The Japanese New Year

The Japanese New Year

No.219 January 2003 Edited and Issued monthly by FUKUOKA INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION Rainbow Plaza IMS 8F, 1-7-11 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City 810-000...

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No.219 January

2003 Edited and Issued monthly by FUKUOKA INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION Rainbow Plaza IMS 8F, 1-7-11 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0001 (Tel: 092-733-2220) (Fax: 092-733-2215)

The Japanese New Year Spring is just around the Corner! A Happy New Year and a big welcome to 2003! Rainbow hopes all our readers had a fabulous year-end newyear break and didn't get ill eating too much mochi! It is this time of year that many of us make new year's resolutions, many kept and seen through, and others which get forgotten by about February! Did you know that 2003 is the United Nations International Year of Freshwater?

2003, or the 15th year of Heisei, has come! The year is begun with greetings such as "Akemashite (or Shinnen or Shinshun) omedeto gozaimasu" or "A Happy New Year!" Particularly, the morning of the very first day of the year, January 1st, is called "gantan (元 旦 )." "Gen (sometimes pronounced as 'gan')" means the "beginning (はじめ)" while "tan (旦)" means "sunrise (日 の 出 )," or "morning (朝 )." The beginning of the 'year,' 'month,' and 'day' are called "three gen (三元)," and therefore, the very morning when all "three gen" begin anew is called and pronounced "gantan (元 旦)." It is said that this day is the day when people welcome the God of the New Year, express their appreciation to the God of good harvest and peacefulness from the past year, and pray for good productivity and peace during the new year. During the period when the lunisolar calendar was used, these prayers were made on the night of the full moon in January. However, commencing in 1873, the 6th year of Meiji, use of the lunisolar calendar was abolished, and the solar calendar (or Gregorian calendar) was adopted. It must be kept in mind, however, that old traditions which have been handed down and various events which have a long history in Japan may be held at different times in different areas of Japan. The term shinnen (new year) is sometimes used as the word to proclaim the incoming of Spring. In most parts of Japan, there are

This month's National Holidays

Water is a valuable resource and one we must all use wisely. With little rainfall here in Fukuoka last year, water is more precious than ever. So how about making this year's new year resolution to use water wisely! Imagine the difference we could make if we all banded together and reuse our bathwater in the washing machine or resolve not to let the tap run while brushing our teeth! Come-on Rainbow readers, let's give it a try!

Spring is considered as the season when new life springs forth, hibernants awake from their winter sleep, seedlings stick their heads through the soil, and people are released from the cold of winter. Thus, spring has quite a close relationship with the realities of life when every living thing springs into action with the warmth and brightness of that season. "The signs of Spring" means the beginning of a year as well as the "new year." The French word "pritemps" and the Spanish word "primavera" both mean "spring" and can also take on the meaning of "the first time." The English word "spring" and the Dutch word "sprong" both mean "spring up." Thus, spring is considered as the season when feelings of life and motion are at their fullest. A national holiday which is most suitable for such a season is the "Comingof-Age Day, or seijin-no-hi (成人の日)." (*Please see the page seven of this Rainbow.) Some of the more common sights and traditions of the New Year are explained below: • Kadomatsu (see page 7 of this Rainbow)

four seasons, namely spring, summer, autumn, and winter. In the past, the turning point of each season such as the first day of each season was called "setsubun or setsuwake (節分)," but later on, emphasis was only given to the day before spring which was also considered the last day of the year.

January 1st (Wed) January 13th (Mon)

Ganjitsu (元日) Seijin-no-hi (成人の日)

- continued on page seven Rainbow Plaza will be closed from Dec. 29 (Sun), 2002 until Jan. 3 (Fri), 2003. Jan. 21 (Tue), 2003 is also a closing day.

Rainbow Plaza internet homepage:

New Year's Day Coming-of-Age Day


January 2003 Statistics of Fukuoka City, December, 2002

FUKUOKA here & there *Note: All phone numbers given are within the 092 area, unless otherwise indicated.

JCI World Congress in Fukuoka Fukuoka City has been chosen to host the 2004 Junior Chamber International (JCI, 100 member countries) World Congress. The decision was announced at the 2002 World Congress held in Las Vegas, USA last November. It will be the first time the World Congress will be held in Kyushu. The Congress will be held in November 2004 at the International Conference Center due to open in March and organizers expect an attendance of approximately 3,000 from overseas with a total attendance of 15,000. Junior Chamber International is a diverse group of young entrepreneurs working to address various community and international service needs and to promote peace and understanding throughout the world.

56th International Astronautical Congress in Fukuoka 2005 Fukuoka City has announced that it will host the 56th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to be held in October 2005. The decision was made at the 53rd congress in Hueston, USA. The congress consists of research presentations on various astronautical development plans and related technology research. The 2005 event will provide Fukuoka with an opportunity to appeal to the world as the base for Japan's astronautical development. The IAC has been held each year since 1950 however only hosted by Japan once previously, in 1980 in Tokyo. Fukuoka is expecting astronautical research related government bodies and firms, astronauts and researchers from approximately 100 countries, a total of 2,500 persons to attend the congress. The Congress will be held at the Fukuoka International Conference Center due to be completed in March of this year. The congress program will include sessions for each country to announce recent

