Tenjin “Cool-musement” Park
Fun for kids and adults alike, Tenjin “Cool-musement” Park will be back again this summer in the City Hall plaza. The park will be open 10:00~17:00 from 7/20 (Sat) to 8/11 (Sun), and admission is free. Attractions include a large water slide and a mini-car ride (¥200 ea.) as well as a cooling mist zone and 20m water cannon. There will also be changing tents on site.
City Releases Major Plans
To achieve the goals of the Fukuoka City Master Plan, the City’s basic roadmap for the next 10 years formulated last year, the City created its Policy Promotion Plan and Administrative and Financial Reform Plan after a public comment period in April. Based on these plans, Fukuoka aims to become “a leading city in Asia, balancing people, urban functions and the environment.”
Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention 25th Anniversary
The Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka began in 1989 as a citizen-level international exchange event held for the Yokatopia Expo. The event is run by volunteers with aid from public bodies and local corporate sponsors. The APCC consists of the Invitation Project, which brings children from around the Asia Pacific to Fukuoka, the Mission Project, which sends local children to Asian countries, and the Bridge Project, a series of volunteer and exchange programs for APCC “alumni”. Children will arrive on July 12 and will participate in an exchange camp, homestays and public events until July 24. Inquiries: APCC in Fukuoka NPO (092-734-7700)
Hakata Gion Yamakasa
Hakata Gion Yamakasa, the annual festival that heralds the start of summer, will be held from 7/1 to 7/15 this year. Decorated Yamakasa floats, carefully crafted by Hakata Doll makers, will be on display at 13 locations until the night of 7/14. Portable floats will be carried through each team’s neighborhood on the night of 7/10 before being taken over the Nakagawa River into the city center on 7/13 (Course: Gofukumachi Crossing~City Hall~Hakata Riverain). The main event begins at 4:59 on 7/15. After singing a chant at Kushida Shrine, the teams will race through the streets with their floats.
Other Gion Festivals
Gion festivals will be held at the following locations throughout the city: ▶7/13 (Sat)~14 (Sun) Motooka Yasaka Shrine (Nishi-ku) ▶14 (Sun) Yokocho (Nishi-ku) ▶14 (Sun)~15 (Hol) Oronoshima (Nishi-ku ) ▶19 (Fri)~20 (Sat) Nata (Higashi-ku) ▶26 (Fri), 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun) Saitozaki (Higashi-ku) Inquiries: Tourism Section (092-711-4359)
Yipee! For FREE!
Summer Zoo Seminar for Kids
The Fukuoka City Zoo will hold two one-day animal handling seminars for kids. Kids will learn first-hand how to care for animals and take lectures on global warming, the food chain and the importance of life. ● When: 7/25 & 7/28 9:30~15:00 / Who: 50 4th~6th graders / How Much: Free. To apply, send a letter with your name, address, age, phone number, school name and preferred date to: Summer Zoo Seminar for Kids, City Zoo, 1-1 Minami Koen, Chuo-ku 810-0037. Entries must arrive by 7/6.
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 (fn175, July 2013)