【Report】 July 11, 2016 Multilingual Playgroup / 7月11日(月)多言語子育てひろばを開催しました

 On Monday, July 11, 2016, Jafore’s Multilingual Playgroup was held at Hokkori Heart Demachi.

 40 people from China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, and Japan participated in the event where we enjoyed chatting and information exchange.

 To start off the event, we sang “Hello to All the Children of the World,” a song that includes the word “hello” in 9 different languages.

 Following that, we introduced this month’s topic – “Kyoto festivals throughout the year”. After introducing the Aoi Matsuri (May), Gion Matsuri (July), and Jidai Matsuri (December) among others, we went over July 17’s parade route and schedule for the the Gion Matsuri which is being held this month.
 After that, we learned number-counting in both Taiwanese and Chinese. A study abroad graduate student from Taiwan taught us how to count from 1 through 10. We thought Taiwanese and Chinese would be the same, but actually in Taiwanese, 4 and 5 are somewhat similar to Japanese because Taiwanese was influenced by the Japanese language during the Japanese colonization period in the 20th century.
 Then during the story time, a graduate student volunteer from Doshisha University, read a book titled “Moko Moko Moko,” written by Syuntaro Tanikawa, as he compared between the Japanese and the Chinese versions. We were really excited to learn Chinese mimetic words because they were so interesting. 

 The next Multilingual Playgroup will be held on Monday, September 12, 2016, from 10:30 at Hokkori Heart Demachi. Note there is no playgroup scheduled for the month of August. We look forward to seeing you again!