Fukuoka International Association (FIA) Mail Magazine vol.79 December/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 last page.
There were a lot of gloomy news both in the economy and society in 2008; we hope the coming year will begin with bright news. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. See you in 2009!



Table of Contents:

1. News from the Fukuoka International Association

   1) Information from Attaka Fukuoka

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

   1) Cinela "Japan as seen by Asia", "Films from the Philippines"
   2) The ABSs of Japanese culture for foreigners
   3) English Speech
   4) Dance Life Festival 2008
   5) URC Library Information

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

   1) Cinema Viewing by the Fukuoka Italy -Japan Association
   2) Christmas Party Information
   3) Tiempo en Vivo "Recuerdos"

4. News from Internationally Related Organizations in Fukuoka

   1) Multicultural Child Care Salon

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

   A glimpse of Asia from Fukuoka Part 2

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) Information from Attaka Fukuoka
Attaka Koryu Keijiban (exchange message board)
Attaka Fukuoka recently launched a message board service on its website to provide opportunities for international students, businesses and other entities to exchange information.
Foreign students: gain free access to information on temporary jobs or events posted by businesses and other entities.
Businesses and other entities: can post various information such as job opportunities or upcoming events and can contact the registered students directly by email.
Fee: free for foreign students, 10,000yen per year for businesses entities.

Foreign Student Lecture Series "My Hometown and Fukuoka"
Each month, the Fukuoka Foreign Student Support Association invites a foreign student residing and studying in Fukuoka to share information about his/her hometown and culture. Through this occasion, we learn about the student's family, her lifestyle, what brought her to Fukuoka and her vision for the future.
Date: Dec. 18 (Thu) 18:30
Place: Attaka Salon, Fukuoka International Association
Lecturer: Marte Winston (The Dominican Republic)
                Kyushu University Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences

Further information: http://attaka-fukuoka.jp/ (in Japanese)

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

1) Cinela "Japan as seen by Asia", "Films from the Philippines"
"Japan as seen by Asia": A selection of Asian films depicting Japan
Duration: Thru. Dec. 7 (Sun)
Subtitled in Japanese and English
    "Hiroshima28" ('74, 99min., Hong Kong)
    "Let's Sumo" ('07, 144min., Malaysia-Japan)
Subtitled in Japanese
    "The Genealogy" ('78, 106min., Korea)
    "Sayonara, Good-by" ('86, 100min., Taiwan)
    "Three Years Without God" ('76, 124min., Philippines)

"Films from the Philippines": A selection of major Philippines films from our film archive collection.
Duration: Dec. 10 (Wed) -24 (Wed)
Subtitled in Japanese and English
   "Modonna and Child" ('96, 121min.)
   "Child" ('00, 120min.)
   "American Adobo" ('02, 104min.)
   "Then and Now" ('03, 127min.)
   "La Vista Loca" ('05, 107min.)
   "Yesterday's Promise" ('94, 135min.)
Subtitled in Japanese
   "Insiang" ('76, 93min.)
   "The Ruins" ('56, 119min.)
   "True Mother" ('39, 96min.)
   "Sister Stella L" ('84, 104min.)
   "I Carry the World on My Shoulder" ('87, 127min.)
   "Leah's Story" ('99, 109min.)

Venue: Fukuoka City Public Library "Cine-la"
Fee: Adult 500yen, H.S. & Univ. Student 400yen, Elem. and J.H.S. Student 300yen
Further information: http://www.cinela.com (in Japanese)

Inquiry: Fukuoka City Public Library "Cine-la"
TEL: 092-852-0608     FAX: 092-852-0609

2) The ABCs of Japanese Culture for Foreigners
Sign up today for various sessions and grasp a hands-on learning experience on Japanese culture.

Dates/Programs: Dec. 7 (Sun) Kimono, Jan. 18 (Sun) Tea Ceremony
Time: 14:00-15:30
Venue: ACROS Fukuoka 2F Seminar Room
Enrollment limit: 35, on a first-come first-served basis.
Fee: Free

Inquiry: ACROS Fukuoka
TEL: 092-725-9100 (11:00-17:00)     Email: fukuokasggclub@yahoo.co.jp

3) English Speech Contest
High school students residing or commuting in/to Fukuoka city will present their English skills in a four-minute speech contest. Please come and give them a warm support.