Area: 340.00 (as of August 1st, ’02), Population: (as of Dec. 1st, '02): 1,371,190 (Households: 623,921), Registered Foreigners (end of Nov., '02): 17,683 (Households: 10,671), Consumer Price Index (Oct., '02): 97.1 (100 as of '00), Foreign Trade (million yen, Oct., '02): Exports - 122,028 (Hakata Port - 39,745 / Fukuoka International Airport - 82,283), Imports 65,382 (Hakata Port - 40,270 / Fukuoka International Airport - 25,112) developments and over 70 seminars and lectures by astronauts for the general public. Approximately 50 company booths will be set up. The 'UN Conference on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space' will be held in Kitakyushu's International Conference Center in the same period. Fukuoka City was chosen as host due to its proximity to the Asian region where interest in astronautical science is growing, and the exhistence of the two rocket launching sites, the Tanegashima Space Center and the Kagoshima Space Observatory Center, both are in Kagoshima Prefecturethe, which is in the same Kyushu region with Fukuoka, as well as the existence of astronautical related films throughout Kyushu.

Exchange Student Numbers Largest Ever According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, as of May last year, the number of exchange students studying in Japan topped 95,550, approximately 16,700 students more than the previous year and the largest figure ever. Approximately 90% of these students are non-scholarship students from neighbouring Asian countries, whose numbers grew in reflection of the recovering Asian economies. Another factor is Japanese Universities widening the intake of exchange students to compensate for declining student figures caused by the declining birth-rate in Japan. In 1983, the Ministry of Education set a goal to increase the number of exchange students to 100,000 by the beginning of the 21st century, and expects to reach this goal this year. As for the students' countries of origin, 61.3% are from China, 16.6% from Korea, 4.5% from Taiwan. The number of

Closing information during early new year The following facilities will be closed during early new year. Here are the closing times: Rainbow Plaza Fukuoka International Association (Fukuoka City Hall North Annex) Fukuoka International Exchange Foundation (Kokusai Hiroba) City Hall & Ward Offices (General Services) (Family Registration Section)

~ Jan. 3 ~ Jan. 5 ~ Jan. 3 ~ Jan. 5 Jan. 1

Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Fukuoka Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Fukuoka Australian Consulate-General in Fukuoka American Consulate, Fukuoka Canadian Consulate, Fukuoka

~ Jan. 5 ~ Jan. 5 ~ Jan. 1 ~ Jan. 1 ~ Jan. 2

Fukuoka American Center French-Japanese Institute of Kyushu

~ Jan. 5 ~ Jan. 3

Tourism Authority of Thailand, Fukuoka Korean National Tourism Corporation

~ Jan. 5 ~ Jan. 1 & Jan. 31 ~Feb. 2

students from China grew by 14,500 over the last year, a massive increase of 33%. Korean student numbers also increased by 7.6% in the last year. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology plans to create an easier study environment for exchange students by increasing the number of English lectures and make every effort to eliminate illegal workers on exchange student visas, as in the case of Sakata Junior College in Yamagata Prefecture.

Kyushu Foreign Population 60,000 As of October 2000, the number of foreigners residing in Kyushu and Okinawa's eight prefectures totaled 59,817 persons, an increase of 8.9% since 1995. Residents from Asia make up 80% of this figure, a ratio higher than the national average. Fukuoka Prefecture is home to the largest percentage of these residents with Kagoshima's ratio the smallest. The above data was taken from the National Census conducted in October 2000 survey was conducted on the 1st of October, 2002 in which the number of foreigners in Japan (not including travelers residing for less than 90 days) was 1,310,545. Fukuoka Prefecture recorded the highest figure with the number of foreign residents at 30,702 followed by Okinawa, Oita and then Nagasaki. However, on a national level Fukuoka Prefecture still only ranked 23rd. As for the nationality of Japan's foreign residents, 41.2% are from the Korean peninsular, 24.6% from China followed by 10.5% Filipino, with 81.8% of the total foreign population coming from Asia. Prefectures in Kyushu with the largest ratios of Koreans were Fukuoka, Oita and Miyazaki, while Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima have larger ratios of Chinese residents. The majority of Okinawa's foreign population are American due to the American Base there.

January 2003

Living in Fukuoka Alien Registration and Immigration Visas A visa allows you to stay in Japan for a certain period. Depending on your visa status, you may extend the period of stay. Once you leave Japan, the visa will expire automatically. If you wish to leave and then re-enter Japan using the same visa before the period of stay has expired, you must apply for a re-entry permit (sai-nyukoku kyokasho). See the Re-entry Permits section. Some visas allow you to work full-time or part-time (restricted work hours). It is illegal for a foreigner to stay in Japan after the visa expires, or to engage in activities other than those permitted by the current status of residence. Understand your status of residence. If you wish to change anything regarding your visa, you can apply at the Immigration Bureau (nyukoku kanri kyoku).

Fukuoka Regional Immigration Bureau ◎Languages spoken ●English - every day (consultations available Mondays and Wednesdays); ●Chinese - every day; Korean - Tuesdays; Portuguese - Tuesdays, Fridays; ●Spanish - every day. Application forms in both Japanese and English.

◎Location No. 3 Terminal Bldg., Fukuoka Domestic Airport, 778-1 Shimo-usui, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka Hours: 9.00-12:00/13:00-16:00 Monday Friday

◎Contact Tel: 623-2400 (general inquiries) Tel: 626-5100 (visa information)

Alien registration All foreign nationals residing in Japan must register their status of residence and address at a municipal office. Go to the ward office of the area you live in within 90 days after

3 arriving in Japan. Once registered, your alien registration card (gaikokujin toroku shomeisho) will be issued. Persons over 16 years of age must carry their alien registration card with them at all times and present it when requested. The cards are also useful as ID when opening a bank account, buying a phone, or obtaining library memberships.

