Fukuoka International Association (FIA) Mail Magazine vol.74 July/05/2008

Fukuoka Rainbow Magazine provides monthly information on events and news in the Fukuoka area related to international exchange and cooperation. We hope this will encourage your activities. Information in English precedes Japanese. Also, if you wish to discontinue subscription to this mail magazine, please refer to the end of this issue.
The Group of Eight Summit will be held from July 7 to 9 in Toyako town, Hokkaido. Main theme of the Summit is "Environment and Climate Change." We should all take this occasion to review our lifestyles and consider how we can become more environmentally- friendly.



Table of Contents:

1. News from the Fukuoka International Association

    1) Announcement and acknowledgement on Myanmar and China Disaster Relief Donations
    2) Foreign Student Lecture Series "My Hometown and Fukuoka"
    3) Japanese Chatting Salon

2. News from Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City, the Central Government, and Other Affiliated Organizations

    1) Cinela "Films from Egypt and the Arab world"
    2) The ABCs of Japanese Culture for Foreigners
    3) Fukuoka Triathlon Festa 2008

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

    1) Belarus Embroidery Cafe
    2) Isla de Salsa 2008
    3) APCC Fukuoka Music Festival

4. News from Internationally Related Organizations in Fukuoka

    1) Fukuoka Asian Film Festival
    2) Workshop for Junior High School Students Whose Mother Tongue Is Not Japanese
    3) Experience Noh Performance

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

    Pub crawl at Yatai

1. News from The Fukuoka International Association

 For detailed information about this section, unless specified, please refer to FIA:
 Fukuoka International Association
 City Hall North Annex 5F, Tenjin 1-10-1, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0001
 TEL: 092-733-5630   FAX: 092-733-5635
 URL: http://www.rainbowfia.or.jp/

1) Announcement and acknowledgement on Myanmar and China Disaster Relief Donations
Donations for the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and earthquake in Sichuan Province, China were collected and sent as "Fukuoka Citizen Donation" to the following organizations. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Purpose/Collection period/Organization:
Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, May 16 - Jun. 6, Japanese Red Cross Society
Earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, May 16 - Jun. 13, Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Fukuoka

2) Foreign Student Lecture Series "My Hometown and Fukuoka"
Each month, the Fukuoka Foreign Student Support Association invites foreign students residing and studying in Fukuoka to share information about their hometowns. Through this, we learn about the student’s family, his/her hometown and lifestyle, what brought him/her to Fukuoka and his/her vision for the future.

Date: Jul. 17 (Thu) 18:30
Place: Attaka Salon, Fukuoka International Association
Lecturer: Nascimento Gilberto (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Japanese Literature, Kyushu University
For more information: http://attaka-fukuoka.jp/ (in Japanese)

3) Japanese Chatting Salon
"Japanese Chatting Salon" welcomes all foreign students studying in Fukuoka for a chat in Japanese. Enjoy a free, friendly conversation with our Japanese volunteers!

Date: Every First and Third Thursday of the Month, 13:30-17:00
Place: Attaka Salon, Fukuoka International Association Conference Room

2. News from Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City, Central Government and Affiliated Organizations

1) Cinela "Films from Egypt and the Arab world"
A collection of films from Egypt and the Arab world will be released with the joint opening of "Sakuji Yoshimura's New Discovery Egyptian Exhibit" which will be held at the Fukuoka City Museum until August 31. (All the films except for "West Beirut" are subtitled in Japanese.)

Duration: through Jul. 2(Wed) - 13 (Sun)
    West Beirut (Lebanon, '98, 113min.) English & Japanese subtitled
    The Kite (Lebanon, '03, 80min.)
    Terrorism & Kebab (Egypt, '92, 119min.)
    The Yacoubian Building (Egypt, '06, 172min.)
    The City (Egypt, '99, 105min.)
    Shadow of Silence (Saudi Arabia, '05, 114min.)
    Waiting (Palestine & France, '05, 93min.)
    Babel Web (Algeria, '04, 98min.)
    Bab'Aziz (Tunisia-Germany-France-UK, '04, 99min.)
Fee: Adult 600yen, Univ. & H.S. Students 500yen, J.H.S. & Elem. Students 400yen

Inquiry: Fukuoka City Public Library "Cine-la"
TEL: 092-852-0608    FAX: 092-852-0609    URL: http://www.cinela.com (in Japanese)

2) The ABCs of Japanese Culture for Foreigners
Sign up today for various lectures and hands-on experience on Japanese culture!

