Fukuoka International Association (FIA) Mail Magazine vol.86 July/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.
It's already July, the second half of 2009. With summer fast approaching, lots of fun festivals and beach activities await us all!



Table of Contents:
1. News from the Fukuoka International Association

    1) Pandemic Influenza Prevention Information
    2) Foreign Student Lecture Series "My Hometown and Fukuoka"

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

    1) Important Notice from the American Consulate in Fukuoka
    2) A Message from the British Honorary Consul in Fukuoka
    3) Cine-la "The Treasure of French Films"
    4) Fukuoka Urban Beautification Award
    5) City Marathon Fukuoka 2009

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

    1) Cinema Viewing by the Fukuoka Italy -Japan Association
    2) Collaboration Event Between JICA & International Exchange Groups of University Students
    3) Isla de Salsa 2009

4. News from Internationally Related Organizations in Fukuoka

    1) Fukuoka Asian Film Festival
    2) Annual Workshop for Junior High School Students Whose Mother Tongue is not Japanese

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

    "One form of Internationalization"

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

1) Information on Pandemic Influenza Prevention
If you feel that you or your family members have contracted the virus, please call the consultation counter of your local heath centers, listen to their instructions carefully, visit the designated medical centers and take the necessary measures at your home as told.
When visiting the doctor's office, do not forget to put on your medical mask.

Telephone Consultation in English, Chinese and Korean
Tel: 092-651-0526 10:00-18:00 (everyday)
Visit FIA website for more information.
Related information in multiple languages: http://homepage3.nifty.com/amdack/

2) 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: July 16 (Thu.) 18:30
Place: Attaka Salon, Fukuoka International Association
Lecturer: Mr. Samat Tilebaev (Bishkek, Kyrgystan)
               Faculty of Law, Kyushu University
Further information: http://attaka-fukuoka.jp/ (in Japanese)

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

1) Important Notice from the American Consulate in Fukuoka
The American Consulate in Fukuoka will only be offering limited consular services in the months of July and August, due to a staffing shortage. Appointments will be accepted on July 16-17 and July 30-31 for all routine services, including passport applications and notary of documents. American citizens may use the American Consulate-General in Osaka, which provides daily consular services, if time sensitive processing of passports or notarized documents is required. Consulate Fukuoka expects to resume full consular services as of August 17. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

2) A Message from the British Honorary Consul in Fukuoka
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office is now encouraging ALL British Nationals travelling and living overseas to register with its new online registration service LOCATE. This will enable consular staff here in Japan or in the country where you are travelling to provide you with assistance in case of emergency including earthquakes or terrorist attacks. Registration is simple so please visit the FCO website and register now!
URL: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/Locate/

Volunteer Warden System
The British Consulate-General in Osaka is eager to recruit British nationals living in each prefecture of Kyushu as VOLUNTEER WARDENS who could be contacted in the case of emergency to pass on information on conditions in their locality and on the safety of British nationals there. Equally as important, wardens are asked to encourage other British nationals living in their locality to register with LOCATE. If you would like more information, please contact the Consulate-General in Osaka.
Inquiry: British Consulate-General in Osaka
Tel: 06-6120-5600     Email: warden-network.osaka@fco.gov.uk.

Notarial Services Available in Fukuoka
Mr. Warwick Gibson, the newly appointed British Honorary Consul in Fukuoka, is now providing British and Japanese nationals who require documentation for Britain with a range of notarial services, including the certification of signatures and identity documents, such as your passport, birth certificate or marriage licence, the witnessing of a signature on a will and the drawing up of affidavits and statutory declarations. To benefit from these services, you will need to make an appointment in advance.
Inquiry: Warwick Gibson
Tel: 080-6437-1554     Email: warwick.gibson-honco@fconet.fco.gov.uk.

3) Cine-la "The Treasure of French Films"
Cine-la presents a collction of French films never showed in Japan.

Duration: until Jul. 12 (Sun.)
Fee: Adult 800 yen, Univ. & H.S. Student 700 yen, J.H.S. & Elem. Student 600 yen
Japanese subtitled
  Dernier atout ('42, 105 min.)
  Donne-moi tes yeux ('43, 90min.)
  Les anges du peche ('43, 96min.)
  La Baie des Anges ('62, 82min.)
  Triple agent ('03, 115min.)

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

4) Fukuoka Urban Beautification Award
The Fukuoka Urban Beautification Awards recognize buildings, streets, landscape planning or beautification activities that are adding to the attraction of Fukuoka. Cityscape photos also wanted. Vote your favorites today!

Application deadline: Jul. 15 (Wed)
Further information: http://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/fuba/ (in Japanese)

Inquiry: City Design Section, Urban Planning Dept., Fukuoka City
Tel: 092-711-4395     Email: citydesign@city.fukuoka.lg.jp

5) City Marathon Fukuoka 2009
  Registration is now open!

