Selected news topics by Fukuoka Now from Fukuoka’s Shisei Dayori.
Kanatake no Sato Park
Utilizing the beautiful natural environment of the area’s fields and mountain, a park has opened that allows city dwellers to come in contact with nature through farming. There’s a vineyard and orchards with mikan and chestnuts, enabling visitors to try cultivation, harvesting, and making jam. There is also a program for growing rice and vegetables. ●1367 Kanatake, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City ● April to September, 07:00~19:00; October to March, 08:00~18:00 ● Closed December 29 to January 3 ● Admission free
Presenting Fukuoka’s Appeal through Film
The Fukuoka Film Commission assists companies filming movies, TV shows, and commercials in the area to use the medium to improve Fukuoka’s name recognition and promote the film culture and industry. Citizens are welcome to become members and cooperate with local filming, so feel free to register.
Nagahama Fish Market Certification
The Nagahama Fish Market will give pennants, stickers, and certification to those fishmongers and restaurants that buy seafood directly from them, and are registered for the campaign. Those establishments will be placed on a map to quickly identify them on the market’s website. Access the site to discover where to dine on the freshest seafood.
¥1,000 Sea Cruise!
Fukuoka City is operating summer sea cruises that sail from the Hakata Docks and pass by Island City, Shikanoshima, Nokonoshima, Marinoa, Seaside Momochi, and Nishi Park before returning to the dock. ●Dates: Friday to Sunday, July 20~August 31; August 13~15 ● Time: 07:10~20:30. ● Assembly point: Waiting area by the Bayside Place docks (13-6 Chikko-honmachi, Hakata-ku) ●Tickets ¥1,000 (including JHS students); age one to primary school ¥500; one child younger than primary school age admitted free with parent ● Application starts July 2 at ship office, (291-1085) from 09:00~18:00; 17:00 for same day ● Limit of 160 passengers per cruise
Tent at “Animal Port Plaza”
There’s a new dome-style tent where dog owners can bring their pet for a walk or to play. It’s open during regular weekday hours, plus from 10:00~16:00 on Saturday July 7 and 14, and Sunday July 22 and 29. ● Eastern Animal Control Center, 5-10-1 Kamata, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka City (691-0131) ● Free
Yipee! For FREE!
Kagura Performance at Tashima Shrine
Kagura, a traditional ceremony is presented at the Tashima Hachiman shrine in supplication for a good harvest and sound health. It’s a rare opportunity to see a live performance of kagura in Fukuoka, an intangible cultural property of our city. ●Tashima Hachiman Shrine, 4-3-19 Tashima, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka ● July 14 ● 15:00~18:30 ● Free
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 (fn163, July 2012)