Fukuoka International Association (FIA) Mail Magazine vol.87 August/05/2009

Fukuoka Rainbow Magazine provides monthly information on events and news in the Fukuoka area related to international exchangeand 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.
2009 is the Internatnional Year of Astronomy and there are several opportunities in August to watch spectacular meteor showers.
Gaze the summer night sky and feel the energy of the universe.


Table of Contents:

1. News from the Fukuoka International Association

   1) Website Revamped!

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

   1) Pandemic Influenza Prevention Information
   2) A Message from the British Honorary Consul in Fukuoka
   3) Cine-la "Mongolian Film Collection"
   4) Invitation to the 9th World Habitat Day Children's Drawing Contest

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

   1) Isla de Salsa 2009
   2) Cinema Viewing by the Fukuoka Italy -Japan Association
   3) Chernobyl Medical Support Network Charity Shop
   4) Bagladesh Curry Festival

4. News from Internationally Related Organizations in Fukuoka

   1) Experience Noh Performance

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

   "Learning from Translation"

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) Website Revamped!
The Fukuoka International Association will relaunch its website to better service the needs of foreign residents including international students as well as citizens of Fukuoka. Visit above FIA website for informations posted in this issue.

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

1) Updated H1N1 Influenza Guidance and Support (As of July 23rd)

-Patients with suspected swine influenza can now be seen at their doctors' offices or at their nearest hospitals or medical institutions.
-However, since not all the hospitals admit infected patients, please call them prior to your visit.
-Please wear your medical mask upon seeing your physician.
-In case you do not have a family physician or are unfamiliar with medical institutions in your area, please contact the Swine Flu Consultation Hotline below for help.

Fukuoka City Swine Flu Consultation Hotline (Business hour: 9:00 -17:00)
Higashi Health Center: 092-645-1078
Hakata Health Center: 092-419-1091
Chuo Health Center: 092-761-7328
Minami Health Center: 092-559-5116
Jonan Health Center: 092-832-5210
Sawara Health Center: 092-851-6012
Nishi Health Center: 092-895-7073
Swine flu information on Fukuoka City Website in Japanese: http://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/hofuku/hokenyobo/life/kansen/pandemicflu/p_flu_change.html

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

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 "Mongolian Film Collection"
Cine-la presents a collction of Mongolian films produced in China and inner Mongolia.

Duration: thru. Aug. 16 (Sun.)
Fee: Adult 500 yen, Univ. & H.S. Student 400 yen, J.H.S. & Elem. Student 300 yen
Japanese & English subtitled
   The Story of Zhula ('00, 91min.)
   The Teacher of Cyrill Alphabet ('98, 109min.)
   The Shadow ('00, 80min.)
   Words from the Heart ('01, 96min.)
   Tumur of Mountain ('04, 107min.)
   In Your Absence ('06, 90min.)
   Running Antelope ('93, 69min.)
   Ferociaous Saint Lord of Gobi ('98, 106min.)
   Alaqnii Hee ('00, 77min.)
Japanese subtitled
   On the Hunting Ground ('85, 80min.)

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

4) Invitation to the 9th World Habitat Day Children's Drawing Contest
Let's think what we can do for the future of our cities. What needs to be done in your cities to let people live happily? Express freely your idea on the drawing.

Theme: What we can do for our urban future
Qualification: 4th through 6th grade pupils of public/private schools (mainly in Asia and the Pacific)
Deadline for submission: Sep. 11 (Fri.)
Drawing materials: no restrictions
Size: Drawing paper (542mm×382mm) or (382mm×271mm). If you are submitting drawings (382mm×271mm), paste it on a 542mm×382mm size paper.
*Write a short introduction paragraph/message in English about the drawing.
Other remarks:
-The original drawings will not be returned to the applicants.
-Submitted drawings will belong to UN-HABITAT ROAP-Fukuoka and may be used for its promotional materials.
Exhibition: The selected drawings will be exhibited in late October or November in Fukuoka City.
For further information: http://www.fukuoka.unhabitat.org/index.php.

