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(2021.09.14) Notice of Relocation of Our Office
We are pleased to announce that our office will be relocated to the following address on
October 1, 2021.
Omori Machizukuri Kaikan,
3370 Omori, Inzai City, Chiba Pref. 270-1327
Omori Machizukuri Kaikan is located in the former Inzai City Omori Nursery School building, which we have
already used as a venue for our foreign language classes. There is also ample parking space, and we plan to
use it as a venue for international exchange events such as Worldfest, lectures for cross-cultural
understanding, and world cuisine experiences.
We will take the opportunity of the relocation to develop our activities with a renewed
spirit, and we ask for your continued support.
(2019.01.25) Hello Friends
I went to a nursery school in Inzai with a female student from USA who was temporarily in charge of the
special class called “Hello Friends” for 5 to 6 year old children.
They looked enjoying dances, pictures, music and so on. As one of the programs, she introduced how to play
janken at which players begin the game by calling “rock, paper, scissors, one two three”. That made me feel
I was surprised with some children knowing English word for some food and they were able to contact with
foreign people spontaneously. The situation is natural when we think about the passing of times, however, I
felt it seemed to belong to a different age in comparison with an old age.
（Written by KH）
(2016.04.01) Japanese Language Class “Ribbon”― Fellowship in
The Ribbon started in Oct. 2000 as “Japanese Language Class for foreigners” established by Sofuke Community
Center and passed 16 years already.
Through participating with Inzai City International Friendship Association (IIFA) and acting as NPO, we have
now classes with 4 places in the city and have 50 learners from 16 countries including Taiwan and 22
teaching staffs. We set up classes for working people on Saturday night and day.
Learners consists of house wives, students and business person, and their objective is not only listening,
speaking and writing Japanese but also making friends and enjoying life in Inzai City. They strongly require
relationship with Japanese citizens and join the party and the bus tour held by IIFA.
Words are important tool for communication. If you have any foreigners who want to study Japanese, please
let them know the Ribbon.
(Japanese Language Class “Ribon” Haruta)
(2016.02.25) February 29th in leap year
Let me introduce an interesting article I found on the magazine published by Thai Airways.
Leap of faith
2016 is a leap year in case you didn’t know. So boys, be prepared for the appropriate response if you’re
lucky enough to get a marriage proposal from your better half.
A leap year occurs once every four years, and involves an extra day being added to the month of February.
Girls also get a special deal, as according to either an old Irish legend or possibly history, St. Bright
had stuck a deal with St. Patrick that allowed women to propose to men on 29th February –a leap year. This
custom was supposedly introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women.
(2016.01.28) Happening in Xian, China
This is the story when we, three Japanese, visited the temple called Hohsohji located near Xian on holiday
during our business trip to Xian.
First, I saw the board there on which four Chinese characters(知know、足satisfied、常usually、楽enjoying) were
written. I understood it as follows; be satisfied with ourselves and don’t be greedy too much, which makes
your life happy.
I happened to know there is the stone-bowl for hand washing, carved four
characters(吾I・唯only・足satisfied・知know) , at the garden in Ryouanji temple in Kyoto and visited there to see
it in a few years. The meaning seemed to be same as the board at Hohsoji. It may be the effect from
During our walk in the precincts, the old woman selling souvenirs rushed into me and asked to buy a carved
bird at ¥1,000. When I refused, she offered two bird at the same price. Every time I said no, she added the
number of the bird at the same price. We repeated the same thing again and again and she finally begged me
to buy all birds she owned in her bag at ¥1,000. Nonetheless, I flatly refused and left there for climbing
up the pagoda.
When we came back from the pagoda, the woman rushed into me again. And she repeated the same negotiation.
Finally I had no choice other than taking ten carved birds and made them good souvenirs for my fellows in
However, why was she persistent to me? Other two Japanese told me that I looked like a person who she could
easily handle, but I still don’t understand it.
(2015.09.01) Old memories of my stay in the USA -driver’s
I had my purse stolen at the sports gym when it passed about one year since I had been transferred to the
subsidiary company in Los Angeles. My driver’s license was in it and it was necessary to be reissued it. The
man in charge at the office kindly said to me “Your driver’s license should be renewed within three months.
Even though you would be reissued now, you have to renew soon and pay another charge for renewal.” That made
me decide to renew the license. The condition was that I had to take an exam which if we missed more than
five answers out of twenty questions we would be failed.
