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Luckly, we had a sunny day as we go to Aso Museum for the first day of our internship.  As espect, the guider there introduces us to all the member in the Aso Museum, one by one.  It is interesting but awkward because I don`t have a business card box!  The more name card I get, the more nerverous I am due to Japanese consider it important while exchange the name card.  If you don`t treat their name card well, it represents that you don`t care about them and you don`t respect them.  This may lead to lots of bad influence, so the best way is to prepare a good quality box for your name card and the name cards you will receive, making sure you know the rules of `exchanging the name card.
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The Valcano Museum is divided into three floor for visitors, ground floor is for information center and restaurant; history of Aso Valcano and how they did research on the valcano is on the second floor; finally, third floor where the guider told us to go to is always playing movie for the visito and you can go to the variant for enjoying the great view.  After watching a movie, we go down to second floor and absorbing the knowledge there.  I have to say that I am dizzy just before I finish watching all the information on the wall cause getting so much information is such a burdan.  

Yet, that`s ok cause they let us to have rest and take a look outside.  Such a grassland that link to the sky, I was shocked at the moment.  Even though the color of the grassland is different from mountain to mountain, it looks great and lets people fell relax at the time they stare at the grassland.  Not far away stood the valcano - which is still alive - which is not allowed to get close as it is too active these days.  In order not to cause any accident, the government says that no one could get close to the vacalno.
  What is interesting is I notice there are horses!  You can rent one for experiencing the horse riding, 7 minutes 1,500 Japanese yen.  If I have time, I will go there and give it a try.  
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On the first day of our internship, they didn:t give us much to do.They teach us how to use paper  to fold kimono, whih means a lot for me as I haven`t touch folding paper ever since I graduated from elementary school.  One of the type they teach us is rabbit, the other one is kimono - which is the traditional cloth for Japanese.  I told the teacher that I had worn kimono once and showed him the picture, wanted to a paper with similar color with my kimono.  In the end, I got one piece of the paper with very similar color with my kimono, I think that I will keep it well to memorize all these nice people and work.  (The yellow one on the left is the one similar to mine.)
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Right after we came back to Michi no Eki Aso, they bring us to the ice cream store and let us try it.  I was curious about why they say they are proud of the ice cream, is it so delicous as what they describe?  In the end, I got nothing to say but `I am proud of the ice cream which is made by Aso milk!`
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 Student from Taiwan Tamkang University -  Linda - 2019.7.13 - Japan Aso

Hello, we are students from Taiawn Tamkung University, this year school offers us an opportunity to come to Japan - Aso city for intermship.  Within this month, we will work in Michi no Eki Aso, Volcano Museum and Asp Youth Center.  In the very beginning of our journey, one of the worker from Michi no Eki Aso brings us to go to several sightseeing places.
The very fist one - Aso Shrine - which is a very popular shrine in Aso.  It located in a relative close place to the city than Kokuzo Shrine, so many people go visit there.  This shrine was build in B.C. 281, so basically it has more than 2500 years history.  Thus, it not only is appointed by the government to be the must see scenery but also connect to many local festivals and events.
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As we walk into the Shrine, the guider introduce how to wash our hand before visit the god.  First use your right hand to take the ladel with water, pour the water and wash your left hand, then, use your left hand to do the same thing.  After doing so, use the water to gargle and split it to the gutter.  Finally, keep the ladel upright to let the water flow to the land naturally until no water in the ladel.  This action shows the respect to the god and keep ourselves clean to visit the god.
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Then, we pass through the small gate to get into the main shrine.  There are three main shrine in Aso shrine, the first shrine is for male gods and its shape of declaration is dragon; the second shrine is for female gods and its shape of declaration is flower; the last one is for both of them and its declaration is grapes.  What is special in Aso Shrine is that the approach to Aso Shrine is different from the normal one.  Normally, the approach is straight to the Shrine, but for Aso Shrine is sideway which stands for the welcome the deity of the volcano.
Few years before, there was a big earthquake which not only damaged Aso seriously, but also destroied Aso Shrine.  What is miracle and makes a mystry is that though Aso Shrine was damaged seriously and even some of the building is broken down, houses in the neighborhood did not hurt much.  Therefore, there came a mystry that the gods in the Aso Shrine absorbed the punishment and sacrifice for people.  Thus, people respect the god more than before.
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According to what the guider said, the government of Aso will pay for rebuilting the shrine.  What is interesting is that if you donate more than 10,000 Japanese dollar, you can get a card of city owner with your name on it.  This donation activity has already attracted more than 10 billion dollars for the rebuil of the Shrine.  I think if Taiwanese government can make good use of our own civil property, we can be better than ever.  Before we leave Aso Shrine, we take a fortune slip for memory.  I get one for relationship, and my friend get 3 for looking out how good it will be in days to come.
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Then, the guider takes us to the `Mizuki Stroll,` where is the main street for the Aso Shrine.  We walk along the street, and I was attracted by a stationery store which looks very hipster and high quality.  I can`t control but go into the store, and buying some hair accessories with kumamoto bear on it witch is so cute that I can`t stop myslef from having it.
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After that, we go to visit another Shrine - Kokuzo Shrine - which is a little far from the downtown.  It is located on the mountain, its symbol is the huge tree - the Teno giant cedar.  Although the tree is blew down by a typhoon in 1991, local people preserved it and showed its preserved roots in the shrine to let others know how huge it is.  This giant cedar means more than religion, its kind of belief and its spirit is still being respect without doubt.  I have to say that while in front of the Teno giant cedar, I was thinking that how small human are and how fragile the life is.  This tree had been grown for more than 2,000 years, but just because of typhoone, it fell down.  That how will our life become?  That would be a question to find out.
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2019/07/10
我是蔡孟庭,來自淡江大學的阿蘇實習生,第一天來到阿蘇就感受到這裡的熱情(*゚∀゚)っ,雖然陰雨綿綿雖是有點遺憾,但我想這也是另外一種美吧!從福岡機場一路搭乘高速巴士(下面這個)IMG_2631
約兩個小時半的車程到到達了道の駅/みちのえき Michi no eki,一下車看見來自法國的Frank先生到站迎接我們,他向我們大致介紹了我們實習的工作內容,以及帶我們去阿蘇火山博物館認識了那裡的溝口 千花小姐,他告訴我們待天氣好他會帶我們去騎馬,聽了真的開心極了!( ´∀`)
簡單的介紹大致的工作內容後我們就回青年旅社(ASO BASE BACK PACKER)休息啦!我覺得民宿很乾淨很棒,來往的人也都看起來非常的單純,真的非常推薦!到了夜晚,來自各國的大家聚在交誼廳說說笑笑的結束了第一天的夜晚!

