Moonlight Pizza Party


Today's event is very special for us.
This is the 20th Brick Oven Pizza Making event.
Nine girls of the Kihoku-cho Town Office pariticipated
in this event.

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My dear Yamachan!
He prepares dough before every event.
Kneading dough thoroughly is a strenuous job.
His efforts have made Pizza of Yugaku-tei
the talk of the town.

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Sadakun's attention to fine points and technique are
essential to a pizza event.

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That night Danish mozzarella cheese was used for female participants.

They tried mozzarella itself.

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Both tomato sauce and miso sauce are sooooooo tasty.
I may be boasting myself,
but Yygakutei's pizza is the best.

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Toss the dough so that you can get crispy pizza.

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Nan was also baked.
Dip it in curry sauce.

Another specialty is dessert pizza with
sliced bananas, canned oranges, chocolate
and blueberry jam on it.
Of course, girls' favorite.

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At the open space, a diva Mai sang fascinatingly.
Everyone there was slightly intoxicated with pizzas,
wine and her voice.

Thank you very much for your kind cooperation.
All of the staff for Yugakutei are
going to leave at the end of March.
The new staff will take over Yugakutei's pizza event.

With Gratitude,

Yamada, Mitamura, Okumura, Murata.
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The fun is yet to come.

It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)

Yes, it does.
Last night's concert means a thing.

A clarinet always reminds me of Benny Goodman.
I was mesmerized by Sing,Sing, Sing played by Benny Goodman Orchestra when I was a teenager.

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Mami's performance was different.
The tones of her clarinet were so gentle and comfortable that the whole audience felt really good.

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Eron was beating out percussion rhythmically and strongly.
The sounds of his intrument sounded throughout the rooms.
so cool.

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They chose very catchy music for their collaboration, which
successfully captivated the audience at the concert.

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An Invitation to a Twilight Concert on 17th.

Why don't you be a music traveller?

Yugakutei is going to throw a very special concert this coming Saturday evening.

Mami Taniguchi, a clarinettist and Eron, a percussionist will perform together
at Yugakutei.
Mami and Eron will play classical music and contemporary respectively
and then they will collaborate.

This concert is just 500 yen.

You can't miss it.

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Wandering around an old traditional house.

The Scenery of where the God dwells

Four huge photos taken by professional photographers are being displayed
at the open space of Yugakutei.

The Kihokucho Chamber of Commerce donated these photos
after the special event which they had held at Yugakutei.

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A Sea of Clouds in Hikimoto

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Kii no Matsushima of the Mist

There is Matsushima in the northeastern district.
It's one of the three top-noted picturesque spots in Japan.
Matsushima in this area can beat it.

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World Heritage "Kumano Koto (old pilgrimage pass)"
The stone pavements have been meticulously preserved.

Cherry blossoms and Norisoda (brushwood (bamboo)set in the seabed for
nori(lavers)spores attaching themselves.

These photos are all breathtaking.
Enjoy these spectacular views with your own eyes.

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Living Creatures on the paper

An Unprecedented Exhibition March 2nd through 4th

Ms.Matsuki Satoyo started her career as an oil painting artist.
Three years ago she got involved in her new artistic challenge.

She selected washi, Japanese traditional paper instead of a normal canvas.
She cut a wide variety of animals by a paper cutter and then pasted each
of them on the washi. It's a really really elaborate work.

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The animals on the paper are very vivid, cute, and dynamic.
The color selection is exquisite.


I can imagine that each work has her own idea, story and message.
However her generousity allows the visitors to feel her works
from their point of view.


Look up at the ceiling. This canopy-like work is made of a polyester organdy.
She burned a ten meter long cloth with an iron.
You can see holes of different sizes and shapes.
The holes are not just holes.
When you see the holes carefully, you'll find some kinds of animals,such as cats and birds.
The visitors are fascinated most by this work.


Cotton towels featuring a pattern of different sizes of frog are gaining reputaition and still on sale.

There are two types; one is printed in a simple color of some kinds and the other is printed in four colors.

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Garden of Gods

32 Short Flim Showing February 25th


Chambers of Commerce for Kihokucho held a special event at Yugakutei.