I was not confident for the exam because I had taken it after remembering the predicted questions and their
answers without understanding and gotten a license. It was to the target. I missed five. But it surprised me
that he asked me to try again, of course, with the other question paper. Next time I somehow passed it. At
that time I was impressed by his attitude who let us get the license and heartily felt something different
from Japanese system.
(2015.07.06) Recipe for curry cooking by Mr. Tuna
#1 Curry Rice
♦Ingredient (6 servings)100kcal/serving(excluding rice)
Rice and water adequate quantity for servings
Curry roux ……1/2 box of curry roux
Onion…… 2 medium size onions
Potato………2 medium size potatoes
Carrot…… 1 medium size carrot
Zucchini(or Egg plant)…1 medium size zucchini or egg plant
Butter(or Salad oil)………1 tbsp. butter(or salad oil)
①Cook rice for servings
② Cut as below
Beef/Pork: a bite-sized chunks
③ Put butter in a pot then stir-fry the above ingredients①(except Zucchini)
④ Take out potatoes from a pot.
⑤ Pour water into a pot and simmer. Bring to a boil, remove the scum and cook at low/medium heat for about
⑥ Turn off the heat. Break up the roux and put into the pot and mix well until it is dissolved. Bring
potatoes back to the pot.
⑦ Again, simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the curry become thick.
⑧ Add Zucchini 4-5 minutes before turning off the heat.
#2 Chinese pickled vegetables(Sichuan style Pao Tsuai)
♦Ingredient (4 servings) 17kcal/serving
Young corn(packed in pouch) … 8 pieces
Carrot ………………………………… 50g
Eringi mushroom ………………… 50g
Cucumber ……1 medium size cucumber
Vinegar ……… 1/2 tbsp. vinegar
Water …………………… 3/4 Cup water Japanese Sake ………… 1/4 Cup sake
Salt ……………………… 1/2 tbsp. salt Sugar …………………… 1/2 tbsp. sugar
Chinese Pepper Fowa Jao …… 1/2 tsp. Fowa Jao
① Cut Eringi to a half length then split lengthwise into quarters. Cut carrot into 4cm length pieces then
after make stick with about 1cmx1cmx4cm size. Cut cucumber also into 4cm length pieces then split lengthwise
② Put (A) and Eringi to a pot. Cook at medium heat. Once it boils, cook at low heat for 1 minute.
③ Take a ball and put in it young corns, carrots, cucumber and above ② quickly while it's still hot.
④ Add Vinegar to ③ and cool.
#3 Pear in Ume syrup
♦Ingredient 4 servings(61kcal/serving)
Canned Pear in light syrup………1 can(400g)
Ume Shu(plum liqueur) ‥‥‥‥ 2 tbsp.
Kuko No Mi(Lycium fruit)……… 1 tsp.
Water ……………… 0.5 Cup water
Sugar ……………… 1.5 tbsp.
① Open a can and drain liquid(syrup). Take out pears and cut it in a comb shape with 1.5cm width size. Wash
Kuko No Mi quickly.
② Boil (A). After sugar dissolving add cut pear. Once it come to a boil again, turn off the heat then add Ume
Shu and Kuko No Mi.
③ Chill it.
(Canned white peach can be used as a substitute for pear.)
(2015.05.26) Enchanted by young Chinese people !!
After I reached the age of mandatory retirement in September 2001 ,I decided to go China for teaching
Japanese. First 5 years in Nanjing ( at Nanjing University and Nanjing Normal University ) I got job as a
Japanese –language teacher. After that from September 2006, for 8 years at Ocean University of China at
Tsingtao in Shandong. And then last Summer I came back to Japan. Some my friends ask me, “ Why are you so feel
happy living in China? ” But my answer is quite simple. A number of young Chinese people who have curiosity to
Japan and having highly motivation to learn Japanese are almost enthusiastic and have a lots of guts. So I’m
very happy to going out with them. Before I retire the company I spend 3 years for working in Beijing. At that
time I contacted lots of young Chinese people who work with fervor and trustful . Now we have been contacting
with each other since we got aquainted.
Today there are lots of governmental difficult affairs between Japan and China. However , if we could effort
to build up the mutual understanding the friendly relationship between two countries will make sure to be
reconstructed good relation. Because the roots of Japanese culture go back to the old China . First we should
get rid of mistaken prejudices and make effort to talk in all sincerity, lots of problem will be vanished
soon. I would like to effort contributing myself for the friendship between Japan and China.
（Japanese language teacher Masayasu Hayakawa）
(2015.05.08) Old memories of my stay in the USA -driver’s
I started the on-the-job training in Chicago, USA in April 1983. After arranging the apartment and car the
only thing left was to get a driver’s license. It was necessary for me to get the local license though I
brought the international one with me, since it seemed to be disadvantageous when having the traffic accident.
