Selected news topics by Fukuoka Now from Fukuoka’s Shisei Dayori.
Get Familiar with Hakata by Eating!
Fukuoka Fukutabi is a hands-on program produced by Fukuoka City that helps you to get more familiar with Fukuoka and uncover the hidden charms of the city. The limited winter programs are Hakata Saba-zukushi Course (“Enjoy Hakata mackerel” course) in which you can enjoy fresh raw mackerel, one of the specialties of Hakata, and Umai Hakata Marugoto Shoku-taiken (“Eat all the delicious specialties of Hakata” course) which includes seven Hakata specialties. Both programs cost ¥2,000. Check details on Fukutabi website! yokanavi.com/jp/fukutabi/
Welcome Supporters Wanted!
The Fukuoka Tourism Convention Bureau is looking for foreign language-capable volunteers to serve as interpreters and guides for overseas visitors to Fukuoka City. Volunteers must be 18 or older, live in the urban area, and have conversational ability in Chinese or Korean in addition to Japanese. Respond by e-mail to email@example.com with your name, phone number, zip code, full postal address, age, language ability and e-mail address.
Calling All Volunteers
The 24th annual Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka is currently looking for all-aged volunteers. Volunteer activities are varied, including the support of attendants coming to Fukuoka from Asian-Pacific countries and regions, planning and management of an intermixing camp, interpreting, translating, and more. Details are on The Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka website (www.apcc.gr.jp/cms/apcc/support/recruit)
Libraries to Temporarily Close
All Fukuoka City libraries will temporarily close to reorganize their books and to inspect equipment. The Wajiro, Hakata, Chuo, Jonan, and Nishi libraries will close from February 6 ~ 16, and the Higashi, Hakata Minami, Minami, Sawara, and Seibu branches from February 20 ~ March 1. For details contact the Fukuoka City Public Library at either 092-852-0600 (telephone) or 092-852-0609 (fax).
Fukuoka Challenge Walk
The Fukuoka Challenge Walk is a 25-kilometer walking event from Maizuru Park to Shikanoshima. It is not a race, so anyone can join and enjoy at your comfortable walking pace. Disabled persons and pre-school children must be accompanied. The fee is ¥1,400, and ¥900 for the disabled and children under 18. To apply, first request the event application form by phone (092-717-5651), fax (092-717-5652), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or regular mail (Fukuoka Challenge Walk Contest Committee, 2-4-4-404 Kusagae, Chuo-ku) and then send the completed form by Feburary 21 (deadline).
YIPEE! FOR FREE!
Robosquare in Momochihama is presenting performances of unique and entertaining robots everyday until March 31 (excl. closed days) . The show schedule differs depending on the day, so confirm in advance at the website (robosquare.city.fukuoka.lg.jp).
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/