by using your cape in the room.

*This playgroup is run by on-time mothers of young children. There might be some inconvenience for you. We appreciate your kind understanding!

We are looking forward to seeing you again!

Friday, July 8, 2016

[LEISURE] Swimming Pools in Prefectural Parks

There are three Kanazawa prefectural parks which have outdoor swimming pools.

Mitsuike Park  (Tsunami)

http://www.kanagawaparks.com/mitsuike/play/
9:00-17:00 (entry by 16:30)
From the 2nd Saturday of July to the end of August.

1 y-old to elementary school student: 110 yen/person
Junior high school student and up: 310 yen/person

*No swimming diaper allowed. Children must be potty trained.
*Preschool children must be accompanied by a person over 16 years old.
*There may be temporary closure due to water change. Please confirm the park center.


Hodogaya Park (Hodogaya)

http://www.kanagawa-park.or.jp/hodogaya/pool.html
(blog with latest news: http://hodogaya-info.blogspot.jp/2016/07/blog-post.html)

9:00-17:00 (entry by 16:30)
From the 2nd Saturday of July to the end of August.

1 y-old to elementary school student: 110 yen/person
Junior high school student and up: 310 yen/person

*No swimming diaper allowed. Children must be potty trained.
*Preschool children must be accompanied by a person over 16 years old.


Tsujido Kaihin Park (Tsujido)

http://www.kanagawa-park.or.jp/tujidou/pool.html

9:00-18:00 (entry by 17:00)
From July 9th to September 11th (2016)

Elementary school student and younger: 210 yen/person
Junior high school student: 520 yen/person
High school student and up: 830 yen/person
*For high school and up, 520 yen after 15:30.
*Carnet tickets available.

*Children who haven't finished potty training can play ONLY in the "Kujira-no-umi (Whale Sea)" area with swimming diaper on.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

[LESSON] Wagashi Japanese Confection Workshop 2016


KDF (Kanazawa Design Forum) holds Wagashi workshops every year. The instructor also taught us at our Wagashi workshops a couple of years ago.

At their next workshop, you can learn how to make cool Japanese dessert for Summer.

===============================================
Date: Tuesday, 26th July, 2016 13:30-15:30
Venue: Yokohama City Noge Chiku Center
(2-160-4 Nogecho, Naka-ku)
www.nogechikusen.com
Application to KDF (mail to: info@kdf.or.jp /FAX 045-681-2342)
with your name, address, number and email address
A person younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Fee for adult 2500 yen, junior high and younger: 1000 yen

Application deadline: 19th July

What to bring: an apron, a face mask, a cloth to cover your hair, a hand towel, a camera and a bag to bring back your project
===============================================

Following workshops:

Halloween: Tuesday, 4th October, 2016
Christmas: Tuesday, 6th December, 2016
Doll Festival: Tuesday, 7th February, 2017

*Application deadlines is a week before each date.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

[IMCY ACTIVITY REPORT] AED and First Aid Lesson in Hodogaya 2016

Hodogaya International Lounge, with the cooperation of Hodogaya ward and Fire Station, held  an AED lesson for foreign families this year again.



You can see two popular types of the AED. There may be patches and a cable for young children (under 8 years old, the cable is equipped with an electricity-adjuster) in the AED box. Even if there aren't you can use ones for adult. For young children, you stick a patch on the chest and the other on the back. Be sure that the person is not wet and to remove all the metal belongings (accessories, underwear with metallic wire etc.) before applying the electric shock, or the person can get burnt around them. There are also groves to prevent infection in the AED box.


For young children, you use two fingers to apply CPR. AED should be applied after trying CPR. 
When you find something wrong with your baby, hit his/her feet and see if s/he reacts. If s/he gives no reaction, get ready to call 119. To see if s/he is breathing properly, see if his/her belly moves up and down for about 10 seconds. If no, you may need to apply CPR. CPR should be "strongly, quickly and without recess" till the ambulance arrives (the average time is in 7 minutes). 


Choking: when your baby was choked, hold your baby with his/her head down (maybe you can sit on a chair), and beat his/her back with your palm like pushing the choking stuff out. 

The fire station staff told us that we should open the door before calling 119 because once you start CPR, you can't stop until the ambulance arrives. And it is important to attend emergency management workshops regularly because we may forget as time goes by.