Inquiry: UN-HABITAT Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific-Fukuoka
Tel: 092-724-7121    Email: yumi.kumagai@fukuoka.unhabitat.org

3. News from FUKU-NET Members
1) 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 4,500yen (8th), 4,800yen (9th)
Further information: http://www.tiempo.jp/

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

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

"The Italian Job" ('68, 99min.)
Date/Time: Aug. 21 (Fri.) 19:00
Venue: Ajibi Hall (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)
Limit: First 120 visitors

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

3) Chernobyl Medical Support Network Charity Shop
Find lovely handicrafts (30% off) at a special one-day charity sale hosted by "Nozomi 21", a Belarusian welfare workshop.

Date: Aug. 22 (Sat) 14:00-17:00
Venue: Chernobyl Medical Support Network (Koga City, 3 min. walk from JR Koga Sta.)

Inquiry: Chernobyl Medical Support Network
Tel: 092-944-3841    Email: jimu@cher9.to

4. News from International Related Organizations in Fukuoka

1) Experience Noh Performance
Learn how to dance, sing and play musical isntruments for the classical Noh performance (interpreteres provided). Enrollment is free but application is required.

Duration: Aug. 26 (Wed) - Jan., 2010
Venue: Ohori Koen Nohgakudo
Note: On your first session, 3,000 yen will be charged as a rental fee for a pair of Tabi socks and an Ohgi fan.

Inquiry: Ms. Harumi Yamaoka (Ichii-kai)
Tel: 090-5479-3780

5. Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka

Learning from Translation

With a long-held aspiration to advance my Japanese skills ever since leaving Japan at the age of eleven, I enrolled in a 3rd year Japanese reading and writing course during my first year in university as a part of my language elective and after passing the required 1st and 2nd year placement tests. Shouldering senior students by my side, I sat there listening to Professor Kim as she gave her insight into this field of academia: "While it is nearly impossible to fully translate one language to another (for every culture is never the same), one can come close to it by deepening his/her understanding of the sociocultural elements in question." And today, after two years of living in Fukuoka, that message seems to apply not only to my job as a junior translator, but also to my social life outside the office as well.
Since I was never a trained translator or an Asian studies major before coming to work for this Association, my debut on "Fukuoka and Asia" for the monthly Rainbow Newsletter gave me all the challenges that I'd anticipated. With historical information on the Gold Seal (Kin-in), Fukuoka's overseas relations with the East, the Mongol invasions, among others circulating through my head in both languages daily, it was a matter of time before the synapses in my brain exploded due to information overload. But as the CPUs for computers can instantly process and command a wide range of information with the right program, so too can our brains with the right motive.
Rather than seeing it as an assigned duty to receive one's salary, I began to see it as a unique opportunity to learn more about Fukuoka's history, culture and people. By realizing that, it really wasn't too different from where I'd been before: I was once again a student full of ambitions, ready to research into unknown areas for personal growth. Moreover, translation became more or less the essential tool for me to continuously rediscover different aspects of Japanese culture and to communicate that information with the rest of foreigners in Fukuoka.
After gradually grasping Fukuoka's character as an international gateway to Asia filled with a blend of distinct customs and traditions (read the past Rainbow for reference), I began to interact with the locals at work and outside the office to further my cultural exploration. However, as much as I thought the region was an internationalized hub, they took on a puzzled look every time I told them that I was from Canada. From my understanding, I didn't fit the typical Westerner profile or that of a European descent with my Asian appearance, and similarly, the foreigners also seemed to have assumed that I'm pure Japanese unless told otherwise.
In order to clarify the difference between one's ethnicity and nationality, I began introducing myself in Japanese with an explanation about my Korean background, childhood in Kobe, and the year in which my family immigrated to Canada as well as the day that I received my Canadian citizenship. And all this would have not have been possible without the daily practice of translating between Japanese and English texts, for I believe a written language also improves one's interpretation ability, inevitably.
Upon returning to Canada this August, many memorable and interesting tales from Fukuoka will be shared to my family and friends, as I've done the same throughout the past issues on this e-mail magazine. In doing so, the acquired translation skills will be of great use especially when explaining the subtle contents of bowing, zangyo, aiseki, and so on that require a holistic, cultural assessment.
Thanks to all the readers for following "Nobu's Footprints in Fukuoka" for the past two years and the FIA/Rainbow's staff for allowing me to freely express my thoughts on a dedicated column. It's been a pleasure to have seen Fukuoka and I'll definitely miss all the tasty food, festivities and people's friendly character that drive the soul of the city. Arigato 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) ウェブサイト変わります!
  2) ホストファミリー登録説明会
  3) 福岡韓国語弁論大会出場者募集
  4) 地球市民どんたく2009開催

