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=Ohanasi Kagawa‼


Ohanasi Kagawa provides a community which hopes to enrich the bond between Japan and the rest of the world and helps to improve one's Japanese/English abilities.


Ohanasi Kagawa

"Then" and "Now"

Are you looking for a place where...

1. You can practice your Japanese with Native Japasese speakers for free.

2. You can improve your Japanese skill.

3. You can help Japanese English learners.

4. You can exchange languages and cultures

Ohanasi Kagawa will be your favorite place.

Hello, this is Aki, the organizer of Ohanasi Kagawa. It all started when I came back to Japan from the study-abroad in the Philippines. I was so motivated to practice speaking English with English speakers, but it turned out I couldn’t find any place where I could easily talk to English speakers in my hometown. I wanted to make a place where Japanese people and those who study Japanese could easily interact with each other and could make bonds between them. I’ve met many great people in Ohanasi Kagawa, and I realized that many Japanese people and people studying Japanese are looking for this type of place. I hope that Ohanasi Kagawa will be your favorite place to meet new people and to improve your language skills. I'm looking forward to seeing you in Ohanasi Kagawa. 

Our Staff

Aki
(Host)
From Kagawa
The reason I wanted to found Ohanasi Kagawa is because when I was studying English in Japan, I had a very hard time to find opportunities to practice speaking English with native English speakers. I’d like to make the place where those who study a new language can easily communicate with people who have the same purpose as improving a new language skills.
Fumiaki
From Yamaguchi
Hi, there! I’m Fumiaki. While I'm in the U.S. as an international student, I had a chance to join the volunteer in Uganda. Through this experience, I have realized how significant education is. With the concept of Ohanasi-Kagawa “Language learning at hand”, we are trying to provide comfortable place for everyone in exchanging each language. My future goal is “Building a school in Uganda!”
Haruka
From Saitama
Hi, this is Haruka and I am an international student currently studying at university in CA. My passion always goes to support international communities and being multicultural!
Feel free to join us to learn and practice Japase! I can support you in English if you are not confident enough to talk with native Japanese speakers. I am here to help you! I am looking forward to see you at Ohanashi-Kagawa!
Anju
From Chiba
Hi everyone! I’m a Japanese college student in CA. I've always loved interacting with people from different cultures. I wouold like to provide a safe space where you don't have to be afraid of making mistakes and speaking Japanese. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me for a little help! I’m willing to help you in English if you would like :) Join us and have a FUN language-learning time with us!
Kohei 
From Osaka
Hello, I am Kohei Fujita and I am from Osaka. When I was in high school in Germany, I decided to take action on connecting Japan with other countries. Thus, in 2019, I decided to study abroad for the first time in the U.S. I was very eager and still am, to support Ohanashikagawa in order to enhance the opportunities for people who would like to learn English and Japanese.
Kohei 
From Osaka
Hello, I am Kohei Fujita and I am from Osaka. When I was in high school in Germany, I decided to take action on connecting Japan with other countries. Thus, in 2019, I decided to study abroad for the first time in the U.S. I was very eager and still am, to support Ohanashikagawa in order to enhance the opportunities for people who would like to learn English and Japanese.

This is how it works!

STEP 1
Submit the Form!
First of all, please check the Ohanasi Kagawa event contents, schedule, precautions (Internet environment, etc.), and event rules. And, if you can participate in the event, fill out the application form on the HP and press the submit button! Please let us know in advance if you won't be able to join the event even you have submitted the form.
STEP 2
Join us from the link!
After that, the staff will send you the Remo link from the email address you filled in the form.

Join the Ohanasi Kagawa event from the Remo link sent 15 minutes before the event. At Remo, participants can freely move around the floor. First, go to the Reception table and complete the check-in there. You can also interact with other participants until the event begins.
STEP 3
Enjoy talking!!!!
When it is on time, the long-awaited event of Ohanasi Kagawa begins. Basically, we will have three rounds, group talk once and One-on-One talk twice. In the talk, enjoy the first 10 minutes in Japanese and the next 10 minutes in English with your partner.

*If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us using the email address below.
STEP 3
Enjoy talking!!!!
When it is on time, the long-awaited event of Ohanasi Kagawa begins. Basically, we will have three rounds, group talk once and One-on-One talk twice. In the talk, enjoy the first 10 minutes in Japanese and the next 10 minutes in English with your partner.

*If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us using the email address below.