The officer I asked the procedure requested me to get social security number. Soon after that, I went to the
public office but I was denied to get it since my B1 visa was not eligible. And two or three offices nearby
told me the same thing.
Though I had no choice but to drive with the international driver’s license for the time being, one day I got
the information of the office issuing it. I doubtfully applied for it and they issued it with the word “NOT
VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT”. My understanding about the USA had been that each state was independent but that even
the each office differently acted for the same thing within the same county impressed and confirmed me it was
I had got accustomed to drive in Chicago and thought continuing with international license until the end of
my stay. But I changed my mind to take a local driver’s license and get it back to Japan. The rumor some of
Japanese residents failed to get the license at the first challenge let me think it was better to try on the
day with relatively bad condition. And I finally got it on the almost year- end snowing day. It already passed
nine months since I had entered into the USA.
(2015.04.13) A letter from Uganda by Madam Yamamoto #2
Dear, members of Inzai City International Friendship Association.
Yamamoto in Uganda again. I heard the place we live is the camp built by Italians together with the dam in the
Nile. The structure with a swimming pool and tennis courts is excellent. However, it is a pity that the
facilities have been seldom used and maintained since Japanese-related enterprise had taken over it. The
condition of infrastructures like water, electricity and inter-net is not good due to the limited budget.
After my endurance for ten days, I tried to use tethering of my husband’s Uganda smartphone Airtel. It was
easier to connect to my phone than I expected. However, if he brings it to his office, my phone will not be
connected again. It is no way other than getting my special Xperia.
It probably has passed 10 days since my first report after arrival, and I have got accustomed to life cycle.
The weather, in spite of directly on the equator, is comfortable with low humidity and 25 degrees C at the
1200 meter’s highland.
The character of Uganda people is good and they get good reputation from Japanese. Many people are likely to
be honest. There are some young engineers graduated from the excellent university like Tokyo Univ. in Japan.
Yesterday, I happened to talk with the engineer, Annsony, at the restaurant and felt him courteous and
apparently sharp. That kind of people are in the camp.
Bellow shows a picture of Matoke I cooked under the instruction of Ms. Margarett, housekeeper and my friend.
It is made of matoke-bananas peeled, boiled and mashed and looks like mash-potatoes. People in this area eat
them as staple food like rice for Japanese.
Finally I had my NET connected and sighed three times. It’s time to say good-by.
(2015.04.07) Joined International Friendship Cafe (IFC)
On March 26th, I joined IFC and talked with the people from Belgium and Peru. That gave me meaningful time
and convinced me that this is just international friendship.
I could confirm the thought of the people studying English conversation was the same as what I think, which
I hope this kind of cafe last long and would like to express my thanks to the efforts of the people who are
concerned. Thank you.
(2015.03.16) A letter from Uganda by madam Yamamoto
Dear, the members of Inzai City International Friendship Association
How have you been? I am Yamamoto taken care by you when I came to Uganda. Since about two weeks before my
departure, sudden news on Mr. Goto had run throughout Japan and I was wondering if I could safely come. I was
under some uneasiness at my departure, though, I finally came here.
I took the overnight flight on Feb. 13th, made a transit at Doha and finally arrived at ｴﾝﾃﾍﾞ airport at
around noon. My husband who picked me up and I headed for ｼﾞﾝｼﾞｬ passing through the capital.
Due to the unprepared circumstances for NET, it is sorry to be late for writing you. I am fine now in Uganda.
Today is the fourth day after my arrival. I felt tired yesterday than the arrival day or the following day.
It’s because of age just like muscle-ache happened in three days. Now I am fine today.
Nothing happened through the trip and many people around the world vividly walked in the airport. I heartily
felt the value of peace.
On the evening of the arrival day, Saturday, we enjoyed Uganda dishes at the restaurant nearby and went to the
sailing house at Lake Victoria over sight of the bridge site with the Japanese couple of my husband’s
colleague. There, local residents were enjoying cool air and we leisurely saw the lake and spent our time
In general, Uganda is a magical place-friendly people, good weather and beautiful scenery. Big birds I
haven’t seen are picking around the company house.
I would like to make a report when I find something interesting. See you then.
(2015.02.20)CONE or CORN
This is the stupid mistaken story I made in the USA.
On my way back to the office from Berlitz English school, I dropped by Burger King. I was not hungry and would
like to take a snack. I saw the letter “CONE” on the menu and misunderstood it with “CORN” which was popcorn
or something like that and ordered it with a shake: though the combination might seem to be strange.