Date: Dec. 14 (Sun) 13:30
Venue: Fujin kaikan Lecture Hall (AIREF 9F)

Inquiry: Fukuoka City Sister Cities Committees
TEL: 092-711-4023     Email: kokusaikoryu.GAPB@city.fukuoka.lg.jp

4) Dance Life Festival 2008
This is a nationwide project carried out by a professional dance company, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, which offers various dance workshops; its motto is: "deliver dance to everyone; dance for life, dance for community." .

Duration: Jan. 15 (Thu) -24 (Sat)
Venue: Fukuoka Shimin Kaikan and Ajibi Hall
Fee: 50 years or older: 500yen, others: 3000yen
Deadline: Dec. 26 (Fri)

Performance Show
Date: Jan. 25 (Sun) 16:00
Venue: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Further information: http://www.ffac.or.jp/

Application/inquiry: Fukuoka City Foundation for Arts and Cultural Promotion
TEL: 092-263-6265  Email: plan-d@ffac.or.jp

5) URC Library Information
  This library has a broad collection of books on urban policy, reports on various studies and research programs, and government documents. Asia-related books and documents donated by the Asian Development Bank are also available.

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 10:00-17:00
Lending Service: up to five books per person for two weeks. ID required.
Inquiries: Reference service is available on telephone and Email.

Inquiry: Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Center Library
TEL: 092-733-5707     Email: library@urc.or.jp

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

1) Cinema Viewing by the Fukuoka Italy-Japan Association
This is a free monthly movie-viewing event.

"Miracle in Milan" ('51, 96min.)
Date/Time: Dec. 8 (Mon)
Venue: Ajibi Hall (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)
Limit: First 120 visitors

Inquiry: The Fukuoka Italy-Japan Association
TEL: 092-476-2153

2) Christmas Party Information
Christmas party with foreign residents will be jointly hosted by YMCA Fukuoka and Global Life Support Center. Prior registration is required.

Date: Dec. 12 (Fri) 17:00-19:00
Venue: YMCA Fukuoka (Nanakuma, Jonanku, Fukuoka)
Capacity: 50
Fee: J.H.S. Student and over: 500yen, Elem. S. Student and under: 300yen
Further information: http://www.npo-global.jp/

Application/Inquiry: Global Life Support Center
TEL: 092-441-0036  Email: support@npo-global.jp

3) Tiempo en Vivo "Recuerdos"
With this great show, you will be able to treat yourself to all our arts for a modest sum: tango, salsa, flamenco, languages and art.

Date: Dec. 27 (Sat) 19:00, 28 (Sun) 19:00, 21:30
Venue: Cafe Restaurante "Sancho Panza"
Ticket: Advance 2,800yen At door 3,300yen
Further information: http://www.tiempo.jp/evento/news_jp.html

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

4. News from International Related Organizations in Fukuoka

1) Multicultural Child Care Salon Open
If you need someone to talk about parental care, please feel free to drop by our office to chat with other parents. Multi language interpreters will be available. To register, please call in advance.

Dates: every 3rd Thursday, 10:00-12:30
Venue: AMIKAS 1F Nursery room and 2F Japanese-style room
Intended participants: parents with children under preschooler

Inquiry: Women's Empowerment Center Fukuoka
TEL/FAX: 092-738-0138    Email: empower_f@ybb.ne.jp
URL: http://www.geocities.jp/empower_f/index.html (in Japanese)

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka
A Glimpse of Asia Part 2: The Real Deal

