Fukuoka International Association (FIA) Mail Magazine vol.80 January/05/2009

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.
Happy New Year! As 2009 is The Year of Ox in the Chinese zodiac, let us steadily make strides forward-much like an ox-toward our goals.



Table of Contents:

1. News from the Fukuoka International Association

    1) New tenants wanted for International houses
    2) Information from Attaka Fukuoka

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

    1) The ABCs of Japanese culture for foreigners
    2) Consulting service for foreign residents
    3) Application for 3-on-3 indoor, Fukuoka City basketball competition is now open!

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

    1) Cinema Viewing by the Fukuoka Italy -Japan Association
    2) Seminar on employment for foreign students

4. News from Internationally Related Organizations in Fukuoka

    1) Discover traditional Japanese food!
    2) Cine-Club Classique

4. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

    "A List Underway"

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) New tenants wanted for International houses (available to international students only)
Fukuoka International Association is looking for new tenants who are interested in moving into the following International Houses this coming April.

1. International Houses
    a) Fukuoka International House ( for family )
        4-1, Tenyamachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-0025
    b) Ropponmatsu International House ( single-sized rooms )
        2-26, Ropponmatsu 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-004

2. Applications forms are available at universities and Japanese language schools in the Fukuoka Metropolitan Area, Rainbow Plaza, or the Fukuoka International Association, and can be downloaded from the FIA's website.

3. Application deadline: Feb. 16 (Mon)

2) Information from Attaka Fukuoka
Attaka Koryu Keijiban (exchange message board)
Attaka Fukuoka online message board service allows international students, businesses and other entities in the greater Fukuoka metropolitan area to exchange useful information with one another.

Why should I register?
Foreign students: gain free access to information on temporary jobs or events posted by businesses and other entities.
Businesses and other entities: can post wide range of information including employment opportunities or upcoming events and can contact the interested students (must be registered) directly by email.
How much does it cost?
Foreign students: free
Businesses: 10,000yen per year

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, goal in Fukuoka, and vision for the future.
Date: Jan. 15 (Thu) 18:30
Place: Attaka Salon, Fukuoka International Association
Lecturer: Mr. HARI BAHADUR PAHARI (Nepal)
               Kyushu Sangyo University, Faculty of Engineering

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

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

1) The ABCs of Japanese Culture for Foreigners
Aiming to foster a favourable learning environment for the foreigners in Fukuoka, an array of Japanese cultures will be introduced over a one-year period through this program.

Dates/Programs: Jan. 18 (Sun.) Tea Ceremony, Feb. 22 (Sun.) Animation
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

2) Consulting service for foreign residents
We are happy to assist you if you have any problems or concerns (counseling by phone).

Contents: Kindergarten/school admission for children, housing, Japanese university information/life after graduation, change in status of residency, consultations regarding employment for foreigners, etc.
Business hours: 9:00-17:00, weekdays (closed on Sundays, Saturdays and public holidays)
Language available: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, etc.

Inquiry: Global Life Support Center
TEL: 092-441-0004     URL: http://www.npo-global.jp/index.html

3) 3-on-3, FUKUOKA indoor basketball competition
Fukuoka City Sports Promotion Corporation is now accepting applications for this annual basketball event. In case of exceeding number of applicants, teams will be selected by lot.

Dates/categories: Mar. 14 (Sat.) Elementary school student/Junior High School Student
                                     15 (Sun.) Open
Venue: Fukuoka Kyudenkinen Gymnasium
Enrollment limit: Elem. S. student: 64 team for boys', 32 for girls'/
                           J.H.S. student 28 for boys', 20 for girls/
                           Open 120 for men, 24 for women
Fee/team: Elem.S. 3,000yen, J.H.S. 5,000yen, Open 8,000yen
Application: Forms can be found at public gymnasiums, swimming pools, Joho plaza, ward offices, kominkan,
                etc., or downloaded from the website below. Once filled out, submit them to the contact below by post or email.
Deadline: Jan. 30 (Fri.)
Further information: http://www.sports-fukuokacity.or.jp/ (in Japanese)

Application/Inquiry: Fukuoka City Sports Promotion Corporation
TEL: 092-717-8032

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

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

"A room with a view" ('86, 117min., English)
Date/Time: Jan. 9 (Fri.) 19:00
"Sogni D'oro" ('81, 105min.)
Date/Time: Feb. 13 (Fri.) 19:00
Venue: Ajibi Hall (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)
Limit: First 120 visitors

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

2) Seminar on Employment for Foreign Students
This two-day educational seminar provides an opportunity for foreign students to hone the necessary skills and business manners to land a job in Japan such as job-hunting skills, interview skills and language skills. Free admission but prior application is required.

Dates: Jan. 17(Sat.), 18 (Sun.) 10:00-16:00
Venue: Nishinihon City Bank (Hakataeki mae)
Application: submit application form by post or fax to the contact below by Jan. 7 (Wed).

