Fukuoka International Association (FIA) Mail Magazine vol.90 November/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.
As the seasons change from autumn to winter, pandemic H1N2 remains a threat in Fukuoka and across the nation. It's important for each individual to take preventive measures such as washing hands, keeping rooms humid and ventilated, etc.



Table of Contents:

1. News from the Fukuoka International Association

   1) Living in Fukuoka is now updated!
   2) Notification of the Discontinuation of the "EXCHANGE" Message Board
   3) Wednesday Health consultation cancellation
   4) Foreign Student Lecture Series "My Hometown and Fukuoka"

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

   1) Mischellaneous Consultation Services at Kokusai Hiroba
   2) Hakata Jocho Meguri (Walking tour in Hakata area)
   3) Information from Fukuoka City
   4) English Speech Contest

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

   1) Fukuoka Overseas Students' Culture Show 2009
   2) OISCA Harvest Thanksgiving Fair

4. News from Related International Organizations in Fukuoka

   1) Experience Noh Performance
   2) International Environment Seminar & Workshop
   3) Indonesian Charity Day

5. Emily's Notes from the Nakagawa

   Halloween: Autumn Frights and Delights

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/

1) Living in Fukuoka is now updated
Information in the Living in Fukuoka section of the FIA website is now updated. Please come visit our website!

2) Notification of the Discontinuation of the "EXCHANGE" Message Board
Lately, there have been many issues regarding the improper use of the "EXCHANGE" message board and trouble amongst its users. Because of this, as of November 30th, use of the "EXCHANGE" message board will be discontinued.

3) Wednesday Health consultation cancellation
The health consultation on December 9th is cancelled due to the doctor's absence.

4) Foreign Student Lecture Series "My Hometown and Fukuoka"
This is a monthly lecture during which a foreign student residing and studying in Fukuoka is invited to share information about his/her hometown and culture. Through this occasion, we can learn about the student's family, lifestyle, goals for his/her time in Fukuoka, and vision for the future.

Date: Nov. 19 (Thu.) 18:30
Place: Attaka Salon, Fukuoka International Association
Lecturer: Mr. Mukhtarov Shamkhal (Baku, Azerbaijan)
               Kyushu University Faculty of Economics
Further information: http://attaka-fukuoka.jp/ (in Japanese)

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

1) Miscellaneous Consultation Services at Kokusai Hiroba
Free consultation services are available at Kokusai Hiroba and confidentiality is guaranteed.
Further information: http://www.kokusaihiroba.or.jp/e00top/index.htm

Consultations by phone
Business hours: 9:00-17:00 (closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)
Interpreters: English, Chinese, Korean and other languages
Inquiry: NPO Global Life Support Center
Tel: 092-441-0004

Human Rights Counseling for Non-Japanese
Human rights consultants are available with English interpreters to discuss various issues related to human rights such as racism, employment, housing, etc.
Date/time: every second Saturdays 13:00-16:00
Venue: Kokusai Hiroba
Inquiries: Fukuoka Legal Affairs Bureau, Human Rights Counseling Center
Tel: 092-721-9166

2) Hakata Jocho Meguri 2009
Take walking tours around the Hakata area with volunteer guides and enjoy its 2000-year-long-history.

Duration: Nov. 5 (Thu) - 8 (Sun), 12 (Thu)-15 (Sun)
Further information: http://hakata-meguri.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/ (in Japanese)

Inquiries: Fukuoka City Kanko Annai Guide Kyokai
Tel: 092-283-2111

3) Information from Fukuoka City
Welcome supporter recruitment
The Fukuoka Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking for "Welcome Supporters", who act as volunteer interpreters and guides to help tourists visiting Fukuoka City both from within and outside of Japan.

Application and Inquiry: Fukuoka Convention and Visitors Bureau
Tel: 092-733-5050

Fukuoka City Children's Plaza
The Fukuoka City Children's Plaza welcomes parents and infants anytime to have fun together. Children's Plazas support parenting by providing consultation and information exchange.
The Higashi Ward Children's Plaza holds a "Foreign Mom's Meeting" from 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday every month.
The Sawara Ward Children's Plaza holds an "International Day" from 10:00 a.m. on the first Thursday every month.
Higashi Ward Children's Plaza    Tel/Fax: 092-663-3263
Sawara Ward Children's Plaza    Tel: 092-846-9207   Fax: 092-846-9208
Hakata Ward Children's Plaza    Tel/Fax: 092-472-6006
Chuo Ward Children's Plaza       Tel: 092-741-3564
Minami Ward Children's Plaza    Tel/Fax: 092-511-3561
Jonan Ward Children's Plaza     Tel/Fax: 092-831-4212
Nishi Ward Children's Plaza       Tel: 092-882-7532

4) English speech contest
High school students residing in or commuting to high schools in Fukuoka City will challenge English speech. Please come and give them your support.