Beep, beep, beep, when the morning alarm went off quite annoyingly by my pillow, I woke up feeling groggy, and hesitated momentarily as I saw nothing of the ordinary through my blurred peripheral vision. Huh, where am I? There were unfamiliar mahogany chairs and tables, a huge Samsung T.V., and rows of mini-alcohol bottles on the cabinet in the room. "Wait a minute, but I have a Sony T.V., and I have been easy on hard booze for some time now!" That's when I flashed into consciousness that I was at a local hotel in Busan, Korea and instantly jumped out of the cozy bed to get ready for the main objective of this journey: participating at the Global Gathering 2008 to introduce my second hometown, Fukuoka City to its people, and thereby strengthening the sister-city relations with Busan and internationalizing with people from Asia and beyond.
As this was our Association's second occasion (my first) to partake in the international cultural festival that has been gaining world-wide acclaim since its inception in 2005, our mission was simple and easy—distribute an array of Fukuoka-style confectionary to the locals and have them fill out a questionnaire in exchange regarding Fukuoka. We were shooting for one thousand copies within approximately a six-hour time frame. Overlooking the city's waterfront surrounded by modern, commercial high-rises, exhibit booths from 32 countries were preparing to display traditional arts and music, costumes, and tantalizing ethnic delicacies just outside the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO), and my gosh was I ever startled by the scale of this grand event that was about to take place before my eyes.
As we began to get tied up with the decoration of our own booth just an hour before the opening ceremony (11:15a.m.), diverse members of other booths as well as early comers walked passed and peaked inside our Japanized space filled with floating paper lanterns, bamboo screens, colorful curtains, and a large tapestry representing the cityscape of Hakata including a map of Korea and Japan, which was boasting an outlook of our firm Fukuoka-Busan friendship, right behind our happi coats (traditional uniforms worn during ceremonial occasions in Fukuoka).
"What are these?" one of them pointed to the aqua green snack we had prepared on the table. "They're called 'uso-no-mochi' ; you should try it, it's our signature treat from Fukuoka!" Her initial reaction was not as beaming as I had expected–as most of us are when trying an unaccustomed ethnic food—but a few seconds later, she gradually began to nod her chin as its distinct flavour stimulated one of her good receptors in the taste buds. "This is delicious!", as if that had triggered the beginning call of the festival, a swarm of locals from children to elders surrounded the booth, and we were caught in the melee of "Fukuoka's gigantic sale".
Fortunately, we had local university volunteers backing us up with language support, thus explaining of the need for the visitors to complete a survey (takes no more than a minute) before they can be presented with a tasty token of appreciation. In hopes of generating a greater appeal of our city to its overseas partners, we held a lottery which consisted of several gorgeous prizes such as a travel package to Fukuoka, hotel accommodations, and many gift giveaways. Furthermore, to capture the visitors' and their families' delightful moments, we arranged a picture station inside the booth and printed the photos for each one of them. Now, that was a hectic task at hand, for even the most advanced Cannon portable printer (printing one photo every 40 seconds) could not keep up with the soaring number of people waiting in line; this was only an hour into the event.
At the end of the day, the salty sea breeze which felt dry and cold at the port of Busan (refer to last issue) had somewhat become pleasantly cool, and it was just what all of us needed to soothe our minds crammed with two days worth of work and amazing experiences to take back home. Having a bag full of questionnaires in my hand, I waved to the supporters and organizers of the event, as they kindly asked from a short distance away, "Mekchu choha hamnika?", meaning, "Are you thirsty for beer?"

Nobuo Gondo


1. 福岡よかトピア国際交流財団からのお知らせ

  1) 地球市民講座
  2) あったか福岡からお知らせ

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報

  1) シネラ「アジアが描いた日本」「フィリピン映画特集」
  2) ワーキングホリデー説明会
  3) アメリカ留学相談会
  4) 青少年フロンティアプログラム参加者募集
  5) 外国人のための日本文化いろは講座
  6) ちきゅうを知る講座
  7) 英語弁論大会
  8) ダンスライフフェスティバル2008
  9) 都市政策資料室のご案内

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報

  1) 福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会
  2) クリスマスパーティーのご案内
  3) 舞踊劇「Tiempo en Vivo 追憶」
  4) 日本語教室ボランティア・スタッフ勉強会

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報

  1) 外国人留学生のためのホストファミリー募集
  2) 多文化子育てサロン
  3) HIV対策短期研修コース

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

1) 地球市民講座

日 時:平成21年2月3日(火)、10日(火)、24日(火)、3月3日(火) 18:30~20:30
会 場:都久志会館 4階会議室
定 員:120名(24日から受付開始)

2) あったか福岡からのお知らせ


詳細はこちら→http:// attaka-fukuoka.jp/

日 時:12月18日(木) 18:30~
会 場:あったかサロン

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報
1) シネラ「アジアが描いた日本」「フィリピン映画特集」
期 間:12月7日(日)まで
期 間:12月10日(水)~24日(水)
会 場:福岡市総合図書館 映像ホール・シネラ

