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Japanese Clay Doll Making and Photography 人形と情景制作 (Apr 2014)

::::: Workshop Report 24: December 5th, 2014 :::::

posted Feb 3, 2015, 4:48 AM by INFO ICT   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 4:55 AM ]

ICT co-organized the "Aoyama Dishware Walking Tour" with WaNavi Japan on December 5th!

Learning how to pick your own favorite Dishware at Utsuwa daifuku shop, we stopped by 3 local dishware shops to find new year or Christmas gifts for family and friends!

Thank you for all participants even coming out on an early weekday morning! It was a special time with you over beautiful organic lunch, have great holidays and wish you have a wonderful new year!!


ICT Organizer Jojo


::::: Workshop Report 23: December 17th, 2014 :::::

posted Dec 20, 2014, 12:57 AM by INFO ICT   [ updated Dec 20, 2014, 12:57 AM ]

Resistance and Catan Game Night 8 & ICT Bounekai

On 17th December, we had a very fun game night at Yotsuya Local Community Center.

The contents of games were ;
Werewolf (http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...i/Werewolf),
Resistance (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/128882/resistance-avalon),
Catan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Settlers_of_Catan).

We started playing games at 7 p.m., and enjoyed Resistance for several times, and three times for Werewolf. During the game, we had heated discussions to seek for the truth! However, after finishing games, we had Bounenkai in a peaceful atmosphere.

This was the last event of ICT this year, and ICT will provide you with much more interesting and fruitful events next year. Thank you for all of you who joined us this year! 





Written by Yoko Taniguchi



::::: Workshop Report 21: November 9th, 2014 :::::

posted Nov 10, 2014, 2:23 AM by INFO ICT   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 11:49 PM ]

English Rakugo Performance & Special Talk Show by Ms. Kimie Oshima

On 9th November 2014, ICT had a workshop of English Rakugo, by welcoming an English Rakugo performer, Ms. Kimie Oshima, who has performed over twenty different countries to provide laughter and humor all over the world!
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007516004084





The fabulous performance started from 7 p.m. She showed us several Rakugo stories, including “Time Noodles” (時うどん), “A man in A Hurry”(いらち車), “Skipper” (愛犬スキッパー) and much more! There were about 20 people attended, and seemed to have special night with lots of unique Rakugo jokes.

Not only the contents of Rakugo, the pantomimes were also excellent so that we enjoyed the performance as if we were also acting together with her at the stage!

In addition to this, Ms. Oshima performed Rakugo with simple English, therefore, “English Rakugo” sounds difficult for people those who are learning English apparently, however, we were easily invited to the world of Rakugo story! 

Special Thanks to Ms. Kimie Oshima for performing a wonderful English Rakugo show, and also big thank-you to all participants who laughed together! Don’t miss the next chance for the members who couldn’t join last night!


Interview 1: Mrs. Kimie Osima (English Rakugo Performer) 
"Make people laugh, bring peace to the world!" 



Written by Yoko Taniguchi


::::: Workshop Report 20:October 25th, 2014 :::::

posted Oct 26, 2014, 11:13 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Nov 7, 2014, 11:18 PM ]

The Roots of Japan 2 ~ Buddhism and the way of LIFE ~ Part 2”

On October 25th, ICT held the workshop “The Roots of Japan 2 ~ Buddhism and the way of LIFE ~ Part 2” which we focused more on “Japanese Buddhism” compared to the first workshop held on July 27th, 2014. 16 participants from 3 different countries joined, where we learned how Japanese Buddhism took root in Japan and how it influence our daily life.

After listening the chanting for world peace by chief priest Nonobe-san (kongoin) and looking around the hidden parts of temple Kongoin (金剛院), we moved to a comfortable tatami room and our lecturer Buddhist priest Rev. Shojun Ogi san introduced us the history of “Japanese Buddhism” and explained us the task of Buddhism in Japan.

Interesting part of the lecture and the discussion was the future of Japanese Priests (They can marry, drink alcohol and eat meat), why can Japanese people celebrate so many different religious ceremonies? What should Buddhist Priests in Japan do for the future of Japanese Buddhism etc. Rev. Ogi san gave us the concise explanation to all the issues, but to make a long story short, common word was “religion is not a teaching but like air for Japanese people”. We don’t pray every day or go to temple every Sunday, however its teaching is deeply rooted in our minds and we cannot live without it. Religion for Japanese is not “strict teaching” but “way of life” which sometimes enlighten us the direction when we face difficulty.

