Mr. N. Kumar, President, IJCCI receiving the Commendation Award from Consul-General.
Mr. N. Kumar with the Consul-General Mr. Seiji Baba & representatives from Japan & Japanese Chamber.
Mr. N. Kumar with the Consul-General Mr. Seiji Baba and the Board Members of IJCCI.
Mr. N. Kumar with the Consul-General Mr. Seiji Baba and with his family members.
Hon'ble Mr. Seiji Baba explaining the Commendation Certificate details at the Presentation function.
The kouryuu kurabu activity of 27th May 2017, skits in Japanese, was a great success with all classes participating in writing and enacting short skits in Japanese. The enthusiastic students had an enjoyable and fun evening. The event was coordinated by Ms Nivedita and Ms Shwetha, office bearers of the kouryuu kurabu. The topics were varied and involved scenes on visiting a doctor, shopping, ordering at a restaurant and meeting of friends.
The kouryuu club met on March 4, 2017 and had an enjoyable session of origami. The students made many origami designs and learnt the art of paper folding. The session was led by Ms Shweta Nichani (N4 student) and assisted by Mr Dinakaran(N2 student) and Mr Naresh R (N5 student).
There are different ways to learn a language. Few of the fast, easy and fun ways to learn are by singing and roleplaying. Music connects across cultures and helps to foster the understanding of a language through right pronunciation, intonation by following the rhythm and the emotion conveyed by the words put together.
The students of IJCCI who charmed the Japanese audience with their performance on the Japanese night, were more than delighted to perform for us again on the 24th of September for the Kouryuu Kurabu activity.
We began with a skit which was a comical sequence of tongue twisters. They are a great way to improve pronunciation and speed of communication. It is important to be able to speak and sound clearly with a good diction. By repeating the difficult words quickly and correctly, tongue twisters also help beginners of a language avoid any confusions in meaning between similar sounding words.
Following the skit was a medley performance by our students, which was a wonderful fusion of the popular Japanese songs Miagete Goran, Tanabata Song - Sasa no ha Sara Sara, Mori no Kuma San, Ooki na kuri, Shiawase naratte o tatakou. But we did not just stop with the skit that tickled our stomach and the soothing medley performance. The singers explained the meaning and the significance of each song. With each explanation, we had a sing along session with the audience. By the end of the programme, some of the people from the audience even stood up and cheered, joyfully singing along with the singers.
Once again, all of us came together at IJCCI to celebrate, enjoy, and learn the language that we love.
All festivals bring families and friends together, both close and distant. In fact, festivals light up our lives with ecstatic joy and happiness that will make us want to be better people in our lives.
On the 27th of August, IJCCI organized the club’s second programme with a theme of festive celebration. There are a lot of festivals that hold cultural and traditional values in Japan. “Oshougatsu” or New Year is amongst the most anticipated festivals in Japan. Like any other festival, New Year is about getting people together and spreading the joy. Also, it is a symbol of renewal.
We began by interacting with our fellow students about how each of them celebrated their New Year and got a lot of opinions that were interesting, delightful and also amusing. It was interesting to learn and share with each other the various cultural and traditional ways of welcoming the New Year. A striking difference is that our New Year’s celebration lasts for a day while in the Japanese culture, it started from a month before, from December till the New Year’s day. It was remarkable to see that, amidst this huge difference, there are many similarities between our celebrations.
We also learnt that in December, various parties were held to bid farewell to the problems and concerns of the past year. What really astounded us was one of their beliefs - The shrines strike their gongs 108 times to get rid of 108 types of weaknesses. Truly strikes a chord with our traditions, right? We also exchanged information on what and how differently the Japanese celebrate the New Year. Despite the differences there are a lot of similarities like the custom of the elders giving money to the children and the popular tradition of New Year’s cards. We might be from different lands, but just like us, the Japanese visit beautiful places and have a wonderful time along with a grand feast.
Towards the end, we played a very beautiful and popular song called “Oshougatsu” for the students. All of us sang along with the music a couple of times together. By translating the meaning of the song, we discovered a new set of vocabulary pertaining to New Year!
It is important to note that the involvement, interaction and support from the students and the teachers are worth mentioning. Once again, we succeeded in making people learn the fun way. We’re sure that everyone will be looking forward to the next programme!
IJCCI Chamber Day was celebrated on 26.04.2016. His Excellency Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India was the Chief Guest and delivered a Special Address on the occasion.
Hon'ble Mr. Seiji Baba, Consul-General of Japan in Chennai and Mr. N. Murali, Director, Kasturi & Sons felicitated. Madame Hiramatsu and Madame Atsuko Baba participated in the function.
Kouryu Kurabu, the Japanese Language School’s student club, instituted to promote Interaction in Japanese and Cultural understanding of Japan, was inaugurated on 2nd April 2016. The Honourable Consul General of Japan in Chennai, Mr Seiji Baba was the Chief Guest and Mr. N Kumar, President, IJCCI presided over the function. The students of IJCCI Language School performed a skit and presented speeches in Japanese. Ms Maruyama Masako enthralled the audience with a demonstration of Furoshiki – the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth. The Student Secretariat of the Kouryu Kurabu for 2016-2017 are Ms Supraja Parvathy (Convenor), Ms Niveditha Bharathi (Secretary), Ms Shweta Nichani (Asst. Convenor) and Mr Rajsekhar (Asst. Secretary). The club will meet once a month.
The seminar was conducted at IJCCI premise on 7th Monday , where guest speakers shared their perspective and provided insights and analysis of the current tax landscape in India and the 2016 Budget proposals.
The seminar discussed there budget with focus on policy initiatives, change in corporate and personal income tax, changes in the indirect taxes and tax reform initiative including the road map of implementation of GST.
A 16-Member Japanese Business Delegation from Hiroshima Prefecture visited Chennai and IJCCI hosted a brief interaction session with some of the IJCCI members on 29th January 2016.
The multi-sectoral delegation consisted of Senior Officials of Hiroshima Prefectural Govt., Head, JETRO Hiroshima besides businessmen.
Hon’ble Mr. Seiji Baba, Consul-General of Japan in Chennai, H.E. Mr. M.K. Narayanan, former Governor of West Bengal, and other dignitaries at the inauguration of the Centre for Japanese Studies and the release of the first Policy Paper of the Centre titled ‘Fostering Synergetic Relations between India and Japan’ on October 31, 2015.
Mr. R. Ramakrishna Raja & Mr. T.P. Imbichammad, Directors of IJCCI, with Japanese businessmen at the IJCCI-JIBCC networking meeting on September 9, 2015, when the 14-member delegation visited Chennai for the Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet.