Culinary expedition explores cultures

| May 10, 2011

Culinary expedition explores cultures

by Mami Maruko

People often get to know about another country’s culture through its cuisine -where the ingredients come from, how the dishes are cooked and how the dishes originated. During the Golden Week holiday, that’s exactly how nearly 50 people in Tokyo got to know more ...

Diplomats relate cultures in Japanese

| Feb 1, 2011

Diplomats relate cultures in Japanese

by Mami Maruko

“Goseicho arigato gozaimashita” (thank you for listening), a regular way of ending a speech, echoed in the meeting room after each foreign speaker gave their presentations and received a big round of applause from the audience. Diplomats from 13 countries — including two ambassadors ...

Minato foreigners' language needs met

| Nov 16, 2010

Minato foreigners' language needs met

by Mami Maruko

Minato International Association, which arranges activities and programs mainly for foreign residents in Minato Ward, Tokyo, offers a unique program in which Japanese volunteers give foreigners individual Japanese conversation lessons. According to Masahiro Otomo, managing director of MIA, the program was launched a decade ...

NPO's tours give foreigners a taste of community life

| Aug 31, 2010

NPO's tours give foreigners a taste of community life

by Mami Maruko

Forty people from 19 countries have been taking part in tours, which included home-stays and exchanges, since June to experience community life in various parts of Japan with local residents. The participants in the program, organized by Tokyo-based nonprofit organization World Campus International every ...