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2024.06.24[Mon] 09:00


Have you heard about the ride-sharing service that has started here in Fukuoka? It is a service where private drivers, under the management of a taxi company, use their own cars to transport passengers for a fee.
White license plate vehicles that contract with a taxi company are now allowed to operate commercially. Just like using a regular taxi, you can arrange a ride-share through a smartphone dispatch app, where you can choose between a regular taxi or a private car taxi.
The service area includes Fukuoka City and the surrounding municipalities within the Fukuoka transportation zone. The service is primarily available from evening to night. Since the private cars do not have meters, the fare is calculated in advance when you set the pick-up and drop-off locations, and you pay that fare as long as there are no significant route changes.
This service was introduced in Kanto and other areas in April, and it has finally started here in Fukuoka. It is expected to alleviate the chronic shortage of taxis, something that I've even heard people I know talking about. With the introduction of this service, we hope Fukuoka will become an even more livable city.
That was some information for you this week on the new ride-sharing scheme, so keep it in mind the next time you are out!



【Hakata Gion Yamakasa】

Now that it's nearly July, from next week, the big event in Fukuoka in July is the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. Held from July 1 to 15, this is a traditional Hakata festival. Have you ever seen it? I've been nearly every year to see it and never get tired of it!
From the beginning of July, gorgeous and powerful "Kazariyama" which are towering, highly decorated kazariyama floats, some 10 meters high, are displayed in various places in Fukuoka City. This year, for the first time, a Kazariyama inspired by the Japanese anime "Gundam" has been created and will appear in the Kamikawabata Shopping Arcade.
On July 15, the last day of the festival, the finale, an event called "Oiyama" is held. It is the main highlight of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival. The approximately 5-km timed race starts at 4:59 a.m. from Kushida Shrine in Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata Ward, to the signal of a drum. Men carry the Yamakasa, which is about 3 meters high and weighs about 1 ton, on their shoulders and run out into the town, cheering and shouting. The course from Kushida Shrine, the starting point, to Susaki Town, the goal, attracts locals and tourists from outside of the prefecture, even before dawn. The Gundam Yamakasa will also participate in the race, by the way!
The "Hakata Gion Yamakasa" festival is such a significant early summer tradition that it is said, "Summer comes after Yamakasa." It is a festival created by the united efforts of the people of Hakata. Be sure to get up early and enjoy this vibrant celebration!

2024.06.17[Mon] 09:00

Rules & Manners(ルール・マナー)


Do you know about Hakataori, the traditional craft of Fukuoka and Hakata? Hakataori is a type of silk fabric primarily produced in the Hakata area of Fukuoka City. It is one of Japan's traditional crafts, taking several months to half a year to complete, through multiple processes and the hands of skilled artisans.
When people think of Hakataori, they think of Hakata obi. These obis are popular as kimono belts due to their sturdy fabric that is resistant to damage even when pulled tightly. They are also favored by sumo wrestlers because the obi doesn't loosen easily and can be firmly fastened, characterized by the distinctive "squeak" of the silk when tightened.
There are several patterns in Hakataori, but the representative "Kenjogara" pattern has been incorporated as a symbol in various parts of Fukuoka, such as at JR Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport. Currently, an exhibition of Hakataori items for everyday use is being held at the Hakata Traditional Craft Center in Momochihama, Sawara Ward. The exhibition and sale include about 200 items, such as stationery like ballpoint pens and pen cases, small items like wallets, pouches, and business card holders, which are recommended for use in business for your self or as gifts for friends and family. The exhibition runs until this Sunday, the 23rd.
The Hakata Traditional Craft Center is a free facility that exhibits and introduces excellent works of traditional crafts associated with Fukuoka and Hakata. On the first, second, and third Sundays of each month, they also offer traditional craft experience classes.
It's a great opportunity to casually experience Hakata's culture, so please visit when you have the chance. For more details, please check the Hakata Traditional Craft Center's website.



【Fukuoka City Information】


If you live in Fukuoka City, and have earned more than 1 million yen the previous year, from January 1st to December 31st, you may need to pay taxes. You will receive a tax payment notification around the 15th of June. Please make sure you open that envelope, it has information on when you need to pay and how much will be due. You can pay at convenience stores, the bank or even the post office. If you are a regular company employee, these taxes may be taken out from your salary by your company.
If you do not pay your taxes, you may risk facing difficulty when it comes time to renew your residence status or risk being subject to seizure of property.
If there is anything you don't understand, or if you may have difficulty making payments, please consult with your local ward office. You can also consult by phone in 18 different languages. The phone number for this is (092-753-6113). Again, this phone number is 092-753-6113. This phone number will connect you to the ward office after you speak with an interpreter. Please tell the interpreter which ward you live in and that you are calling about taxes.

