初学校訪問・My First School Visit



Hello! It’s Sandra Arazi from Kyoto Prefectural International Center.

On the first of February I went to my first school visit at Kyoto Bunkyo Jr. College Elementary School. I did a presentation about France to 3rd grade students. I spent an enjoyable time in the company of the students. During 45 minutes, I introduced them to my country , and got a positive response from them.

学校訪問の前に色々準備してPPT (マップ、イメージ、クイズ)とゲームを作成しました。もともと先生ではないので、やはり、私にとって一番難しかったことは、講座の内容を簡単にしすぎず、難しくすぎずに九歳の子どもにフランスのことを知っていただくことでした。ですが、いいバランスがとれたと思います。

Before the school visit, I prepared a lot and created a PPT(map, images, quiz)and games. Since I’m not a teacher from the beginning, what was difficult for me was to measure the difficulty of the contents of my presentation for nine-year-old children. But I think I found a good balance.

講座では、まずフランスの位置や、挨拶のやり方や、名所や、名物などを説明しました。それで、フランスのゲームを二つ、ジャンケン「pierre, papier, ciseaux」とジェスチャーゲーム「Le jeu de mimes」を行いました。さすがにゲームは子ども達を一番盛り上がらせた部分でした。私も楽しませていただきました!

If I explain what I did during my presentation, it started with the localization of France, greetings, famous spots, as well as famous food learning. Then, I introduced two games ; « pierre, papier, ciseaux » and a gesture game called “Le jeu de mimes”. Without surprise the games got the children the most excited. I enjoyed myself too!


After my presentation and games ended, a spare time was dedicated to interact with the students. I have been asked a lot of questions. Their eagerness to learn was very cute! I was asked about my favorite food, favorite sports and so on. I was also asked a lot about baseball! Unfortunately, I told them that baseball is not really popular in France. By the way, I think that soccer might be the most prominent sport there.


Altogether it was a great experience! I hope I will have other opportunities to interact with children. By the way, if you want to learn more about my presentation on that day, you can visit the homepage of Kyoto Bunkyo Jr. College Elementary school : https://kyotobunkyo-sho.ed.jp/topics-2/30657/


Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます!




そして、なんと!京都府に来てから約半年が過ぎました!ここに来てからいろんな方にお世話になり、とても感謝しております!仕事に関して, 最初はミスいっぱいで迷惑を沢山かけたと思いますがいつも親切にしていただき、ありがたいですよね。自分の新しい仕事と生活に慣れるまで少し時間が掛かりましたが、やっと慣れてきたのではないかと思います。2019年は様々な面でもっと活躍できるように頑張りたいと思います!!

Hello everyone! How are you doing?

It’s Sandra Arazi from Kyoto Prefectural International Center here.

It’s a little late for this announcement, but never mind, Happy New Year everyone! I wish you happiness for this new year! I say the same thing every year, but 2018 went by so fast.

Moreover, it has already been half a year since I came to work and live in Kyoto City! Since arriving here, I have been indebted to so many people who have taken care of me, and I’m really grateful to them. Concerning work, at first although I must have caused so many mistakes and bothered so many people, I have always been treated kindly, so I’m really thankful. Before getting used to my new work and life, some time was needed but I get the feeling that I finally managed it. For 2019, I will try my best to be more active and successful!



Well everyone, how did you spend the New Year?

As for me, I went back to France, and I spent it celebrating with my family. During this period, it’s best to be close to the people important to you, right? By the way. do you know the specialties served during the French New Year dinner? For example, you have salmon, foie gras, oysters, and other luxurious food! And for the drinks, of course, you have either wine or champagne. It’s a period where you can easily gain weight if you are not careful…!


Well everyone, I will be in your care again this year!


Sandra Arazi サンドラ・アラジ
photo sandra 2017


Nice to meet you everyone ! My name is Sandra Arazi and since august 2018 I joined the Kyoto Prefectural International Center as the new Coordinator for International Relations. Let me introduce myself. I am a 24 years old French girl born in Paris.
As everyone already knows, Paris is the capital of France and the center of many important fields. However did you know that Paris is the sister city of Kyoto ? I feel very honoured being able to help deepening the relationships between our countries and cities from now on.




