Today we went to the Giant course way. The beautiful landscape which is called Finn McCool is the steps made by the thousand of months and years. Every where in this location was beautiful even though there were the fog during the day. I could feel how huge land is and how the blessed environment affect Irish history and culture.
We went to Derry City which is an old town in Ireland. The art in these pictures are drawn by Irish people who experienced and against the civil rights of British. We heard about the arts from Irish people who lives in Derry City and draw and made this pictures. They told the truth of this art. They draw these pictures because they knew what happened in 1970s, and it is not for the Catholic or Protestant. They continued to talk about the Bloody Sunday. I think that these arts have deep meaning, and it is important to visit this place and hear their real voice with Irish history and culture..
In this study abroad, I think I got a lot of treasures in Ireland. In fact, it was my first experience to visit other country as a foreign country except Hawaii, and spent time with other students and teachers from Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Honolulu Community College including students from Michigan. I am an international student in Hawaii and always feel outside of local people because I do not understand and know their culture yet.. However, I did not feel the high wall in front of my peers and Irish people during this trip. They are friendly and try to understand with each other. That's why I was able to Irish culture in the best environment. I appreciate of my peers who are already my family and the guiders, John and Niamh who took care of us everyday.
Of course, it was my first trip for Ireland. I participated in this program because I like meeting new people, talking about culture together, and also am really interested in learning language. I spent for 2 weeks for this program with them, and I noticed that the cultural difference among Ireland, Hawaii, and Japan which is my home country. We are on the same ground, have been developing each culture, and affect with each other: however, the landscape, language, people are all different and have respectable characters. For example, surfing culture has developed in Ireland from Hawaii, and they have own eco system and continue to protect and develop their environment, In Hawaii, Hawaiian culture still has remained like Hula and surfing. However, there are a lot of regions in Hawaii, so people have high communication skills and flexible to respond the cultural difference. Also, they care about their environment by volunteering. In Japan, people become more international than the past and develop their original ecosystem, so people participate in volunteer and help people and keep the environment. From these facts, we can understand the difference between the cultures, but the common point is we all have Island culture, and develop own culture. That's why I think it is important to know each culture. The importance is each country take care of their environment, and keep and change their culture. In each culture, how they develop their culture and how they make history definitely effect to people's sense and value. I felt that Irish people have their own opinion and feeling about their history and culture. They live with their past and make new generation and history with beautiful building, nature, and ocean. I was happy and got a lot from this study abroad.
Thank you so much for Ireland and everyone who helped and supported me.
Today, we experienced climbing at the adventure center. It was my first time to jump from the tiny wood stick. When we climbed the wall, stood up ,and jumped from the high place, I needed the courage to do that. I did most difficult activity which was needed to corporate with my friend to touch the top of the wood stick. Our peer who are from Hawaii Community College cheered us up, and we achieved the same goal. I felt doing something together with peer got our friendship stronger and my feeling better.
After this awesome day, we ate the good Irish dishes at the Irish restaurant, Ryan played the Ukulele and Ulu danced Hula there. What a beautiful day!!
.Today I walked on the remains of the 300-million year old sea creatures that make up the shale that underlies all of Bundran, I learned about Irish use of marine resources. It is amazing because the creatures still has remained as a present landscape, here in Ireland Moreover, I noticed that the Hawaiian and Irish connect with surfing culture. Hawaiian people started the surfing earlier than Irish people, but the race and culture moved to Ireland. That's why Irish people have gotten used to surf, and Irish-Hawaiian connect to surfing culture and the importance of this activity across cultures. I think that Irish people will find their own surfing style like Hawaiian people did before Hawaiian surfing culture has developed. They definitely has been affecting surfing style, tradition, and culture and develop the modern culture together. Furthermore, they have to think about the environment of ocean because surfing is always with the environment, so they appreciate the environment and protect it, so Hawaiian and Irish people respect their thought and the Island culture, because they do the same sport, surfing . They learn the culture a lot with each other.
We experienced surfing together and saw the Irish surf movie, WAVERIDERS today. The swell was nice, and the wave was small, so we really enjoyed surfing.
The movie told us the Irish surfing culture a lot, and I felt Irish passion from this movie.
Oroim Cliabh Olumcliffe
The sculpture which was built in 2003 was inspired the poem," He wishes fir the clothes of Heaven." It is made up in 4 statements which are the figure, blanket, the light feather, and stone seating.. I think the 4 statements symbolize the Irish culture, and the need to live their lives in Ireland.
The high cross is the example of figured scripture cross with inference panels and mythological animal..
This is the beautiful place to visit and I felt that Irish people really treasure their culture and care about their history because the history makes the next generation The building which made by ancestors and people who makes next generation try to protect the tradition and landscape. That's why the city and the view has been remained,and it's amazing.
I have never seen the beautiful waterfall closely. I felt that the strong energy and the good environment for nature. This is the part of Irish fascinations. and pretty landscape. It looks like the waterfall which Is in my hometown, Yamagata.
We started learning Irish language, Gaelic today.
