2012年01月05日

A Happy New Year!

May 2012 be more peaceful

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By Sadahide Mitamura

We should never forget March 11 of 2011. The East Japan Great Earthquake brought a tremendously serious damage to the people in the affected areas, following radioacitive contamination caused by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Even today a lot of people are still living in the
temporary housing in the Tohoku region. And the people, who used to live in the
areas which are now facing radiation leaks,are still evacuees.

What can we do to help those people resume their normal life?


This is the first working day at Yugaku-tei.
I'm complaining about the coldness of Yugaku-tei.
I know the people in the affected areas have been undergoing hardships.
The coldness of Yugakutei is incomparable with their hardship.
Put yourself in a person's shoes.






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2011年12月19日

Magic of fabrics

A heartwarming exhibition

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On the 10th and the eleventh, there was a very impressive exhibition hosted
by Mie Inabaen. Himawarinokai lieterally means Sunflower group , which is a
workshop where mentally challenged people weeves cloth called Saoriori.

This is the first time for the group to hold an exbibition.
The members of Umashikuni okoshi Mie and its support groups including Yugaku-tei
cooperate with them so that they could host this event.
This is really challenging.

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On the 9th, they were trying very hard to make this exhibition look good.

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A lot of people visitede Yugakutei to see this exhibition from both inside and
ouside Kiinagashima.



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You can try weeving Saoriori on your own.


Inabaen grows vegetables and they sell their products in front of Yugakutei.

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The vegetables sold well.

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They also enjoyed baking pizzas in a brick oven.
Umachan, a cute character of Umashikuni okoshi Mie allowed the particpants
to feel more cheerful.


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Mrs. Osugi and Mr. Narai sold local specailities.

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CORORO, a musical group performed so that the participants could feel comfortable.


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2011年12月05日

Do it yourself!!

What's your favorite!!



Have you ever made a pizza on your own, and in a brick oven?
The event of the 4th of December was different from usual.


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Even kids can do it.

Instead grown-ups, minors had a lot of fun at Yugaku-tei.
The staff at Yugakutei showed them how to make their own special pizzas.


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How does it taste? Did you enjoy?
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2011年12月04日

What a fantastic night!

Touch our heartstrings

A singer Mrs. Sano and a pianist Mrs. Sakaguchi held a concert at Yugaku-tei
on November 29th.
This is their second performance at Yugaku-tei.


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The staff changed some space into a temporary stage.

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As many as 80 people came to the concert.
Among the middle and upper age bracket, there was a young age group.
It's so nice that this concert gained support over a wide range of ages.


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To the splendid playing of Mrs. Sakaguchi, Mrs. Sano sang a wide variety of songs, which were very emotional to us Japanese.
Some of the audiece wiped away the tears from their eyes with handkerchiefs.


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Mrs. Sano was in poor condition. However her performance was wonderful.
There was no one better singer than a professional like her.
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2011年11月25日

Memories of this summer

Comics workshop

What one likes to do, one generally does well.

Mr. Ishiki and Mrs. Motomachi, who are married cartoonists ,moved
to Kiinagashima, have been staying at Yugakutei temporarily.
Their contribution to this area allowed us to hold a workshop at Yugakutei.


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Ten people including junior and senior high school students participated
in this workshop.

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A computer is a requisite tool for this workshop.

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They were immersed in creating their own comics.


There's a diversion.

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Curry cooked in a Dutch oven was served.


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They put their favorite toppings on the dough and baked pizzas in a brick oven.


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They also cleaned this more than 60-year-old traditional
Japanese style house.

All paricipants achieved their goals to complete their works.

Amazing!!



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2011年11月21日

Aesthetics

Exhibition only seen at Yugaku-tei

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My dream came true when my longtime friend opened an exhibition at Yugaku-tei for five days from the 12th of October through to the 16th.
I'd been craving for an exhibition very unique to Yugakutei.
Yugakutei is a traditional Japanese style house that is more than 60 years old.
Along with the Japanese style rooms,the wooden staircase, long and narrow hallways and alcoves were essential props for this exhibition.
Even the rain on the 14th made this exhibition look more exquisite.


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Visitors go up the staircase to the reception


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At the reception desk,the purple tablecloth looks so chic.


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The waiting space was a bench covered with red cloth with cushions of her own making on it.


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These are the works made by her students.


The world of Setsuko Ogaki

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This work gained the highest reputaiton. The combination of colors are amazing.
When you look at each figure with no face, you can imagine the face of
each woman,which enabled you to appreciate this work with more fun.

I'm tremedously happy that 350 people came to see this exhibiton at
Yugaku-tei.
I owe this success to Setuko, her students and those visitors.

Gratitude!



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2011年11月19日

Exhibition by Fukiage Eisaku

The exhibition is the place where local people meet

This is the exhibition to celebrate his winning the award of IFA.

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These are prize winners.


From the 28th of October through to the 30th
about 170 people appreciated his works.
A lot of men came to this exhibition, which was unusual for the events
held at Yugaku-tei.


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On the last day the members of Miyama Fue no Kai
(Miyama Japanese flute group) performed a wide variety of music from children's
songs to theme songs of movies.
Collaboration between his paitings and their performace was successful.


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My homeland unforgettable

Living in a global village

My friends visited Yugakutei and stayed here on the 19th and the20th of October.
We've been friends for 30 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Nagajima live in New York and her sister lives in Hong Kong.
Mr. Nakajima left Japan in his teens following the policy of his father that
A frog in the well knows nothing of the great ocean.
Mrs. Margaret Nakajima and her sister were born in China and they were brought
up in Japan. That's why they speak authentic Japanese while Mr. Nagajima
speaks the Oosaka dialect.
One of her brothers live in Tokyo and the other lives in Canada.

Mr. and Mrs. Nakajima come back to Japan once a year with her sister Emy.

This time they really enjoyed their stay at Yugaku-tei.
They told me that they would never forget hospitality they received from the staff at Yugaku-tei.


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Margaret is a good cook. She helped us with making pizzas at the event


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On the morning when they left Yugaku-tei for Nagano
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2011年11月18日

Continuity is the father of success

Wood-carving Bodhidharma was completed

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The first workshop started on the 20th of June.
He has participated in the event sixteen times.
Finally he made it on the 11th of November.

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On the 24th of June he finished his Enku statue.
Enku was a Buddhist monk in the Edo period.
He went on a countrywide pilgrimage and carved many rough Buddhist statues His style is called Enku-bori (bori means carving)



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Kannon statue is his next challenge.
Kannon is the Buddhist deity of mercy.



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August 12th was when his final challenge started.
He's been engaged in carving Bodhidharma for nearly 3months.
This time a Japanese cypress was used as a material.


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A Japanese cyress is hard and the hardness made his challenge more difficult.
Advised individually, he's been absorbed in his Bodhidharma industriously
and silently.
He got his work done.


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I take off my hat to his perseverance.





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