Fukuoka International Association (FIA) Mail Magazine vol.71 April/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.
Fukuoka has a grant mother nature for you to enjoy such as mountains and beaches for hiking and surfing in the proximity of downtown Tenjin area. How about go on an outing on your days off?


Table of Contents:

1. News from the Fukuoka International Association

     1) International Dontaku Troupe Parade Application Now Open!
     2) Foreign Student Lecture Series "My Hometown and Fukuoka"

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

     1) Cine-la "Korea: 60 Years of Film History"
     2) Brazil-Japan Friendship Year Photo Exhibition
     3) Kyuhaku Museum Concert
     4) Umi no Nakamichi Flower Picnic 2008
     5) Fukuoka International Women's Tennis 2008

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

     1) APCC Volunteer Wanted
     2) Cinema Viewing by the Fukuoka Italy -Japan Association
     3) Tiempo Marukajiri

4. News from Internationally Related Organizations in Fukuoka

     1) Fukuoka Asian Film Festival Pre-event

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

     "The Effect of Advertisement"

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) 2008 International Dontaku Troupe Parade Application Now Open!
Got any ultimate plans during the Golden Week?
How about a blast of excitement with the International Dontaku Troupe? The Hakata Dontaku Port Festival attracts more visitors than any other festivals in Japan and hundreds of foreigners gather to march in the Dontaku Parade every year. This is your golden opportunity to represent your home pride and indulge in the Hakata culture! Well what are you waiting for? All you need is your national spirit and we'll provide you with some Dontaku goods to take home! Space is limited, so hurry up and register today!
*Please feel free to wear any traditional clothing of your home country!
**Please eat lunch prior to arrival.

Date/Time: May 3 (Sat.) 13:00-16:00, Check-in begins at 12:30
Eligibility: Foreign residents living in Fukuoka City
Place: Fukuoka International House, 4th Floor
(Hakata-ku, Tenya-machi, 4-1 next to Reisen Park)
Deadline: Apr. 25 (Fri)
Application: International Dontaku Troupe Coordinator (Nobuo Gondo or Nagao)
TEL: 092-733-5630 (weekdays 9:00am-17:30pm)
E-mail: kokusaidontaku@rainbowfia.or.jp
Or sign up in person at Rainbow Plaza.
Registrations by e-mail must include full name, nationality, and contact information.

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 hometown. We learn about the town's history and lifestyle, the student's family, what brought him/her to Fukuoka, and his/her vision for the future. The sharing of this information is done in hopes of contributing to the better understanding of these students and their international background, as well as the broadening of their aid network. The lecture will be conducted in English.

Date: Apr. 17 (Thu) 18:30
Place: Attaka Plaza, Fukuoka International Association
Lecturer: Mr. Pradeep Rao (Bangalore, India)
Institute of Systems & Information Technologies KYUSHU
For more information: http://attaka-fukuoka.jp/ (in Japanese)

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

1) Cine-la "Korea: 60 Years of Film History"
A retrospective collection of modern films featuring six decades of korean film history from the post war period.

Duration: Thru. Apr. 29 (Tue/holiday)
Time varies by film.
Venue: Movie Hall Cinela (The Fukuoka City Public Library)
Fee: Adult 500yen, H.S. and Univ. student 400yen, J.H. and Elem. school student 300yen
Films (Subtitled in English and Japanese):
Gilsodom ('85, 101min.)
Mapodo ('05, 109min.)
301・302 ('95, 99min.)
Christmas in August ('98, 97min.)
Mayonnaise ('99, 103min.)
Chungyang ('00, 121min.)
Barking Dogs Never Bite ('00, 110min.)
If You Were Me ('03, 110min.)
Cracked Eggs & Noodles ('05, 116min.)
All For Love (The Most Beautiful Week of My Life) ('05, 131min.)

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

2) Brazil-Japan Friendship Year Photo Exhibition
This year 2008 is the centennial anniversary for Japanese having left for Brazil to immigrate. About 50 pictures collected from Japanese Overseas Immigration Museum and local Japanese-Brazilian associations in Brazil are displayed. Admission free.

Theme: Centennial Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Brazil
Duration: Thru. Apr. 13 (Sun)
Venue: Communication Area, ACROS Fukuoka 1F

Inquiry: ACROS Fukuoka Cultural Information Center
TEL: 092-725-9100

3) Kyuhaku Museum Concert "Haru no Mai- Spring dance"
In addition to the art and cultural exhibitions at the Kyushu National Museum, various other events are conducted including mini-concert shows near the Entrance Hall and inside the Cultural Exchange Exhibition room. The purpose is to entertain the visitors with a variety of live music and enrich their museum experience.

