Tuesday, February 18, 2020

[INFO] About COVID-19

There is some information provided by YOKE about COVID-19 in Japan.

Multilingual information by CLAIR


Click the orange button to download the files (a folder that contains all the files in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Burmese, Portuguese, Vietnamese, French, Tagalog, Nepali, German, Thai, Spanish, Indonesian, Easy Japanese will be downloaded)

Japan Visitor Hotline

(press release in Japanese)

24/7, English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese
For emergencies (Illness or accidents), in case of disaster or for general sightseeing information

Announcement by the city of Yokohama in easy Japanese


Monday, February 10, 2020

[ACTIVITY REPORT] Let's Make Festival Masks with Kyoiku-kai

On the day before Setsubun, we got together to make Oni masks and Carnival masks. First we watched videos on Setsubun and Carnival (in English) and then started to paint and decorate the masks! 

Each child got two white masks: a round one and a cat one. With paints, pens, stickers and masking tapes, children decorated their masks. Then they ate roasted soy beans, as many as their age according to the tradition, and went out for bean throwing. Daddies put on the oni mask their kids made and played the role of Oni demon. Children threw the beans to drive away bad luck that Oni represents. The weather was perfect and we all enjoyed the event. 

Kyoiku-kai, a daddies' group based in Nishi ward, will have another event in May. More details will be announced later. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

[EVENT] Let's Make Festival Masks (February 2nd, 2020)

*This event is now fully booked. You will be put in the waiting list and we will let you know when someone cancels. 

A daddies' group based in Nishi ward, Kyoiku-kai and IMCY are going to hold a co-event in February to celebrate Setsubun and Carnival. Kids are going to make two festival masks. If the weather is okay, we are going to enjoy bean-throwing, which is one of the Setsubun traditions,  in the park nearby.  

Date: Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 (10AM~)
Venue: Tobe Community House
Fee: 500 yen/family

Please read through the flyer and SIGN UP to join. 

We are looking forward to seeing many of you!

Monday, December 9, 2019

[INFO] Garbage and Recyclables Collections during New Year Holidays

There is no garbage collection during the New Year holidays as follows:

Click to download the PDF files in each language

(This information is provided through YOKE)

Sunday, October 20, 2019

[EVENT] Hodogaya International Festa 2019, November 17th (SUN)

IMCY is going to join in Hodogaya International Festa this year, too!

Date: November 17th (SUN) 10:00-15:00  (*IMCY stand starts at 11:00). 
Venue: Iwama Shimin Plaza  (Access *Jumps to Hodogaya International Lounge website. We'll be on the 4F)

We are joining with Hodogaya International Mothers Gathering "Piccolo" volunteers this year. Our workshop this year is Pompom dolls as in the photo (¥100 for materials).

There are many fun events, experiences, stands, food stands etc. at the festival.
For more details on the festival, please visit Hodogaya International Lounge website

Please come and join us!!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

[HEALTH] Visual and Audio Checkup for 3 Years Olds

Some of you might have received this letter from the city of Yokohama. This is an announcement for the visual and audio checkup for three-year-old children (turning four this before next April). It says from this fiscal year (or school year/ from April to March in Japan),  they pulled down the target age from four to three, so if you have a four-year-old(s) and a three-year-old(s), you receive the letter for both (or all) of them this year. 

If your child(ren) is already enrolled in a school (nursery or kindergarten), you will receive the checkup questionnaire sheet through your school (between September 2019 and January 2010). 

If your child(ren) stays at home or goes to school outside Yokohama, contact the Children's Health Council Center (the address and the number on the bottom of the left side page). They'll ask your child(ren)'s name, birthdate, address to send the questionnaire after October 2019. Then you are supposed to sent it back in two weeks. They'll enclose a return envelop so you won't need to pay for the postal stamps.

If they judge that your child(ren) needs more detailed checkup, they'll send you another letter (and the checkup will be free of charge) . If not, you will receive nothing. 

The page about the checkup on the website of the city of Yokohama (though they only talk about four year olds). 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

[IMCY Activity Report] Music Together Allegro Demo Session

On a fine day in early June, some IMCY members attended a demo session by Music Together Allegro at their Center Kita classroom.  It's only a few-minute walk from the Yokohama Municipal Subway station (Yokohama History Museum side).  

The Music Together program is a world-wide music program for kids (age 0-5 years old) and caregivers.

Center Kita is the only classroom where the lesson is conducted all in English. In other classrooms, both English and Japanese are used so you don't have to worry even if you don't speak much Japanese. 

Egg shaker time! Shake shake!

Dancing time! 

Book & song time

The age group of our members' kids was about 18mo to 3yo. Some looked a little shy at the beginning but once the music started, they started to join and enjoy the rhythm and movement. We downloaded their application and listened to the songs (the songs used at the demo are free) before coming to the lesson. It seemed like our children enjoyed particularly making some music with little musical instruments such as egg shakers, maracas, castanets etc... Songs, dance, stories...the instructor never let children get bored. Everyone had a great time! 

Their summer season starts soon and registration is now available. For the summer season, you can enroll with siblings for free.

They offer demo lessons at every classroom:

They can also provide the Center Kita room for playgroups or meet-ups when the room is available (before/after the lessons). 

For more details and inquiries, please contact Music Together Allegro