Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Explore the Natural World—Without Leaving Kochi City!

By Clare Marks

   In 2005, the mountain villages of Kagami and Tosayama became part of Kochi City, which means that you can enjoy nature without ever leaving the city.

One-Point Advice from Seki-san ①~③

One-Point Advice from Sekisan ① - How to Blur the Background to Emphasize a Subject -
   By changing the aperture (F-number), you can change the amount of light that enters the lens, and thus the range of focus. The smaller you make the aperture, the smaller the range of focus becomes, so you can really make the subject stand out.
At Yakeno Forest Park

Hiking Courses That Let You Have it All—Hiking, Fall Colors, AND Onsen

   Here we introduce two day trip hiking courses for those people who want a little more out of hiking than just, well, hiking.

Kochi Life Q&A : Japanese Sake

   Starting this issue, we will be including a section in Tosa Wave called “Kochi Life Q&A”, where we answer various questions from foreigners living in Kochi about everyday life here. We’re not sure how long this section will last, but we are celebrating our first installment by writing about one of Kochi’s famous products—Japanese sake (pronounced saké).
Q:When I try to order sake at an izakaya, I see the sizes “1合 (1 gō)” and “2合 (2 gō).” But how much sake is in each of these? Also, at what temperature should I drink sake, and what do the temperature words “atsukan” and “nurukan” mean?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Visit Rural Areas involved in Nippon Green Tourism  

Shimanto 3 days (15-17 October (Wed.-Fri.) 2014, 3 days/2 nights)
   This Monitoring tour is a program in which you will visit the rural areas involved in Green (Agritourism or rural) Tourism, experience the actual lifestyles in these areas such as production activities and food culture, and interact with the local people. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on the tour and help with the exchange.
Accepted Applicants: 10
Meet: 15 October (Wed.) at 9:30 at Kochi Ryoma Airport (or at 10:00 at JR Kochi station)
End: 17 October (Fri.) at 16:00 at Kochi Ryoma Airport (or at 15:30 at JR Kochi station)
Tour Organizer: Taiheiyo Travel (Kochi Prefecture)
For further information, please see the attached file.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Japanese Cultural Experience-Gagaku-

   Each year, the Tosa Yamauchi Family Treasury and Archives provides opportunities for foreigners to experience traditional Japanese culture. This year we will introduce gagaku, one type of traditional Japanese music. In addition to learning about the history and types of instruments used in gagaku, participants will hear a gagaku performance and try playing the instruments themselves.
   With explanations in English, even beginners will easily understand. Please come and experience the wonderful Japanese art of gagaku. 
   Later that day, a gagaku performance by the Gagaku Music Society of Tenri University will be held at the Sansuien Hotel near the Yamauchi Archives. Please feel free to join.
<Date>  Sunday November 9, 2014  10:00~12:00 a.m.
<Place>  Yamauchi Hall (2-4-26, Takajo-machi, Kochi, Japan)
<Capacity>  20 people
<Cost>  free
-How to apply-
   Send a post card, or a fax, or call us with your name, address, and telephone number.
   We’ll send you a ticket.
Tosa Yamauchi Family Treasury and Archives
2-4-26,Takajo-machi, Kochi, Japan 780-0862  TEL/FAX 088-873-0406