Here is the city of Minamiashigara, Kanagawa Pref. Japan.
This city is enough local that foreign travellers don't visit there frequently.
The city is located 2 hours far away from the Metropolitan Tokyo,
the Capital of Japan.
On the coming weekend on March 16 and 17, there will be
cherry blossoms festivals
in several places inside the city of Minamiashigara.
At Tsujishita ground some performances on the stage will be on
in these two days. (↓)
I hope you would make yourself comfortable
by watching cherry blossoms and by walking under cherry blossoms.
Japan is generally famous for that annual climatic season
is divided into four. Looking into one year thoroughly,
it can has been divided into 24 climatic sections.
This is so called what "nijyu-shi sekki",
which Japanese people have long felt familiar with.
" Nijyu-shi " means here the number of 24 in Japanese language.
February 3 is the final day of winter season
by following the rules of " nijyu-shi sekki " .
Japanese people have long believed that days around the final section
and the new coming section are unstable in climate,
and that they easily get ill around these days.
They have long thought that they should have thrown away
such as illness and unstable climate by praying to God or
performing something ritual. Then on February 3,
people habitually throw beans from windows or doors at house
toward outside of house,
shouting " Get out of here , Devil ! Come'on , Good fortune ! "
At Saijyoji-temple located in suburbs of the city of Minamiashigara,
on February 3 ,
there is annually going to have a deal of " Bean- Scattering ceremony "
We recommend you to have an experience to look at the traditional ceremony
at the old and traditional Buddhism temple ,
if you are interested in Japanese folklore.
Ninomiya Sontoku ー regional reformer , moral leader
You might not know who he is, but Sontoku was well known
in Japan such as to learn all about him.
For general information of his profile,
please click the above of name tag.
The house where he was born today remains as museum.
The admission is free.
You can see the housing of middle class farmers’ house
in the 18th century in Japan.
It's a waste to leave Odawara without visiting the house!
Allow myself to introduce you the one of episodes
of which he was definitely intelligent , I love it.
Teen age Sontoku stayed at the uncle’s
since his parents have passed away by grand terrible flood.
He loved acquiring knowledge and tried to read books at night.
And his uncle didn’t agree on the habit of reading
for the reason why reading at night
increases consumption of rapeseed oil for lightening a room.
Then an idea flashed across his mind.
Farmers habitually get rid of some amount of young rice grasses
just after having planted seedling of rice on May.
Young man , Sontoku picked them up to plant again
outside of frame of rice field. Autumn has come.
He gained some money
by selling rice planted outside of the frame of rice field.
As to make a room bright for night time reading,
his uncle didn't claim any longer his nephew .
“ In the case which someone doesn’t get go-ahead
for the reason of short of money,
《gaining money first》 is the solution. “
Just 18-year-old young Sontoku concluded that.
I personally love this above episode.
The 18-year-old youth thought and thought
till finding the solution.
This behavior leads him to be later a great reformer
in regional finance, I think.
His first milestone was here in Odawara.
As far as you are interested in him,
Odawara will be the place to visit.
When you in Odawara, I'm looking forward to showing you
at and around the house of Ninomiya Sontoku.
Your contact via Facebook message would be appreciated.
The villa for foreigners had been placed at
Kita-Ashigara Junior. High School,
which has already been closed since 2010.
The villa was built after the grand earthquake
attacked at Tokyo metropolitan on September 1 ,1923 ,
which was called “ Kanto-daishinsai “,
for the reason why the first villa , had been built nearby,
was completely destroyed by THE EARTHQUAKE.
At first the villa was opened during summer season
for Catholic monks who come from France.
Some of them tried to keep in touch to local villagers nearby ,
while these villagers never kept in touch with them.
They strictly told their children not to contact them.
The villa had charged the role of the concentration camp
for non-combatant foreigners living in Japan during the World War Ⅱ.
As Japanese citizens could not eat enough during the war,
the foreigners there were worse starved than the Japanese.
The US Air Forces plane dropped some food to supply
on the ground of the villa on the next day of end of war ;
Some villagers clearly remembered it , although they were now all dead.
They felt frightened to the US Air Force
and if they might have been attacked in spite that war ended,
until they knew that something dropped was food and was not bomb.
The villa has changed to municipal Junior High school since
the end of the World War Ⅱ. The villa was finally destroyed
to build a new concrete school building.
Landscape from hilltop has never been eternally changed.
Once you stand there and look down from the top of the hill,
you could feel something same as foreigners staying at that villa.
The golden colored and the small sized ear of rice
has already represented in rice field at Kaisei town, Kanagawa Pref.
Come and see it ! Won't you stay in hours and make yourself refreshed
at the one of the close rural suburbs around Tokyo?
A goodwill activity group members declared to other groups ;
It is " we " that take charge of reception at that place.
There is nobody to greet foreign guests as admirably good as we are.
If someone will occupy one post and won't open the door to everyone ,
others will have to do something to the occupying person.
Horoscope in this week has already noted me
not to act something before making sure in detail to someone else.
And I actually caught an error.
I thoughtlessly deleted plural acquaintances on SNS group
To get back them to the SNS group, I ask another member
to deal with.
Everyone now can easily study what he/she is interested in
at educative facilities : Some is organized by the incorporated ,
another is by municipal service and other is by universities.
As long as being the status of a student,
everyone can easily satisfy his/her curiosity.
And the same time , in paying fee of lessons,
learners would complain on the lesson and the instructor ,
if they are NOT satisfied with the level of study.
It is due to the background fact that learners don’t know :
Generally instructors don’t simply concentrate on preparing for
the coming lesson. They have to do great deal of routine desk work, too.
That’s why I try not to be the one of all kinds of complainers.
A lesson instructor could approach his/her sense of accomplishment
which is quite different from what learners acquire through study.
I wonder why she, a friend of mine, didn't answer my e-mail ?
This situation embarrased me a lot.
When someone asks another person a question suddenly ,
the person reflects the basic emotion of himself/herself.
I think it will be the good example of urgent vs important principle.
Because , it is not an urgent matter for me to get e-mail from her.
But receiving e-mail from friend definitely gives me lots of pleasure ,
in a way, something important to keep in touch.
An acquaintance recently started doing the coaching for English learners.
I was not sure what the coaching is doing to until she became it.
I repeatedly read the PR web site which she had learned the way to
The representative says that doing the coaching is definitely different from
doing the teaching.
She, the representative, insists of these two things :
# 1 Coach is simply standing on the side of a client.
# 2 Coach makes him or her ( the client ) achieve the goal.
I here have another question on the way to doing the coaching.
In the case that a client would be too much dependent on the coach,
how does he or she (the coach ) respond for the client ?
I finally put a conclusion of my own on the coaching for English learners :
Learners themselves have to solve the answer in grammar , in expression.
I wonder how different in between self-study English lessons and
the self- study English lessons accompanied of encouraging advices only
but with no practical aid from the coach.