The salesgirl made a strange face, which I didn’t care the reason at that time. But what she gave surprised
me. They were a shake and soft cream. Then I understood the meaning of her strange face. She surely thought it
was strange that a man over thirty years old ordered two kinds of sweet. Later I confirmed with the dictionary
“CONE” included the meaning of soft cream. Period.
(2015.01.12) Sociable of Japanese class
On Wednesday the 17th of December, we finished the Japanese class a bit earlier than usual and had a party
with the teachers, students and children of the Wednesday Japanese Class, 31 people in total.
We had a buffet lunch together and everybody introduced themselves. We also enjoyed a magic show by teacher
(2014.12.17)Chinese tiny story
In China, we sometimes see a child whose lovely hip is repeatedly appeared or disappeared every time they
make a step. Are they in tore pants? No, it’s a design opening the crotch. What is it for? It is for them to
open the crotch by squatting and pee when they want.
The parents other than rich family in the urban area get the children over one year old wear such pants
instead of expensive paper diaper.
A child fidgets when an adult at his side gets him squat. Small puddle appears right away. I was frightened
and stopped walking at the first time I saw it. Furthermore, Chinese people look calm frightened me again.
For small children it is the toilet when they want and where they are. For example, a road, inside the car of
the subway, a garbage can, washing-hand spot at the toilet and so on. You have to be careful when you find
puddle at the unexpected place in China. It may be･･･?
(2014.11.25) Old memories of my stay in the USA-at the
In November 1983, after the female official denied my reentrance into the USA from Montreal airport in spite
of my hard trial, I left the airport and informed my situation to the subsidiary in the USA. They asked me to
move to Toronto to consult the trouble with another subsidiary there. On the following day, a scene at
Montreal airport I saw from a window of the airplane just before departure was thinly covered with snow, which
made me feel bleak.
In Toronto, two people including a lawyer, were waiting for me. After my explanation, they told me that it
would take two or three days to think of the measure and I had to wait for it at a hotel. On the next day, the
lawyer contacted me and I was given the letter which the lawyer wrote over arranging with the subsidiary in
the USA. I tried to reenter into the USA with the letter stating that my mission from the parent company in
Japan was to do a on-the-job-training in the USA and my salary was borne by not the subsidiary but the parent
When I showed the letter and explained the situation to an immigration official, he suddenly stared and asked
me “ Did you graduate from a university”. I stared back to him and said “Yes.” After such words exchanged, he
gave me the stay permit for a half year. I have never understood why he did such question.
When I come back to O’Hare airport, I didn’t have enough money to pay for parking and that forced me to
borrow money from the Japanese engineer staying the hotel near the airport. One day business trip turned into
three days one. How terrible it was.
2014.10.21 Old memories of my stay in the USA -at the
In November,1983, when it passed 6 months from the beginning of on-the-job training at the subsidiary in the
USA, I went to Montreal in Canada with the engineer from Japan.
Although I had come back to Chicago from Toronto in Canada twice by airplane and bus, I had not had any
trouble regarding reentrance into the USA so far.
But this time, to my request for the stay permit until the end of March in 1984, a female official suspected
me and said “It is unreasonable for you to stay in the USA for total one year with B1 visa. Have you worked in
the USA?” In spite of my hard explanation, she required me to open my bag and find the letter to the customer
in Toronto written my title of the subsidiary with my signature. After exchanging some words like -“As
expected, you have been working for USA company” “My title is for the convenience of on-the-job training and I
haven’t worked for the company. I haven’t got any salaries from it” –a supervisor came and understood my
situation. He requested the woman to give me the stay permit, however, she strongly denied. In the meantime,
the plane’s departure time passed and that I had no choice but to give it up.
When it comes to the immigration of the USA, it was located in the Canadian airport. It was happy for me that
it was OK to just leave the airport even though I was denied to reenter into the USA. I reaffirmed American
women were strong enough not to obey their bosses.
After all, I could come back to the USA. The story will be introduced next time.
2014.10.21 Shanghai subway
It’s very noisy inside the cars of Shanghai Subway.
The radio wave of cell phone is in good condition. So big and light calling sound rings from place to place
since no one sets a manner-mode(extinguish the sound) for it. And they begin to talk. They usually speak
loudly, in addition to that, the voice on the phone gets bigger. I don’t know why.
Also some people in Shanghai, though decreasing the number, bring disabled children and beg something over
singing a song with microphone.
