Monthly Archives: October 2006

Festival at AHI

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     On Monday there was a festival in AHI. I went there with some of my friends. I’ve written about AHI before, it is the initials for Asia Health Institute. http://moshimoshimo.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!1D0F2197A6F55843!893.entry They open their facility several times a year. They have some medical courses and accept many trainees from Asian countries. So a completion ceremony was also held at the festival.

     I had a little bit opportunity to take a lecture on the medical situation of Asian countries, for example about children’s mortality rate, from Dr. Kawahara, who is the director of Aichi International Hospital. As Dr. Kawahara has been in Nepal as a doctor before, he told audiences many things through his experiences. That was a nice lecture.

     Of course, I didn’t only take the lecture there, but I ate many foods there! There were many stalls at the festival. I had a stew of pork with pineapples, grilled pork on skewer with sweet sauce, saffron rice, and Korean rice cake and vegetables with hot chili sauce, and so on.

     After lunch I tried to wear sally, which is Indian traditional costume. Some of my friends also tried, too. Although I thought I looked cute, most of my friends said, “You look strange!” Probably they said so because my hair was very short and I was wearing sunglasses. I have never seen an Indian lady in sally with short hair and sunglasses. Besides I was wearing five fingers socks, and holding a shoulder bag, which was not match the sally, at that time.

     Before changing, a friend of mine and I decided to go to take some pictures somewhere nice. We were looking for a nice place to take pictures because there were too many people at the festival place. We found a nice building near AHI, and decided to take pictures at the entrance of it. A woman came out of the building when I was about to shoot the friend. We thought she was upset to find us taking pictures there. But we were wrong. She said this.

     “Could you come and show your beautiful costumes to elderly people, please?”

     What?

     We followed the woman and entered the building. There were about 20 elderly women inside. All of them were sitting on the wheel chairs. They seemed to be about to sing a song together. They were surprised at our appearances and stared at us. So I said, “Hello, everyone! We are not Indian!”

     Some of the women reached and touched the sally. After that, a staff took some pictures of us there. When we began leaving, some staffs said, “Please sing a hymn together!”

     Hymn? The building was a Christian nursing home! I sang the hymn together with them although I hadn’t known it. I was able to have a rare opportunity.

     Anyway, I had a wonderful time at AHI’s festival!

Hotel Rwanda

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     Hotel Rwanda is a movie based on a true story of the Rwandan Genocide. I wrote about the genocide last night. http://moshimoshimo.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!1D0F2197A6F55843!921.entry

     The hero of the story is Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda. He is Hutu, but his wife is Tutsi. In the circumstances where all Tutsi people are killed by Hutu extremists and its followers, Paul Rusesabagina makes an effort to protect his family and other people.

     He hesitates to help other people and to get mixed up in the war in the beginning of the genocide. He wants to protect just his family and his own life at that time. But gradually the madness is getting greater and greater. He realizes that Rwanda is abandoned from international society, no one protects people including his family and himself and he cannot rely on anyone. Then he tries to do anything he can for helping not only his family but also other people. He ends up in saving over 1200 people during 100 days of the genocide.

     Why does genocide often happened somewhere in the world? Genocide means that the murder of a whole race or group of people. A race eradicates another race…Sometimes it is used as a strategy by the government to let their citizens look away from some domestic problems, for example, poverty.

     Then why did Hutu hate Tutsi so much, and end up in the massacre? Mr. Rusesabagina says in his book, “The parents of these people had been told over and over again that they were uglier and stupider than Tutsis. They were told they would never be as physically attractive or as capable of running the affairs of the country. It was a poisonous stream of rhetoric designed to reinforce the power of the elite. When the Hutus came to power they spoke evil words of their own, fanning the old resentments, exciting the hysterical dark places in the heart.”

     The teacher in my psychology class on Thursday mentioned the word “projection”. If you think a person looks angry when you see him or her, it means you may angry at something. If you hate some people when you see them, it means you may hate yourself. That’s projection. Normally, people don’t want to accept the fact that they hate themselves. So they sometimes aim their hatred of themselves at other people.

     People who cannot love themselves cannot love anyone. But at the same time, they are desperate to be loved and love someone.