Dates/programs: Jul. 12 (Sat) Gion Yamakasa (Festival), Sep. 21 (Sun) Kabuki play
Time: 14:00-15:30
Venue: ACROS Fukuoka 2F Seminar Room
Enrollment limit: 35 *Applications accepted on a first-come first-served basis.
Fee: Free

Inquiry: ACROS Fukuoka
TEL: 092-725-9100 (11:00a.m.-5:00p.m.)    FAX: 092-725-9102
Email: fukuokasggclub@yahoo.co.jp

3) Fukuoka Triathlon Festa 2008
Annual triathlon festival is now recruiting participants for this year.

Date: Oct. 5 (Sun) 8:30 Registration desk open
Venue: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
Category: Japan Triathlon EKIDEN in Fukuoka (Team), Super Sprint Championships in Kyushu Okinawa
Application deadline: Aug. 22

Inquiry: FTU Office
TEL/FAX: 092-482-8204    Email: festa@ktarn.or.jp

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

1) Belarus Embroidery Cafe
Cross-stitch is one of the popular crafts produced at Nozomi 21, the welfare craft center in Belarus. Enjoy the embroidering activity with a cup of coffee and feel something familiar to Belarus.

Date/Time: Jul. 27 (Sun) 14:00
Venue: Fukuoka Jinken Keihatsu Center (Hakata Riverain Office 10F)
Fee: 600yen for pincushion and potpourri sack

Inquiry: Chernobyl Medical Support Network
TEL/FAX: 092-944-3841    Email: jimu@cher9.to    URL: http://www.cher9.to/ (in Japanese)

2) Isla de Salsa 2008
This year celebrates the 12th year of the event, “Centenary of Bilateral Relationship between Japan and Colombia, and Year of the Interchange between Japan and Brazil”. The venue is moved to more convenient location.

Dates: Aug. 9 (Sat), 10 (Sun) 13:00
Venue: Seaside Momochi Jigyohama
Fee: Advance 4,800yen At door 5,600yen
Further information: http://www.isla-de-salsa.jp/

Inquiry: Tiempo Iberoamericano
TEL: 092-762-4100    Email: eventos@tiempo.jp

3) APCC Fukuoka Music Festival
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention’s establishment and supporting its activities, a music concert will be held featuring singers from Japan, Korea and China.

Date: Oct. 26 (Sun) 17:30
Venue: Marine Messe Fukuoka
Fee: S 7,000yen, A 5,000yen

Inquiry: The Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in FUKUOKA
TEL: 092-734-7700    Email: info@apcc.gr.jp    URL: http://www.apcc.gr.jp/

4. News from International Related Organizations in Fukuoka

1) Fukuoka Asian Film Festival
This is a film festival featuring mainly Asian films organized and managed by all volunteers!

Duration/Venue: Jul. 4 (Fri) -6 (Sun) French-Japanese Institute of Kyushu 5F Hall
                              11 (Fri) -13 (Sun) NTT Yume Tenjin Hall (IWATAYA 7F)
Fee: At door Adult 1,800 yen, University student 1,500yen, J.H.S & H.S. Student 1,000yen
Further information: http://www2.gol.com/users/faff/faff.html

Inquiry: Fukuoka Asian Film Festival
TEL: 092-733-0949    Email: faff@gol.com

2) Workshop for Junior High School Students Whose Mother Tongue is not Japanese
This is an annual workshop which provides high school preparatory guidance (in five languages) for junior high school students whose mother tongue is not Japanese, as well as for their parents, guidance counselor at junior high schools, and teachers at high schools accepting those students.

Date: Aug. 3 (Sun) 13:00-17:00
Venue: The International Hall on Hakozaki Campus, Kyushu University
Available Languages: Japanese, English, Korean Chinese, Spanish

Inquiry: Council for Career and High Education in Fukuoka
TEL: 092-712-4174

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

Pub Crawl at Yatai?

