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Finland Finland Finland ♪

Do you know the song called "Finland"?

It's the song used in Monty Python TV programme. While I was in England, on of the English language teachers found this for me.


I've found the song in Youtube. Please listen!



* In the middle, the map of Sweden is erased, but it's a "British humour."(As said in Youtube)



The lyrics are;

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I want to be,
Pony trekking or camping,
Or just watching TV.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
It's the country for me.

You're so near to Russia,
So far from Japan,
Quite a long way from Cairo,
Lots of miles from Vietnam.

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I want to be,
Eating breakfast or dinner,
Or snack lunch in the hall.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
Finland has it all.

You're so sadly neglected
And often ignored,
A poor second to Belgium,
When going abroad.

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I quite want to be,
Your mountains so lofty,
Your treetops so tall.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
Finland has it all.

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I quite want to be,
Your mountains so lofty,
Your treetops so tall.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
Finland has it all.

Finland has it all.



One thing has to be mentioned. Finland doesn't have "lofty mountains." Only in a particular region in Lapland!!

The Brits must have written this as a joke to say " Finland has nothing," but at first, I took it seriously and straight forward that I really thought "Finland has everything"!! hehe^^

Well, there are lots of things that Finland DOESN'T have, but each place has their own way to enjoy, doesn't it?
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Independece Day

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Today is the independence day of Finland.

91 years from the day Finland became independent of Russia. Congratulations, Finland !!!


What to be done on the independence day.

1:Concerts
   The musicians are to play in the independence concerts.
2:Watch TV.
   The president invites lots of people to a party and the TV shows the very beginning of it,
where the president is shaking hands with the invited people one by one.
The TV programme lasts 3-4 hours, but people really watches it.


About the 1st one.

As I am not a professional musician, I played in our orchestra's concert yesterday, the 5th Dec. What did we play? Of course, Sibelius. This time, we played Andante Festivo and the 1st movement of Karelia Suite. To tell you the truth, Andante Festivo is one of my most favourite pieces.

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The piece makes me think of this kind of scenery and the melody, the flow of the sounds is simply divine. Also, Andante Festivo is the reason why I wanted to join an orchestra in Finland. (The photo-taken this noon. It was sunny today after many days of rain.)

I wanted to play Andante Festivo.

This piece cannot be played alone, and which amateur orchestra in other countries will ever play this?? But in Finland, if you join an orchestra, you'll have a chance to play this, definately!!

Yes, I was right. The chance had come!!!
I was so exited when I heard that we were to play the piece in the independence concert♬♪
Of course, I was very happy in the concert♪

After being here for more than 2 years, one objective or dream, or however to be put, was achieved☆★


About the 2nd one.

There isn't any TV in my flat. So, I'll go to my friend's place to watch it. Finns normally go home (where parents live) and watch this programme. On the cerebral day, Finns watch this sooooo boring (in normal sense) TV programme. They are crazy, so wired, but I'm also looking forward to the TV programme like the Finns...! hahaha

The president shake hands with each person. The programme is nothing more than that. It's simply it. But what are the Finns thinking while watching that?? Well, what they say is this. "Look at the each person's clothes, hair style, who they come with." Yes, it is rather fun, if you become a Finn enough. For me, I have another interest. There is always one person who I want to see. The year before, it was the Japanese ambassador. Last year, it was Kimi Raikonen. This year, it's Anna Abreu. Well, because you never know when they'll appear, you just have to keep watching the TV all that hours!! What a fun!!! hahaha



Well, then, let's say it again.

Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää!
Congratulations for the independence, Finland!
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Promissed Sweets

Helsinki is certainly not the most urban city as a capital of a country. But, nevertheless, it is a CAPITAL of a county.
If you try to look for, 'most' things must be found.


Yes, the fearfully smelly sweets as well....
It was my first time to try it.
After all those nice, tasty food, it came to the table...

DURIAN


Durian, it really had.....unique odour, as wikipedia says(><)

The smell of rotten onion which was boiled too much・・・!!
The smell of gas・・・!!
I didn't know much about durian before, so I really thought the gas was leaking out...
So, the room became full of the odour...

I now know what is meant by "it's tasty with your nose closed."
If the smell was like the coconut, how wonderful it could have been...!
The ice cream we had afterward...oh, it was delicious. Absolutely delectable. Sweet smell and sweet taste. Wonder land inside the mouth..
I have always liked ice cream, but now, I like it even more!


Well, durian cannot be found in the normal supermarkets, so I guess only the particular group of people, like Southeast Asian, eat.
The Finns normally have apples, oranges, bananas, and muscats.


Nevertheless, I was happy to have a fruit then because it's easily forget to eat fruits during the winter. hehe~~
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@ bar

On the Friday and Saturday night, I went out with my friends for a drink.

At the entrance of the bars,


Guard:"Hey, you, show me your ID, please"

Friends:"Should all of us show?"

I show my ID before anyone can say anything.

Guard, after cheking my ID: "OK. All of you can go in."



If I am old enough, then all of the others should also be.

This theory applies every time.



People's eyes in the bars are always very noticeable.

People doesn't really watch me so often while walking the city, but inside the bars, it seems I look so incongruous. hehe



But that's how I appear to the ordinal Finns.

Probably the situation is more noticeable in Finland than in England or certainly that in Japan.

Also, it might be because I have typical Asian look!



Nevertheless, they do let me in with my ID and the bartenders never say anything while serving.

In England, I had to show my ID every time I got a drink. but here in Finland, the bartenders never ask for my ID and they're always willing to serve me!

I wonder how it would go in Japan. Never had a drink there...
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fringe

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Cut fringe.

I'd always had troubles with my hair. The hair never listened to me, but be however they wanted to be. But my friend Pupu-chan told me baby oil do the hair stay calm. So, I tried and it worked! As my hair now listens to me much more than it used to be, I've cut the fringe. (I could never cut like this before because they wouldn't stay down...)

It's been a while since I last had this kind of fringe. I was so used to put it on a side.

Well, now my hair is more like of the Finns. They always cut their hair horizontally straight.



p.s. Sorry I haven't been writing in English lately, but I'll start it again.
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