Fukuoka International Association (FIA) Mail Magazine vol.69 February/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.
Eating “Eho-maki”, or uncut sushi rolls on the day of Setsubun (Feb, 3rd)— a custom in Kansai region which was first introduced by the idea of seaweed-monger—has recently been popularized all over Japan and as a result laver’s consumption has been steadily increasing. This is quite similar to the commercialized nature of chocolate sales for Valentine's Day, which is also a Japanese-born custom. How interesting!


Table of Contents:

1. News from the Fukuoka International Association

    1) New Tenants Wanted
    2) Japanese Chatting Salon

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

    1) Cine-la "From Our Film Collection"
    2) Asia Contemporary Dance Now!

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

    1) BUNKA SHOW 2008
    2) Cinema Viewing by the Fukuoka Italy -Japan Association
    3) Series of Lectures hosted by the Japan America Society of Fukuoka

4. News from Internationally Related Organizations in Fukuoka

    1) The H.E.L.P. in Japan 2008

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

    "Valentine's Day"

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/index.htm

1) New Tenants Wanted
Fukuoka International Association is inviting new tenants to move into the following International Houses this coming April. Tenants will be determined after the review of applications and interviews scheduled for late February. Please refer to the FIA website for further details.

International Houses:

1) Fukuoka International House (4-1, Tenyamachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka)
    -This is a “family unit” for international students.
    -3 rooms are available.

2) Ropponmatsu International House (1-2-26, Ropponmatsu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
    -This is a “single-unit” for international and Japanese students.
    -International Students: Five rooms are available for men and women each.
    -Japanese Students: One room is available for a man and a woman each.

Application forms are available at the international houses, Rainbow Plaza, Fukuoka International Association, universities’ international student sections, and Japanese language schools in Fukuoka urban area. It can also be downloaded from our website.
Application Deadline: Feb. 22 (Fri)

2) Japanese Chatting Salon
The Fukuoka Foreign Student Support Association hosts "Japanese Chatting Salon” every other week, to create an opportunity for foreign students to chat with the locals in Japanese. All participants wishing to improve and converse in Japanese are more than welcome. Please feel free to drop by, for there are many people just waiting to speak with you!

Date: Every first and third Thursday, 15:00-17:00
Place: Fukuoka International Association Conference Room
For more information: http://attaka-fukuoka.jp/ (in Japanese)

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

1) Cine-la "From our Film Collection"
Specially selected films from our collection under specific theme will be shown.

Documentary Collection
    Duration: Feb. 6 (Wed) - 17 (Sun)
    The Ants ('05, 101min., English subtitled)

Film Archive Collection Part 3
    It features American cult movies and Japanese avant-garde road movies.
    Duration: Feb. 20 (Wed) - 24 (Sun)
    Beast from the Haunted Cave ('59, 66min., USA)
    The Sadist ('63, 89min., USA)

Modern Taiwan Film Collection
    Duration: Feb. 27 (Wed) -Mar. 9 (Sun)

    English and Japanese Subtitled
    Jump! Boys ('04, 84min.)
    The Human Comedy ('01, 117min.)
    The Cabbie ('00, 94min.)
    Southbound Swallow ('02, 85min.)
    Comes The Black Dog ('04, 111min.)
    Fishing Luck ('05, 94min.)

    Japanese Subtitled
    Flowers of Shanghai ('98, 121min.)
    A One & A Two ('00, 173min.)

Fee: Adults 500yen, Univ. & H.S. Students 400yen, J.H.S. & Elem. Students 300yen

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

2) Asia Contemporary Dance Now!
Dance Wave Fukuoka will host performances of young talented dancers from Asia, as well as workshops and lectures pertaining to the culture of contemporary Asian dance.
Further Information: http://www.ffac.or.jp/news/243_index_msg.html

Dance performances:
Dates/Time: Feb. 23 (Sat) 19:00
                            24 (Sun) 15:00
Venue: Pomplaza Hall
Fee: Adult 3,000yen Student 2,000yen

Lecture (in Japanese)
Theme: Contemporary Dance in Asia
Date/Time: Feb. 8 (Fri) 19:00
Venue: Ajibi Hall
Fee: 500yen

Five-Day Workshop by Pichet Klunchun
Dates/Time: Feb. 25 (Mon) - 29 (Fri) 19:00
Venue: Practice room, Fukuoka Civic Hall
Participation Fee: 5,000yen (through the period)
Capacity: 20 (prior application required)

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

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

1) BUNKA SHOW 2008
Foreign students residing and studying in Fukuoka will perform traditional songs, dances and music to introduce their respective culture to Fukuoka citizen.