Every Friday afternoon, I patiently wait and bite my lower lip as the hour and minute hands steadily race towards "five fifteen", or as I truly see it, a privileged time to which I can officially shutdown the Microsoft for a weekend hibernation and startup the early nomikai (drinking festivity) with spirited associates. Well, the other Friday was one such occasion where my girlfriend and I met up with our good friend for a dinner at one stylish Izakaya restaurant situated in Nishidori, the bustling street of Tenjin. Feasting on the exquisite dishes and drinks prepared before us with a mix of laughter in between, time was the least of my worries until one of us suggested, "Should we wrap up here and head to Yatai for a second round?" --yes, the good old Yatai!
Food stalls, or "Yatai", as they call it, usually appear on the streets after six thirty as indicated by the enticing savory odor of tonkotsu and oden filling the corners of Tenjin. Indeed, this barrow restaurant is a well-represented character of Fukuoka that shares approximately 40 percent of all Yatais found in Japan. As a precursor of modern fast food restaurants, Yatai originated as a casual sushi and tempura stand for ordinary people during the Edo period and was popularized after WWII, though their numbers fell by roughly 70 percent in the last three decades. While bearing this reality in my mellow mind, I felt like a bloated balloon and wanted to drift to wherever the night breeze directed. However, as soon as I noticed the rouge-lit lantern in the nightscape, I spontaneously recalled the very fact that every Yatai has an exclusive aura which works up one’s appetite afresh even after completing a lavish meal (similar to women and their dessert stomachs). I just had to take a visit there and test this superstition.
Of the 180 choices in the city, we stepped into the vendor located literally 50 feet away from where we had been dining, and lifted the shop curtain to enter the Okinawa-style Yatai. To our surprise, my friend's husband was occupying one of the ten seats, and we joined him to catch up with his evening drink. While we made several rounds of kanpai in a cramped space, a friendly lady staged just over the counter was performing a live cooking show in a speedy fashion, pan-frying and juggling some mixed vegetables and noodles (much like angel-hair pasta) together into an original yaki-ramen—a fantastic selection of Yatai cuisine. As more gourmet finger food (e.g. mimiga-fry: pan-fried julienne of sow's ear) and shochu were ordered one after another, the ambience was enriched with the owner's delightful personality and our ceaseless talk into the night --a superb experience.
While Yatai is more or less a popular scene in Japan, especially in Fukuoka, Vancouver has nothing comparable to that other than hotdog or chestnut stands which are also limited in number and are popular amongst the Japanese tourists. However, once a year from July thrugh August, we have what's called "night market" in the city of Richmond, where many Asian Canadians (mostly Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Koreans, etc.) set up rows of ethnic food, accessory, and original confectionary booths in a large, isolated area to satisfy the local enthusiasts who crave the tasty delicacies of takoyaki, dimsum, pineapple fried rice, etc. at a relatively cheap price (e.g. usually a few to several dollars for a plate of dish).
As for eating ramen at Yatai that evening, I was way too full to speak and order the so called "shime" (last dish to eat, usually ramen), and it surely would take several more challenges before I can slurp that soup into my belly (after pub crawl) and find out exactly why so many Japanese love eating ramen at the end of their drinking night.

Nobuo Gondo


1. 福岡よかトピア国際交流財団からのお知らせ

  1) ミャンマー・中国四川省災害義援金の報告とお礼
  2) 外国人が語る「ふるさとの街と福岡」
  3) 日本語おしゃべりサロン

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報

  1) シネラ「エジプト・アラブの映画」
  2) 外国人のための日本文化いろは講座
  3) 福岡アジア都市研究所シンポジウム
  4) 福岡トライアスロンフェスタ2008

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報

  1) ワーキング・ホリデーミニ説明会
  2) カンボジアスタディツアー2008
  3) ベラルーシ刺しゅうカフェ
  4) イスラ・デ・サルサ2008
  5) APCC20周年記念・支援福岡ミュージックフェスティバル

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報

  1) 福岡アジア映画祭
  2) 母国語(韓国語)による保育園児・小学生の"保護者の集い"
  3) 日本語を母国語としない中学生の高校進学を考える会
  4) 能楽を体験しよう

5. ノブが見た福岡


1. 福岡よかトピア国際交流財団からのお知らせ

〒810-0001福岡市中央区天神1丁目10-1 北別館5F
TEL:092-733-5630  FAX:092-733-5635
URL: http://www.rainbowfia.or.jp/j_index.htm

1) ミャンマー・中国四川省災害義援金の報告とお礼

ミャンマー・サイクロン被害 5月16日~6月 6日 日本赤十字社
中国・四川省大地震被害   5月16日~6月13日 中華人民共和国駐福岡総領事館

2) 外国人が語る「ふるさとの街と福岡」

日  時:7月17日(木)18:30
場  所:福岡よかトピア国際交流財団 あったかサロン
講  師:ナシメント・ジルベルトさん(ブラジル・サンパウロ)

3) 日本語おしゃべりサロン

日  時:毎月第1・第3木曜日 13:30~17:00
場  所:あったかサロン(福岡よかトピア国際交流財団内)

