Fukuoka International Association (FIA) Mail Magazine vol.66 November/05/2007

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.
It is a season with a clear atmosphere to enjoy the moon or stars in the fair skies after dark.Autumn brings a chilly morning and night, so please be sure to wear an extra coat to keep you warm.


Table of Contents:

1. News from the Fukuoka International Association

   1) Korean and English Speech Contest
   2) Japanese Chatting Salon

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

   1) Outdoor Japanese Tea Ceremony
   2) Cine-la "Films from Iraq and Syria"
   3) Japanese Culture Class for Foreigners
   4) Bunraku Iroha Lecture
   5) World AIDS Day HIV Antibody Test

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

   1) Bangladesh Fair
   2) APCC Volunteer Workers Wanted

4. News from Internationally Related Organizations in Fukuoka

   1) Fukuoka Guided Tour in Foreign Languages
   2) Cine-Club Classique Cinema & Talk
   3) Volunteer Interpreters for Professional Basketball Team wanted

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

   "Onsen Trip"

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     E-mail: fia@am.wakwak.com
 URL: http://www.rainbowfia.or.jp/index.htm

1) Korean and English Speech Contests
Korean Speech Contest
People learning Korean in Fukuoka City demonstrate their daily learning efforts.
Date: Nov. 18 (Sun) 14:00
Venue: Fujin Kaikan Daikenshushitsu (AIREF 9F)

English Speech Contest
High School Students from Fukuoka City will perform and test their English-speaking ability to the public.
Date: Dec. 16 (Sun) 13:30
Venue: Fujin Kaikan Daikenshushitsu (AIREF 9F)

2) Japanese Chatting Salon
The Fukuoka Foreign Student Support Association holds a Japanese "Chatting Salon" every other week, to create an opportunity for foreign students to chat with the locals in Japanese. All of the foreign students wishing to practice Japanese, or wanting to speak with Japanese locals are more than welcome. There are many friendly people in Fukuoka waiting to meet and speak to you!

Date:Every first and third Thursday, 15:00~17:00
Place:Fukuoka International Association Conference Room

2. News from Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City, Central Government and Affiliated Organizations
1) Outdoor Japanese Tea Ceremony
Simmer yourself in the autumn atmosphere with some nice traditional Japanese tea!

Date: Nov. 11 (Sun) 10:30~15:00
Venue: Fukuoka City Botanical Garden
Fee: Entrance fee and 200 yen for sweets
Capacity: first 200

Inquiry: Fukuoka City Botanical Garden
TEL: 092-522-3210

2) Cine-la "Films from Iraq and Syria"
A collection of films from Iraq and Syria will be shown. A golden opportunity to see motion pictures from the Middle East!

Duration: Nov. 14 (Wed) - 25 (Sun)
Fee: Adults 500yen, Univ. & H.S. Students 400yen, J.H.S. & Elem. Students 300yen
 *Subtitled in Japanese and English
   Life ('02, 99min, Iraq)
   Kilometre Zero ('05, 89min, Iraq-France)
 *Subtitled in Japanese only
   Alia and Issam ('48, 32min, Iraq)
   The Thirsty ('72, 93min, Iraq)
   Iraq, My country- An Exile's Return to Samawa ('05, 52min, Iraq-Australia)
   Underexposed ('05, 67min, Iraq-Germany)
   Forget Baghdad ('02, 112min, Iraq-Swiss-Germany)
   Dreams ('05, 111min, Iraq-UK-Holland)
   Listener's Request ('03, 91min, Syria)
   Nights of the Jackal ('89, 102min, Syria)
   Under the Ceiling ('05, 94min, Syria)
   The Greedy ('91, 90min, Syria)

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

3) Japanese Culture Class for Foreigners
For anyone who’s interested in learning a few Japanese custom, we will introduce a Japanese culture in a comprehensive way with "Sado" (Tea Ceremony), "the Spirit of Zen", and much more!

Dates: Nov. 18 (Sun), Dec. 16 (Sun) 14:00-15:00
Venue: ACROS Fukuoka 2F Seminar Room
Enrollment limit: 40 *Applications accepted on a first-come first-served basis.
Fee: Free
Further information: http://www.kokusaihiroba.or.jp/

Inquiry: Kokusai Hiroba
TEL: 092-725-9201     Email: info@kokusaihiroba.or.jp

4) Bunraku Iroha Lecture
Bunraku, Joururi Puppet Theater, will be played at Hakataza in December. In this lecture, Joururi performers, shamisen players, and puppet masters will give a closer look on one of the Japanese traditional performing arts.

