- World Cuisine Parties (Peruvian food) Mar. 24, 2013
- World Cuisine Parties (Vietnamese food) Mar. 10, 2013
- The 16th International Festival Mar. 3, 2013
- The 8th Japanese Language Speech Contest was held Feb. 3, 2013
- World Cuisine Party (Nepalese Food) Jan. 21, 2013
- International Walking Tour Dec. 16, 2012/Jan. 20, 2013
- International Understanding Class Jan. 18, 2013
- The 1st Tsuga Nishikata International Festival Nov. 25
- Japanese culture experience tour Oct. 28
- Ohira sports festival Oct. 7
Tsuga-Nishikata area World Cuisine Party (Peruvian food)
When: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Where: Cooking room at Fukiage Kominkan
Peruvian Instructors living in Tochigi showed us how to cook three dishes this time. .
Ceviche is one of the most popular dishes in Peru. It is a seafood dish eaten in the coastal regions of the Americas.
The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with chili peppers. Additional seasonings, such as chopped onions, salt, and coriander, may also be added.
Lomo saltado is a typical home cooked meal in Peru that has Asian influences consisting of strips of beef marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and spices.
Mazamorra morada is a thick, jelly-like dessert made from purple corn.
It was the first time for most of the participants to cook Peruvian food, and they were very interested in what the instructors explained about the Peruvian food. Every dish was so good and we could learn a lot about Peruvian food culture.
Ohira-Fujioka area World Cuisine Party (Vietnamese food )
When: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Where: Cooking room at Ohira Fukushi Center (Yuyu Plaza)
We made Vietnamese food; Pho (rice noodles) and Goi Cuon (Vietnamese spring rolls).
Rice flour, one of the most popular ingredients in Vietnamese cooking, is used in both Pho and Goi Cuon.
Both of the food contain several kinds of vegetables and can be cooked without using oils, so they are quite healthy.
While we were eating, we talked about Vietnamese culture and how we liked the cooking.
We could gain some knowledge about Vietnamese cuisine and history. We very much enjoyed the food culture.
The 16th International Festival
When: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Where: Tochigi-shi Shimin Kaikan (Hinode-cho, Tochigi-shi)
TIC held an International Festival, one of the biggest annual events, on March 3, 2013.
At the main hall, several kinds of performances fascinated many people such as Chinese erhu and Japanese harp, Tai chi, hula, belly dance, Peruvian dance, South American folk music etc.
There were food stalls outside, and people enjoyed foods from around the world such as Chinese steamed bun, Nepalese curry, Pilipino egg rolls, Brazilian BBQ, Peruvian grilled chicken, Turkish kebab etc.
The number of visitors was more than 700.
The venue was filled with smiles of the visitors and participants. All the Japanese and foreign nationals enjoyed the event and deepened exchange with each other.
The 8th Japanese Language Speech Contest was held
When: Sunday 3 February, 2013
Where: Sun Plaza (Tochigi-shi Katayanagi-cho)
TIC hosted the 8th Japanese Language Speech Contest at Sun Plaza, Tochigi City.
This contest is held annually for foreign nationals who have lived in Japan for less than 5 years. There were 14 contestants this year, and they gave speeches about their experiences in Japan in fluent Japanese. They made the most of this opportunity to express what they had learned in Japan.
After the contest, we had a tea party. The citizens and the contestants enjoyed talking with each other. It was a good cultural exchange for all of us to deepen the understanding with the foreign residents living in Tochigi.
World Cuisine Party (Nepalese Food)
When: Monday 21 January, 2013/01/22
Where: Omiya Kominkan
We tried Nepalese food at the world cuisine party.
・Vegetable pacora (Nepalese fritter)
・Kheer (rice pudding with raisins)
Instructor Mr. Pawan Thapa
Interpreter Mr. Marcos Shrestha
Various kinds of spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander and many others are used in Nepalese cuisine. We used several kinds of spices not only in curry but also in Pacola, or Nepalese tempura.
You can make food either very spicy or mild by adjusting the amount of chili powder.
Kheer is a dessert like rice pudding with sugar and dried fruits.
Every dish was so delicious that everyone looked happy. It was such a fun time to experience a wonderful food culture.
International Walking Tour
When: Sunday 16 December, 2012 / Sunday 20 January, 2013
Where: Tokyo Sky Tree and Asakusa, the old town of Tokyo
TIC carried out a walking tour for foreign residents in Tochigi on December 16 and January 20.
First, we went to Tokyo Sky Tree by train and went up to the observation deck. Mt. Fuji was so close and everyone looked excited to see the scenery. The sky was so clear on those days that we could even see as far as mountains in the North Kanto such as Mt. Nantai in Nikko.
After visiting Tokyo Sky Tree, we went to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, walking along the Sumida River.
We enjoyed fully both the world’s tallest broadcasting tower and the atmosphere of the old town of Tokyo.
International Understanding Class
When: Friday 18 January, 2013
Where: Tochigi Nishi Junior High School
An International Understanding Class for the 1st grade junior high school students was held at Tochigi-Nishi junior high school. There were 6 classes, and lecturers from 6 different countries (Korea, China, Germany, America, Peru and Brazil) introduced their countries with photos and so on.
The students were intrigued during class. It was a meaningful day for them to know the different cultures.
The 1st Tsuga Nishikata International Festival
When: Sunday 25 November 2012 from 10:30 to 14:30
Where: Tsuga Komikan (Tsuga Community Hall)
The 1st Tsuga Nishikata International Festival was held on 25 November, 2012, and many people visited the event.
Many performances such as Guinean dance, hula dance, and African dance, Chinese erhu were given for the audience. While enjoying the show, people were served various kinds of foods such as Bangladeshi curry, Thai salad and Chinese wonton soup. People of all ages seemed to enjoy sharing the experience of world’s performing arts and food cultures.
Japanese culture experience tour
When: Sunday 28 October, 2012
Where: Matsumoto City and Shiojiri City in Nagano
TIC organized a tour for foreigners to experience Japanese culter.We visited Matsumoto Castle and Naraijuku in Nagano prefecture.
Matsumoto Castle is one of four castle designated as National Treasures of Japan. Everyone was interested in both the exterior and interior of the castle.
Nagano, especially Shinshu area, is famous for “Soba” (buckwheat noodle). Everyone seemed to enjoy soba with tempura using chopsticks.
We also visited Naraijuku in Shiojiri City. Naraijuku is a post station of Nakasendo, which connected Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto in Edo period.
When we walked along the street, we could feel the Edo atmosphere.
It was the best season to enjoy autumn color of leaves in the mountains. It was a meaningful experience for the participants.
Ohira sports festival
When: Sunday 7 October
Where: Ohira sports park
Foreign residents in Tochigi and the TIC members participated in the Ohira sports festival.
It was raining in the morning but after a while the rain stopped and the sun came out. It was a great day for a sports festival.
The event we participated in was “Tamaire” or a ball-toss game. Tamaire is a game that each team members throw balls into a basket on a high pole, and compete on the number of balls in the basket.
Although some people were not familiar to the game at the beginning, once it started they fully enjoyed the event.
It was a grate opportunity for both foreigners and the TIC members to communicate with each other.