Foreigners not required to register (1) Those visiting Japan for less than 90 days; (2) Children born in Japan who will not live here longer than 60 days (otherwise registration is required at birth); (3)Diplomats, government officials, members and civilian employees of the armed forces of the United States of America or United Nations Forces and their dependents residing in Japan.

Initial registration Apply for alien registration in person at the Citizens' Section (shimin-ka) of your local ward office by filling out an application for alien registration. You will need your passport and two photos (taken within the last 6 months) to register. Documents are available mostly in Japanese and English.

Notifying changes Any changes in your registered particulars must be reported to the Citizens' Section of your ward office within 14 days. These include your address, occupation, status of residence, nationality, period of stay, work address, children, and marital status.

Re-issuing, exchange and return Alien registration cards that have been lost, damaged, stolen, or destroyed will be either reissued or exchanged following notification to the Citizens' Section of your local ward office within 14 days. Alien registration cards must be returned to an immigration inspector at the port of departure upon leaving Japan permanently.

Filing documents and notices You may be issued important official documents during your stay in Japan, such as government marriage certificates or birth certificates if you have a child. It is a good idea to keep copies of these documents when you receive them. If the document is very important, ask for some extra copies as you may be asked for one in your home country. It is difficult to have them reissued once you are outside Japan.

Births, deaths and marriage Report these to the Citizens' Section of your local ward office or a branch office of Fukuoka City Hall, as well as your home country's embassy or consulate here in Japan.

Further notes on visas Authorization must be granted before foreign

nationals in Japan may become engaged in an activity other than that permitted by the current status of residence previously granted. The initial visa fee and each visa renewal fee is paid in revenue stamps worth ¥4,000, purchased only after the visa has been granted. The fee for a permanent residence visa is ¥8,000. Revenue stamps are available at the bureau. To cancel or transfer passport endorsements from an old passport to a new one, submit an application in person at the Immigration Bureau. Payment is accepted in revenue stamps only. Take your passport, alien registration card and any other necessary documents or items. Rainbow Plaza provides free counseling for legal matters.

Re-entry permits Foreigners residing in Japan who wish to leave and then re-enter Japan using their current visa before the period of stay expires must apply for a re-entry permit before leaving. A re-entry permit is valid for a single trip only and costs ¥3,000. If you travel overseas frequently, you may apply for a multiple re-entry permit (cost is ¥6,000). Reentry permits are restricted to the period of stay of the visa, and valid for one year at the most. For further details, contact the Immigration Bureau.

Working Foreign students are allowed to work parttime under some conditions. Other visas for foreigners may have restrictions on pay and the type of work permissible, depending on the visa status. Ask the Immigration Bureau for details. The organizations listed below will help you find employment. Jobs are also advertised in newspapers, the bulletin boards at Rainbow Plaza and online at Kyushu Now Classifieds (home page: ◎Employment support in Fukuoka ●Foreign Workers' Counseling Desk Japanese and English spoken. Open Tuesday and Thursday only. Tel: 411-4862 ●Help Desk On Jobs In General Japanese, English, Korean and Spanish spoken. Does not offer specific job information. Open Monday to Friday. Tel: 761-2538 ●Center For Domestic And Foreign Students' Counseling Desk Agency offering part-time jobs to students. English, Chinese and Korean spoken. Open Monday to Friday / Tel: 262-2215 Home page: ●Japan Association for Working Holiday Makers Japanese and English spoken. Open 9:0017:00 Tuesday to Saturday. Tel: 713-0854


January 2003

Coming Soon ! *The prices quoted here may or may not include the 5% consumption tax.

VIENNA WALZER ORCHESTRA January 9 (Thu), 6:45 p.m. ACROS Fukuoka Symphony Hall S¥7,000, A¥6,000, B¥5,000, C¥4,000 QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE January 10 (Fri), 7:00 p.m. Crossing Hall ¥6,800 GUTCH YUZO & HOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA January 10 (Fri), 7:00 p.m. ACROS Fukuoka Symphony Hall S¥6,000, A¥5,000, B¥4,000 10-FEET January 11 (Sat), 7:00 p.m. VIVRE Hall ¥2,000 (at door ¥2,300) THE VENTURES with special guest NOKIE EDWARDS January 10 (Fri), 7:00 & 9:30 p.m. January 11 (Sat) & 12 (Sun) 6:00 & 8:45 p.m. Fukuoka Blue Note ¥8,500 ACROS NEW YEAR CONCERT 2003 YOMIURI NIPPON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA January 11 (Sat), 6:00 p.m. ACROS Fukuoka Symphony Hall S¥6,000, A¥5,000, B¥4,000, C¥3,000, Students¥1,500 KYUSHU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA EVENING of WINNER WALZ January 12 (Sun), 6:00 p.m. ACROS Fukuoka Symphony Hall A¥3,000, B¥2,500, Students ¥1,500 THE JEEVAS JAPAN TOUR 2003 January 12 (Sun), 6:00 p.m. Drum Logos ¥6,500 (standing) THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND January 13 (Mon, Holiday), 6:00 & 8:45 p.m. January 14 (Tue) & 15 (Wed) 7:00 & 9:30 p.m. Fukuoka Blue Note ¥8,500 BON JOVI January 14 (Tue), 7:00 p.m. Fukuoka Dome S¥8,400, A¥7,350 MANIC STREET PREACHERS January 23 (Thu), 7:00 p.m. Zepp Fukuoka ¥6,500 BOYS II MEN January 31 (Fri), 7:00 p.m. Marine Messe Fukuoka S¥7,800, A¥6,800 SOJIRO OKARINA CONCERT February 9 (Sun), 2:00 p.m. Kasuga City Fureai Center S¥6,500, A¥6,000, B¥5,500, C¥5,000, Students ¥4,000 FOO FIGHTERS February 10 (Mon), 7:00 p.m. Zepp Fukuoka ¥6,500 THE PARKINSONS February 13 (Thu), 7:00 p.m. VIVRE Hall ¥3,000 (Advance tickets)

