31 July, 2011

31st Jul. YAMANEKO Portable Shrine

YAMANEKO Portable Shrine
7月31日 山ネコ神輿だぞ

In the afternoon, we prepared for the Heilala Festival, parade. We decorated the JICA car and…

practiced dance. We are supposed to parade while dancing. The aerobics teacher Aya taught the dances to us properly.

Yumi, who is collecting animals’ bone, was fixing this portable shrine until late last night. Thank you for your trouble.

Finally, everyone asked me to put a soul in the shrine. The soul means…

YAMANEKO! Our Heilala Festival must be funny.

30 July, 2011

30th Jul. Internet

7月30日 インターネットだぞ

Around 8:30 we left our accommodation. We took this airplane DC-3 the same as on the way to Ha’apai. During World War , there were a lot of DC-3 but now, this is the only one which is working as a passenger plane, in short it’s very rare.


Ha’apai girls (Kimika, Miyuki and Sachiko) and the soroban girl in Vava’u, Manami, came to the airport to see us off. Thank you very much. We had a very good time in Ha’apai.


Kimika’s dog Onigiri (Rice Ball or Nigirimeshi ) also came to the airport on foot, but he was very tired so was sleeping. Anyway, thank you for coming.


Ha’apai is a very beautiful island and has a lot of outer islands.

After I came back to Tongatapu, immediately I went to the JICA dormitory to prepare for the Heilala Festival. We are supposed to march with this portable shrine the day after tomorrow.


After a long time away, I went to the restaurant, Gold Coast. In Tonga, Chinese food is my favorite.


By the way, suddenly I got the Internet in my house, because my landlord connected to the Internet and it is wireless so I can use it for free. At last I can update my blog frequently, and my life becomes convenient though I have less than 2 months left.

29 July, 2011

29th Jul. One More Matafonua

One More Matafonua
7月29日 またMatafonuaだぞ

In the morning, we held an evaluation meeting with the officers. This time (like this meeting) we had a lot of things which we couldn’t do last time.
 We were mostly satisfied with the competition, but we will change a little bit for the next competition in Vava’u (especially how to fill the blanks, students name, No, school’s name…and so on).


At 10:45, we visited Tupou’s class in GPS Pangai. She showed us her mathematics and abacus class. Her class is well-organized.


Ha’apai kids are just as vigorous as before.

At lunch, we visited Matafonua. Here is the most beautiful place of the main 2 islands I think.

Soroban girls drank smoothie,

ate three big pizzas,


and dessert, they are very good at eating.

When we left, we took a lot of photos of Hirono playing with a swing.


Hirono was very fascinating so we were concentrating on taking photos, and when we came back to our accommodation, I found that I left my backpack at the restaurant.
 I went there one more time by half aggressive walk so it took 35 minutes to get there. If I had walked aggressively, I could have gotten there in less than 30 minutes.
 By the way, I left my backpack, Kimika left her documents in my room and Hirono left her mobile phone in Kimika’s house, maybe all because Hirono’s fascinating photos.


On the way back to our accommodation, I visited Koichi’s house but no one was there, because he had gone back to Japan last June. Instead I could meet Juleigh who lives next to Koichi’s house. This day last year, we were in New Zealand.
 I received Melissa’s clothes and I will pass it to her next week. We are close friends.

This is Juleigh’s YAMANEKO.

28 July, 2011

28th Jul. Ha’apai Competition

Ha’apai Competition
7月28日 ハアパイ大会だぞ

Ha’apai abacus competition was held today.

About 250 students came together from 2 Ha’apai main islands.
[Movie] Competition動画:(10sec)

During the oral problems, Ifa and Sefo were doing well.
[Movie] Oral Ifa & Sefo動画:(25sec, 37sec)

Especially, the marking and list up part went very smoothly for the managers.

Compared with the competition last year, it was a very good competition, maybe because Ha’apai teachers and officers are very good and have the experience to run the competition. In addition 5 volunteers and Sefo and Miwa came to Ha’apai.

Here is our group. Thank you for your trouble.

When we put the hall in order, Sefo and Tupou, who is the charismatic teacher in Ha’apai, were sitting side by side 5 times.


We had dinner at Mariner’s Café. The barbeque plate and beer tasted so delicious.
  ディナーをMariner’s Caféで食べました。バーベキュープレートとビールはとてもおいしかったです。

27 July, 2011

27th Jul. Preparation

7月27日 準備だぞ

In the morning, I went for a normal walk to the wharf.


Sefo & Hirono

This is a public vehicle of Ha’apai school’s office, just a big truck.


We visited the abacus competition’s hall and did a rehearsal. Sefo and Ifa, who is the school’s officer in Ha’apai, seemed to be ready to read the oral questions.


After the rehearsal, we visited the unique beer shop,


the luxurious market (that’s all Ha’apai residents can buy),


and Talahiva restaurant. The shop keeper seems to decide customers order because when we order, they had only chicken or mix (chicken, sheep and pork) barbeque. Yet while we were eating, I saw the other customers order from another menu. That’s funny.


We saw Kimika’s dog Onigiri. Onigiri means rice ball so Sefo calls him rice ball and I call him Nigirimeshi.


He has very short legs, a big head and is very cute.


Around 3:30, we prepared the Ha’apai High School’s hall for the competition. We brought a lot of desks and chairs from GPS Pangai. Finally it became a beautiful hall.

Since Todd, who is my close Peace Corp Volunteer, is living in Ha’apai High School’s accommodation, we called on him and talked a lot.
 This day last year, we were in New Zealand. Time really flies when you are having fun.


At night, abacus members had dinner at Mariners Café, which is located below our accommodation Fifita Guest House. I ordered ota-ika (Tongan raw fish) and it was delicious.
  夜、Fifita Guest Houseの下にあるMariner’s Caféde食事をしました。Otaikaを注文しました。おいしかったです。