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Feb 25th, 2015 【学LEARN】Trend Culture Class (TCC) 01 "Gender Stereotype"

Feb 14th, 2015 【学LEARN】Business Culture Class (BCC) 01 "Overtime work" 残業 (Zangyo)

What's ‘in’ in Japan 06: Bilingual Exchange Session "Social Norms"

posted Feb 23, 2016, 7:44 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Feb 23, 2016, 10:02 PM ]

::::: Class Report on February 23rd, 2016 :::::

Thank you very much to all participants including new comers from Italy and Korea who attended "What's ‘in’ in Japan 06" last night!

We did a great and open discussion with the topic Japanese "Social Norms" as follows;

・Being quiet on the train
・Young marrying age
・"Shy" personality
・Train oshiya "pushers"
・Not walking while eating/drinking
・Toilet slippers
・Not pouring your own glass
・Loitering in bookstores
・Counting one hand
・Receiving things with two hands

Luckily, the man from Milano jumped in our session and shared the social norms of Italy based on "Latin culture", "Making noise - childish", "Never exchanging business cards", "Beautiful design but break easily" and so on with other members. Similarities between Korea and Japan, which are "Respect for the elderly" and "Emphasis on hard work more than efficiency".  

Again, thank you for sharing your input and experiences, and we look forward to seeing you all next month.

Written by Jojo



What's ‘in’ in Japan 05: Bilingual Exchange Session "Open Discussion"

posted Jan 26, 2016, 8:20 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Jan 26, 2016, 9:38 PM ]

::::: Class Report on January 26th, 2016 :::::

Great time with hot and active discussions!
Thank you so much to all participants who attended "What's ‘in’ in Japan 05" last night!
It was an open discussion for sharing your input on what to discuss for future What's 'in' sessions.
We really enjoyed talking with all of you, and we are sure to incorporate your ideas into next What's 'in' in Japan.

Here are great ideas for next topics as follows;
- University Systems (e.g. life, cost etc)
- Business and Language Study
- Habits of young people
- Bubble Impact
- Customs
- Manners/Politeness
- Travels
- Museums from around the world
- Online Services
- Social Networking Service (e.g. uber, airbnb etc)
- Super Toilets
- Class Systems and Hierarchy in work
- Social Norms (e.g. quiet in public)

Again, thank you for sharing your input and experiences,
and we look forward to seeing you all at next session on Tuesday, February 23.

Written by Jojo



【学LEARN】What's ‘in’ in Japan 04 : Bilingual Exchange Session "City Living"

posted Dec 8, 2015, 11:22 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Jan 26, 2016, 8:34 PM by INFO ICT ]

::::: Class Report on December 8th, 2015:::::

Thank you so much to all participants who attended "What's ‘in’ in Japan 04" last Tuesday!
We enjoyed talking about the difference of "City Living" (e.g. furniture, futon vs. bed, bathroom, trash system, storage dilemma, balcony etiquette and so on ) between city and country side.

Here are a few topics we talked as follows;
- About the separate trash in Tokyo (23 wards), a new comer, Kenny from Canada can't remember which day is burnable, unburnable, bottles, cans, plastic bottles, papers and... some Japanese members have a same experience that Kenny still sleeps during the time a garbage car comes before 9am so he misses to throw away trash.
- As in common with all members, Japanese kotatsu is a very unique furniture but it makes us lazy not getting out.
- Wearing 3, 4 clothes plus knit cap, globes and thick socks to keep warm even at home (inside the room is cold).
- Some members from countryside not in Tokyo sometimes feel uneasy to make a relationship with their neighbors because everyone knows everyone.

Thanks so much for joining! Look forward to seeing you all next month.
If you wish to spend more events with us please go ahead and check out our upcoming events!

Written by Jojo



【学LEARN】 Business Culture Class (BCC) 08 "The World’s Most Popular Brand: Japan!"

posted Nov 15, 2015, 7:36 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Nov 15, 2015, 10:21 PM ]

::::: Class Report on November 14th, 2015:::::

We held our "Business Culture Class (BCC) 08" on Saturday, November 14th, and discussed 3 main points linked to "Japan-brand" after talking our image of Japan from both Japanese and foreigners slides.

  • Which “brand image” of Japan do like best? Are there any others?

