Latin Festival in Toyama 1 (Sep 15th&16th, 2012)

Finally I have a time to write proper post because I’ve done two language exams!

I have been interested in this festival from before, and this 3rd time, it was not held at Kansui Park (the north exit side of Toyama Station) where I’m not hanging around, instead Grand Plaza next to Daiwa Department Store. So I went to see what was going on. As there are lots of photos, two entries.

Went to Kinokuniya Book Store in Daiwa, paid fee for Spanish exam.

Around the time I went(3pm), brass band performance was over, but seats were quite occupied enough you cannot find the seat to sit easily. And seats were full later…

These are seats quite in front. This sort of flag is of WAYNO, folklore band. I’ve known them from some time ago, and was looking forward to listening to them on live.

First, you buy food ticket of 1000 yen, equivalent of 1100 yen. Then bought Cusqueña, Peruvian beer, and Pão de queijo, cheese bread from Brazil.

Thus I wandered around shops in pleasantly drunken mood.

I’ve promised the shop owner man to introduce his shop on the net, but sorry, the name of the shop cannot be seen! OMG. Really sorry. He was so kind and generous.

There were so many souvenirs of Andes, among of them I’ve purchased a key ring of zampoña. It’s like a pan flute, and you can play this small key ring! About 300 yen. My favourite instrument.

People gathering to the shop.

Later, I’ve found an arpa! It’s south american harp, and its tone is brighter than western one.

Also, some drums.

A stuffed alpaca, so fluffy.

I went back to this shop later on(in Part 2).

There was also an instrument shop selling quenas, cross flutes, guitars, charangos (sort of guitar) and Latin CDs. As a former (western) flute player, I was eager to play quena and zampoña, only to fail. I can emit a slight tone, but that’s all. I really wanted Latin CDs if my budget permitted…

A guitar.

If the owner comes back next year, even I cannot buy instrument(then I will need to practice), would buy something else.

Go back to foods. I cannot remember what it was, some mincemeat was in and it was fried.  Some kind of croquette?

The things listed here I almost missed because the Brazilian sausage I ate later was so giant, anyway they sold foods like this.

As the night approaches, on the stage they are more energetic. One thing to complain, it cannot helped because it’s (half) outside, this Grand Plaza is not suitable for listening to live music performance…but I’m just a listner, not a professional.

Still I enjoyed dances and music of several countries. Will write soon.

Umeshu(Japanese plum liquor) Is Done

My post in last summer: Umeshu (Japanese plum liquor)

To make umeshu, you need plums (usually 1kg), crystal sugar (I use about 400-500g) and liquor called “white liquor”, which is kind of shocyu (1.8L).
This year, I used brandy instead.

After waiting 3 months, you can taste it finally. Although there are aged umeshu like old whiskey.

I don’t know what is appropriate for this liquor, and chose some natural cheese (I like it very much!) or Japanese pears.

Served in the glass.

Japanese pear. It’s very tasty and sweet in here, but not very known to rest of Japan. A mug(mine) is for size comparison.

Just Before The Italian Qualification Exam

I have been studying for 2 months for the Italian Certification Exam (Italiano: Prova di ablità linguistica associazione linguistica italiana in giappone), perhaps only aknowledged in Japan, on Sunday. This time intermediate level.

Hoping go get translating jobs between Italian and Spanish->Japanese at present, even though already have been listening to NHK’s language TV/radio programmes for many years, I began to think for getting qualifications recently. Maybe Spanish or Italian qualification test for foreign learners in the future, traveling to Tokyo…

On 21st, Spanish exam is waiting, also intermediate level.

Not intending to expand my languages’ number, but already enjoying the different cultures from Japanese or English-speaking countries.

After the exam on Sunday, going to a lecture of “Da Vinci Code” translator originated from Kanazawa (exam takes place in Kanazawa).