Date: Apr. 12 (Sat) 13:00, 15:30
Venue: Kyushu National Museum Entrance hall
Music: Japanese Harp and Piano with a Soprano singer
Further Information: http://www.kyuhaku.com/pr/event/event_080307.html (in Japanese)

Inquiry: Kyushu National Museum
TEL: 050-5542-8600

4) Uminonakamichi Flower Picnic 2008
Witness the mosaic of various and colorful flowers inside the huge park with exciting events. Free admission on some days.

Further information: http://www.uminaka.go.jp/index.html
Duration: Thru. May 6 (Tue/holiday)
Time: 9:30-17:30
Fee: 15-year-old and above 400yen, Elem. and J.H.S Student 80yen,
    Free for children under school age
    Admission-free days: Apr. 27 (Sun), May 4 (Sun/holiday), 5 (Mon/holiday)
Uminonakamichi Global Village
International Students (mainly from Asia) residing in Fukuoka will perform songs and dances on stage. Traditional food stands and folk arts will also be available.
Dates: Apr. 26 (Sat), 27 (Sun) 10:30-16:00
Environmental Festival in Uminaka
Display booths for environment issues as well as stage shows and bazaar will be organized.
Dates: Apr. 19 (Sat), 20 (Sun) 10:00-16:00

Inquiry: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
TEL: 092-603-1111

5) Fukuoka International Women's Tennis 2008
This is an annual tournament approved by the International Tennis Federation, ITF. Ranked as the world's second best, Ana Ivanovic was the winner of 2004 tournament. Come and check out the world class tennis competitions.

Duration: Qualifying May 4 (Sun) -6 (Tue), Main Draw May 6 (Tue)-11 (Sun)
Venue: Hakata no Mori Tennis Stadium
Fee: Main draw (valid throughout the tournament) Adult 1,000yen (800yen), Elem., J.H.S. and H.S. student 300yen (200yen)* inside () shows advance ticket

Inquiry: Fukuoka International Women's Tennis Office (Kyushu Tennis Association)
TEL: 092-722-1605

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

1) Volunteers Wanted!
FUKU-NET member organizations are calling for volunteers for their activities. Please contact each organization for further information.

NGO Fukuoka network
Volunteers who can help prepare the shipment of April's Newsletter
Date/time: Apr. 12 (Sat) 15:00-
Inquiry/Office: Komori BLDG. 4-A, 3-6-1 Hakataekimae, Hakata-ku
TEL: 092-405-9870 URL: http://funn.npgo.jp/

Salt Payatas Foundation
Recruiting office assistants for PR, accounting, and clerical works
Inquiry/Office: 372 Haramachi, Kasuya
TEL: 090-1395-3645 URL: http://www.salt.or.tv/index.html

The Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in FUKUOKA (APCC)
Volunteers for APCC's various events and activities. Contact APCC for details on newcomer's briefing sessions.
Dates/venues: Apr. 13 (Sun) 14:00- APCC Office (Fukuoka City Hall North Annex 5F 1-10-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
23 (Wed) 18:30- Fukuoka City Hall North Annex 4F Conference room
Inquiry: TEL: 092-734-7700    Email: info@apcc.gr.jp    URL: http://www.apcc.gr.jp/

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

"Porcile" (Italy, 98min., '68)
Date/Time: Apr. 22 (Tue) 19:00
Venue: Ajibi Hall (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)
Limit: First 120 visitors

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

3) Tiempo Marukajiri
Free classes offered for people who would like to learn more about Tiempo Iberoamericano and what they do.

Date: Apr. 9 (Tue)
Venue: Tiempo Iberoamericano, Elle Taller
Further information: http://www.tiempo.jp/evento/evento_news_english.html

Inquiry: Tiempo Iberoamericano
TEL: 092-762-4110    Email: info@tiempo.jp

4. News from International Related Organizations in Fukuoka

1) Fukuoka Asian Film Festival Volunteer Wanted
This is a film festival featuring mainly Asian films, organized and managed by all volunteers!
Further information: http://www2.gol.com/users/faff/faff.html

Festival duration: Jul. 4 (Fri) -13 (Sun)
Application deadline: Apr. 30 (Wed)

Pre-festival event
Date: May 17 (Sat) 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
Venue: French-Japanese Institute of Kyushu 5F Hall
Fee: 1,000 yen Advance, 1,300 yen at door
Films: "Kim Ki-duk: Cineaste of the Wild Beauty" France/Korea, 2007, 60min.

