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Issued UMEX Newsletter No.102
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.102 will be issued on July 4, 2017. The main article of this issue is Garden party, Kids event (Children's day), Cherry blossoms viewing tour, International Festival, KIMONO Wearing, Bus tour for Japanese class, Kids event (Farewell party), Reunion with alumni (Vietnam), Activity with Students.
[2017.7.4]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.101
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.101 will be issued on April 11, 2017. The main article of this issue is New Year's Party, Kids Event (Shichi-Go-San), Kids Event (Setsubun), Reunion with alumni (Nepal), Reunion with alumni (Vietnam), Reunion with alumni (Taiwan) and History of UMEX for 15 years.
[2017.4.11]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.100
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.100 will be issued on January 10, 2017. The main article of this issue is Experience of Japanese Culture, Welcome event for new students, Culti Festa, Flea Market, Chat in English, Kids' Event (Halloween party, Year-End party), Celebration messages for UMEX Newsletter No.100, Memories at UMEX.
[2017.1.7]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.99
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.99 will be issued on October 4, 2016. The main article of this issue is Welcome party for new students, General assembly meeting, Graduation ceremony, Farewell party for students and Fireworks.
[2016.10.4]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.98
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.98 will be issued on July 2, 2016. The main article of this issue is Garden party, Country Presentation (Myanmar), Cherry blossoms viewing tour, Chat in English, International Festival, KIMONO Wearing, Kids event (Children's day), Kids event (Farewell party), Wedding ceremony of Alumni, Bus tour for Japanese class.
[2016.7.2]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.97
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.97 will be issued on April 2, 2016. The main article of this issue is New Year's Party, Kids Event (Doll's Festival party), Country Presentation (Kenya), Reunion with alumni (Taiwan), Chat in English, Reunion with alumni (Mongol).
[2016.4.2]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.96
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.96 will be issued on January 9, 2016. The main article of this issue is Japanese Class, Farewell party for students, Kids' Event (Moon viewing, Halloween party, Year-End party), Reunion with alumni, Chat in English, Exchange with local community.
[2016.1.9]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.95
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.95 will be issued on October 3, 2015. The main article of this issue is Welcome party for new students, General assembly meeting, Graduation ceremony, Fireworks, Cooking with students.
[2015.10.3]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.94
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.94 will be issued on June 30, 2015. The main article of this issue is Garden party, Donation for Nepal earthquake, Cherry blossoms viewing for Japanese Tuesday's class, Cherry blossoms viewing tour, KIMONO Wearing, Kids event (Children's day), Kids event (Farewell party), Farewell party for Japanese Tuesday's class, Bus tour for Japanese class, ICLOVE activity.
[2015.6.30]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.93
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.93 will be issued on April 4, 2015. The main article of this issue is New Year's Party, Ojiya balloon Festival, Kids Event (Setsubun), Kimono Wearing for High school students, Donation for Tsunami Victims in Indonesia.
[2015.4.4]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.92
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.92 will be issued on January 10, 2015. The main article of this issue is Lecture for understanding the Different Culture (Philippines), Kids Event (Christmas party), Kids' Event (Making 'Otsukimi dango' for Moon viewing), Kids Event (Shichi-Go-San), Kids Event (Halloween party), Experience of Japanese tutor, Reunion with alumni, Japanese Class tour, Matching party for Japanese tutor.
[2015.1.10]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.91
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.91 will be issued on October 4, 2014. The main article of this issue is Welcome party for new students, General assembly meeting, Graduation ceremony, Reunion with Alumni, Summer Festival, Kid's Event, Fireworks, Sea bathing.
[2014.10.4]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.90
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.90 will be issued on June 28, 2014. The main article of this issue is Garden party, TV report, Cherry blossoms viewing tour, Kids event,  Memorial tour with Graduating students, Wearing KIMONO, Tour with members.
[2014.6.28]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.89
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.89 will be issued on March 29, 2014. The main article of this issue is New Year's Party, Kids Event, Reunion with alumni, Country presentation, Snow Festival.
[2014.3.29]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.88
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.88 will be issued on December 21, 2013. The main article of this issue is Lecture for understanding the Different Culture (Myanmar),  Kids Event (Halloween party), Bus Trip to Matsumoto Castle, Kids Event (Shichi-Go-San), Reunion with alumni, Japanese tutor.
[2013.12.21]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.87
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.87 will be issued on October 5, 2013. The main article of this issue is Welcome party for new students, General assembly meeting, Fireworks in Nagaoka, Graduation ceremony for E-Business Students, Sea bathing in Kashiwazaki.
[2013.10.5]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.86
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.86 will be issued on July 6, 2013. The main article of this issue is Garden party, Kids Event, Cherry blossoms viewing tour, wearing KIMONO, Graduation ceremony, Country presentation.
[2013.7.6]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.85
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.85 will be issued on March 30, 2013. The main article of this issue is New Year's Party, Reunion with alumni, Ski Day, Kids Event (Setsubun), Farewell party for Japanese class, Snow Festival.
[2013.3.30]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.84
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.84 will be issued on December 28, 2012. The main article of this issue is Lecture for understanding the Different Culture (Middle Asia), Bus Trip to Northern Culture Museum and Yahiko Shrine, Reunion with alumni, Kids Event (Christmas party), Around the World, Kids Event (Halloween party), Kids Event (Shichi-Go-San), Japanese tutor.
[2012.12.18]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.83
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.83 will be issued on September 29, 2012. The main article of this issue is Welcome party for new students, Graduation ceremony for E-Business Students, IUJ Gallery for 30th Anniversary, Reunion with alumni, Trip with students, Farewell part for graduating students.
[2012.9.29]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.82
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.82 will be issued on July 28, 2012. The main article of this issue is Memorial tour with Graduating students, Graduation ceremony, General assembly meeting, Potluck party & Tea ceremony and Kids' event.
[2012.7.28]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.81
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.81 will be issued on May 29, 2012. The main article of this issue is Cherry blossoms viewing tour, Garden party, English class lesson, Country presentation and wearing KIMONO.
[2012.5.29]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.80
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.80 will be issued on March 24, 2012. The main article of this issue is New Year's Party, IUJ Ski Day, Tea ceremony Lesson, Ski tour, Uonuma International Exchange Party, Minami Uonumashi Snow Festival Tour.
[2012.3.24]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.79
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.79 will be issued on January 28, 2012. The main article of this issue is Lecture for understanding the Different Culture (Sri Lanka), Home stay, Sake brewery tour, Attend wedding ceremony for alumni, Hot spring tour, Uonuma International Exchange Party, Kids Event.

[2012.1.28]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.78
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.78 will be issued on November 22, 2011. The main article of this issue is Bus Trip to Karuizawa in Nagano, Orientation for new students, Japanese Tutor, Climbing Mt. Hakkaisan, Kids' Event (Moon viewing, Halloween, Shichi-Go-San).
[2011.11.22]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.77
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.77 will be issued on October 1, 2011. The main article of this issue is Welcome party for new students, Welcome day for new students, English class in Summer, Flea market, my memory with alumnus.
[2011.10.1]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.76
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.76 will be issued on July 30, 2011. The main article of this issue is Memorial tour with Graduating students, Graduation ceremony, General assembly meeting, Messages from students for UMEX 10th anniversary, Tea ceremony, Kids' event and Experience of Kimono.
[2011.7.30]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.75
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.75 will be issued on May 28, 2011. The main article of this issue is UMEX 10th anniversary party and messages from students, Cherry blossoms viewing tour, Sushi party, Japanese tutor interchange.
[2011.5.28]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.74
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.74 will be issued on March 19, 2011. The main article of this issue is New Year's Party, Kids' Event (Setsubun), Tokamachi Snow Festival Tour, Experience of Kimono, Message from student.
[2011.3.19]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.73
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.73 will be issued on January 29, 2011. The main article of this issue is Lecture for understanding the Different Culture (Laos), Party for English Class, Kids' Event (Making Greeting Cards), Japanese tutor interchange, Trip for visiting IUJ alumni, Workshop for IUJ Japanese Program.
[2011.1.29]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.72
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.72 will be issued on November 27, 2010. The main article of this issue is Bus Trip to Kawagoe in Saitama, Country Presentation for Bhutan, Climbing Mt. Hakkaisan, Kids' Event (Moon viewing party, Halloween party, Shichi-Go-San).
[2010.11.27]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.71
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.71 will be issued on September 28, 2010. The main article of this issue is Welcome party for new students, Graduation ceremony for E-Business program, Fireworks in Nagaoka, Tea ceremony, Trip for visiting IUJ alumni.
[2010.9.28]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.70
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.70 will be issued on July 28, 2010. The main article of this issue is Graduation ceremony, The party for graduating students, General assembly meeting, New chairperson's address, activities introduction, International exchange with local people.
[2010.7.26]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.69
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.69 will be issued on May 29, 2010. The main article of this issue is Cherry blossoms viewing tour, Sushi party, Garden Party for Spring, Kimono trial, Message from graduated student, Messages for Ms. Natsuko.
[2010.5.28]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.68
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.68 will be issued on March 27, 2010. The main article of this issue is New Year's Party, Tookamachi Snow Festival, Home stay, Facebook lecture, Onsen Tour, Japanese tutor and Tea ceremony.

Please take a look at it!
[2010.3.27]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.67
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.67 will be issued on January 30, 2010. The main article of this issue is Lecture for understanding the Different Culture, Party for English Class, Trip for visiting IUJ alumni, Tea ceremony and Japanese tutor.

Please take a look at it!
[2010.1.29]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.66
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.66 will be issued on November 28, 2009. The main article of this issue is Rice Harvesting, Flea market, Climbing Mt. Hakkaisan, Japanese tutor, Bus tour and Kids' Event.

Please take a look at it!
[2009.11.25]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.65
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.65 will be issued on September 29, 2009. The main article of this issue is Welcome part for new students, Tea ceremony, Thunderstorm festival, Moegi summer festival, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial.

Please take a look at it!
[2009.9.28]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.64
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.64 will be issued on July 29, 2009. The main article of this issue is Rice Planting, Country presentation, Sukiyaki party, Nail art class, English lesson Class, Memorial tour with Graduating students, Messages from alumni, Report on general assembly meeting.