Ohanasi Kagawa event flow

  • Check-in! (4:45 ~ 5:00pm PDT)
    Once you enter the Remo of Ohanasi Kagawa, go check in at the reception table first and get the table number in which 1st round one-on-one talk is going to be held. Check-in must be done 10 minutes before the event begins. After finishing the check-in, you can freely roam around Remo and say hi to other attendees. However, be seated at the table by the event start time. Even if you are not familiar with Remo, our staff will help you have the seat. Only if you have to cancel, let us know 30min before the event.

    *We cannot guarantee that you always will be pair up with native Japanese speakers because it depends on how many native Japanese and English speakers will participate in the event.
  • Group talk! (5:00 ~ 5:30pm PDT)
    1st round One-on-One talk! (5:30 ~ 6:00pm PDT)
    In group talk, three or more people talk at one table. In the first 10 minutes, enjoy talking with your partners in Japanese. (If your partner seems to struggle with speaking Japanese, you can speak English to help your partner!!) When the “Remaining Time Bar” counter goes to 0 and the message, “Time is up,” is popped up, you will speak only English for the next 10 minutes. (If your partners seem to struggle with speaking English, please support them in Japanese!) So, please pay attention to the “Remaining Table Bar” at the top of the screen. You can talk freely with your partner, but we will prepare topics for the group talk just in case. In the 1st One-on-One talk session, you will move to a different table and will talk to a different partner with the same process above.
  • 5 minutes break! (6:00 ~ 6:05pm PDT)
    In order to switch the stage floor from the first half event to the second event, we have a 5 minutes break. Thus, we are going to close the event temporarily for 5 minutes after the first One-on-One talk session. As for the link of the second half event, we have sent to your Email address which is based on the application form and have attached the link into the Email. Also, we will inform the link URL again after the first One-on-One talk session. Sorry for your inconvenience, but please join the event again after 5 minutes break.
  • 2nd round One-on-One talk! (6:05 ~ 6:30pm PDT)
    Free talk! (6:30 ~ 6:45pm PDT)

    After restarting the second-half event, you will get the second One-on-One table number and move to the table. In the second One-on-One talk, you will enjoy talking to a different partner with the same process. As soon as the second One-on-One talk is over, we will move to free talk. You are free to roam the table and enjoy conversations with other participants and Ohanasi Kagawa staff!
  • Want to talk more! (6:45 ~ 7:00 PDT)
    The event will end at 6:45pm, However, if you want to talk to those who met in Ohanasi Kagawa, you can stay in the Remo and continue to talk to them until 7:15pm.
  • Group talk! (5:00 ~ 5:30pm PDT)
    1st round One-on-One talk! (5:30 ~ 6:00pm PDT)
    In group talk, three or more people talk at one table. In the first 10 minutes, enjoy talking with your partners in Japanese. (If your partner seems to struggle with speaking Japanese, you can speak English to help your partner!!) When the “Remaining Time Bar” counter goes to 0 and the message, “Time is up,” is popped up, you will speak only English for the next 10 minutes. (If your partners seem to struggle with speaking English, please support them in Japanese!) So, please pay attention to the “Remaining Table Bar” at the top of the screen. You can talk freely with your partner, but we will prepare topics for the group talk just in case. In the 1st One-on-One talk session, you will move to a different table and will talk to a different partner with the same process above.

Ohanasi Kagawa Event Schedule

Dates and Time Details
the 20th Meeting
September 26th 4:45pm~6:45pm PDT / 7:45pm~9:45pm EST
Group talk session with 3~4 participants
1 on 1 talk session (Twice)
the 21st Meeting
October 3rd 4:45pm~6:45pm PDT / 7:45pm~9:45pm EST
Group talk session with 3~4 participants
1 on 1 talk session (Twice)
the 21st Meeting
October 3rd 4:45pm~6:45pm PDT / 7:45pm~9:45pm EST
Group talk session with 3~4 participants
1 on 1 talk session (Twice)

The Precautions of Ohanasi Kagawa

Even if you submit the participation form, you might not be able to attend this event depending on the number of participants. For Ohanasi Kagawa events, we use the online platform called Remo on the Internet. You can join from your smartphone just by clicking the link sent to you, but it is difficult to move to the tables and hard to see slides for presentations, so we recommend that you will join from a laptop or a desktop. In addition, please use Remo via earphones/headphones and Google Chrome/Safari for a comfortable event process management. High school students are more than welcome, but we do have age restriction of 16 years or older. We apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Cancellation Policy

  • We are trying our best to equalize the number of Japanese learners and English learners upon each event. Therefore, if you canceled without notifying us for three times in total, it will influence your credibility to us, so you will no longer be able to join our events. In case you have to cancel, please notify us at least 30 minutes before our event starts, so that we can assign the spot to the waitlisted participants. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with us!


