Hello, everyone! My name is Arthur and I have been working as the CIR in Maizuru City Office since 2017. Today, I would like to introduce to you a bit about myself, and the history of the relationship between Maizuru City and Uzbekistan.
I was born and raised in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Since I was a child, I heard stories about the Japanese people who contributed to the infrastructure of Uzbekistan. You’re probably wondering how Maizuru, a city in Japan, can be related to Uzbekistan, a country in Central Asia. To be honest, even I did not find out about it until just recently! To understand the story, let’s go back to the years following World War 2.
Happy spring, Tabunka Kyoto readers! It’s me, Gavyn, the CIR for Seika Town.
Since the coronavirus pandemic started picking up in earnest last spring, planning cultural exchange events that follow pandemic protocols has gotten quite difficult. This is especially so for any CIR that likes to showcase their culture through food, like me!
Speaking of, a lot has changed in the world since my last post. Of course, the most pressing issue on everyone’s minds is one that needs no introduction. The coronavirus pandemic has hopped in the driver’s seat of all our lives in the last few months and it looks like it will continue to steer our every movement for the foreseeable future.
Since 1995, the Coordinator for International Relations of Seika Town has published an English newsletter for foreign persons residing in Seika. This newsletter, then named “Seika’s Gaikokujin Gazette” was started with the purpose of keeping foreign residents “up to date with local town events and to provide help with daily living.”
Hello everyone! This is an update from Mary Ho, the Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in Kyotanabe City.
On Thursday August 22, I held the kids event “Let’s Play and Talk with the CIR!” with a group of 16 young participants at Doshisha Yamate North Community Center. We had lots of fun using English to play games and singing various songs. This event is a continuation from a similar one I held last year.
Hello everyone! It’s
me, Gavyn, the CIR from Seika Town.
This past July, I took part in a Chikyukko Lecture event held by our local international exchange and support group Seika Global Net (SGN). The Chikyukko (Japanese for “small world”) Lecture is a series of talks held a few times a year usually focused on multiculturalism and cultural understanding. This time, the event challenged attendants, both local and foreign residents, to consider not the differences between their respective cultures, but the similarities.
Hello everyone! This is an update from your Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in Kyotanabe City, Mary Ho.
In June, I taught an International Exchange Cooking Class event hosted by the Kyotanabe International Exchange Association. This year we had the pleasure of inviting Ms. Huang, a Kyoto Prefecture Friendship Ambassador, as a Taiwanese guest to teach and cook Taiwanese dishes with me.