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The hard copies of this periodical journal are available for free at City Hall and its branch offices, KOMINKAN ipubIic hallsj, and Libraries in Funabashi.

YOKOSO to Funabashi Vol.18

CONTENTS

  1. KOKUSAI-KORYU NO TSUDOI

  2. TYPES OF JAPANESE TEA

  3. JAPANESE EXPRESSIONS|Yoroshiku (A multi-purpose word) -   

  4. JAPANESE COOKING - "Chikuzen-ni" -

  5. eFUNABASHI CINE- SALOONf

  6. HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM

  7. Invitation to Cultural Exchange Get-togethers

Backnumber

  1. Extra"YOKOSO to Funabashi"iMar. 2000j

"YOKOSO" to FUNABASHU is edited by Funabashi International Friendship Volunteers and issued by F.I.R.A. quarterly. You can get the copies at Funabashi City Hall and its branch offices. Kominkanipublic hallsj, Libraries  in Funabashi. For further information please contact the Secretariat the F.I.R.A. c/o International Relations Section, Funabashi City Hall, 2|10|25 Minatocho Funabashi,
Tel:047|436|2083DFAX:047-436-2089

KOKUSAI-KORYU NO TSUDOI
International Exchange Gathering
to be held on Sat ., May 20
1:30 pm
` 5:00 pm 

An Interactive Gathering of Citizens & Foreigners  

The 12th International Exchange Gathering will be held on May 20th (Sat) at Chuo-Kominkan. You can enjoy an interactive exchange with many people from different countries by visiting many booths, eating variety of cuisine, and looking at national costume of different countries.

Why not come and enjoy with us !

(Note) Chuo-Kominkan : From JR Funabashi Sta. South Exit, 7 minutes on foot; or from Keisei-Line Funabashi Sta., 5 minutes on foot.

TYPES OF JAPANESE TEA 

There are different types of Japanese tea according to the cultivation/production processes and purposes of usage.

  1. The tea used for the Tea Ceremony is "Matcha". It is made from the choicest leaves. They are steamed, dried and then ground into powder. We take a small tea-spoonful powder into a Japanese tea-cup, put hot water on it, stir with a bamboo whisk. This tea has dark green color and tastes astringent with pleasing flavor.
  2. "Sencha", which occupies 80% of Japanese processed leaf tea, is made by sterilizing with steam to stop fermentation(oxidation).
    This process is also effective to keep the leaves green. Then the leaves are compressed to liberate juices and enzymes sealed within, and then dried with warm air, and made into needle-shape for packaging. We put an adequate quantity of "Sencha" into a tea-pot, brew with hot water of 80 (after boiled), then pour it into tea-cups. This tea tastes mildly astringent with good flavor.

  1. "Bancha" is lower grade tea. It is basically the same as "sencha", but is made from older and brittle leaves. It has a yellowish green color and tastes slightly astringent.

  2. "Hojicha" is made by heating the same leaves as "Sencha" and "Bancha" until the leaves turn brown. It has a dark brown color and has strong roasted flavor.

  3. The highest grade of Japanese tea is called "Gyokuro". It is made in the same way as "Sencha" but from the choicest and most tender leaves protected with bamboo shades during cultivation.

    We enjoy the good taste and flavor of this tea in a small amount brew with warm water of 55`60.

By the way, Japanese tea is rich in vitamin C and naturally good for health.  

JAPANESE EXPRESSIONS
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Yoroshiku (A multi-purpose word)| 

"Yoroshiku" is one of the ambiguous but very useful words.

When you are introduced to a Japanese and you want to say "How do you do?" or "Nice to meet you", you might say "Yoroshiku". You can say "Dozo yoroshiku onegai shimasu" to make it politer.

The word "yoroshiku" is often used in conversation among Japanese people in other meanings according to different circumstances. For example, when you      finish a business talk or meeting, you might say "dozo  yoroshiku" or "yoroshiku", which implies "I leave it to your discretion" or "I expect you will accept my proposal".

But everything does not always go well by saying "yoroshiku". Especially on business, you should confirm if your intention was properly accepted or not.

You might ask one to convey your best regards to someone you could not meet by saying " ~~|san ni yoroshiku". 

By the way, "YOKOSO" to FUNABASHI wo "yoroshiku"! (please do not forget to read this newsletter!).

JAPANESE COOKING 

 Chikuzen-ni, one of the most popular Japanese cuisines as mothers' taste, consists of various ingredients which are easy to get and is cooked in any seasons.  

