Hi, it’s green! This summer, or winter in the south hemisphere, I went to visit my family who live in Santiago, Chile (I wrote a few posts on Santiago if you haven’t read them yet). I stayed there for about 2 months. My family likes tourism within the country they live in- to get to know the place they live in a little bit more, so we decided to visit probably the second most popular location in Chile after the Easter Island, Atacama Desert. The Atacama Desert is in the north of Chile, in bordering with Peru and Bolivia (some tour companies can take you to Bolivia’s famous Uyuni Salt […]
Hello, I am green. 6 o’clock in the morning, I head to Pl. Catalunya station. Today I’m headed to Figueres, the birth city of the famous Catalan artist, Salvador Dali. A few months before coming to Barcelona, I went to an art exhibition of his works in Tokyo, so I was very excited to go to his actual museum. Figueres is about 2 hours by train from Barcelona. A few minutes walking from the station of Figueres, there’s a plaza with an anthropomorphic statue and behind it, a white building with impossible-to-describe looking details and figurines. In bright, gold letters, “Teatre Museu Dali” (Dali Theatre Museum). This is the main […]
Hello, I am green again. Continued from Art in Barcelona, Spain (1) The first place a tourist would head to in Barcelona would probably be Passeig de Gracia. It could be described as a smaller version of the Champs-Elysées in Paris. There’s many restaurants and shops, but the main attraction is Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batlo and Casa Mila (by the way, the beautiful lamp posts on this street were also designed by Gaudi). Due to budget issues, I was only able to go to Casa Mila (the entrance fees are slightly expensive, around 22 euros per house). Casa Mila is a house designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. The […]
This is green. This spring break I went to Barcelona, Spain to do things I didn’t get to do when I used to live there during my high school years. I was there for 2 weeks and I stayed in my friend’s apartment. Most of my trip was me visiting museums and sketching in tourist attractions. I apologise in advance for the quality of the photos, I didn’t take a camera with me so they were taken with my phone. The balcony at my friend’s apartment. People in Catalunya love balconies so almost all houses/apartments have balconies (according to my dad, a house without a balcony doesn’t sell here). Also, […]
Part 1: A Month In Santiago, Chile (1) Souvenir Shopping In Santiago My next visit was the “Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos”; a small traditional looking ‘village’ (there even was a church outside) with artesian shops and cafes. The prices are slightly expensive according to locals, but it was a good place to get souvenirs. They also sell animals (mostly birds) so there were parents who took their children here instead of a zoo. I got some alpaca/llama key chains (yes, those you can find in most South American countries) and a pair of earrings made of “lapis lazuli” as a souvenir. Chile is famous for this precious stone. It’s […]
Since my family moved recently, I decided to spend my summer holidays (it was more of a winter holiday) to spend it in Chile’s capital city; Santiago. I was there for about a month and stayed at my parents’ apartment. The view of The Andes Mountains in Chile/Argentina from the plane (photo by my father on a business trip). As soon as I got off the plane I regretted not taking my winter coat as hand luggage. It was freezing. Since Japan is in the north hemisphere and Chile in the south, the seasons are opposite. So I was, of course, wearing summer clothes. My parents’ apartment was a 30-40 […]
I was in charge of the Japanese booth. The goal of this booth was for Bolivians to learn about Japan and out culture so I decided to write people’s names in Japanese, and while playing bull’s eye learning how to greet someone in Japanese.
This time I want to introduce you to “Qingming” from the point of view of an ordinary house. (*There might be opinions and customs that aren’t considered “ordinary”….) The Qingming (or Ching Ming) Festival has Chinese origins. In Okinawa it is a very important annual family event. (Reference) Naha City Museum of History Digital Gallery “Kinjoh family’s Qingming Festival” Qingming takes place in one of the 24 divisions of the solar year called “Qingming”. People try to adjust so it fits the schedule of everyone in the family. A representative from each branch of the family and relatives (we call them “monchu”), gather a week before to clean out the tombs […]