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

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

The Effect of Advertisement

Just a few weeks ago, my family paid a visit from Canada to see how I was doing and how well I was adapting to my new life in Japan. It's been nearly 7 months since the last time I saw them in Vancouver, and my anticipation level was at its peak when I saw them coming out of Hakata Station. I guess the first thing they noticed in me was the change in my physical appearance―a little more round on the edges with several more pounds on the flank. "It's all the gourmet food in this town I tell you!" is what I explained, but without much convincing, I received an unanimous boomerang comment of "pure lack of exercise, prolonged laziness, excessive eating and drinking"; the list went on.
Then suddenly, as I gazed through the scenery of busy Hakata afternoon, I found the true cause of my parents' astonishment: an array of food and commercial advertisements including flashy neon posts, signs, and flyers which were bombarding my peripheral vision, 360 degrees from all direction. Ever since coming to Fukuoka, I've dined at many restaurants from traditional to modern to even exotic. One incident stands out in which I dined at a Mongolian restaurant where native Mongolian robes were free to wear, and I was chosen to dress as a Mongolian wrestler. I gladly agreed to dress out of courtesy for the other guests, but it left me with no clothes except for a loincloth similar to those worn by sumo wrestlers, a hat, and a vest
This place has been introduced by a colleague, but frankly speaking, most of the places have either been introduced to me through leaflets with discount coupons or other forms of advertisement that triggered my appetite. Walking on Nishidori after 5:30pm for example, you witness many part-timers handing out a handy tissue package inserted with coupons to every passer―basically, dangling an enticing carrot to attract that day's revenue if you ask me. In the midst of a busy walkway, my irresistible hands will very often grab one of those flyers and only a few moments later, I will be sitting in that restaurant, waiting for my food and an ice-cold Asahi (i.e. simply fat causing agents) to arrive at my table and eventually praising "down the hatch!" Even at home, my mail box is constantly flooded with tons of flyers and both recycling them and avoiding them are unceasing concerns especially on the weekends when I crave for a pizza delivery.
However, not all the advertisements should be ignored, for a pocket Kleenex has a versatile use such as blowing your nose to relieve your pollen allergy, and it can also be a useful toiletry item in some public train stations' washrooms where toilet papers are not provided; in fact, they're usually sold in vending machine for 50 yen or so. In addition, rows of advertisements hanging on the top center of every train are quite informative if you're a regular commuter (but not a newspaper fan) and want to touch on current issues fussing the media or to expand your personal interests. Interestingly, the publication's title is indicated on the bottom of the flyer so that people standing from a far distance could recognize the title if they every wish to purchase it―a genius marketing strategy of the Japanese.
In contrast, Canada is not so big on handing out tissues on the streets (this will tick some environmentalists) or even hanging posters on a commuter train, but there are a few noteworthy advertisement examples that are quite similar to Japan. For example, there are free daily publications called "24" and "Metro" handed out in front of sky train stations every morning to commuters. Though it was packed with interesting local, world, and celebrity news for the first little while, it quickly became filled with commercial advertisements taking up large sections in the paper including discount coupons for retails to name a few.
As for food, I sometimes make a use of flyers dropped in my mailbox for A&W burgers and delivery for pizzas, but they are only delivered maybe once every month or during the holidays when families stay in and not daily like here in Japan; advertisement companies are a lot smarter than you think.
These days, I've learned to prepare a simple lunch for work and dine at home whenever possible to not only limit my daily expenses but to also stay in shape; however, as much as I love Japanese food, resisting temptations for beer after work and food that goes along won't be an easy challenge.