* Chikuzen-ni * 

Ingredients ( 4 servings) :

 Chicken 200g, Gobo ( burdock root ) 1/2 (300g), lotus root 150g, carrot 1, konnyaku 1, boiled Takenoko (bamboo-shoot)150g,Hoshi-shiitake(dried mushroom) 4, salad oil 3tbsps., water 300ml, sake, soy sauce 1tbsp. each ( for chicken )

Seasonings FSake, soy sauce, Mirin(sweet sake) 3tbsps.each, salt 1tsp., sugar 3tbsps., Dashino-moto ( Japanese powdered stock ) 2tsps.

Directions:  
        1. Boil Konnyaku for a few minutes.  
        2. Cut all the ingredients into bite-size pieces.  
        3. Sprinkle the chicken with sake and soy sauce.  
        4. Heat salad oil in a pan, cook the chicken until brown and add the other ingredients, sugar, Dashino-moto and water.  
       
5. Boil them at high heat first, reduce the heating  power after boiled, then add the other seasonings, and simmer until the broth is reduced. 

    l       Why don't you go on a picnic with rice balls and Chikuzen-ni?

Film Shows Scheduled by
eFUNABASHI CINE- SALOONf
 
April to June, 2000

The following films will be shown at the Funabashi Shimin Bunka (Citizensf Culture) Hall located at 2-2-5 Honcho, FunabashiAon the days indicated: 

 A-UN  (Tacit Accord)    Thur., Apr. 20

1hr-54m., Japan f89; sound in Japanese only  
    Directed by
FYasuo Furuhata  
    Story
FWith a stage in Tokyo in the 1930s, depicts humane friendship and affection among three men and womenD  
    Leading actor and actress
FKen Takakura and Junko Fuji  
    Original novel by
FKuniko Mukoda  

HOW TO STEAL A MILLION  Wed., May 17

 2hr-05m., USA f66
    Directed by
FWilliam Weiler   
    Story
FA romance comedy, stealing famous pictures from art museumsD  
    Leading actress
F
Audrey Hepburn.  

 KURA   Wed., June 21

2hr-10m, Japan f95; sound in Japanese only  
    Directed by
FYasuo Furuhata  
    Story
FDrama,with delicate romance and vicissitude, of a half-blind, heir apparent, young girl succeeding to family business of a Sake brewery; in the 1920s.  
    Leading actors and actresses
FYuko Asano, Keizo Kanie, Haruko Kato, Hiroki Matsukata,  
    Original novel by
FTomiko Miyao 

The Cine-saloon membership application is accepted and registered at any time at the Bunka Hall for an annual fee of ¥1500.

For inquiries call 047-434-5555 or fax 047-434-5558.

HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM
To the Foreign Residents! 

Do you know about the Japanese Health Insurance system well ?

We have the following health insurance systems:
        (1)  Workers Health Insurance Plan  
        (2)  Mutual Aid Association Health Insurance Plan  
        (3)  Sailors Health Insurance Plan  
        (4)  National Health Insurance Plan 

Every Japanese resident must enroll in one of those insurance plan unless the one is in supplementary benefitD

Foreign residents who have VISA over one year, and the Alien Registrant also must enroll in the health insurance plan within two weeks after the Alien Registration is completed. 7

THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

The National Health Insurance Plan, which is most familiar to the foreign residents, covers every individual person without and distinction, adult or child, but should be enrolled by a family unit, and applied by the head of a household.

Insurance premium is calculated by the total of two different factors; one is "per capita basis of the number of family members" and the other is " the family income of the previous year."

In case of delayed application, the insured person has to pay the premium retroactively to the date of "qualified as an insured person," with the limit of two years long, not from the date of application.  

Sickness or injury
happens suddenly without notice !!

Health Insurance is the most reliable method in any cases, and also most important system to keep your life easy and safe.

BUY HEALTH INSURANCE,
BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!

Invitation to Cultural Exchange
Get-togethers

by
Cultural Exchange Group

INTERNATIONAL
FRIENDSHIP VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY

The Cultural Exchange Group is planning to hold  GET-TOGETHERs to share the cultural experience with the foreign residents of Funabashi as follows. For further information, please contact the International Relations Section at the Funabashi City Hall. TEL.047-436-2083 or 2086  

May 10, Wed., 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
   
                           At Shobo-Shirei Center : Rm.401 
   
                           "Talk with Foreign Residents"

June ----- Date, time and place are not settled yet . 
   
                           "Ceramic Art : chopstic-rest"

July 5, Wed., 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. 
   
                           "Introduction of Culture by a Foreign Resident "  


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