Dates: Nov. 28 (Wed), 29 (Thu) 19:00
Venue: ACROS Fukuoka Circular Hall
Fee: 1,000 yen
For further information: http://www.ffac.or.jp/ (in Japanese)

Inquiry: Fukuoka City Foundation for Arts and Cultural Promotion
TEL: 092-263-6265     Email: plan-ab@ffac.or.jp

5) World AIDS Day HIV Antibody Test
December 1st is the World AIDS Day. Thanks to the recent medical advances, it is now possible to suppress and control AIDS by taking and continuing appropriate treatments.
Free and anonymous tests will be available on this occasion. No reservation necessary.

Date/time: Nov. 30 (Fri) 16:30 -19:30
Venue: Kego Koen Park (Tenjin, Chuo-ku)
Capacity: First 100
*For accurate results, the test must be taken three months after the likely date of your infection.
*The test result will be handed directly to the person in one or two weeks.

Inquiries: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Section, Fukuoka City
TEL: 092-711-4270

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

1) Bangladesh Fair
Fair trade goods including handcrafts and imported tea from Bangladesh will be sold, while Bangladesh culture will be introduced as well; it will be open for a limited time only.

Date/Time: Nov. 2 (Fri) - 25 (Sun) 11:00~17:00
Venue: Asia Mingei Roman no Michi Minami Kaikan (Akizuki, Amagi City)

Inquiry: KETOY.JP
TEL/FAX: 092-714-0758

2) APCC Volunteer Workers Wanted
The Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in FUKUOKA (APCC) is recruiting volunteers for various events and activities. Contact APCC for details on newcomer’s briefing session.

Date: Nov. 11 (Sun) 14:30
Place: APCC Office (Fukuoka City Hall North Annex 4F)

Translation Volunteers
Applications accepted year-round.
Please send an email to the address listed below with your full name, address, occupation, self-introduction and purpose of application. Make sure to put "translation volunteer application form" in the subject of your email. APCC will send you an application form.

Inquiries/Application: The Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in FUKUOKA (APCC)
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 Guided Tour in Foreign Languages
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of its establishment, Kyushu Interpreters and Licensed Guides Association will have a guided bus-tour in Fukuoka in three languages. This might be the perfect opportunity for those who are an active interpreter or who are considering becoming an interpreter to see how the professional interpreters and licensed guides handle their work on a practical level.

Date: Nov. 11 (Sun) 9:30~16:30
Languages: English, Chinese, Korean
Attendance fee: 5,000 yen
For further information: http://www.tsuyaku-guide.jp/

Inquiry: Kyushu Interpreters and Licensed Guides Association
TEL: 092-433-0183     Email: kyushu@tsuyaku-guide.jp

2) Cine-Club Classique Cinema & Talk
The French-Japanese Institute of Kyushu and the Office Nouvelle Vague are jointly organizing the screening of the classical masterpiece "Citizen Kane", which will be followed by a film lecture.

Film: "Citizen Kane" (USA, 1941, 119min.)
Date/Time: Nov. 24 (Sat)
1st show: 13:00 2nd show: 16:00
Venue: French-Japanese Institute of Kyushu 5F Hall (2-12-6, Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
Fee: Advance 1,000yen Door 1,300yen

Inquiry: Office Nouvelle Vague
TEL: 092-733-0949     Email: faff@gol.com     URL: http://www2.gol.com/users/faff

3) Volunteer Interpreters for Professional Basketball Team wanted
Professional Basketball team, Rizing Fukuoka, is now looking for volunteer English interpreters for their 2007-2008 seasons; Rizing Fukuoka belongs to the "BJ League", the first professional basketball league in Japan.

Job description: Interpretation between Japanese and English
Those who can accompany the team to and from practice and game venues, are interested in sports business, are willing to become an interpreter for professional sports team in the future, are 18 years old or over, and have experiences in basketball will be considered.
Compensation package: No salary.
Transportation expenses to and from practice and game facilities will be provided. In addition, meals will be served on the day of game.
Application: Please send your resume with your headshot to the following address or Email. Interview dates will be notified after reviewing the applications.

