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Abiko International Relations Association

Saturday Japanese Class “Otanoshimi-kai”

202407131With the first semester coming to a close, the Saturday class held an event called “Otanoshimi-kai”, a fun party, where all the students and teachers got together and had a great time.

Date and Time : Saturday, July 13  10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Venue : Abiko Civic Plaza Hall

Participants : 25 students and 11 volunteer teachers, totaling 36 people     (No.24-11)

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Intercultural Lecture “Korean Home Cooking”

202406061Date and Time:  Thursday, June 6, 2024  9:45a.m. ~ 1:00p.m.

Venue:  Abista Cooking Room

Instructor: Ms. Azumi Harada (Korea)

Participants: 21 individuals (1 AIRA member and 20 non-members) along with 6 staff members, totaling 27 people  (No.24-8)

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NAU Students Experience Japanese Cultures

202405291AIRA sent instructors and interpreters to help the students from Northern Arizona University (NAU) to experience Traditional Japanese cultures.


Date and Time:  Wednesday, May 29, 2024   10:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.

Venue: Room 1, Abiko Civic Plaza

Participants: Eleven NAU students and Professor Kurt Lancaster


(Japanese calligraphy) Mr. Shigeo Arai (art name: 童風Dofu), AIRA member

(Ikebana) Ms. Yasuko Shibata (art name: 香蒲Koho) from Ohara School

Interpreters: Ms. Rie Hama and Ms. Chizu Yamaguchi

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202405191AIRA opened the Russian Language Salon in June 2022, aimed at supporting Ukrainian people who might flee Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which started in February 2022.  Since then, the Russian language class has opened in a salon style once a month.  Recently, an exchange meeting with students from former Soviet Union was held.      (NO. 24-6)

    Date and Time:  Sunday, May 19  13:30 ~ 16:00

    Venue :  Abiko Civic Plaza, Meeting Room 1

    Attendees :  5 international students (plus 1 supervisor chaperon), 4 salon members  (10 people in total)

 The exchange meeting between the students studying Japanese at a Japanese language school in Matsudo and the AIRA Russian language class members broke the ice by introducing themselves.  The Russian students talked about their reasons why they started to study Japanese, questions they had while living in Japan, and their future dreams.  It was a special opportunity for the AIRA members to hear the real sound of the Russian language.  The international students expressed a desire for coming back to this kind of event in the near future.

 (Edited from the activity report by Mr. Suzuki, the leader of the Russian Language Salon)

(Translated by KOYAMA Hitomi)



202405101Date and Time  : Friday, May 10th, 13:30 ~ 14:20

Exchange Party : 14:30 ~ 15:20

Venue               : Abiko Civic Plaza multi-purpose hall

Attendees         : 49 people                                                                                                     (No. 24-3)

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