THE JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA February 14 (Fri), 7:00 p.m. ACROS Fukuoka Symphony Hall S¥6,500, A¥6,000, B¥5,500, C¥5,000, Students ¥4,000 RYOTA KOMATSU & ORQUESTA TIPICA February 17 (Mon), 7:00 p.m. ACROS Fukuoka Symphony Hall S¥6,000, A¥5,000, C¥4,000 MICHEL CORBOZ, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne et Instrumental de Lausanne February 20 (Thu), 6:45 p.m. ACROS Fukuoka Symphony Hall S¥12,000, A¥10,000, B¥8,000, C¥6,000, D¥4,000 SUSUMU AOYAGI Piano Recital February 21 (Fri), 7:00 p.m. Fukuoka Bank Hall ¥3,500 SONIC YOUTH February 22 (Sat), 7:00 p.m. Drum Logos ¥6,000 J MASCIS & THE FOG February 28 (Fri), 7:00 p.m. Drum Logos ¥6,500

TURANDOT by POLAND STATE OPERA January 6 (Mon), 6:30 p.m. ACROS Fukuoka Symphony Hall GS¥18,000, S¥15,000, A¥12,000, B¥9,000, C¥7,000 “MIME”, Dance performance in silent movie style January 11 (Sat), 2:00 & 6:00 p.m. Momochi Palace ¥3,000, (at door ¥3,500) LENI-BASSO “FINKS”, Dance & Performing Art January 13 (Mon, Holiday), 3:00 p.m. IMS Hall ¥2,500, (at door ¥3,000) CERAMICS & PORCELAIN FAIR IN FUKUOKA 2003 January 23 (Thu) - January 27 (Mon) 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Marine Messe Fukuoka Admission ¥500 KABUKI Special Performances by Bando Tamasaburo and Ichikawa Somegoro Feburuary 1 (Sat) - 25 (Tue) 12:00 noon (February 8, 15, 22 5:00 p.m.) Hakataza Theater A¥18,600, B¥12,000, C¥5,000 Ohori Koen Noh Theater IZUMI SCHOOL FUKUOKA-MANSAKU-NO-KAI KYOGEN, SUBAYASHI January 11 (Sat), 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. S¥13,650, A¥10,500 KANZE-SCHOOL EIFU-KAI SUUTAI, SHIMAI January 12 (Sun), 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Free

KITA-SCHOOL KISYU-KAI SUUTAI-SHIMAI-KAI SUUTAI, SHIMAI January 13 (Mon, Holiday), 10:00 a.m. 5 :00 p.m. Free NOH SEMINAR & WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE NOH, KYOGEN January 18 (Sat), 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ¥2,000 Reservation required TEL: 643-3382, FAX: 643-3384 HOSHO-SCHOOL KYUSHU-HOSHO-KAI REGULAR PERFORMANCE NOH, KYOGEN, SHIMAI January 19 (Sun), 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. A¥20,000, B¥16,000, C¥9,000 (for this and next performance in this year) A¥5,000, B¥3,000 (for this performance) UMEWAKA-SCHOOL TAKA-NO-KAI NOH, KYOGEN, SHIMAI January 26 (Sun), 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. S¥8,000, A¥6,000, B¥4,000 *Students ¥1,000 off

2002 MASTER'S LEAGUE (BASE BALL) Fukuoka Dontaku's vs. Tokyo Dreams January 22 (Wed) & 23(Thu) 7:00 p.m. Venue: Fukuoka Dome S¥3,000, A¥2,000, General admission ¥1,000 LADIES ROAD RACE at KEYAKI DORI STREET Date: February 23 (Sun) Place: Keyaki Dori Street, Akasaka Chuo-ku Participation Fee: ¥1,500 for Adults, ¥500 for Students How to Apply: Bring an application Sheet, participation fee, and ¥50 of postal stamp to the office below. Applications Close: January 31 (Fri) Office of the 18th Fukuoka Keyaki Dori Street Ladies Road Race (Nishiko Corporation 3F, 2-8-34, Tenjin, Chuo-ku) Tel: 092-781-0128 FUKUOKA INDOOR 3 ON 3 Date:March 15 (Sat), & 16 (Sun) Place:Axion Fukuoka How to Apply: send or bring the designated application form to the office below Participation fee: ¥8,000 for adult team, ¥5,000 for Junior High student team, ¥3,000 for Elementary School student team. Applications Close: February 7 (Fri) Office of Fukuoka Indoor 3 on 3 (Papiyon 24 Bldg. 1-17-1 Chiyo, Hakata-ku) Tel: 092-643-1355 55TH RUGBY LEAGUE January 5 (Sun) 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m. Place: Hakata no mori Adults & Univ. ¥1,500, High Students ¥500 Office(Tel: 092-715-8172 )

