Miyazaki style of archery

This style of archery is famous in Miyazaki and Obi Nichinan in which a short bow is used with the archer shooting from a sitting position. Unlike other archery styles, the distance to the target is almost 8.2 meters and the bow is also quite short, while the arrows are remarkably long. Nowadays Shihan-mato is known as a leisure activity and mostly performed in Obi Castle.
I experienced this amazing yet very difficult archery in the festival of life experiences in Nichinan city http://michikusan.seesaa.net/article/429902613.html. It was quiet interesting, but it needed enough practice to hit the target. However, my husband hit the target in his first try and our instructor encouraged him by the sound of drum. Overall, it was fun trying Miyazaki style of archery. I recommend to try it at least once when you visit Japan.

By: Ateffa Jalali

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A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

(William Arthur Ward)

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I live in a country where I don’t know the language well. I do face some difficulties and I am trying to learn it, but there is something I don’t need google translation to help me with. I pass from the street and I look out at the people, they smile and I smile back. It is surprising I meet a Japanese women every day while waiting for the buss and yet we haven’t stopped by to talk or even ask each other’s names but we smile. Is that merely a smile? I would say no, We actually talk through it. We make each other sure that we are kind, caring, we can feel comfortable and much more. Thus, a warm smile is actually the language of kindness and every one automatically looks better when they smile!

So start every day with a smile and keep smiling!!


By: Ateffa Jalali

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Do you dream with open eyes or closed?


Dreams are the most complicated and mysterious part of our life. We dream every night but yet have thousands of questions about it!
Why are some dreams more real than others?!
When we cry in our dreams why do our eyes get wet in real?
Why can’t we escape, shout or move sometimes?
Some dreams of mine are so real that it takes a few minutes to think was it a memory or a dream?! But whatever it is, I love my dreams. A good dream has the power of making me smile the whole day.
Indeed, dreams are the most beautiful part of our lives, but real dreams are done with an open eye. A real dream is a goal you set for your life and if you are dreaming of getting the stars and you miss it, you will at least take a handful of clouds. (Mike Tyson)
We all dream, but the difference is how we deal with them in our lives after we wake up. We can treat them like a goal that leads to real success and happiness or just merely a dream.
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Nichinan city festival of live experiences 23rd November

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If you are an adventurous person and admire trying new experiences, you shouldn’t miss this festival. In Nichinan city you can enjoy the festival of live experiences using Miyazaki living experience trail tickets of half price.
(The ticket price is 4000 yen but the value is 8000 yen).
You can enjoy the following experiences

1. Making mochi (rice cake) using brown sugar http://michikusan.seesaa.net/article/428639527.html
2. Cooking shrimps in fire woods and cutting the woods by yourself
3. Making strawberry jam
4. Making creative things using driftwood
5. Cruising and fishing experience while enjoying the scenery above the sea level
6. Making fishing tool using original bamboo
7. Japanese style of archery in an open nature
8. Planting moss, tiny plants, for taking home with you

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Entertainment events of food festival in Miyazaki University

It wasn’t just a food festival it was a fun festival, music festival and dance festival. There were countless entertainment programs.
The outdoor events started with a cappella (singing without musical accompaniment) concert, and followed by Karaoke tournament and other live concerts.
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There were also some sports programs like hot battles or wrestling and there were some lively cheer leaders for encouraging them.



In addition, there was a competition of drinking cola, Snack championship, and games like drawing with a blindfold, all of which had luxurious prices.
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There were many live concerts but the stage got fire and the crowd got incredibly increased during the crew dance show. It was entertaining and enjoyable.


Now, if you are regretting why you didn’t join it, wait for the next year. :p

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Everyone’s Café by MIC

(Miyazaki International Café)

The campus wasn’t the only place of holding the programs in Miyazaki University food festival http://michikusan.seesaa.net/article/429762773.html, but all the floors of the Education Faculty building had special programs like art exhibition, handicrafts exhibition, bazaar and some informative programs.

On the fourth floor I visited Everyone’s café by MIC. It offered tea from different countries like Afghanistan, Nepal, Magnolia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.

