Open seminar briefing “Introduction to rare books from the museum of the National Library”
Mongollia-Japan Center successfully organized its 30th open seminar on April 19th, 2008. Guest speaker was director, doctor G.Akim from National Library who provided information on rare books of Mongolia. As organizer, we do worry about the attendance.
Although weather was not nice, we had 50 or more attendants and only few were Japanese. Perhaps they were attending the Japanese language teacher’s seminar held at the same time. At the end of the seminar, participants asked questions and got answers for 30 minutes. Examples are: How do you care for the rare books and add to collection? When and where is the new building for National Library going to be built? Young children do not read books these days.
How can we make them interested in books? Book supply to rural areas is not sufficient. How does the government finance the libraries? As a librarian, I was very interested in the first question. The answer was they keep the rare books in special tanks with fixed temperature and humidity. They started to display the rare books for public about 10 years ago before that kept in the fond.
Government used to provide 100,000 tugruk for book supply to countryside but starting from this year the budget increased to 1 million. Doctor Akim said, we want to increase our rare book library however we face budget constraint all the time. We do not have enough deposit to rare books from individuals and they sell to foreigners.
After the seminar, it felt proud to be Mongolian and proud to be the owner of these rare books.
(Library staff B.Azbileg)
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This time we would like to discuss about colors. Color affects our daily life starting from choose clothes, car, and home design etc. Why do we feel so happy when we walk through green garden? To look at the blue sky and want to be the bright stars. It is related to color.
Mongolians like green due to mother earth, trees and grace and it is symbol of peacefulness. Light pink creates kind and positive atmosphere. Color blue is the respected and symbolized color in Mongolian. Blue is color of the sky and when we greet our elderly with blue hadag. Red is color of fire and morning sun symbolizes going ahead. Also, it affects the appetite, increases the blood pressure and not good for the eyes.
Yellow is the color of sun and gold and brings happiness. Mother’s milk is white meaning pure and trustworthiness. We celebrate the beginning of spring and call it White month. We do not like color black and say bad people have bad stomach. However, black color sometimes means undefeatable power. Lately, Mongolians consider the effects of color a lot and during the year they try not to wear the clothes that are in those colors specified in the zodiac prognosis.
I am very happy to meet you. My name is Fujishima Yukiyo and I am Japanese language specialist who is continuing the work of Sakurai teacher. I’m very happy to contribute to the Japanese language development in Mongolia. Three things were very interesting to me after I came to Mongolia. First it was warmer than I imagined. When I checked the temperature, it was always minus 10 Celsius but actual weather was warm during the day. It is true that you see all four season in one day. Second the traffic congestion.
I was thinking about driving if there is opportunity but realized it was impossible. At last the numbers of Japanese language organizations were very impressive. Mongolians are very interested in Japan, Japanese language and business. I can easily see it from the visitors to library, participants in Japanese language and business courses.
My responsibility is to teach Japanese language and business style in cooperation with human resources development through Japanese language. I will work towards contributing to Mongolian Japanese language education. I hope you will work with me as well.
(Japanese language expert Fujishima Yukiyo)
Being a tour guide is a wonderful occupation
We have needed good human resources ever since we changed to market economy, especially the tourism industry. During the last three years the number of Japanese tourists has increased and it is going to increase a lot in the future. There is a shortage of experienced and professional tour guides.
Thus, we organized our third annual “Improving the skills of Japanese speaking tour guides” practice course. Instructors for this course are specialists in the field who teach from practical experience. In addition to that, students toured the sightseeing popular destinations of Mongolia and visited the stations and nomad families learning about history and interesting stories.
Here is some feedback from the course participants: I thought if you know the language you could be a tour guide. However I realized it is not true after attending the course. I learned how to be a good tour guide who will help tourists to have good memories and travel experience.
To be a bridge between two countries and provide cultural experience which will bring the tourists again. We would like to thank our teachers.
(Business course staff N.Erdenesuvd)