January 2003

Fukuoka City Museum 3-1-1 Momochihama, Sawara-ku Open 9:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m. (closed Monday) HISTORY AND CULTURE OF PILGRIMAGES A Traditional Circuit of Eighty-Eight Sacred Places on the Island of Shikoku January 5 (Sun) – February 16 (Sun) Adults ¥1,000, Univ. & Senior High Students ¥800 Fukuoka Art Museum 1-6 Ohori-koen, Chuo-ku Open 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Closed Mondays) EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY FUJIO YOSHIDA January 5 (Sun) – February 23 (Sun) Adults ¥200, Univ. & Senior High Students ¥150 EXCHANGE THROUGH ART & CULTURE in Fukuoka & Kitakyushu -Contemporary Art Exhibition of 33 Young Artists in the two citiesJanuary 5 (Sun) – February 2 (Sun) Adults ¥700, Univ. & Senior High Students ¥300 (admission to Kitakyushu Art Museum is included) Fukuoka Asian Art Museum 7 & 8 F, River Site, Hakata Riverain, 3-1 Shimokawabata-machi, Hakata-ku Open 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Closed Wednesdays & January 1) KOREAN VISUAL CULTURE TODAY Thru February 2 (Sun) Commemorating the FIFA World Cup Korea Japan, the energetic pop culture in everyday life including fashion, moving images and publications will be displayed in a space where actual downtown and living space are recreated. Adults ¥800, Students ¥500 ASEAN-JAPAN EXCHANGE YEAR 2003 ARTS OF PEOPLE 3 SANTO-HOLY SCULPTURES FROM THE PHILIPPINES Janurary 16 (Thu)- March 25 (Tue) In the Philippines where Christianity was absorbed as the Spanish colonisation proceeded, statues so called 'Santo' played an important role in Christianising the public. Other artworks related to the legacy of the Saints deeply rooted in the life of Philippinos are also shown. Adult ¥200,Univ. & Senior High Students ¥150 Fukuoka Pref. Museum of Art 5-2-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku Open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

5 (Closed Mondays) EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS REPUTATED BY MR. YASUI, A GREAT WESTERN PAINTER January 5 (Sun) – February 11 (Tue) Adults ¥700, Univ. & Senior High Students ¥500, Junior High Students and Elementary Students ¥300 Artium IMS 8F, 1-7-11 Tenjin, Chuo-ku Open 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Closed from December 31 - January 2) COLORED DREAM Takayuki Terakado Exhibition 2002*2003 Thru January 19 (Sun) Adults ¥400 Students ¥300

Mitsukoshi Gallery 9F, 2-1-1, Tenjin, Chuo-ku Open 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. DER MYTHOS DER KAISERIN ELISABETH January 2 (Thu) - January 28 (Tue) Adults ¥1,200, Univ. & Senior High Students ¥800, Junior High Students and Elementary Students ¥500 Cafe Gallery SANCHO PANZA 2-4-5 Tenjin, Chuo-ku EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY ANA THIEL from Mexico Thru the middle of January Free Gallery KAZE Record Shop Wakodo 1.2.3F, 2-8-136 Tenjin, Chuo-ku ART WIND AROUND THE EARTH 2002-2003 Art Works by International Students in Fukuoka Thru January 5 (Sun) Free

*Movies not in English are designated by the following codes: (C) - Chinese, (F) - French, (H) - Hungarian, (K) - Korean.

The Schedule is subject to change without notice. TENJIN TOHO 762-6666 Now Showing to Undecided “MINORITY REPORT” January 11 - Undecided “UNFAITHFUL” Thru January 24 “THE SANTA CLAUSE 2” Thru February 7 “K-19” January 25 - Undecided “SHADOW MAGIC” January 18 - 31 “THE COMPANY MAN” CINETERRIE TENJIN 781-5508

Thru January 3 “STORY TELLING” Thru January 8 “GARGOYLE” (F) January 4 - January 24 “CQ” January 11 - January 24 “UNE FAMME MARIEE” (F) January 25 - Undecided “LAST PRESENT” (K) January 25 - January 31 “REM” (F & E) NAKASU TAIYO 291-4058 Now Showing - Undecided “HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS” (*) (*)English with Japanese subtitles or Japanese voice-over, please check beforehand Now Showing - Undecided “GANGS OF NEW YORK” January 11 - Undecided “GHOST SHIP” January 18 - Undecided “THE ROOKIE” Coming Next “THE TRANSPORTER” (F), “THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE TWO TOWERS” SOLARIA CINEMA 733-7375 Thru January 24 “RETURN TO NEVERLAND” (*) (*)English with Japanese subtitles or Japanese voice-over, please check beforehand January 1 - January 10 “AUSTIN POWERS, GOLD MEMBER” Thru January 10 “JOHN Q” January 10 - January 24 “A WALK TO REMEMBER” January 25 - Undecided “BORN IDENTITY”, “ENOUGH” AMC CANAL CITY 13 THEATRES AMC 272-2222 Updated information for each week is available at the number above or on the internet at "". CINE SALON PAVERIA 852-5650 Thru January 24 “SUN SHINE” (H & C) January 25 - February 21 “THATCHED MEMORIES” (C) KBC CINEMA KBC 751-4268 Now Showing - Undecided “HAPPY TIMES HOTEL” (C) Thru January 10 “THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO” January 11 - Undecided “CHARLOTTE GRAY” Coming Next “WAKING LIFE”, “IRIS” CINE LIBRE HAKATA STATION 434-3691 Now showing - Undecided “8 FEMMES” (F) Coming Next “LA REPETITION” (F) UNITED CINEMAS FUKUOKA 844-5645 & 771-8600 Updated information for each week is available at the number above or on the internet at "".