Rev. Ogi san also introduced us the “engaged Buddhism”. In the past, Buddhist temple could be found in every village, and the priests would be engaged in various types of community support activities such as running schools or hospitals. However, the influx of western ideas and the development of modern bureaucratic institutions changed the traditional social roles of the priest and the temple which made us think that temple is a place where we attend funeral or memorial events. “Engaged Buddhism” in Rev. Ogi-san’s word is the revival of the community supporting Buddhism. Interesting example was the “Vows Bar (坊主バー)” where we can drink alcohol served by Buddhist Priest. Of course we can just drink and have fun, but kind of consultation could be provided if necessary.

Many many thanks to Rev. Ogi san, Nonobe san (Kongoin) and Horiuchi san for arranging the workshop and giving us a super amazing opportunity which definitely enriches our life. And also big thank you to all guests who joined our workshop. Hope to see you soon in our coming workshop!!






Written by Tsubasa Kato (Jojo)


::::: Workshop Report 22: October 21st, 2014 :::::

posted Oct 21, 2014, 6:39 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Oct 26, 2014, 11:18 PM ]

Workshop Report: Catan and Resistance Game Night on October 21st, 2014

 

Eleven of us including 2 new members gathered at Studio PETU in Harajuku, and we had a super fun night by playing Catan and Resistance game! Most of the participants joined Resistance were beginners, but were excited to play it for 2 hours, which thanks to Richard (the tourist) and Takahiro san explaining the rules and strategy in detail. We enjoyed playing a mind game and guessed who were bad guys and good guys with active talks!

Even after enjoying the games, we kept playing Resistance over African beers and some dishes with 8 participants. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to play the werewolf with all members, so will play it next time!

 

A big thank-you to Richard for introducing us a new fantastic game! We also thank all the guests who participated for making the game night more enjoyable! Hope to see you all next month!

 




Written by Tsubasa Kato (Jojo)






::::: Workshop Report 19: September 24th, 2014 :::::

posted Sep 24, 2014, 9:09 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Sep 24, 2014, 9:10 PM ]

Werewolf and Catan Game Night 6 and Social Night

 

13 ICT members (including 6 new comers from the US, Malaysia and Australia…) gathered at Studio PETU, and had a special fun night by playing a board game “Catan” and the werewolf!! We were separated into 3 groups and enjoyed the Catan for 3 rounds. It was the first time to play Catan with mixed the beginners and experienced players but all participants went on the game for the first 1.5 hours!

 

Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to play the werewolf (played it with all of us one time). Although the villagers completely defeated, we got excited over great discussion in the last minutes! The next game event will be held in the end of October, and the venue will be the same Studio PETU in Harajuku! We would very welcome new comers and regular members with bringing new games (e.g. coup, one night werewolf game)!

 

A big big thank-you to….
Musashi san, thank you for all arrangements and preparing for everything for us! We also thank all the participants who joined for making the game night more memorable!


 
Written by Tsubasa Kato (Jojo)


::::: Workshop Report 18: August 30th, 2014 :::::

posted Sep 1, 2014, 8:20 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Sep 1, 2014, 8:40 PM ]

Werewolf Game Night and Social Night

On the last Saturday of August 2014, we gathered at Studio PETU in Harajuku, and had a fantastic night by having werewolf games! There are approximately 19 people joined and 8 of them were new comers. We also welcomed guests from overseas, including the USA and Canada, Singapore and South Korea. We enjoyed the Werewolf game by a big circle for five times. There were four werewolves, one fortuneteller, one knight, one hunter, one lunatic, one prince, and six villagers. The participants seemed to enjoy active discussion with other participants to find out werewolves. They also seemed to enjoy playing new roles in these games, such as lunatic and prince.

After enjoying Werewolf games, we also had a fun time over some Italian dishes with 14 participants.
The next game event will be held on 11th September Thursday. This event will be hosted by one of ICT members, Mr. Koichiro Aono, who plays an excellent role of Game Master! The venue will be Yotsuya Local Community Center from 7 p.m.

Our Werewolf game will be also held in the end of September. We will surely announce the date as soon as it is decided. We hope to meet new comers and regular members and wish to have exciting werewolf games!!

Special Thanks to…
Musashi-san, for the most important role of this game, the game master.
Thanks to you, all people who joined seemed to understand the roles of each and were able to enjoy!








(
Written by Yoko Taniguchi)


::::: Workshop Report 17: July 26th, 2014 :::::

posted Jul 28, 2014, 11:23 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Jul 28, 2014, 11:25 PM ]

We played the werewolf game at Studio PETU on July 26th!

Excellent dinner with you all! We always enjoy fun-filled time with you and are feeling really blessed to have such amazing members Julien, we will miss you but are waiting for the time to play the werewolf with you again soon!