Date: Feb. 9 (Sat) 13:30
Venue: Fukuoka City Sawara Civic Center
Fee: Adult 500 yen, Foreign and Japanese students free
Further Information: http://www.rainbowfia.or.jp/japanese/bulletin/news/no140.htm

Inquiry: Fukuoka Overseas Students Association
TEL/FAX: 092-725-5663

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

"California" (Italy, 97min., '77)
Date/Time: Feb. 15 (Fri) 19:00
Venue: Ajibi Hall (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)
Limit: First 120 visitors

Inquiries: The Fukuoka Italy-Japan Association
TEL: 092-476-1111

3) Lectures hosted by the Japan America Society of Fukuoka
Commemorating its 50th anniversary, the Japan America Society of Fukuoka will host a lecture series with prominent speakers from various fields, discussing about Japanese Soft power in Asia, Culture, Value, and Diplomatic Affairs.

Dates: Feb. 28 (Thu), Mar. 6 (Thu)
Time: 18:00-20:00
Venue: Fukuoka Building 9F No.1 Hall
Fee: 500 yen/lecture
Capacity: 40/lecture
Further information: http://www.nnr.co.jp/JASF/jasf_j.htm

Inquiry: Japan America Society of Fukuoka
TEL: 092-734-1552      Email: jasf@nnr.co.jp

4. News from International Related Organizations in Fukuoka

1) The H.E.L.P. in Japan 2008
he H.E.L.P. course provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross is the most advanced humanitarian training program for health professionals who are pursuing careers in decision-making positions, emergency aid, and relief assistance for the Red Cross Society, which supports the disaster sites and conflicting zones of developing countries. Currently, ten to twelve courses are offered worldwide annually, totaling more than 70 courses to this day. In Asia, the Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing in Fukuoka is the only institute that promotes this program, and this year will be its third occasion; so far, members from 16 countries have participated.

Duration: Feb. 18 (Mon) - Mar. 7 (Fri)
Venue: Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing (1-1 Asty, Munakata City)
Further information: http://www.jrckicn.ac.jp/

Inquiry: Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing
TEL:0940-35-7005      Email: t-morishita@jrckicn.ac.jp

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

Valentine’s Day

It is that time of the year again. With Christmas and New Year’s already passed, I cannot help but feel the silent pressure of the next “big day”: Valentine’s Day. In Canada, Valentine’s Day is an important aspect of our culture, spanning from exchanging Valentine cards or candies among friends to vigorously planning a romantic evening for a girl. During my high school years, many students would be buying wish roses (sold at kiosks for a few dollars) for their secret admirers, and “valentine staffs” would later deliver them to the recipients during regular class hours—usually avoiding during exams.
Although the origin of Valentine’s Day varies, there are several main legends that have been handed down to this day. One legend dates back to the Roman Empire, under the reign of Emperor Claudius II. He had a difficult time mobilizing soldiers for his military campaign and noticed that married men with wives and children were less likely to fight. Therefore, Claudius prohibited all marriages and engagements in Rome. Appalled by the injustice of this decree, a good priest by the name of Saint Valentine defied Claudius and secretly performed marriages for couples. When he was found, Claudius condemned him to death. He became a martyr on the 14th day of February, circa 270AD.
Another legend states that while Saint Valentine was jailed, he fell in love with the daughter of his jailor, who came to visit him and consoled him. On the night before his execution, he wrote a farewell letter to his lover, signing, “From your Valentine”; hence, this phrase is still widely used in Valentine cards today.
These legends –and many more- have different stories, but share a common symbol: St. Valentine as a romantic and compassionate figure who believed in love. These myths have paved way for modern society to utilize this day to celebrate and appreciate the love in their lives. In Canada, many men use this day to propose to their admirers, or surprise their significant other with a romantic getaway.
As the myths and traditions of Valentine’s Day made its way into Japan, they took a slight turn. In Japan, Christmas Eve is a night for couples to celebrate their love, whereas Valentine’s Day is just another highly commercialized day in which women hand out chocolates or homemade sweets to men. The tradition of chocolate-giving was created by chocolate companies in Japan as a marketing tool to boost their sales of chocolate. The first was Kobe Morozoff sweets company, which advertised “Valentine chocolate” in a magazine on February 12, 1936, and this became a big hit.
Moreover, there are different types of chocolate-giving: giri-choco which is given to coworkers, bosses, and male friends out of obligation, honmei-choco which is a more expensive chocolate given to a special someone, and tomo-choco which is exchanged between friends. As you can see, it is not unusual that more than half of annual chocolate sales come from Valentine’s Day, or that you see women lining up to buy boxes and boxes of chocolates from department stores.
Taking advantage of yet another potential commercial success, chocolate companies created White Day in 1980. On March 14, exactly one month after Valentine’s Day, men who received chocolates or gifts from women return the favour by giving white chocolates, marshmallows, or candies. As a society having a very intricate gift-giving system, it is no wonder that Japanese people became hooked to the new traditions of Valentine's Day and White Day.
With February 14th approaching near, I wonder if my girlfriend has adopted the Japanese version of giving me chocolates, or if she is expecting something special from me—the day is close…

