From "The Short Words" by Bediüzzaman Said Nursi
A Turkish Bride in Japan : Chapter III日本語はこちらへ：トルコ人の花嫁：第3話A Turkish Bride in Japan : Chapter III by AsiaNur
On Saturday afternoon, Leyla goes out to meet with her two friends, and they go to a cafe on the riverside across Nakanoshima, an island located between two rivers in central Osaka, connected to the land with many bridges. There are many historical buildings, museums, parks and a beautiful rose garden on Nakanoshima, and also cruises around the rivers.
The cafe is a big place decorated nicely with pastel colours and fine details. Leyla and her friends Hana and Satomi have a pleasant time there with soft music and beautiful view of the river and greenery. They have fun chatting for a long time about various things, while enjoying their sweet pancakes, the recent popular food in Japan.
- "Ah! I want to go somewhere and relax!" sighs Hana, a magazine-writer. "I've
A Turkish Bride in Japan : Chapter II日本語はこちらへ：トルコ人の花嫁：第2話A Turkish Bride in Japan : Chapter II by AsiaNur
Today is the Feast of Sacrifice, a festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide, honouring the sacrifice of Prophet Abraham in obedience to a command from The God. Muslims who are able to do so, sacrifice an animal like sheep, cow or camel, and share the meat with their friends and neighbours, or donate it to the poor and needy in their or other countries, for the sake of The God.
In many Muslim communities, the day starts with celebrating each other after the festival prayer. Wearing their best -mostly new- clothes, the kids kiss their elders' hands as a way of showing respect and receive pocket-money from them. Then during the four days of festival holiday, relatives and friends visit each other, and have meals together, which usually is meat and dessert.
In the mor
A Turkish Bride in Japan : Chapter I日本語はこちらへ：トルコ人の花嫁：第1話A Turkish Bride in Japan : Chapter I by AsiaNur
“It’s already the second month..” Leyla thinks while drinking her apple tea in balcony. It is a warm autumn morning with a clear sky and there is a sweet breeze touching her cheeks. She can see the florist below preparing to open up his shop, and students riding to school on the street Akira, her husband, has just went through.
It has been six weeks since she got married and started to live in Osaka. When she first came to Japan as an exchange student, she thought it would be only for a year, and never could have imagined to get married with a Japanese or live her life in Japan, but here she is, already adapting to her new life.
She became interested in Japan during her high school years, and studied Japanese language and literature at universi
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