Inquiry: Fukuoka Probasketball Club
TEL: 092-771-6675     Email: onikura@rizing-fukuoka.com
URL: http://rizing-fukuoka.com

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

Onsen Trip

As soon as I found out that I was coming to Japan, my mind was filled with fulfilling one purpose: immersing my body and soul into an oceanfront onsen, and enjoying a high-end Japanese cuisine while sipping on Sake under the moonlight. Despite this luxurious thought, I ended up selecting the most affordable plan in order to meet my budget: taking a trip to "Takeo Onsen" in Saga Prefecture, which was the closest and the cheapest, but genuinely satisfying.
It was a quiet, semi-rural region known mostly for its natural hot springs and three gigantic camphor trees (over 3000 years old), which were individually situated in unique locations (i.e. behind the cultural center, temple, etc.) Although it was during the long weekend, I was able to reserve a room at "Kyoto-Ya", a traditional Japanese-style inn or ryokan. The trip from JR Hakata Station had only taken less than two hours before I arrived at Takeo Onsen Station, and I truly thought, "It was all going according to the plan." However, as soon as I realized that my sense of direction wasn't at its best due to the unfamiliar locality, I began to wonder when I’ll reach the final destination in the midst of a humid afternoon. Through a few talks with the locals and following the miniature guide map, I found the place after 30 min. of walk—heavily drenched in sweat.
Upon entering "Kyoto-Ya", a senior host welcomed me, and took me to my room, which had been nicely chilled with A/C before I came in; the scent of tatami that pervaded the air reminded me of the Japanese in me.
Envisioning the healing effect of onsen on my mind, I rushed to the large indoor (notenburo) and outdoor baths (rotenburo) following a series of inner mazes inside the ryokan. As soon as I opened the door, a warm steam surrounded my entire body and lured me to just dive in and feel the ease. At that moment, however, I spontaneously-recalled what my mom had told me about onsen etiquette from childhood: "Have you washed first?" Indeed, mothers always have ways of checking up on you. After a thorough wash from head to toe, I hopped into the bath and floated away as the sound of replenishing hot spring resonated with the echo of my voice, "Heaven." The rotenburo outside was equally a superb experience, for the surrounding green bamboos, the bubbling bath, and the silhouettes of the sunset created the authentic "zen" type of atmosphere.
Right afterwards, kaiseki ryori (Japanese course meal) was served to complete the night. It featured a variety of fresh, locally produced seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes (13 dishes in total), which were accentuated on colourful Japanese crockery; they came out individually one after another, leaving just enough time to enjoy the food with some flavoured sake cocktails. All along the trip, I sincerely thought that relaxing in Takeo Onsen is a valuable experience, for it cannot be relived elsewhere. For example, the Harrison Hot Springs in Vancouver not only accompanies a natural mineral hot spring, but it also has a swimming pool, tennis courts, natural trails, playgrounds, therapeutic spas, etc; thus, it is more or less like a family resort and is not exclusive to just "onsen". From this lead, you could understand that an onsen’s authenticity, exquisiteness, and values are indeed quite different between Japan and Canada. Unquestionably, my trip to Takeo Onsen has met over my expectations, and it surely has rejuvenated my body, mind, and soul from the inside out—I can hardly wait for my next trip in Japan!

Nobuo Gondo


1. 福岡よかトピア国際交流財団からのお知らせ

  1) 外国人学生ホームビジット交流ホストファミリー2次募集
  2) マレーシアイポー青少年交流訪問団ホストファミリー募集
  3) 韓国語、英語弁論大会聴衆募集
  4) 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) 秋の茶会(野点)
  2) シネラ「イラク&シリアの映画」
  3) 外国人のための日本文化いろは講座
  4) 福岡県民シンポジウム 日韓・語り合う「書」
  5) 文学いろはレクチャー
  6) 世界エイズデーイベント「HIV抗体検査」
  7) 中国語弁論大会聴衆募集

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報

  1) JICAボランティア平成19年度秋募集
  2) バングラデシュ・フェア
  3) APCCボランティア登録会
  4) 森本喜久男さん"森の恵み"を語る
  5) カンボジアスタディツアー参加者募集

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報

  1) 外国語で巡る福岡1日研修ツアー
  2) カンボジアでの活動報告会
  3) 国際フォーラム「タイと日本・国境を越えた支援にむけて」
  4) クラシック・シネクラブ 映画&トーク
  5) ライジング福岡通訳ボランティア募集

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   E-mail: fia@am.wakwak.com
URL: http://www.rainbowfia.or.jp/j_index.htm

1) 外国人学生ホームビジット交流ホストファミリー2次募集!