I stared the man listening the music and singing enthusiastically, on the other hand other people didn’t
care. The scene was certainly China’s one.
2014.09.25 Shanghai subway #2
It is done at the airport when it comes to X-ray inspection of the baggage in Japan.
At the station of Shanghai subway, same kind of the inspection devices are placed near the entrance. There,
passengers who have large baggage which include relatively large bag or backpack are requested to put them
through the device. But it is true that some women in hurry pass through and also the inspectors don’t seem to
seriously check the screen.
What I have in mind is that various kind of people take the subway with various baggage and they put
something which doesn’t look like baggage through. I would like to recommend you not to bring wonderful bag
Same kind of inspections are also done at some places like Shanghai museum or sightseeing pavilion. There, we
have to put out the things from the pockets. We enter there after drinking one shot if we have something to
drink. Lighters are prohibited to bring with you into the facilities.
2014.09.25 enjoying the Chinese class
I am a beginner of Chinese but can easily understand the lesson since the teacher is very kind and teach us
carefully. By touching the culture differences between China and Japan or the histories I am enjoying Chinese
class with other students whose ages are various.
2014.09.04 Old memories of my stay in the USA-at the immigration#1
The company I worked for let me go to the USA for one-year’s on-the-job training in Chicago. On April 1st in
1983, I arrived in O’hare International Airport by JAL’s inauguration flight to Chicago and joined the line
for immigration inspection.
My visa was B1 for business trip. The company asked me to get, first of all, the stay permit for a half year,
and then get another half year’s one after going out and reentering into the USA. Due to that the company
prepared the letter for an immigration official, however, I didn’t show it since the contents was different
from what I would do in the USA. After some exchange of the words, the official said“Your stay for half year
with B1 visa is not permitted. You seem to be suspicious. Wait in the inspection room.”I was waiting in the
room and thinking of the case I was forced back to Japan. In two hours, JAL person came to listen to the
situation and made an advice to just show the letter to the official. I did as advised and finally got the
half year’s stay permit without any questions.
That experience enabled me to reenter smoothly into the USA with another half year’s stay permit after
visiting some European countries in October of the year. It goes without saying that I made the same kind of
letters in advance. I felt myself easy and thought what I had to do for half year left was to successfully
accomplish the on-the-job-training.
But, same kind of trouble occurred again in next month…to be continued
Just like TV programs titled “People in XX prefecture…”“Ehhh…” show, favorite foods or customs are different
from area to area even in Japan. It is natural that we encounter with more surprised and funnier things in
countries other than Japan. Following is the story I experienced and was impressed during my stay in Shanghai,
Subway (Underground) #1
Shanghai subway has eleven lines from number one to eleven and it is very convenient for us to move. The
number of the line was given in accordance with the time opened, so the stations and trains of the lines with
larger number are cleaner and more comfortable than others. Also, we are not necessary to be anxious about
getting lost due to the distinct expression of changing train on the top and the floor with different colors
as well. How nice Shanghai Subway is.
However, I experienced surprise that the doors of the train unexpectedly and gracefully shut and never
opened. There was no announcement like bell for departure. That is different from the service by Japanese
railway which may be too kind. We sometimes see mutual friends are separated, one is on the train and another
is on the platform. Even if you have such trouble, you don’t have to be panic. Both of you can meet at the
next station, so the trouble is extinguished.
The both students of morning and afternoon Korean classes got together and spent enjoyable time cooking
Korean BBQ on the day first semester over.
The second semester will begin in September. We can’t help thinking that it is so long until the next
semester begins and are really looking forward to it.
(Communication #2 for Korean class)
Impression of English class
The students are very good. They are cheerful, joyful and talkative. That makes me want to see them every
The class seems to be perfect since the instructor is knowledgeable about various things like sports and
movies, which is useful for us, and we also can understand what American people think.
Impression of Korean class
The atmosphere in peace and harmony is enjoyable. The instruction enables the beginners to easily remember,
so I could sweet off the anxiety. Although our ages are various, the attitude toward studying Korean looks
Spread experience of cross culture exchange overseas through Japan International
There are various culture in the world. I had periodically stayed for long time in Thailand, Indonesia,
Kenya, and Zimbabwe by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Different culture gave me good memories.
Those uncountable affairs such us culture, people, atmosphere, meals and etc. would be treasure in my life. I
would like to transfer those experience to people in Inzai city through various activities. I was accredited
as a long-stay advisor and a foreign study advisor by credential organizations last year. Please consult me
works in overseas, study in foreign countries and a long stay in other countries.
(Predecessor Representative of JICA Zimbabwe Office)