Saturday, December 26, 2015

[EVENT] Experience Japanese New Year (2016)


Nanakusa Rice Soup at Yokomizo Old House (Tsurumi ward)

Nanakusa (seven herbs) rice soup is Japanese traditional food that they have on 7th January, to ease the stomach after the festive dishes of the New Year and to wish the health.

Thursday, January 7th, 11:00-13:00

at Misono Park, Yokomizo Old House

You can also enjoy the soup for free (first 100 people only) at Tressa Yokohama (close to the house) from 15:00 at 1F South bldg. Center Garden.

Nanakusa Rice Soup at Seseragi Park (Tsuduki ward)
Thursday January 7th, 11:00-
100 yen/serving (100 servings)
17 Shin-ei-cho, Tsuduki-ku, Yokohama (closest station: Nakamachi-dai, Blue Line)

Nanakusa Rice Soup and New Year Games (Sakae ward)

Saturday, January 11th, 11:30-13:00
100 yen/serving (100 servings)
at Hongo Fujiyama Park (Old houses)
56-1, Nakano-cho, Sakae-ku, Yokoahama (closest station: Hongodai, JR Negishi Line)

Nanakusa Rice Soup / Sweet Bean Soup at Nagayamon Park (Seya ward)

Nanakusa Rice Soup
Thusrday, January 11th, 11:00-
100 yen/serving (100 servings)
Nagayamon Park (closest station: Mitsukyo, Sotetsu Line, 18min walk or bus)

Sweet Bean Soup with Mochi rice cake
Japanese people decorate mochi (rice cake) during the New Year and then brake it down to eat in sweet bean soup around this day.

Monday, January 11th, 11:00-
100 yen/serving (200 servings)

Nanakusa Rice Soup at Tsuduki Minka-en (Tsuduki ward)

Thursday, January 7th, 11:00-12:00
100 yen/serving (100 servings)
2 Odana-nishi, Tsuduki-ku, Yokohama (8min walk from Center Kita, Blue Line)

Hodogaya International Mothers' Gathering
New Year's Zoni Soup Lunch Party

You can try the Zoni soup that Japanese people often have during the New Year holidays.

Tuesday, 19th January, 10:30-11:30
at 3F Japanese Room, Iwama Shimin Plaza
1-7-15 Iwamacho, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama (2min walk from Sotetsu Line Tennocho station or 10 min from JR Hodogaya station)

What to bring: Rice balls (onigiri, or whatever you want to have with the soup), bowls, chopsticks and hand wipes for you and your children.

No reservation required, but this gathering is basically for non-Japanese families, so Japanese families are asked to contact the Hodogaya International Lounge beforehand.

Hodogaya International Lounge
Tea Ceremony Experience

You can enjoy a cup of green tea and Japanese confection.

Saturday, 23rd January 14:30-16:00
at 3F Japanese Room, Iwama Shimin Plaza
1-7-15 Iwamacho, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama (2min walk from Sotetsu Line Tennocho station or 10 min from JR Hodogaya station)

Free for non-Japanese people and 500 yen for Japanese people.
Please sign up by telephone, e-mail or at the counter.

[PLAYGROUP] IMCY Chat Cafe January 2016


Our very first meet-up in 2016 will be:

Date&Hours: January 27th (WED), 2016, 15:00-16:30
Venue: Multipurpose Room at Fukushia (First Place Yokohama 3F 2-7-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, 5 min on foot from Yokohama station East gate)

For newcomers, please e-mail us to* (please replace * with @) with your name, your child(ren)'s name(s) and age(s), and your ward/city. You can also sign up on our Facebook group event page.

We'll also set up a give-away table as usual, so please bring baby/kids items, clothes, toys, books etc. that you don't need any more and wish to give away.

We're looking forward to seeing you!!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

[EVENT] Meet Santa Claus 2015 in Yokohama


Sorry for our late notice!!

Yokohama World Porters
Ukulele Santa Live and Photo
14:00-, 16:00-
1F Hawaiian Town

23rd, 24th and 25th

13:00-, 15:00-
Santa walks around in YWP and give candies.
On 1F and 5F

14:00-, 16:20- (on 24th, 14:00- and 17:15-)
Photo with Santa
For first 20 groups each time. Ticket distributed 2F main entrance (next to the stage) 1hour before each time.

