Friday, October 23, 2009


This is the Ogaki news!
The walking festival took place in October 18th in Ogaki. The festival was shown to commemorate the 320 years memories of “Okunohosomichi”. It was written by Matsuo Bashou. He was a haiku poet in the Edo period. He traveled around many regions and he wrote haikus. He wrote in his diaries when he traveled around Japan. “Okunohosomichi” is a one of his diaries. He quit writing “Okunohosomichi” when he reached Ogaki. Today, Ogaki take place the walking festival every year. Many citizens of Ogaki took part in it, and they walked Tarui station through Ogaki station. They walked around a distance of 13.4 kilometers. Fortunately, it was a beautiful weather, so it was a good day for walking around.
I think that it is a good chance to exercise and to notice Ogaki’s history. According to the news, most of the participants are with their family and friends. We have the walking festival in Ogaki every year. Why don’t you join in it with your friends next year?


Hello, my name is Natsuki Izumino. I am a university student in Gifu Prefecture in Japan. I have lived in Ogaki for 20 years old. It is Ogaki city in Gifu. There are 160,000 people living there. It is compared to Tokyo, Ogaki is small rural town, but we have a lot of nature such as rice field, parks, green, and Ogaki is surrounded by several mountains and Ibi river. First, we produce some foods such as persimmons and pears, and water in our town is very clean, so we can grow rice with a chemical-free. Second, there are 4500 Brazilians in Ogaki, so some Brazilian children learn with Japanese children in elementary school or junior high school. That is interesting, and it is a good chance for children to communicate with foreigners. Those are just a little news about Ogaki. Therefore, I would like to introduce much more about my hometown in this blog.