   


::::: Workshop Report 16: July 27th, 2014 :::::

posted Jul 28, 2014, 11:18 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Jul 28, 2014, 11:19 PM ]

The Roots of Japan 2 ~ Buddhism and the way of LIFE ~

 

On July 27th, ICT held the last workshop before its summer vacation, 10 participants from 4 different countries joined, where we felt and touched the enlightenment world of Buddha world leaded by Buddhist priest Rev. Shojun Ogi san at a beautiful temple Kongoin (金剛院).

 

After enjoyed seeing the chanting performance at the man hall, we moved to a comfortable tatami room and learned the history and the basic teachings of Buddhism. Rev. Ogi san introduced us the origin of the word “religion” at first, which was separated into “re” (rebound) and “ligion” (connect), that means to reconnect human and god! And then he taught us the key words related to Buddha (さとり、四聖諦、八正道、煩悩、三毒、カルマ、慈悲 and much more) with laugh and funny stories.

 


Some of the interesting questions from Tony (US) in Q&A time were why we called Nodobotoke (喉仏) in Japanese (Answer: the shape of Adam’s apple looks like Hotoke 仏様) and why we Japanese throw change “Goendama (五円玉)” in the offering box (Answer: Goen also means “chance, fate and tie”, praying to bring us good luck). And he knew the meaning of 15en, 25en and 35en (enough, double and triple Goen!) to attract more good luck! It was a great chance for Rev. Ogi and Japanese participants to rediscover the simple things which Japanese know as common sense but Non-Japanese don’t know.

 

What it comes down to is that Buddhism is not the religion but the way of life which is deeply connected to our daily life. Life is suffering! We are suffering in a job or a relationship that isn’t really working for you, but it’s not so horrible that you can “accept” and “let it go” (from the teaching of Four Noble Truth), and should know the path leading the cessation of dukkha (苦). Moreover, if you have the heart of Buddha “Your suffering is my suffering and your happiness is my happiness (compassion)” and remember even for a single moment, you may realize the hints how to live at ease and safe. And then the people around you might react to your love or compassion, and your stress in human relationships will be reduced! You get more abundant happiness if you change your mind and add the teaching of Buddha that might shed a different light on your life!

 

Many thanks to Rev. Ogi san, Priest Nonobe san (Kongoin) and Horiuchi san for arranging the workshop with all preparation and giving us a super amazing opportunity for all members! And also a big thank you to all guests joined the workshop.

 

Our next workshop (Part 2) will be held in the end of October, which is more focus on “Japanese Buddhism”. Please visit our FB page or website for more details if you are interested! We have more temple-events coming up from this fall! Don’t miss them!

 

 


(Posted by Tsubasa Kato)


:::::: Workshop Report 15: July 12th, 2014 :::::

posted Jul 15, 2014, 9:08 AM by INFO ICT   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 12:26 AM ]

Japanese Tea Experience 3 ~ Making your own tea blend ~

July 12th, we had a workshop “Japanese Tea Experience 3 ~Making your own tea blend ~” at Studio PETU. We had 11 guests joined and the lecturer was Haruna-san (Born and raised in Sayama area, where is well known for its Sayama cha).

 

She brought organic herbs and spices from the US for this workshop. We had 5 Japanese tea leaves and 14 herbs and spices. After brief introduction of them, we started blending tea leaves and herbs for the tea competition at the end of the workshop.

 

First, we tasted each tea taste one by one. Not only its taste, but we also checked its fragrant, colors and anything special about it. After grasping the character of each leaves and herbs, we started blending them. There are no rules, priority or preference but the image of your own tea in your mind.

 

I personally wanted to create rather sweet tea which makes people relax and feel easy to drink. Therefore, I mixed “Black been tea” and “Cinnamon”, the former has little taste but slight sweetness and the latter has sweet scent.

However, I had some feedback from Haruna-san and Jojo that it had little impact or impression. Therefore, I added some “Chamomile” for a change, but still it lacked something. It was 30 seconds before competition I heard from Liz that “buckwheat” adds sweetness to tea. I added a pinch of it and submitted.

 

As a result, fortunately my tea won the 1st place with all the feedbacks I received. It was totally same with marketing process, we create, we hear and then apply. You can check the recipe of Top 3 blended tea on ICT Meetup page. I hope they would be sold in market with “ICT selection” someday :)

 

It takes just a few minutes to create your own unique tea.

I thought it’d be so memorable if you create one for someone special to you. What about creating one and only tea on earth imaging that person? (Of course it is great idea to produce new tea for yourself!

 

We’ll have another Japanese tea workshop from Haruna-san, please join if you find the world of tea fascinating. If you want to know anything about tea (Both Japanese and non-Japanese), please feel free to let any of the ICT members know. We may be able to include your area of interest to our next workshop!

 

Haruna-san, thank you very much for setting up the class including preparation of all herbs, spices and tea leaves. We also thank all the guests who participated for making the workshop more enjoyable!


(Written by Takafumi Shikado)


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