Fukuoka City Museum Revamps Permanent Exhibition Room
On Nov. 3, the Fukuoka City Museum (3 Momochihama, Sawara-ku) will open its revamped Permanent Exhibition Room, marking the first major renovation since the museum opened in 1990. Highlights include new displays on the Kan no Wa no Na no Kokuo Gold Seal and Hakata Gion Yamakasa. The gold seal exhibit gives visitors a closer look at the national treasure and provides a variety of information pertaining to the seal. The Yamakasa exhibit features an actual kakiyama racing float. With multilingual information and hands-on displays, the new-and-improved museum is sure to stimulate all of your senses.
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Finals
The International Skating Union (ISU) will hold its Grand Prix of Figure Skating, one of the world’s most important skating competitions, at Fukuoka Marine Messe from Dec. 5 to Dec. 8. This is the last major competition before the Winter Olympics in Sochi (Russia) in February and will feature Japan’s Olympic-bound figure skaters. Tickets for the general public go on sale Oct. 20. Inquiries: Kyodo Nishinippon (092-714-0159).
Karatomari Oyster Hut Opens Nov. 1
Oyster season is finally here! Enjoying fresh, charcoal-roasted oysters at an oyster hut is one of Fukuoka’s fall traditions. Huts open in the fall and run until late March. The Karatomari Ebisu Oyster Hut in Kota (Nishi-ku) will open at 10:00 on Nov. 1. Inquiries: 092-809-2311 (City Fishing Cooperative, Karatomari Branch)
Protect Local Ecosystems: Don’t Release Invasive Species
Invasive species are non-native plants and animals introduced by humans into new regions. Some invasive species threaten the existing ecosystem by eating or otherwise damaging indigenous plants and animals. To protect Fukuoka’s biodiversity, remember three simple rules: 1) Don’t introduce potentially harmful non-native species, 2) Don’t abandon exotic pets or plants, and 3) Don’t let invasive species spread to other regions.
Fukuoka/Tenjin Time Travel: Bringing 150 Years of Tenjin to Life
Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting, under the supervision of the Fukuoka City Museum, has digitized historical documents and photos provided by local companies, museums and photographers and combined them with computer graphics to create a video record of the past 150 years of Tenjin. The film will premier at KBC Cinema (1 Nanotsu, Chuo-ku) on Nov. 11. Inquiries: 092-751-4268 (KBC Cinema)
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A Taste of Fukuoka
The Festival of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will be held on Nov. 9 from 9:00 to 15:00 at the plaza in front of the Fukuoka City Fish Market (3 Nagahama, Chuo-ku). Stop by to mingle with local farmers and fishermen, sample foods and buy fresh vegetables, meat and fish.
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 (fn179, Nov. 2013)