Fukuoka International Association (FIA) Mail Magazine vol.78 November/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.
The November Grand Sumo Tournament is coming to Fukuoka City, and you will be able to spot some young sumo wrestlers on the local bus or train. We hope the wrestlers will show us their best in their schedule of bouts to reclaim the reputation tainted by some scandals.



Table of Contents:

1. News from the Fukuoka International Association

    1) Foreign Student Lecture Series "My Hometown and Fukuoka"

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

    1) Toll-Free Nationwide Telephone Counseling Line for Foreign Nationals
    2) English Speech Contest

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

    1) Cinema Viewing by the Fukuoka Italy -Japan Association

4. News from Internationally Related Organizations in Fukuoka

    1) Symposium "What we can do to stop human trafficking"

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

    A glimpse of Asia from Fukuoka Part I

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: www.rainbowfia.or.jp

1) 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, lifestyle, what brought his/her to Fukuoka and her vision for the future.

Date: Nov. 20 (Thu) 18:30
Place: Attaka Salon, Fukuoka International Association
Lecturer: Yuli Restiani (Lampung, Indonesia)
               Kyushu University Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies
For more information: http://attaka-fukuoka.jp/ (in Japanese)

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

1) Toll-Free Nationwide Telephone Counseling Line for Foreign Nationals
Tokyo Immigration Information Center is operating a toll-free Nationwide Telephone Counseling Line for Foreign Nationals as of September 29. Counseling in languages other than Japanese is available. Your confidentiality is guaranteed.

Telephone Number: 0120-567-115
Service hour: 9:00-17:00 available on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Dec. 28
Further information: http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/index.html

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

Dates/Programs: Nov. 9 (Sun) Sumo, Dec. 7 (Sun) Kimono
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

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

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

"To Forget Palermo" ('90,105min., English)
Date/Time: Nov. 28 (Fri) 19:00
"Miracle in Milan" ('51, 96min.)
Date/Time: Dec. 8 (Mon)
Venue: Ajibi Hall (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)
Limit: First 120 visitors

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

4. News from International Related Organizations in Fukuoka

1) Symposium "What we can do to Stop Human Trafficking"
Let's talk about what we can do to address the issue of human trafficking or "modern slavery". Prior application required.

Date: Nov. 15 (Sat) 13:30
Venue: AMIKAS Lecture room
Fee: 500yen (for handouts)
Further information: http://www1.plala.or.jp/AWCenter/

Application/Inquiry: Asian Women's Center
TEL: 092-513-7333     Email: awc-a@atlas.plala.or.jp

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

A glimpse of Asia from Fukuoka Part I

There I was, standing in a long queue before the immigration check at the port of Busan in South Korea, waiting patiently for my passport clearance as my stomach growled noticeably louder each and every minute. This was my third visit to this city, and I swear the lineup just gets longer each time, or there are simply not enough officers on duty. Either way, it was already past one o'clock in the afternoon, and my mouth was quickly drying up as more salty sea breeze seeped through the open windows.
Amidst such a situation, I decided to go over a few Korean expressions that I have learned prior to leaving for this trip, and spoke them silently out of my memory, "Mekchu chuseyo", or "Give me beer". In spite of this poor Korean, I managed to get around the city for three days, encountering a few interesting situations here and there. The following highlights some of these scenes.
The long weekend of October has led many Fukuokans to travel to their closest sister city, Busan, for it was probably the best timing of the year, and also the quickest and the easiest way to spend their unusually high, appreciating yen in a foreign country. Having sat the last three hours in a fully-crowded Beetle, it seemed quite certain that there were going to be many tour guides waiting by the gate. As expected, many vigorous ladies, distinguished by their black-suits, were holding out signs of their guest's names in a large Japanese font, and were making eye contact with every Japanese traveler as they gradually popped out of the exit.
At this point, my colleagues and I felt a sense of ease and belonging from the locals' casual use of Japanese inside the terminal (e.g. the guides, flyer distributers, the clerks at the currency exchange office). However, this notion was shattered as soon as we realized outside the terminal that getting a cab for five adults with giant luggage was not an easy task, thus encountering our first language barrier.
As this was not everyone's first time in Korea, some of us were surprised by the fact that all the written letters looked like gibberish; as much as they believed it was a nation that incorporated Chinese characters into their language, they were nowhere to be seen out the windows of our mini-van taxi. Having visited here twice in the past, I firmly believed that nothing would come by as a surprise and reassured to the rest that there's absolutely nothing to worry about. "Showing respect to elders is quite serious in Korea, and this holds true in every situation, Nobuo," is what my Korean-Canadian friends in Vancouver used to say to me, after discovering that I'm also one of their kind, or more precisely, that I'm a Korean-Japanese-Canadian.
However, as we were walking towards our hotel from the busy downtown district of Seomyun, we were astonished to witness a street brawl between a young man and an old man who was probably in his early 70s. What's going on here? All of us were puzzled by this situation and peaked through the crowd to see what all the fuss was about. To our surprise, we saw the young man seizing his hands around the old man's collar recklessly, and the most interesting part of it was the fact that the grandpa didn't give up on his right of the road even a slightest bit (the situation seemed more or less like a minor car accident between the two parties). While this experience sort of defied my previous belief about Korea's Confucianist traditions, it also taught me that Korean elders are powerful beings themselves and that they can really voice their rights!
It could have been the spicy kimchi of my lunch or the inner excitement of being in one's true homeland, but after seeing this unexpected incident, my soul was bursting with energy like never before.