January 2003 EVENT

BULLETIN BOARD *Note: All phone numbers given are within the 092 area, unless otherwise indicated Free Counseling at Rainbow Plaza Rainbow Plaza offers free legal and personal counseling for foreign residents of Fukuoka. The matters discussed here will be kept strictly confidential. 1) Legal Counseling Upcoming Dates: January 11 (Sat) & January 18 (Sat) Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Counselors: Lawyers from the Fukuoka Prefecture Bar Association An interpreter will be provided upon request. Appointments are limited to four per day, and the counseling is offered for 45 minutes per person including interpreting. 2) Personal Counseling Available with an English-speaking professional on every Wed., Fri., and Sat. Times are not fixed and will be decided by the counselor and the individual. *To make an appointment for the above two services, please contact Rainbow Plaza many weeks in advance by telephone (7332220) or in person at the information counter. Asian Women's Center (AWC) Counseling AWC supports defense of rights and independence of women. If you are suffering from domestic violence or forced divorce, you can stay at their shelter for women. Contact:Asian Women's Hotline, tel/fax 092-513-7333 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) FLEA MARKET INFORMATION 1)Flea Market at TNC, Momochi Dates: January 11 (Sat) & 12 (Sun), & January 25 (Sat) & 26 (Sun) Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Place: In front of TNC Broadcasting building in Momochihama (get off at Fukuoka Tower South Exit by Nishitetsu bus) 2) Super Flea Market in Fukuoka Dome Dates: February 1 (Sat) & 2 (Sun) Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. on February 2) Admission: ¥500 For more info for 1) & 2): Nishinihon Citizen's Recycle Movement (Tel: 752-7761, http://www/ Second-hand Furniture & Appliances for Overseas Students Rainbow Plaza and Toshikankyo (Urban Environment) Corporation will offer overseas students used furniture and household appliances, collected through Recycle Telephone Fukuoka. Applications to Rainbow Plaza from January 10 (Fri) to 12 (Sun), 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.. Rainbow Plaza also provides information on secondhand furniture and electric appliances donated by residents in Fukuoka City. Contact Rainbow Plaza for more details (Tel:733-2220)

1) Do you want to study Japanese? We are volunteers who teach Japanese (Free). Foreigners who want to study Japanese, come any time you like. *If you would like to come, please call us by the previous day. Date & Time: Every Tuesday 13:30-15:30 (Times may be altered) Place: Chuo Civic Center TEL:716-5682 or 531-8334 2) 1st iTOMO Summit in Fukuoka A new NPO, which began operating officially from this January, FUKUTOMO Club will hold a symposium on globalization, including discussion on ways to improve living conditions for the large population of foreigners presently living in Fukuoka, and how to assimilate them into the local community. Panelists: Fukuoka International Association, Nikkori-net, NPO Asian-Pacific Childrens Convention, Fukuoka Overseas Students Association (FOSA), & Kyushu University Foreign Students Association (KUFSA) Date: February 2 (Sun) 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Place: Fukuoka Civic Center International Conference Room Admission: Free Info: 631-1486 (Ono or Anieza) How to apply: send your information (name, university/organization name, nationality, and e-mail address) by fax or e-mail: FAX:751-8400 E-mail [email protected] 3) SCOTISH BURNS DAY DINNER PARTY Date: January 25 (Sat), 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Place: Macsween Pub (Akasaka, Chuo-ku) Reservation required. Contact: 821-6195 (Passport School) E-mail [email protected] *Musicians wanted for St. Patrick's party in March. 4) SWING DANCE PARTY Free lesson for beginners is available. Date: January 26 (Sun) 6:30 - 11:30 p.m. (Lesson will start at 6:45 p.m.) Place: One Way (Maizuru, Chuo-ku) Admission: ¥1,500 (with 1 Drink) Contact: [email protected] 5) 2003 The 44th INTERNATIONAL SPEECH CONTEST IN JAPANESE Date & Place: May 31 (Sat), 2003 Sapporo Convention Center Higashi-Sapporo, 6-jo 1-chome Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido Subjct & Time Limit: Any non-commercial, non-religious topic within 7 minutes Qualifications: Applicants must be a person whose native language is that other than Japanese, and aged 15 years or above and who has never won the 1st Prize, and other main awards in a previous contest. Contestant Selection: According to the evaluation of the applicant's recorded speech and accompanying manuscript. Applicants must send the following: a) Completed application form

b) Recorded speech & Speech manuscript c)Three identical full-face 3cm × 4cm photos; paste one on the application form Send to: International Speech Contest in Japanese, International Education Center 1-21 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004 TEL: 03-3359-9600 Deadline: 5:00 p.m. April 17 (Thu), 2003 Expense & Accommodation Arrangements: Sponsors will pay long distance transportation costs and accommodation for one night for contestants living three and a half hours or more away from Sapporo City. 6) IRAQ PHOTO EXHIBITION by Takashi Morizumi 1F AIREF Bldg. (Maizuru, Chuo-ku) January 14 (Tue) - January 19 (Thu) Photos showing impact of Gulf War and economic sanctions on children's lives in Iraq. (Contact: 821-6195) VOLUNTEERS WANTED For those people from overseas or for those who speak a foreign language and want to volunteer their services, here are organizations which are looking for volunteers now. 1)ASIAN-PACIFIC CHILDEREN'S CONVENTION IN FUKUOKA Requirements: Junior High students or above able to communicate in Japanese or English. Job: Data processing, homepage creation and other computer related work, translations, planning and dmanagement of exchange activities, and supporting for homestay, cultural exchange camp and symposium. *Attend the information session. For time and date of session please contact the APCC Office (Tel: 734-7700, Fax: 734-7711) URL http://www.apcc 2)CAMP VOLUNTEER LEADERS Requirements: Senior High students or above. Activity: every Tuesday 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Group meeting and training for activity preparation. Outdoor activities will be held once a month for the children of Fukuoka. For detail, please contact YMCA(Tel: 8311771 Nanakuma1-1-10, Jonan-ku) URL:


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●Hatsumode (初 詣) Literally translated as "first visit," this term refers to the visiting of a shrine at the first of the year to make New Year's wishes. Beginning at midnight on New Year's Eve, thousands of Japanese flock to major shrines around the country to make their wishes and pray for good fortune in the coming year. During the hatsumode, many people also tie an omikuji, a piece of white paper whereupon a fortune is written, to a tree within the shrine's courtyard. The paper is folded to create a long, single strip and then is tied to a tree for good luck. The hatsumode is capped off by visiting the main shrine, throwing money into a large box as an offering, and praying to the God of shrine. Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is one of the most popular shrines in the nation and attracts well over two million visitors on the first three days of the New Year. Many food and souvenir stalls are also set up on the shrine grounds selling customary foods and New Year's trinkets.


Coming-of-Age Day 成 人 の 日 The Coming-of-Age Day, or seijin-no-hi (成人の日), is the officially recognized social ceremony when adolescents enter the circle of adults. Under the Japanese Civil Law Act, those who reach the age of twenty are considered "adults," and those who marry before the age of twenty are considered "adults" as well. The Coming-of-Age Day was established as January 15th under Law No. 178 "The National Holiday Act" enacted on July 23, 1948, the 23rd year of Showa, as a day congratulating those who reached twenty years of age and thus legally able to enter society with full civil rights and duties. But, the day was changed as the 2nd Monday of January from 2000 as the "The National Holiday Act" was amended. The ceremony of "genpuku (元服)," an old-style ceremony of assuming manhood, had been held from the era of the Emperor Tenmu (673 - 686 A.D.). In such ceremonies, young people from the imperial and noble families would change their child-like hairstyles to that of wearing noble headgear around the age of 15. This ceremony was called "kakan-no-gi (加冠の儀)," or head-gear-wearing ceremony. By way of note, the words "kan (冠)," "kon (婚)," "so (葬)," and "sai (祭)" which are widely used even today are found in such words as "kakan-no-gi (加 冠の儀)," "konrei (婚礼), or marriage," "soshiki (葬式), or funeral ceremony," and "senzo-nomatsuri (先祖の祭), or services for ancestors." Today, each city, town, and village holds a congratulatory ceremony, or the ceremony of "Coming-of-Age," for those who turn twenty years of age. This particular day is a national holiday, and new "adults" can be seen dressed-up at various places beginning in the morning. Though Western attire is gradually rising in popularity, traditional Japanese wear, or wafuku particularly worn by ladies, are just like works of art. After attending a ceremony, the new adults hold parties with friends and share with each other feelings of loneliness in farewell of their childhood, and a sense of anticipation as well as unease of attainment of the age of adults. The number of new Japanese adults in Fukuoka City in 2003 is 18,640 (9,546 male, and 9,094 female). Foreign male adults number 325, and female adults number 263. (As of November 15, 2002) Coming-of-Age Day Ceremony in Fukuoka City ◎Date & Time: January 13th (Mon./ 2nd Monday in January), 1:00 ∼ 2:10 p.m. ◎Place: Marine Messe Fukuoka (a facility of convention and international events )

•Hatsumode at Hakozaki Hachiman Shrine

The following are the major shrines for hatsumode. ●Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu City / Tel: 092-922-8225 / Nishitetsu "Dazaifu" station) / Estimated number of visitors during the first three days of Jan. - 2 millions and 50 thousand ●Hakozaki Hachiman Shrine (1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku / Tel: 092-641-7431 / City subway "Hakozaki-miyamae" sta.) / 600 thousand ● Miyajidake Shrine (1304 Miyaji, Tsuyazaki-machi, Munakata-gun / Tel: 0940-52-0016) / 1 million ●Kushida Shrine (1-41 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata-ku / Tel: 092-291-2951 / City subway "Nakasu-kawabata" sta.) / 500 thousand ●Iimori Shrine (609 Iimori, Nishi-ku / Tel: 092-811-1329 / "Iimori" Nishitetsu bus stop) / 60 thousand ● Munakata Taisha Shrine (Tajima, Genkai-machi, Munakata-gun / Tel: 094062-1311 / "Munakata-taisha" Nishitetsu bus stop) / 500 thousand

●Kadomatsu (門 松) Kadomatsu is literally translated as the "gate pine." This decoration which is made up of pine tree sprigs, bamboo stalks and ume (Japanese apricot) sprigs, is placed on the gate of one's house. Kadomatsu are also used to decorate entrance ways and the interior of homes as well. And some of the more festive people may place a shimekazari, a decoration resembling a kadomatsu, above the door of the entrance of each individual's house or on the front of their car during the New Year's holiday. Kadomatsu is said to be the dwelling place of the toshigami (year god) who brings good luck during the new year. Depending on the region, other types of tree sprigs may be used instead of pine.