     Anyway, the civil war in Rwanda finished. Mr. Rusesabagina and his family live in Belgium. I hope such terrible things never happen again.

Hotel Rwanda – Theatrical Trailer
Click the icon, you can see the trailer of the movie. An advertising clip streams before the tralier.

Courtesy of IFILM

The Rwandan Genocide

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      I take an English class at a university on Thursdays. The class is not an ordinary English conversation class, but is a psychology class. In the class, we use movies for studying. We have seen Hotel Rwanda since this term started. Hotel Rwanda is described the Rwandan Genocide, which was the massacre of a tribe called Tutsi carried out by another tribe Hutu in 1994. I am going to write about the movie later on, today I write about the Rwandan Genocide first.

      After World War I, main European countries divided Africa and possessed the countries as their colonies. Rwanda had been controlled by Belgium since the time until they became independent in 1962. While Belgium ruled over Rwanda, Belgian government gave Tutsi people important positions because they decided that Tutsi was greater than Hutu statistically. But the statistics itself is unreliable. Both of tribes are not so different exactly. It is said that the classification was just used for ruling Rwanda by Belgium as a strategy.

       In 1962, after Belgium left, Tutsi started controlling Rwanda. But at the same time, Hutu started taking a defiant toward Tutsi’s rule. Hutu had oppressed for a long time since Rwanda became Belgian colony. Their discontent was about to erupt by in 1962. But it was not for all Hutu people, but for just some people at that time.

       Some Hutu people’s groups carried out a coup d’état in 1973. And in 1990 a civil war started. In 1993 Tutsi government arrived at a peace agreement with Hutu rebels. But in April 1994, an airplane which had the Rwandan president was shot down. With the president’s death as a start, the genocide began by Hutu extremists. In July 1994, Rwandan Patriotic Front, which had been founded by Tutsi people, succeeded in gaining ascendancy over the Hutu armed groups. And the 100 days civil war finished at last. It is said that over 1million people were killed by the massacre.

The Fresh

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     October! I started many things! I decided to take a Tai Chi course, a Spanish class, and some of English classes this fall. The Tai Chi class and the Spanish class started two days ago, an English class started yesterday and another English class starts tomorrow! And I started a new blog two days ago, too! I am trying to write it in Spanish!

     Tai Chi Course

     The Tai Chi course is held at a university. The course has 12 lessons this term. Actually it is not my first time to take the course. I took the same one two years ago. But I couldn’t finish it because I had a bike accident and my rib was broken. I had to quit the course! As you know, you have to move your body very slowly when you do Tai Chi. The slow movement is very hard for me. Some of my muscles which aren’t usually used are screaming now! No! I am screaming in muscle pain now, actually!

      Spanish Class

      I hadn’t study Spanish for over two months! Oh, no! I forgot most of things I had learned! You know, I don’t have many opportunities to use even English here in Japan. For Spanish, where do I use it? Why am I studying Spanish, then? Hmmm…I snapped out of it! I am interested in Spanish. It’s true. So I decided to make an environment for using Spanish. That’s why I started a Spanish blog!

      Spanish Blog

     The title is “La Habitación de Moshimoshimo”. It means Moshimoshimo’s Room in English. Yes, the title meaning is the same as this page. If you are interested in my Spanish blog, please take a look at it: http://moshiespanol.spaces.live.com/

    After publishing my first Spanish blog, I was surprised to find a comment for it. A Puerto Rican boy wrote to me! Of course, it was written in Spanish! Oh, no! I couldn’t understand his message! You know, although it’s not skillful I can write in Spanish if I can take much time and use the dictionary many times. But I can hardly read Spanish yet! Anyway it’s interesting that sometimes I can have encounters in the cyber world.

      New English Class

      A new class started at NHK Cultural Center in Sakae yesterday. The class is not a normal conversational class, but is a kind of phonetic class. I am expecting to learn basic phonetics of American English there. Some people said to me, “It’s waste of time and money.” But I am interested in English pronunciation. I have never studied it before. So I think it’s a good opportunity to improve my English this time. There are 11 students in the class: young workers, not young workers, housewives, retired people…the class has people of various occupations and ages. I enjoyed the first class last night!

      And another new English class starts tomorrow! I am looking forward to seeing my teacher and classmate in the classroom and to studying many new things there!