Red Brick Warehouse

24th, 13:00-, 15:00-, 17:00-
Santa will walk around inside/outside the building. 

Colette Mare
23rd 11:00-, 13:00-, 15:00-
25th 13:00-, 15:00-, 17:00-
Santa walks around (starts from 1F main entrance) and give children candies.

MM Terrace Minatomirai

Photo with Santa
20th 12:00- at Leaf Minatomirai 1F, first 30 groups
15:30- at MM Terrace 1F in front of Ainz & Tulpe, first 30 groups

Give candies with Santa
20th, 12:30-, 14:00-, 16:00-
Children (a receipt of Leaf Minatomirai or MM Terrace needed)
15 children each place

Yokohama Bay Quarter
19th and 20th, 12:00-, 14:00-, 16:00- (30mins)
Santa walks around BayQuarter. Free.
You can check Santa's schedule on each day at the play space 4F Annex

Tressa Yokohama

YCC Gospel Lovers Live and Santa Photo Shoot
23rd Live: 14:00-, 16:00-
Santa:15:30-. 17:30- (30 mins)
North Bldg. 2F Lyon Square


19th: Yokohama Izumi Store
23rd: Kohoku New Town Store
11:00-, 13:00-, 15:00-, 16:00-, 17:00-
for 30 minutes each time, no reservation required, free

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

[IMCY ACTIVITY REPORT] Cookpad & IMCY Recipe Sharing Party Autumn 2015

We had the second Recipe Sharing Lunch Party at Cookpad kitchen in Ebisu on November 30th.

This time, the theme was: Autumn / Kids-friendly or Holidays.

Children were rather younger than last time, so mostly moms cooked the dishes, but the oldest helped us, too (which was really cute).

Some prepared desserts at home and brought them for the lunch:

Spiral cookies and a stollen (German/Alsacien Christmas bread)

And we cooked following dishes:

-Chickpea cocktail salad
-Potato Mochi (imo-mochi)
-Osechi dishes (Red and White Namasu, Datemaki, Kombu-maki, Sweet potato chakin, Kuri Kinton and Kamaboko)

Some participants haven't prepared Osechi (a boxed Japanese New Year meal) before and were excited to learn how to cook some of the typical dishes. They're not so difficult at all!

We prepared three flavors of imo-mochi (cheese, nori and purple potato-colored).

And we also tried the Kamaboko cutwork!

And enjoy!!! 

Imo-mochi, Namasu, Chakin and Kuri Kinton.
Imo-mochi is not a traditional Osechi dish, but with these colors, we found that it is also good for Osechi!

Chickpea cocktail (yogurt and plain) and kombu-maki.

Osechi dishes (Kamaboko, Datemaki, Imo-mochi, Kombu-maki, Kuri kinton and Red ad White Namasu) served in the O-jyu box. 

We really enjoyed cooking, chatting and eating the food together!!
Why don't you try these festive dishes for the holiday season?

Please find the recipes at Cookpad English version:

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

[IMCY ACTIVITY REPORT] Bazaars Autumn 2015

This autumn, we attended two local festivals in Yokohama: Hodogaya International Festa and Kaminoki Chiku Center Festival.

1) Hodogaya International Festa (Nov. 15)

We sold handmade items (by our volunteer members) and some imported items from India, Mexico, Hong Kong and France. Hair accessories for little girls were very popular! Our booth is always on the 4th floor where there are an exit from the hall and the kimono trial and photo shot room, so there are always many international people in their ethnic costume or kimono. We also enjoyed some ethnic foods from the stands downstairs.

This time, we also had a Christmas ornament workshop for children. Children loved it a lot and were happy with their project!

2) Kaminoki Chiku Center Festival (Nov. 22)
Kaminoki Chiku Center is close to JR Oguchi station. There were exhibition of art and craft works of those who use the center for their projects. There were also workshops and dance/music performances. Food stands and fresh fruit and vegetable sale were very popular, too.