●Sansha-mairi (三 社 参 り) When broken down, this term is made up of three words "three (san)," "shrine (sha)," and "visit (mairi)." During the first three days of o-shogatsu, it is customary to pay a visit to three separate shrines and pay one's respects to the Gods in hopes of obtaining good fortune for the new year. Incidentally, a visit to a Buddhist temple is also acceptable. The Japanese are favorably superstitious regarding odd numbers. When making a donation to a temple or shrine, presenting newlywed couple with money, or making a cash donation to a family at a funeral, the

amount given is usually an odd number of ¥1,000 or ¥10,000 bills. Thus, visiting three shrines or temples on New Year is said to bring good luck. ●Osechi-ryori (お せ ち 料 理) Osechi-ryori are special dishes eaten on the first three days of the new year. Jyubako (tiered lacquer boxes) are abundantly loaded with multi-hued side dishes, grilled or boiled dishes and vinegared dishes. It appears that present-day osechi-ryori was developed with the particular practice of keeping it as is for a while, because it is splendid to look at and also out of consideration for reducing housewives' work for three days. There are some original differences but osechi contents are essentially fixed. Those contents are respectively charged with wishes. For example, tai (sea bream) is "auspicious" (medetai), kazu no ko (herring roe) indicates "the prosperity for one's descendants," and kobu maki (sea tangle roll) means "happiness" (yorokobu).

●Kagami-mochi (鏡 餅) Kagami-mochi is a set of two round, flat rice cakes, one large, one small, about 10-20 cm in size stacked on a sanbo stand. At New Year, they are displayed in the tokonoma (alcove) and offered to the Shinto and Buddhist deities. In Japan there is the - continued on page eight


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old belief that at New Year the revered divinity known as the toshigami (year god) visits homes and the original significance of kagami-mochi was the worship offerings to the toshigami. However, it's origin is said that, after the Chinese custom to eat the "kata-ame (hard candy)" in the morning of the New Year's Day, at Court they began to eat mochi as a rite of "hagatame (to make one's teeth strong and pray for longevity)." After the Muromachi era (1392~1573), it's form changed to the present style. Because of the change in style of architecture, a tokonoma alcove became popular and kagami-mochi had been displayed in the tokonoma (alcove) as an ornament. Aside from mochi, Daphniphyllum macropodum, ferms, Seville oranges, dried persimmons, tangles, etc. are stacked on the same sanbo stand.


Cartoon Corner by Seigo Sakai

●Zoni (雑 煮) Zoni is a soup with mochi (rice cakes) and vegitables and is an essential dish for celebrating the New Year. In the Kanto area, such as Tokyo, zoni is generally prepared as a clear soup with square mochi, while in Kyushu, particularly in Fukuoka, it is prepared with special soup made from broiled and dried flying fishes and sea

FESTIVALS DURING EARLY NEW YEAR USOKAE & ONISUBE (う そ 替 え、鬼 す べ) Jan. 7 (Tue) from 7:00 p.m. Place: Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (Dazaifu City / Tel.: 922-8225) The Usokae festival starts around 7:00 p.m. This is when the people who have come to the shrine exchange kiuso, wooden bullfinch dolls, with each other. A priest then hands his golden kiuso into the crowd. After a period of secret exchanges of kiuso dolls among the participants, the person who ends up with the golden kiuso is said to have the best luck of the year. The kiuso itself is believed to be a messenger of the gods and to bring good luck. Following the Usokae festival, the Onisube festival starts at around 9:00 p.m. This festival is supposed to drive away a devil with smoke and sparks emitted from large torches. The festival is performed as a fight between the oni (devil) and the participants. The participants try to drive the oni out of his hiding place, the onisubedo, by blowing smoke into it with big fans. •Onisube Festival

tangles with round mochi. Seasoning and other ingredients are different according to each region. It is the special feature of zoni to bring out the richness of local color with additional ingredients, like fish, chiken or special regional items.

Wish you all a Happy New Year!

ONIYO (鬼 夜) Jan. 7 (Tue) evening Place: Daizenji Tamataregu (Daizenji-machi, Kurume City / 094227-1887) After sunset, loin-cloth clad men march around the Tenmangu Shrine. Each man holds a small torch in his hand After nine o'clock, all the lights in the area are turned off simultaneously at the sound of a bell, and the men gather around six, 12 meter tall torches. At the second ringing of the bell, the large torches are lit one by one. In the main building and the "Honji-do" building of the shrine, ancient rituals are held in the darkness. The young men stir the fire of the large torches with three-meter oak sticks, making flames leap into the sky. This nagnificent festival lasts until midnight and attract a large crowd of spectators. About 5 minutes walk from Daizenji Station on Nishitetsu train.

MEKARI SHINTO RITUAL (和 布 刈 神 事) Feb. 1 (Sat) around 3:00 a.m. Mekari Shrine (Moji-ku, Kitakyushu City / 093-321-0749) This ritual has been held at Mekari Shrine since the early eighth century. At midnight, during the low tide, three Shinto priests retrieve wakame (a kind of seaweed) from the sea using wooden pails and Japanese sickles. The priests offer the seaweed to the presiding God and pray for a bountiful harvest during the New Year. This ritual is a significant event during the lunar New Year because wakame signals the onset of spring and symbolizes a prosperous future. Until the end of the World War II, this ritual was not open to the public. But today, many people stay up late to watch this annual ritual. Take a Nishitetsu bus from Moji-ko station and get off at Mekari Jinja (Shrine) stop.