2019/07/11

第二天早上宮崎先生帶我們去阿蘇神社,阿蘇神社是日本全國450座阿蘇神社之總本社,於公元前282年建設。樓門與拜殿於2016熊本地震中倒塌,如今只會開放遊客走側殿,下面這張圖是目前的修復狀況。


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由於進去神社之前一定要先洗乾淨手,這是對於神社的禮貌,大家記得先沖左手沖右手再漱口唷!然後沿著右手手背把水倒掉。
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然後就可以開始參觀神社啦!,神社旁也有設立許多不通性質的籤,如果有興趣的也可以來體驗看看哦!

我覺得每一種都很美很精緻,有的裡面還會送你小禮物!!是祈求平安或幸福的!


逛完阿蘇神殿細細聽著講解員的講解阿蘇神殿的歷史,我們又來到位於神社旁的宮地門前町商店街,這裡的遊客很少,我想大概是因為我們是早上去的吧!一路上非常安靜,能聽到的就是潺潺流水聲和街上播放的輕音樂,非常的舒服!!!!!
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這裏有一個很有名的景觀稱之為「
水基巡りの道」。

因為附近有阿蘇火山的關係所以有許多的天然湧泉,走在這個商店街一路上你會看到很多商店家會在他們的店門口設立不同的水基(下面圖示)而且我覺得很特別的地方是,他們會命名每一個水基的名字!! 宮崎先生告訴我我可以直接喝這裡面的水,我的感想是... 「非常鮮甜耶!!」 (*゚∀゚)っ,有來這裡玩的人記得要嘗試看看喔!!!不用擔心水都非常的乾淨!
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聽說這裡有一間馬肉店非常的好吃!如果有想嘗試看看的人也可以到這裡嚐嚐看味道,這裏還有一間甜點店叫做Aso cake shop裡面賣的泡芙也非常好吃喔! 

後來我們又去了另外一間神廟叫做「国造神社」,一進去就彷彿進入到另一個世界一般的寂靜又宏偉,宮崎先生教我們如何參拜,也希望祈求的願望得以實現囉!
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這間神社裡面還有一顆很著名的神木,他已經有兩千年的歷史了,他對在地人來說是非常值得尊敬的,它在1991年被地震震倒,部分仍被保護著。
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 參觀完国造神社,我們去了附近不遠的觀望台,雖然有一些烏雲,但是仍然可以看見阿蘇市的全貌,今天是一個非常開心的一次體驗!

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