We would like to show our deep gratitude to Hodogaya International Lounge, Hodogaya Fire Station and Hodogaya ward for having provided us this opportunity.



Here are reactions from some of the participants:

     Becoming a new parent has made me feel a lot of joy and happiness, but also a lot of worry for all the expected and unexpected that might happen.  Things you hope will never happen to your little one (like choking hazards or just stopping breathing for some reason) might occur any time.  Knowing exactly what to do in case of such an emergency might be essential for saving your baby’s or child’s life.   Today’s lecture at Hodogaya International corner was aimed on performing the first aid on an unconscious baby or a child and was not only very informative, but also with a lot of practical hands on experience.  Every participant got to perform heart massage with use of AED on a real size doll, as well as first aid for choking hazards. 
     So even my fear for an emergency is still there I feel more confident of my abilities giving my baby the first aid she might need one day.  Today’s lecture was also a very nice opportunity to get to know and get in touch with other mothers and their babies living in the area and share some interesting information with each other.  And I would like to say Thank you to all who arranged such a great event.
-Ms.T (a mom of a baby girl)


     It was my first time to attend any kind of rescue lessons.I actually see that some places have AED ready to use, but I never knew how to use one.   Especially, when you are living with a small child, there always is a fear that these little lives are just so small and helpless.  Whenever my little boy is sick, or bump his head somewhere, I really feel scared that there always are risks.
     I decided to attend this AED lessons, hoping that this might be helpful one day if any accident occur,or if nothing happens(well, it’s the best thing), but I can still feel confident that I have knowledge to save lives.After learning how to deal with AEDs, or correct ways to help choking children from a professional rescue team, I feel glad to know the correct method, that I won't feel confused when something actually happens.  I think every moms should have this knowledge, it really made me feel better and confident in taking full responsibility to my child's life.
     Also, this gathering was a really good place to communicate with other moms in Yokohama.
-Ms. E (a mom of a boy, and #2 on the way)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

[EVENT] Summer Field Trip: Paper Recycling Factory, July 2016


*This event is held by Naka Community Activity Center (Naka-ward). The information provided by International Exchange Yokohama Madoka Group)

The Summer field trip to a paper recycling factory for foreign residents in Yokohama. For elementary school student and up. Must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Please read the detail and sign up to participate.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

[PLAY GROUP] IMCY Chat Cafe July 18th, 2016

Thank you very much for coming to our Chat Cafe in June! The weather wasn't beautiful as it's in the middle of the rainy season, but we had a great time with moms and kids.

The next IMCY Chat Cafe is :

Monday (Holiday), July 18th, 2016, 10:30-12:45

Fukushia Multipurpose room, 3F First Place Yokohama, 2-7-1 Takashima, Nisei-Ward
(5min walk from Yokohama station East gate)

This time it's on a Japanese national holiday (Umi-no-hi: Day of the Sea), so working moms and dads who can't make it on weekdays are welcomed!

We are having lunch time from 11:30-12:45. Please bring bento lunch with you if you like. 
*Please avoid eating near the lockers. Other groups keep their belongings there and they might get wet or dirty in case we spill drinks etc.

ORGANIZING VOLUNTEERS
*Your help is always appreciated! If you can come a bit earlier (10:15-10:20), please help us organize the room (hold and push out the tables and chairs to the walls to make a free space for young kids, take out joint mats etc.)

GIVE AWAY TABLE
*Please bring baby or kids stuff in good condition that you wish to give away. If these items can''t find the second owner by the end of the playgroup, please bring them back with you.

SNACKS
*Some volunteer members will prepare cookies and cakes. If you would like some, we ask for the cost (usually 100yen per serving). Please put the money in the box.

BOOK TIME VOLUNTEERS
*Please feel free to bring children's books to read at the playgroup. Any language is okay (if you can read).

*There is no changing table at Fukushia but you can change diapers using your changing mat on the floor.

*There is no nursing room either. You can feed your baby in the storage room or by using your cape in the room.

*This playgroup is run by on-time mothers of young children. There might be some inconvenience for you. We appreciate your kind understanding!

We are looking forward to seeing you then!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

[WELFARE] Child Allowance Present Condition Form 2016

Did you find an yellow envelop from the city of Yokohama in your mailbox? In this time of the year, we need to turn in Jido Teate, Genkyo Todoke (児童手当・特例給付現況届) , Child Allowance Present Condition form by the end of June, to receive the allowance.