How much do you know about France everyone ?

For several consecutive years now, France has been the first touristic destination in the whole world. Every year, people from all over the planet visit it’s capital Paris. It goes without saying that the city is really popular among Japanese people !There is a reason to this. History, culture, gastronomy, many strong fields are gathered in the same city and that’s what make it so special. If you would like to learn more about France and Paris, feel free to participate to my seminars !

Various types of cheeseParis-11

自分の街も国も心から大好きですが、おさないころにどうしようもなく日本のことに恋をしてしまった (笑)。それでも、日本が好きになったきっかけはなんですか?と聞かれるとよく説明できなくて困ります、、好きなところはないからというわけではないですけどね!ただ、返事は一つではないと感じています。やはり日本の特別な雰囲気や、深い文化と歴史や、素敵な言語や、日本人のおもてなしなどの影響が私の魂の中に響いたのでしょうかね。

Even though I really like my own country and city, when I was a child I fell in love with Japan. If you ask me why, I would’nt be able to give you a proper answer. It’s not because I don’t like anything、It’s just the feeling that there is not one single answer as to why I got to like Japan. Maybe it’s the particular atmosphere of Japan, the long history, the beautiful language, or the Japanese people’s kindness which got to resonate into my soul.

イナルコ大学で日本語と日本文化の専攻を選んで、三年間後卒業しました。直後、様々な試験に合格し、奨学金を二ついただくことになり、慶應義塾大学と西南学院大学に留学することができました。今でも留学の機会を与えてくださった文部科学省とFondation de Franceにはとても感謝しております。フランスに帰国した後、修士を目指し、ソルボンヌヌーベルパリIII大学で文化学と観光学を学ぶことにしました。

I chose to study Japanese culture, civilization and language at Inalco University. I graduated of it three years later. Right after, I passed some examinations and got rewarded with two scholarships to study in Keio University and also Seinan Gakuin University. Even now I am really grateful to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Fondation of France for giving me those opportunities to study abroad. After going back to France, I decided to go after a master, and studied culture and tourism at Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III University.


Since I have a real interest for tourism, I realized internships at the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) in Paris and the Japanese travel agency HIS also located in Paris. During summer 2018, I have also worked for a Japanese event company called Japan Promotion as I felt a strong attachment to the Japanese cultural and art world. As an example of the kind of work I accomplished : I became an interpreter and presentator for a major Japanese event called Japan Expo going on every year in France. I feel that Kyoto is the center of the Japanese artistic and cultural world so it‘s really a privilege to be able to live here from now on.


From now on working at the Kyoto Prefectural International Center will certainly give me the chance to experience many works. I’m really looking forward meeting people during the time spent visiting schools, while giving seminars and participating in international event. Thank you ! !


Sandra Arazi

For further information : https://www.kpic.or.jp/shichoson/koryuinhaken.html


おおきに、心の古郷、京都! A heartfelt thanks to you Kyoto, my second home


Alice from KPIC here! I will be finishing JET at the end of July. 5 years have passed so quickly, and it feels like I arrived just yesterday. This will be my last article on this blog.

中学校から日本好きな私は「いつか日本で働いて長く住みた いな」と思って、日本の自治体の国際化に貢献できるJETプログラムに申請しました。しかし、英語圏出身者の募集は毎年何千人もいるが、フランス人募集は 5名以下のに対して、応募は100人以上もいるという激しい競争率が現実です。ですから、合格した時には本当に夢が叶い、幸せの極みでした。

「国 際交流員の仕事は何?」とよく聞かれますが、今になってやっと答えが分かりました。「国際交流の何でも屋さん!」です。5年間の中で知事と首相レベルの通 訳、訪問団を迎える準備と同行、ミシュランシェフの付き合いなどという制度上のレベルで普段関われない仕事もあれば、住民に向けたワインセミナー、フラン ス伝統舞踊体験など、地域と深く関われる仕事もありました。

I have been in love with Japan since junior high, and it was one of my dreams to work and live in Japan, so applying to the JET Programme was only natural. Every year, thousands of people from English-speaking countries are recruited but only a few spots are available to French people, while hundreds apply each year. So when I got accepted, it was like a dream come true.