We sold handmade items and imported items as the last time, and we also baked waffles there with Lebkuchen spices. Next to our stand was a chocolate fondu stand, so the sweet smells attracted the passers-by. As it was our first try, we didn't prepare much, so the waffles were sold out before noon.


We would like to show our deep gratitude to the visitors, the HIEC and Kaminoki Chiku Center staff for letting us join the festivals, and our volunteer members.

Thank you!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

[PLAYGROUP] IMCY Chat Cafe Dec.10, 2015

We are going to have the last Chat Cafe in 2015! Come and join us!!

Date&Hours: Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 15:00-16:30
Venue: Fukushia Multipurpose Room, 3F First Place Yokohama 2-7-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama

Please sign up by email (to*, please replace * with @) with your name, your child(ren)'s name(s) and age(s), your ward/city, by December 8th
If you have any used items (clothes, toys, books for babies/toddlers/kids) to give away, please bring them. You can also take back others' used items up to three per person. Please bring back your left items to your home at the end of the event.

Our volunteer members will prepare some cakes and cookies and we will ask ¥100/serving as a cost.  

We appreciate book time volunteers, too! Please bring your favorite picture books (in any language). 

This time, a reporter may be joining to interview us, so if you don't wish to appear in the photos, please let us know.

We are looking forward to seeing you. 

IMCY Team.

Friday, November 6, 2015

[EVENT] Cookpad & IMCY Recipe Sharing Party Autumn 2015

ATTENTION: Application to this event was closed. Thanks!

We had a fabulous time at last Cookpad & IMCY cooking party in summer. And we are going to do it again this autumn.

*The image is from the last visit. This time, we will be able to use a larger kitchen!

Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 10:00-14:00 (*exact time hasn't fixed yet)
Place: Cookpad Office kitchen (Ebisu, Tokyo)

Theme of cooking: Autumn, kids-friendly or Holiday dishes

What we do:
Participants will prepare some recipes on the theme(s) above and share them at the party. We are going to cook some of the recipes and enjoy them at lunch time together. It would be nice if you could upload and share the recipe on (it's very easy to create an account).

You can come with your children, too! You can bring in your stroller and there is a changing table in the bathroom.

Please apply for this event by sending e-mail to us (*  Please replace * with @)
with your name, your contact, name(s) and age(s) of your child(ren) if you bring them, allergy information, and if possible, a brief description of your recipe.

Please sign up by November 17th. If the number of applications exceeds the limit, we'll choose the participants randomly. The maximum number of participants is around 15 people including children.
Thank you for your understanding.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

[ACTIVITY REPORT] Exchange & Chat Cafe October 28th, 2015!

We had an Exchange & Chat Cafe on October 28th, at Fukushia close to Yokohama station.
At the previous Chat Cafes, moms brought ideas with them for our future.

This time we changed the system a little. We didn’t collect "ideas”, participants just enjoyed chatting with others. Some participants brought used items that they wanted to give away; clothes, toys and so on. And participants was able to take some home.
Homemade cookies made by volunteer members. For these cookies, we asked ¥100/serving as cost. These made delicious snacks for the children.
The event proceeded in a friendly atmosphere. In the middle of the event, we had a book time.

One of the volunteer members kindly read this book to the children.This picture book contained illustrations of colorful animals. The children enjoyed this English-language game.
The book comes with animal magnets. The children search among these for animals related to the animals illustrated in the book.

In the second half of the event, took home used items that they wanted.

Thanks to those who joined the Cafe, we all had a great time!!
We are looking forward to seeing you at the next event!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

[BAZAAR] IMCY Booths at Local Festivals Autumn 2015

It's a festival season in Japan. There are many festivals at schools, public places and community centers. The IMCY team is going to join two festivals in November 2015.

This activity is to promote our activities and to collect some budget for our future activities. Please come and visit us!!

*These images are of former festivals.