In the envelop, you find:
1) A green sheet (the announcement of the present condition form)
2) A white one-sided sheet (how to fill in the form)
3) A white sheet (the child allowance present condition form)
4) A green envelop (to send it by post)


*in this context, "you" refers to the recipient of the envelop, usually one of the caretakers who earns more than the other(s).

1) SUMMERY OF THE GREEN SHEET



 

You need to turn in the present condition form: in case it wasn't submitted, you will not receive the allowance in June and after.

What To Submit

-A present condition form
-A photocopy of your health insurance card or pension certificate etc.
-Your income certificate if you became a citizen of Yokohama after January 2nd, 2016.
  Please ask the office of your previous town/city for the certificate. Be sure to tell the officer that you need this for Child Allowance.
*Those who have been living in Yokoahama since before January 1st, 2016 don't need this.
*For those who moved in to Yokohama after January 2nd, 2016, and use the Medical Expense Subsidy for Children (Shoni Iryo-sho 小児医療証, up to Elementary school 3rd grade) or nursery services, you may need to turn in the income certificate for Child Allowance to your local ward office (the department of Insurance and Pension/ the department of Child and Family Support). Please ask your local ward office for more detail.

-In case you need another document to turn in, you will be notified of it later.

Deadline

Thursday, 30th June, 2016

How to Submit

1) By Post: Use the green envelop enclosed in the letter. Please put the right amount of postal stamp. You can also make use of registered mail system of the Japan Post if you wish.

2) At the Counter: You can bring it to your ward office, こども家庭支援課 (kodomo katei shine ka/the department of Child and Family Support).
*Be careful of their business hours.

[on the BACK]

Income Check of the Recipient's Spouse

To confirm who is the main supporter of your household (=who earns more), the income of the recipient's spouse must be checked and the accordance is needed.

Prescription of Child Allowance

You will no longer have right to receive Child Allowance in two years without submitting the present condition form.

How much Child Allowance you will receive

The amount changes according to your income.
The monthly amount per child
Child Allowance (under the income limit):
under 3 y-old 15000 yen
3-12 (elementary school), 1st &2nd child 10000 yen, after 3rd child 15000 yen
12-15 (junior high school) 10,000 yen
Special Benefit (over the income limit): 5000 yen regardless of age

Point: Income Limit 

If your income is over the income limit, you will receive Special Benefit (5000 yen/child/month) regardless of the age and the number of children.
The recipient is a caretaker who support most of the expense of the child (basically the one who earns more). If your spouse earns more etc. you need to change the recipient (the department of Child and Adolescent will let you know).

The income limit differs according to the number of dependent family members and the deduction.
*Let me skip the income limit system!*


2) SUMMERY OF THE WHITE ONE-SIDED SHEET


How to fill in the form

①Date of application  ex) June 15th, 20156= 平成 28 年  6 月 15 日
Always in  yy-mm-dd order in Japan. The year 2016is Heisei 28.
②Recipient information area
③The recipient's name (who earns the most in your household)
④Family name stamp if you have, or your signature.
⑤Sex: Male 男 Female 女
⑥Birthdate (may already be printed)
⑦Address (may be already printed), if the current address isn't what is printed here, erase with two parallel lines and fill in the correct address
⑧Telephone numbers (upper line: home, lower line: mobile phone number)
⑨Do you have a spouse? Circle Yes: 有 No: 無
If no, you don't have to fill in the Spouse area.
⑩Occupation: Circle  会社員 employee 自営業 self-employed 公務員 civil servant 無職 unemployed その他 others
⑪Office name and number
⑫Pension Type: (1) Employee's Pension (2) Mutual Aid Pension (3) National Pension (including no.3) (4) No Pension
Those with (1) and (2) are required to photocopy the health insurance card and attach it on the back of the form.
⑬Income Certificate: Where was your address on January 1st 2015? Circle 横浜市 the city of Yokohama 横浜市外 out of the city of Yokohama 国外 outside Japan
For those who lived outside Japan before January 2nd, 2015, no need to turn in the income certificate.
⑭Employee or not: 被用者=Employee
⑮Spouse's information area
⑯Name of the spouse
⑰Birthdate of the spouse
⑱Do you live together with your spouse? Circle Yes:同居 No:別居
⑲Address on January 1st 2016. Circle 横浜市 the city of Yokohama 横浜市外 out of the city of Yokohama 国外 outside Japan
⑳Do you have income? Yes 有 No 無
㉑Occupation: Circle  会社員 employee 自営業 self-employed 公務員 civil servant 無職 unemployed その他 others
㉒Office name and number
㉓Children information area: from left to right Name, Relationship (子child 孫 grandchild etc.), Birthdate, Living together or not, Living (must be 同一same if it's your child)

