Tell us your town color.

 

日本の生徒さんたちの本を作っていたとき、お気に入りの話題のひとつが街や国の色についてでした。アイルランドは海と国花シャムロックの色から「エメラルド・アイランド」と呼ばれていたり、イタリアのシエナという街は名物の煉瓦の色から、絵の具にもその名前がついています。

今回、新潟に住む高校生のメグミさんに自分の街の色について、ゲイサに手紙を書いてもらいました。素敵な手紙です。

When I made some books for Japanese students, one of my favorite topics was about colors of towns/countries. For example, Ireland is called the “Emerald Island,”  because it is surrounded by glittering green sea and covered with a green carpet of shamrocks, its national flower. Siena, a town in Italy, is impressed with the sight of buildings made of red-brown bricks.  The soil of Siena is ideal material for making bricks and people have used it for centuries. You can find the name on a paint tube.

This time our friend, Megumi, wrote to Ghaythaa about her town color. She’s a high school student in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Enjoy her lovely letter. 😉

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15 thoughts on “Tell us your town color.

  1. To Ghaythaa,
    My town is white. In winter, snow covers my town and we can play with snow. For example, making a snowman, a snowball fight and skiing. In my school, we have ski camp in January. It was so much fun because everyone became able to ski within three days though it seemed difficult at first. Moreover, if we were in a luck situation, we were able to see diamond dust. Winter isn’t often liked because of heavy snow and terrible cold in Niigata, but I like winter best.
    Megumi

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    • Hi Megumi ,
      I’m more than grateful to have your letter 🙂
      I’d love to visit your town , Niigata , and enjoy playing in the snow with you , I like all seasons and winter with snow is perfect for me 🙂
      As for the color of my hometown , Homs , it is famous for its basalt black stones that characterized the architecture of this city for a long time ago these stones used in building the old houses and Syrians call Homs “the mother of black stones ” . Unfortunately , it is very rare now to find such houses . As modern buildings don’t include basalt stones 😦 but there is a part of Homs called the old city which includes beautiful ancient houses ,mosques , churches and souk .
      I think each city , town , village even neighborhood has its own unique features . Please visit this website to know more about Homs and many other cities of Syria http://www.syriaphotoguide.com/home/category/homscity/
      Thank you Megumi and I urge you to keep writing letters .
      Ghaythaa ,

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    • Hi, Megumi.
      I am Jazmin. Thank you so much for sharing what color is your town. I love the things you said you can do on the snow. I am from Mexico City and this winter was my first time with snow because now I live in Utah. What I love avoht here are the mountains covered with snow. But I am not a hige fan of cold weather and cloudy days. I missed the sun of my hometown. However a survived to this winter.
      Next winter I’ll try to skiing.

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      • Hi Jazmin 🙂 thanks for your comment and you are always welcome .
        By the way Jasmine in Arabic means ياسمين that is a very beautiful and famous flower , Damascus the capital of Syria called the City of Jasmine as where you walk the fragrance of this flower spreads out everywhere 🙂

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      • Yes, that means in Spanish as well. Thank you for remind me the meaning of my name and of course I will try to personify it with the way I act in my daily life. What does it mean your name: Ghaythaa?

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      • haha great ! I thought your name may have another meaning in Spanish 🙂
        As for my name hmm … It’s the rainy cloud that water the thirsty land another meaning is rescue/relief so Jasmine flower if you need some water I will rescue you 🙂

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  2. Hi Megumi and Ghaytaa, nice to meet you!
    I’m Michael Pedraza from Colombia and I live in Bogotá, this is city is the capital of my country.

    Most days his colour is gray because the sky and the weather is very cloudy and rainy. On january we had the major temperature registered in our history with 25 degrees God, the sun was very hot hahaha…Well but this climate is only for somedays.

    Bogotá everyday is gray with his clouds, traffic and all the people running for his jobs and site of study, occupied in many things and I’m in my home everyday watching this and somedays in my bike

    Cheers for everyone here and nice opinions for these different colors of your cities!

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    • Hi Michael ,
      thanks for introducing us to your city , sometimes civilization corrupts and makes things worst rather than improve and maintains the beauty of our planet 😦

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  3. My hometown is Miki, Hyogo Pref. Japan. I associate my town with green. Do you know about Miki? Maybe you don’t. My hometown is famous for its density of golf courses. Actually it is the highest in Japan! Golf courses are easily associated with green, aren’t they?

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      • Hi, Ghaythaa! I’m happy that you searched for my hometown. You found the Minogawa River!! I do live just near the river, actually within 20 meters of the bank of the river!

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  4. I live in Tsukuba, Japan. This town is unfortunately getting to be boring and featureless one; cutting trees, making roads and building ordinary houses. Almost 30 years ago, when I came here for the first time, extensive blue skies account for the upper half or even more of my view. Therefore, my first impression was bracing BLUE. Now, the sky is shrinking year by year, covered by high buildings. Who wants a copy instead of the original?

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  5. My city is Krakow… As for me this city is like a big book of history. Book made from brick, stones, concrete and wood. All walls of buildings every day tells me a stories during my way to work, shopping and so on. Krakow is my old stone storyteller. I love discover his stories…

    I try to give some short examples what exactly I mean:

    1. Turkish house.
    http://www.dawnotemuwkrakowie.pl/miniatury/59-dom-turecki-na-skrzyzowaniu-ul-dlugiej-i-pedzichow/
    As says a legend own this building (who was a catholic) fell in love in muslim woman and married with her. For sign of this love he builded a minarets. His neighbours with envy placed in front of his house a christian figure Mother of God.

    2. Tenement under the spider


    According some interpreters it’s associated with old legend about king Łokietek. When he escaped after losing battle he hid in the one of cave near Krakow. Spider save up his life because made a spider web at the entrance to the cave and enemy troops thoughts that anybody couldn’t enter to inside. According legend one of outlet of this cave’s in cellar under this building. I must check it one day 🙂

    3. A house with atlantes (atlas) from greek mythology

    4. Or Egyptian house.. Unfortunately it was totally rebuilt and loss his original character. But when you look insdie you’ll find some remains from his hsitory like these figures of Pharaohs for example: http://www.historycy.org/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=4480

    5. and many, many others…… buildings, walls and stories….

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