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Fukuoka City Bulletin January 2015

Selected news topics by Fukuoka Now from Fukuoka’s Shisei Dayori.

Firefighters’ New Year’s Parade
The popular annual Firefighters’ New Year’s Parade will be held at Marine Messe Fukuoka (7-1 Okihamamachi, Hakata-ku) on Jan. 10 (Sat) from 10:00 to 16:00. After the brigades march in, the firefighters will perform traditional ladders stunts and dances. There will also be a performance by the firefighters’ chorus, rescue squad drills and fire truck and ambulance rides. Inquiries: Fire Prevention Bureau, General Affairs Section (092-725-6511)


Holiday Closures
City Hall will be closed 12/27~1/4, and the trash drop-off reservation service (092-433-8234) will be closed 1/1~1/4. Holidays for other major facilities are as follows: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum / FFAC Artlier: 12/26~1/1, Fukuoka Art Museum / Fukuoka City Museum / Fukuoka City Public Library & Branches: 12/28~1/5, Children’s Science & Culture Center: 12/28~1/3, Robosquare: 12/31~1/2, Hakatamachiya Furusatokan: 12/27~12/31, Hakata Traditional Craft Center: 12/29~12/31, Zoo and Botanical Garden: 12/29~1/1, Uminaka Seaside Park: 12/31~1/1, Umizuri Park: 12/29~1/3, Rakusuien / Shofuen / Yusentei Park: 12/29~1/1, Certification Service Counters (Hakata Station / Information Plaza Tenjin): 12/31~1/3

Fukuoka City Wi-Fi
Fukuoka City has offered a free Wi-Fi service since April 2012. It is now available at 73 locations throughout the city in four languages: Japanese, English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) and Korean (http://wifi.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/). Also, if you download J Guidest, an app released by the City this October, you can access free Wi-Fi from all Fukuoka City Wi-Fi and DoSPOT (NTT Media Supply) access points. J Guidest offers a wealth of information on local attractions and recommended eateries. Download the app today! Details: www.jguidest.jp

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Get a New Year’s gift and try some seven-herb porridge
The City Botanical Garden will give away flower pots to the first 200 visitors who pass through the main gate on Jan. 2 (Fri). Doors open at 9:00. There will also be a display of the seven herbs used in nanakusa-gayu (seven-herb porridge) from Jan. 2 (Fri) ~ Jan. 12 (Coming of Age Day). Meanwhile, the first 200 visitors to sign up at 11:00 on Jan. 6 (Tue) can enjoy a steaming hot cup of traditional seven-herb porridge. Inquiries: Botanical Garden (092-522-3210)

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Yipee! For FREE!

Fukuoka City Zoo New Year’s Lucky Draw
The City Zoo will hold its annual New Year’s Lucky Draw on Jan 2 (Fri). First prize winners will earn the right to shake hands with an Asian small-clawed otter. Other prizes include the right to name certain zoo animals and the ever-popular deer antlers and peacock feathers. Lucky draw tickets will be distributed at the main gate. (Limit one per person. Tickets may run out before the Zoo opens at 9:00.) The lucky draw is free to enter, but the regular admission fee is required.

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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 (fn193, Jan. 2014)

Fukuoka City
Published: Dec 22, 2014 / Last Updated: Jun 26, 2017