*Please fill in all your children from 0 year old to 18 years old (considered as 18 years old till March 31st after turning 18).
*Need another document if you live separately with your children. If your children live outside Yokohama, you need an original Jyumin-hyo (resident's card) with all your family member names.
*In case your children are studying abroad, write down the date of departure. Need another document to submit, too.

3) SUMMERY OF THE WHITE SHEET (FORM)

What is written on the bottom


*You cannot change the recipient with this form. 

*If you have more than six children, you have two sheets of this form. Please submit both.


Convenant clauses and agreement
(1) I agree with that the city of Yokohama searches the recipient and his/her spouse's income information for official records or documents at other executive agencies  in order to judge the necessary conditions to provide Child Allowance and Extra Benefit. 
(2) In case the necessary information cannot be confirmed by official records, I will turn in necessary documents.

Caution: To receive Child Allowance, you need to turn in the Present Condition form.
In two years without turning in the form, you will lose the right to receive the allowance.

The backside



①Please attach a copy of your health insurance on this side.
②Why a copy of our health insurance card is necessary?
We need to confirm that the claimant of the allowance is "employed" or not (*1) and we use the copy of "the health insurance card of the claimant" as an easy way to check it.
 You may need to turn in the pension certificate depending on your pension, so please read the following statements and submit what is necessary.
③1. The claimant is a member of
-Employees Pension (so-called Kosei Nenkin pension or Kyosai Nenkin pension)
If the recipient had an issuance card of one of below or don't know whats:
 (a) Health Insurance Membership Card (Japan Health Insurance Association/ Health Insurance Associations)
 (b) Japan Doboku Kenchiku (public engineering) Health Insurance Association Card
 (c) Private School Teachers mutual-aid Association Card
 (d) Japan Post mutual-aid Association Card
(e) Sailor Health Insurance Card
(f) Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology mutual-aid Membership Card (limited to branches like universities)
 (g) Among mutual-aid membership cards, the one that it is clear the employer is an independent administrative institution or a local independent administrative institution.
 ↓
Please attach the photocopy of the claimant's card. *Not the one of your children.

④2. The claimant is a member of (1) Employees Pension or (2) Mutual Aid Pension (as declared on the surface) but the health insurance is National Health Insurance.

Please receive a certificate from your office.
*Your office (company) will fill in the form on the bottom.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

[Event]Crafts(Uchiwa fan making) and icing cookie decoration party!

親子で楽しく!クラフト(うちわ作り)とアイシングクッキーのデコレーションを一緒に楽しみませんか? 


国籍を問わず、子育て中のママたちの日々の生活がより楽しく快適に、困った時には助け合えるようにとIMCYの子育て中のママたちが企画したワークショップ&交流会です。

たくさんのみなさまのご参加をお待ちしています!

今回は、鶴見に新しく開校した、Hello Kids International schoolとのコラボレーションで、アイシングクッキーの飾り付けと、夏にぴったりな、うちわ作りを楽しみます。

子どもと一緒に楽しみながら、ママ同士の交流の輪を広げませんか?





●日程
2016年7月9日(土)14:30~16時頃まで 
※終了後、Hello Kids International schoolのガイドツアーを実施します(希望者のみ)

●申込み締切
6月30日(木) 

●場所
横浜市鶴見区鶴見中央2-15-21
(鶴見駅より徒歩7分,横浜市鶴見図書館より徒歩3分)


●定員 30組程度を予定

※参加者多数の場合は抽選とさせていただきます。
※お申込者には、参加の可否を7月1日にご連絡いたします。

●イベントの内容

1、アイシングクッキー作り
クッキーの飾り付け(アイシング)を体験できます。
楽しく、オリジナルのクッキー作りを楽しみましょう!

