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Name
Mr. Odmundur
Occupation
Racehorse Trainer at Wada Ranch
Nationality
Mongolia
TEL
(0478)73-2231

Born at Ulan Bator in 1978, Mr. Odmundur was raised with horses from a very young age. While in Mongolia, he had the experience to work for the “Mongol Horse Association”, and “Shonkhor Jockey” Club also.
Since August 2003, Mr. Odmundur has been working for WADA RANCH Stud & Stable as a professional Racehorse Trainer.

Established in 1947, WADA RANCH has produced numbers of fine racehorses, such as “DIAMANTE”, the winner of the First Queen Elizabeth Cup. As a prestigious horse farm with glorious history, the name of WADA RANCH is well known among the racehorse industry in Japan.

Currently, there are six Mongolian staff working at WADA RANCH. It is believed that they have a special skill to talk with the horses, and in fact, the horses they care for become gentle, meek, and also get along easily with people.

WADA RANCH welcomes all horse lovers and are looking forward to your visit.

Last updated on Jun. 15, 2006

Name
Ven. YALAGAMUWE DHAMMISSARA
Occupation
Chief and high-ranking priest of Amarapura Sect,
Japan Samgha
Country
Sri Lanka
URL
http://www.sakamuni.org/

Ven. Yalagamuwe Dhammissara Thera is a high-ranking Buddhist priest representing the Sri Lankan Buddhist world. Since he came to Japan in 1990, he has been making efforts for the exchange of Japanese and Sri Lankan Buddhism. He is also a chief monk of Viharagoda Purana Viharaya Temple in Sri Lanka, and provides learning opportunities at a Buddhist School for local children.

Currently he is propagating Theravada Buddhism and fostering priests as the chief Sri Lankan incumbent of Shosanji International Buddhist Center in Hachioji-shi. He is also promoting cultural and educational propagation activities between Sri Lanka and Japan.

Shosanji International Buddhist Center
Shosanji 1693-2 Yamada-cho, Hachioji-shi Tel:0426-67-7042

This center was founded by Ven. Dhammissara Thera to exchange Japanese and Sri Lankan Buddhism. They practice Buddha’s teaching and Theravada Buddhism, and propagate them to people. Within the temple’s rice fields, there is a Therevada Buddhist ordination platform, which was the first one to be recognized in Japan.

Last updated on Aug. 15, 2009

Name
Mr. Huxur Eli
Occupation
Owner chef of the restaurant named “SILKROAD MURATO”
Where from
Uighur
URL
http://www.silkroad-murat.com/

Owner chef of the restaurant named “SILKROAD MURATO” which was at once the only restaurant serving Uighur cuisine in Japan. Their homemade noodles made from flour on the spot are very popular, and the restaurant is usually busy till late hours of the night.

SILKROAD MURATO
Address:3-20-13, Eiwa, Sakura-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama
Tel:048-852-3911

Last updated on Sep. 2, 2009

Name
Mrs Maria Hietanen
Occupation
Fashion Designer/Stylist
Nationality
Finland

Maria Hietanen studied at the “University of Art and Design” in Helsinki and after that at the “University De Montfort” in the United Kingdom where she specialized in contour fashion.
With her experience of working as a designer/stylist at different companies in the past, she hoped to start her own beach wear company someday.

In 2008, stylish bikinis designed by Maria started to appear in the stores of “Isetan” and “United Arrows”. She concluded a contract to design for a French lingerie brand called “Millesia”.

Last updated on Aug. 22, 2008

Name
Ms. Astrid Klein
Occupation
Architect / Director of Klein Dytham Architecture
Nationality
Italy
URL
http://www.klein-dytham.com/about/

Name
Mr. Ilian Stoyanov (Илиан Стоянов)
Occupation
Football Coach and Trainer
Where from
Bulgaria
URL
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilian_Stoyanov

A former Bulgarian football national team defender, who helped Japanese professional clubs, will be starting a Youth soccer school and a restaurant in Hiroshima.

Last updated on Mar. 25, 2012

Name
Mekdachi Khalil
Occupation
Translator/Interpreter/Talent
Where from
Lebanon
Nationality
France

Mekdachi Khalil is a unique character actor, but works primarily in supporting media with foreign news matters using his expertise of multiple languages coupled with his understanding of international affairs. He grew up in Lebanon and attended Sorbonne University in Paris, and is proficient in Arabic, French, English and Japanese.

He came to Japan in 1996 and worked as a language instructor, translator and interpreter with several different media (NHK etc.) and also government agencies (JICA etc.).
Well versed in Middle East culture and having lived in Japan for 17 years, he has become valuable not only as a translator and interpreter, but also as a person to bridge the gap between Japan and the Middle East.

Other Activities
*Commercials: PEACH JOHN, Tokyo Metro, Bridgestone
*TV Programs: NHK「Arabic on Television」「Communication English I」「High School English」 「Everybody’s Japanese」「Living with Japanese」「English Conversation with Corpus 100!」

Last updated on Feb. 10, 2014

Name
Ian Gibbins
Occupation
Founder of Swan & Lion,
providing homemade traditional British foods in Japan
Birthplace
UK
URL
http://www.swanandlion.com/

As their homemade traditional British foods sold at Marchés and Farmers’ Markets during weekends in Tokyo were very well received, Swan & Lion will be opening their own shop in Tokyo this year, and their Café shall be following soon also. We will now have a place to find all those longed-for British goodies locally in Japan!

SWAN&LION SHOP
3-5-4 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-0074
Mon-Fri: 8:30am- 18:30pm
Sat: Closed →Find us at the Farmers’ Markets!!
Sun: Closed

CONTACT INFO
Email:info@swanandlion.com
Tel: 03-6884-3448

Last updated on Aug. 13, 2015

Name
Mr. Lugo
Occupation
A Sculptor introducing the Nagasaki martyrs of
the SENGOKU era to the world
Nationality
Puerto Rico

Mr. Lugo is well known for traditional Puerto Rican “Santos” woodcarving.
Since his first visit to Japan in 1984, Mr. Lugo has studied Japanese woodcarving traditions from the Kamakura era, and successfully developed an international approach to traditional woodcarving, by using motifs he learned in Japan.

Many of his Puerto Rican/Japanese carvings have won prizes at international competitions. Those works are exhibited in museums in the United States and Latin America.
In 1999, UNESCO recognized Mr. Lugo’s outstanding contributions to the art of woodcarving at an international exhibition held in Argentina.

Currently, Mr. Lugo is working on the 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki, which will be exhibited in Puerto Rico in 2008-09.
He was moved by the strong faith of these martyrs, who were executed in 1597. Now he is going over the details of each of the 26 biographies, which will be reflected in his carvings.

Last updated on Jul. 13, 2006

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