The first sauna experience


I visited the sauna organised by Turun Avantouimarit ry on the weekend.

This sauna is along the sea. Speaking of Finland, I remember sauna because the sauna was introduced at the first orientation when I came to TUAS. It was especially impressive. Sauna is Finnish and is commonly called in the world. The famous Finnish sauna is Vasta. This is a bundle of white birch branches. Then, you hit Vasta on own body. Bur, this sauna doesn’t have it. My first impression of the sauna in Finland is very hot but not difficult to breathe. There are many sauna in Jpana with hot springs. However, Most of sauna in Japan is difficult to breathe. I was surprised to dive in the sea. The depth is about 2.5m and the my foot can’t reach the ground. I tried swimming, but I got up at about 5m. I had a sad experience when I dropped the key into the sea. I learned to wear the key on my foot instead of my wrist. I thought I should take sandals. The metal plate of slippers on the way to the sea from sauna is painful with bare foot. We can adjust the temperature in sauna (Only to raise temperature). The temperature was raised by to give the water for the stone. The sauna has three-tiered structure. The up stair is hot. However, we can adjust the temperature. I was able to refresh my body and to sleep at night. In a few days, because it gets dark quickly, my sleeping time is short. But the sauna made me relaxed. If you are interested in sauna, you should go the sauna with money and sandals and shampoo and swimsuit.

Written By Hiroshi Satake

Christmas party with my tutor

Christmas party was held by my tutor in their house. It is early for us. But, my tutor let me experience Finnish culture. At that time, I ate traditional Finnish meal. We ate Porkkanalaatko (this is Carrot Casserole) and Pernalaatikko (this is Potato Casserole). I have never eaten either of them, so I felt it was very fresh taste. I baked cookies. This cookie is called ginger cookies and contains ginger and cinnamon. When I made cookies, my tutor has various cookie cutter. There was an elf shaped cutter. I can’t use this cutter. I usually use like star, heart, angel and something like that in my country. This elf is the Santa Claus assistant called Tottu. Maybe, we can see the doll of torttu in K city market. I thought it was unexpected because I only thought Santa Clause and reindeer. And the famous Finnish Christmas snack is Joulutorttu. Joulu means Christmas and Touruttu means tart. Make a cut into 4 corners of the pie crust. And then, fold it like windmill, put the prune in the middle and bake in the oven. In addition, my tutor created the creative Jouluttu that is the sharp of X. I also ate and drink glogi with ginger cookies and Jouluttu. Glogi is a kind of hot wine. It includes cinnamon and is non-alcohol. Recently, you can see at supermarkets.

I learned the Finnish language from my tutor. It is Hyvää joulua! Hyvää means good and joulua means Christmas. I am happy that I can experience Christmas in Finland. In my country, we eat chiken and cake. We don’t have to eat and drink Glogi, ginger cookie and joulutorttu. So, I could touch a new culture. That’s thanks to my tutor. Thank you for inviting Christmas party. I will spend nice Christmas.


Written By Hiroshi Satake

Travelling: Tampere

I traveled to Tampere. The population is about 200,000. (The population in Turku is about 180,000) It’s a big city in Finland. But I felt like Turku street rather than Helsinki street. When I went to Tampere, I use Onnibus. Thanks to the Onnibus, I was able to go cheap. It took 2 hours from Turku to Tampere. Tampere is to the north of Turku. So, Tampere is colder than Turku. If you have the opportunity that you go to Tampere, you should wear warm cloth. There is the bus that is like foli in Tampere. We can buy 1 Day ticket. It is very convenient. When I visited there, Fish day was held in Laukontori. This event is like Fish day in Turku. I ate Finland’s famous salmon soup for the first time. It was very delicious.

On next day, I went to pyynikki observation deck. There is this observation deck on the largest esker in the world. This observation deck made from stone. We can feel history. There was no person going the observation deck. But, there were many people in the café that is under observation deck. This cafe has the famous for doughnuts. There was a lot of sugar around it and it was very sweet. I visited

Sarkaniemi amusement park. However, this amusement park was closed. But, I went to the observation deck in this amusement park. It is higher than pyynikki observation deck.

On the last day, I went to Moomin Museum. Moomin is also popular my country. There was a staff that supports Japanese. The clerk is friendly. We can get the information about Moomin in this museum on multilingual. I’d like to go to Naantali. If you are interested in Tampere, you should go Tampere.


Written by Hiroshi

Differences between TUAS and my home institution

I’ve been TUAS since end of August. For about four months, I took some classes and went to lab. Then, I felt there are a lot of things different from my home institution actually. At thins time, I’d like to introduce some of them. Firstly, classes in TUAS focused on group works and discussions. In fact, in Finnish for exchange student class, we made some groups and we practiced Finnish with group members. Furthermore, we were given assignments that we actually went to market and took some videos or pictures with group members. I was so surprised because it was first experiences that I went to somewhere with group member in class. But I think it’s very important things. Actually through the activities, I got to know other exchange students and communicated a lot. And I thought I learnt Finnish more than did it alone because we could ask someone who knows well and teach it to each other. It is very good efficient, I think. Secondly, TUAS is opened for everyone. In my home institute and other almost institute, students and teachers could come into the institute, I think. But in TUAS, there are many competitions, parties and something like that. In additional, people often come into labs as visitor tour. Actually middle school students or other students, some adults visited my lab twice or more. It’s good thing because we can show what we’re studying to other people. And it must be our motivation to studying or other activities. And school activities and sports activities were introduced in ground floor in TUAS. Through the event, I could know where and when we can play sports or we can do something. In additional, we could communicate with such people there actually. It’s also important thing, I think. Finally, we can enjoy buffet in cafeteria. At first time, I was surprised that we can choose whichever I want to eat. But there are a lot of kinds of foods every time. So, I couldn’t choose one. I had a good lunch time. In short, TUAS is so kind to all people including non-student or non-teacher more than my home institute.
Written By Shun Miura

Traveling in Finland 2

I visited Puumala September. Where and what is Puumala? Puumala is located in the Southern Savonia region. According to Wikipedia, the municipality has a population of 2,217 (31 August 2017) and covers an area of 794.50 square kilometres (306.76 sq mi) of which 443.17 km2 (171.11 sq mi) is water. The population density is 2.79 inhabitants per square kilometre (7.2/sq mi). If you go there by car, it will take six our more hours from Turku. Why are we go? Because my Finnish friend’s father has summer cottage along the Saimaa lake. Then, I was invited to visit there.
When the day of departure , I knew we went by car. Furthermore, the car was too small for five people. You know it was so hard trip, the car is very tiny and it’s a long trip. When we arrive, it already got dark. Of course we already got tired. But we had a first exiting experience, we took a boat to go to cottage. It was so fun, it was pretty cold, though. After that, we had a dinner together and prepared for sleeping. Then, we had a second exiting experience. We could enjoy open-air bath and try jumping into the lake. We could drink a lot of beer in the bath and we could experience like Finnish culture, I think. The second day, we tried to handle the boat. It was first experience for us. I felt it’s a little bit difficult than it looks. Some of us couldn’t handle the boat actually. But I think it was rare experience. After that, we harvested many vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes and strawberries. And we cooked some Finnish foods with them. Of course it was so tasty. But I couldn’t eat porridge that was like oatmeal. I tried, but I couldn’t. And we tried meets of deer as well. I felt it was like beef, it was so nice. We spent only a night, but we experienced a lot. When the way to the cottage, I regretted that I joined them. But after finish everything, I thought I’d like to visit again. Thank you friends and friend’s father, thank you for inviting me.
Written By Shun Miura