Link and Learn International Special Event Report

Report about the special event of Link and Learn International

On the morning of Saturday, March 2, 2024, we held a global experience program event where foreign exchange students introduced their home countries to local children.

The volunteers who joined us this time are Urvi from India, Ali from Uzbekistan, Chris from Australia, Shinman from China, and Daiki from Japan. The volunteers were mainly international students studying at Keio University Graduate School, with students from the University of Tokyo also participating.

With 5 volunteer students, 17 children participants, 17 accompanying adults participants, and 9 operation supporting members, the event turned out to be a large-scale affair, with a total of 48 participants.

At the Australian booth, we were first introduced to iconic landmarks such as Ayers Rock and the Opera House. Following that, we participated in crafting Australian kangaroos. Additionally, we had the opportunity to learn about Australian English expressions such as “G’day mate” (hello) and “Cheers” (thank you).

At the Chinese booth, we discovered that the shape of the country’s territory is often symbolically likened to an auspicious rooster. We also received explanations about China’s Four Great Inventions from ancient times: printing, papermaking, the compass, and gunpowder. Furthermore, we delved into the origins of Chinese characters and received an introduction to modern China. Following this, we learned about a traditional Chinese game called “Jianzi,” also known as shuttlecock kicking. It appears that the basic kicking technique involves using the inner side of the foot.

At the Indian booth, we danced to the tune of “bum bum bole” from the Bollywood movie “Taare Zameen Par.” This film narrates the story of a child who was bullied and abandoned but rediscovers confidence by showcasing artistic talents nurtured with the guidance of an art teacher. The lyrics convey a message encouraging children: “The world is what you make of it. It’s in the eye of the beholder. Come, let’s think openly. Spread your wings. Spread new colors. Come on now! Let’s weave new dreams!”

At the Uzbekistan booth, the student brought traditional costumes and Uzbekistan pottery. The traditional costumes gave an impression similar to Japan’s kasuri kimono. We enjoyed an activity where we pasted photos of Uzbekistan’s national emblem, national flag, and local products onto a map and flag-themed base, laminating them to create mats.

This time, Ms. Risa Kamio, who serves as the Executive Director of the General Incorporated Association for International Education and also as a Setagaya Ward Assembly member, coordinated volunteers from Keio University Graduate School and the University of Tokyo to oversee this program. Additionally, we would like to express our gratitude to Ms. Sakata, an international relations consultant, and to the members of HOME IN JAPAN, an international organization with over 2000 members dedicated to promoting multicultural coexistence. We are also thankful to Ms. Meera, who led the bilingual yoga class held in the afternoon. The student volunteers worked hard amidst busy schedules, one even participating in volunteer activities for debris disposal after the Noto Peninsula earthquake, and others facing injuries at the last minute. Despite these challenging circumstances, Ali-kun, Urvi-san, Chris-kun, Shinman-san, Daiki-kun, and all supporters, we extend our sincere thanks to you for your dedication and various preparations for this event.

Link and Learn International:

Cultural Learning Hub : One-day Special Event

Ikenoue Studio is thrilled to announce that Link & Learn International will be hosting a special event at our studio! Join us for a day filled with diverse workshops in multiple languages, offering a wonderful opportunity to foster new friendships among globally-minded individuals in the local community.

[Link and Learn International Special Event Program List]

Saturday 2nd March 2024
10:00 AM Cultural Immersion & Exchange
1:00 PM Yoga for Deep Breathing and Relaxation
2:30 PM Sip and Draw Workshop in English

Reservations are required for all sessions. Seats are limited, so early booking is recommended.

[10:00AM Cultural Immersion & Exchange]

International students enrolled in graduate programs at prestigious universities will be volunteering at the event! They will be showcasing their respective countries and introducing children’s games in both English and Japanese.

This time, they will introduce four countries: Australia, China, India, and Uzbekistan! (in alphabetical order)

Join us on this exciting journey to explore different cultures while living in Japan!

Ms. Risa Kamio, a Setagaya Ward Council member who is dedicated to transforming Setagaya into an “International City” and serves as the executive director of the Association for International Education, will be guiding you along with the students on this enjoyable trip!

The student volunteers participating in this event are graduate students from Keio University and undergraduate students from the University of Tokyo.

Date: Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00-11:15 (JST)
Admission: Free! (All presenters will be volunteering for the children)
Target Audience: 4 to 10 years old (First 20 people to reserve seats)
Reserve via Peatix:

You can enter the venue 15 minutes before the start time.
Make sure to have your parents sign you up.
You will need to present your ticket on your cellphone screen or printed out for entry.
All participants are required to agree the terms and conditions linked below.

[ 1:00PM Yoga for Deep Breathing and Relaxation]

Yoga for Deep Breathing and Relaxation: Let’s enjoy yoga learned in India, the home of yoga! There are no difficult poses, so even those who have never practiced yoga are welcome to join. The class is being taught in English and Japanese, both languages. 

Treat yourself to some self-care with our Yoga for Deep Breathing and Relaxation on Saturday afternoon and embark on a journey of rejuvenation, relaxation, and radiant well-being! Yoga beginners are welcome to join this session with ease. Spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance.

Yoga for Deep Breathing and Relaxation: Led by our bilingual instructor, this transformative 1-hour yoga session is designed to invigorate your body, calm your mind, and elevate your spirit.

The Teacher: Meera is a Yoga Instructor certified in India. Her classes focus on helping her students find inner peace and balance through a combination of breathing techniques and slow flow yoga.
Date and Time: Saturday, March 2nd, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm JST
Fee: Special price 500 yen (Please pay only in cash on the day), discount from the regular price 3,000 yen.
Recommended Age: Adults(high school students and above), Seniors. (limited to the first 20 attendees)
Reserve via Peatix:
What to Bring: Please remember to bring your own yoga mat and water and wear comfortable clothing. A limited number of rental yoga mats are available for 100 yen upon advance booking.(Please note that only cash payments are accepted upon arrival for rentals.)
Note: The venue door opens 15 minutes before the workshop. Please ensure you change into comfortable clothes and arrive ready 5 minutes before it starts. Changing rooms are available separately for both males and females. All participants are required to sign the liability agreement linked below and pay the fee during check-in on the day.

[2:30 PM Sip and Draw Workshop in English]

Dive into an artistic journey in an inclusive environment! Join us for an art workshop on Saturday afternoon. Step out of your bubble and connect with new local friends while indulging in art. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. This session welcomes art enthusiasts of all levels. Reserve your spot in advance, as seats are limited.

Led by a foreign instructor studied at a prestigious art university in NY, we are planning to explore abstract and contemporary art concepts.

Sip and Draw Workshop in English: Immerse yourself in an artistic journey within an inclusive atmosphere! Led by a foreign instructor with a prestigious art university background abroad.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 2nd, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm JST
Fee: Special price 500 yen (Please pay only in cash on the day), discount from the regular price 3,000 yen.
Recommended Age: Adults(high school students and above), Seniors. (limited to the first 20 attendees)
Reserve via Peati:

Note: Doors will be open 15mins prior to the workshop.
All participants are required to agree the terms and conditions linked below.