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Update:March 21, 2015

ICETT Hosts Exchange Event between Indian Participants and Local Volunteer Family and English Group


A group of 14 Indians, consisting of officials from the central government of India, local governments and an associate professor, were invited by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, to attend an urban environmental management course at ICETT. On December 6 (Sat.) from 19:30 to 21:00, during their stay in Yokkaichi, these participants shared a great time with 20 local volunteers. The volunteers were members of registered families which cooperate with ICETT in its homestay and home-visit program, or members of a local English conversation group.

The event kicked off with a karate demonstration by two of the volunteers and an ICETT official. Their kata, or patterns of movements, were so quick and light that they drew a lot of applause from the participants and the local residents. Especially elementary school students received big cheers for their performance. After a series of demonstrations, those participants who were interested in karate tried it themselves.

Following that, they all sat at tables and enjoyed talking about India and Japan with the use of English or Japanese, while trying ‘origami’, the art of folding paper into various figures. One of the volunteers, an origami instructor, brought a string of paper cranes she had folded, a fine example of her work. As the exchange event approached the end, the conversation had become animated and there were a lot of origami figures on the tables, the results of everybody’s great effort. As one of their memories of Japan, most participants will probably have taken these figures back to India, together with souvenirs for their families and friends.

ICETT would like to express its gratitude to those who attended or cooperated in the occasion for providing this opportunity to experience Japanese culture.


(Kise and Uchida)