Date/time: Dec. 20 (Sun.) 13:30
Venue: Lecture room, Fujin kaikan (AIREF 9F)

Inquiry: Fukuoka Sister City Committee
Tel: 092-711-4023

3. News from FUKU-NET Members

1) Fukuoka Overseas Students' Culture Show 2009
Overseas students residing and studying in Fukuoka prefecture will perform songs and dances.

Date/Time: Nov. 7 (Sat) 13:00 - 17:00
Venue: Sawara Civic Center
Fee: Adult 500yen / Free for overseas students and Japanese students

Inquiry: Fukuoka Overseas Students Association
TEL/FAX: 092-725-5663    E-mail: fosa2009@googlegroups.com

2) OISCA Harvest Thanksgiving Fair
Let's enjoy the taste of the harvest by eating vegetables, rice, and other crops grown by trainees from various countries, as well as watch them put on traditional performances.

Date/time: Nov. 14 (Sat) 10:00-14:00
Venue: OISCA Nishi Nippon Training Center
Fee: 1,500yen
Further information: http://ww6.tiki.ne.jp/~oisca/index.html

Application/inquiry: OISCA Nishi Nippon Training Center
Tel: 092-803-0311    Email: oiscantc@oisca.org

4. News from International Related Organizations in Fukuoka

1) Experience Noh Performance
Learn how to dance, sing and play musical instruments used in classical Noh performance (interpreters provided). Enrollment is free but an application is required.

Dates: Nov. 11, 18 (Wednesdays)
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

2) International Environment Seminar & Workshop
Ms. Margaret Wertheim, head of the Institute for Figuring will talk about the "Coral Reef Project" and lecturers from NPOs will present their projects.

Date/time: Nov. 15 (Sun) 13:00
Venue: Kyushu University Ohashi Satellite
Fee: 2,000yen
Further informationa: http://www.kodomo-abc.org/

Application/inquiry: Kodomo Bunka Community
Tel: 092-552-1540    Email: info@kodomo-abc.org

3) Indonesian Charity Day
This is an event full of Indonesian culture with many guests from Indonesia. The proceeds of each contribution will be used as scholarship money for children who need financial aid for school education.

Date/time: Nov. 21 (Sat.) 14:00 -16:00
Venue: Fukuoka Shonen Kagaku Bunka Kaikan Hall
Admission: Adult 1,000yen, J.H. & H.S. Student 500yen
Further information: http://temanhati.yoka-yoka.jp

Inquiry: The Association for Aid to Indonesian Child Education
TEL: 092-738-1830    Email: teman-hati@u01.gate01.com

5. Emily's Notes from the Nakagawa

Halloween: Autumn Frights and Delights

By the time this issue of the mail magazine is published, November will have rolled around and the grinning pumpkin decorations and character costumes will have disappeared from store shelves. Yes, this will mean that Halloween, which has long been my favorite holiday, is over for another year. Like other western holidays including Christmas and Easter, today's Halloween is incredibly commercialized. What many people may not realize as they decorate their homes in orange and black, with fake cobwebs, paper bats, and carved jack-o'-lanterns, is that the holiday has a long history originating in several ancient religious festivals, and that some aspects of these age-old traditions have carried through to our modern celebration.
Halloween can first be traced back nearly 2,000 years to the Celtic festival called Samhain (pronounced "sow-in") that was held yearly at the close of the harvest season, around November 1st in the modern calendar. The Celts believed that spirits returned to walk the earth on the eve of this festival-not unlike Obon in Japan! To honor and placate these spirits, the Celts would dress in costumes and raise sacred bonfires. In the 9th century, Samhain fell under the influence of the growing power that was the Christian church and became analogous with All Saint's Day, also celebrated on today's November 1st. On this day, the Christians honored their many saints. All Saint's Day also came to be known as "All Hallows Day" (hallow meaning sacred), and so the night before was known as "All Hallow's Evening," or "All Hallow's Eve." From the Old-English version of this term, we get the familiar name "Halloween!"
The Halloween celebrated today is largely secular, but several of its defining features stem back to the holiday's ancient origins. Have you ever wondered why carved pumpkins, known as "jack-o'-lanterns" in America, are such a prominent symbol of Halloween? The carving of lanterns out of vegetables, such as turnips and rutabagas, is an old tradition from Ireland and Great Britain, where people would put their vegetable lanterns on their window sills to ward away malicious spirits. Because big, orange pumpkins are in season around this time of year in the US, we use them to carve lanterns with ghoulish or funny faces and set them near our front doors. And then we make pumpkin pie! And trick-or-treating, the act of begging for candy at each of your neighbor's houses, comes from the tradition of "souling," or begging for food in exchange for singing a prayer for the dead on All Saint's Day.
Halloween has always been my favorite annual holiday for many reasons. When I was a child, I anticipated being able to wear my costume to school for our class Halloween party, and going trick-or-treating around the neighborhood after dark with my friends and our parents. When I became a bit older, I trick-or-treated for UNICEF, collecting spare change instead of receiving candy. And when I was too old to trick-or-treat, I would always get together with my best friend on Halloween night to watch horror movies, gorge ourselves on candy, and shriek in terror to our hearts' delight. Although I have become a young adult, I still love to plan my costume for Halloween each year and attend masquerade parties. There are so few excuses to dress up and pretend to be someone or something you are not, so I continue to enjoy doing so on Halloween. The holiday also falls at a very special time of the year-my favorite season-when delicious foods abound and the air is crisp with impending winter.
As I write this article, I am excited to discover what Halloween is like in Fukuoka. If you choose to celebrate the holiday, I wish you a very Happy Halloween! And to all my readers, I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful autumn colors, the season's tasty dishes, and the warmth of good company!

