子ども会

08:43 Dec 18, 2013
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Japanese to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
Japanese term or phrase: 子ども会
インターネットで調べると、organization for local childrenとヒットするのですが、これがポピュラーな表現なのでしょうか。
Tatsuya Yabuuchi
Japan
Local time: 04:56


Summary of answers provided
4Children's Meeting
Benoit Gazzal
2 +1Kodomo-kai (Children’s Association)
cinefil
3playgroup, youth grup
Yuki Okada
3 -1Kid's Corner
Paul Hirsh
3 -1childrens society
japan4ever


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Kid's Corner


Explanation:
or Kiddie's Korner (if it is a physical location)
or Children's CLUB

Paul Hirsh
France
Local time: 20:56
Works in field
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 4

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disagree  Kieran Maynard: This would only be appropriate in certain limited contexts.
16 days
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childrens society


Explanation:
children's society. Children's association. Children meeting


    Reference: http://ameblo.jp/itamijoe/entry-11234771355.html
japan4ever
India
Local time: 01:26
Native speaker of: English

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disagree  Kieran Maynard: This sounds like a group for adults. Kodomo-kai is for socializing children.
16 days
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Children's Meeting


Explanation:
Maybe the context is different, but I've mostly heard it used in an informal / popular settings.
I actually took part in my nieces' 子ども会 last summer, which was an informal gathering of schoolchildren from the area (a small town in Shiga pref.), at the village function hall, we had fruit juice, a magic show etc...

Dictionary (http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/80757/m0u/ ) gives a definition stressing both association and activities 子供たちの集団、またはその活動

I've never encountered the concept outside japan, but Children's Meeting is commonly used for church related activities, which is maybe the closest. Other options might be "Children's Meet", "Children's Party", "Children's day" ....

If we're actually talking about an association or group, more than a specific event, I'd probably go for something less formal than "association" or "society", since they probably don't have that much of an associative nature, maybe something like :
"Children's Club" or "Children's Group", as in the XYZ Children's Club.. These could also be combined, XYZ Children's Club's Party / Meeting /Gathering / Jamboree

hope this helps
b



    Reference: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/katata_pta2009/3848977.html
    Reference: http://www.kellsgospelhall.co.uk/meetings.php?meeting=cm
Benoit Gazzal
France
Local time: 20:56
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 4

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Kieran Maynard: Sounds strange. "Local playgroup" is more natural as an explanation.
16 days
  -> thanks, but "local playgroup" doesn't really work to describe an event, and it's also used this way in my experience. Really depends on context :)
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playgroup, youth grup


Explanation:
具体的にどういう会なのかを言ってもらわないとわかりませんが、小さい子供の場合はplaygroupです。主に学齢以前の子供ですが、もう少し年長者を含む場合もあります。またリンクのように世話人がいる場合もあれば、もっと自然発生的なものもあります。
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-school_playgroup

ティーンエイジャーが自分たちでグループを作るときはyouth groupなどと言います。

Yuki Okada
Canada
Local time: 11:56
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Native speaker of: Native in JapaneseJapanese
PRO pts in category: 7
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Kodomo-kai (Children’s Association)


Explanation:
http://www.sira.or.jp/english/school/06.html
http://www.kodomo-kai.or.jp/aramashi/

cinefil
Japan
Local time: 04:56
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in JapaneseJapanese
PRO pts in category: 8

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Kieran Maynard: As this is a Japanese societal/cultural institution, there is no English equivalent.
15 days
  -> Thanks a lot!
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