Fukuoka Marathon 2014
The cities of Fukuoka and Itoshima will hold a new full marathon for citizens on Nov. 9 (Sun). The course is designed to showcase the sights of Fukuoka. Runners can apply for one of three races: Full Marathon (42.195km; 10,000 spaces: ¥10,000 for domestic applicants; ¥12,000 for international applicants), Wheelchair Race (5km; 20 spaces; ¥3,000 (JHS students, ¥2,000)), or Fun Run (5km; 2,000 spaces; ¥3,000 (JHS students ¥2,000)). The regular application period is 4/15~5/19. There is also an early application period for residents of Fukuoka and Itoshima cities (3/24~4/14; Capacity: 1,000). Check the official homepage for details (http://f-marathon.jp). Inquiries: 092-711-4676 (Fukuoka Marathon Organizing Committee)
Where to Get Certificates
If you need a Certificate of Residence or a Seal Registration Certificate and can’t get to a Ward Office, you can stop by the Certificate Service Counter at the Information Plaza on the 1st floor of City Hall (092-733-5222) or the one located next to the Subway Customer Service Counter in Hakata Station (092-432-5353). Both counters are open 9:00~20:00. If you obtain a Juki-Net Card and register in advance, you can have certificates issued at convenience stores throughout Japan (6:30~23:00). You can also request your own certificates at 35 post offices in the city by presenting a valid ID. (Weekdays: 9:00~17:00).
Discarding Household Garbage
Household garbage is separated into four types: Burnable, Non-burnable, Glass bottles/PET bottles, and Oversized. If you discard glass bottles as non-burnable garbage, they will end up in a landfill, but if you separate them properly, they can be recycled endlessly. Please recycle your glass bottles and jars using the designated yellow bags or take them to a recycling center.
New Bicycle No-Parking Zone in Nakasu
On Apr. 1, the area around Nakasu-Kawabata Station (Nakasu 1~5 and Nakasunakashimamachi) was designated as a bicycle no-parking zone. Illegally parked bicycles will be removed regularly, and in some cases, immediately. Please be sure to park your bicycle in a designated lot. Inquiries: 092-419-1071 (Bicycle and Living Environment Section)
In line with the consumption tax increase from 5% to 8% on Apr. 1, the following rates and fares will change. ● Water and sewage: The new consumption tax rate will apply to your regularly calculated water and sewage bills. ● Subway fares: The Zone 1 adult fare of ¥200 will remain the same, but fares for Zones 2~6 will increase by ¥10 each. Visit the Transportation Bureau homepage for details (http://subway.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/) Inquiries: 092-734-7800 (Customer Service Center)
Yipee! For FREE!
Hakata-Tenjin Tulip Road
100,000 tulips are about to liven up the streets between Hakata Station and Kego Park. The flowers were planted late last year by elementary school students and members of 29 local groups, including We Love Tenjin and the Hakata Development Council. Peak viewing time lasts until mid-April.
For more Information
Fukuoka City Bulletin
Fukuoka Shisei Dayori is City Hall’s official magazine published bi-weekly on 1st and 15th of each month 23 times per year. It’s available in Japanese online too. Consider using it for Japanese study! ふくおか市政だより Website: www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shisei/kouhou-hodo/shiseidayori/
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn184, Apr. 2014)