※クッキーは、お子さま一人に付き、5枚程度を予定しています。クッキーは当日、お持ち帰りいただけます(お持ちの方は、お持ち帰り用にタッパーをご持参下さい)。

2、オリジナル うちわ作り
夏の風物詩、うちわをキャンパスにして、お絵かきを楽しみましょう!
白いうちわに、好きな模様や絵を描いてオリジナルのうちわを作ります。

※うちわは、お子さま一人に付き、1枚ご用意します。作ったうちわは、当日お持ち帰りいただけます。

●申込み方法

・氏名(ふりがな)
・お住まいの区
・電話番号
・メールアドレス
・お子様連れの方は子どもの氏名(ふりがな)、年齢
を、メールにてお送りください。

申込みメールアドレス: imcy.info@gmail.com 担当:公門(きみかど)

2日以内に折り返し確認の連絡(基本メールにて)をさせて頂きます。
応募多数の場合、抽選とさせていただきます。


~~参加希望者のみ~~
イベント終了(16:00頃予定)後、Hello Kids International school 鶴見校のガイドツアーを予定しています!ご希望の方はぜひご参加ください。予約は必要ありません。















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Won't you join us for crafts (Uchiwa fan making) and icing cookie decoration?


We are hosting an event for mothers and fathers in/around Yokohama. Let’s get together and build a relationship to help out each other and to make our lives happier.

In a collaboration with Hello Kids International school—recently opened in Tsurumi—we'll enjoy icing cookie decoration and Uchiwa fan-making (a perfect activity for summer).

While having fun with our children, we also hope to widen our cultural circle of families. Won't you join us?

Date:
 2016 July 9 (Saturday) 2:30 to 4:00 pm
※ After the event, there will be a guided tour in Hello Kids International School (for those who are interested).

Venue: 
Hello Kids Tsurumi International School
(2-15-21 Tsurumi Chuo, Tsurumi-ku Yokohama City, Kanagawa, JAPAN)

Capacity:
About 30 families
※If the number of applications exceeds the limit, we'll choose the participants randomly.

Application Deadline:
June 30th (Thursday)

What we do:

1. Icing cookie decoration
Try decorating (icing) some cookies.
Children can enjoy creating their own original designs!

※ Five cookies will be provided for each child. You can take your cookies home on the day. (If you have a Tupperware container to keep your cookies in, please bring it with you.)

2. Original Uchiwa fan making
Uchiwa fans are a quintessential symbol of Japanese summer. Let's use a Uchiwa fan as a canvas and have fun drawing!
Children can make their own original Uchiwa fan by drawing whatever pattern or picture they like.

※ One Uchiwa fan will be provided for each child. You can take home your completed fan on the day.

Application and Inquiries: 
Please apply for this event by sending e-mail to us (imcy.info*gmail.com Please replace * with @)with your full name, the name of your ward, phone number, email address, your child’s name and age.

We hope to see all your smiley faces!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

[EVENT] AED Lesson for Foreign Families at Hodogaya International Lounge 2016


Hodogaya International Lounge is having an AED (first aid) lesson for foreign families this year again. This event is for non-Japanese speaking parents/caretakers of young children to learn and practice some first-aid including the AED, CPR etc. The lesson is provided by Hodogaya fire station staff in Japanese and that will be translated into English.  Please sign up to join it.

Tuesday, 28th June, 10:30-11:30
Iwama Shimin Plaza 3F Japanese Room
Google Map 

Official site
http://www.hodogaya-kokusai.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/20160628-AED_lesson-gaihaha.pdf

Sunday, May 22, 2016

[EVENT] Concert For Families with Young Children


Sunday, May 29th, 2016

One Coin Organ Concert (as a part of Open Theater 2016)
at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall
11:00-
14:00-*
*Preschoolers cannot enter 

500 yen /person (junior high school student and up)
free for elementary school student and under
no reservation required (pay at at the spot)/ 400 people
Gate open from 30minutes before each concert



Sunday, June 5th, 2016
at Kana Hall


11:00- / 13:30-
Family Pair ticket 1,000 (a caretaker and a child)
*additional family member ticket is available at 500yen/person at the Kannai Hall counter  (not via internet ticket venders)
There will be nursing/changing space. Strollers cloak at the entrance



Japan Phil Summer Vacation Concert 2016

Saturday, July 23rd 11:00-/14:00-
Friday, July 29th 11:00-/14:00-

at Minatomirai Hall
*Under 4 years old cannot enter
Babysitting service available. Reservation required beforehand.
S seat 3,200 yen/child, 5,200 yen/adult
A seat 2,500 yen/child, 4,200 yen/adult
B seat 1,800 yen/child, 3,200 yen/adult
*child=4 to high school student


Sunday, May 15, 2016

[COOKING] Japanese Cooking Class (Sushi Roll) on May 28th, 2016


Sushi roll cooking class on Saturday, May 28th at Noge Community Center.
Fee: 600 yen. Registration required.