Interpreting for oyster farmers in Ine village 伊根町で牡蠣養殖業者同士の通訳も

Interpreting for oyster farmers in Ine village

People often ask me “What does a CIR do?”. After all these years, I think I finally have the answer: “A CIR is the jack-of-all-trades of internationalization”! In my 5 years, I did some work that usually fresh graduates don’t get to do such as interpreting for Kyoto Prefecture Governor and Prime Ministers meetings, welcoming delegations and accompanying them, working with Michelin star chiefs, but also work involving the Prefecture’s citizens and connecting with the community with events such as wine seminars and traditional French dance classes.

印 象に残った仕事は山ほどあります。大好きな京都府と南仏の地域を友好協力協定諸の調印で繋げて、アーティスト、高校生をはじめ、色々な当事者が交流できる 環境を作ったり、「フィールドトリップin京都府」で府内の市町村へ外国人住民を連れて、地域ならではの文化体験と住民との深い交流でお互いに豊かにな り、偏見と孤立感を解消し、地方振興に貢献する事業も担当したり、色々しました。全て知りたい!という人はセンターのHPで読んでくださいね。

Signing the friendship agreement 友好協力協定諸の調印

Signing the friendship agreement

Field Trips were awesome! 大好きだったフィールドトリップの仕事

Field Trips were awesome!

There is a mountain of things I will remember. I got to do many wonderful things, such as linking Kyoto and my native southern France together through a friendship agreement, creating many ties between the two regions thanks to artists and students exchanges, or creating links between international and local residents through Field Trip programs across the whole of Kyoto Prefecture, breaking down stereotypes and isolation, and contributing to local areas. Look at the Center’s website to check everything I did!


ま ずは、学校訪問。国際交流員として府内の小・中・高校で授業をする機会がありました。日本の学校はよくアニメやドラマに出ているので、実際に行って、学生 と交流して、本当に暖かい思い出が盛り沢山。特に、素直な日本人小学生に何度も感動しました。彼らの声は今でもずっと響きます:「ええええ」(フランスの 文化に対するビックリ声)、「メルシー」(フランス語を一生懸命習ってくれた姿)、「先生!」(発表の途中でも質問をする好奇心)。それから、訪問後の手 紙で涙を何度もこぼした「フランス語を習う!」「世界に出たくなった!」「無意識な偏見を意識する!」。未来を作る次世代の視野を広めて、光栄です。皆さ ん、世界の色々な架け橋になってください。私もみんなの笑顔で頑張れます。

Dancing with the kids 子どもとフランスの鴨踊りを踊る

Dancing with the kids

There are two times when I felt that my work was truly meaningful and that I really contributed to the community.

Alice6First, school visits. I got to visit elementary, junior and high schools and do classes there. Japanese schools often appear in dramas or anime, so actually being a part of them and meeting the students are some of the best memories I made. I still hear the students’ voices: “Whaaaat” (when hearing about French culture), “Merci!” (their remembering of French), “Teacher!” (when interrupting the presentation to ask more out of insatiable curiosity). Their letters often got me tearful too: “I want to learn French!”, “I want to see the world!”, “I will be careful of stereotypes!”. It was an honor to broaden their horizons. I hope they build tomorrow’s peaceful world. I will take your smiles with me from now on.

