Hokkori Cafe and Special Lecture

11th Hokkori Cafe “Let’s Explore Afghanistan!” Dec 15, 2016 (S128)

We had two Afghan students as speakers for our 11th Hokkori Cafe. They gave an informative presentation about history, culture, agriculture, etc., of Afghanistan. The audience was very impressed with their well-prepared and detailed presentation. Every one had a good time enjoying coffee and listening to an interesting talk. Thank you all for coming!

10th Hokkori Cafe “Madagascar and My Fashion Design” Jun 29, 2016 (S128)

We had Clarissien Ramongolalaina San as a speaker for our 10th Hokkori Cafe. Audience listened to him talk about his country, Madagascar, while enjoying coffee and snacks. Madagascar was not a familiar country to the majority of the audience and they seemed to be excited to know about it.
He also talked about fashion design which is one of his hobbies. Everyone was surprised to know that he actually makes clothes from scratch!
After the presentation, he told a short story in Rakugo style (Rakugo is a traditional style of Japanese comedy where the performer tells funny stories using hands and props like a fan or cloth, while sitting down). He told the story in English but his style was very true to the authentic Japanese style. Everyone had a big laugh at the end of his story!

9th Hokkori Cafe “Get to Know Kenya” Dec 4, 2016 (S177)

On December 4th, about 20 people gathered for our 9th International Café Meeting (Hokkori Café) where we had Stephen Njane Njehia san, Maringa Christine Wanja san, and Chika Sasahara san talk about Kenya. Stephen san and Maringa san talked about their country and its culture, and then Chika san, who had worked in Kenya for 2 years as a JICA volunteer, talked about her experiences while she was in Kenya.
The speakers were all amazing at talking and entertaining the audience with their fun quizzes and a song (one of the songs from the movie Lion King!). The audience seemed to be very interested since it was a rare opportunity to get to know about Kenya.

8th Hokkori Cafe “Hungary and Japan: different or similar?” “Why soil fauna is imporant and how can we measure them? EDAPHOLOG System, a new, automated system for monitoring soil fauna.” July 2, 2014 (S-174)

38 participants came to our Hokkori Café meeting. The participants listened attentively to the presentation of Dr. Csongor as they enjoyed coffee or iced plum juice. The presentation was full of ideas and everybody was interested in listening in a relaxed atmosphere to his comments on Hungary and his specialized field, soil. Many people remarked that the talk was easy to understand, interesting, and significant, and that the atmosphere was pleasant and friendly.

7th Hokkori Cafe “Myanmar: People, Culture and Natural Resources” Oct 18, 2013 (S-130)

A Hokkori Cafe was held on Oct 18th. Mya Thandar Toe, an international student from Myanmar, gave a talk, illustrated by photographs and a video on Myanmar people, culture and natural resources. The presentation was fun and interesting. Participants enjoyed listening to her talk as they had coffee and snack from Myanmar, she offered, in a comfortable environment.

6th Hokkori Cafe”Food Culture in the Us”, “An Introduction to Radiation Safety” June 27, 2012 (S-130)

A Hokkori Cafe was held on June 27th. Philip Nguyen, an international student from the United States, first gave a talk, illustrated by photographs and a video on problems with contemporary American food culture. Following that, he offered an explanation of radiation monitoring devices and radiation safety. Participants listened intently as they enjoyed coffee and snacks in a comfortable environment.

5th Hokkori Cafe ” A brief description of Clombia: a mega-diverse country” Dec 16, 2011 (S-130)

The fifth Hokkori cafe was held on December 16. Ms. Laura Liliana Abril Garcia, M1 student in the Division of Environmental Science and Technology, gave us a presentation entitled “A brief description of Colombia: a Mega-Diverse Country.” Since Colombia was not very familiar to many of the participants, they were glad to have this opportunity to acquire knowledge of the country. The method and style of presentation were interesting. Participants enjoyed listening in a casual and lively atmosphere.

4th Hokkori Cafe “A shrt description of Bolivia and its people” November 10, 2010 (S-130)

The fourth Hokkori Cafe was held on November 10, with sixteen participants including Kyoto University international and Japanese students, professors, and staff, plus visitors from outside. International student Javier Montano, who comes to us from Bolivia, talked about his home country, located almost exactly on the opposite side of the globe from Japan. As they took coffee and snacks in a relaxed, cozy atmosphere, participants gave their attention to Javier’s meaningful presentation that included photos and graphs. Enthusiastic participants remarked, “I enjoyed hearing about a country I knew nothing about,” “ People’s lives and what they take for granted are so different in different parts of the world, “ and “I want to come to more events like this.”

Special Lecture”Dashi Experince” February 22, 2010 (S-128)

A special lecture of “Dashi Experience” was held for international students and foreign research scholars. First a presentation in English on the varieties and virtues of kelp and bonito, and where they are produced, was offered by Dr. Hanae Yamazaki, of “Strategies for the Future of Food.” After that, how to make dashi-often called the life of Japanese cuisine-was actually demonstrated by Takuji Takahashi, master chef of famous historic restaurant Kinobu. After the demonstration, participants tasted the soup made from kelp and bonito dashi. Visiting professors and international students appreciated the deep, complex taste of dashi, commenting enthusiastically that they had experienced and understood the secret of the deliciousness of Japanese food.

3rd Hokkori Cafe “Challenge of Agriculture in Mozambique” November 10, 2009 (S-130)

The topic of the meeting, “Challenges of Agriculture in Mozambique,” was offered by first year Masters degree student Custodio Tacarindua from Mozambique. Because Mozambique was not familiar among the participants, they were attracted and interested by stories of its beautiful coast and savory food. Many lively questions were asked, and the atmosphere of the meeting was pleasant and peaceful, like a coffee break.

Special Lecture “How to Feel and Think in English” September 30, 2009 (W-100)

We invited popular personality Hiroki Sato FM Kyoto αstation to give this special lecture, entitled “How to Feel and Think in English.”Based on rich international experience, the lecture not only focused on language study but also touched on differences between the Japanese and English language cultures, offering valuable insights. The audience was surely very impressed. This meaningful presentation lasted one and a half hours, including a vigorous question and answer period. We are truly grateful to Mr. Sato and the participants. The lecture poster can be downloaded from the following linked Website: 2009/9/30 ” How to Feel and Think in English”

2nd Hokkori Cafe “Farming the Himalaya Mountains”

Lecturer: Ms. Shanta Karki (Agronomy & Horticultural Science D3)
Date:December 22nd (Mon.) / 2008年12月22日(月) 15:30 – 17:00
Place: Wooden Building, Meeting Room (Next building to Bld. of Graduate School of Agriculture/Biostudies) / 旧演習林 会議室 (農学・生命科学研究棟隣 木造建物)
Participant: about 30 persons

1st Hokkori Cafe “Vietnam Agriculture”

Lecturer: Ms. Do Thi Di Thien (Applied Life Sciences M1)
Date: October 21st(Tue.) / 2008年10月21日(火) 15:30 – 17:00
Place: Wooden Building, Meeting Room (Next building to Bld. of Graduate School of Agriculture/Biostudies) / 旧演習林 会議室 (農学・生命科学研究棟隣 木造建物)
Participant: about 40 persons