Please take a look at it!
[2009.7.28]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.63
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.63 will be issued on June 2, 2009. The main article of this issue is Cherry blossom viewing, Country presentation, Sushi party, Garden party, Japanese tutor, home stay, Party with alumnus.

Please take a look at it!
[2009.5.29]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.62
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.62 was issued on March 24, 2009. The main article of this issue is Tookamachi snow festival, Doll festival, Tea ceremony, Country presentation, Introduction for Naked man Pushing festival, Karaoke party, Japanese tutor.

Please take a look at it!
[2009.3.24]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.61
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.61 was issued on January 31, 2009. The main article of this issue is Country Presentation, Lecture for understanding the Different Culture, Xmas & Year-end Party, Potluck Luncheon Party, New Year's Party, Traditional Festival Tour, Japanese tutor.

Please take a look at it!
[2009.1.30]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.60
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.60 was issued on November 29, 2008. The main article of this issue is Rice harvesting, Potluck party, Hakkai-san Mountain Climbing, Bus trip, Kid's event memories with students.

Please take a look at it!
[2008.11.28]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.58
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.58 was issued on July 25, 2008. The main article of this issue is Rice Planting, Tea Ceremony, Picnic to Atema Hill, Happy memories with students and Graduation Ceremony.

Please take a look at it!
[2008.7.25]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.57
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.57 was issued on May 23, 2008. The main article of this issue is Kanazawa Bus trip, Garden Party, the report of English Lesson Class & Japanese tutor, Sushi Party and Laos trip for visiting IUJ alumni.

Please take a look at it!
[2008.5.21]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No.56
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No.56 was issued on March 18, 2008. The main article of this issue is Tooka-machi Snow festival, Ski & Snowboard tour, Tea ceremony Lesson, the report of Japanese tutor & English Lesson Class and Kyrgyz trip for visiting IUJ alumni.

Please take a look at it!

[2008.3.18]

Contribution to UMEX newsletter
Dear IUJ alumni:

We hope you've been well. We are writing to ask you if you would kindly contribute your article of about 200 words to UMEX newsletter called Kawaraban by March 9, 2007. The next issue of Kawaraban scheduled for March 23, 2007 will be the 50th issue. So, we are planning to publish it as a special edition. As for the subject, here are our suggestions, for example; it is "my memory of UONUMA or UMEX" or "my message to UMEX including the latest news about myself."

UMEX is still active and enjoys its social and cultural exchanges with IUJ students just like the time you were in IUJ. You will be able to update your memories of UMEX activities through Kawaranan which are available at http://www.umex.ne.jp/activity_newsletter.cfm .

If you can find time to write a short article, please let us know as soon as possible and email us your article with your photos by March 9, 2007.

We are hoping for your positive reply.
Thank you very much.

MORIYAMA Toshiyuki at toshi@iuj.ac.jp

[2007.2.8]

Cooperation in Toyota Project's Survey
Dear IUJ students, faculty members, and their families with foreign resident status in Minami-Uonuma-shi,

Today (January 19, 2007) you will find one or two big envelopes labeled gAbout the Survey of Foreign Residents in Minami Uonuma City, Mayor of Minami-Uonumah in your  mail box (one for yourself and the other for your spouse). The envolope contains (1) a letter from the Mayor of Minami-Uonuma-shi, (2) a Survey Questionnaire, and (3) a return-envelope addressed to me (Watanabe). The letter and the Survey Questionnaire are written in five languages, Japanese, English, Chinese, Korea and Tagalog, and all of them (5 sets) are included in each envelope.

The letter of the Mayor explains the purpose of the Survey and how it will be used to help the City government find better policies and institutions for foreign residents as well as the general citizens of the City in view of the recent increase in the number of foreign residents in the City. The Survey was designed by six members of UMEX (including Mr. Moriyama of MLIC) and three faculty members of IUJ (Profs Yamazaki and Takahashi and myself), who are all members of the PLATFORM of gMigration and the Transformation of Japan into a Multicultural Society.h The survey was first written in Japanese and then translated into four other languages by IUJ students. Thus the Survey is a joint endeavor between the City government, IUJ and UMEX to create a better community life in the City.

Please find time to answer the Survey Questionnaire and return it to the large blue mailbox on the door of my office (Room 320 of the main building) or to my mailbox in the Guard Room at the IUJ entrance. Please use the return-envelope only for putting the Survey Questionnaire in it and do not mail it to me to save the cost of the Survey. The Survey is funded primarily by the research fund of Toyota Foundation and partly by PLATFORM budget. This is the reason why the return-envelope is addressed to the Toyota Project located in my office. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

The City government will send the big envelope directly to all foreign residents, including IUJ students, staffs, faculty members and their families who live outside the IUJ campus. It is greatly appreciated if you could return the Survey sheet directly to my mailbox mentioned above after you answer its questions.

The Survey result as well as its analysis will be posted at the websites of Migration PLATFORM of IUJ GReEN as well as the website of UMEX.  Its findings will be reported in a number of seminars organized jointly by the City government, IUJ and UMEX.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Best regards,

Watanabe Shinichi
Coordinator of Migration PLATFORM
A member of the Toyota Project

[2007.1.31]

UMEX salon reopens on January 9, 2007
Dear IUJ students:

UMEX salon is temporarily closed from December 20 to Janauary 8, 2007 due to the New Year holidays.

The salon will reopen on Janauary 9, 13:00-15:00 and 19:00-20:30 as usual.

We hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season and see you on January 9, 2007.

Thanks,
[2006.12.20]

Issued UMEX Newsletter No. 48
UMEX Newsletter called "Kawaraban" No. 48 was issued on December 19, 2006. The main article of this issue is the lecture on Thailand on November 26, 2006 which was organized together with Thai students and UMEX. Rach-san, a representative of Thai students, contributed her report in English.

Your articles or reports regarding interaction with Japanese people will be always welcome. If you have, please contact UMEX members at UMEX salon or email at office@umex.ne.jp.

[2006.12.19]

UMEX Library Opens in Jogja
The following message is from Delifha-san of Gajamada University. She opened UMEX library for the children in the elementary school in Jogjakarta. Please look at the following ULR and see the children's brighten faces.

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Dear UMEX members:@

How are you? Today I wanna say thank you for the rest of donation transfer to my bank account last month. The total of money from the transfer is about Rp 3.900.000.

Then I with my friends, Ratna from pharmacy faculty and Peppy from Geography faculty cooperate together to create small library in one elementary school in prambanan-Jogja. We buy strory books, science books and a rack. Then on last Saturday (December 9th, 2006) We distribute the books and a rack to Bokoharjo Elementary School.

The interesting thing is we also give stamp to every book titled UGM & UMEX. Therefore I and my friends can make sure that the books are maintain well. The headmaster said thank you very much for the donation especially for UMEX which organize the fund raising. She said that they will be waiting for your visit to watch the real condition of the school after disaster. Here I also give you the documentation of books distribution. So you also can give report to UMEX member about the distribution of rest donation.

Just remind you that one student from MM-UGM will come to IUJ on the end of December 2006, her name is Riana. Maybe you can get more information about Jogja from her. Even though she did not joint in the donation distribution project, but I believe she know much about recovery process in Jogja.

Hope we can keep in touch and one day we can meet in Indonesia especially in Jogja. I inform you that I plan to graduate from UGM in March 2007. Maybe I will move to Jakarta (Capital City) to find a good job. If you need more information, just ask me and send me e-mail, I will try best to give information that you need.

Best regard,

Deli

[2006.12.19]

Schedule for UMEX salon
Dear IUJ students:

The year is coming to a close. During winter vacation, UMEX salon will be temporally closed between December 20, 2006 and January 8, 2007.

Please note that UMEX salon will be open on December 8, 12, 15 and 18 as usual, and reopen on January 9, 2007.

We hope you have a wonderful winter vacation!

[2006.12.7]

UMEX Newsletter No. 47 Issued
UMEX Newsltter called "Kawaraban" No. 47 was issued on November 24, 2006. It was included two IUJ students' reports written in English: 'Chrysanthemums festival and trip to Niigata' by Ms Qosimova and 'My first impression of the Tea Ceremony' by Ms. Ruul Purev.

Your reports and photos regarding interactions with Japanese people will be always welcome. Please contact UMEX members at UMEX salon or email at office@umex.ne.jp.

UMEX newsltters' back numbers are also available at http://www.umex.ne.jp/activity_newsletter.cfm.
You may find your friends and acqaintances.

[2006.11.24]

Open Day's Ticket obtainable at UMEX salon
IUJ Open Day will be held on November 18, 2006 and the reception will start at 5:30 p.m.

If you don't want to be in long queue for the tickets(\500), please come to the UMEX salon that opens at 4:00 p.m. Until the events start, you will be able to get the ticket there and also enjoy talking with your friends like at your home.

Best,


[2006.11.15]

Visited UMEX Scholars in Phuket
Do you remember of the Tsunami 2004? At that time, UMEX collected about 1,200,000 yen in donations for the victims in cooperation with international students at IUJ, in Niigata, who were from the affected countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. All the members concerned with the project of Tsunami 2004 decided to leave how to use the donations to the students because the situations were different in each country. Only one condition was determined, that was, to use it for children.

The students of the Thai group decided to use the donations as scholarships for the children who lost their mothers or the fathers due to the tsunami and have not yet received any support from other organizations. Through their counterperson in Phuket, they obtained a list of the children and selected 13 students.

On September 1, 2006, six UMEX members visited the Satri School in Phuket and met three students there. For more details, please see the report posted below.

[2006.9.25]

Issued UMEX Newsletter for New Students
On September 22, we participated in the Campus Life Orientation of IUJ and officially introduced UMEX to new students. UMEX Newsletter Special Edition for new students distributed at the orientation is available below.

Information on UMEX programs and events will be announced soon!

[2006.9.25]

Wanted English Instructors
UMEX is looking for three English instructors for the UMEX English classes as follows. If you are interested in this position, please submit an application form to the UMEX salon on Oct. 3, 2006, between 19:00 and 20:30.

Application form is obtainable from the following URL.

Honorarium: 3000 yen per session (one and half hours)
Duration: Oct 11 to Dec 21

*Wednesday morning class (10:40-12:10):
Oct 11 to Dec 13 (10 times)
*Wednesday evening class (19:10-20:40):
Oct 11 to Dec 13 (10 times)
*Thursday evening class (19:10-20:40):
Oct 12 to Dec 21 (10 times / except Nov. 23)

Textbook: gNew Interchange 1h
Place: UMEX salon
Notice: You need to get a work permit.