1) November 15th (SUN) Hodogaya International Festa 2015

At Iwama Shimin Plaza

IMCY will sell handmade and imported items, and have a plastic board key chain workshop for kids (100 yen).
*(Nov.7 update) Due to the facility's issue, we cannot have the plastic board workshop for kids this time. We are planning to have some other workshop instead. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Hodogaya International Festa Official page (English)

2) November 22nd (SUN) Kaminoki Chiku Center Festival 2015

At Kaminoki Chiku Center
5min walk from JR Yokohama Line Oguchi station East Gate


IMCY will sell waffles, handmade items, and some imported stuff.

Kaminoki Chiku Center Official Site

Monday, October 19, 2015

[EVENT] Organ Concert from 0 Year Olds

Bank of Yokohama presents Children's Future Music Program
Organ Concert from 0 Year Olds

November 18th (WED), 2015
11:00-, 14:00-
at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall
0 to elementary school student: 400 yen
Junior high and up: 600 yen

Official Site

Also check out $1(100yen) Organ Concerts
*Please note that children under 3 cannot enter the hall, but can listen to the music just outside the hall by a monitor.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

[IMCY Activity Report] Deko Maki Sushi Workshop October 8th,2015

Deko Maki Sushi, they are too cute to eat. By putting some to your child's lunchbox for sports day or even an ordinary day, the lunch becomes bright and spectacular, doesn’t it?

This time, we learned how to make cute little rabbits. The previous Deko Maki Sushi workshops were quite popular and we received many applications this year as well. 12 participants were chosen following a lottery draw. The instructor was Ms.Emi Maeda, JLL Japan Deko Sushi Association Master Instructor. The lessons began in a peaceful atmosphere.

We started with demonstrations from our instructor. She showed us how to make the rabbits, the subject of this time, and also how to make a jack-o'-lantern, as Halloween is just around the corner.

Deko Maki Sushi can be very creative with a variety of choices of ingredients to "built up" a design. The rabbit we learned this time is a design that uses the basic deco-maki techniques. The instructor told us that if we master the basics, we will be able to make all sorts of designs.

The instructor quickly finishing a deko maki sushi, explaining what she is doing.

The shiny side of the nori comes outside and the rough side is inside.

When cutting, make sure to clean the knife and wet its blade with water.

The instructor finishing The rabbits and jack-o'-lanterns in short time!

After watching the demonstration, we started making the sushi at each table: 3 groups of 4 people. It looked easy when we were watching, but it was hard to spread the rice evenly on top of the nori, and we can't roll it well when we put too much rice on it. Our instructor went around a table to another to carefully provide advice for us. With pleasant conversation and smiles at each table, everyone enjoyed making sushi until the end.

There were also free babysitting service in the next room, so we believe many moms were able to have their own time to refresh. We would like to continue to have events to connect people.

Thanks for those who joined the workshop! We are looking forward to seeing you at next event!

Ms.maeda emi's blog:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

[IMCY] Oct. 17th Picnic Canceled

We are so sorry to announce that according to the weather today and the forecast, we have to cancel the picnic tomorrow, October 17th, 2015.

We will try to throw another picnic party later again. Please check out our blog or FB group for the information.

Thank you for your understanding.

IMCY Admin team

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

[EVENT] Halloween in Yokohama area 2015

Yamate Halloween Walk 2015

October 25th (SUN) 10:00-16:00
-You need to be in costume to participate.
-Free stamp rally sheet for first 6000 people.
-Start point: 7 Western Houses in Yamate, Yamate 68, YITC, Yamate Jyubankan, America Yama Park, Yokohama Doll Museum or Marine Tower.
-Goal: Bluff 18 or America Yama Park
-Small gift for those who collected 9 stamps or all the stamps
-There will also be kitchen trucks, face painting, open cafe, costume sales etc.

