Monthly newsletter for foreigners
Hello guys, I hope you enjoyed the
silver week! Because if you didn’t,
you won’t have another chance
until 2015, and who knows where
will you be then. Maybe in Japan,
maybe in Italy…or who knows,
maybe those who are now in Italy
will be in Japan then. Recently,
technological and social
development has been spinning so
fast that it has become quite hard
for my kanji-ridden mind to grasp
the concepts and the possibilities
前橋瓦版 the future will bring us, or even
the grammar rules behind this
endless sentence. I like to imagine
an apocalyptic future where Silvio
Maebashi Berlusconi’s immortal clones rule
the world’s top countries while
Kawaraban still finding time to appear on
every television program at the
same time, owning soccer teams
Maebashi City Office and making bad jokes about well
Cultural and International respected international leaders.
Affairs Division But wait, this is not the future, it’s
371-8601 Gunma-ken Maebashi-shi happening right now! Mamma
Otemachi 2-12-1 mia, I got the present and the
Tel.: 027-898-6516 future mixed up again! I should
now repent and go back to my
E-mail:email@example.com international online Sudoku
Web site: tournament for timeline reading
http://www.city.maebashi.gunma.jp/english/index.htm skills impaired people!
Editor: Have a nice month,
Dario De Leo Dario
I know it sounds city center on Saturday
unbelievable, but there from 4:15pm to 5:45pm,
will be young people as and on Sunday from
well, I saw it with my own 3:20pm to 5:40pm, and
eyes last year! You (dashi) full of young
probably won’t see so hayashi (small drum)
Finally, the time has many people together in players will follow.
come! Maebashi matsuri this city anytime else, so Japanese drums
is scheduled for the don’t miss this chance to (wadaiko) performances,
second weekend of join loads of people who along with popular folk
October, and I am so will be dancing, drinking, songs and dances will
excited about it that I’m singing, playing drums, start form 11am on both
gonna recycle last year’s drinking, carrying some days in Tatekawa-chō dōri
pictures for this article! shrine around and drink and in the nearby
This festival is one of the some more! Lots of food Niconico parking lot. You
biggest event in the city, stalls too! The festival will can download and check
along with Tanabata take place throughout the out the venue map here:
festival in July and centre of the city on http://www.city.maebashi.
August big fireworks. October 10th (Sat) and 11th gunma.jp/ctg/Files/1/0740
People from other cities (Sun) from 10:30am to 0136/attach/H21kiseizu_S
and prefectures gather to 8:30pm. On both days, S.pdf. You can’t wait to
enjoy this famous festival, portable shrines will be join the dances, the
and, for a change, carried around from about singing and the drinking,
Maebashi gets crowded. 5:40pm to 8:30pm, while don’t you?
from 4:20pm thousands of
people will perform the
sensational danbē odori
almost endlessly along
route 50 (Hon-machi dōri).
The kids ōmikoshi will Anna is very sad she won’t be
So danbē! able to join us this year…
parade around Maebashi
For the occasion there are
many free mini concerts
scheduled on Saturday
from 12pm to 2pm, in 4
different locations: JR
Sakutarō Hagiwara was a Maebashi Station,
poet, writer of free-style Maebashi Terrsa,
verse, and he is Maebashi Plaza Genki 21,
considered the “father of and Hokkaitei (the
modern colloquial poetry restaurant with a giant
in Japan” (don’t ask me by crab). Again, at the
whom, though…). Most Maebashi Shimin Bunka
important thing, he was Kaikan, there’s going to
from Maebashi, class be a mandolin quartet
1886, and after studying competition on Saturday
mandolin in Tokyo from 3pm to 6pm, and a To celebrate the twentieth
established a mandolin big concert on Sunday year since its foundation,
orchestra in his from 1pm to 5pm. A ticket Maebashi International
hometown. To celebrate that will allow you to see Association hosts the
Mr. Sakutarō and his both can be purchased for concert form one of the
beloved mandolin, 1000 Yen. biggest Ukranian
Maebashi City is holding singer/songwriters, the
the Maebashi Mandolin beautiful Natalya Gudzy.
Festa every October. This Miss Gudzy will perform
year it falls on the 24th with her beloved bandura
(Sat) and 25th (Sun). On October 28 (Wed), (the Ukrainian plucked
many facilities will offer string folk instrument
free entrance or discounts, she’s holding in the
on the occasion of Gunma picture above) on October
Citizens’ Day. Flyers with 18th at 2:30pm in
info about the day are Maebashi Terrsa, 8th floor,
available at each Keyaki Room. The ticket
municipality office. For cost 1500 yen and can be
more information on the purchased from MIA (Tel:
day, call Kenmin Seikatsu 027-243-7788).
Mr. Sakutarō ponders about Division at 027-226-2261. Ciao ciao ciao.
what having for dinner
The ８th JAPANESE SPEECH CONTEST FOR FOREIGNERS
CALL OF PARTICIPANTS
Time and date : November 15th , 2009 Sunday 13:00～
Place : Gunma Kaikan 1F Hall
Maebashi-shi Ote-machi 2-1-1 Tel.027-226‐4850
Sponsored by : the Maebashi-shi International Association
a. Enhance international exchange and understand cultural differences.
b. Motivate desire toward the learning of the Japanese language.
c. Present the achievements accomplished in learning Japanese.
2. SPEECH SUBJECT AND FORM
Any subject that meets the objective. Audio/visual aids are allowed.
3. DURATION OF SPEECH
The standard duration of speech is about five minutes.
4. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Residents of Maebashi city and its neighboring districts who are not native
There will be no ranking, but participants will be given participation awards and a
selected few will be given special awards.
General questions will be accepted after the contest to deepen the exchange
If there are too many applications, participants will be selected based on the
speech contents. Selected participant will be notified in advance.
6. HOW TO APPLY
The applications should be mailed or brought in person to
Maebashi International Association by October 9th, 2009.
The address is as follows :
Maebashi-shi Hon-machi 1-5-2, Maebashi-shi Kenshu Kaikan 1F, 371-0023
Maebashi International Association
DATE: October 25 (Sunday) 2009, from 9:30 am.
PLACE: Shikishima Elementary School (Maebashi
WHO CAN JOIN? : Everybody! Elementary
THINGS YOU NEED TO BRING: Sport wear, shoes,
towel, drinks etc.
NOTE: The event will be canceled in case of heavy rain.
PARTICIPATION FEE: Free!!
CONTACT：Maebashi International Association
TEL: 027-243-7788, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
No soccer skills are
required, as we’ll make
the teams on the spot
mixing levels, gender and
nationalities. This is
intended as an
opportunity for foreigners
and locals to mingle and
have fun! Again, even if
you don’t play, you can
still bring along your
family and spend an
morning, having a good
time in the school ground.
Maybe cheering us up at
the same time, while we
play various small
matches 6 against 6!