Further questions, contact Ms. Yoko Yanagase at the UMEX salon or
e-mail to yy_yanagase88@yahoo.co.jp

[2006.9.19]

Activity report on Java Earthquake
Dear UMEX members:

Konnichiwa..I hope you are in good condition.
First I want to say very sorry because I am very late to give you the report.
Today I am very happy because I can bring good news about donation report. 2 days ago (August 10th 2006), some MM-UGM student who were joint in the donation distribution committee already distribute the donation to the victims in Bantul-Jogjakarta.

Follows is complete donation report:
Reacting to the earth quake disaster in Jogjakarta-Indonesia last May 27th 2006, UMEX immediately raised donations for the victims. I as representative of Indonesian student especially as Exchange Student from UGM (Gadjah Mada University) Jogjakarta in IUJ for Spring term and on behalf of UMEX members have responsibility to brought back that donation to Indonesia and distribute to the affected area in Bantul-Jogjakarta in August 2006.

In first planning, I will distribute all donations as a package of bag and stationary to elementary students in affected area. But considering the real condition there that some donators already give the same package to elementary school students, therefore we only make 1000 packages of stationary and bag with UMEX logo on the surface. The funds are also allocated to buy toys and create small library for the schools by donating education books and story books. We also allocated the rest of donation for scholarship to 80 orphan student and who have special achievement in the school. However due to limitation of money, each student only got 625 Yen which normally used for tuition fee. Here I was helped by some MM-UGM students and local social organization to get the name of school which have not yet received donation from other donators and to deliver the donation surely to the victims that really need it.

We hope that the victims will not soon forget the supporter who helped them. Therefore we create small library to make UGM student as UMEX representative can built strong relationship with them and in the future can visit them to make sure that the donation are used properly. UMEX member who have opportunity to visit Indonesia also can visit them some day in the future.

On behalf of those Indonesian students who are in victim area and UGM Jogjakarta students, I again would like to convey great gratitude to All UMEX members, IUJ students and Japanese donators and all related parties.

If you need more detail information about donation allocation, let me know. Then I will send it to you in next e-mail. I hope we can keep in touch therefore when we have time in the future we can meet again each other.

Best regard,
Syaefatul Dellifah
(Exchange Student in spring term 2006)

More details, visit the following URL or see UMEX Newsletter No. 44.

[2006.9.7]

My heartfelt gratitude towards UMEX
I am Thin Thin Myint (MBA) from Myanmar. I have only one week left in IUJ and I am nearly about to return to Myanmar. Before going back to our country, a special note of gratitude is owed to UMEXfs members, especially Bandai San, Moriyama San, Kubota San, Ritsuko Abe San, Michiko San, Watanabe San and other UMEX members who gave me constructive supports when I was staying in IUJ.

I do have very much appreciation to UMEX which is UONUMA Association for Multicultural Exchange, was set up by local people and IUJ staff to foster multicultural interaction. As for me, UMEX could give me an unbelievable, special privilege when we took the every trip together with them that forever remains in my memory.

I do recognize a diverse set of UMEXfs activities. UMEX performed its various activities to help IUJ students through the association between IUJ staffs and the local people by strengthening students'experience in Japan, then enlarge and enrich their knowledge about Japanese way of life and Japanese socio-cultural network.

To tell the truth, we've got a lot of opportunities and experiences from the UMEX. Among the Japanese local people and IUJ staff, we could retain a mutual understanding, strengthen an intimate and boundless relationship and preserve a constructive communication through sharing and exchanging knowledge and ideas. UMEX gave relentless backings to IUJ students who are not familiar with the Japanese environment and Japanese culture.

Among the recipe of UMEX activities, some visible activities UMEX enthusiastically initiated and participated are: providing Japanese language programs to IUJ students, collection of fund (donation for Indonesia Earthquake), hiking to MT. Sakato, interesting trip to Kawagoe, flower
arrangement, tea ceremony, barbecue party, food gathering party, joyful Picnic at Atema Highland Resort etc. UMEX arranged amazing social gatherings for international students, Kids Event which is mainly planned for kids to introduce Japanese, traditional custom - carp streamer, hiking trip to Mt. Sakato that is a famous mountain in Minami Uonuma city in which there are lots
of dogtooth violet flower on top of the mountain, a fantastic Picnic at Atema Highland Resort which is well-known for spacious garden with booming beautiful and attractive Iris flowers. Atema Highland Resort is a beautiful resort near Toka-machi city. At that time we had an intimate relationship through having potluck lunch under the blue sky with fresh air at the lakeside. Moreover, we had a special chance to swim in an indoor swimming complex, to play golf in the
putting green, and to observe and study 6 kinds of hiking & cycling courses in this resort.

The next interesting trip for great memories, accompanying with the exchange students and UMEX's members, I have a great chance to study Japanese traditional event Dorakujin at Shinsui in Toka-machi city which takes 30 mins from IUJ by car. It is a kind of lunar New Year event. Local people pray abundant harvest to guardians for the community and drive out an evil spirit. This is a typical event of rural community in Japan. Our group happily participated in Dondoyaki event: it means bonfire and then we eagerly played Japanese traditional badminton: Hanekkaeshi as dialect word (Hagoita as normal Japanese). This is one of the memorable events of UMEX sponsored by Kubota San and UMEX members.

Another interesting trip arranged by UMEX is a wonderful bus trip to Kawagoe city (1990 pop. 304,854), Saitama prefecture, central Honshu, Japan. Silk textile manufacturing, electronics, and food processing are among the city's industries. Kurazukuri was developed for merchants in old Edo to create fireproof structures able to survive conflagrations which often left neighboring
wooden structures in ashes. In Kawagoe, merchants once vied in lively competition with each other to build kurazukuri houses. Today some 30 such houses, including the Osawa Family House (a nationally designated Cultural Treasure); can be found in this neighborhood. With the Bell Tower soaring its center and the nostalgic Candy Store Alley nearby, the area exudes the
atmosphere of a downtown Edo-period district.

One of the most tourist attractions in Kawagoe is the Kita-in Temple, once a major headquarters of the Buddhist Tendai sect famed for its images of the 500 disciples of Buddha. The temple was founded in 830. In the 16th and 17th century, its head priest, Tenkai, became a consultant to the three first Tokugawa shogun, and is said to have reached the venerable age of 108 (b.1536, d.1643). As I am a real Buddhist, Kawagoe is a most enjoyable religious place
which could draw my special interest and attention; I could study a famous Buddhist Temple and scriptures in there.

The strong keenness and committed spirit of UMEX people upon IUJ students could positively breed a solidarity, cohesiveness and synergy that are essentially needed to achieve an objective of the UMEX which is to support foreign residents and enhance Japanese people's awareness of foreign cultures. We, IUJ students could create a sincere friendship with Japanese local people when we visited together in the various trips managed by UMEX. As long as we have a deep
friendship with local people from Japan in the UMEX, we can incredibly enjoy the benefits of friendship. As I am not only an IUJ student but also one of the Myanmar students, I would like to say my heartfelt gratitude goes to members of UMEX who gave me a great chance to extend my social network with Japanese local people as well as to observe Japanese way of life in IUJ.

Thin Thin Myint (Myanmar)
[2006.7.18]

Accepting Donations for Java Eearthquake
UMEX is working together with students from Indonesia to collect relief fund for the victims of Java earthquake. The donations that are collected by June 25 will be brought by Ms. Dellifah and  directly delivered to the children of the elementary school near Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. She will report the UMEX homepage (http://www.umex.ne.jp/) how the donation is used to help reduce the suffering of the children. (Please see the report of TUSO on the UMEX homepage for the Tsunami Relief Donation in 2005).

Donation can be made in person at UMEX salon or through the UMEX account at the Post Office.
œAccount Number: 00550-7-74672
œAccount Name: UONUMA Kokusai Koryukyokai (in Japanese)

We kindly appreciate your cooperation.
Thank you,

[2006.6.7]

TUSO Report from Oranoot in Thailand
Dear all UMEX members,

Following the devastated hit by Tsunami in Asian region, relieving fund was immediately raised by UMEX in cooperation with other local organizations. I, as a representative of Thai students at IUJ and on behalf of UMEX members, brought that fund back to Thailand and rushed to the affected areas in the Southern part in October 2005.

Initially, I would like to give this fund to primary school students in Baannumkem, Phang-nga, the worst affected area. However, I could not manage to reach my friend, the only person who can locate affected students in Baannumkem. In this, I needed to contact Office for Phuket Education, asking for the officersf help to find orphan students in Phuket.

I maximized the usage of UMEX fund by granting it as scholarships. Scholarships were given to students who were living in poor condition, lost his/her parents in the event, and didnft get access to private or governmental assistance. Any student who falls under this criterion would be considered to receive UMEX fund. However, due to limitation of money amount, only 6 students were selected.

With the effective system we employ, we need not to worry about misuse of the scholarships by those students because they are controlled strictly by their supervising teachers. Every time the students need to withdraw the fund in they own bank account, they must inform their supervising teachers for how they are going to use it. Most of the fund is normally used for tuition fee, books, stationary and the education related matters.

As far as I have talked to those students, I have come to realize that they desire long relationship rather than a one-time assistance. Given all the natural devastations taking place around the world, Tsunami victims will be soon forgotten along with all supports, which will evaporate quickly. This is what those students and I have severely concerned about. The only way to prevent this problem we are anticipating is to build up and tie relationship between supporters and those victims.

On behalf of those Thai students, I again would like to convey my great gratitude to all UMEX members, Japanese donators and all the relevant persons.

Oranoot Withitwinyuchon (IR Class of 2005)

[2006.2.28]

Message from Prof. Watanabe about Naked Man Festival
Dear GSO-EC,

A useful information on Naked Man Festival is available in UMEX News  no.6,

http://umex.ne.jp/pdf/news_no6.pdf.

Although most articles in the UMEX News are written in Japanese, there are
two articles written in English in pages 1 and 7: a brief comment on the
history of the Festival in page 1 and the song (called "sasarasuri" sang at
the peak of the Festival after 22:20 or so) in page 7.   Let me attach the
file of the song to this mail.  I translated the song into English. There is
a dramatic turn of the Festival around 22:20 - 22:40 which reveals the real
meaning of the Festival, after most IUJ students have left the temple VERY
unfortunately.  The current President of UMEX is a member of the Iguchi
family which has been administering Sasarasuri since 13th century.  You can
find him on the stage after Sasarasuri is over.