Motomachi Halloween 2015

October 31st (SAT)
Trick-or-treating at shops from 18:00

World Porters Halloween Festival 2015

@Sylvanian Families Yokohama Story 2015
Sylvanian Families Stage Show (Oct. 24 & 25, 13:30-, 15:30-, 2F Front Entrance stage)
Halloween Costume Parade (Oct. 24&25, 14:30 at 1F, 16:30 at 5F), first 40 children
Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before each parade next to the stage at 2F Front Entrance)

@Takarajima Halloween Festa 2015

More details will be updated on the Minatomirai 21 Website

Queen's At Halloween

-Halloween Photo Spot
-Trick-or-treating at shops on 25th and 31st (elementary school and under only)
-Ghosts parades on 25th and 31st, 13:00-, 15:00- and 17:00-

Yokohama Bay Quarter Halloween

-Halloween workshops (charged and reservation required, 12:00-, 13:30-, 15:00-, 500 people each)
-Halloween Parade (registration closed already on Oct.12th)

Kawasaki Halloween 2015

-Halloween Kids Parade (registration required, free of charge)
-Halloween Parade (ticket required ¥1000, 2500 people, elementary school and up, 13:30-14:45)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

[Event] Workshops and networking events for mothers in our community in October 2015


We will organize various events in October. Free babysitting service will be provided for the Deko Maki Sushi workshop. Please feel free to join us!
Please see below for the details and apply via e-mail. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Deko Maki Sushi Workshop Thursday, October 8th, 10:30-12:30

We'll learn how to make Rabbit Deko Maki Sushi. The demonstration of Jack-o'-Lantern Deko Maki Sushi will be performed, too.

  • Instructor:Ms. Maeda Emi (JLL Japan Deko Sushi Association Master Instructor)
  • Fee: JPY 1,500 (Materials included)
  • Capacity:About 12 people
  • Venue: Nishi-ward Chiku Center (12-minute walk from West Gate of Yokohama Station)
  • Application Deadline:September. 28th
*In case the number of application exceeds the capacity, we will pick up the participants through a drawing.

Picnic  Saturday, October 17th, 12:30-

Enjoy a Picnic in a park! Young children are also very welcome.
You can come and leave anytime you want. If you can't find us on that day, please contact us (we'll let you know our contact later).

  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: Rinko Park (5-minute walk from Minatomirai Station)
  • What to bring: Lunch & Drinks, A picnic blanket (it would be nice if you could bring some food to share with others)
  • Application Deadline: October. 15th

*Detailed direction will be provided to participants later.

Exchange & Chat CAFE  Wednesday, October 28th, 15:00-16:30

Let's chat with international moms(dads)!
You can bring used baby & kids articles and exchange with others' items. You can come and leave anytime during the hours.

  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: Fukushia (4-minute walk from East Gate of Yokohama Station.)
  • Application Deadline: October. 26th
*More details will be updated later.

This time we don't collect "ideas" so we changed the system a little: please bring something (used items such as child's clothes, toys or books in good condition) to GIVE AWAY, not to exchange. If your items are left in the end of the meeting, please bring them back home.The number of items you can choose from the used items to bring back is up to 2 or 3 per person.

We don't prepare tea this time, so please bring your own drink(s). We'll prepare homemade cakes/cookies and if you like some, we would like to ask you only the material cost, which will be about 100 yen.
Thank you for your understanding.

Application and Inquiries: e-mail to

Please apply via e-mail with these infomation. We will reply to you for confirmation within two days.

[Your name]
[Cell phone number]
[E-mail address]
[Your Ward](the name of the city if you are outside Yokohama)

↓For Deko Maki Sushi Workshop Only
[Babysitting] Yes / No
If Yes, [Child's name]
[Child's age]
[Allergy information]

Organizer :International Mothers Community in Yokohama(IMCY) 
IMCY is a group of international mothers providing a place to share information
related to child-care on Facebook and a blog in English.




デコ巻き寿司ワークショップ 10月8日(木)10:30~12:00 


  • 講師:前田恵美さん (日本デコずし協会認定マイスター)
  • 参加費:1500円
  • 定員:12名程度
  • 場所:横浜市西地区センター (横浜駅西口より徒歩約12分
  • 申し込み締切:9月28日(月)


親子でピクニック 10月17日(土)12:30~


  • 参加費:なし
  • 場所:臨港パーク   (みなとみらい駅徒歩約5分)
  • 持ち物:お弁当、飲み物、レジャーシート。可能であれば、皆で食べられる1品をお持ちください。
  • 申し込み締切:10月15日(木)

Exchange & Chat CAFE 10月28日(水)15:00~16:30
国籍を超えて楽しくおしゃべりしましょう。 子ども達はプレイエリアで遊ぶことができます。当日は育児グッズの交換会もあります。

*前回のExchange & Chat CAFEの様子は、こちらのブログもご覧下さい。



下記の情報を添えて、 までお申込み下さい。2日以内に折り返し確認の連絡(基本メールにて)をさせて頂きます。




主催:International Mothers Community in Yokohama(IMCY) 


Monday, August 31, 2015

[GOVERNMENT] Population Census 2015

Population Census is held every five years in Japan. And 2015 is the year.

