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Japan Public Transport & Home Ettiquette 日本公共交通&ホームマナー

****地元と交流したい、日本語を教えたい、サポートしたい方、興味がある方、大歓迎です!皆様からのご応募お待ちしております***

Railways of Japan is one of your best friends when traveling around Japan.You will find traveling by train incredibly quiet, fluid, and well-organised. To achieve this, passengers follow cultural practices such as queuing and special seats.

If you’re already researched how to get a Japanese host family, the next step is to get some solid homestay in Japan advice. Understand these tips and your homestay Japan experience is bound to be far from basic.

Agenda of the activities in 6 July, 2019, Saturday, 2-3.30pm

a. An overview of Japan subway trains

    – Specially designed cars and seats

    – Mobile phones

    – Queues

    – Tips for train etiquettes

b. Visiting a Japanese Home: Tips to have a better homestay experience

    – Table manners

    – Greetings

    – Giving Gifts

c. Proper Usage of these Japanese Words

    – すみません Sumimasen

    – 大丈夫ですか? Daijoubu desu ka?

    – お願いします Onegaishimasu

    – ありがとうございます Arigatou gozaimasu

d. Japanese and Singaporeans language exchange session

Click here to get the admission ticket to the event.

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Etiquette in Japanese Home

Indoor manners is more than just respecting the inhabitants of the homes, but is also a gesture of spiritual appreciation to the home itself which provides shelter and comfort to its inhabitants. Indoor manners cannot be overlooked if one seeks to appreciate and respect Japanese culture.

Share with your fellow friends as this is one rare opportunity to interact with local Japanese at a Japanese learning environment. And what’s more, this is a free event.

Agenda for Saturday, May 11, 10.30am

I. Japanese Manner Greetings

The 6 words that most Japanese people use at home

a. Itadakimasu
b. Gochisosama
c. Okaerinasai
d. Tadaima
e. Itterasshai
f. Ittekimasu

II. Manners when visiting Japanese Home

a. Arrive on time
b. Don’t invite others without asking
c. What to bring as gifts
d. How to announc e your arrival
e. Taking off your shoes and how to put it
f. Japanese slippers, type of slippers (indoor, outdoor, toilet)
g. What to do when leaving

III. Japanese House Structure

Acknowledgement

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Japan Creative Centre, a platform to symbolise close relationship between Japan and Singapore, for sharing with us their venue space to host our event.

Event Etiquette

To ensure that all participants will have an enjoyable experience, we will appreciate that the community observes the following rules:
Please be respectful to others as you would treat yourself. Should participants experience harassment from any parties, please inform the organizer/event host immediately. The organising community reserves the right to ban members from attending future events.

Registration at  https://japanesetiquette.eventbrite.sg

 
Event photo Japanese home ettiquette

Doing Business in Indonesia 101

As the fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia’s large domestic market offers a wide range of business and investment opportunities for Singapore companies.

In the year of 2018, the total investment by Singaporeans in Indonesia has increased by 9.1%, or USD 9.2 billion, and this again puts Singapore as one of the biggest source of investments in Indonesia.

The age of digitalisation has broken down boundaries between countries and made the world we live in more accessible. Needless to say, this also opens up new markets and opportunities overseas. Diverse Origins (DO) is taking a more outward approach in encouraging startups and SMEs from different countries to come together to seek out and optimise these opportunities together.

Seminar Highlights

  1. Uncover business opportunities in Indonesia, and what to look out for when doing business in Indonesia.
  2. Uncovering business opportunities in Indonesia’s coffee industry

Time Item
1500 Registration
1530 Coffee Network Sharing
Soma Coffee Owner
1600

Doing Business in Indonesia
Stephanus Widjaja, Founder of BISA (Business Indonesia Singapore Association)

  • Overview of the Indonesian Economy
  • Why Indonesia is an important market for SMEs and startups
  • Promising Sector Opportunities
  • Regulations and Business Practices
1700 Networking Tea Break

Who should attend?

CXOs, CIOs, Business Owners of SMEs and key decision makers with interests to expand to Indonesia.

Important Note

Prior registration is required.
An email will be sent to you to confirm your participation at this briefing.
We reserve the right to turn away participants who did not pre-register.