My husband tried saffron tea from Afghanistan and I tried doodh patti, a special type of milk tea from Nepal. It was simply awesome. Milk tea is my favorite beverage and I usually drink it, however it tasted different as it had a small amount of black pepper too.


The environment was far more special than usual cafés, as we were welcomed by international staffs.

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Annual Food festival in Miyazaki University, 2015


A cheerful, lively and crowded festival

Miyazaki’s campus was filled with brightly painted signs, food stall tents, noises, excitements, and lots of fun programs in a two day food festival.
It was like an international spot where you could taste foods from a variety of countries, as there were international students who represented their country through cooking their local dishes. There were numerous food stalls offering different foods and snacks. Every dish had a special tent where it was cooked. The foods included curry stick, chicken nanban, sweet potatoes, Nabe, banana chocolate, tuna salad, fried vegetables, steak skewers, crepes, corn dogs, takoyaki, yakisoba, etc.
The fancy costume of cooks and smell of grilled dishes made it a difficult choice to select which dish I wanted to try.


One tent was allocated for Muslim community, where Muslims from many countries together served halal food, which included Palaw (rice), chicken curry, and Indonesian Mie Goreng (spicy noodles).



Campus was filled with vendors selling snacks like banana chocolates, sweet soy-sauce glaze popcorn, cotton candy, and believe me it was hard to say no!
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There were many fun programs and live performances, which I will write in detail in my next posts.


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An essential part of Japanese cuisine

Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the curds into soft white blocks. While pre-made soy milk can be used, some tofu producers make their own soy milk, which is produced by soaking, grinding, boiling and straining dried soybeans.
There are many types of it like:
Soft or silken tofu
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Firm tofu
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Deep fried tofu
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Freeze dried tofu
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And fermented tofu
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In fact, tofu has very little flavor or smell on its own, thus it can be prepared either in savory or sweet dishes. Popular dishes that use tofu includes yudofu, miso soup, agedashi dofu, mabodofu, hotpot (Nabe), Kitsune udon, inarizushi (type of sushi), and Hiyayakko, which is fresh chilled tofu garnished with grated ginger, bonita, green onion and seasoned with soya sauce.
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I tried tofu in Nabe and udon. The first bite of it reminded me of paneer (curd cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice or vinegar), that is used in Indian cuisine and in Afghanistan we eat it with raisins with breakfast or tea.
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An event in memory of Nagasawa Kanaye

(In Kanoya on 16th Nov & Osaka on 19th Nov)
Nagasawa Kanaye was born in Kagoshima, Japan, in 1852. He was one of the 15 Satsuma students at age 12 or 13. In fact, Satsuma students were the first students who were secretly sent to United Kingdom in the nineteenth century, when foreign travels were forbidden, in order to learn Western customs, technology, and systems with the purpose of modernizing Japan.
Nagasawa Kanaye was called “Prince Nagasawa” or “Baron Nagasawa” because of his samurai heritage. Also, in 2007 a 33-acre park was named in his honor.
The event in memory of him is arranged by our company, Ai-road Inc., which will be held in Kanoya on 16th November and in Osaka on 19th Nov.
Kichiro Tago is author of “Budo-ou ni natta Last Samurai”, a book written about Nagasawa Kanaye. He is going to talk about him and the relationship of England and Kagoshima in the event. You can join the event and know more about his struggles and achievements.

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Rainy Days in Miyazaki

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Do you also think rainy days are special?
Actually, rainy days have always been special days of my life, but that’s not the only reason I like rain so much!
Even if nothing special happens in a rainy day, how can anyone ignore the singing sound of rain drops??!
Either singing a quiet soft lullaby or expressing the deep pain in its heart
with a louder voice!
So does it mean it has feelings too?
Don’t ask me discover it yourself! ;)

I simply love rain. These silver liquid drops make the colors and beauties of nature more vivid and refreshing. I am lucky to be living in Miyazaki, as it has significant rainfalls throughout the year. In Miyazaki city the average annual rainfall is 2547mm per year and even the driest month still has a lot of rainfalls.

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