The Rules of Ohanasi Kagawa

  • No solicitation on private matters, business, religion, etc.
  • Be aware of helping with each other as we are all still in the learning process. Be respectful.
  • We are not responsible for any problems in Ohanasi Kagawa.
  • *If there is any situation you felt uncomfortable or harassed, please bring it up to the staff either through the private chat, or during or after the event.
  • Be aware of helping with each other as we are all still in the learning process. Be respectful.
The Participation Form 👇

Please fill out the participation form and submit it in order to join our event!

FAQs

  • Q
    I am not sure if my Japanese skill is good enough to join the event...
    A
    We would love to have someone like you! Since Ohanashi-Kagawa is a place to improve and practice Japanese, you are more than welcome to join us if you are working hard to improve your Japanese.
  • Q
    I feel nervous when I talk with native Japanese speakers in Japanese...
    A
    It's totally okay! All the participants come here to learn and help each other to study Japanese and English!
    You will get used to talk with your partner and our staff members are happy to support you.
  • Q
    Is this a free event? Do you charge any participation fee?
    A
    Yes, this is a FREE event. You do not have to pay any participation fee. However,we are going to accept donations for our expenses from the end of September. Our hope is to provide a language learning space that is easily accessible to everyone, especially students. So if you find our events worth donating to, we would apprciate your support from the bottom of our hearts!!
  • Q
    I feel nervous when I talk with native Japanese speakers in Japanese...
    A
    It's totally okay! All the participants come here to learn and help each other to study Japanese and English!
    You will get used to talk with your partner and our staff members are happy to support you.
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Ohanasi Kagawa supports the project that will build the school for children who cannot afford to take education in Uganda

Fumiaki Adachi
After leaving a company at the age of 33, I am currently studying agriculture at Sierra College in California, USA. I visited Uganda for the first time in January of this year through club activities in the College, and I am still involved in a humanitarian project in Uganda. I am also one of the staff of Ohanasi Kagawa. I'm glad that I have an opportunity to report our activities here so that as many people as possible can get to know our activities.

What difficulties are you facing?

We are facing various problems every day, and struggling, striving, and trying to overcome them. It starts with little thing of everyday life. You couldn't get an A. You are likely to be late for a date with your girlfriend. you couldn't get a contract for work. There is a leak from the roof. The engine blows in the middle of the desert, but the cell phone is out of range, etc. The problem for the Batwa tribe in Bwindi, Uganda is a bit different than ours.
The Batwa people have long lived peacefully as hunter-gatherers in the vast forests of Bwindi, Uganda. But that peaceful life also suddenly came to the end. Because the forest they lived in was home to about half the world's mountain gorillas, the Uganda government forced them out of the forest from the perspective of protecting the mountain gorillas. Of course, not only for the purpose of protection, but also for tourism as a major industry of the country to earn foreign currency, the Uganda government has a desire to attract tourists from all over the world by using the mountain gorilla as a tourism resource. The Batwa tribe who were forced out of the forest and thrown into modern society without a place to live have had neither a concept of business nor knowledge of agriculture. Every day they are facing the difficulty of "living tomorrow."

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him to fish and he will eat for life

Very few lucky families were given land and a mud hut by NGOs, but they did not have the knowledge or wisdom to live a sustainable life. In order to support their own self-sufficient lives, they engage in agricultural work for about 13 hours a day, and use the small wages earned there to cover their living expenses and educational fees. Generally speaking, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him to fish and he will eat for life.” So, our project started based on the concept of not only giving things for the short-term but also giving knowledge and wisdom for sustainable living.

Project Enkoko

With the help of  Ugandan friends, we came up with the idea of ​​"Project Enkoko" after discussing what we should do. Enkoko means chicken in the language of rechiga. Chickens are one of the best ways to emerge from the difficulties facing the Batwa people. First of all, chickens are not so difficult to raise. At night, you will give chickens food and bedding in the hut, and during the day, you will leave chickens free in the garden and they will increase their family. Eggs laid by chickens are the best source of protein. Protein is essential for the healthy growth of children as well as adults. Furthermore, by taking part in the Uganda government's promotion of tourism, such as hotels and restaurants for foreign tourists, and by selling the eggs laid by chickens, that can result in a sustainable source of income for the Batwa people who were evicted by the Uganda government's promotion of tourism.