  • Which do you think has the best international appeal?

  • Are there any Japan-brand images that are harmful to Japan’s reputation?

About the second point above - "Which do you think has the best international appeal?", we came up with some attractive aspects of Japan such as traditional (history), high technology, game, Kawaii, safe which suit the best international appeal. 

The most exciting part is to make a poster in Japanese style for promoting "made in Japan". One of our members had a unique idea making a poster (for a moving company) with carton boxes printed on names and logos of famous Japanese companies/brands.

We all have different images and tastes of Japan so we think how to build "Japan-brand" for appealing international and promote our country to attract all nationalities from different countries!

Hope you enjoyed a great Saturday afternoon, and we are looking forward to seeing you at next BCC class!



【学LEARN】What's ‘in’ in Japan 03 : Bilingual Exchange Session "Money - The Mystery of "Cash in Japan"-

posted Oct 27, 2015, 8:06 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Oct 27, 2015, 8:34 PM ]

::::: Class Report on October 27th, 2015:::::

Thank you so much to all participants who joined "What's ‘in’ in Japan 03" last night! Great and fun discussion for 1.5 hours! We found out the reasons "why Japanese people prefer to carry/use cash" from cultural side "Goshuigi" (ご祝儀), "Otoshidama" (お年玉) and "Cash payment on pay day" (給料現金手渡し), and also talked about Japanese unique custom such as "Warikan" (ワリカン) , "Hesokuri" (へそくり) looking back Edo era to find the root of cash basis.

Kristen (USA) and Jessica (Jamaica) feel uncomfortable to carry cash but they got something new for Japanese culture keeping harmonious relationships through cash (縁 and 円).

Look forward to seeing you all next month. A big thank-you to everyone!!

Written by Jojo

【学LEARN】What's ‘in’ in Japan 02 : Bilingual Exchange Session "Unique Japanese Fashion"

posted Sep 16, 2015, 9:13 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Sep 16, 2015, 9:37 PM ]

::::: Class Report on September 15th, 2015:::::

It was a super great time and active talking about Fashion!

We held Bilingual Exchange Session “What's ‘in’ in Japan 02” on September 15, where we had a very fun night and deep discussion with the topic Japanese fashion bursting out laughing!

We enjoyed talking a variety of topics such as unique Japanese woman fashion (Kawaii, Kasanegi, No sexy, high heels etc), Japanese salaryman wearing SAME suits, SAME shoulder bags, Color variation, Fast fashion, T-shirts printed on funny words/sentences in English, No sunglasses for Japanese? and so on..

Thank you so much for all participants attending our class. The next TCC class will be held at the end of October, and the topic will be MONEY. We look forward to seeing you next month!

Written by Jojo

【学LEARN】Business Culture Class (BCC) 07 "Working in a Mixed Culture Office"

posted Sep 13, 2015, 8:49 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Sep 13, 2015, 10:03 PM ]

::::: Class Report on September 12th, 2015:::::

We held our "Business Culture Class (BCC) 07" with the topic “Working in a Mixed Culture Office" last Saturday.

We all enjoyed active and deep discission as follows with watching 3 videos for 2hours
  • How many different countries are represented in your workplace?

  • What are benefits of a mixed culture office?

  • What is the hardest aspect of working with foreign people?
  • Communicationg expectations (e.g. 検討します、善処します、ただをこねる)
  • Are foreigners at your office exempt from certain cultural rules? (Do they get the gaijin pass?)

Thank you for all the particionats joining our class! All members shared your unique stories and ideas based on experiences with us! We are looking forward to seeing you at next BCC class in October!


    【学LEARN】What's ‘in’ in Japan 01 : Bilingual Exchange Session "FOOD"

    posted Jul 29, 2015, 3:28 AM by INFO ICT   [ updated Jul 29, 2015, 4:03 AM ]

    ::::: Class Report on July 28th, 2015:::::

    Very fun night talking about Onigiri and Japanese food!

    At Trend Culture Class (TCC) “What's ‘in’ in Japan 01” held on July 28th 2015, we had a very fun night with the topic Japanese food, especially “Onigiri”. 12 participants including 5 people from overseas (from USA, Jamaica, India and Slovakia) came to join us!

