Monthly Archives: May 2010




     There was an interesting event named “でてきな祭” in Obata-Ryokuchi Park yesterday. “でてきな祭” sounds like “detekina-sai” and it means “Come out!”, and “” means a festival. I hadn’t known anything about the event until yesterday, but it seems to be held every year.TS3N0777

     I heard music I didn’t know when I arrived at the park yesterday. I saw a DIY stage where two men were playing the musical instruments and a couple dancing. It seems that the musicians are from Hungary and the couple is a Rumanian man and his Japanese wife. TS3N0768

     There are some stalls in the event: Korean, Rumanian, Peruvian, Indonesian, Pakistani, Indian, and Vietnamese food, Bangladeshi sari, Japanese sweets and used clothes. There are a few information booths as well, such as Egyptian and Swedish culture. Some people were teaching how to play the matouqin, which is a Mongolian musical instrument, to visitors.TS3N0769

     I had Pakistani curry and rice, an Indian beans hamburger, Indonesian fried dumplings and sweet potato drink, Rumanian grilled chicken, and Peruvian chicken rice with Inca Cola. Did I eat too much? They were so good!TS3N0770

     By the way, Morizo and Kikkoro, which used to be mascots of Aichi Expo in 2005, also came to the event, and kids were very happy to touch them. Anyway, I had a good time!TS3N0775

Meito’s Day


     May 10th is Meito’s Day. Meito is an area name, which is called “ku” in Japan, in Nagoya. Because the number of 10 is called “to” in Japanese, people play on words linking Meito (=May-to) and May 10.  TS3N0724

     There are many events in Meito-ku around the 10th of May every year. I went to Fujigaoka because I’d heard there would be many stalls in the area for Meito’s Day on 8th.TS3N0727


     There were many stalls of Rumanian, Korean, Indian, and Mexican food and African goods and so on near Fujigaoka Station. I had tortillas, tandoori chicken, curry and naan. They tasted nice! TS3N0725

     While I was eating, a Rumanian man had played Rumanian music with the keyboard. After the music, African music started. I enjoyed an international flavor at the event. TS3N0736

The 50th Anniversary Celebration



     What do you think about when you hear of the past 50 years? There was a jubilee of Aichi prefecture chapter of Tai Chi Yang Ming-Shi Style at Aichi Prefecture Gymnasium today. It’s wonderful that people have kept enjoying doing Tai Chi for half a century since Mr. Yang began teaching it here in Nagoya. TS3N0710

     Ms. Yang Kay was talking about the 50 years of the chapter when I arrived at the gymnasium with my friends. After her lecture, there was a performance of Japanese drum players. That was wonderful. I found myself dancing with the beat. TS3N0713

     There were more than 2,000 people in the big meeting. We were divided into some groups, each of which had about from 300 to 500 people, and did form 24 Tai Chi. I did Tai chi together with other 500 people in the group of Turtle. Other groups are Crain, Dragon, and so on. TS3N0715

     Why were most of us wearing the same purple-red color costume? The chapter has made commemorative shirt, and they have asked the participants to wear the shirt or do-gi. TS3N0718

     The Tai Chi that people were doing in a circle is called hyakka-ken. It expresses a big flower. Each person is a beautiful flower in their own life, and they make a big flower together by doing Tai Chi to pray for happiness and good health each other.

     Those in white do-gi are teachers. Their performance was wonderful! I’d like to improve! Anyway, I was able to meet some of my friends, learned some things, and had a good time there.

Cafe Millet


TS3N0680.jpg-a     A new café has opened recently in a clinic nearby. Café Millet. 

     The café is run by an organization for disabled people named Himawari, which is located behind the clinic for internal, pediatric and dermatological disease. All food is cooked by a national registered dietitian and a licensed chef, and is homely and healthy. It uses Mairo’s bread for their morning special.TS3N0677.jpg-a

     I’ve tried their lunch special. You can choose brown or white rice. I chose brown rice at that time. All dishes tasted wonderful. I think their food has power to make people healthier. Probably it’s because they serve seasonal food and don’t use processed food. TS3N0679

     They bake tube cake as well. Some of the cake is made from rice flour. I’ve tried the rice tube cake and grain coffee. They taste mild. I was able to relax there. TS3N0678