Date: Oct. 4 (Sun)
Start: Fukuoka Yahoo! Dome
Registration deadline: Jul. 31 (Fri)
Further information: http://www.sports-fukuokacity.or.jp/

Inquiry: City Marathon Fukuoka Executive Committee
TEL: 092-712-3068     Email: rujust-2@siren.ocn.ne.jp

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

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

"La Voce Della Luna" ('90, 121min.)
Date/Time: Jul. 17 (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) Collaboration Event Between JICA & International Exchange Groups of University Students
This is a good opportunity to hear talks on international cooperation from people on the front line of this field.

Date: Jul. 11 (Sat) 13:00
Venue: International Hall, Kyushu Univ. Hakozaki Campus
Further information: http://sky.geocities.jp/icevent_in_kyudai090711/

Inquiry: Event Executive Committee
Tel: 080-1749-2817     Email: icevent_in_kyudai090711@yahoo.co.jp

3) Isla de Salsa 2009
The biggest latin festival in Japan welcomes various musicians from all over the world.

Dates: Aug. 8 (Sat), 9 (Sun) 13:00
Venue: Seaside Momochi Jigyohama
Fee: Advance 8th 4,500yen 9th 4,800yen
Further information: http://www.tiempo.jp/

Inquiry: Tiempo Iberoamericano
Tel: 092-762-4100     Email: isla@tiempo.jp

4. News from International Related Organizations in Fukuoka

1) Fukuoka Asian Film Festival
This is a film festival featuring mainly Asian films, organized and managed by all volunteers.

Festival duration/venue:
Through July 5 (Sun.) French-Japanese Institute of Kyushu 5F Hall
                   10 (Fri) -12 (Sun) Yume Tenjin Hall
Fee: 1,800 yen
Further information: http://www2.gol.com/users/faff/faff.html

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

2) Annual Workshop for Junior High School Students Whose Mother Tongue is not Japanese
The consultation and provision of information on high school admission in five languages: Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, English and Korean.

Date: Aug. 2 (Sun.) 13:00-17:00
Venue: International Hall, Kyushu Univ. Hakozaki Campus
Fee: Free for interested students and their families
Contents: High school preparatory guidance, exchange time, group work by language

Inquiry: Tomo ni Ikiru Fukuoka no kai
Tel: 090-5739-3988

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

One form of "Internationalization"
I wouldn't be surprised if the above title doesn't ring a bell, for I was also unfamiliar with its meaning until I defined it with my very own experience as a CIR (Coordinator for International Relations) working in Fukuoka City. So, what exactly do us CIRs do in relation to the so called "internationalizing" activities in Japan? Well, rather than providing a hazy detail that leads to more confusion, how about I give a concrete example that actually took place about a month ago in Okagaki-machi, a quiet town located in Onga District of northern Fukuoka, where a gang of active CIRs from the prefecture gathered at Utsura Elementary School to host the one and only, "Kokusai Eco-ryu Event".
The idea of linking the theme of "eco" with "international exchange" was first suggested by Lucy Gibson, the New Zealand CIR, whose concept was to introduce environmental consciousness to children through the fun of sports activities that were unique to Japan. "But for us to really get involved in the community and to conduct a two-way exchange, how about we also participate in 'Love Earth Event' prior to ours, and make it a duo?" she said. (This is an annual event hosted by the collaborative work of both public and private organizations, in which the participants collect garbage left at beaches, lakes and parks in various locations around Kyuhsu to basically "clean up the Earth".) With everyone's unanimous favour to the plan, we assigned each CIR to his/her task for the upcoming event and prepared the necessary "green" items.
Arriving to JR Ebitsu Sta. at nine o'clock in the morning on Sunday June 7th, all eleven CIRs from Korea, China, Canada, New Zealand, America and England were welcomed by Mr. Hatabu (Lucy's supervisor)'s beaming smile, and he gave us all that energy we needed to awaken our souls for a full-day exchange with the children. By the time we had arrived to Hatsu Beach where the first event was held, many young kids with their families and friends were already picking up rubbish and were separating them into either bags of "combustible" or "non-combustible" garbage. We quickly scattered across the long shoreline in search of these tins, cans and plastics to remove them from the beach, and simultaneously engaged in our very first exchange with the locals by greeting in English and bowing in Japanese, whenever we reached for the same find.
Immediately following this eco-activity against the backdrop of the dazzling coastal view, CIR members navigated through a trail of bushes from the beach to head to Utsura Elementary School's gymnasium—the next venue in which our main event was due to begin in less than an hour in time. A large blue plastic sheet was spread on approximately a third of the gym floor to prepare for the making of eco-bags crafted with old newspapers. Gu-san, a Korean CIR, led an easy-to-follow instruction as 40 adults and children began cutting and gluing a mix of different foreign language newspapers in an orderly fashion, and by the time everyone had assembled a bag of their own, it was time for lunch—the second set of koryu where each CIR randomly sat with a family to peek into their boxed bento as well as introduce the contents of his/her bagged lunch.
The rest of the afternoon was packed with exciting sports activities including "Dr. Dodge Ball" in which one player from each team donned a newspaper hat to serve the role of a doctor who has the power to spawn his teammate from the dead (the game ends whenyou're your teammates are out), and "Newspaper Hockey" in which a numbered player on each team (composed of 10 or more) dashed to the center of the gym—when his/her number is called by the referee—to pick up the newspaper stick and score the puck into his/her opponent's net.
While all the participants were divided into four geographical regions of Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania, they all came together in the end to play "Capture the Flag", one of the very first North American sports games that I learned in Canada. After I explained the rules to everyone, one kid came up to me and said that this game resembled a game of "kei-doro", roughly translating to "police and thieves". And as the title reads, its mission was to capture the so called "flags" (empty PET bottles) placed at the deep end of your opponent's side and to safely bring it back to your zone without getting caught, for doing so would put you in prison.
At the end of the day, it was clear that the children had fully enjoyed the activities we had arranged for them, since most of them didn't seem to want to leave the site despite the tired look of their parents. Seeing their hand-held eco-bags on their way out, we were all confident that the children had grasped some sense of "recycling" and "international awareness" in the back of their minds. And to fully complete the day, we visited a nearby luxury bathhouse/restaurant facility to engage in our own mode of "internationalizing" before the pristine scenery of Hatsu Beach.