Project start

From 2018, we started to make concrete plans. First of all, we established an egg sales channel with friends in Uganda, worked with a local university to create a chicken coop for 60 chickens, and held a fundraising event in the United States to ask donations in order to support our project. In December 2018, on our first visit to Uganda for this project, we provided 5 chickens to each of the 6 families trained for feeding chickens. In January 2020, we returned to Uganda again and met the Batwa people for the first time in a year. And, they warmly welcomed us with traditional dances.

Project outcomes

On the first day of the visit to the village, while children were running around outside, our project members, 6 families who have been participating in the project for a year, and 10 new families who would join the project gathered at a brick school and we interviewed them. As to the reason for the interview, we wanted to ask what kind of difficulties they had in raising chickens, what the biggest difficulty they faced in raising chickens was, and in particular, we wanted to hear how the 6 families' lives have been changed. The result was excellent. The average monthly salary of the 6 families working about 13 hours a day was $5 to $6, but with the introduction of chickens, their income was roughly doubled to $10 to $11. They used the extra income to cover children's education, medical expenses, and reinvest in sustainable living such as buying new chickens. It's not the only good result. The fact that they can eat the fresh eggs laid by the chickens can result in obtaining essential nutrients for survival and enhancing the health level of the whole family members. The result report of the project through the interview was on the right track of our expectations, and we got the contentment and the confidence to proceed with the project. After the interview, we visited each house and met the chickens for the first time in a year. It was not a moving reunion because we are recognized as a big and dangerous existence for chickens. But, that was touching for us that, a year ago, a family of only five chickens gave birth to chicks and the number of the household has increased, as well as they have grown well. There were families who were about to lose all chickens due to illness and mongooses which are natural enemies of chickens. But, six families helped each other, shared chickens, and cooperated on the project, so it was not a big problem.

New challenges and the next project

While we've had good results with Project Enkoko, at the same time, we have witnessed the Batwa people facing various other issues during our visit to Uganda. One of them is that the chances of surviving children over the age of five are very low. Causes include malnutrition, malaria, yellow fever, and HIV. This is not just an issue for the Batwa people. Over 22 million children in Uganda suffer malnutrition. Malnutrition in the mother's body and childhood greatly affects the subsequent growth and health of the children. Some children die at birth. And, that number is more pronounced in the countryside. Since we knew about this issue from our first visit, we provided one female goat as well as five chickens to each of the ten new families who would join the project this time. Goat's milk contains a lot of protein, calcium, vitamin B, phosphorus, and potassium, and is nutritious. Also, the milk contains a small amount of lactose, which makes it easy for small children to digest. Moreover, goats are easy to raise. Above all, by selling the surplus milk of the goat, it is possible to increase the income further.

School construction ~Education for children~

We brought the above results back to the United States and announced the new project along with the results report to the people who donated the money. That is school construction. The adults are building schools in the village for their children, but for the purpose of larger and better education, they lack the facilities, equipment, educational materials, and human resources. Above all, the school lunch is required. Children aged under 10 are hungry and walk to school from 7km away. In such a state, they cannot concentrate on their studies. The current situation is that there is no food to eat even after getting back home from school. Although it is currently difficult to make a certain plan due to the influence of corona, the next visit to Uganda for the school construction project is scheduled for around August 2021. We strongly believe that education is the best way to get out of poverty. I thank "Ohanasi-Kagawa" for empathizing with this concept and allowing me to post it on their website, and I hope that as many people as possible can know our activities.

Need for education

The earth on which we live is facing various crises. But, I believe we can get over. The world's population is currently increasing explosively, and education is the key to stop population growth. In developing countries such as Uganda, especially in the countryside, the employment rate of women decreases significantly, so women are forced to get married to survive. And the family gives birth to live. Because they consider a child to be a labor force. Children repeat the same actions as their parents because the world around them is everything and they don't know what the outside is like. It may be financially difficult to actually see the world on their own. However, education does not have borders. Getting the right knowledge can guide them on the right path. Not only education but also contraceptive knowledge and support to be independent for women are important.

Other projects

In addition to population growth, climate change is another major issue. Uganda is also affecting climate change. Precipitation is more difficult to predict due to drought and sudden heavy rainfall than before. Uganda's friends are not only relying on others, but they are also trying to set up their own organizations to tackle these problems and enrich their lives. They are trying to raise the employment rate of women by planting 5 million avocado trees to hire local women to harvest avocado fruits, which also can result in preventing soil erosion and increasing water retention in the soil as well as addressing adverse climate change. Regarding the improvement of the employment rate, they have established a vocational training center to improve the skills necessary for the employment of unemployed young people and to open a "cooking class for tourists" for women. We, Project Enkoko, support these Ugandan friends' activities.