The most interest about Gaelic is that 1,0oo,000 people can speak Gaelic as a second language and Irish Gaelic is a Celtic language spoken by 138,000 people as a first language in Ireland with 200.000 first-language speakers in the world. The language is sometimes referred to as Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, but in Ireland it is simply called Irish. I thought Gaelic is spoken by Scottish and Irish people, but it was not true. I think it's time to start learn interesting language, Gaelic.
the cliffs of Slibh Liag
We climbed the cliffs of Slibh Liag today. That was beautiful. You can easily see the nature and sheep from the pictures. I think that people who live in Ireland can get resources form the wealthy environment.. There are sheep which we can eat and use the hair as clothes materials. Moreover, the lake and fall shows that they can get a plenty of water. The grass and small flowers shows that people can grow the plants too. In my hometown, Yamagata in Japan has similarities which has mountain, waterfalls, beaches, and grasses. The environment in Ireland definitely effect the Irish culture and the use of nature resources are effective and grow the Irish culture up.
South West College
Today, we went to the south west college. The college was amazing and has a perfect environment.Especially for electricity. development is different from Hawaii, but it's amazing. South West College is the communities of Tyrone and Fermanagh.. The College is represented at campuses in Cookstown, Dungannon, Enniskillen and Omagh. The College has major contribution to the local and regional economy. Moreover, they hsve Vast currivurum and is enlarging and expanding the curriculum offer to support the regional and local economy. The College provides a caring and supportive environment for students and professional business. The South West College strives to provide a quality product to all its students. The system is flexible and good for our environment too.
The Relict Landscape
South of Blacklion Mountain lies limestones plateau which is beginning to be recognized as one of the relict landscapes of its size in all of Ireland. A relict landscape is a landscape which has survived relatively intact from the past, have been fossilized in time. The stones have been living 500 millions years ago.. The stones may know the history of Irish nature than people.
Irish Music with Beer
After teacher's lecture, we went to St. Patrick's Well, Ballyshannon, Donegal Abbey, and Dongel Castle. We saw the swans at the St. Patrick's Well. Swans are symbol of light, love, and fidelity around Ireland. In Ireland, swan has deep meaning, so it is important for Irish people to recognize the swans. .in the picture in the left below, You can see tied clothes, handkerchiefs,, and other things. People wish the peace of Ireland and show the sadness of death by tying their own things. Shamrock means the trinity, so shamrock is the country grass and the essential symbol of St. Patrick.
The Donegal castle has long history since 15 century. The Donegal castle was built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The Castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O'Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family. Limited access for people with disabilities to the ground floor..
Donegal Town is a fairytale of a place, featuring a charming harbor, serene beaches and stoic stone remains of centuries past, like those of 15th-century Donegal Abbey. Stern-looking Donegal Castle, recently restored to its one-time Gaelic glory, is the crown jewel of the area. If you’re looking for souvenirs, snag a hand-woven tweed or carpet, the signature goods of the area. For a good craic, the pubs of The Diamond area are a sure bet
The tattoo and knitting
Celtic tattoo were among the most common on Celtic warriors, namely for intimidation tactics in battle. Celtic knots would make their appearance on the upper chest and arms as well. Animals were hugely symbolic among the Celts, and could also be counted among the tattoos seen on warriors (protection, ferocity, courage). We made our own design for tattoo tonight, that was so much fun.
Hand knitting is one of Man's oldest crafts. Although Irish sweaters cannot claim to be ancient, the stitches associated with them may have evolved from more traditional designs.. They are widely believed to be rich in symbolism of nature, the sea and the daily life and worries of the fisher folk of the Aran islands. The knitting which I saw today was fine nice, the wool made in Ireland was beautiful, warm, and good to touch.
Today I leaned a lot of history. The history started long time ago, and it still remains and has been continuing by Irish people.
Which do you prefer between these two towns above on the same island ?
The town which is countryside and left picture is Bundran, and the right picture is Dublin which is really huge city. We went from Dublin side to Bundran side today. There was different atmosphere, and I thought the both towns are beautiful. Bundran has huge grasses carpet in all ground, and each house has own farm with sheep, cow, or goat. Irish people usually eat them. it is just like my hometown.
We went to KNOWTH CNOGBHA to see the old stones, For Irish people, the stone has lots of meaning. There are different types of stone which are representative of Irish art by Irish ancestors.
Boyne valley/The Stones
From the period of NEOLITHIC, IRON AGE, EARLY CHRISTIAN, and NORMAN, you can see the difference of Knowth Cnogbha between the periods. Irish people have been continuing to .find what people used the stones for and they have not gotten the reason yet. However, it is said that for arts, weather, calendar,. Even though people do not know the certain reason for using stones and grasses, the stones and grass show the memory of the beautiful view since 5 ,000 years ago.
At the end of today's blog, the statue, the picture left below is the symbol of wish for change of conflict in Ireland. "Peace for everyone," That's the symbol of peace in Ireland. Learning culture and history made me feel deeper to get close Irish people. Today was the wonderful day.
It took about 16 hours to get in Ireland from Japan.
However, 1st day was awesome. The city changed my imagination of Ireland before coming here, Ireland. We walked around the city, Dublin. I felt like I was in New York. There are old styles of building, but they are beautiful architecture like these pictures.
Also, food is tasty. I ate the Irish Burger which included beef, cheese, pickles, with spicy sauce.at the café. with our peers. They enjoyed drinking beer which was delicious..
The happiest event today was that I made the friends. They are really nice to me, so I would like to know them as well as Ireland during this study abroad..
I am sure that this trip is going to be wonderful with perfect comrade.