Nobuo Gondo


1. 福岡よかトピア国際交流財団からのお知らせ

  1) 新型インフルエンザについて
  2) 外国人学生が語る「ふるさとの街と福岡」

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報

  1) 在福岡英国名誉領事館からのお知らせ
  2) シネラ「フランス映画の秘宝」
  3) わたしのまちの景観賞
  4) シティマラソン福岡2009
  5) こくさいひろばからのお知らせ
  6) いろはカルチャー文楽

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報

  1) 福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会
  2) 日本語教室ボランティア・スタッフ勉強会
  3) JICA×国際協力系学生団体コラボイベント
  4) オイスカ集まれ!地球体験村
  5) イスラ・デ・サルサ2009

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
  2) 英語でクッキング
  3) 日本語を母語としない中学生の高校進学を考える会
  4) ボランティア通訳制度

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) 新型インフルエンザ対策について

Tel: 092-651-0526 10:00-18:00(土日祝含む)

2) 外国人が語る「ふるさとの街と福岡」

日 時:7月16日(木) 18:30
会 場:あったかサロン
語り手:Samat Tilebaevさん(キルギス出身)九州大学法学府

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報
1) 在福岡英国名誉領事館からのお知らせ
LOCATE: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/Locate/

Email: warden-network.osaka@fco.gov.uk

問合せ:在福岡英国名誉領事 ウォーリック・ギブソン
Tel: 080-6437-1554  Email: warwick.gibson-honco@fconet.fco.gov.uk

2) シネラ「フランス映画の秘宝」

期 間:7月12日(日)まで
会 場:福岡市総合図書館 映像ホール・シネラ

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) わたしのまちの景観賞

Tel: 092-711-4395   Email: citydesign@city.fukoka.lg.jp

4) シティマラソン福岡2009

場 所:ヤフードーム

Tel: 092-712-3068  Email: rujust-2@siren.ocn.ne.jp

5) こくさいひろばからのお知らせ 

インターネット版TOEFL(R)テスト(TOEFL(R) iBT)説明会
日 時:7月16日(木)17:00

講 師:立命館アジア太平洋大学学長モンテ・カセム氏
日 時:7月18日(土)15:00

日 時:8月2日(日)12:00~説明会、13:30~個人相談

日 程:8月8日(土)、9月12日(土)、10月10日(土)
時 間:10:30~

Tel: 092-725-9200  Email: info@kokusaihiroba.or.jp

6) いろはカルチャー文楽

日 時:8月11日(火)19:00、12日(水)14:00、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-b@ffac.or.jp

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
1) 福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会

日 時:7月17日(金)19:00
会 場:あじびホール

TEL: 092-476-2153

2) 日本語教室ボランティア・スタッフ勉強会

日 時:第1・第3水曜日(15:00)または金曜日(18:00)
会 場:ココロンセンター(博多リバレイン)