それから、私は「よさこいで燃え尽きる者」とよく同僚に呼ばれています。来日してすぐに、「颯戯 FUJA」という京都のよさこいチームに入って、全国のお祭りに参加して、ある祭りではチームをまとめる役割もさせていただきました。ここでよさこいが 「超楽しい!」以外に、一番感動したのは「外国人」ではなく、「アリス」として受け入れてくれたことです。「日本では~」と言いながら、「私達日本人とあ なた」の壁を作らずに、同じ地域とチームの一人として見てくれたこと。多彩な国籍と人柄を全て「外国人」としてしか取り扱わない無意識な差別が多い日本 で、外国人住民の私がよく疲れていましたが、毎回チーム活動でリフレッシュして、刺激を貰い、仕事もプライベートも頑張れることができました。

名古屋のにっぽんど真ん中祭りに参加 Participating in the Domannaka Festival in Nagoya

Participating in the Domannaka Festival in Nagoya

Alice8My colleagues often call me “the Yosakoi girl”. As soon as I arrived in Kyoto, I joined my team, “FUJA”, and participated in lots of festivals around Japan. I even got to be team leader for one of them. Outside than Yosakoi being super fun, the thing that stood out the most is how everyone treated me as a member of the team and as myself, Alice, rather than “the foreigner”. They didn’t build walls between them and me. It’s easy to get tired in Japanese society where the diversity of non-Japanese are clustered into a big “foreigners” label only. Meeting with my team every week was so refreshing and gave me the energy to keep on living and working in Japan.



大原のおばあさんにフランス語を教えるお母さん My mom taught French to a shop owner in Ohara

My mom taught French to a shop owner in Ohara

メ ディア、テレビ番組、雑誌ではなく、自分自身で違う価値観、文化を感じて、理由を知るようにしてください。「異文化」は「海外」に限りませんよ。隣人、違 う仕事の人、県外の人なども「異文化」を持ちます。自分の文化や価値観と比較して、すぐ判断するのではなく、相手の話を直接聞いて、「外国人」「外の人」 ではなく、「その人」のことを理解しましょう。それから、機会があれば、世界に出て、自分が「マイノリティ」になる経験をしてください。そうすると、異文 化理解の上、自分のアイデンティティ、価値観と自信がしっかりします。豊かな人間になります。


Finally, here is my last lesson for you (because I’m a “teacher” now!)

First! “Make your own opinions yourself”.

大原女の行列に参加した! I became a Ohara girl!

I became a Ohara girl!

Experience different cultures and values first-hand and not through media such as magazines or TV. “Different” doesn’t automatically mean “foreign”. It can be your neighbor, people from different fields of work or regions etc. Don’t judge and compare from your own culture but listen to that person. Don’t treat them as “different” or “foreign” but as “this person in particular”. If you have the chance, live abroad and become a minority yourself. Not only will you understand other cultures and viewpoints better, but you will also get a new insight on your own values and identity. In a world where obscurantism, hatred and terrorism are on the rise, it’s our duty as citizens of the world. Reach out to others and build bridges instead of walls.


おおきに! Thanks Kyoto!

Thanks Kyoto!

京 都それから、日本で出会ったみなさんが、受け入れてくれたことに対して感謝。5年間でできた経験は人生で唯一のことばかりで、私を成長させ、豊かな人間に してくれました。過ぎ去った5年間を、京都府国際センターと京都府国際課、それから皆さんと一緒に過ごせたことはとても光栄なことで、私の次の職場や人生 の様々な場面で、心を温め、支えてくれる大切な思い出と力になると思います。これからも京都で冒険したり、よさこいを踊ったりするので、会ったら声をかけ てください!皆さん、心からおおきに!それから、またね!

Second! “A heartfelt thank you”!

次の冒険へ! On to the next adventure!

On to the next adventure!

All the people I met in Japan and Kyoto have welcomed me into their hearts and local communities, and I am so thankful for that. Everything I experienced in these 5 years has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and helped me grow so much. It was an honor to work together with the people at the Center, the Prefectural Office and everyone I met, and these memories will be the strength that will support me in the next step and warm my heart on down days.

I will still enjoy Kyoto and dance Yosakoi here and there, so say hi if we meet! A big thank you and see you later!

Goodbye from Brian, the CIR in Kizugawa 木津川市国際交流員ブライアン氏からの退任の挨拶

July marks the season where a lot of JET Programme participants are leaving and new ones coming. 3 CIRs participating in this blog will be leaving at the end of this month: the CIRs in Kizugawa (Brian), in Seika (Jake) and at the Kyoto Prefectural International Center (Alice).