Application/inquiry: Nishinihon Kokusai Zaidan
TEL: 092-476-2154     FAX: 092-476-2634
URL: http://www.ncbank.co.jp/chiiki_shakaikoken/kokusai_zaidan/index.html

4. News from International Related Organizations in Fukuoka

1) Let's enjoy eating Japanese traditional foods
Nakamura Culinary School offers international students the perfect opportunity to learn Japanese table manners while enjoying some traditional cuisines. Prior application required.

Date: Jan. 23 (Fri.) 12:30
Venue: Nakamura Culinary School (Hirao, Chuoku)
Fee: 1,000yen
Enrollment limit: 48
Contact below by telephone or fax for application.

Application/inquiry: Nakamura Culinary School
TEL: 092-523-0411     FAX: 092-521-0951

2) Cine-Club Classique
A premier movie will be screened with a lecture.

"Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari" (Ger., '20, 50min.)
Date: Jan. 24 (Sat.) 13:00, 16:00
Venue: French-Japanese Institute of Kyushu 5F Hall
Fee: advance 1,000yen, at door 1,300yen

Inquiry: Office Nouvelle Vague
TEL: 092-733-0949    Email: faff@gol.com

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

A List Underway

As one would expect, the first and foremost greeting on this issue should be something like, "Happy New Year to our loyal readers!", but frankly speaking, as a sluggish columnist who needs to prepare his work two to three weeks ahead of time (actually due to the editing of the whole magazine itself), it isn't all that easy to grasp the fresh feel of 2009, or the Year of the Ox, when there are still a few weeks of uncrossed days on my December calendar that displays a picture of mice donning Santa's costumes (2008 was the Year of the Mouse). I'm sure that by the time you're reading this, most of you will have spent some quality time with your family or friends and will have come up with some New Year's resolutions to fulfill for 2009. As for me, I'm just starting to scribble my things-to-do-list for my winter vacation in Vancouver as I speak; hence, the following is a short list of what I have on my mind so far.
1) Breathing the crisp Canadian air: I've longed for this ever since coming to the "Land of the Rising Pollution", as explained by its record-high greenhouse gas emission and its first official movement towards purchasing the carbon quotas from Hungary (announced last November). Although Canada is surprisingly not too far behind from Japan in winning the award for "successive failure to meet the ‘6% reduction' in Kyoto Protocol" in 2012–Canada's carbon emission has increased by 30% since 1990-British Columbia's extensive share in temperate rain forests and its wide range of mammalian species (e.g. raccoons, deer, and black bears) still seemingly convince me that air quality is somewhat pristine-at least for now. When I go back to my hometown, Port Moody, this time around, I will be sure to fill my lungs with a year's worth of fresh Canadian air before coming back to Japan; although I'm guessing it will probably be ice-cold.
2) Eating Mom's food: as much as everybody wants the taste of extravaganza in their life, when you start living by yourself and cooking your own meals, Mom's homemade food becomes more than a craving but a necessity of one's life, especially if you're not as passionate in cooking as some of the chefs you see on television. Sure, you might have to go through a few days of dull leftovers from time to time, but look on the bright side, you're not spending a dime and eating flopperoo of who knows what it is. It's just a matter of time before I get my hands on what I call real food.
3) Snowboarding: this is definitely the third on "Nobuo's hierarchy of needs" since Canada is probably the best in the world in my opinion (aside from Switzerland) for having some of the sweetest, powdery snow and trails for consuming the thrills of winter adventure. As there are twenty nine exclusive resorts to choose from, deciding which ski areas to carve your board or skis is always a cyclic concern for most Vancouverites including myself. Considering the amount of time I have for fulfilling all the things on my list, I've narrowed it down by visiting a friend in Kelowna (about 5-hour drive on Greyhound bus from my city) and boarding at Big White Ski Resort. (Visit http://www.bigwhite.com/home_showSection_ID_364_subID_542.html for more information.)
4) Greek food: if I had one choice of ethnic eatery to dine in Vancouver, it'll have to be at my all-time favourite Greek restaurant, "Stefo's" in downtown. Although Fukuoka has a dazzling cornucopia of ethnic cuisines, a plate combo of sizzling lamb souvlaki, seafood pilaf, fresh Greek salad with juicy olives, and pita breads with tzatziki sauce is no where to be found (please tell me if you do!).
"Shouldn't spending time with your family and friends be the first priority?" Well, that's already a given and therefore wasn't included in the above list among other "need-to-do-things" like shoveling the snow out of the driveway or off the roof, taking my dog for a walk, etc.-the list just goes on.

Thanks to all the readers for tuning into Rainbow's Magazine throughout 2008; I'll be sure to share some of those experiences in the next issue of "Nobu's footprints in Fukuoka".

Happy New Year Everyone!