The best reference about the structure and meaning of the Festival is in pp.
199 - 204 of

Suzuki Bokushi (1835/1986): Snow Country Tales, Life in the other Japan.
Translated by Jeffrey Hunter.

The book was first published in Japanese around 1835 and traslated by Hunter
in 1986. Bokushi was a merchant of Shiozawa (a part of Minami-Uonumashi).
The book is extremely informative about the lives of people in Niigata,
especially in winter. The analysis of the crepe (Echigo Crepe) markets (pp.
62 -78) is one of the best analysis of the functions of whole salers in the
market mechanism.

If you organize a meeting for hearing more about the history and meaning of
the Naked Man Festival, I will be most happy to find time to talk about it
for IUJ students.  Please let me know if there is a demand for such a
meeting.

Best,

Watananbe

P.S.  If you want to invite Mr. Iguchi (the current President of UMEX),
please get in touch with Mr. Toshiyuki Moriyama (toshi@iuj.ac.jp), the
director of MLIC.

[2006.2.19]

Charity Bazaar (for Pakistan Earthquake)
Charity Bazaar & Fund-raising for the sufferers from Pakistan Earthquake will be held by IUJ students and Umex.

Date: Nov.19 (Sat) from 17:00
Place: IUJ Gymnasium

Goods: Clothes(laundered) / Towels,Tableware,Bedclothes,Cleaning materials(new) / Handcraft articles / Souvenirs / Foods(quality guaranteed)
* Please attach the label of your membership number on each of the goods for the sake of being specified easily.

Carry in: Umex Saloon at 13:00 to 15:00 & 19:00 to 20:30 on Nov.11th,15th,18th
or IUJ Gymnasium at 16:00 to 17:00 on Nov.19th

Take away: Unsold goods, if any, to be taken away on Nov.19th or during the next week

Staffs: If you are kindly able to work together with us at this charity bazaar, please gather at 16:00 on Nov.19 in front of IUJ Gymnasium.


Person in charge: Mr. Kubota, Ms. Yanagase, Ms. Banzai

[2005.11.19]

Umex's Support for Students' Families
Hello !

Do you know that Umex has some programs to support not only the students from foreign countries but also their families.

The programs are,
1) Kids Saloon: open per month (for the kindergarten pupils and the elemental schoolchildren)
2) Baby Saloon: open irregularly

At these saloons, you can see many Umex's housewife members who are the veterans of nursing and you can frankly consult with them on the matters of babies or children.
For example, as to hospital, kindergarten, school, procedures for city office and etc. Further more you can have the handicraft lessons there.

If you register your Email-address to Umex, you can have the informations of the events that your families can join.  
Umex Saloon is located at 1st FL of IUJ No 3 Dormitory and open 13:00 to 15:00 & 19:00 to 20:30 on every Tuesday and every Friday.

Please come to join the Saloon freely !  

* Person in charge: Ms. Kazuko Takahashi              
[2005.10.30]

Accepting Application of Japanese Language Programs from Oct.4 to Oct. 14
Welcome to UMEX Japanese Programs. UMEX offers the following two Japanese programs to IUJ students and their family members including non-Japanese residents in UONUMA.

(1)UMEX gFirst Lessons in Japanese Classh:
This program suits for those who have not studied Japanese before, or still find themselves unfamiliar with it and want some more basic classroom lessons. Participants are required to purchase the textbook titled gFirst Lessons in Japaneseh (1500yen) in advance at UMEX salon and encouraged to memorize Japanese hiragana by the end of the program.

(2) UMEX Japanese Tutor Program:
This program suits for those who can make basic communication in Japanese and wish to practice more. UMEX assists in finding a tutor. In principle, the student and tutor will meet once a week and practice to speak Japanese about one and half-hours. The student and their tutor will decide the textbook, the schedule and the place to meet respectively.

Application is obtainable at the following URL.

[2005.10.4]

Report of TUSO project in Indonesia
Jakarta, September 8, 2005

PROGRESS REPORT
Submitted for Tsunami Uonuma Support Organization (TUSO)

(1) Recent condition in Aceh
In general, programs to rebuild Aceh are conducted in three sequences, namely emergency, rehabilitation, and reconstruction period. First three months after the tsunami was an emergency program, which was focused only for the short term need. During this period, there were pile of food stocks, clothing, and tend from national and international aid. The second and third term was rehabilitation and reconstruction to rebuild Aceh. At present, these two programs are more prevalent and have their own nature. Government of Indonesia has established Agency for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Aceh to develop Aceh.

(2) Distribution mechanism of donation from TUSO to Aceh
TUSO donation obtained from charity concerts and other sources were distributed to the people in tsunami affected areas in Aceh through Children Center which was established by Muhammadiyah (second largest Moslem organization in Indonesia) and UNICEF. Children Center Muhammadiyah-UNICEF has various projects in Aceh, particularly in Meulaboh, the most affected areas. Children Center has been introducing their programs since emergency period, such as advocating, psychosocial, and non formal education.

Donation from TUSO is provided based on the proposal which was submitted by Children Center. I assumed that Children Center knew well already what children in Aceh needs for their future life. Donation from TUSO was 293,000 yen (around 25.6 million Rupiah; exchange rate = Rp87/Yen per July 15, 2005 when it was transferred to Indonesia without remittance fee).

Donation has been fully distributed to the children in terms of:

1. School uniforms and shoes for separated children (SC) and unaccompanied children (UAC). School uniform and shoe has been distributed to the children in West Aceh: 40 children in Kaway XVI, 47 children in Cot Seumeureung (Samatiga), and 32 children in Reusak (Samatiga). Total donation used for this activity was Rp15.2 million.

2. Three units of computer that cost Rp10.4 million, consist of two unit computer of Pentium IV and one unit of Pentium III. In the future, Children Center has a plan to use these computers for computer course that will be managed by SC and UC. It will be business unit for printing and typing to earn income. I approved this proposal since I think it will be very useful for children to have income generating activities. It is expected that after volunteering activities ended, they can survive by their own business. Furthermore, the Children Center has trained SC, UC and local people with the computer application (Microsoft Words, Excel) and internet. The United Nations has kindly provided internet line for them.

(3) Conclusion
TUSO support for tsunami relief has been highly appreciated by Children Center and local people in Meulaboh - Aceh. They expect that this good cooperation will continue in the future. I told them that TUSO has a plan to continue its activities in the future to collect donation from Japanese people and distribute it to the tsunami affected countries. It is expected that there will be a good relationship and understanding between Aceh people and Minamiuonuma-shi people. I also have discussion with Children Center the possibility to extent the knowledge-base activities, such as computer skill and language skill (including English and Japanese), with the assistance of TUSO.

Finally, this report has been made in order to fulfill the accountability and responsibility for TUSO. I also want to give sincere gratitude from children and volunteers in Aceh for Minamiuonuma-shi people. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to send me an email. I will gladly provide you any further information you might need. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely yours,
Heru Wibowo

[2005.9.10]

Message from Ms. Samantha
My memories at IUJ

It is four thirty early in the morning and I need to get up now. If not, I might miss my office transport vehicle, will have to travel in the public bus and definitely I will get late to office. Yet, I just want to close my eyes and cuddle under the bed sheet for some more timec..my thoughts wonder around.  

Far and far awaycto Japan, to IUJ. The two years I spent at IUJ was filled with many new experiences, challenges and memories. I remember my first day at IUJ, partly shocked to have ended up in a remote area which does not give the feeling that one is living in Japan and partly surprised by the beauty of the surrounding of IUJ.

Before the real orientation programme began for the new comers, I still remember the members of UMEX, the multi cultural exchange programme of UONUMA city threw a warm welcome with a sumptuous BBQ near the tennis court. I tried my first few Japanese words with some members of UMEX. Apart from the demanding academic life at IUJ, I got exposed to a wealth of experience inside the small room of UMEX at SD-3.

Apart from studies, there are plenty of things that kept me occupied and all the friendly people I met in UMEX did their best to share the innate warmth and friendliness of the Japanese people. My experience at IUJ, in its truly international environment is something that I would cherish in the rest of my life.  

Samantha Jayasuriya (Class of 2005, Sri Lanka)
[2005.9.2]

Report of TUSO project in India
Dear UMEX members:

As requested by you, I visited a remote village in
Andhra Pradesh state affected by Tsunami. This village
is 3 kms away from Bay of Bengal and was also badly
affected. I visited this place on July 29th and
distributed the following materials:
1. School Uniform
2. School Bag
3. Water Bottle
4. Footwear
5. Pencil/Pen Box
6. Notebooks

Crayons, Drawing book for small children and atlas for
little bigger children. In all there were 200 students
who benefited out of this program. I have pictures
taken and will send you them once I am bit settled
with my life.

Venkata R. Desai (Class of 2005)
[2005.9.2]

TUSO Activity Report #3
TUSO (Tsunami UONUMA Support Organization) had a meeting at UMEX salon with the students of the four Tsunami affected countries on June 17, 2005, decided how to use the donations, and discussed its future activities.

The total amount of the contributions available for the four countries has reached 1,174,218 yen, including the balance of 815,386 yen of the charity concert of April 23 and 358,832 yen collected by TUSO (UMEX) since last February.

For details, please take a look at the following URL.

[2005.7.3]

Thanks to UMEX
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the members of UMEX for making
my time at IUJ so pleasurable. With their help I was able to experience many local customs, traditions and activities – such as rice planting, bullfighting and skiing to name just a few.

More importantly I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who opened their hearts and graciously shared their time and city with me.

I hope to one day offer the same opportunity to you. Though I am excited about
graduating it will be very difficult for me to leave the friends I have made here.

Cicero, Valerie
[2005.7.1]

Regular Baby Salon
Hello!

Do you know that the Baby Salon has been open every Tuesday (10:30 to 12:00) at the 1st floor of IUJ's family dormitory?

This Baby Salon is for exchanging the friendship between UMEX members with infants and students' family with infants.

Please join and enjoy this Baby Salon freely!