Here are a few words from Brian.




Wow how time flies. Three years have passed since I made my debut on this blog. Through the summer heat and winter chills, I have had a wonderful time living in such a pretty place like Kizugawa in Kyoto.


Through the Kyoto CIRs’ efforts, I hope more international residents can call Kyoto their comfortable home. And also I hope more natives all over Kyoto will be interested in traveling and experiencing different cultures, and become global citizens of the world. From understanding and interacting, make the world a better place. Thank you, Kyoto. See you around!



国際理解講座と写真展示会への誘い Invitation to a picture exhibition and seminar

「心の故郷、京都へ ~5年間を振り返り、京都と日本の国際化を考える~」

Picture exhibition and seminar
“Kyoto, my second home: an insight into 5 years of life and local areas’ internationalization”

cir omoide banner7月末に任務を終えるため、京都府国際センターの国際交流員ボナミ・アリスの最後のイベントと講演会となります。皆さん、ぜひ、ご参加ください!

This is the last event and seminar by the CIR in Kyoto Prefectural International Center, Alice, who will leave at the end of July.
Please come!


alice2● 名前: ボナミ アリス
● 出身: フランス、ボルドー市

● ストーリー:  中学生の時、ジブリにはまり、日本に一目惚れ。大学で日本語を勉強し、1年間屋台と豚カツの国(福岡)へ留学。異文化理解を専攻し、大学院を卒業。 2011年に京都府国際交流員として入洛。そこで、京都にさらに一目惚れする。5年の間、異文化理解・国際交流イベント、フランス自治体との交流事業など を担当し、京都府の国際化と多文化共生に幅広く関わる。


alice3alice4★ 写真パネル展示会
おおきに、心の故郷、京都 ~笑、涙、感動、冒険の混ざった5年間~
6月15日(水)~20日(月) 10:00~18:00
※ 申し込み不要

★ 講演会
そして、京都と出会った ~外国人府民としての想い、地域の国際化を考える~
6月18日(土) 14:30~16:30
※ 要申込、フランスのお菓子付き
※ 本講座は日本語で行われます

★ 場所: 京都府国際センター(京都駅ビル9F)

★ 定員: 45名(先着順) (講演会のみ)



Intercultural Salon: Stereotypes about Brazil – 異文化理解サロン:ブラジルに対するステレオタイプ

RodrigoHi, everyone! My name is Rodrigo Brinca and I’m the Brazilian CIR working at Shiga Prefectural Government Office.

On May 24th I had the opportunity to give a presentation on Brazil in Kyoto’s Prefectural International Center. Since I had total freedom to choose the topic, I decided to talk about the stereotyped views Japanese people have regarding Brazil. My reasoning behind choosing this theme actually has to do with the fact that Japanese people actually do know a good amount about my country, although their perception is biased, understandably, by what Japan’s mainstream media says about it.


SambaFirst I selected a few topics I knew beforehand that Japanese people had some knowledge of, like Brazilian music, tourist attractions and so on. Then I explained what are some common misconceptions about these, i.e. “Brazilian women dance naked during carnival”, “all Brazilians can play soccer like Neymar” etc. By doing this, I believe we could reflect on how a minor aspect of someone’s culture can be misinterpreted as something major when no cultural context is given.


FavelasThe public showed a great deal of interest and we also had time to answer some interesting questions on varied topics by the end of the presentation. Since my usual listeners are elementary school students (which I also love talking to), I was glad to have this chance to talk to a different group of people and present to Japanese adults some aspects of Brazilian Culture that are not well known. I’m also looking forward to holding similar events in my home prefecture, Shiga when I get the chance.

Discussion with the participants 参加者とのディスカッション

Discussion with the participants


Also, lastly, from this year the CIRs from Shiga also started a blog. Be sure to check it out if you are interested in Shiga’s culture, tourist attractions or Multiculturalism.