    We enjoyed talking a variety of topics such as Onigiri fillings (which are not limited to plum, Salmon and Okaka but Sh...iso, Tenmusu and Konbu), new trend of Onigiri (e.g “Onigirazu”), the images of Onigiri in abroad and a bad combination of food “食べ合わせ” (e.g. watermelon and Tempura, plum and eels) ....

    Some Non-Japanese members don’t know how to open Onigiri sold at convenience stores even followed by instructions, so we watched a YouTube video and they FINALLY got it in right way. What is your comfort food for you? For many Japanese onigiri are the best, but for others from different countries pancake, traditional soup, sweet bread are the best ones.

    At the end of the class, all participants enjoyed eating Onigiri! Thank you so much for attending our class. We had a super great time with laughs! The next TCC class will be held at the end of August, and the topic will be Fashion. We look forward to seeing you there again, and we welcome new comers always!

    Written by Yoko and Jojo

    【学LEARN】 Business Culture Class (BCC) 06 "Gender equality in the workplace"

    posted Jul 13, 2015, 3:47 AM by INFO ICT   [ updated Jul 13, 2015, 3:54 AM ]

    ::::: Class Report on July 11th, 2015:::::


    On July 11th 2015, we held our "Business Culture Class (BCC) 06" with the topic “Gender equality in the workplace". 13 participants from 5 different countries and areas attended our class!


    We all enjoyed playing opening activity “Who is more likely to do a specific action: men or women?” (e.g. chasing a speeding police car – men, get lost in a maze – women, get hit by lightning – men and so on), and then we discussed the topics as follows after watching 2 videos – the Gender Gap in Japan and Gender Equality for Jobs in Japan;

    What do you think the main factors are behind the gender gap?

    What are some reasons that women make up a majority of part-time and temporary workers?

    Why do many Japanese women stop working after having babies?

    Prime Minister Abe aims to put women into 30% of leadership positions by 2020.
     Do you think this will work?


    Japan is maybe slowly changing the way our works, but here in Japan there are many factors behind the gender gap such as a low chance to get promotion for women especially having babies, a lack of nurseries for full-time women workers, less possibility to take a maternity/fraternity leave for even women and men. Prime Minister Mr. Abe is trying to solve the problems via his economics but it doesn’t seem to be much success so far. We each promote of changes in the consciousness of a way of working and accept a variety of work styles with more open-minded.


    We are very thankful to all attendees for contributing to the discussion and sharing your great ideas with us! We are looking forward to seeing you at next BCC class in August!

    Written by Jojo

    【学LEARN】Business Culture Class (BCC) 05 "Work Ethic: What is in a good day's work?"

    posted Jun 15, 2015, 7:46 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Jun 15, 2015, 7:47 PM ]

    ::::: Class Report on June 13th, 2015:::::


    【学LEARNBusiness Culture Class (BCC) 05 "Work Ethic: What is in a good day's work?"


    On June 13th 2015, we held our "Business Culture Class (BCC) 05" with the topic “Work Ethic: What is in a good day's work?”. 10 participants including the former ICT member Lachlan visiting Tokyo joined us!


    All participants enjoyed playing “Salaryman Showdown” game and we moved on the discussion part, where we talked about as follows;

    What things indicate that a person is a diligent worker / employee / professional?

    What is considered “a good day’s work”?

    How is Japan (or your country) unique in its values?


    For example, overtime work, voluntary work and community spirits we Japanese considered work ethics were accepted by the Japanese people as virtuous. One could find a pleasure in work that could not be found elsewhere.  

    From primary school on, Japanese society encourages community spirit and voluntary service, such as when children clean their schools and help junior students. Individualism is discouraged. In school sports, group competition is the rule.

    In the workplace, there are regular consultations on how to improve company performance. Organizations try to create a community of workers of one for all and all for one.


    However, our ethics are getting changed to the things we do what we want to do, we love what we do although a few of us can do what we love at work. What do you work for? You would say that salary, job satisfactions, promotions…


    A big thank-you to all attendees for making our class more memorable and to the super great facilitator Kevin with all preparations! We hope all of you spent a great Saturday afternoon and learned something new for Japanese Work Ethics.

    We are looking forward to seeing you at next BCC class on Saturday July 11th!

    Written by Jojo

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