However, especially to the new comers, please understand the case that the time schedule may happen to be changed suddenly. And it is better for you to have a contact for confirmation in advance.

* Person in charge: Ms.Kazuko Takahashi
                   (Tel; 025-773-3123 / Mail add; yokunkokun@nyc.odn.ne.jp)
[2005.5.16]

Message from IUJ president to all IUJers
The 2nd charity concert

Dear Members of the IUJ Community:

The 2nd charity concert for the people in both the Tsunami and Chuetsu
Earthquake affected area is coming soon!  It is scheduled as follows:

Time: 14:00-17:00, April 23, 2005
Place: Minamiuonuma City Hall

Admission Ticket: 1,000 yen (on sale at the OSS and UMEX salon)
*All admission fees are used to support victims of Tsunami and Chuetsu Earthquake. Most of the fund will be delivered to the targeted Tsunami
victims by IUJ students and will be reported to all the supporters on the UMEX website, http://www.umex.ne.jp/
*Transportation between IUJ and the City Hall is arranged by IUJ and UMEX.

IUJ students will report what they have done to support the people in Tsunami affected areas. As an attraction, there will be dances and music. Above all you can meet KONISHIKI, the former SUMO wrestler, who weighed more than 250kgs! For more details, see a poster on the bulletin board in front of the OSS.

The concert is sponsored by Minamiuonuma City and TUSO (Tsunami Uonuma Support Organization), established by the initiative of UMEX last February. IUJ is enthusiastically supporting the event, which may be an epoch-making project that establishes the linkage between the people in Uonuma local communities and the people in the Tsunami affected area through IUJ students.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Ippei Yamazawa
President
[2005.4.20]

Japanese Tutor Program in Spring term
Application is obtainable at the following URL.

If you wish to participate in UMEX Japanese Tutor program, please submit the application to the UMEX salon eithr Tuesday or Friday, 13:00-15:00 or 19:00-20:30 by April 15, 2005.

UMEX will assist in finding a tutor. In principle, the student and tutor will meet once a week and practice to speak Japanese about one and half-hours. The student and their tutor will decide the textbook, the schedule and the place to meet respectively. This program is designed for the kind of people listed below:
1. Those who have completed the UMEX First Lessons in Japanese Class.
2. Those who can make basic communication in Japanese and wish to practice more.
3. Those who are taking the Japanese language program at IUJ or dropped out, but wish to practice Japanese conversation more.

You will be informed a name of your tutor by Ms. Etsuko Ohira by email as soon as she can arrange it. Further information, contact Ms. Etsuko Ohira at Friday night between 19:00 and 20:30.


[2005.3.19]

Sign-up TUSO Charity Concert in advance
TUSO is planning to have a fund-raising concert for the tsunami victims as the 1st phase of fund-raising campaign till March 20, 2005, as follows.  All performers are IUJ students.

Some IUJ students of TUSO members bring donations back to the affected area during the spring holidays and purchase required goods there, handing them to the children. Students' reports will be put on UMEX homepage as soon as they return to campus to promote the next round of fund-raising.

Transportation between IUJ and Sawarabi Hall will be provided by IUJ.
Please sign-up in advance at the OSS.

Your participation and donation would be highly appreciated!

[2005.2.24]

Accepting Donations for Tsunami Victims
TUSO (the Tsunami UONUMA Support Organization) was established in order to raise local awareness of long-term commitment and funds tsunami victims.

Donation can be made in person at the Office of Student Services of IUJ or through the UMEX account at the post office.

Account Number: 00550-7-74672
Account Name: UONUMA Kokusai Koryu Kyokai (in Japanese)

We would appreciate it if you could distribute a poster obtainable at the following URL.

[2005.2.10]

Thanks to Mr. & Mrs Takanami for Ski Trip
On January 3, 2005, Mr. and Mrs. Takanami invited IUJ students to
the ski trip.
Mr. Manindra contributed his report to UMEX.
Please have a look!

[2005.1.14]

Wanted English conversation tutors
UMEX has an gEnglish Partner Programh as a counter-program to the gJapanese Language Programh. To establish reciprocal relationship between foreign residents (mainly IUJ students) and the local people, we need to overcome the language barrier with a mutual effort. Both UMEX Japanese and English language programs will be offered for this purpose.
The program outline is as follows. We hope that as many of you as possible will participate in this program as our partner.

Procedures:
1. Those who wish to join this program pleassubmit the registration form (obtainable at URL below) to UMEX office at your pleasure.
2. UMEX office accepts the application form from UMEX members at any time.
3. UMEX office matches partners upon request from UMEX members and IUJ student tutor.

Basic Conditions:
1. One group consists of a maximum of three students (local people).
2. One group pays 1,000 yen per one hour to their tutor each session.
3. The content of the lessons is to be decided by students and their tutor. Basically, the lesson is held once per week.


[2005.1.12]

Application of Japanese Tutor Program
Application is obtainable at the following URL.

If you wish to participate in our program, please submit the application to Ms. Takeda at the OSS by 17:00, January 17.

(B) UMEX Japanese Tutor Program
UMEX will assist in finding a tutor. In principle, the student and tutor will meet once a week and practice to speak Japanese just about one and half-hours. The student and their tutor will decide the textbook, the schedule and the place to meet respectively. This program is designed for the kind of people listed below:
1. Those who have completed the UMEX First Lessons in Japanese Class.
2. Those who can make basic communication in Japanese and wish to practice more.
3. Those who are taking the Japanese language program at IUJ or dropped out, but wish to practice Japanese conversation more.
You will be informed schedule of the first meeting with your tutor as soon as we can arrange it.

[2005.1.11]

Application of Japanese Class
Application is obtainable at the following URL.

If you wish to participate in our program, please submit the application to Ms. Takeda at the OSS by 17:00, January 17.

(A) UMEX gFirst Lessons in Japanese Classh
UMEX instructors for "First Lessons in Japanese Class" have studied how to teach Japanese by correspondence. The instruction is given in Japanese in principle and participants are encouraged to memorize Japanese hiragana by the end of the program. Participants are required to purchase the textbook titled "First Lessons in Japanese" (1,500 yen) in advance. This program is suitable for those who have not yet studied Japanese language and have not registered a Japanese Language Program at IUJ. However, please understand beforehand that there is a limit in our capability and cannot be able to respond to all your convenience.

[2005.1.11]

Invitation from Ms. Totoro of Kitasato College
A lecture meeting is held on Saturday, October 23 in the Kitazato hall of Kitasato College located near IUJ.

The subject is "whether what did people eat and have lived."
As an opening performance of this lecture meeting, the pipe organ club to which I belong holds a mini-concert.

I am going to sing "Laatokka" taught by the exchange student Seppo who was coming to IUJ from Finland by the original word. Please join us!

Moreover, the colleage festival of Kitasato University called the Uonuma Festival will be held on Novermber 2 and 3.
I will announce you more details soon. The concert of a pipe organ club will be held on the 2nd of November.

See you there!
[2004.10.16]

Report on Summer Garden Party
We have received the reports of the summer garden party held on August
21, 2004 from Mr. Joseph, Ms. La and Ms. Unur.

Please have a look and share our wonderful memories.

[2004.9.9]

Baby-Saloon
Baby-Saloon will be open again from September, though it has been closed in August. The time will be from 10:30 to 12:00 on every Tuesday.
At the 1st gathering, the introduction will be made with each other since many new members have joined in the Saloon. And at the time, your opinions about the future plan will be expected. It would be great pleasure if you come to the gathering.

(1) Date/Time: Sept.7 (Tue) 10:30 to 12:00
(2) Place: 1st Floor of MSA in IUJ

* Contact: Ms.Watanabe 025-773-2665/ Ms.Takahashi 025-773-3123
[2004.8.29]

Details for Summer Night Party (Aug21)
Details for Summer Night Party has been fixed as follows,

* Date/Time: Aug.21(Sat)/ 19:00 to 21:00.
* Place    : By the tennis court of IUJ. (If you do not know this place, please come to Salon from where You can find it.)
* Fee      : \300.(but, Free for the elementary school chidren and the infants.)
* Program  : This is the party for enjoying the fireworks, taking the norimaki-sushi arranged together with the students/their families, the homemade pickles made by Ms.Banzai/Ms.Yanagase, the watermelons, the green soybeans and at the last stage enjoying the dance of " Yamato-Yoitoko" (means "Yamato is good place") all together.
In addition to these, some of you may be able to put on "Yukata" (Japanese easy typed Kimono), depending on the chance.  
Please make contact by Aug.17, if you want join it, for arrangement's sake.  

Contact: Ms.Yukiko Banzai(090-5585-2066/ patrin@carrot.ocn.ne.jp) or Office(025-779-1439/ office@umex.ne.jp)

Persons in charge: Ms.Banzai, Ms.Yanagase and Ms.Takeda.
[2004.8.16]

Closing of Salon
Please be informed that the Salon will be closed on Aug.13 and 17.
[2004.7.26]

Upcoming Events' Info
The Event-Program in Autumn has been made up as below by the students and the UMEX members , gathered at the salon in campus where a little loneliness was felt, because it was a day after the ceremony for completion of a course.
The further details will be informed later, however, please mark the schedule on your calendar.

* Sep.19(Sun): Welcome-Barbecue-Party for New Students;
Making the rice-balls and arranging Barbecue would help the exchange between the students and UMEX members.
Preliminary meeting will be held at 19:00 on Sep.17. Please join it!
* Oct.3(Sun): Rice-Reaping Tour (+ subject to change);
The site will be the place where planting of young rice-plants was made in Spring.
* Oct.17(Sun): Bus Tour;
Niigata City, Furusato Village, Yahiko Shrine, Seaside-Line, Raw Fish-Market are planned as the visiting places.  
* Nov.7(Sun): Chinese Culture Course;
It will be held as the 3rd cooperating project of Chinese students and UMEX members. The project team will start in October, to make arrangement together with the students.

If you can join the team, please come into contact with Mr.Toyomasa Kubota. 090-5763-7903
[2004.7.24]

Case Study of UMEX
If you want to know more about UMEX, please read an essay on the case study of UMEX written by Ms Satoko Takeda, coordinator of UMEX.

Her essay titled "New Attempt for Supporting International Students at International University of Japan" was originally written in Japanese at the request of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and appeared in their monthly magazine entitled "Daigaku to Gakusei" of the December 2003 issue.

