The rainy season has arrived and the stay at home is now caused by frequent rain. I hope that in a few weeks we will be able to enjoy the lush nature of the Hayakawa Valley without heavy rain and without the threat of CoronaVirus!
Instead of travelling to Itoigawa, the travel agency plans to let the Swiss enjoy the nature of Hayakawa through products from the region such as rice, sake, etc. I will share more details about it as soon as the plan becomes a reality!
In the meantime I wish you all a pleasant time in good health!
ミュラーさんより Dear everyone in the Kamihayakawa Valley, 上早川渓谷の皆様へ
Gradually the cold season is approaching and the first snow may fall as early as this month. I hope that everyone is doing well and that we all will not suffer from catching cold this winter. 徐々に寒い季節が近づいており、今月にも初雪が降るかもしれません。皆さんお元気で、風邪を引かないことを願っています。
In early November we will get some business visitors from Europe. A group of investors from Switzerland are interested in setting up a cheese production facility in Japan. Itoigawa’s Hayakawa valley is regarded as a potential location for the business, since the landscape with its mountains look like in Switzerland. It would be a very nice opportunity for the Hayakawa valley if this idea could be realized. I plan to write more about this subject in the next newsletter. 11月上旬にはヨーロッパからビジネス客を迎えます。スイスの投資家グループが、日本でのチーズ生産施設の設立に興味を示しています。糸魚川の早川渓谷は、山の景色がスイスのように見えることから、このビジネスの拠点になる可能性があると考えられている。このアイデアが実現できれば、早川渓谷にとってとても良い機会になるでしょう。私はこの事について次のニュースレターでもっと書くつもりです。
In the meantime I am wishing you a nice remaining autumn season! それではまたお会いしましょう。素敵な晩秋をお過ごしください。
Dear everyone in KamiHayakawa! The summer heat is still around but the autumn breeze is coming soon. I hope that everyone is doing fine! During September, I will host a guest from Switzerland who is working at a famous and very old Swiss company in Zurich as a cartographer, making high quality tourist maps for Switzerland and others countries. His name is Markus and he is going to stay at my Kominka in Tsuchikura. Markus will travel around the Hayakawa valley, on foot and by bicycle, from the ocean to the mountain top in order to explore the potential for sustainable tourism in Itoigawa with a focus on the Hayakawa valley. I am sure that you will meet him here and there as he is a rather tall guy. He has some very basic knowledge of the Japanese language, hence, please take the opportunity to communicate with him. Your inputs will help him to better understand the potential of our beautiful valley! I will sometimes be with him and I look forward to meeting you on our way in the Hayakawa valley.
Dear All, My name is Markus Hauser. I am 49 years old and I live in Winterthur, the 6th largest city of Switzerland just north of Zurich. Since my childhood I am in love with maps and so I became a professional Cartographer at Orell F?ssli in Zurich over 30 years ago. My company has a very old background, as the mother company was founded in 1519. We are celebrating this year our 500 years anniversary! I would like to use my knowledge and love for Japan to do a research in the Hayakawa valley. I am coming to your lovely valley in the coming September for 3 weeks and looking forward to meet you and discuss with you the potential for sustainable tourism. Best regards, 皆様へ マーカス・ハウザーと申します。私は49歳で、チューリッヒのすぐ北にあるスイス第6の都市ウィンタートゥールに住んでいます。子供の頃から地図が大好きで、30年以上前にチューリッヒのオレル・フュズリ株式会社でプロの地図作家になりました。私の会社は本社が1519年に設立されたという非常に古い歴史を持っています。私たちは今年で500周年を迎えます! 私の知識と日本への愛を生かして、早川渓谷の調査をしたいと思っています。私はこれから9月に3週間、あなたの素敵な谷に行く予定で、あなたに会い、持続可能な観光の可能性についてあなたと話し合うことを楽しみにしています。
I hope that everyone is doing well and that the early summer heat will not cause any trouble to you. In June a Swiss based German TV company decided to make a documentary movie about the Izakaya Nozomi in Luzern, who’s owner Beni Egli visited us in April 2019. Beni visited Itoigawa with his family for a Rice, Sake and Sansai experience. He was very much impressed with the new taste that he has discovered in Itoigawa and recommended to the TV company to also include Itoigawa in the documentary movie. In July we have arranged an interview with Sake brewer Inomata-san, rice farmer Hara-san and the Sansai-collectors around Higuchi-san. Thank you very much for your kind contribution! According to the TV company, the documentary movie will be released in Switzerland in autumn this year. Needless to say that we will try to get a copy of it in order to share it with you.
In July we planned to climb Mt. Yakeyame, however, bad weather did not support this plan and we look forward to joining the local community again for the hike up Mt. Yakeyama in autumn.