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) ワーキングホリデー相談会

日 時:12月14日(日)14:00~16:00
場 所:こくさいひろば交流室


3) アメリカ留学相談会

日 時:12月21日(日)13:00~17:00
場 所:こくさいひろば交流室

TEL: 092-725-9200

4) 青少年フロンティアプログラム参加者募集

締  切:12月15日(月)必着

TEL: 092-725-9204  Email: general@kokusaihiroba.or.jp

5) 外国人のための日本文化いろは講座 

日時/内容:12月7日(日)14:00 日本の着物文化を知る
      平成21年1月18日(日)14:00 日本の茶の湯を知る
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

6) ちきゅうを知る講座

日 時:12月13日(土)14:30
場 所:えーるぴあ久留米

TEL: 092-725-9200  Email: rkimura@kokusaihiroba.or.jp

7) 「英語弁論大会」聴講者募集

日 時:12月14日(日)13:30
場 所:婦人会館大研修室(福岡市中央区舞鶴 あいれふ9階)

TEL: 092-711-4023  Email: kokusaikoryu.GAPB@city.fukuoka.lg.jp

8) ダンスライフフェスティバル2008
  「あらゆる人にダンスを届ける 生きるためのダンス、地域のためのダンス」を目的とした全国的なプロジェクトです。プロのダンスカンパニー、リズ・ラーマン・ダンスエクス・チェンジのワークショップおよび発表会を行います。

期 間:平成21年1月15日(木)~24日(土)
場 所:福岡市民会館、あじびホール
参加料:1.50歳以上の方 500円  2.その他 3,000円

日 時:平成21年1月25日(日)16:00~
場 所:福岡アジア美術館

申込・問合せ:福岡市文化芸術振興財団 事業係
TEL: 092-263-6265  Email: plan-d@ffac.or.jp

9) 都市政策資料室のご案内

開室時間:月~金 10:00~17:00

TEL: 092-733-5707  Email: library@urc.or.jp

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
1)  福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会

日 時:12月8日(月)19:00
会 場:あじびホール

TEL: 092-476-2153

2) 地域在住の外国人との交流会&クリスマスパーティー

日 時:12月12日(金)17:00~19:00
場 所:福岡YMCA本館(福岡市城南区七隈)
定 員:50名
参加費:中学生以上500円 小学生以下300円

TEL: 092-441-0036  Email: support@npo-global.jp

3) 舞踊劇Tiempo en Vivo「追憶」

日  時:12月27日(土)19:00、28日(日)19:00、21:30
場  所:カフェレストランサンチョ・パンサ
チケット:前売券2,800円 当日券3,300円

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

4) 日本語教室ボランティア・スタッフ勉強会


TEL: 092-662-7690  Email: nihongonoguchi@u01.gate01.com

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報
1) 外国人留学生のためのホストファミリー募集

期 間:4月~12月下旬

TEL: 092-844-4572

2)  多文化子育てサロン

日 時:毎月第3木曜日10:00~12:30
場 所:アミカス1F保育室&2F和室
対 象:0歳児から未就学児のいる親子

TEL: 092-738-0138  Email: empower_f@ybb.ne.jp
URL: http://www.geocities.jp/empower_f/

3) HIV対策短期研修コース -アジア諸国に学ぶ、地域に根ざした効果的なHIV対策-

日 時:2009年2月23日(月)~28日(土)
会 場:日本赤十字九州国際看護大学(宗像市アスティ1-1)

TEL: 0940-35-7005  Email: t-morishita@jrckicn.ac.jp

5. ノブが見た福岡


日没が見えた頃、優しい潮風が僕達の疲れを和らげるかのように会場内に入ってきた。昨日釜山港で感じた冷たい風とは違い(11月号を参照)、その日得た素晴らしい経験を暖かく包んでくれた。回収したぶ厚いアンケートの束をカバンに、僕は今回お世話になった主催者や関係者に手を振った。すると、親切にも「メックチュ チョワハンムニカ?(ビールは好きですか?)」と誘われた。

権藤 ノブオ


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