Any suggestion and comment would be appreciated.

[2004.7.22]

Kids Event: "Get to Know more Friends' Countries"
"Kids Salon" has been held as an event for children by UMEX since last June. Exchange has been made between the children from several countries and those of Japanese members of UMEX, through talking about the Japanese traditional events in the said month, folding papers into figures, playing picture-story shows and so on.

The children enjoy this gathering with some friendly feeling that has been awakened as the Salon advances, though they were doing blindly in the dark at first.

We are considering to hold "Get to Know more Friends' Countries" as an event for the first anniversary of "Kids Salon". One of our ideas for this event is a lecture by the students from abroad or other foreigners that would be effective for schoolchildren and pupils of junior high schools to have the international sense.

We wish you and your children to join us for this event from the preparatory stage, starting mid-October. Please come into contact with me, if you have some interesting in it

* Person in charge: Mrs. Kazuko Takahashi 025-773-3123  
[2004.7.21]

Report on a bus trip to Aizu-Wakamatsu
UMEX organized the bus trip to Aizu-Wakamatsu on March 27, 2004. 33 people participated in this trip.

Ms. Aigul Berdigulova from Kyrgys and Ms. Yulia Limanova from Russia contibuted their reports to UMEX. You can see their reports at the following URL.

Check this out!

[2004.5.28]

Suggestion to the Three Museums
In April 2004, UMEX was asked by the Association of Three Museums consisting of Tokamachi City Museum, Suzuki Bokushi Memorial Hall in Shiozawa and Tomioka White Art Museum in Muikamachi to write up suggestions from the view point of non-Japanese regarding how to improve those museums. Those three museums share the same concept, that is, relation between snow and living in UONUMA.  

UMEX set up a task force for this project with IUJ students and visited the three museums on May 8. We reported our results at the meeting of the Three Museums on May 21, 2004. We enjoyed a lively discussion with the attendants surpassing our expectation. Our suggestions were mentioned in the Niigata-Nippo (newspaper) on May 25, 2004.


Our report is available at http://www.umex.ne.jp/E/report.cfm.

The task forcefs members are as follows:
Mr. Ken Sudo (1st year, Graduate School of International Management)
Mr. Yuki Masujima (2nd year, Graduate School of International Relations)
Mr. Shunsuke Okano (1st year, Graduate School of International Relations)
Mr. Jorge Primavera (Philippines, 1st year, Graduate School of International Relations)
Mr. Mihai Isacovici (Romania, 1st year, Graduate School of International Relations)
Mr. Anton Kim (Uzbekistan, 1st year, Graduate School of International Relations)
Ms. Etsuko Ohira (UMEX)
Ms. Satoko Takeda (UMEX)

[2004.5.28]

Upcoming Events April to June
UMEX is planning the following events for you. Please mark your calendar and sign up on time. For details, please confirm information in the UMEX salon. Some events will give a preference to those who are frequently visiting the salon.

· Kidfs Salon onTango no Sekku, a day to celebrate the growth of boys
April 24, 13:30-15:00, at the salon

· Chat in English Gathering
April 25, 14:00-15:30, at the salon

· Cultural Exchange between Japan and India-Wearing Kimono and Saree
April 27, Tuesday, 13:00-15:00, at the salon
Fee: 300 yen

· Garden Party in IUJ
April 29, Thursday, 11:00-14:00, at BBQ site
Fee: 500 yen

· Rice Seedlings Tour in Hirokami
May 30, Sunday, 9:30-15:00
Fee: 500 yen

· Bus Trip to Explore UONUMA
Japanese Style Bullfight & Nishikigoi in Ojiya
June 20, Sunday, 10:00-16:00
Fee: 2,500 yen
[2004.4.20]

Report on Mukamachi Snow Festival
On February 14th, the UMEX sponsored a trip to a snow festival, this time in Muikamachi!  Upon arrival at Muikamachi, we were amazed to see how big the festival site was.  It was magnificent, with traditional lanterns leading the way to the snow stage.  Once we reached the main site we were happy to see that lots of food and drink was available.  Almost immediately, Jennifer-san and Sharee-san got their first taste of sweet sake.  And best of all, the food was mostly free.  Jonathon-san enjoyed some free soup as well as the sweet sake and a Japanese orange.  Isao-san and Sitas-san explored the different food vendors with us – each one was sponsored by a different town.  Isao-san helped us communicate with the nice people at each tent.  But we all could say one Japanese phrase very well by the end of the evening: domo arigato gozaimasu.

As we got closer to the snow stage we were amazed by its beauty.  It was huge and had many details like windows, a roof, and a huge staircase.  We heard the welcome message from the mayors of area towns, and saw the area children introduce themselves.  We also saw some traditional dancing and Japanese drumming.  Unfortunately, it started to rain, so we decided it was time to find the UMEX tent.  Takeda-san very kindly offered us grilled beef, dumplings, chai tea, and her homemade chicken soup.  It was all delicious! Oishi.  Fireworks were set-off as the snow festival ended.  It was very beautiful.  Even though it rained, we all had a lot of fun.  Thank you to the UMEX for making it possible for us to enjoy this cultural event.  Arigato gozaimasu.

Jonathon/Sharee/Jennifer
[2004.3.3]

Need your help to decide the destination of the UMEX Bus Trip
Here are three proposed destinations for the UMEX bus
trip scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2004. The destination will be
decided by your vote.
Please stop by the UMEX salon on March 5 (between 13:00-15:00 and
19:00-21:00) to vote. If you cannot come to the salon, kindly email
Ms. Takeda at stakeda@iuj.ac.jp by 17:00 of March 5.
Fee will be about betwen 3,000yen and 4,000yen.

Plan #1: Akima Bairin and Kasyozan

07:00 Leave IUJ --- 07:20 Muikamachi IC --- 09:20 Matsuida-Myogi IC ---
10:00 Arrive at Akima Bairin (free time till 12:00 to enjoy plum blossoms
viewing and walking around the park) --- Lunch --- 14:00 Arrive at
Kashozan (free time till 16:00) --- 18:00 Arrive at IUJ

Akima Bairin (Akima Plum-grove) in Annaka is one of the best places
in Japan to appreciate plum viewing located in the south part of Gunma.
There are about 35,000 plum trees at the slope all over the mountains.
We can enjoy plum blossoms viewing and feel something like original
scenery of Japan.

In 848, Kasyozan (Miroku temple) was set up in the deep mountains near
Numata in the north part of Gunma. Kasyozan is a famous for Tengu which
are mountain and forest goblins with both Shinto and Buddhist attributes.
In order to fulfill wishes, people borrow Tengu mask from the temple for
the first year, and visit the temple next year with a borrowed mask to
return and then borrow a new one. It is believed that their wishes will
be come true by repeating it.

Plan #2: Aizuwakamatsu: Historical place for Meiji Restoration

07:00 Leave IUJ --- 07:15 Koide IC --- 09:30 Aizuwakamatsu IC ---
10:00-11:00 Tsurugajo Castle (Look on the inside of a castle) ---
11:30-14:00 Iimoriyama Hill (Walk around the hill and have lunch) ---
14:30-15:30 Lacquer Ware Workshop (Watch the process of making wooden
lacquer ware objects)--- 19:00 Arrive at IUJ

Aizu-Wakamatsu is located in the middle of Fukushima at the southern end
of the Tohoku region. The town dates back more than thousand years, and
even today many old temples and historical sites remain. After the
construction of Tsurugajo, the city flourished as the center of warrior
culture. Aizu-Wakamatsu is also famous for a place related to the Meiji
restoration that Aizu people fought against the Meiji government army as
the last samurai, and were defeated completely at the Boshin War.

A group of loyal youths who met a tragic end during the Boshin War.
At the top of this hill are the graves of 19 boys aged between 15 and 17,
members of the Byakkotai who committed suicide at this place in 1868.
The boys, in their first battle, were defeated and 20 survivors
retreated to Iimoriyama Hill. When they saw smoke and fires around
Tsurugajo Castle below them in the distance, they thought that the
castle had been sacked by their enemies. Then they decided to commit
ritual suicide by hara-kiri according to the samurai code. In fact, the
castle was not on fire at that time, as they mistook.

Plan #3: Hina Doll Festival in Murakami and Seafood Market

08:00 Leave IUJ --- 08:15 Koide IC --- 10:00 Mukarami IC ---
10:00-14:00 Hina Doll Festival & Lunch --- 14:30-15:30 Seafood Market
--- 18:00 Arrive at IUJ

Murakami is a castle town located in the north part of Niigata and
has remained a historical atmosphere well. The Hina Doll Festival is
held in the whole Murakami city from March 1 to April 3 involving lots
of ordinary homes called Machiya (a traditional form of townhouse) as a
host family. They are willing to show visitors their variety of Hina
dolls which were made in Edo period till now.

Sake (salmon) of Murakami have had old history and offered to
the dynasty aristocrat of Kyoto at the Heian period remains in record.
The salmon has stuck to Murakami peoplefs life and they eat a salmon by
the various cooking methods all the year round. Visitors will look at
the unique scenery that the salmon is hung for preservation purpose in
the front of houses.

Iwafune Fishery Harbor is located near Murakami. We will stop by there
on our way back to Urasa and enjoy tasting fresh seafoods from the Sea
of Japan.  
[2004.3.3]

Thanks note from New Students
On January 6th, we celebrated the reopening of the UMEX salon, as well as welcoming the exchange students.  We were greeted by Takeda-san once we arrived and put on our nametags.  
We introduced ourselves to the regular members of UMEX, and then enjoyed socializing with our new friends.  Amy-san made a new friend with Emi-san – they were an easy match, as their names sound very similar.  Everyone was very kind and shared with us all the exciting events that occur in the Niigata prefecture.  

Shinoda-san brought in her sake set and gave us all a taste of the sake.  She carefully filled the cup three times, and then we turned the cup three times in our hands, and finally enjoyed the sake.  Some of us were lucky enough to enjoy more than one serving!  There was also a lot of food to enjoy, from chicken to sushi, as well as many sweets.  

