Tag Archives: Mongolia

Learning from Extreme Coldness

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Finally, the famous Mongolian winter has come! It seems that Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world.

Since I came to Mongolia from Chile, the other side of the planet, I started checking the weather forecast frequently. As the above image shows, there are many types of weather (and it is good topic to talk about for someone like me who does’t know the local language so much). However, there is one thing that those symbols cannot capture so much, which is the temperature. Of course, the snow mark can somehow show that it would be cold, but the Mongolian winter’s temperature (minus 20-30℃!) cannot be shown with any symbol.

I was actually nervous and at the same time excited to feel the extreme weather, since it was the first time in my life to live in such a cold place (and I don’t think I would experience this so many times in the future), so I would like to share how it feels.

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Unexpected Encounter

Recently, I had a great encounter. I didn’t expect to meet this person in Mongolia, the person who I would say is well-known to the majority of Japanese: Mr. Hirotada Ototake, the author of “No one’s perfect” (in Japanese, Gotai Humanzoku which literally means without limbs). He came to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to an event for opening new bookstore branch and introduce his book translated into Mongolian.


Furthermore, at this event, Mongolian national iconic person, Asa Shoryu (previous sumo wrestling Champion in Japan) was also present, so it was double unexpected encounter for me.


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Double Earthquake

For the last 3 days, I had this feeling: Given that it happened at this time in Chile, where I used to live, I cannot help but write about the following two different earthquakes.

1. Chilean 8.3-magnitude earthquake (on Sep 17)
2. Chilean drink called “earthquake” (“Terremoto”) which people drink mostly in the national holidays (around Sep 18).
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Mongolian Movie Theater

One thing I was not expecting to do in Mongolia was to go to a movie theater that frequently. For the last three months in my stay, I have been there 8 times so far, which means every 2 week! This must be the most frequent pace in my movie life. So today, let me share my experience on Mongolian movie theater.
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