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報
1)  シネラ「エジプト・アラブの映画」

期  間:7月2日(水)~13日(日)
会  場:福岡市総合図書館 映像ホール・シネラ
観 覧 料:大人 600円 高・大学生 500円 小中学生 400円

問合せ:福岡市総合図書館 映像ホール・シネラ
TEL: 092-852-0608  FAX: 092-852-0609

2) 外国人のための日本文化いろは講座

時  間:14:00~15:30
会  場:アクロス福岡2階セミナー室
定  員:35名

TEL: 092-725-9100  Email: fukuokasggclub@yahoo.co.jp

3) (財)福岡アジア都市研究所シンポジウム

テ ー マ:東アジアのダイナミズムと地域交流拠点都市の新たな可能性を求めて
日  時:7月31日(木)13:30~17:00
会  場:福岡市役所15階講堂
内  容:来賓挨拶、基調講演、パネルディスカッション

TEL: 092-733-5686  Email: event@urc.or.jp

4) 福岡トライアスロンフェスタ2008

日  時:10月5日(日)8:30受付開始
会  場:国営海の中道海浜公園

TEL/FAX: 092-482-8204  Email: festa@ktarn.or.jp

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
1) ワーキング・ホリデーミニ説明会

日  時:7月4日(金)、8月1日(金) 15:30~16:30
場  所:ワーキング・ホリデー協会九州支所(中央区天神5-4-12地方自治センタービル6階)

TEL: 092-713-0854  URL: http://www.jawhm.or.jp/

2) カンボジアスタディツアー2008

期  間:8月17日(日)~24日(日)7泊8日
締  切:7月12日

TEL: 090-4514-5079  Email: factjp2001@yahoo.co.jp

3) ベラルーシ刺しゅうカフェ

日  時:7月27日(日)14:00~16:00
場  所:福岡市人権啓発センター交流室(博多リバレインオフィス10F)
参 加 費:600円(要予約、定員10名)

TEL/FAX: 092-944-3841  Email: jimu@cher9.to

4) イスラ・デ・サルサ2008

日  時:8月9日(土)、10日(日)13:00開場
場  所:シーサイドももち・地行浜
料  金:前売り4,800円 当日5,600円

TEL: 092-762-4100  Email: eventos@tiempo.jp

5) APCC20周年記念・支援 福岡ミュージックフェスティバル

日  時:10月26日(日)17:30
場  所:マリンメッセ福岡
入 場 料:S席7,000円 A席5,000円

TEL: 092-844-8837
TEL: 092-734-7700  Email: info@apcc.gr.jp

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報
1) 福岡アジア映画祭

料 金:一般1,800円 大学生1,500円 高中生1,000円

TEL: 092-733-0949  Email: faff@gol.com

2) 母国語(韓国語)による保育園児・小学生の"保護者の集い"

日  時:7月16日(水)10:00~12:00
場  所:九州大学国際交流会館1階和室

TEL/FAX: 092-642-3154  Email: noji-edu@mbox.nc.kyushu-u.ac.jp

3) 日本語を母国語としない中学生の高校進学を考える会

日  時:8月3日(日)13:00~17:00
場  所:九州大学国際ホール(箱崎キャンパス理系地区)
内  容:高校進学のため知っておく事の説明及び言語別分散会での質疑応答

TEL: 092-712-4174

4) 能楽を体験しよう

日  時:平成20年8月~平成21年1月 毎月第1・3水曜日 18:00~20:30
場  所:大濠公園能楽堂
内  容:能楽の舞・謡・笛・太鼓を体験習得し、平成21年1月12日に発表会を行います。
受 講 料:無料

申込・問合せ:櫟会(いちいかい) 山岡
TEL: 090-5479-3780  FAX: 092-541-3612

5. ノブが見た福岡


市内で180前後ある屋台の中から選んだのは、 事実上さっきの店から15メートル先にあり, 友人によればそこは沖縄風のご飯がおいしいとか。のれんをくぐると、何と驚く事に友人の旦那さんがすでに晩酌をしているではないか!少し窮屈ではあったが(10席程)、お互いに顔を合わせて乾杯をする余裕はあり、カウンター内の鉄板焼きを調理する様子には家庭的な気分を味わえた。店主は慣れた手つきで素早く野菜と細麺を焼き、出てきたのが「沖縄風焼きラーメン」(代表的な屋台食)。さらにはミミガーのポン酢あえも出され、焼酎の水割りも入り、時間を忘れて楽しいひと時が味わえた。

権藤 ノブオ


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