★☆Tanoshimail July Edition☆★

July 10, 2018 Posted in Information
KIA News
1. Consultation Services
(1) Free consultation on immigration / nationality / visa through a public notary
Reservation required by July 10th for those who need an interpreter
     Sunday July 15th, 1:00PM to 4:00PM
(2) Free psychological counselling with a clinical psychologist
     Please enquire with us regarding the available dates.
(3) Free legal consultation with a lawyer. Reservation required (Deadline: July 24th)
     Saturday July 28rd, 1:30PM to 4:30PM
■Where: Com City 3rd floor
■Application and Enquiries:  Kitakyushu International Association,
TEL 093-643-5931 (For English, Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese, call 093-643-6060)
2. Free General Consultation service for Foreign Residents
Support in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese available.
■Time: Every Tuesday - Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
*Vietnamese available only on Tues/Weds 10:00AM - 4:00PM
■Venue: (1) KIA Foreigner Information Center
(COMCITY 3F, Kurosaki 3-15-3, Yahatanishi-ku)
(2) Kokurakita Ward Office Foreigner Information Center
(Kokurakita Ward Office 2F Otemachi 1-1, Kokurakita-ku)
(3) Telephone Consultation: TEL 093-643-6060
*All consultations are free of charge
■Enquiries: TEL 093-643-6060 (English/Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese)
Life Info
1. Disaster Prevention Handbook for Foreigners
It is once again that time of year where Japan faces an onslaught of typhoons. Typhoons are responsible for flooding, landslides, heavy rains and fires. Loss of life and property can be caused by any of the above.
Disaster prevention is not about “If”, it is about “When”. Disaster can strike at any moment therefore, it is important to have the necessary preparations in place for when it occurs.
■Handbook (Japanese / English / Chinese / Korean)
2. Preventing mosquito borne diseases
The mosquito responsible for the spread of the Dengue Virus (Aedes) lays its eggs in small pools of water and puddles. Preventing such accumulation of water within and around the home can considerably prevent the spread of the dengue virus.
■Enquiries: Public Health and Sanitation Department  TEL 093-582-2286
3. Flea Market Information
(1) Chuo Park Fureai Flea Market
■Time: Sunday July 8th, 9:00AM to 3:00PM
      * Will be postponed to the 15th in the event of rain
■Venue: Chuo Park (Hachioji-machi, Yahata-higashi Ward) *Free parking available
 <中央緑地公園 八幡東区八王寺町> (located by the Kitakyushu City General Gymnasium)
■Enquiries: Kitakyushu Recycling Union, TEL 093-651-9245
Sports / Culture
1. Giravanz Kitakyushu (home)  versus  Kagoshima United FC
■Time:   Saturday July 7th  6PM versus Kagoshima United FC
■Where: Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu (North side of Kokura Station)
■Price and details: http://www.giravanz.jp/ticket/
2. Bruno Munari Exhibition – “The man who made a useless machine”
For approximately a century, the innovative works of Bruno Munari, designs which have been derived from art and methods of molding have captivated many. The original works of Bruno Munari will be showcased at this exhibition.
■Time: Until Sunday August 26th, 10:00AM to 6:00PM (Admission up to 5.30PM)
■Venue: Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art
  Riverwalk Kitakyushu 5F   (1-1 Muromachi 1 Chome Kokura Kita Ward)
■Admission: Public \1100  /  High school and University students \600
                    \400 Middle school and elementary students
■Enquiries: : Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, TEL 093-562-3215
■Details: http://kmma.jp/bunkan/exhibition/2018_bruno-munar.html
1Koyanose Gion Matsuri
An annual festival held in Koyanose town. The town which is on the route of the historical Nagasaki highway, is host to a variety of places with historical value.
■Time: Saturday July 14th (Parade from 1PM)
        Sunday July 15th (Main Event – Yamakasa from 6PM)
■Venue: Suga Shrine (19-1 Koyanose 3 Chome, Yahatanishi Ward)
■Enquiries: Koyanose Gion Matsuri Executive Committee, TEL 093-619-1149
2Kokura Gion Taiko
A lively taiko performance and parade by various districts, organizations and community groups coming together, for a once in a year taiko extravaganza.