Emily Rosenberg


1. 福岡よかトピア国際交流財団からのお知らせ

  1) リビングイン福岡新しくなりました!
  2) レインボープラザ掲示板EXCHANGE閉鎖
  3) 韓国語弁論大会
  4) 外国人のための無料健康相談お休みのお知らせ
  5) 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) こくさいひろば外国人相談窓口
  2) アメリカ留学相談
  3) 博多情緒めぐり2009
  4) 福岡市からのお知らせ
  5) 英語弁論大会

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
  1) 福岡県留学生文化ショー2009
  2) なーるほど!the NGO
  3) JICA秋の募集
  4) 外国人雇用を考えている企業向け相談会
  5) オイスカ収穫感謝祭
  6) 集まれティーン!英語パフォーマンス:E-1グランプリ
  7) バングラデシュ探訪ツアー

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
  2) 国際環境セミナー&ミニワークショップ
  3) インドネシア・チャリティ・デイ

5. エミリーの那珂川ノート


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) リビングイン福岡新しくなりました!

2) レインボープラザ掲示板EXCHANGE閉鎖

3) 韓国語弁論大会

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

4)  外国人のための無料健康相談お休みのお知らせ

5) 外国人学生が語る「ふるさとの街と福岡」 

日 時:11月19日(木) 18:30
会 場:あったかサロン

2. 福岡県、福岡市、国等からの情報
1) こくさいひろば外国人相談窓口


日 時:毎月第2土曜日 13:00~16:00
場 所:こくさいひろば

Tel: 092-721-9166

2) アメリカ留学相談

日 時:12月13日(日)13:00~17:00 1人20分程度
場 所:こくさいひろば

Tel : 092-725-9200

3) 博多情緒めぐり2009

期 間:11月5日(木)~8日(日)、12日(木)~15日(日)

Tel: 092-283-2111

4) 福岡市からのお知らせ


5) 英語弁論大会

日 時:12月20日(日)13:30
場 所:婦人会館大研修室(あいれふ9階)

Tel: 092-711-4023

3. FUKU-NET団体からの情報
1) 福岡県留学生文化ショー2009

日 時:11月7日(土)13:00~17:00
場 所:福岡市立早良市民センター
入場券:一般500円 留学生、就学生、日本人学生無料

Tel: 092-725-5663  Email: fosa2009@googlegroups.com

2) NGOカレッジ「な~るほど!the NGO」

日時/場所:11月8日(日)、22日(日)14:00~17:00 あすみん
       29日(日)14:00~17:00 アクロス福岡セミナー室

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

3) JICA秋の募集

Tel: 093-671-8349  Email: jicakicp-jpcvqc@jica.go.jp

日 時:毎週木曜日11:00~17:00
場 所:レインボープラザ(福岡市天神イムズビル8F)
内 容:JICAボランティアや国際協力に関する相談
相談員:稲森 千佳(元青年海外協力隊員・タンザニア派遣)

Tel: 092-733-5638  Email: jicadpd-desk-fukuokashi@jica.go.jp

4) 外国人雇用を考えている企業向け相談会

日 時:11月10日(火)、12月15日(火)10:00~15:00
会 場:グローバルライフサポートセンター(博多区博多駅前)

Tel: 092-441-0036  Email: support@npo-global.jp

5) オイスカ収穫感謝祭

日 時:11月14日(土)10:00~14:00
場 所:オイスカ西日本研修センター

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

6) 集まれティーン!英語パフォーマンス:E-1グランプリ

日 時:2010年1月17日(日)13:30~
会 場:山口県国際交流センター(下関市海峡メッセ下関内)
締 切:12月1日(火)

Tel: 083-231-7111  Email: canada@mba.nifty.com

7) バングラデシュ探訪ツアー

日 程:2010年2月6日(土)~14日(日)
締 切:12月15日(火)

Tel: 092-714-0758  Email: ketoy_jp@yahoo.co.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:11月11日、18日 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

2) 親子で学ぼう!国際環境セミナー&ミニワークショップ

日 時:11月15日(日)13:00
会 場:九州大学大橋サテライト

Tel: 092-552-1540  Email: info@kodomo-abc.org

3) インドネシア・チャリティ・デイ

日 時:11月21日(土)14:00
場 所:福岡市立少年科学文化会館大ホール
料 金:大人1,000円 中高生500円 小学生以下無料

Tel: 092-738-1830  Email: teman-hati@u01.gate01.com

5. エミリーの那珂川ノート





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