*This event is organized by Yokohama Madoka  Group. Please read the details and contact Yokohama Madoka Group. 


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

[PLAYGROUP] IMCY Chat Cafe June 22nd 2016




The next Chat Cafe will be Wednesday June 22nd, 2016. As always from 15:00 to 16:30 at Fukushia Multipurpose room, 3F Yokohama First Place near Yokohama Station East gate.

*Your help is always appreciated! If you can come a bit earlier (14:45-14:50), please help us organize the room (hold and push out the tables and chairs to the walls to make a free space for young kids, take out joint mats etc.)

*Please bring baby or kids stuff in good condition that you wish to give away. If these items can''t find the second owner by the end of the playgroup, please bring them back with you.

*Some volunteer members will prepare cookies and cakes. If you would like some, we ask for the cost (usually 100yen per serving). Please put the money in the box.

*Please feel free to bring children's books to read at the playgroup. Any language is okay (if you can read).

*There is no changing table at Fukushia but you can change diapers using your changing mat on the floor.

*There is no nursing room either. You can feed your baby in the storage room or by using your cape in the room.

*This playgroup is run by on-time mothers of young children. There might be some inconvenience for you. We appreciate your kind understanding!

We are looking forward to seeing you then!

[IMCY ACTIVITY REPORT] IMCY Chat Cafe March 2016

We had IMCY Chat Cafe playgroup on March 30th, 2016 at Fukushia.

As it was in the middle of the Spring break, there were many older kids playing cheerfully. It's amazing that kids can be friends so quickly and have fun together. Of course, moms had a lot of fun, too!!













As always, we installed a give-away stand with some biscuits.
















Our next Chat Cafe will be Wednesday, 22nd June.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

[PREGNANCY] Maternity/Labor Taxi Services in Yokohama


When your due day is approaching, your doctor/mid-wife may ask you: how do you get here when the labor starts? If you don't have a car, or even if you do, you might worry if nobody can give you a ride.

Unless you are in a critical condition, for example, bleeding a lot or your labor progresses too quickly etc., you are not supposed to call the ambulance (119 in Japan). You can call a taxi, but some taxi drivers aren't eager to carry a pregnant woman (in case something bad happens to the mother/baby in the car or the water breaks and wet the seat and so on, though somewhat understandable).

There're some taxi companies that provide "Labor Taxi Service(陣痛タクシーJintsu Taxi)" in Yokohama. So here's the list.
You can register yourself beforehand so that it would be easier to call the taxi.

Notes:
1) Basically, the drivers engaged in the service have taken a special lesson to understand the maternity issue, but as they're not a doctor or a nurse, they can do nothing and take no responsibility to whatever happens in the taxi.

2) Even if you are registered, they might not be able to send you a taxi under some circumstances (natural disasters, traffic jam etc.).

3) Some companies have really small "territory" and they may not be able to send you a taxi (four companies turned me down saying my place is out of their territory). Confirm if your house and hospital are in their "territory" by mail or phone before registration.

4) Those taxis providing Labor Taxi Service usually don't charge you anything if you wet the seat, but prepare a large towel and a plastic sheet/bag before getting on the taxi to avoid the problem.

5) Fare and condition of use differ in each company (mostly no extra charge; normal fare or extra fare late at night or early in the morning, and pick-up charge). Please refer the website (use translation tools or have someone translate for you) of each company or ask them.


Houei Taxi (Jintsu 119)

Registration online
Area: Hodogaya west, Asahi east, Kanagawa ward west, Midori east areas

KM Taxi (Maternity My Taxi)

https://www.km-group.co.jp/taxi/maternity/
Registration by telephone (weekday 9:00-17:30) or online
Area: Nishi and Minami wards (and Tokyo 23 wards, Mitaka and Musashino cities)
*It seems they only serve in Tokyo now. (27/06/2017)

Nihon Kotsu Yokohama (Jintsu Taxi)

http://www.nikko-yokohama.co.jp/jintsutaxi/
Registration by telephone (24h)
Area: Yokohama (Totsuka, Izumi, Asahi, Seya, Hodogaya, Konan, Sakae wards), Yamato, Ebina, Zama and Ayase cities, but there may be some exceptions.