Nobuo Gondo


1. 福岡よかトピア国際交流財団からのお知らせ

  1) 2008国際どんたく隊パレード参加者募集
  2) 地球市民どんたく2008参加団体、企画運営ボランティア募集
  3) 外国人が語る「ふるさとの街と福岡」

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報

  1) 平成20年度国際化推進活動助成金
  2) シネラ「韓国映画の60年史」
  3) 「新世界に渡った日本人」写真展
  4) きゅーはくミュージアムコンサート
  5) アメリカ留学説明会&個人相談
  6) 海の中道フラワーピクニック2008
  7) 福岡国際女子テニス2008

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報

  1) ボランティア募集 
  2) JICAボランティア募集、セミナーのお知らせ
  3) 福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会
  4) ティエンポまるかじり
  5) ワーキング・ホリデーミニ説明会

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報

  1) 福岡アジア映画祭プレイベント開催

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) 2008国際どんたく隊パレード参加者募集

日  時:5月3日(土・祝)13:00-16:00(受付開始12:30)
対  象:福岡都市圏内にお住まいの外国人200名

申込先:上記 国際どんたく隊担当(ゴンドウ・長尾)

2) 地球市民どんたく2008参加団体、企画運営ボランティア募集

日  時:10月9日(木)-13日(月・祝)
場  所:福岡市役所西側ふれあい広場北側緑地および周辺会場

3)  外国人学生が語る「ふるさとの街と福岡」聴講者募集

日  時:4月17日(木)18:30
場  所:福岡よかトピア国際交流財団 あったかプラザ
講  師:プラディープ・H・ラオさん(インド・バンガロール)

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報
1) 平成20年度国際化推進活動助成金


TEL: 092-725-9200

2) シネラ「韓国映画の60年史」

期  間:4月29日(火・祝)まで
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: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) 「新世界に渡った日本人」写真展

期  間:4月13日(日)まで
場  所:アクロス福岡1F コミュニケーションエリア

TEL: 092-725-9100

4)  きゅーはくミュージアムコンサート

日  時:4月12日(土)第1回13:00~ 第2回15:00~
場  所:九州国立博物館1階エントランスホール
参 加 料:無料

TEL: 050-5542-8600

5) アメリカ留学説明会&個人相談

日  時:4月20日(日) 説明会11:00-12:30 個人相談13:00-18:30
場  所:こくさいひろば交流室(アクロス福岡3F)

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

6) 海の中道フラワーピクニック2008

期  間:5月6日(火・祝)まで
時  間:9:30-17:30
入 園 料:15歳以上400円、小中学生80円、小学生未満 無料
日  時:4月26日(土)、27日(日)10:30-16:00
日  時:4月19日(土)、20日(日)10:00-16:00

TEL: 092-603-1111

7) 福岡国際女子テニス2008

日  時:予選5月4日(日)~6日(火)、本戦5月6日(火)~11日(日)
会  場:博多の森テニス競技場
入 場 料:本戦6日間通し 一般1,000円(800円)、小中高生300円(200円)

TEL: 092-722-1605

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
1)  ボランティア募集

日  時:4月12日(土)15:00~
場  所:福岡市博多区博多駅前3-6-1小森ビル4-A
問 合 せ:TEL: 092-405-9870  URL: http://funn.npgo.jp/

場  所:糟屋郡粕屋町原町372
問 合 せ:TEL: 090-1395-3645  URL: http://www.salt.or.tv/index.html

日時・場所:4月13日(日)14:00~ 事務局(中央区天神1-10-1福岡市役所北別館5階)
        23日(水)18:30~ 市役所北別館4階会議室
申込・問合せ:TEL: 092-734-7700  Email: info@apcc.gr.jp

2)  青年海外協力隊・シニア海外ボランティア募集、セミナーのお知らせ

日  時:4月9日(水)、18日(金)、24日(木)18:30-20:45
日  時:4月9日(水)、25日(金)18:30-20:00
会  場:アクロス福岡
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

日  時:5月12日、19日、26日 19:00-20:30 全3回 月曜日
場  所:福岡市立青年センター
対  象:高校生から35歳までの国際協力に興味のある人 40-50名程度
締  切:5月7日(水)必着

TEL: 093-671-6311  Email: jicakicp-jpcvqc@jica.go.jp
Email:jicadpd-desk-fukuokashi@jica.go.jp  電話:092-733-5638

3)  福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会

日  時:4月22日(火)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

4) ティエンポまるかじり

日  時:4月29日(火・祝)
会  場:天神ティエンポ本館、別館エル・タジェール

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

5) ワーキング・ホリデーミニ説明会

日  時:毎月第1金曜日 4月25日、5月9日、5月23日、6月6日 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/

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報
1) 福岡アジア映画祭プレイベント開催

日  時:5月17日(土)12:00~、14:00~、16:00~
会  場:九州日仏学館
作  品:フランス・韓国合作「キム・ギドク:激情の美のシネアスト」('07、60min)
会  費:1,300円


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

5. ノブが見た福岡



権藤 ノブオ


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