羅 明輝

Please tell us a bit about your home country/area, or the place you are living now?


I am now living in Changsha. Changsha is the capital of Hunan Province and is approximately 1590km from Beijing.
Changsha is home to the historical remains of Ma-Wang-Dui. As recently as the 1970s, the corpse of a noble lady was unearthed in excellent condition, along with many burial possessions, and these are now displayed at the Hunan Provincial Museum. In north-west Hunan Province you can find Zhangjiajie Forest Park, which is a World Heritage Centre. If you get the chance to come to Changsha, you should definitely visit these two places. The place where I am currently working, Hunan University, is situated on the site of the 1000-year-old Yuelu Academy. Therefore, Hunan University is sometimes called the “Thousand Year University”. I would recommend it as a good place to experience Chinese culture.
People in Hunan often cook using chilli powder, and in fact, you can’t make Hunan Cuisine without this spice. Another Hunan dish is “Smelly Tofu”, and in Kagoshima too, tofu cuisine is becoming more popular. If you get the chance to try the smells and fragrances of Changsha’s “Smelly Tofu” then I definitely recommend it.


Where would you recommend to visit within Kagoshima City?


There are so many places I would recommend. When I was an overseas student I spent one year living at the Kagoshima University Overseas Students’ Dormitory, and I loved walking along the seafront looking over at Sakurajima. You can find people fishing, jogging, students at junior high schools practicing hard on their instruments: everyone is really laid-back. My best impression of Kagoshima was watching this kind of wonderful scene and waiting for night to arrive. I also really liked the libraries and art galleries, which were very well stocked. Whichever library you go to, they make you a library card straightaway, and I thought it was excellent that there were so many materials about Kagoshima, particularly at the Prefectural Library.


What are you up to now?


In the Japanese department of Hunan University we recruit around 100 new students a year. Every year we hold events such as a Japanese essay competition, a Japanese speech contest, with the aim of these being to increase understanding towards Japan, Japanese society and Japanese people.
In Japanese classes, I sometimes use Kagoshima as the class topic. I regularly receive the Kinko Bay newsletter from the International Affairs Division of Kagoshima City Hall and I find the “Kagoshima-ben” corner particularly interesting. I always study it with my students. I hope there will be a Japanese version of Kinko Bay Tidings too.
Finally, I’d just like to say thank you so much all the people who helped me when I was living in Kagoshima. Arigato gozaimasu. In particular, I’d like to express my thanks to Professor Umezaki and all the other teachers in the Japanese Department for teaching me when I was studying at Kagoshima University.

実際授業のときに、時々鹿児島を話題にすることがあります。鹿児島市役所国際交流課から毎号送ってくださる「KINKO BAY TIDINGS」に載っている鹿児島弁コーナーがとくに面白いです。いつも学生たちと一緒に勉強しています。「KINKO BAY TIDINGS」の日本語版も期待しております。



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