Sunday, January 28, 2007

Seminar on Medical Translation Assistance in Tsukuba

The Ibaraki International Association and Tsukuba Cultural Foundation are holding a seminar on medical translation assistance in Tsukuba. The seminar is open to all people who are involved in medical issues that foreign residents face. The target audience for the seminar includes people who offer translation assistance at medical facilities in Tsukuba, people involved in the medical profession in Tsukuba, and other people who are working towards better international relations in Tsukuba.

Date: February 22, 2007
Time: 1pm to 4:30pm (reception starts at 12:30pm)
Place: Tsukuba International Congress Center (Takezono 2-20-3)
Fee: Free

Information on how to apply (deadline: February 9) can be found on the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation website.

This seminar will be held in Japanese, so it might be difficult for some foreign residents to attend, but I think it important for us to know that these kinds of events happen in Tsukuba. In fact, it would be a lot better if the foreign community were "officially" informed of these kinds of events (instead of finding out about them when I happen to see them on the city hall website while trawling for things to write TsukuBlog posts about) so we could lend our input and experiences to help enrich the event.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Good News for Pollen Allergy Sufferers in Tsukuba

The Ministry of the Environment says that the diffusion of Japanese cedar and cypress pollen in Spring 2007 in the Kanto area is likely to be around 25% of a typical year. This is very good news for people who suffer from pollen allergies (花粉症, kafunshou). The amounts are different for different parts of Japan, but in general, it seems like the problem will be mild to normal this year in most places.

Read the press release from the Ministry of the Environment.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Yuzu Bath

Today's post is kind of late, but I'm down with a cold (flu?) so I wasn't planning on doing one at all. I went to bed at 6pm (!) but then someone just called me, so I woke up. Now I am waiting for the water to boil so I can make myself a nice, hot drink and go back to bed. I hope I can dash off this message in the time that it takes for the water to boil!

Today is the winter solstice, known as touji (冬至) in Japan. Apparently, on this day, you are supposed to take a bath with yuzu (柚子) floating in the water order to stave off colds for this season. (Now you tell me!!) Yuzu is a small, yellow citrus fruit from Japan that is quite sour (there is also a band called ゆず, but I don't think having a bath with them would have the same effect). This practice is called yuzuyu (ゆず湯), literally "yuzu hot water".

It's too late for me, but I hope this information helps you stay healthy this winter solstice!

(The water just finished boiling, so I'm going back to bed now!)

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