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報

  1) 新型インフルエンザについて
  2) 在福岡英国名誉領事館からのお知らせ
  3) シネラ「モンゴル映画特集」
  4) こくさいひろばからのお知らせ
  5) いろはカルチャー文楽

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報

  1) さあ!みんなでNGO!
  2) イスラ・デ・サルサ2009
  3) 福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会
  4) OISCA研修生ホームステイ先募集
  5) チャリティショップ、ベラルーシ料理教室
  6) バングラデシュのカレーフェスティバル
  7) 「アジアを考える」論文・作文募集
  8) 環境と多文化を学ぶ英語研修参加者募集

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報

  1) 日本の伝統芸能能楽を体験しよう

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) ウェブサイト変わります!

2) ホストファミリー登録説明会開催

日  時:9月6日(日)14:00~
場  所:レインボープラザ会議室
申  込:9月1日(火)までに下記へお申し込みください。詳しい案内を送ります。

Tel: 092-733-2220  Email: hostfamily@rainbowfia.or.jp

3) 福岡韓国語弁論大会出場者募集

日  時:11月15日(日)14:00
会  場:あいれふ9階福岡市婦人会館大研修室

Tel: 092-471-0904

4) 地球市民どんたく2009開催

日  時:10月10(土)、11日(日)11:00~17:00
会  場:アクロス福岡1階・2階・7階

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報
1) 新型インフルエンザの対応体制が変わりました
英中韓での相談はこちら:Tel: 092-651-0526 10:00-18:00(土日祝含む)

2) 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

3) シネラ「モンゴル映画特集」

期  間:8月16日(日)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

4) こくさいひろばからのお知らせ

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

日  時:10月25日(日)13:00~17:00

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

5) 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

6) 世界ハビタット・デー記念絵画コンクール作品募集

締  切:9月11日(金)

Tel: 092-724-7121  Email: habiat.fukuoka@unhabitat.org

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
1) さあ!みんなでNGO!

日  時:8月8日(土)14:00
場  所:福岡市NPO・ボランティア交流センター5F「あすみん」打ち合わせコーナー
参 加 費:300円(コーヒー・資料代)

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

2) 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

3)  福岡日伊協会映画鑑賞会

日  時:8月21日(金)19:00
会  場:あじびホール

TEL: 092-476-2153

4) OISCA研修生ホームステイ先募集

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

5) チャリティショップ、ベラルーシ料理教室

日  時:8月22日(土)14:00~17:00
場  所:チェルノブイリ医療支援ネットワーク古賀事務所(JR古賀駅徒歩3分)

日  時:9月26日(土)12:00~15:00
場  所:古賀市中央公民館調理室(JR古賀駅徒歩6分)
参 加 費:1,000円(要予約)

Tel: 092-944-3841  Email: jimu@cher9.to

6) バングラデシュのカレーフェスティバル

期  間:9月9日(火)~30日(水)
場  所:アジア民芸ろまんの道
Tel: 092-714-0756  Email: ketoy@npgo.jp

7) 「アジアを考える」論文・作文募集

締  切:9月4日(金)当日消印有効

Tel: 092-476-2154

8) 環境と多文化を学ぶ英語研修

日  時:9月20日(日)~22日(火)
場  所:海の中道青少年海の家
対  象:小学5年生以上 20名
料  金:19,000円

Tel: 092-934-3553  Email: canada@mba.nifty.ne.jp

4. その他福岡地域の国際交流団体等からの情報
1) 能楽を体験しよう

日  時:8月26日(水)~来年1月 月2回水曜日18:00~
場  所:大濠公園能楽堂

申込・問合せ:櫟会 山岡晴美
Tel: 090-5479-3780  Fax: 092-541-3612

5. ノブが見た福岡


Thanks Everyone!

権藤 ノブオ


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