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Report Events in 2012!
Program: Saturday TalkCafe
Time: 13:30-15:00 on the 3rd Saturday
※No meetings in Apr., Jan., and Feb.
Schedule:
13:00  Volunteers meet   
13:00-13:30  Coffee and tea will be prepared.
Reception will be prepared
Coordination will be prepared
Interpretation will be prepared
Minutes will be prepared.
13:30-14:00  Topic A
14:00-14:30  Topic B
14:30-14:55  Topic C (backup topic)
14:55-15:00   Announcement of the next meeting
15:00    Closing
15:00-15:30 Volunteer meeting
15:30      End
Annual Schedule:
  May 19(Sat.)13:30-15:00 (Finished)
  June16(Sat.)13:30-15:00 (Finished)
  July 21(Sat.)13:30-15:00 (Finished)
  Sept.15(Sat.)13:30-15:00 (Finished)
  Oct. 20(Sat.)13:30-15:00 (Finished)
  Nov.17(Sat.)13:30-15:00 (Cancelled)
  Dec.15(Sat.)13:30-15:00 (Finished)
  Mar.16(Sat.)13:30-15:00
Venue: MIFA
Eligibility: Japanese residents (MIFA members are supposed be all volunteers)
International residents
Fee: Japanese: MIFA members: free(They are all volunteers.)
International residents: MIFA members:free; non-MIFA members: \300
Content: ・Talk over various topics while enjoying coffee or tea.     
・Participants will be provided with information regarding questions given in the discussion.(answers to questions unanswered during the session will be given to the inquirer by volunteers via MIFA person.)
Rules & Regulations : ・Participants shall follow instructions from coordinators.
・Participants are refrained from talking matters irrelevant to the topic chosen. If they wish to do so, they shall so request to their coordinator.
・Participants shall respect opinions of other participants and help keep enjoyable atmosphere.
・Participants are refrained from forcibly discussing certain political or religious beliefs.
・Participants are refrained from conducts of business.
・Participants are refrained from prying into personal information of participants.
・The language to be used during sessions is English; other languages could be used on condition that interpretation will be available; so shall be requested in advance.).
Topic: 8th Meeting: Mar.16 (Sat.) 13:30-15:00

Topic: Topics for FY2013 meetings will be discussed.

・What are happening at communities in which participants live. (questions, dissatisfaction, lack of information)
・What are happening in Japan and abroad.
・Differences in value, culture, ways of thinking
・Personal experience
・Request/opinions to Meguro City and/or MIFA
Roles of Volunteers: 1. Choose topics
2. Coordinate discussion
3. Set up the venue
4. Check participants/visitors at Reception
5. Take minutes
6. Interprete(English, Chinese, etc.⇔Japanese)   
7. Answer requests, questions, and make FAQ
8. Make posters/flyers
9. Make layout relevant MIFA web page
Apply : ・International Participants:
Please inform MIFA via email of your name, nationality, address, phone number, a language you would like to use during a talking session, and a topic that you would like to discuss.

・Volunteers:
Please inform MIFA via email of your name, nationality, address, phone number, a language you would like to use during a talking session, roles you would like to undertake, and a topic that you would like to discuss.
Report: 
7th Meeting: Dec.15 (Sat.) 13:30-15:00

<Topic: What is your favorite sport?>

What is your favorite sport? Each attendee is to introduce to others the sport s/he likes, about which we will talk. Tradtional sports as well as martial arts will also be topics to discuss.

Attendees:
International participants: 1 (Philippines:1)
Japanese: 3
Total: 4

6th Meeting: Nov. 17 (Sat.) 13:30-15:00 was cancelled.


5th Meeting: Oct. 20 (Sat.) 13:30-15:00

<What if a Large Disaster Hits Tokyo?>

Tokyo felt a tremor of seismic intensity upper 5 at the East Japan
Great Earthquake on Mar.11, 2011. Even in Tokyo, train and highway
services as well as electricity supply ceased, while gasoline and
groceries disappeared from shelves on supermarkets. What should we
do when a larger disaster happen in Tokyo in near future? We will
talk about awareness of such a disaster.


Attendees:
International participants: 3 (China*1, Taiwan*1, UK*1)
Japanese: 1
Total: 4
  Minutes is here!
"Minutes - Oct 20, 2012 Eng
"(PDF)

4th Meeting: Sept.15 (Sat.) 13:30-15:00

<What should I do when I don't understand Japanese?>

"Japanese" is the first headache when you have just started your life in Japan.
You would encounter various difficulties if you don't understand the language.
What should we do in order to improve our proficiency in Japanese?
What should we do until we come to understand the language?
We will discuss this topic with experiences of international residents.


Attendees:
International participants: 5 (China*1, Nepal*2, Thai*2)
Japanese: 6
Total: 11

3rd Meeting: July 21(Sat.)13:30-15:00

<Understanding Japan Part III>

Japanese residents are interested in how they are viewed by international residents.
This time we would like to deepen mutual understanding with this theme.


Attendees:
International participants: 1 (Philippines:1)
Japanese: 5
Total: 6
 Minutes is here!
"Minutes - July 21, 2012 Eng
"(PDF)

2nd Meeting: June 16(Sat.)13:30-15:00

<Understanding Japan Part II>
International residents are interested in how they are viewed by Japanese residents. This time we would like to deepen mutual understanding with this theme.


Attendees:
International participants: 3 (China:1 Philippines:1 ROK:1)
Japanese: 4
Total: 7




 

Minutes is here!
"Minutes - June 16, 2012 Eng
"(PDF)

 1st Meeting: May 19(Sat.)13:30-15:00

<Understanding Japan Part I>
Of topics contributed by applicants for the session, topics to help Understand Japan has been chosen. International residents may have wondered why ways Japanese think and act are differnt from theirs. Discussion on the following topics are expected to solve some of their questions.
 

Attendees:
International participants: 4 (Canada:1 China:2 USA:1)
Japanese: 3
Total: 7
Topic 1. Are Japanese exclusive?

---A group consisting of westerners tried to join a Japanese rockabilly dance performed by Japanese at Harajuku; however, they were rejected. Members of the group thought that the dance was open to public, but it was not.

Theme: collectivism vs individualism
Topic 2. Can Japanese say "No"?

When Japanese are asked by a westerner which way to go, they tends not to say they do not know the answer to a question raised by an international resident. Whereas, westerners would say "I don't know." to a question to which they do not have an answer.

Theme:indirect vs. direct
Topic 3. Don't Japanese take care of their parents?

Chinese generally take care of their parents. It is said Japanese tend not to take care of their parents who have become old and needed help. Is it true? And why?

Theme: filial piety


 

Minutes is here!
"Minutes - May 19, 2012 Eng
"(PDF)



   
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