Shinoda-san also prepared Japanese tea - - everyone enjoyed at least one taste.  Takeda-san notified us as to the many events that occur during the winter term here at IUJ.  We are all looking forward to the snow festival where we will be entertained by performers and enjoy the magnificent ice sculptures.
All of us from the University of Florida have been so appreciative of all the good wishes from our new friends at the UMEX salon, as well as at IUJ.  We are excited about continuing to visit the UMEX for special events, especially for our Japanese lessons that will start in a few weeks.  We look forward to more enjoyment in the UMEX and hope that we can take part in some presentations in the future.  To everyone at UMEX, thank you for your hospitality!
Jonathon/Jennifer/Amy/Sharee
[2004.1.17]

Inauguration of an English Partner Program
UMEX is planning to inaugurate an gEnglish Partner Programh as a counter-program to the gJapanese Language Programh which has been running free of charge since 2003. To establish reciprocal relationship between foreign residents (mainly IUJ students) and the local people, we need to overcome the language barrier with a mutual effort. Both of UMEX Japanese and English language programs will be offered for this purpose.

The program outline is as follows. We hope that as many of you as possible will participate in this program as our partner.

Procedures:
(1) Those who wish to join this program please submit the registration form to UMEX office at your leisure.
The Registration Form is obtainable at IUJ Network:
Ë public-Iuj-home Ë UMEX Ë English Partner Program Ë gFormh
(2) UMEX office accepts the application form from UMEX members at any time.
(3) UMEX office matches partners upon request from UMEX members and IUJ student tutor.

Basic Conditions:
(1) One group consists of a maximum of three students (local people).
(2) One group pays 1,000 yen per one hour to their tutor each session.
(3) The content of the lessons is to be decided by students and their tutor. Basically, the lesson is held once per week.

For further information, please contact Ms. Takeda at the Office of Student Services, IUJ.
[2004.1.7]

Welcome Party for Exchange Students
UMEX will be having a welcome party for exchange students and reopen the UMEX salon tomorrow night. Please join us!

Date & Time: January 6, 19:00
Place: UMEX salon (1st floor of SD3)
Some soft drinks and finger foods will be served (free, but first come and first served).

UMEX salon is open every Tuesday and Friday, from 13:00 to 15:00 and from 19:00 to 21:00. Please use the salon to practice speaking Japanese and get local information.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
[2004.1.5]

UMEX Japanese Language Programs in the Winter Term
šApplication Deadline: 17:00, January 13š

UMEX offers two Japanese language programs to IUJ students and their family members including non-Japanese residents in UONUMA. The purpose of our programs is to ease communication difficulties of non-Japanese residents by teaching Japanese and also to help make their life here easier and much more comfortable. The services are free of charge.

The programs to be offered are as follows. If you wish to participate in our program, please choose either of the programs and submit the application to Ms. Takeda at the OSS by 17:00, January 13.
*If you cannot decide by the deadline whether to take a class or not, please inform Ms. Takeda.

(A) UMEX gFirst Lessons in Japanese Classh
UMEX instructors for gFirst Lessons in Japanese Classh have studied how to teach Japanese by correspondence. The instruction is given in Japanese in principle.  

The program is designed to help participants acquire basic knowledge of Japanese language with emphasis on two basic skills, speaking and listening comprehension skills and knowledge about Japanese culture that will make their life easier in UONUMA. Participants are encouraged to memorize Japanese hiragana by the end of the program.

Participants are required to purchase the textbook titled "First Lessons in Japanese" (1,500 yen) in advance. This program suits for the following people.
1.@Those who have not studied Japanese before, or still find themselves unfamiliar with it and want some mare basic classroom lessons.
2.@Those who cannot take part in the Japanese Language Program (Basic and Elementary) at IUJ.

How to register:
1.@Check the slot that suits your schedule best and submit your application.
2.@Confirm which class you can join at UMEX salon on Friday, 19:00-21:00, January 16.

As for the Class Timetable and contents, please check them at the bulletin board in front of the OSS or ask Ms Takeda at the OSS.

(B) UMEX Japanese Tutor Program
UMEX will assist in finding a tutor. In principle, the student and tutor will meet once a week and practice to speak Japanese just about one and half-hours. The student and their tutor will decide the textbook, the schedule and the place to meet respectively. This program is designed for the kind of people listed below:
1. Those who have completed the UMEX First Lessons in Japanese Class.
2. Those who can make basic communication in Japanese and wish to practice more.
3. Those who are taking the Japanese language program at IUJ or dropped out, but wish to practice Japanese conversation more.

How to register and to start:
1. Submit your application.
2. For those who participated in UMEX Japanese Tutor Program last term and wish to continue, confirm if your tutor can be available or not at the UMEX salon on Friday, 19:00-21:00, January 16.
3. For those who need to find new tutor, attend the meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 13:30, at the UMEX salon.


[2004.1.5]

Immediate Sale
Microwave Oven is on sale.

UMEX sells a microwave oven at 5000 yen which is hardly used as a good condition. The original price was around 20000 yen.

If you are interested, please email at office@umex.ne.jp or contact Ms. Takeda at the OSS.
[2003.11.7]

UMEX salon opened for participants of IUJ Open Day
IUJ Open Day is coming up! It will be held on November 22 at IUJ gymnasium and some of IUJ alumni living in Japan will be planning to return to campus.

Accordingly, UMEX will open the salon from 15:00 to 18:00 before IUJ Open Day starts for whose who participate in this event.

Soft drinks and some sweets will be served.
Please drop in the salon and make a chat with us.

Thanks,
[2003.11.7]

UMEX Japanese Language Programs in the Fall Term
UMEX will provide two Japanese language programs to IUJ students and their family members including non-Japanese residents in UONUMA. The purpose of our programs is to ease communication difficulties of non-Japanese residents by teaching Japanese and also to help make their life here easy and more comfortable. The services are free of charge. UMEX instructors for gFirst Lessons in Japanese Classh have studied how to teach Japanese by correspondence.

The programs to be offered are as follows. If you wish to participate in our program, please choose either of the programs and submit the application to Ms. Takeda at the OSS by 17:00 p.m. October 2.  *If you cannot decide by the deadline whether to take a class or not, please inform Ms. Takeda.

(A) UMEX gFirst Lessons in Japanese Classh
This class introduces the most basic structures of modern Japanese, and enables you to begin communicating in Japanese. Participants are required to purchase the textbook titled "First Lessons in Japanese" (1,500 yen) from Ms. Takeda in advance. This program suits for the following people.

1. Those who have not studied Japanese before.
2. Those who cannot take part in the Japanese Language Program at IUJ.

How to register:
1. Check the slot that best suits your schedule and submit your application to Ms. Takeda.
2. Confirm your class with Ms. Takeda on October 6 and purchase the textbook.
Class Timetable
Day  Time         Place   Start from    Capacity
Tue  11:00-12:30 UMEX salon  Lesson 1      5
Tue  18:00-19:00 UMEX salon  Lesson 1      5
Thu  18:00-19:00 UMEX salon  Lesson 1      5
Fri  10:40-12:00 UMEX salon  Lesson 1      5
Fri  18:00-19:00 UMEX salon  Lesson 1      5

(B) UMEX Japanese Tutor Program
This program is designed for the kind of people listed below and run by them and their tutors. UMEX will assist in finding a tutor. In principle, the student and tutor will meet once a week and practice to speak Japanese about for one and half hours. The textbook, the schedule and the place to meet will be decided by the student and their tutor respectively:

1. Those who have completed the UMEX First Lessons in Japanese Class.
2. Those who can make basic communication in Japanese and wish to practice more.
3. Those who are taking the Japanese language program at IUJ or dropped out, but wish to practice Japanese conversation.

How to register and to start:
1. Submit your application to Ms. Takeda.
2. Attend the meeting to find your partner scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 15:00 at the UMEX salon and start respectively.
[2003.10.3]

Report on the Welcome Event for IUJ new students
September 13th

Some newly arrived IUJ students have dropped by UMEX salon on 13th of September. They introduced themselves and chatted for a while. Then UMEX members took them for a drive to a winery to taste gECHIGO WINEh and went to a commodity store for shopping.

Thanks to Mr. Umid, Mr. Tu and Mr. Amitabh who had already been familiar with Japanese, UMEX members could have communicated with new students without problems. Second year students positively took part in this event as a host as well as UMEX members. This has shown us the positive result of UMEX activities since it has been continuously carried on for more that one year.

September 14th

We have had a welcome BBQ party at IUJ BBQ site. Luckily the weather turned out fine on that day. Participants were over 100, which is beyond our expectations.
Most of them enjoyed making gonigirih the rice ball and enjoyed eating as well.

Most of the students have just arrived at Yamato-machi and International exchange has already started from that moment. Several people had already made promise to go out sometime soon. We believe that they really developed strong bonding for each other.
Thank you very much for all the participants!
[2003.10.3]

Report on the Bowling with Wheelchired people
Four UMEX members and nine IUJ students joined bowling tournament hosted by gNiigata Association of Wheelchairedh at the gMiya Ground Bowlh in Koide town on July 27, 2003. It was a sunny day even in the rainy season.

Twenty-two members of the association, including fifteen wheelchaired persons, were very enthusiastic and UMEX members as well as IUJ students were overwhelmed throughout the event.

Gradually, We talked quite freely with members of the association sometime even with gestures.

After that, we had a barbecue party and we further exchanged each other culture.

The association members are very much interested in the foreign culture, as they asked international students a lot of questions and talked about the cultural difference and about present situation of disabled person.

In the end, this event meets with great success thanks to both of the planner and the participants.
[2003.9.12]

Report on the Bus Trip to KANAZAWA
We planed a bus tour bound for Kanazawa as the last event in the end of the fiscal year 2002.

Bus was full of participants, fifteen Japanese and thirty-seven international students.

UMEX members realized how limited the international students activity had been, as this was the first trip to Kanazawa for all participants and surprisingly some of them hadnft ever seen the Japan Sea.

In Ninja Dera, where we visited first, we were surprised with various tricks.

The next stop was Ohmimachi market. Students were surprised to learn that people at the market were willing to negotiate the price of their goods, just like in other Asian markets. They assumed such markets would use fixed prices like Japanese super markets.

The final stop was Kenrokuen which is famous for a beautiful traditional Japanese garden. They were very impressed with the well-kept garden.