To be continued…

(Dear readers, due to the length of this essay and limited page for my column, the rest will be discussed in the next issue. Thank you.)

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) フリーダイヤル「外国人相談全国専用ダイヤル」
  2) 市民青少年交流助成
  3) 外国人のための日本文化いろは講座
  4) 文化政策とCCDセミナー 
  5) ちきゅうを知る講座
  6) 英語弁論大会

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報

  1) オイスカ茶話会のご案内
  2) 学習会とタイ・スタディツアー報告会
  3) 青年海外協力隊・シニア海外ボランティア募集中
  4) 第10期NGOカレッジ
  5) 森本喜久男さん"森の恵み"を語る
  6) 福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報

  1) アメリカ留学相談会
  2) シンポジウム「人身売買をなくすために市民ができること」

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: www.rainbowfia.or.jp

1) 外国人が語る「ふるさとの街と福岡」

日 時:11月20日(木) 18:30~
会 場:あったかサロン
    九州大学比較社会文化学府 日本社会文化専攻

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報
1) フリーダイヤル「外国人相談全国専用ダイヤル」

時  間:9:00~17:00
期  間:12月28日(日)まで土日祝も受付。

2) 市民青少年交流助成


問合せ:国際交流基金 文化事業部 市民青少年交流課
TEL:03-5369-6060  FAX:03-5369-6036

3) 外国人のための日本文化いろは講座

日時/内容:11月9日(日)14:00 日本の国技(相撲)を知る
      12月7日(日)14:00 日本の着物文化を知る
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

4) 文化政策とCCDセミナー

日 時:11月16日(日)13:30
会 場:あじびホール
参加費:一般1,000円 学生500円
申 込:氏名、電話、Email、勤務先、学校名などを明記のうえ、下記まで
締 切:11月9日(日)

TEL: 092-562-8684  Email: info@maru-web.jp

5) ちきゅうを知る講座 

日 時:11月16日(日)14:00
場 所:こくさいひろば交流室

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

6) 「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

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
1) オイスカ茶話会のご案内

日 時:11月7日(金)18:45~20:15
会 場:オイスカ西日本研修センター(早良区小笠木)

TEL: 092-803-0311  Email: oisca@mx6.tiki.ne.jp

2) 学習会とタイ・スタディツアー報告会

日 時:11月8日(土)14:30
場 所:福岡市人権啓発センター研修室

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

3) 青年海外協力隊・シニア海外ボランティア募集


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

4) 第10期NGOカレッジ

  第1回 11月15日(土)、第2回 22日(土)アクロス福岡2階セミナールーム
  第3回 29日(土)・30日(日)福岡市人権啓発センター
時 間:14:00~17:00

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

5) 森本喜久男さん"森の恵み"を語る

日 時:11月20日(木)19:00
場 所:木香庵(福岡市中央区谷)
参加費:一般500円 学生300円

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

6) 福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会

日 時:11月28日(金)19:00~

日 時:12月8日(月)19:00~

会 場:あじびホール

TEL: 092-476-2153

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報
1) アメリカ留学相談会
日 時:11月8日(土)13:00~17:00
場 所:こくさいひろば交流室

TEL: 03-3580-3231  Email: eas@fulbright.jp
TEL: 092-725-9200

2) シンポジウム「人身売買をなくすために市民ができること」

日 時:11月15日(土)13:30~
場 所:福岡市男女共同参画推進センターアミカス研修室

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

5. ノブが見た福岡


先ほどからグウグウと鳴り止まないお腹を押さえながら、僕はその日、釜山港で入国審査を待つ長蛇の列の中にいた。今回で三度目だが、来るたびにパスポートチェックの待ち時間が長くなっているように思えた。或いは職員が不足しているのか。いずれにせよ、時計の針はすでに昼の一時を過ぎ、ターミナルの窓の隙間から入ってくる冷たい潮風が、僕の喉を一層乾かしていた。そんな中、出発前に覚えたハングルの練習をしようとしたとき、記憶の奥底からある表現が浮かび上がった。"メックチュ チュセヨ"。訳すと、"ビールを下さい"。実際この程度のレベルでも、滞在した3日間は言葉でそう困る事は無く、思い出せば色々と興味深いシーンがいくつもある旅となった。次の物語はその本の一部を記録したものである。


権藤 ノブオ


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