Nobuo Gondo


1. 福岡よかトピア国際交流財団からのお知らせ

  1) 嘱託職員(中国語・韓国語)募集
  2) 地球市民講座
  3) 学生交流会館入居者募集
  4) 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) 外国人のための日本文化いろは講座
  2) ちきゅうを知る講座 
  3) あすみん交流会
  4) 外国人相談窓口(福岡県) 
  5) 福岡市スポーツ振興事業団杯FUKUOKA indoor 3on3参加者募集

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報

  1) 福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会
  2) 外国人留学生のための就職支援セミナー
  3) 福岡国際交流会館レジデント・アシスタント(RA)募集
  4) ティエンポ・イベロアメリカーノスタッフ募集

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報

  1) 外国人留学生のためのホストファミリー募集
  2) 音楽で旅するEU
  3) 日本料理を食べて学びましょう
  4) クラシック・シネクラブ
  5) 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: www.rainbowfia.or.jp/

1) 嘱託職員(中国語・韓国語)募集


2) 地球市民講座

テ ー マ:「イスラム社会のいま」
日  時: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
受 講 料:3,000円(4回通し)
定  員:120名

3) 学生交流会館入居者募集




4) 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:1月15日(木) 18:30
会  場:あったかサロン
語 り 手:ハリ・バハドゥル・パハリさん(ネパール共和国出身)

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報
1) 外国人のための日本文化いろは講座

日時/内容: 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

2) ちきゅうを知る講座

日  時:1月18日(日)14:00
テ ー マ:多文化共生
場  所:こくさいひろば

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

3) あすみん交流会ななくさ・かふぇ

日  時:1月24日(土)17:30
場  所:あすみん(福岡市中央区大名 青年センター5階)

TEL: 092-724-4801  Email: info@fnvc.jp

4) 外国人相談窓口(福岡県国際交流センター委託事業)


TEL: 092-441-0004

5) 福岡市スポーツ振興事業団杯FUKUOKA indoor 3on3 参加者募集

場  所:福岡市九電記念体育館
申  込:専用の申込用紙に必要事項を記入し、郵送・FAXもしくは直接持参。
締  切:1月30日(金)必着

TEL: 092-717-8032

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
1) 福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会

日  時:1月9日(金)19:00
会  場:あじびホール

TEL: 092-476-2153

2) 外国人留学生のための就職支援セミナー

日  時:1月17日(土)、18日(日)10:00~16:00
場  所:西日本シティ銀行本店別館3F会議室(博多駅前)
締  切:1月7日(水)

TEL: 092-476-2154  FAX: 092-476-2634

3) 福岡国際交流会館レジデント・アシスタント(RA)募集

締  切:1月23日(金)

TEL: 092-262-1010

4) 事務局運営スタッフ募集

応募方法:郵送又はメール("採用について/岡 宛"と件名に入力)にて、履歴書、職務経歴書、志望動機書を送付

TEL: 092-762-4100  Email: conta@tiempo.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) 音楽で旅するEU

日  時:1月23日(金)18:30~20:30
場  所:アクロス福岡1F円形ホール
参 加 費:1,500円(協会会員は無料)
締  切:1月16日(金)
詳細はこちら: http://www.kokusaihiroba.or.jp/eu/

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

3) 日本料理を食べて学びましょう

日  時:1月23日(金)12:30
場  所:中村調理製菓専門学校(中央区平尾)
定  員:48名(電話またはファックスで申込。)

TEL: 092-523-0411  FAX: 092-521-0951

4) クラシック・シネクラブ

日  時:1月24日(土)13:00、16:00
場  所:九州日仏学館5Fホール
会  費:前売1,000円 当日1,300円

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

5) 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



2)おふくろの味: 毎日ゴージャスな食事をしたい気持は皆同じだと思うが、実際一人暮らしをして外食や自炊をし始めると、何故かおふくろの味が恋しくなるものだ。特に料理番組みたいにニコニコしながら料理できない人にとっては、「生きてゆく上で不可欠なサービス」と言っても過言ではない。必ずしもお目当ての食事が毎回出されるとは断言できないが(例:二日連続のカレー等)、お金はかからないのはもちろん自分が作った失敗作を無理して食べる必要もなくなるので、まさにメリット溢れんばかりのメニューだ。この瞬間を実現するまでほんのあとわずか!
3)スノーボード: これだけは確実に「ノブの欲求階層」で3番目を占めるものであって、「カナダ無くして世界のウィンタースポーツは始まらない」とまで僕は信じている(スイスには劣るかもしれないが)。延々と続く絶景と新雪のパウダースノーは、BC州の29箇所のリゾートで堪能できるので、地元の人がスキー場の選択に困るのも無理も無い。僕もその一人で今迷っている最中。限られた時間内でより多くの目的を成し遂げたい僕は、友達の住むKelowna(バンクーバ市から長距離バスで約4時間)という町からそう遠くない「Big White」スキーリゾートに行く事に決めた。詳しい情報はこちら:http://www.bigwhite.com/home_showSection_ID_364_subID_542.html。
4)ギリシャ料理: 「バンクーバで一番食べたいものは何ですか」と聞かれたら、ダウンタウンの一角にあるギリシャ料理店の「Stefo's」のボリュームたっぷりな「Souvlaki Combo」と答えたい。多種多様なエスニック料理が味わえるここ福岡でさえも、羊肉のスベラキ(炭火焼)、シーフドピラフ、ギリシャ風サラダ(コテージチーズ、キュウリ、トマト、レッド・オニオン等)、ピタブレッド(ザジキソースで食べる)をいただける地中海料理店はさすがに無い(しっているなら教えて!)。





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