On the open space 32 short films featuring Kihokucho were showing.

There was a big audience. Among them, you saw the familiar faces in the short films.


28 local companies applied for this project.
The owners of each company looked so energetic and industrious.

Besides a short film showing, the photos featuring this area were displayed upstairs.

You can make efficient use of the photos for making pamphlets, posters,name cards, HP. wrapping paper or labels

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Happy lunch

Home sweet home

A workplace is a kind of battlefield. It's true.

A workplace should be a kind of home, right?

You spend most of your waking hours at your workplace.

What should you do if your workplace is full of an uncomfortable atmosphere?

Yugakutei is just the opposite.

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Every Tuesday, Nagisachan an expert in cleaning a traditional Japanese style come all the way to Yugakutei from Mikisato in Owase to show us her technique.
This Tuesday is special.
She brought us a healthy lunch of her own making.

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Hiziki stimmered slowly in a soy broth.

Black soy beans stimmered slowly in a soy broth.

Sliced Chinese cabbage kneaded with salt and slices of boiled bonito (made by Nagisa).

Potato mimosa salad with salad greens from Nagisa's garden.

Thin sliced redbeet and Japanese radish pickled in vinegar.

The leaves of redbeet and Jananese radish pickled in vingegar with citrus juice.

80percent husked rice.

Miso soup with tofu and wakake.

Of course Miso is Nagisa's specialty.

How exquisite her lunch is!

How sweet Nagisachan is!
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Happy lunch

Gourtmet Street

There are a wide varieties of diners near my workplace Yugaku-tei.
We are privileged to enjoy scrumptious lunch.
Why don't you share information on lunch selection with me?

This is my first report.

When I get out of Yugakutei from the backyard, I come to the Mokkoku Street,
which is the busiest spot in Kiinagashima.
The Mokkoku street runs between the 42nd Highway and Kiinagashima Railway Station. Along with the diners on the Mokkoku Street,are Japanese and Chinese
restaurants and a coffe shop which serve delicious meals
on the both sides of the 42nd Highway.

Tsuru is a Japanese expression which means "slurp noodles" or the sound of
slurping. Ten is an abbreviation of a typical Japanese cuisine tempura.

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The owner's endeavor and his wife's cheerfulness draw customers to their noodle
shop repeatedly. The noodles are of his own making. You have to wait
13 minutes for noodle to be done.

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Curry noodle is male staff's favorite.
coat noodles with curry roux and taste it.
You'll be captivated by this curry noodle.

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Irresistable! I'm a weight watcher and have to take a low cholesterol diet.
Two prawn tempura, paper-thin shavings and condiments of finely sliced
long onions.
I can't stop having tempura udon.
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What's specialty of Kihokucho?

Love Meshi Contest

On the 28th, a special event was held at Kiingashima Port.


It was hosted by Kihoku Town Tourist Association.
The first grand prix was given to kaki no hitsumabushi.
Kaki hitsu and mabushi mean oyster, rice tub and sprinkle respectively.

Visitors to this event bought a meal coupon which costs 300each.
If you buy a ticket, you can get one vote.



There is a performance by HIHOKU Squadron Ababain.
Ababai, which is an old Kiinagashima dialect, means "dazzling"
Ababains appear whenever and wherever an event related to Kihokucho is held
to make an event look more attractive and interesting.

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Let's get it started!

Are you ready?


A lot of people are gathering. They are waiting for a funadanjiri to start.
This festival started in the Edo Period to pray for a rich catch.


On the float are the sons of fishermen with cute make-ups and elderly fishermen.
The young throw a rod with a fake bonito made of cloth to spectators, while
veterans throw candies which substitute baits. Figuratively spectators are fish.
A fake bonito is believed to bring good luck, so people are extremely excited to
catch it.


This year voluntary particiants carry a portable shrine ,which made this festival
look much cooler.


A funadanjiri is approaching the precincts of Nagashima Shrine. Participants
pull danjiri from Nagashima Port to Nagashima Shrine.


This is the climax scene of funadanjiri. Rice cake throwing!
Excitement reaches the peak.


Finally fishermen and fishermen to-be visit a main shrine and pray for health, safety and prosperity .
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