Wa No Shirabe – Imperial Villa Numazu

27 09 2007

The Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park will hold a number of activities this Saturday 29 September 2007.

Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial

There are just a few times each year that you can see the Imperial Villa at night and this is one of them. On Saturday evening the park with feature traditional music and dance from 6:30pm.

Numazu Imperial Villa gardens

Come along and enjoy the festivities and enjoy the villa’s earthy light at night.

Location: South east of Numazu Station accross the river and on the coast. For a map with the location click this:MyMaps at MapBuilder.net

Hours: 9:ooam to 8:30pm ( to 4:30pm every other day)

Cost: 400yen

Phone: 055-931-0005

My Ring Bicycle Shop – Numazu

11 09 2007

Although I am a big fan of practicing my Japanese in some real life scenarios, sometimes it’s just easier to find someone who speaks a little English to help you out. This is what happened to me on the weekend. After spending a good half hour rummaging through my Japanese-English dictionary trying to figure out how to explain what was wrong with my bicycle, I nervously headed up the road to speak to the guy at the bike shop.

My Ring - Numazu

Upon arrival at the bike shop I was so flustered that all I could manage to mumble was a few Japanese words for ‘grinding’, ‘broken’ and possibly ‘mother’ and the odd random ‘no’, ‘ni’, ‘wa’ and ‘ga’s’ put in to make it sound like I was at least souping up a sentence (albeit probably ultimately derogatory). To my surprise the gentleman by the counter responded to me in superb English and had the graciousness to keep a straight face at my failed attempts at Japanese.

My Ring bike parts

Talking to Yuji Maeda from My Ring bike shop was a pleasure. Yuji’s modern looking shop holds a surprising 80 year history of bicycle sales and repairs in Numazu, that all began with his grandfather.

After a long career in electrical engineering, which took him all over the world, Yuji decided on a sea change and a return to his home town and a little less stress. It was in fact, Yuji’s previous career that helped him on his was to learning English. Yuji spent considerable time in the USA and Australia refining his English. He even learnt a little German from his time working in Germany.

My Ring -Numazu Bikes

Now with My Ring, the new evolution of this family business, Yuji is bringing quality cycling products and services to Numazu Hon-Cho area. The My Ring range stretches from starter adult and children’s bicycles (around 24,000yen for an adult Japanese standard ‘granny’ bike) to top range European mountain bike and racer brands. My Ring also offers affordable repairs service.

My Ring- Yuji working on my bike

One of the extra services that came in handy for me when my family came from Australia to visit was My Ring’s small fleet of standard rental bikes. As of this date, bikes can be rented at 300yen per hour of 1,500 for the whole day. Very reasonable.

The quality of care and friendly English speaking service that Yujis’ My Ring offers will keep me a loyal customer during my time here in Numazu.

Website: www.myring.jp

Directions: My Ring is on the south side of Numazu Station, approximately 500m south following the underpass road. For an accurate map of the location please click the my map button here. MyMaps at MapBuilder.net


Earthquake and Tsunami wipe out Numazu; Don’t panic.

1 09 2007

Feel like getting woken up at 8:30 in the morning to the sound of disaster sirens and then spend the next hour or so being reminded why you were rudely woken from your dreams by yet more alarms and voices. Well, today is your lucky day. Yes folks, today is earthquake disaster drill day for Numazu.

Fortunately for me I was awake when it all started. Though I really felt for those of our ilk who went out on the ran tan last night.

The responsibility for this carefully constructed earthquake exercise is none other than the Disaster Prevention and Earthquake Protection Division (though I am not sure why they wish to protect earthquakes). This day helps emergency planners and energetic families prepare themselves for the potential event of an earthquake. While today’s activities kicked off with an unnaturally early start it is a reminder for all of us living in Numazu to prepare for the event of an earthquake.

Numazu is particularly prone to earthquakes existing on the junction of three tectonic plates. Indeed there have been warnings of a large earthquake and subsequent tsunami that is well overdue to hit the Numazu area.

You can find out more about Emergence preparation by going to the Numazu City Hall’s website here. You can also check out the latest information about the current Earthquake drill in the August 15 issue of the Numazu Newsletter. Lastly you can get a great glossy earthquake guidebook from City Hall.

Surfs up!