Nobuo Gondo


1. 福岡よかトピア国際交流財団からのお知らせ

  1) 学生交流会館入居者募集
  2) 国際交流活動助成募集
  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) 内閣府青年国際交流事業
  2) シネラ「収蔵作品特集」
  3) アジア・コンテンポラリー・ダンス・ナウ!
  4) アメリカ留学相談会
  5) 英国留学説明会
  6) "ちきゅう"を知る講座

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報

  1) BUNKA SHOW 2008
  2) NGOカレッジvol.9 
  3) くるんて~ぷの会学習会
  4) 福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会
  5) 福岡日米協会設立50周年記念連続講演会
  6) APCCホストファミリー募集
  7) 第13回WTO・FTA-NGOフォーラムin福岡

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報

  1) EU文化セミナー
  2) 福岡医療外国語講座受講生募集
  3) The H.E.L.P. in Japan 2008

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) 学生交流会館入居者募集




2) 国際交流活動助成募集

手 続 き:事前説明、用紙の交付 2月29日(金)まで

3) 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) 内閣府青年国際交流事業


TEL: 092-643-3386

2)  シネラ「収蔵作品特集」

 期  間:2月6日(水)~17日(日)
 期  間:2月20(水)~24日(日)
 期  間:2月27日(水)~3月9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 500円 高・大学生 400円 小中学生 300円

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) アジア・コンテンポラリー・ダンス・ナウ!

公  演
日  時:2月23日(土)19:00
場  所:ぽんプラザホール
料  金:一般3,000円 学生2,000円

テ ー マ:アジアのコンテンポラリーダンス-いま何が起こっているのか
講  師:武藤大祐(ダンス批評家)
日  時:2月8日(金)19:00
場  所:あじびホール(福岡アジア美術館)
参 加 費:500円

日  時:2月25日(月)~29日(金)19:00
場  所:福岡市民会館練習室C
参 加 料:5,000円(通し)
定  員:20名(要事前申込)

TEL: 092-263-6265   Email: art-co@ffac.or.jp

4) アメリカ留学相談会

日  時:2月10日(日)、3月9日(日)13:00-17:00 
会  場:こくさいひろば交流室

TEL: 092-725-9201   URL: http://www.kokusaihiroba.or.jp/

5) 英国留学説明会

日  時:2月16日(土)13:00-18:00
場  所:こくさいひろば交流室

TEL: 06-6342-5301   Email: educationuk.osaka@britishcouncil.or.jp

6) "ちきゅう"を知る講座

第1回 3月 8日(土)16:00 こくさいひろば交流室
第2回 3月 9日(日)14:00 アクロス福岡2F セミナー室
第3回 3月29日(土)13:00 同上