募 集 数:30家庭程度

TEL: 092-733-2220     FAX: 092-733-2215

2) マレーシアイポー青少年交流訪問団ホストファミリー募集

滞在期間:12月6日(木)~13日(木) 7泊8日
申  込:所定の申込票に必要事項を記入して、福岡よかトピア国際交流財団に提出していただきます。
締  切:11月9日(金)

Email: koga.m07@city.fukuoka.jp(古賀)

3) 韓国語、英語弁論大会聴講者募集
日 時:11月18日(日)14:00
会 場:婦人会館大研修室(あいれふ9階)

日 時:12月16日(日) 13:30
会 場:婦人会館大研修室(あいれふ9階)

4) 日本語おしゃべりサロン

日 時:毎月第1・第3木曜日 15:00~17:00
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) 秋の茶会(野点)

日 時:11月11日(日)10:30~15:00
場 所:福岡市植物園庭木園
料 金:要入園料、200円(茶菓子代)
定 員:先着順200名

TEL: 092-522-3210

2) シネラ「イラク&シリアの映画」

期 間:11月14日(水)~25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
上映作品、時間はこちら:URL: http://www.cinela.com/

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

3) 外国人のための日本文化いろは講座

日 時:11月18日(日)、12月16日(日) 14:00-15:00
場 所:アクロス福岡2F セミナー室

TEL: 092-725-9201     Email: info@kokusaihiroba.or.jp

4) 福岡県民シンポジウム 日韓・語り合う「書」

日 時:11月24日(土)13:30
会 場:アクロス福岡国際会議場

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

5) 文楽いろはレクチャー

日 時:11月28日(水)・29日(木)19:00
会 場:アクロス福岡円形ホール
料 金:一般1,000円 

TEL: 092-263-6265  Email: plan-ab@ffac.or.jp

6) 世界エイズデーイベント「HIV抗体検査」

日 時:11月30日(金)16:30~19:30
場 所:警固公園

TEL: 092-711-4270

7) 中国語弁論大会参加者募集

日 時:12月8日(土)14:00
会 場:あじびホール(福岡アジア美術館)

TEL: 092-711-4023

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
1) JICAボランティア平成19年度秋募集


日 時:毎週木曜日(第2木曜日を除く)11:00-18:00
場 所:レインボープラザ(福岡市天神イムズビル8F)
内 容:青年海外協力隊や、国際協力一般

TEL: 092-733-5638  FAX: 092-733-5635  Email: jicadpd-desk-fukuokashi@jica.go.jp

2) バングラデシュ・フェア

日 時:11月2日(金)~25日(日)11:00~17:00
場 所:アジア民芸ろまんの道南会館(甘木市下秋月)

TEL/FAX: 092-714-0758

3) APCCボランティア登録会

日 時:11月11日(日)14:30
会 場:アジア太平洋こども会議・イン福岡(福岡市役所北別館5F)

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

4) 森本喜久男さん"森の恵み"を語る

日 時:11月23日(金・祝)15:00
場 所:木香庵(九州大学六本松地区東隣)
参加費:一般500円 学生300円

TEL: 092-851-2001  Email: factjp2001@yahoo.co.jp

5) カンボジアスタディツアー参加者募集

期 間:2008年2月17日(日)~26日(火)10日間
締 切:12月25日(火)
参加費用:福岡発 188,000円

TEL: 092-833-7676  Email: info@cmc-net.jp

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報
1) 外国語で巡る福岡1日研修ツアー

日 時:11月11日(日)9:30~16:30(予定)
言 語:英語、中国語、韓国語

TEL: 092-433-0183  Email: kyushu@tsuyaku-guide.jp

2) カンボジアでの活動報告会

日 時:11月11日(日)14:00
会 場:福岡市人権開発センター(博多リバレイン・リバレインオフィス10階)
入場料:一般500円 学生300円

TEL: 092-921-0696 (安村・夜のみ)  Email: jvcqnet@hotmail.co.jp

3) 国際フォーラム「タイと日本・国境を越えた支援にむけて」

日 時:11月23日(金・祝) 13:00
場 所:福岡市男女共同参画推進センター・アミカス

TEL: 092-513-7333  Email: awc-a@atlas.plala.or.jp

4) クラシック・シネクラブ 映画&トーク

日 時:11月24日(土) 1回目:13:00~ 2回目:16:00~
会 場:九州日仏学館 5Fホール (中央区大名2-12-6)
会 費:前売り1,000円 当日1,300円

TEL: 092-733-0949  E-mail: faff@gol.com  URL: http://www2.gol.com/users/faff 
九州日仏学館 URL: http://www.ifj-kyushu.org/index.php?newlang=jpn

5) ライジング福岡 通訳ボランティア募集

内 容:
対 象:18歳以上

TEL: 092-771-6675  Email: info@rizing-fukuoka.com

5. ノブが見た福岡





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