Radio Taxi (Jintsu 119)

Registration online
Area: Naka, Nishi, Tsuduki, Kanagawa south, west and east, Minami east, Hodogaya south and east, part of Isogo, Kohoku, Midori and Asahi.

Sanwa Kotsu (Jintsu 119)

http://www.sanwakoutsu.co.jp/service/labor/labor_taxi.html
Registration online
Area: Not clearly indicated in the website but it seems around their Yokohama office (some part of Kohoku and Tsurumi)


The taxi companies below belong to the Association of Kosodate Taxi (http://kosodate-taxi.com)

Asahi Taxi (Jintsu Sogei Service)

http://www.asahitaxi-hama.co.jp/service/jintsu.php
Registration online
Area: Kohoku New Town Office (Tsuzuki ward, Aoba Edacho, Aoba Eda-nishi, Aoba Shin-ishikawa, Kohoku Shin-yoshidacho, Kohoku Takatacho, Kohoku Shimoda-cho, Kawasaki Miyamae Arima and Higashi-arima), Yamate Office (Naka, Nishi wards, Minami east, Kanagawa south, Hodogaya south, Isogo north) (update 27/06/2017)

Kanagawa Toshi Kotsu(Kosodate Taxi: Konotori Course)

http://www.toshikoutsu.co.jp/service/kosodate.html
*Labor taxi service is provided as "Konotori (=stork) Course" in their Kosodate (child-rearing) Taxi Service.
Registration online (confirmation by mail or phone)
Area: Aoba ward, Kanazawa ward and Yamato city  (update 27/06/2017)

Mitsukyo Kotsu (Kosodate Taxi: Konotori Course)

http://mitsukyo.jp/kosodatetaxi01.html
*Labor taxi service is provided as "Konotori (=stork) Course" in their Kosodate (child-rearing) Taxi Service.
Registration by telephone
Area: Seya, Asahi center and west

Shonan Kotsu (Kosodate Taxi: Konotori Course)

http://shonankotsu.co.jp/kosodate-taxi/
*Labor taxi service is provided as "Konotori (=stork) Course" in their Kosodate (child-rearing) Taxi Service.
Registration online
Area: Not clearly indicated but as the office is in Konan ward, it should be around there.

Sun Taxi (Jintsu 119)

http://www.suntaxi.com/kosodate/jintsu119.htm
Registration online
Area: Naka, Kohoku (Kodukue-cho, Nippa-cho, Toriyama-cho, Shin-yoshida-cho, Shin-yokohama, Kita-shin-yokohama, Mamedo-cho, Futoo-cho, Osone)

Toho Taxi 

http://www.toho-taxi.jp/kosodate/index.html
Registration online
Area: Tsurumi (for some areas in Kanagawa ward and Kawasaki Saiwai and Kawasaki wards, please confirm by phone)

(This information is updated on February 4th, 2016)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

[EVENT] Handicraft Exhibition/Workshop/Sales by Sakura Horikiri

Sakura Horikiri (https://www.sakurahorikiri.co.jp), a handicraft material shop in Tokyo and online, is having an event in Yokohama.

Date/Hours: February 16th (TUE), 2016, 10:00-17:00
Place: Radio Nihon Create 3F (5min walk from Kannai or 1 min from Isezaki-chojamachi)
Free Entrance

Handicraft workshops (no reservation required, charged), handicraft project exhibition and material sales.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

[USEFUL INFO] Converting Your Foreign Driver's License in Yokohama (Kanagawa)



Kanagwa Prefecture Police website (in Japanese)
Converting Foreign Driver's License to Japanese License

Details available in 9 languages (English, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Vietnamese, Persian and Russian: PDF documents)
https://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/eng/e_mes/eng83000.htm#exchanging

People from certain countries (about 25 countries) don't have to take the written and driving tests. If you don't speak Japanese, you need to bring an interpreter. The procedure, cost, what documents to bring are different according to where your foreign license was issued. You can ask the Foreign License Section of the center beforehand (the number is written on the bottom of the documents above).

You have to go to the Kanagawa Prefecture Police Driving License Center in Futamatagawa, Yokohama (15-minute walk from Sotetsu Line Futamatagawa station, or 5 minutes by bus from the station).



