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::::: Activity Report: February 23th, 2013 :::::

posted Mar 6, 2013, 3:50 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Mar 6, 2013, 4:15 AM ]
ICT members participated in
21st CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN SETAGAYA 2013 at Sangenjaya Carrot Tower, where more than 100 participants and guests from 20+ different countries got together to boost cultural exchanges with any other people living in Tokyo!

 

At the beginning of the party, we enjoyed listening one of the traditional Japanese music "Tsugaru Shamisen", watching actual Khmer dance (from Cambodian) and spectacular yo-yo playing by the 3 professional performers. After that, it was a great chance to making new friends over drinks and food for 2 hours.

 

The countries booths introducing their culture and selling traditional food/sweets to participants were organized by the supporting staff such as students, diplomats and their families. Each booth attracted many visitors from all over the world. And, it was also popular for non-Japanese visitors to have an interesting cross cultural experience at Japanese cultural booths (e.g. tea ceremony, kimono wearing and origami etc.)

 

Thanks to the fun event, it was the first time for ICT members to get to know the beautiful women from Uzbekistan. In our conversation, one of them has been in trouble to get information how to apply a preschool, and how long her daughter has to wait for entering (on the waiting list). Even in the great majority of Tokyo's cities, the foreigners who can’t read/speak Japanese are unable to find anything in English with as much detail. Because only a very few places have translated information about their nursery system into English.

 

After talking to her, ICT members reaffirmed that we will create a “Home”, where foreign residents feel free to ask any simple questions and difficulties they have in casual talking to make their life more easy and comfortable. Speaking frankly to each other will lead to “TRUE” friendships and international exchanges.
 
 
(posted by Tsubasa Kato)