Event Details

When: 27 April 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 3:00 – 5:00PM
Where: Tok Tok Indonesian Restaurant
Address: 18 Ann Siang Road, #01-01, Singapore 069698
Contact: Kelvin at (+65) 85315609 (via WhatsApp)

Tickets

$10/pax (inclusive of Indonesian Food teabreak)

Feature Image above : Jakarta Skyline Photo taken by Yohanes Budiyanto from
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joe-joe/2303992129/

Feature Image below : Indonesia map from www.baliinformationguide.com

Indonesia map
Interact and Learn 30 Mar 2019

Interact and Learn

Are you interested to learn about the different cultures of the world?

Perhaps you simply enjoy learning about them, or you have been assigned overseas and would like to be prepared when you face your hosts, or you could be considering to expand your business into foreign waters.

No matter your reasons, we would like to share with you simple tips and interesting facts about different world cultures, starting with Japan and Indonesia.

Come join us at The Central on 30th March 2019, from 2.30pm to 4.00pm to learn about food, travelling and simple, basic greetings commonly found and used in Japan and Indonesia.

As a preview into our series of language and culture exchange sessions, you get to experience not just one, but TWO exciting and colourful customs, and meet the people who brings them to life!

Can’t wait to learn more and expand your connections? Then come on down and join us for an interactive and engaging cultural learning experience!

Event Details

When: 30 March 2019
Time: 2:30 – 4:00PM
Where: The Central
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #04-88, Singapore 059817
Contact: (+65) 85315609 (via WhatsApp)

Fun Japanese Study With Japanese Expats

Fun Japanese Study With Japanese Expats

In this event, we will be focusing on Japanese 101 and we welcome both beginners (0~1 year of study) and intermediate (1 ~ 2 years of study) learners. This session will be conducted primarily in Japanese & English.

For Advanced learners, you are welcome to join as well. However, do take note that you will be assigned to a beginner or intermediate learner to help them with their learning rather than engaging a conversation with our expats friends during our event.

Why are we different?

  1. A language exchange with a learning structure in place
  2. A buddy system to aid your mastery of the language
  3. Our expats friends will correct your pronunciation and share with you the correct usage of new words

Our exchange events will be focusing on the following areas:

Basic

  1. Pronunciation for Hiragana & Writing for Katakana
  2. Greeting, basic personal information
  3. Understanding Food Menu

Intermediate

  1. Talking with friends in casual setting
  2. Read simple news article from NHK
  3. Elaborating your daily activities

What do you have to bring for our exchange event?

  1. Your own writing materials
  2. A keen learning attitude

Disclaimer

We are not professional language experts nor teachers. However, we strive our best to help you learn your favourite language in a fun & interactive way.

Event Etiquette

To ensure that all participants will have an enjoyable experience, we will appreciate that the community observes the following rules:

  1. Please be respectful to others as you would treat yourself.
  2. Should participants experience harassment from any parties, please inform the organiser/event host immediately.

* The organising community reserves the right to ban members from attending future events.

Event Details

When: 10 March 2019
Time: 4:00 – 6:00PM
Where: HubQuarters
Address: Level 4, *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978

Admission Fees: $5 inclusive of drinks
Notes (optional): $5 per copy (limited quantites available, payable during the event)
Contact: (+65) 85315609 (via Whatsapp)

Refund Policy:

In the event that participants are unable to turn up for the event, they may opt for a refund with a minimum of 5 days’ notice in advance. To ensure that the facilitators and other participants are not affected by others pulling out and funds to run the workshop, our refunds are as follows:

  • 7 days prior to event: 100% Refund
  • 5 days prior to event: 50% Refund
  • 4 days or less prior to event: 0% Refund
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The Role of Manga in the Modern Day

The Role of Manga in the Modern Day

In this event, we will be getting a professional manga teacher to share his knowledge on the latest trends using cartoon animation for marketing.

We welcome all participants and this sharing session will be conducted primarily in English.

Presenter’s Profile

Presenter: Mr Chub

Organisation: TKG Comic Circle

The TKG Comic Circle was founded from the energies resonating from the comic book success of Chub Tan’s TKG Millennium series of comic books, CAKE, COOKIE and CANDY since 1999. It was formally inaugurated in 2005 and offered quality comic programmes to groom comic talents and interests in Singapore. The circle was often invited to conduct talks, workshops and courses for schools and universities ranging from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU) and SIM University (Uni-SIM) as well as government related bodies spanning the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), National Library Board (NLB) and Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA).

Since 2011, the TKG Comic Circle has been strengthening its networks by touching base with comic giants like Marvel and DC in US as well as leading global manga publishers such as Kadokawa and Kondansha from Japan. With this, the circle hopes to attract local and regional talent to tap on these bridges comprehensively on a collaborative basis and to be able to contribute towards Singapore becoming an alternative hub for comic and manga creatives.