■Time: Friday July 20th to Sunday July 22nd
       First day: Evening Gion
       Second day: Taiko Competition 3PM to 7PM
       Third Day: Taiko Competition 11AM to 3PM / Taiko Performance 6PM to 8PM
■Venue: The area around Kokura Castle
■Enquiries: Kokura Gion Taiko Preservation and Promotion Committee
            TEL 093-761-5321
■Information: http://kokuragiondaiko.jp/
3Kurosaki Gion Yamakasa
A historically rich and breath taking festival celebrated by parishioners from Kasuga Shrine, Okada Shrine, and Ichinomiya Shrine. The Kurosaki Gion consists of 8 distinct districts which pull large decorated floats called yama. Each float is pulled around the respective neighborhoods and come together for a grand finale on the final day.
■Time: Friday July 20th to Monday July 23rd
       First day: Yamakasa Pre-event and Contest 6PM to 9PM
       Second day: Floats will round their respective neighborhoods.
                  *Taiko Competition 2PM to 5PM at Kurosaki Hibishin Hall
       Third day: Floats will round their respective neighborhoods.
       Fourth Day: Grand Finale 7PM to 8.30PM
■Venue: The Kurosaki Area (Yahatanishi Ward)
       First and fourth day: Fureai Dori (road in front of JR Kurosaki Station)
       Second day: Taiko Competition 2PM to 5PM at Kurosaki Hibishin Hall
■Enquiries: Secretariat Kurosaki Gion Yamakasa Preservation Society
            TEL 093-642-5151
■Information: http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/yahatanishi/file_0134.html
4Tobata Gion Yamakasa
Participants in the Tobata Gion Yamakasa walk through town shouldering giant ten meter high floats or Yama shouting “Yoitosa” to keep in step. The Tobata Gion Yamakasa, along with the Kokura Gion Taiko, Hakata Gion Yamakasa, is one of the three major summer festivals in Fukuoka Prefecture. Since 2016 it has been listed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural asset for the purpose of protection.
■Time: Friday July 27th to Sunday July 29th
       First day: Floats will move through the Tobata Ward area.
       Second day: Competition 6.30PM to 9PM
       Third Day: Floats will move through Tobata and conclude with the Finale.
■Venue: Tobata Ward (depending on the routes of the respective floats)
        *Second Day, area around Asou 1 Park, in front of ward office (浅生1号公園)
■Price: Free, excluding grandstand seating*.
       *Grandstand: Free seating \3500/person, Reserved Seating \4000/person
■Enquiries: Secretariat Tobata Gion Yamakasa Promotion Society
            TEL 093-871-2316
■Information: http://tobatagion.jp/
5Kuki no umi Fireworks Festival
A spectacular fireworks display on the Dokai Bay. Fireworks are launched from both the Wakamatsu and Tobata sides.
■Time: Saturday July 21st 8PM to 8.40PM 
       *May be cancelled in the event of bad weather
■Venue: Dokai Bay (Around the Wakato Bridge area)
■Enquiries: Kuki no umi Fireworks Festival Executive Committee
            TEL 093-771-3559
■Information: http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/tobata/file_0095.html
July 7th is the Tanabata Festival ☆
Tanabata is held to celebrate the meeting of the deities Hikoboshi and Orihime. The deities are represented by the stars Altair and Vega.
In Japan, it is thought that if it rains, the stars are hidden and will not be able to meet each other. Therefore people pray for clear skies, thereby allowing them both to meet.
In neighboring Korea however, it is believed that the rain is actually tears of joy shed by both stars after their long awaited wait.
The important lesson here is that, regardless of whether it rains, at the end of the day, the two stars get to meet after a long wait.
So for this year’s Tanabata, how about you write down your wish, and look up to the night sky together with your loved ones.
General Affairs Manager – Akiko McDonald
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Com City 3F, 3-15-3 Kurosaki, Yahatanishi Ward
TEL: 093-643-5931
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