In the end, there are many other Japanese traditions that UMEX members wanted to introduce to the students such as Kagayuzen (printing), Kutaniyaki (pottery) and Wajimanuri (lacquer-ware) in Kanazawa. Hopefully we will plan another Kanazawa bus trip sometime soon.
[2003.9.4]

Report on the Workshop for Indonesian Culture
The first collaborative project with IUJ students of this year was introducing Indonesian culture

The purpose of UMEX is to learn various cultures and backgrounds through interacting with international students who come from over 50 countries.
We set a goalgTo deepen mutual understanding between IUJ students and UMEX members through joint projects" for this year (2002-2003).
This Indonesian project was the first joint project of the year and ws held on April 21, 2003, Saturday at HATARAKUFUJINNOIE in YAMATO-MACHI.

We prepared for the project beginning in February. About 70 people participated and the Indonesia ambassador to Japan thankfully offered Garuda statue and various literatures for that day.

In the event, several workshops were held such as basic Indonesian language class, Indonesian cooking, lecture on Indonesian Tourist industry and gPoco-Pocohdance.

Voice of participants as follows,

EIndonesian students were enthusiatic to spread their culture to  
 Japanese. I was impressed by them and had a very good time.

EIt was worthwhile hurrying to the site by car from Niigata on that day.
@I have enjoyed learning Indonesian, although the luncheon had already  
 finished when I arrived at the venue. Thank you for all and gTerima Kasihh

EIt was excellent experience that made me understand more about Indonesia.
@I feel like speaking Indonesian more. Thank you for all who were involved
 with this event.

EI enjoyed all day long! The best thing about UMEX is that we can learn      
 different cultures even living in UONUMA. gTerima Kasihh

EI could learn a lot especially in conversation course. Hopefully I would
 make use of this experience as a Japanese instructor.

EIt is a wonderful thing to know how to greet someone in Indonesian as well as
 in English.


Reported by Minako Miyake
[2003.8.12]

Report on the Japanese Night
Japanese Night----Introducing Japanese culture to international students

gThe Japanese Nighth was held for the second time at IUJ gymnasium on May 31, Saturday hosted by Japanese students. The aim of this event is to introduce Japanese culture to international students.
Although the organizer was a Japanese student, UMEX teamed up with them as Japanese citizens. UMEX members took charge of introducing KADO (Japanese flower arrangement), SADO (tea ceremony), SYUJI (calligraphy), CHIGIRIE (Japanese paper graphic) and how to dress KIMONO.

The gym was almost filled with many participants on that day. Japanese cuisine such as SOBA was prepared for them.
When the performance was held on the stage as a main event, it really warmed up even further.

The happiest thing for us was seeing many smiling international students enjoying Japanese culture.

We must say gThank youh to all the participants, numbering more than last year, because we couldnft have achieved such great success without their participation.

See you next year we hope!

Reported by Ms. Minako Miyake
[2003.7.30]

Report on the UONUMA Tour for IUJ Graduates
UONUMA Tour for IUJ graduates of this year
-----Bull fighting, Nishikigoi and Handweaving -----

Twelve IUJ graduates and eight UMEX members have joined UONUMA tour on 22nd of July. Fortunately it was a perfect and beautiful weather even in the rainy season.

First, we visited bullring in gYAMAKOSHIh village.  Although we could only saw inexperienced bullfight match at first, it gradually became more exciting than the first half of it just like SUMO (Japanese wrestling).
The international students expected violent and bloody match such as the one in Spain, however Japanese-style bullfighting never let bulls go on the match until they gets hurt because we believe them as a member of family.
We can glance into Japanese mentality here, canft we?

Then we visited gOJIYAh city where is famous for a Nishikigoi (Living Jewels).
In the Nishikigoi Center, the person in charge explained the species and the markings. To our astonishment, there were 1 meter-long one or JINMENGYO (a human face looking carp) of the three hundred.

We even saw a beautiful carp owned by Ms Yoshiko Mita (Japanese actress).
Finally, we tried handweaving coaster in the craft center at OJIYA city.

We firmly believe that IUJ graduates have made wonderful memories through this tour.

More exciting tour to come soon!
Come and join us!!!
See you then!

Reported by Ms. Minako Miyake
[2003.7.21]

Thank you letter for UMEX people
Those who joined Japanese night,

For Japanese night last Saturday, we, Japanese night staff, asked UMEX
people and some other local people to give us traditional, cultural
performances and practices. Unfortunately, we do not have enough budget to
give some presents to them. We instead would like to give them a thank-you
card. If you have a comment on the events that you participated in or
watched, please send it to tsuyoshi@iuj.ac.jp with the names of the
practices or performances, which include:

1. Flower arrangement(Kado)
2. Tea ceremony(Sado)
3. Calligraphy(Shodo)
4. Chigiri-e
5. Shamisen(Japanese traditional guitar)
6. Kyokushin Karate
7. Vocal performance
8. Koto(Japanese traditional instrument)
9. Muikamachi Yose Daiko
10. Shorinji Kempo
11. Kambotan&Yamato Yoitoko
12. Students' performance

Also we have heard that there are students and faculty who are interested in
events such as Yose Daiko and Chirgiri-e and want to try them again. It
could be possible for you to join them outside the campus, or for us to ask
UMEX people to have another event. So, if you want to try again, please
don't hesitate to let us know.

Best regards,

JN staff
[2003.6.5]

UMEX Japanese Language Program in the Spring Term
UMEX will provide two Japanese language programs during the spring term to IUJ students and their family members. UMEX seeks to ease communication difficulties of students by teaching Japanese and also to help make their life here easy and comfortable. The services are free of charge.
UMEX instructors have studied how to teach Japanese by correspondence and in spite of the few numbers, students are guaranteed the best. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. The programs to be offered are as follows:

(A) UMEX Basic Japanese Language Program
This program is designed for the following people:
1. Those who have not studied Japanese before.
2. Those who took part in the UMEX Basic Japanese Language Program in the fall term and wish to continue.

How to register:
1. Check the slot that best suits your schedule and level in the timetable below. This will help us find a suitable partner for you.
2. Submit your application to Ms. Takeda at the OSS by 17:00 April 11.
3. Confirm your class with Ms. Takeda at the OSS on April 14 and purchase the textbook of gFirst Lessons in Japaneseh (1,500 yen).
Timetable of Class (April 15 – June 27, 2003)
Day Time         Place         Start from
Tue 11:00-12:30 UMEX salon Lesson 10
Tue 11:00-12:30 Classroom308 Lesson 1
Tue 18:00-19:00 UMEX salon Lesson 1
Tue 18:00-19:00 Classroom308 Lesson 7
Thu 10:30-12:00 UMEX salon Lesson 1*
Fri 18:00-19:00 UMEX salon Lesson 5
* Thursday's class from 10:30 will start from April 24.

(B) UMEX Japanese Tutor Program (in the spring term)
This program is designed for the kind of people listed below and run by them and their tutors. UMEX will assist in finding a tutor. In principle, the student and tutor will meet once a week and practice to speak Japanese about for one and half hours. The textbook, the schedule and the place (UMEX salon or classroom 308) to meet will be decided by the student and their tutor respectively :
1. Those who have completed the UMEX basic Japanese class.
2. Those who cannot meet the level of classes above.
3. Those who are taking the Japanese language program at IUJ or dropped out, but wish to practice Japanese conversation.

How to register and to start:
1. Submit your application to Ms. Takeda at the OSS by 17:00 April 14.
2. Attend the meeting to introduce your tutor scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. at the UMEX salon and start respectively.
[2003.4.5]

Pipe Organ Concert in Kitasato University
The Pipe organ concert will be held as follows.
If you are interested in this concer, please come and join us.

Date & Time: April 9, from 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Kitasato University Hall
(Kitasato-University is located near IUJ in Urasa.)
[2003.4.5]

The UMEX Salon Reopened from January 10
On January 10, the UMEX salon located at the Student Dormitory No. 3, first floor, was reopened. Until the start of the winter vacation in December, the salon is open every Tuesday and Friday, from 12:30 to 15:00 and 19:00 to 21:00 in principle. Some UMEX members (local people)  come at these meetings and would enjoy talking with you either in Japanese or in English. UMEX members have a lot of useful information regarding Japanese life and culture, and we believe this may be of help to you.

We would like to plan our activities according to your interest. In the past, we had a one-day bus tour to the north part of Niigata prefecture, and events like Japanese cultural day, Japanese cultural night, country presentation sessions and so on.  

We are looking forward to your participation.
[2003.1.18]

UMEX Homestay/Homevisit Program
UMEX newly starts the Homestay/Homevisit Program to give you a chance to explore Japanese family life, tradition and culture. However, we donft have the capacity to offer host families to everyone interested because ghomestayh is not common in Japan so far. Therefore, to introduce guests to host families with confidence, we will give preference to those who hang out at the UMEX salon.

Details of the Program
1. Date and Time:
Basically homestays will be offered on weekends or holidays. The conditions or invitation for each homestay set by the host families will be posted only on the bulletin board in the UMEX salon.

2. Fee:
The host families are all volunteers and you do not have to pay for lodging and food expenses in the home up to two nights three days in principle. However, you are supposed to pay the following expenses: all travel expenses during your stay including transportation to and from the host familyfs home, expenses for food served outside the home, telephone charges, your own shopping and other expenses for yourself.

3. Procedures:
(1) Check out the invitation on the bulletin board in the UMEX salon.
(2) Fill in the application and contact an UMEX coordinator as shown on the invitation.
(3) After receiving the confirmation from an UMEX coordinator, please contact your host family and agree on a time to visit them and pick up travel arrangements so on.

(4) Cancellation: If you have to cancel the stay/visit due to unavoidable circumstances, please inform your host family and an UMEX coordinator as soon as possible. Cancellation without notice would be inconsiderate and inconvenient for your host family who are preparing for your stay/visit. If it happens, you may be excluded from UMEX Hoststay/Homevisit Program in the future.

(5) Impressions on this program: After your homestay/homevisit, please email your experiences and thoughts (with photos if available) to office@umex.ne.jp.

We would like to build up this program step by step. Your feedback and comments on this program would be appreciated. Thank you.
[2003.1.18]






UMEX Uonuma Association for Multicultural Exchange
    UMEX Salon in International University of Japan   [Map (IUJ)]
    Mailbox: 35-7 Yahata, Minami Uonuma-shi Niigata 949-6609 Japan

TEL: +81-25-779-1520
FAX: +81-25-779-1520
E-Mail: office@umex.ne.jp