Agenda:

  1. Gain a new perspective: Delve into the history of Manga and understand how it is being used in the modern day.
  2. Recognize the struggles which goes behind a Manga as we see it!
  3. Spot the differences between Manga in Japan, Hong Kong, China & Korea
  4. Q & A session
  5. Networking session

Cost Information

Ticket cost is inclusive of drinks only.

Event Etiquette:

To ensure that all participants will have an enjoyable experience, we will appreciate that the community observes the following rules:
Please be respectful to others as you would treat yourself. Should participants experience harassment from any parties, please inform the organizer/event host immediately. * The organising community reserves the right to ban members from attending future events.

Refund Policy:

In the event that participants are unable to turn up for the event, they may opt for a refund with a minimum of 5 days’ notice in advance. To ensure that the facilitators and other participants are not affected by others pulling out and funds to run the workshop, our refunds are as follows:

7 days prior to event: 100% Refund

5 days prior to event: 50% Refund

4 days or less prior to event: 0% Refund

Contact Information

#Kindly send us at (+65) 85315609 via WhatsApp for any enquiries.

Authentic Japanese Food

Authentic Japanese Food Appreciation & Tasting Experience

Do not wait until that next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, come down to this event and try out food samples made by a native Japanese who will also share some tips about cooking simple Japanese dishes.

In this event, we will be getting an expatriate who holds a professional teaching career in Japan to share her knowledge about Japan. Through this sharing, participants will learn to appreciate Japanese food culture.

We welcome all participants and this sharing session will be conducted primarily in English.

Presenter: Ms Sekioka Yoshimi
Organisation: Japan Foundation Asia Centre

Presenter’s Profile

With 30 years of professional experience and teaching roles under her belt, Ms Sekioka has developed a high proficiency in the areas of English language, social studies, and Japanese culture.

From humble beginnings as a former high school English Teacher and volleyball coach in Shizuoka, Ms Sekioka currently works with the Japan Foundation Asia Centre, the cultural institution appointed by the Japanese Government to execute international cultural exchange programs throughout the world.

Ms Sekioka has also undergone a significant number of teaching immersion programs and interacted with people from all walks of life and nationalities, from Australia to Canada.

Some other notable programs which Ms Sekioka is currently involved in includes the NIHONGO Partners Programme which was launched in October 2018 in Nanyang Polytechnic, to impart Japanese mannerism to students. Since its launch, students who partook in the course found numerous opportunities to interact with people residing in Japan.

Agenda:

  1. Familiarise with local ingredients that goes into making tantalising Japanese dishes
  2. Learn simple recipes to make your own stunning Japanese dish
  3. Explore Halal restaurants in Tokyo
  4. Q & A session
  5. Networking session

About the Venue

We are co-Hosting with A Good Space – where changemakers flourish as a community to imagine and create experiences that expand perspectives across diverse social issues.

Event Etiquette:

To ensure that all participants will have an enjoyable experience, we will appreciate that the community observes the following rules:

  1. Please be respectful to others as you would treat yourself.
  2. Should participants experience harassment from any parties, please inform the organiser/event host immediately.

* The organising community reserves the right to ban members from attending future events.

Event Details

When: 26 January 2019
Time: 4:00 – 6:00PM
Where: A Good Space | National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #04-88 The Central, Singapore 059817
Admission Fees: $10 inclusive of food and drinks
Contact: (+65) 85315609 (via Whatsapp)

Refund Policy:

In the event that participants are unable to turn up for the event, they may opt for a refund with a minimum of 5 days’ notice in advance. To ensure that the facilitators and other participants are not affected by others pulling out and funds to run the workshop, our refunds are as follows:

  • 7 days prior to event: 100% Refund
  • 5 days prior to event: 50% Refund
  • 4 days or less prior to event: 0% Refund
Event Photo Japan Matsuri

Fascinating Festivals in Japan You’d Want To Witness

In this event, we will be getting professional expatriates to share their
knowledge about their country. Through this sharing, participants will
learn to appreciate Japanese culture.

We welcome all participants and this sharing session will be conducted primarily in English.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/302186980575208/

Presenter: Ms Sekioka Yoshimi
Organisation: Japan Foundation Asia Centre

Presenter’s Profile

With 30years of professional experience and teaching roles under her belt, Ms Sekioka has developed a high proficiency in the areas of English language, social studies, and Japanese culture.

