Let’s enjoy Taiwanese Culture! みんなでいっしょに台湾の文化を楽しもう!

Hello everyone! This is an update from your Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) for Kyotanabe City, Mary Ho.

京田辺市国際交流員(CIR)のホーイーチンです。

On Saturday May 25th, I ran the event 2019 Kyotanabe International Exchange Association Annual Anniversary Event: Let’s enjoy Taiwanese Culture! Every year, the association selects a theme and this year it was chosen to be Taiwan. This year the event featured Taiwanese cultural talk and Taiwanese martial arts performances.

2019年5月25日(土)に中央公民館で開催された京田辺国際交流協会主催の「2019年度京田辺国際交流協会総会記念事業-みんなでいっしょに台湾の文化を楽しもう!」に参加しました。このイベントは、毎年テーマ国を決めて様々な文化やパフォーマンスなどを紹介する事業で、今年は台湾をテーマとして講演と伝統武術の演武が行われました。

As the speaker for the Taiwanese cultural talk session, I talked about Taiwanese people’s personalities and communication style as well as a brief introduction on Taiwanese history. It was the first time that many of our participants listen to such content and everyone was very curious. At the end of my talk, I had a quiz session with prizes. The participants actively raised their hands and people who answered the correct answers got Taiwan-related goods as prizes. It was exciting to see the participants enjoyed the talk so much. Everyone had fun during the quiz session too.

まず初めに私が講師として第一部「フォルモサトークショー」を行い、台湾の紹介、台湾人の特徴、台湾の歴史などについて紹介しました。参加者は台湾のことについて初めて聞くことが多かったようで、とても興味津々の様子でした。その後のクイズコーナーでは、正解した参加者に対し、コースターなどの台湾グッズをプレゼントしました。

Then we had Mr.Wang and Mr.Chen perform Taiwanese martial arts for us. The lead performer – Mr.Wang is currently teaches at the Osaka Chinese School for various traditional martial arts such as swords arts and Tai Chi. During the event, not only did they perform the martial arts on stage but they also arranged a practice session with the participants. The participants got to learn the basic moves of Tai Chi and how it can be practiced for daily exercise. Everyone was amazed by the performances and enjoyed learning Tai Chi with the performers. The two hour event went in a blink and I was very happy to see the participants learn about Taiwanese culture in an enjoyable atmosphere. It was a wonderful day filled with the wonders of Taiwanese culture.

第二部の台湾武術ショーとその体験では、日本白沙武術研究会に所属されている王彥凱さん達と大阪中華学校に所属されている陳明徳さんが、太極拳や八極拳など様々な拳法や剣を使った演武などを披露しました。参加者は中華武術の迫力ある動きに魅了された様子でした。その後体験では王さん達から参加者が直接手ほどきを受け太極拳などの基礎ポーズを練習し、2時間の記念事業はあっという間に終了。台湾の魅力の一部を皆さんに理解してもらうことができてよかったです。謝謝!

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