TEL: 092-725-9200

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
1)  BUNKA SHOW 2008

日  時:2月9日(土)13:30
場  所:福岡市早良市民センターホール
入 場 料:一般 500円 留学生、就学生、日本人学生は無料
チ ラ シ:http://www.rainbowfia.or.jp/japanese/bulletin/news/no140.htm

TEL/FAX: 092-725-5663

2) NGOカレッジvol.9

       17日(日)福岡学生交流会館 大会議室
       24日(日)福岡学生交流会館 大会議室
時  間:14:00-17:00
会  費:全回参加2,500円 1回につき1,000円

TEL/FAX: 092-405-9870    Email: funn@mbk.nifty.com

3) くるんて~ぷの会学習会

日  時:2月17日(日)14:30
場  所:福岡市青年センター5F「あすみん」セミナールーム
資 料 代:500円

TEL/FAX: 092-566-7607   Email: h-kimiko@mvc.biglobe.ne.jp

4)  福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会

日  時:2月15日(金)19:00
会  場:あじびホール(福岡アジア美術館8F)
定  員:先着120名

TEL: 092-476-1111

5)  福岡日米協会設立50周年記念連続講演会
文化、価値、外交 アジアにおける日本のソフトパワーと題し、多彩な講師による講演会を連続して開催します。要事前申込。

講 演 日:2月28日(木)、3月6日(木)
時  間:18:00-20:00
会  場:福岡ビル9階ホール
会  費:1回500円
定  員:各回40名

TEL: 092-734-1552   Email: jasf@nnr.co.jp

6) APCCホストファミリー募集

募 集 数:367家庭

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

7) 第13回WTO・FTA-NGOフォーラムin 福岡

テ ー マ:グローバル時代の私・農工商 つながっているワタシのクラシ
日時・場所:1日目 3月15日(土)13:00-18:30 博多パークホテル
      2日目 3月16日(日)9:00-12:00 福岡NPO共同事務所「びおとーぷ」
料  金:1日目500円 宿泊3,000円

申込・問合せ:第13回WTO・FTA-NGOフォーラムin 福岡実行委員会
FAX: 092-473-1222  Email: wto_fta_fuk@yahoo.co.jp

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報
1) EU文化セミナー

テ ー マ:おかしなお菓子の話
講  師:原田浩司(千鳥饅頭総本舗)
日  時:2月25日(月)18:30-20:30
場  所:アクロス福岡1F円形ホール
参 加 費:1,000円 (福岡EU協会会員は無料)
締  切:2月15日(金)

TEL: 092-725-9204  FAX: 092-725-9205

2) 福岡医療外国語講座受講生募集

期  間:平成20年4月~平成21年2月(8月は休講)
会  費:前期分
医療英語コース  25,000円(入会金3,000円 月会費5ヵ月分20,000円 教材費2,000円)
医療中国語コース 35,000円(入会金3,000円 月会費5ヵ月分30,000円 教材費2,000円)
医療韓国語コース 35,000円(入会金3,000円 月会費5ヵ月分30,000円 教材費2,000円)
申  込:当研究会へ請求または情報プラザにある申込書で、2月末日必着で申し込む。

TEL/FAX: 092-262-8580

3) The H.E.L.P. in JAPAN 2008

日  時:2月18日~3月7日
場  所: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


クリスマスとお正月があっという間に過ぎ去り、「もう2月のバレンタインデーか」と呟く自分に驚いています。一年とは長いようでやはり短いですね。カナダのバレンタインデーは、仲の良い友達とカードやお菓子の交換や、好きな人と一緒に食事をするのが一般的であると共に、文化の面でも大きな重要性があります。 思い出せば、高校時代に校内のキオスクで色々なバラを生徒に売っているのをよく見かけました。 好きな生徒の名前・クラスを名簿に書き、授業中にその人にお花が配られるという素晴らしいシステムです。さすがに、試験中のクラスには届かない場合がありますけど。
さらに、もう一つの説によると、バレンタインは投獄されている間、慰めにくるある看守の娘と恋に落ち、死刑日の前夜に、気持ちを込めた一通の手紙を彼女に書いたそうです。その時に署名したのが、”From your Valentine” (訳:敬愛なるバレンタインより)。この名言は今でも良くバレンタインのカードで使われています。

権藤 ノブオ


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