From humble beginnings as a former high school English Teacher and volleyball coach in Shizuoka, Ms Sekioka currently work swith the Japan Foundation Asia Centre, the cultural institution appointed by the Japanese Government to execute international cultural exchange programs throughout the world.

Ms Sekioka has also undergone a significant number of teaching immersion programs and interacted with people from all walks of life and nationalities, from Australia to Canada.

Some other notable programs which Ms Sekioka is currently involve included the NIHONGO Partners Programme which was launched in October 2018 in Nanyang Polytechnic, imparting Japanese mannerism to students. Since its launch, students who partook in the course found numerous opportunities to
interact with people residing in Japan.

Agenda:

1. Introduction-Co-existence of Shinto & Buddhism

2. Unique Festivals in Japan

3. Q & A session

4. Networking session with the local Japanese people

This event will cost an admission fee of $10 (inclusive of tibits and drinks from Japan), please make payment after you have click attend here to tentatively book your seat.

Payment Options:

Option 1 ($12) : get e-ticket from https://fascinatingjapan.eventbrite.sg
Option 2 ($10)# : Bank transfer to UOB Savings UNIPLUS 374-381-404-3
Option 3 ($12) : Pay cash on the venue (limited tickets available, please bring exact cash)

#Kindly send a screenshot to (+65) 85315609 via MMS/WhatsApp/Facebook (please indicate your name and email address) if you choose to pay via Option 2.

The sole purpose is strictly for notification purpose about the payment you have made. We take personal privacy seriously. Hence, please rest assured that we will not share your contact number other than the organizing committee members without your permission.

Event Etiquette:
To ensure that all participants will have an enjoyable experience, we will appreciate that the community observes the following rules:
*Please be respectful to others as you would treat yourself. Should participants experience harassment from any parties, please inform the organizer/event host immediately.* The organising community reserves the right to ban members from attending future events.

 

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The History & Culture of Indonesian Chinese

The History & Culture of Indonesian Chinese (TiongHoa)

This is a part of a series of our cultural exchange activities. In this session, we will be getting expatriates to share their views and knowledge about their country. Through this sharing, participants will learn to appreciate Indonesia’s culture.

We welcome all participants and this sharing session will be conducted primarily in English.

Event Etiquette

To ensure that all participants will have an enjoyable experience, we will appreciate that the community observes the following rules:

  1. Please be respectful to others as you would treat yourself.
  2. Should participants experience harassment from any parties, please inform the organiser/event host immediately.

In response the organising community reserves the right to ban members from attending future events.

Profile of the presenter

Name: Caroline
Nationality: Indonesian

Agenda

  1. Introduction to Tionghoa (Indonesian Chinese)
  2. Brief History and Population of Indonesian Chinese in Indonesia
  3. Language, Dialect & Religions
  4. Festival & Celebration
  5. Networking and sharing session 

Key notes to take

  1. Please note that during this event, participants are required to purchase at least 1 item (food or drink) from the cafe as goodwill. The management has kindly agreed us to host this event on their grounds and we should at least reciprocate this kindness by patronising the vendors.
  2. The PDF version of Bahasa Indonesia notes for the event will be available for attendees to download the day after the event.

Event Details

When: 1 December 2018
Time: 2:00 – 4:00PM
Where: Dimbulah Coffee @ Raffles Hospital
Address: 585 North Bridge Road #01-01, Singapore 188770 (opposite Bugis Junction)
Contact: (+65) 85315609 (via WhatsApp)

Event Photo The History & Culture of Indonesian Chinese
Event Photo The History & Culture of Indonesian Chinese
Serious Networking Event

Networking for Serious Learners

Let’s unite for openness, good vibes, courage participants to share about their failures.

Participants will be separately into their favourite topics for discussion.

Date: 25 November 2019

Time: 2.30pm

Topics for discussion

1. Culture Taboos
2. Recent Trends (E.g. Fintech)
3. Travel experience of a particular country

Key notes to take:

1) To ensure the smooth facilitation of this meetup, please confine your food purchases and consumption within the premise

2) Kindly refrain from blocking aisle to prevent the congestion of foot traffic and any public disturbances to a minimum

3) Please note that during this event, participants are required to purchase at least 1 food item from the cafe.

Event Etiquette:
To ensure that all participants will have an enjoyable experience, we will appreciate that the community observes the following rules:
*Please be respectful to others as you would treat yourself. Should participants experience harassment from any parties, please inform the organizer/event host immediately.*

In response the organising community reserves the right to ban members from attending future events.

Serious Networking event photo
Serious Networking event photo