Saturday, August 23, 2014

[ACTIVITY REPORT]Wagashi(Japanese Confections)Workshop & Gathering #2 on June 26th,2014.







IMCY held Wagashi Workshop & Gathering #2 on June 26th,2014.

This time, the venue was Nishi Chiku Center, 12-minute walk from the West Gate of Yokohama station.
It was wonderful that there was full attendance and we started on time.

In the cooking room, the participants were divided into 4 groups (4 people each and 1 IMCY staff member) and made Kingyoku( beautiful Japanese seaweed-based agar jelly) and a morning-glory shaped Nerikiri.
To make Kingyoku,participants worked together in a group,so naturally they started chatting.Morning-glory shaped Nerikiri was very simple to make, but each had its individuality / originality in the color and shape.
It was also nice to have two young participants, because they were already in vacation: a teenage girl from UK and a 7-year-old boy.

In the nursary room, 14 children, 5 babysitters and 3 IMCY staff members spent 2 hours together.
There were some mothers who left their child with babysitters for the first time. No wonder that many children were crying hard at the beginning.But they gradually calmed down and got used to the new circumstance by going down to another playroom or having snacks.

We were impressed by the lively and smily faces of mothers after the workshop where they met new friends and enjoyed cooking together. We were also glad to have had lunch with some moms after the workshop.

It would be great if this workshop provided mothers with a place to refresh and to make new friends.We would like to show our deep gratitude to the participants, volunteer staff, and the instructor.

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