Japan’s Respect of the Aged Day (keirō no hi – 敬老の日)

Each year on the third Monday of September Japan celebrates a national public holiday called Respect of the Aged day (Keirō no Hi – 敬老の日). This year it falls on September 17th, on the date that I am writing this blog post, today’s date. This holiday was created to honor and respect Japan’s elderly people, since Japan has a lot of citizens aged 65 and above. After all, Japanese culture is all about treating their elders right and respectfully.












Come on Up Share House Event: Miyakojima Takoyaki Party

What should you do when it is a beautiful day outside in Osaka and you want to spend your time with your friends and housemates? Well, the best thing you can do is to eat Osaka’s soul food, takoyaki! On September 8th 2018 we had a takoyaki party at Miyakojima share house. As part of Come on Up’s monthly event, we came up with the idea to have an Osaka soul food party! As a new intern it was a very nice experience because this was the first event I took part in! 


New Come on Up Intern!

Hello! My name is Thien Kim and I am a 21-year-old student from the Netherlands! I just started working at Come on Up Kansai office and I will be staying at Midoribashi Share House.

I am from a very small village called Nieuw Vennep. It is a very peaceful and quiet village that is surrounded by farm land and nature. Although it was very nice to grow up in this kind of environment, I still felt like something was missing. I longed for a busy city life. I wanted to be part of a concrete jungle, as I was always amazed by the tall and modern buildings of cities that I had seen on TV. This is the reason why I decided to move out of home and started to live by myself in 2015. This was also the year that I started my freshman year at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Living alone was lonely at first, but as I got to know new people from college and I was able to have a great time living in the city. 


















Aozora School卒業生のラムチャランが日本人サポーターの方の支援により来日し、今月頭まで2ヶ月間滞在していました。

ラムは最貧困層家庭出身で、父親を早くに亡くした為Aozora Schoolで10年以上育てられていました。



NPO Aozoraとしては、ラムチャランに働くことの大変さを学ばせたい。

そして育ててもらったAozora schoolに自分の力で何か少しでも還元してほしい。という想いから、ラムチャランに教わるインド料理教室を開き、参加費を彼に持たせてAozora school校長に渡してもらうことにしました。