Dear Teachers, Department Members, Family, Friends and L-PhD Students,
I am honored to greet you in the humid and hot summer at Maebashi with beautiful images of Matsuri, fireworks, cold soba noodles and iced Matcha.
It is me Gombodorj Navchaa, and I was born in “Year of the Rabbit” as you know the fourth in the 12-year cycle of the Zodiac is used in most of Asian countries. My first name is “Navchaa”, which means “Leaf”.
There are four members in my family, my husband, my son and my daughter and myself. My husband is a sculptor.
I fulfilled a childhood dream when I have a bachelor degree with a major in Medicine and graduated from the National Health Science University in 1999. Over the past fourteen years, I have worked at National Cancer Center of Mongolia as a Radiation Oncologist, Head of Radiotherapy Department, Supervisor of Non-Surgical Clinic and Vice Director in charge of Clinic in the National Cancer Center of Mongolia after my graduation. During these years, I have been actively involved in the activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s South East Asian and Pacific Regional projects. It happened that I had the chance of visiting the Radiotherapy Department at Gunma University of Gunma Prefecture, Japan during the training course for project implementation in 2001. I could not start my study at that time due to responsibilities for developing radiation oncology in my home country of Mongolia and the need to finalize the implementation of the ongoing projects. However, I wished to study in this famous university. But, I have no any disappointment for these working years due to I have dedicated my input into important transition period from 2D to 3D technologies of radiation oncology development in Mongolia. During these busy and active years, I have learnt much I learned the values of teamwork and commitment, how to win, how to work hard, how to concentrate and focus on goals, and how to balance my time and priorities.
In 2009, I was heartened to learn Heavy Ion Facility had been installed at Gunma University and then commenced a PhD study in the Graduate School of Medicine of Gunma University in the spring 2013. It is my pleasure and honor to study in this famous university, which is one of the leading 12 elected universities in the field of cancer research in Japan.
My vision is for the Radiotherapy development level in Mongolia would be similar with other developed countries and patient’s survival, who have received the radiotherapy due to cancer diagnosis, are increasing and their life quality are improving. I’m trying to input my value to accomplishing this goal. I think to study here and to do the research is focusing overcoming radioresistance induced by hypoxia, so this is a good opportunity for me to know and learn that I am perfectly capable of taking my studies and experiences at Gunma University and applying them to real life. Also, I’d like to continue giving advice to younger researchers and radiation oncology fellows, inputting regional cooperation for developing radiation oncology in home and other countries and enjoy time with my colleagues and foreign friends with same profession.
As for my life outside of the university, I liked to meet with Japanese people, make friends, to see natural and modern civilization’s nice scenes and learn Japanese culture from them and share its with my children.
I believe that being in Maebashi is my destiny and it is a nice city for me specially. As mentioned I trained in Gunma University firstly as a radiation oncologist, and now live and study there for my PhD. Maebashi city is very similar to my home country Mongolia because it is the most sunny place in Japan with an average number of sunny days for the city of more than 200 days in a year. The sky is mostly clear, with strong winds in winter and spring and the city is situated in surrounded by four mountains.
In last month, July I have spent my summer vacation in my home country Mongolia and enjoyed for seeing a nice four mountains, which are surrounding capital city Ulaanbaatar. During my vacation, I have seen the most famous festival in Mongolia is “Naadam” or Three Manly Games. The games include wrestling, archery and horseracing. I would like to introduce about Naadam festival in brief by using the nice chance of meeting with you through this monthly e-mail magazine.
Naadam Festival is an ancient tradition and culture, having a history of almost 2000 years since the Xiongnu period. Nowadays, Naadam was adopted in law: “Naadam is a great traditional festival of the nation symbolizing sovereignty and independence of Mongolia”. The biggest Naadam festival is held in the capital city Ulaanbaatar at the National Sports Stadium. The official opening of Naadam begins with a ceremonial ride of soldiers dressed in medieval outfit and bearing the Nine Banners of Chinggis Khaan.
Wrestling: Traditionally, 512 wrestlers participate in the competition to test their strength and artistic tricks, and nine rounds are held.
Horseracing: In average, 400 horses of six age categories, or 2400 horses participate in a two-day horseracing in Ulaanbaatar. It is surprising that 26 000 horses participate in a race all over the country. The race-distance depends on the age of horses. The participating horses run for 20-30kilometers putting forth all strength.
Archery: The Mongolian archery is unique. The usual archery contest is between teams, each of 5-7 archers, aiming at a line of 33 leather cylinders from distance of 75 meters for men and 60 meters for women in a series of knock-out rounds. Men shoot 40 arrows, women 20 arrows. The number of target cylinders is reduced as the tournament progress, until in the final there are only three.
In 2010 Naadam was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
I invite all of you in Mongolia and one has a chance of seeing the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar.
Wish a wonderful summer time.