This article on Japan Info Swap is helpful, too!
Converting your Foreign Driver's License to to a Japanese Driver's License



[ACTIVITY REPORT] IMCY Chat Cafe January 27th 2016

It was a warm sunny day like Spring. We had the very first Chat Cafe playgroup in 2016.

More than 10 families (including grandparents this time!) joined and enjoyed chatting and letting children play with others.


Self-introduction

One of our members kindly read a couple of books in French. Children (and adults, too!) were interested in the sound of a "different" language and pictures. We welcome book time volunteers. Please don't hesitate to bring and read books at our Chat Cafe! 


We placed a "Give-Away" table as usual, too, and there were also some cookies. We also welcome cookie volunteers. Please contact us if you're interested. 


The next Chat Cafe will be March 30th (WED) 2016 in the afternoon. Please come and join us!




[LESSON] Valentine's Cookie Baking Lesson with Kids at Cookpad

Would you like to enjoy cooking with your child? Cookpad kindly reserved 4 places for IMCY member families (a parent and a child) at their cooking lesson. Please read the detail below and sign up!

Valentine's Day Cookie Baking with Kids

English cookie baking lesson for kids and parents. Bake along with bilingual teachers! Participants will also receive a Cookpad tote bag. 

Date: February 7th, 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00-12:00 (doors open at 9:45)
Place: Cookpad Headquarters Kitchen in Ebisu (7 minute walk from JR Ebisu Station's east gate)
Address: Ebisu Garden Place Tower 12th Floor, 4-20-3 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Cost:  2000 yen (paid at the door)
Spots available:  4 parent-child pairs 
Requirements:  Children 4 and up, accompanied by at least one parent
What to bring:  Smartphone or tablet (if available), Apron
Registration: Contact Felice via E-mail at felice@cookpad.com. Send name, child's name and age, mobile phone number and email address.

Event Schedule

10:00 Introduction of Cookpad
10:10 Baking lesson!
11:00 Activity (While cookies are baking)
  • For kids: English lesson with bilingual teacher
  • For adults: To be announced
11:40 Cookie packaging and photo taking
12:00     Event closing

Event sponsored by Cookpad and OmSister (お迎えシスター)

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Valentine’s クッキー作りレッスン!】
バイリンガル先生と一緒に、英語でバレンタインクッキーを作ろう!
【日時】201627() 10:0012:009:45~受付開始)
【場所】cookpad本社キッチン
    東京都渋谷区恵比寿4-20-3 恵比寿ガーデンプレイスタワー12F 
    ※JR山手線 恵比寿駅東口から、恵比寿ガーデンプレイスへの直通連絡通路を通り、約7分程度になります。
【参加費】2000円(現地にて現金払い)
【募集人数】4組限定(定員になり次第、締め切らせていただきます。)
【参加資格】4歳以上、12名様での参加
【持ち物】スマートフォン、タブレット(お持ちの場合)、エプロン
【当日のスケジュール】
 1000 クックパッドの説明
 1010 Let’s enjoy baking!
 1100 アクティビティ(クッキーを焼いている間)
      親御さん向け:当日発表
      お子さん向け:バイリンガル先生による英会話レッスン
 1140 ラッピング・記念撮影
 1200  イベント終了
【主催】cookpad、お迎えシスター(参加された方には、cookpadのミニバッグをプレゼントさせていただきます。)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

[PLAYGROUP] IMCY Chat Cafe January 27, 2016

We will hold the first Chat Cafe of 2016 on Jan 27 (Wed) !


Even Tokyo is covered with snow and the weather is becoming wintry. IMCY will hold the now annual Chat Cafe again this year. Chat Cafe is a casual meet-up for child-raising mothers to gather and interact. Those who want to become friends with more mothers to share child-raising problems with, those who want to interact with international mothers, those who are interested in the IMCY's activities but have yet to join, are all welcome. Please feel free to join!

For more detail & sign up

In the last event, over 10 pairs of parents and children gathered and enjoyed interacting with each other.



Last time, we had a simple introduction session in the middle. It was also an opportunity to start conversations with each other, and it was a lively and fun event.


Some volunteer members baked sweets that were delicious snacks for the children.  (100 yen per serving as a cost).



You can join from the middle too. Please contact us here to apply.

We hope to see all your smiley faces there!