2018年6月25日月曜日

2018/6/3 Multicultural Playgroup Ichigo-Ichie Report



The 17th Ichigo Ichie took place on Sunday, June 3rd. 56 participants (30 adults and 26 children) from Australia, the Philippines, China, India, the U.K, the USA and Japan had a great time together.  We began by singing, "If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands" in four different languages. 


Bow-wow Mew Game


Kazue led us in a fun icebreaker game with animal sounds from different countries. We learned some animal sounds in Japanese, Chinese, the Filipino language, English, Korean and Hindi.





Children’s Sickness and Health


The theme of the day’s playgroup was "Children's Sickness and Health." The speakers, Kazue, Naoko and Kazuko, explained what to do when your child is suddenly sick at night when the hospital is closed. We leaned some practical things we can do to help when our children are suffering from heatstroke, vomiting or diarrhea as well as some first aid tips. They also taught us some useful words to describe common symptoms.





 





We also learned about when to call 119 and how to get appropriate medical treatment. First we practiced how to call an ambulance and learnt what questions they would ask. Participants practiced the conversation in pairs in Japanese and English.


 



Next we learned how to fill out a multilingual medical questionnaire. This is a really great resource that helps us to get the right medical treatment for our kids. You can also find useful medical terms to describe different illnesses and symptoms.


Some other great resources we learned about included the Pediatric Emergency Telephone Advice line (#8000), a taxi service for women in labor and the Medical Interpreter Dispatching Service in Kyoto. 
See the link for the details of presentation.

In groups we shared information and tips on things we do for our children's health. We could learn a lot of useful information and get some good advice from each other. 

After today’s presentation and activities, we could feel a lot more confident and better prepared for when our children get sick. 


Filipino Greetings


Pamela from The Philippines, taught us some useful greetings. “Kumusta”(=Hello), “Magandang umaga”(=Good morning), “Magandang tanghali” (=Good afternoon) and “Magandang gabi” (Good evening). We also learned “Salamat” (=Thank you), “Paumanhin” (=Sorry) and “Paalam” (=Good bye).


Story Time

Lastly, we had story time. Jin Lan from China who is Korean Chinese, read the kids a Korean picture book called, “Gwaenchana“ in Korean which translates to “I'm OK“ in English. The story was about a little girl who meets some different animals. The kids enjoyed listening to the story in two languages. 

Upcoming Meeting 


The next Ichigo Ichie is to be held at the Seika Town Library gathering room on Sunday July 1st. The theme will be “Traditional Japanese fun - Let’s play with origami.” We will learn some traditional Japanese games and how to make origami together. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the next Ichigo ichie!

(Reported by Meg. Photos by Shinichiro.)