2024.06.10[Mon] 09:00


【Plum Juice】

Plum season has come. You may have noticed packs of them at the store already. Actually, the peak season for plums is from May to July, so they are at their best right now. Plums are great for you. They can help stimulate appetite and aid in recovering from fatigue, making them perfect for the hotter days coming up when you might feel a bit tired out from the heat of summer.
There are two types of plums: green plums and ripe plums. Green plums are characterized by their acidity and refreshing aroma. They aren't good for eating raw due to their hardness and strong acidity, but when you do something with them, that acidity transforms into delicious drinks and condiments. As plum wine, plum syrup or even crunchy pickled plums, they are delicious.
Ripe plums, on the other hand, are yellow and have a sweet, fruity aroma. Because they absorb flavors well, they are suitable for making pickled plums (umeboshi) and plum juice. If you make umeboshi with green plums, they will have a crunchy texture, whereas using ripe plums will result in a soft texture.
Today, I'll share with you a recipe for plum juice. The only ingredients you need are green plums and rock sugar in equal amounts. First, wash the green plums well and soak them in water for about two hours to remove any bitterness. Then, wipe off the water, remove the stems, put them the plums in a bag, and freeze them overnight. The next day, layer the plums and rock sugar in a sterilized jar and store it at room temperature. You'll see the juice coming out of the plums and it will be ready in about a week to drink. Mix the plum juice with soda water or water, and enjoy! Both green plums and rock sugar are readily available at supermarkets, so give it a try!



【Fukuoka City information】

Rainy season and heavy rains

In Japan, June to July is rainy season and is called "tsuyu" in Japanese. It is a period of frequent rainfall and is also a time to be cautious as it is also a season when heavy rain disasters can occur.
In recent years, Fukuoka Prefecture has experienced significant damage due to record-breaking heavy rainfalls during the rainy season. When it is raining heavily, please avoid going near places that can become dangerous during these rainstorms, such as rivers, coastlines, and mountainsides. It is also important to take action to protect yourself during this time. One thing you can do is to check hazard maps and disaster prevention information on the Fukuoka City website. It is advisable to familiarize yourself in advance with the risks and evacuation procedures specific to your residential area. For more details, search for "Fukuoka City Multilingual Portal" and refer to the "Disaster" page. Important information from Fukuoka City is also shared in multiple languages on the official Facebook page "Global Community Fukuoka" and the Fukuoka City International Foundation Facebook page "Fukuoka City International Center/ Attaka Fukuoka." Follow these pages to stay updated on important information.

2024.06.03[Mon] 09:00

Other Topics(その他)

【Father's Day】

It's a few weeks away, but the third Sunday of June is Father's Day. This year, that day is June 16th. 

In Japan, carnations are usually given to mom on Mother's day, but for Father's day, the flower is a yellow rose, or so they say.   Yellow roses symbolize "devotion" and "refreshment." in the language of flowers. But, you could also give another flower. Since Father's Day falls in early summer, sunflowers, which give a lively impression, are often chosen. Many people also give practical gifts for the business scene, such as ties, or their father's favorite items like alcohol and snacks. My dad loves pies, so I send them to him.

Father's Day is a perfect opportunity to express the gratitude to dad that is hard to convey on a daily basis. Spend some quality time with your father or give him a present, and make it a wonderful day together.



Fukuoka City International Foundation

Foreign Student Taught Language Classes-Recruiting for Classes

This information from the Fukuoka City International Foundation is about the language classes being taught this year by international exchange students.  The classes offer the opportunity to learn languages from various countries, such as Chinese, Korean,  Vietnamese, Spanish and German. Through interactions with international student instructors, you will not only learn the language but also gain insights into their native cuisines and cultures. 

The venue for the classes is Fukuoka City International Center, which is just a 5-minute walk from Nakasu-Kawabata Station or Kushida Shrine station on the Fukuoka City Subway lines.

The courses run from July 2024 to February 2025, with a total of 26 or 27 lessons. The total tuition fee for each course is 33,000 yen.

For more detailed information regarding the languages offered, schedule, and other information, please visit the Fukuoka City International Foundation. You can search for "Foreign Language Classes Taught by International Students" on a search engine to access the page you need.

The application deadline is June 20th. They're looking forward to getting your applications!



You can consult using LINE call !

If you are connected to the Fukuoka City International Foundation's official Line Account, you can use Line Call to contact the center for advice on life here as well as to make reservations for the free professional consultation services that the Foundation provides.  Interpretation over the phone for 22 different languages is available. 

You can also sign up to get information on events or useful information for foreign residents of the city, so if you aren't already connected on Line, just go to the Fukuoka City International Foundation's homepage and click on Add Friend to get connected. 

However, be aware that you cannot send messages through the chat function. If you want to send a message regarding getting advice, then please look up the Fukuoka City International Foundation's homepage on the internet and fill out the help request form on their website. 

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  • Colleen
  • Colleen
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