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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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  • 2018.10.26
  • No War!
  • The other day a special presentation was given at the supplementary Japanese language school my children go to on Saturdays by 3 A-bomb Legacy Successors, with the assistance of the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.
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  • 2018.10.03
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  • The FIFA World Cup was held this year. Japan’s team, commonly called Samurai Japan, gave a promising performance and brought cheer to the people of Japan. It seemed they might win the match against Belgium, but in the end they did not, which was very regretful. All the same, the players that were worthy of their name, Samurai, were able to show the world their strong spirit.
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  • 2018.08.30
  • Japanese Gods and Nature
  • I am back in Japan for a little while at the moment.My arrival back in Japan was about 2 weeks after an earthquake in the north of Osaka prefecture with a seismic intensity of lower 6. Since I got back, heavy rain has continued falling and there have been landslides. A typhoon directly hit Japan and a record-breaking heatwave hasn't let up. What on earth is happening to Japan?!
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  • 2018.07.25
  • Monster of Nazaré
  • Have you heard of monster waves? As it sounds, a monster wave is monstrous, many tens of meters high.Such waves occur at Nazaré, Portugal.
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  • 2018.06.26
  • The Sardine Festival
  • The Feast of St. Anthony is a festival held on June 12th in Lisbon. It’s also known as the Sardine Festival by the Japanese. As the name says, sardines are grilled here and there in the old district of Lisbon. It’s a day when Lisbon is enveloped in the aroma of sardines.
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  • 2018.05.31
  • Dinosaur Fever
  • Portugal is quietly experiencing a dinosaur boom.Dinosaurs have become so popular there isn't a single boy who doesn't like them.Among them is my son, a huge fan who has consequently become a reptile enthusiast. So, he is sure that lizards and so on are small present-day dinosaurs.
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  • 2018.04.24
  • Easter Bread
  • Around the time the cherry blossoms start blooming in Japan, we have Easter vacation here. Chocolate Easter eggs and colorful egg-themed sugar confectionery begin appearing in shop fronts giving them a lively feel.
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  • 2018.03.23
  • Sculpture Preservation and Restoration 2
  • I wrote in a previous blog about restoring sculptures in Igreja Martiz de Arcos de Valdevez, a church in Portugal's north. In this blog, I'd like to carry on with that story, this time starting with the actual cleaning of the sculptures.
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  • 2018.01.05
  • Harvest festival
  • Beaujolais Nouveau Day—the day the new crop of Beaujolais goes on sale—made headlines as a big event even in Japan this year. The entire country of Portugal was also celebrating the (grape) harvest around the same time.
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  • 2017.12.17
  • Places full of books
  • When it gets to be early summer in Portugal, different parts of the country start hosting book fairs. They typically involve street stalls lined up in a big park, but you’ll sometimes see them set up a massive white tent right along the shoreline.
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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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