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Fukuoka City Bulletin April 2015

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Waterfront Redevelopment
Redevelopment work has started on the Waterfront, the area around the Chuo and Hakata Wharves that includes Marine Messe Fukuoka and Bayside Place Hakata. Many foreign cruise ship passengers alight at the Waterfront, and the various convention centers attract numerous visitors. This May, the City will open a new cruise ship terminal. Plans are also in the works to build a new exhibition facility and hotel in the area.

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Tenjin Big Bang Project
With the relaxation of building height restrictions under the Strategic Special Zone initiative, the City has eased its own regulations on floor-area ratio to encourage the redevelopment of old buildings in Tenjin. It is also working to attract new companies to the area. Over the next 10 years, the City will encourage the private sector to rebuild 30 buildings, aiming to boost total floor area by 1.7 times and increase jobs by 2.4 times. Upon completion, an economic ripple effect of ¥850 billion is expected. Inquiries: National Strategic Special Zone Unit, Planning & Coordination Department (092-711-4866) / City Center Redevelopment Section (092-711-4426)

Shikanoshima Buses Redesigned
The buses on the Shikanoshima Island Bus Route (Bus no. 1) are getting a facelift. New buses with wood-filled interiors designed by Eiji Mitooka, the mastermind behind the Kyushu Shinkansen and Seven Stars in Kyushu, will begin operating in April. The buses will now stop at Saitozaki Station, making for a more convenient connection to JR Kashii Station. Upcoming events in Shikanoshima include the Yama-home Festival (4/15) and the Otaishi-sama-mairi (4/29). Inquiries: Public Transportation Promotion Section (092-733-5405)

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Attention All Dog Owners
Dog owners in Japan must register their dogs and vaccinate them against rabies. If you registered your dog in the City, you will receive a postcard about vaccinations in early April. Shots are available at any veterinary clinic. Vaccination drives will also be held at public halls in April and May (Registration: ¥3,000, vaccination: ¥3,050). For times and places, contact the Eastern Fukuoka Animal Welfare & Management Center (092-691-0131).

Fukuoka Castle Cherry Blossom Festival
The annual cherry blossom festival will be held in Maizuru Park, one of the city’s prime cherry blossom areas, Mar. 26 (Thu) ~ Apr. 5 (Sun). The highlight of the festival is the daily light-up of the trees and castle ramparts (18:00~22:00). Visitors can also enjoy the night scenery from atop the castle keep, the ruins of Otaka Yashiki or Tamon Turret (¥300 for one venue; ¥800 for all three). About 40 food stalls and trucks will ring the grassy area near the Korokan. Official homepage: http://saku-hana.jp

Yipee! For FREE!
Tulip Road
Colorful tulips are set to brighten up 2.5 km of streets between Hakata and Tenjin (Hakata Station — Ekimae-dori — Canal City — Hakata Riverain — Seiryu Park — Tenjin Chuo Park — City Hall — Kego Park). The peak viewing time is late March to mid-April.

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For More Information
Fukuoka City Bulletin
Fukuoka Shisei Dayori is City Hall’s official magazine published bi-weekly on the 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/

Fukuoka City
Published: Mar 27, 2015 / Last Updated: Jun 13, 2017

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