Apr 2012 Fukuoka Now
Fukuoka Now's renewal issue! This month we welcome back some old favourite sections- Snapshots, Dodesho and In Fukuoka! We taste classic pizza at Pizzeria de Gaetano, meet the GM of the ANA Crowne Plaza, and provide you with a refresher course in disaster preparedness. In the return of the infamous "Dodesho?" reader opinion column, Jamina asks "What's up with public napping?", and we taste spring cupcakes at ELLE Cafe with Lulu Hon Miyazaki.
restaurants Bars maps events thIngs to do www.fukuoka-now.com RENEWAL ISSUE! Free APR 2012 #160 A FUIKUOKA'S IN ODUC NG FUKUOKS R INT EIGNER DENT FOR RESI HO? DES DO ! AK OUT E DERS SP REA Cover model: Mireya Lopez at Desigual, Fukuoka snapshots more snaps and videos online! fukuoka-now.com DesiguaL - Cover anD Party! Fukuoka Custom Car show 2012 On Feb. 18, the NOW team reported on this crazy car show at Yahoo! Japan Dome. It was the show's third yearwith 130 booths, flashy cars, pretty girls and 40,000 people in attendance! Watch the video report with charismatic NOW reporter, James Cunningham. Since 1984, Desigual has been dressing fashionable folks all over the world (in 72 countries, to be exact!) and this month, they dressed our cover model, Mireya! The cover was shot inside the Desigual shop in Canal City East. Then, on Mar. 9, Fukuoka Now guests enjoyed invitations to the Desigual "Friends & Family Night". The fashionable crowd enjoyed nibbles, drinks, DJ beats, lucky prize draws and more! 130 4 ! 3 9 www.desigual.com www.youtube.com/fukuokanow sweet anniversary at eLLe CaF� Happy 1st anniversary ELLE CAF�! They celebrated in style with exquisite party drinks, instore talk show and cupcake demo by Chie Kato. ELLE ELLE ELLE a table www.ellecafe.jp International Moving Tel: 0120-8348-22 (EX. 1) 092-632-0320 www.nipponexpress.com/hq Worldwide moving from �64,800 (Busan) tax, insurance and fuel surcharge not included. 2 � Fukuoka Now � #160 � April 2012 read more online! fukuoka-now.com Neapolitan pizza. Senior instructor Gaetano Fazio also runs the internationally renowned De Gaetano on the island of Ischia. He has lent his name to just one other restaurant in the whole world. And it's right here in Fukuoka. Owner Tommy studied under Gaetano for six years, and the reasons his restaurant received such an honor can be seen in the loving care with which the ingredients are selected and prepared. Only the finest San Felice flour is used, fresh mozzarella cheese is flown in three times a week from Naples, while their vegetables are grown locally in Fukutsu by a Neapolitan farmer named Silvio. Even their firewood is from Naples. The d�cor is authentic too, and the staff speak both Italian and gourmet A whatwhere&howmuch 1F Paguro Yakuin, 2-7-14 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka Tel: 092-986-8822 Opening hours: 11:30�13:00 (LO), 18:00�22:00 (LO) *Open for dinner only on Mondays Closed: Sundays, 1st Monday of the month Menu: Pizza: Marinara �750, Margherita �850, Capriciosa �1350, Pizza Gaetano �1850, Others: Angioletti �280, Selection of antipasto (from �1,000/ person), Tiramisu �400, Panna Cotta �400, Glass Wine �500~ English, as well as Japanese. Great food aside, this is also one of the most fun and lively eateries in the city. Enjoy with wine and friends! Pizzeria De Gaetano izza, originally from Naples, is now hugely popular around the world. You can find numerous pizzerias in Fukuoka, with many even using traditional wood-burning stoves. Neapolitans, however, are famously strict about what they consider to be real pizza. The Vera Pizza Napoletana Association exists to certify pizzerias that produce "true" traditional P TOMMY 2-7-141F Tel 092-986-8822 11:3013:00(L.O.) 18:0022:00 L.O. 1 750 850 1,350 1,850 TOMMY1,800 280 11,000 400 500 OK 3 5 www.fukuoka-now.com � 3 dodesho? WHAT'S WITH THAT? READERS SPEAK OUT! