2017年07月


Time flies, today is our last day working at the volcano museum. As usual, my partner and I went take the bus and begin our day. It was a very nice sunny day this morning, the museum has lots of tourists from Hong Kong today. They also come to information center ask us if there is any trail they can go for trekking. Moreover, we help staffs from the museum to translate some materials to Chinese, to make it easier for tourists visiting the museum. It’ll be a little bit challenging for us, but it’s quite interesting to find words to match in another language.

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After we finished our work in translating,we went upstairs to the theater to see the new movie made by the Aso Volcano Museum academic research group. It was a movie about how the caldera in Aso formed up,the volcanic activity happened recent years, also introduce other caldera and different types of volcanic eruptions. I think this movie helps a lot for us to know more about Aso and to learn more knowledge about volcanoes. For example,we know that the volcanic ashes made by the fourth huge eruption had been found in the 15-centimeter deep ground in Hokkaido.

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During the time working at the museum, we had gain lots of knowledge about volcanoes in Aso. Thanks to guides and volunteers from the museum, they had told us many histories about Aso caldera,we do have a great time here and hope we can visit again soon!

Hello everyone !

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Today a quick article to let you know that next month on the 19th, Aso citizen's recovery Festival will be held in Aso! A lot of events are planned in Uchinomaki area, the famous onsen village. The main attractions are listed on the brochure we got yesterday, but unfortunately there is no English version. That's why I decided to give you a brief translation below:

15:00/20:30
Food stalls on 600 meters (cancelled if raining)

16:00/20:30
Many Animals from Cuddly Dominion will be in Uchinomaki for you to pet (cancelled if raining)

18:00/19:30
Kyushu pro wrestler recovery support event (cancelled if raining)
(Aso hot spring inn union sponsorship)

18:00/20:00
Frisbie strikeout and balloon art (cancelled if raining)
organised by Aso Natureland
strikeout: 100 yen (there is gifts)  / The first one hundred balloon art will be offered

19:30/19:50
Fireworks (2000 shots) (in case of bad weather conditions the firework will take place the following day)

Free entrance to the following Hot springs between 14:00 and 16:00 on the 19th and the 20th:
Aso Plaza Hotel
Aso Hotel Ichibankan
Gokaku Hotel
Yumeoisou
Minshuku Ooaso
Daikansou
Ryokan Kintoki
Taizansou
Aso no Yu
Hotel Kadoman
Aso Villa Park Hotel
Aso Resort Grandvrio Hotel

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If you want the brochure or if you have any question about this festival, you can let a message on this blog or on our English Facebook page. You can also come directly to see us at Michi no Eki Aso. see you soon in Aso!

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Franck 
Michi No Eki Aso
facebook page: 

Hello everyone !
Bonjour !

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This year too, the Onda Matsuri will be held in Aso! It even started today and you can enjoy the parade this morning as well as this afternoon around Kokuzo Shrine in Teno area. In two days, this festival will be held at Aso Shrine. This is the kind of event where you really want to take as many pictures as you can. The view of all these women dressed in white and wearing the deities meals over their head isn't something you'll see everywhere even in Japan. One of my colleague left early this morning to take some pictures. It was her first time to enjoy this festival which is one of the most famous in Aso with Hifuri Shinji also held at Aso Shrine. And as you can see on the pictures, she wasn't alone. Our two interns from taiwan were also there!
Sorry for the pictures it seems there was a problem with the camera...

Cette année aussi le Onda Matsuri se tiendra à Aso. Cela a même commencé aujourd'hui et il est possible de profiter de la parade ce matin ainsi que cette après midi autour du sanctuaire de Kokuzo dans le quartier de Teno. Dans deux jours, ce festival se tiendra au sanctuaire d'Aso. C'est le genre d'événement où l'on a envie de prendre le plus de photos possible. Il faut dire que voir ces femmes vêtues de blanc et portant sur leur tête les repas des divinités est quelque chose d'assez unique même au Japon. Une de mes collègues est partie tôt ce matin pour pouvoir prendre des photos. C'était le première fois qu'elle avait l'occasion d'assister à ce festival qui est l'un des plus connus d'Aso avec le Hifuri Shinji qui se déroule lui aussi au sanctuaire d'Aso. Comme vous pouvez le voir sur les photos, elle n'était pas seule. Nos deux stagiaires venant de Taiwan étaient également présentes!
Désolé pour les photos mais il semble qu'il y ait eu un léger soucis avec l'appareil photo...

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Franck 
Michi No Eki Aso
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Hi, everyone!
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Today we went to the event for naga shi somen. We meet kindergarten students and some people from the neighborhood first, then begin to walk to the places we had already set up bamboo flume yesterday. 
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Before we arrive our destination, we stop at Kokuzo shrine for a break. I and my partner had a chance to take a look of this shrine. Unlike Aso shrine, this shrine is away from the downtown which located in a cozy and quiet country side. This is also the first time for me to see what a complete shrine is like. I think anyone here would feel blessed and this definitely worth-seeing place while you visit here.
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We finally arrive! It’s a pretty long walk for us, especially under the hot and sunny weather, but we do enjoy the beautiful scenery and chatting with these kids. The host had already been waiting for us. We had somen, rice ball, dago jiu soup, and some tomatoes and cucumbers are grown by the hosts themselves here. This is the first time I had some, it’s really tasty also the best food for the hot summer weather. 
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Yesterday, I and my friend begin our internship in Aso volcano museum. It’s a thirty-minute ride from Aso Michi no Eki to the museum.

The scenery on our way there is very beautiful, there is grassland all over the mountain. These grasslands maintained by people, in order to feed their aka ushi (Japanese brown cattle) and horses with healthy grass. The thing that impressed me the most is the way they maintain the grass is by burning it, burned grass would then become the fertility to the ground and the new ones. I think this is the reason why Aso’s aka ushi can have such a great fame around the world! 

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Today we had read lots information about the Aso’s volcano and staffs in the museum also tour us for the whole museum. After all these, I realize that an active volcano does not as dangerous as I thought before. If we have done research and educate people about it, a volcano can also be lived with us, Mountain Nakadake is a great example.

After the touring, they take us out to see the wide grassland the horses there. We also go on horse-riding! That’s really a very fantastic experience for me!

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here is the program that supports us to have an internship in Aso! come and take a look at more our daily life in Aso in the link below!

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