The Kansai chapter organizes monthly meetings, seminars and/or workshops several times a year. Here are some examples of previous activities:
Sietar Kansai held a “Yuka Party” at Mr. Jeff Berglund’s house,a traditional Machiya style house located by the Kamogawa river in Kyoto.
“Yuka” party at Mr. Jeff Berglund’s house
Dinner was prepared by a traditional Japanese restaurant, serving a “shidashi bento”.
The music performance by Mr. Berglund and Ms. Nagane after dinner
“Resilient Minorities In Japan: – “Ainu-Maori Cultural Exchange” by Jennifer Teeter
– “Filipino English Teachers in Japan” by Jason Bartashius. A Double Presentation Joint Program with Osaka JALT.
- Lunch gethering with Dr. Clarke at Okinawan restaurant in Tsuruhashi, Osaka
- The dinner with Prof.Ando after May meeting at Italian restaurant
Field trip: The Kobe Muslim Mosque
We visited the Kobe Muslim Mosque for our field trip in 2013. Arai Ahsan, the General Secretary gave a brief talk and Q&A. After the visit, we invited Mr. Mustafa, an Afgan senior student at Momoyama Gakuin University to coffee and as a cultural informant he shared his experiences of Islamic culture and the customs of Muslim people with us. Also we visited Kobe Grocers (http://kobegrocers.com), and Kobe Halal Foods (http://www.geocities.jp/kobehalalfood/newpage1.htm) for some halal food.
“One Person Can Make a Difference”, an article by Jason Bartashius in the a presentation by Ms. Nishiyama
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