Past Activities 活動報告

The Kansai chapter organizes monthly meetings, seminars and/or workshops several times a year. Here are some examples of previous activities:

September 2014:

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 served from traditional Japanese restaurant, which is called

Dinner was prepared by a traditional Japanese restaurant, serving a “shidashi bento”.

The music performance by Mr. Berglund and Ms. Nagane after dinner

The music performance by Mr. Berglund and Ms. Nagane after dinner

February, 2014

“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.

Double Presentation at Joint Program with Osaka JALT, February 2014 Monthly Meeting

December 2014

Christmas concert at Student Fair Dec. 2014
Lunch gethering with Dr. Clarke at Okinawan restaurant in Tsuruhashi, Osaka
The dinner wiht Prof.Kudo after May meeting at Italian restaurant
The dinner with Prof.Ando after May meeting at Italian restaurant

April 2013

Field trip: The Kobe Muslim Mosque

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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 (, and Kobe Halal Foods ( for some halal food.

March 2013

“One Person Can Make a Difference”, an article by Jason Bartashius in the a presentation by Ms. Nishiyama
On the second anniversary of the 3.11 disasters, all eyes zoomed in on the recently released World Health Organization’s assessment of the health risks caused by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant. The report indicated the likelihood of residents contracting cancer would rise only slightly. The findings, however, were quickly challenged by medical and biological scientists at a two-day symposium in New York titled, “The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident.” And so the debate goes on.  Read more