The target includes foreign residents, but foreign diplomats and military (and their family) were excluded at the last census. Please confirm your superior.

You can answer online from September 10th to 20th. A census taker of your area will visit your house to hand the document around September 10th to 12th (the date may change according to where you live). If you don't answer online, the taker will visit you again to hand you paper document (write-in type) along with an envelop to turn it in from September 26th to 30th. 

Answering the census is a duty under Japan's law of statistics. 
Please be careful of false census takers. 

For more information, please visit the official page (English):

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

[IMCY Activity Report] A Visit to Cookpad Office & Light Lunch Cooking

We had "A Visit to Cookpad Office & Light Lunch Cooking" on 31st July, 2015!

The international division at Cookpad kindly invited IMCY members to their fabulous kitchen to have a visit and light lunch cooking party.

The cooking theme was "Kids-friendly".

A recipe that's fun for kids?
A recipe friendly for kids?

If you are a mother with young children, you must have been at a loss trying to think up a over these questions: what shall we cook? What can please them and be nutritious at the same time?

So we decided this time to try some menus which, not only look good but are fun to make with kids. Mothers and children all had fun cooking together!

Cookpad provided us the location for this event, the kitchen in their head office on the 12th floor of Ebisu Garden Place. The spacious kitchen also had fantastic view!

The menu of the day was:

-Tortilla sandwich
-Stewed pumpkin
-Kakikori(Japanese shaved ice)

Participants all brought their own recipes and we started by sharing recipes as we began to cook together.And kids were happy to help cooking.

Making "shiratama dingo"… sticky rice flour dumplings.
Every single one of these were made by the kids.

Stewed pumpkin.
By sprinkling sugar over the pumpkin and letting it sit for 30 minutes, the pumpkin releases its natural moisture and becomes sweeter.

Tortilla sandwich.
The combination of the multi-colored vegetables adds an appetizing freshness to its presentation.

We cooked 4 dishes in about one hour and then sat down to enjoy them together. There were many bell peppers and tomatoes in the ratatouille and tortilla sandwich, but the kids ate them all up with zest.

At the end of the meal, we had shaved ice with a choice of toppings!
The kids were all screaming with joy.

You can find the recipes of the day and more kids-friendly recipes on Cookpad in English.
It is easy to create an account, so let's try it!

Cookpad English

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

[ACTIVITY REPORT] Exchange & Chat Cafe July 1st&20th, 2015

Following from June, we had Exchange & Chat Cafe twice in July!

Although July 1 was a gloomy rainy day, about 10 families turned up for the event. In the play area, the children enjoyed themselves playing with the volunteer staff.
Some moms brought us a homemade cake, and it was a day where many moms were able to enjoy leisurely chats.

July 20 was a public holiday, and about 15 families turned up for the event.
As it was a public holiday, there were also some dads and working moms.
At the play area, we could see the children having fun.

Many moms brought ideas with them for our next activities and made suggestions about what kind of information is necessary for international moms in Yokohama/Japan. Ideas closely linked to daily life, such as things that need to be prepared at home in case of disasters like earthquakes, and comparison of food delivery services, were also shared.These ideas will be put together and we will decide new events.

Then, we enjoyed "Exchange" late in the event.

*About detail of "Exchange" please read this post.

Thanks for those who joined the Cafe. We had a great time!!
Next event will be in September. Have a great summer vacation!

[EVENT] "African savanna"area new opend in Yokohama Zoorasia(ZOORASIA YOKOHAMA ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS).

"Problem-solving game” will be held in ZOORASIA, untill August 31.
Then, during the summer,ZOORASIA be open late into the night.