Tel: 092-662-7690  Email: nihongonoguchi@u01.gate01.com

3) JICA×国際協力系学生団体コラボイベント

日 時:7月11日(土)13:00
会 場:九州大学箱崎キャンパス国際ホール

Tel:080-1749-2817  Email:icevent_in_kyudai090711@yahoo.co.jp

4) オイスカ集まれ!地球体験村

日 時:7月31日(金)~8月2日(日)2泊3日
会 場:オイスカ西日本研修センター


Tel: 092-803-0311  Email: oiscantc@oisca.org

5) イスラ・デ・サルサ2009

日 程:8月8日(土)、9日(日)13:00
会 場:シーサイドももち地行浜
入場料:前売り8日 4,500円 9日 4,800円

Tel: 092-762-4100  Email: isla@tiempo.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

期間・会場:7月5日(日)まで 九州日仏学館5Fホール
料 金:1,800円

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

2) 英語でクッキング

日 時:7月15日(水)、29日(水)10:00
場 所:アミカス2F料理実習室
対象・定員:60歳以上 20名
会 費:1,500円

Tel: 090-4599-2030

3) 日本語を母語としない中学生の高校進学を考える会(進路ガイダンス)

日 時:8月2日(日)13:00
会 場:九州大学箱崎キャンパス国際ホール
内 容:全体会(高校進学に必要な事項)、交流会、言語別の分散会(質疑応答、教員・先輩からのアドバイスなど)

Tel: 090-5739-3988

4) ボランティア通訳制度

Tel: 0120-78-2234

5. ノブが見た福岡


「エコ」と「国際交流」の二つのテーマを一つに結びつけたのは、岡垣町地域課に所属するニュージランド出身のCIR、ルーシー・ギブソンさん。発想の基は「子供達に海外のスポーツを楽しんでもらうに当たってエコ的な要素を取りいれ、さらには毎年日本各地で行われている「LOVE EARTH」にCIRが積極的に参加すればより多くの地域の人々と密接な交流が出来るのでは?」という流れからだ。(このイベントは市民、企業、行政が連携して海岸、川、山等を清掃する地域環境美化活動の事で、毎年多くの人々が参加している。)全員が賛成すると、各CIRが当日に必要なグッズの準備やプログラム作成に取り掛かった。
午前9時頃にJR海老津駅の改札口を出た僕達は、ルーシーさんと旗生さん(ルーシーの担当者)の明るい笑みに迎えられ、やや曇り空ではあったが一日分のエネルギーが湧き上がってくるのを感じた。 現地に着いた時にはすでに多くの家族連れが淡々とゴミ拾いをしていて、僕達も後を追うように「燃えないゴミ」と「燃えるゴミ」の袋を両手に海岸沿いを散策し始めた。空き缶やプラスティックの破片などを探す中で、地元のボランティアと同じゴミに目がいくと、気軽に英語で挨拶をし、そして地元の人も軽い会釈で答えてくれた。これがその日最初の国際交流となった。
そして午後はいよいよお待ちかねの「国際スポーツ・ゲーム」。子供達と保護者、CIRを4つのチーム(北アメリカ、ヨーロッパ、アジア、オセアニア)に分け、最初に遊んだのが「Dr. Dodgeball」。日本のドッジボールとルールはほぼ一緒だが、名前の通り各チームにはドクターの役割をする人(新聞紙で作った帽子が目印)が必ず一人いるので、万が一チームの一人がボールに当たってもドクターによって蘇る事が出来る(ボールに当てられた人はそのままフロアに伏せ、ドクターがコートの外に引っ張り出すまで再開不可能)。ただし、ドクターがアウトになるとチームメイトはもう復活出来なくなるので、ドクターを「相手チームのボールから守る」と言う戦略もこのゲームの面白さでもある。
そして次は「Newspaper Hockey」。まず2チームに分かれ、両サイドにならんだ各チームの選手は1人ずつ番号を振られる。中央に新聞紙とテープで作った2本のホッケースティックとボールが置いてあるので、自分の番号を呼ばれたら、急いでスティックを取りに行きボールを相手ゴールにシュートしなければならない。スティックはテープでガチガチに固めてあるので、最初はそれなりに問題なくプレイ出来るが、ルール上各チームにはスティック1本しか配られないため、後半に呼ばれる選手はボロボロになったスティックで試合に挑まなければならない。かなりのエネルギーを消費するが、それなりの笑いも出てくるので場を盛り上げるにはもってこいだ。
そして最後は「Capture the Flag」。僕がカナダの小学校で遊んだ最初のスポーツ・ゲーム。説明を終えると近くに座っていた男の子が、自分達の遊ぶ「ケードロ」とよく似た遊びと親切に教えてくれた。このゲームを日本語に訳すると「旗取りゲーム」といったところだろう。ルールはいたって簡単。相手チームの奥に並べてある幾つかの「旗」(今回はエコがテーマなのでリサイクルしたPETボトルを使用)をタッチされずに奪い、自分のチーム側に持って帰ってこられれば1ポイント獲得。制限時間内により多くの旗を取ったチームが勝ち。しかし、旗を取りに行った際に、相手チームにタッチされると刑務所行きとなる。

権藤 ノブオ



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