Presentation by a non-Japanese Guest (July 21, 2019)

We welcomed Mr. Jonathan Fisher as a guest speaker on July 21, 2019. He comes from Ashville, North Carolina and is teaching English as a lecturer at Akifuchu High School. The title of his presentation was “A Trip to Appalachia.”

Before getting into the main issue, he gave his self-introduction. He has “many hobbies”and has loved hiking and camping since he was a child. He was very active as a Boy Scouts member. He tries to go hiking or camping if there is time. He talked about his experiences on Mt Fuji, Yakushima, Miyajima, Mt Noro, and so on.

Returning to the topic, the presenter showed the states Appalachia covers, using a few maps. Appalachia stretches from New York to Alabama and Georgia, but in his presentation he described the Appalachia he knows near his home town. He explained the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and so on. Pictures on the slides showed a series of beautiful scenes. He also introduced the Biltmore Estate, the largest home in the USA.

The speaker mentioned the relation between settlers and Native Americans. The Cherokee lived in an area of the Southeastern United States now covered by Appalachia. But when the Indian Removal Act was enacted, most Cherokee people were forced to leave their homes in the 1830s. Then he played the folk music of Appalachia on the violin. The audience was fascinated by his performance.

Mr. Fisher’s presentation provided a precious opportunity for us to know the culture and history of Appalachia we are not familiar with. Through this opportunity, we have come to want to learn more about Appalachia.

Cultural Exchange Party ( May 26, 2019 )

A cultural exchange party hosted by this association was held in the Aki Fuchu Chamber of Commerce on May 26. Luckily, we had wonderful weather. The number of participants was 73 including 31 people from China, Vietnam, Laos, and the United States.

At the beginning of the party, the participants from other countries gave their self-introductions and we played several games to break the ice. Then we made a toast. Many potluck dishes from different countries were set on the tables. While we enjoyed the food, we had many lively conversations.

Several people from China, Vietnam, and Laos wore their traditional clothes and had a lot of fun taking some pictures of each other.

This year’s much-awaited attractions were Vietnamese songs by the Vietnamese participants and Japanese dancing. We had an opportunity to listen to unfamiliar Vietnamese songs about encounters with people and farewell and were fascinated by these people’s beautiful singing voices. Under a dancing master’s instruction all participants danced to Japanese songs: two Japanese popular songs and a Japanese folk song.

We had a lottery session as usual and people who got prizes were extremely happy. We had lively conversations with each other in a friendly atmosphere. The party was a great success.

The 28th General Meeting ( May 11, 2019 )

The 28th General Meeting ( May 11, 2019 )

The general meeting was held at the conference room on the second floor of Fuchu Community Center. Many honorable guests attended the meeting and Mr. Kanemitu from Town Hall gave an address on behalf of Mayor Sato Nobuharu.

Three bills, which were Fiscal Year 2018 Business and Settlement Reports, Fiscal Year 2019 Business and Budget Plans, and Election of Officers were unanimously approved.

This association has been engaged in international exchange programs for about 30 years since it was established in 1991, and has made efforts to promote multicultural coexistence in this town. Since the Reiwa Era has begun, the number of foreign residents has increased. When we work on various issues the residents will face, we need closer coordination with the people concerned.

The Self-Government Promotion Section was put in charge of international exchange this April. In order to strengthen coordination between the section and our organization, we asked for its support and cooperation.

We intend to work harder to develop our activities through closer coordination of the people concerned. We sincerely appreciate the cooperation of our members. We are also deeply grateful to the Mayor of Fuchu-cho and the other related parties at Town Hall

After School Children’s Club (2019 Vietnam)

「International Exchange Class
at After School Children’s Club

Ms. Huyen & Ms. Huong, who are from Vietnam and members of Fuchu International Relations Association, lectured for “International exchange class” of “After school children’s club promotion project”. The project is held by Social Education Division in Fuchu Town Board of Education.

Every Wednesday from Feb. 6 through Mar. 6 at after-school hours, they visited 5 elementary schools in town and gave lectures to approx. 20 pupils about their home country Vietnam for about one hour.

They introduced Vietnam by showing various photographs through projector. Children listened with great interest about landscapes, culture and language, which are different from Japan. They also learned some greetings in Vietnamese.

After the lecture they learned how to play Da Cau, which is Vietnamese game, and enjoyed themselves playing the game together.

All of us really felt the importance of knowing different cultures at an early stage of childhood with no preconception.