Night ZOO will be open:
1(sat), 2(sun), 8(sat), 9(sun), 14(fri), 15(sat), 16(sun), 22(sat), 23(sun), 29(sat), 30(sun) in August.
The park opens at 9:30 a.m to 20:30 p.m.
(No entrance after 19 p.m.)

A portion of the information is available on the English website




[EVENT] Summer Vacation Quiz & Stamp Rally: Let's explore 4 museums

From July 18 (Saturday) to September 30 (Wednesday), a "Summer Vacation Ikuta Ryokuchi Stamp Rally" will be held in Ikuta Ryokuchi, Kawasaki.
Everyone who visits the 4 museums in the area and collects two stamps can get a memento gift.
Ikuta Ryokuchi is a large natural park that also has a Fujiko·F·Fujio museum (Doraemon museum that children love) and a planetarium. Why not go there during summer vacation?

A portion of the information is available on the English website.




Wednesday, July 8, 2015

[LESSONS] Tadaku Cooking Classes

We would like to introduce Tadaku, a website for cooking classes, for cooking lovers.
They're looking for new instructors and students.

Here's a message from the Tadaku organizer:

At Tadaku, we organize cooking classes by foreigners living in Japan. Every teacher teaches his/her country's cuisine at home. It's not a formal cooking class, like ABC cooking, but a casual and relaxed cooking lesson, very similar to a home cooking party.

Tadaku is not just about food, but about cultural exchange through cooking. Students are people who are eager to learn other cultures and big foodies. There's nothing more gratifying than teaching the gastronomy and culture of your region to so interested people.

Tadaku classes are very popular among foreign mums living in Japan, because there are no requirements regarding the number of classes per month. You can host them when your child caring duties allow and you feel like it. Tadaku classes are also a great way of making new Japanese friends, which is usually a problem for mums who have recently arrived to Japan and don't speak Japanese.

For more detail, visit their site at:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

[ACTIVITY REPORT] Hodogaya International Lounge AED Lesson for Foreign Families June 2015

When we find someone collapsed in the street or any of our family members choked while having meal… we might be in a panic. But if we learn some first-aid methods, stay calm and can deal with it, you may be able to save someone's life.

There were inquiries about this sort of session in English or for foreign people, especially those who have young children, so we asked Hodogaya International Lounge and they kindly accepted our proposal.

Hodogaya International Lounge holds International Mothers Gatherings supported by the ward, twice a month (basically 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings at Iwama Shimin Plaza). The lesson was held on one of their gathering day, Tuesday June 23rd. 

Two officers from Hodogaya Fire Station came to teach us. One of IMCY members translated the leaflet "What to Do If You See Someone Who Has Collapsed"and also worked as an interpreter during the lesson. 

CPR for adults. If the person is unconscious, call other people for help and name one person for calling 119 and another to look for an AED set, then you start CPR. Two hands on the chest and push about 5cm in depth. If the person is a total stranger and you don't feel like comfortable (the person might be bleeding or vomit, which may cause you an infection, too), artificial respiration can be skipped. It takes about 8 minutes for an ambulance to arrive and considering the fact that there have been more and more ambulance calls, it may take more. So continuous cardiac massage is important. 

For young children, you use only one hand. 

For young babies, you use two fingers and you can do it on your lap or arm.

This is one of typical AED sets. This one has two cable-pat sets: one for adults and one for children. This one need to be switched on by the green button, but some starts automatically. The audio instruction will be in Japanese, but English instruction can be written, too. 

Stay away when it analyzes the person's heart and when it gives him/her an electric shock. 
For children, you put the pats one in front and one in back to place the heart in between the pats.
Participants then practiced how to use AED.

We also learned how to get rid of something stuck in the throat. From the back. 

Or push up with a fist. This should not be applied to young babies and pregnant women.

And participants also received gifts! 
We would like to show our deep gratitude to Hodogaya International Lounge, Hodogaya ward and Hodogaya Fire Station.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

If you couldn't make it this time, Hodogaya International Lounge us willing to continue this session, so please stay tuned or you can also give them what exactly you would like to learn.