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  • REPORTERMegumi Ota

I’m a conservator and preservationist living in Portugal. I specialize primarily in paintings (murals) and gold leaf design, and am involved with UNESCO World Heritage structures as well as the interior of the Palace of Belém. I derive great satisfaction from having close ties to my community in the rural village near the Silver Coast where I live. My hobby is gardening.

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  • 2017.11.15
  • Halloween in Portugal
  • November 1 is a festival day called Dia de Todos-os-Santos. Although the literal translation of Dia de Todos-os-Santos is “All Saints Day,” it’s not a day for the saints but a day to pray for the faithful who have passed away. Or perhaps calling it by the Japanese name “Obon,” or even “Halloween” makes it easier to understand.
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  • 2017.10.20
  • Basic Income
  • Last week the 17th BIEN Congress was held at the Assembly of the Republic in Lisbon. “BIEN” stands for Basic Income Earth Network, a group that researches and promotes the idea of a basic income.
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  • 2017.09.19
  • A Cup of Coffee
  • If you order café (coffee) in Portugal, you will receive what is called espresso coffee in Japan.It costs no more than 100 yen, and swallowing the fragrant dark brown liquid in one gulp kicks off your day.
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  • 2017.09.05
  • We have snails today!
  • During the late spring and early summer, you start to see signs posted at the entrance to cafés or on the counter next to the coffee machines. They’re just regular letter-sized pieces of paper with the phrase “Há Caracois!” written on them. Sometimes they’re accompanied by a drawing of a snail. The signs are saying that the café has snails available.
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  • 2017.06.14
  • The Miracle of Fátima
  • May 13 of this year marked the hundredth anniversaries of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima. To celebrate, Pope Francis journeyed all the way from Rome to the Sanctuary of Fátima to offer his prayers.
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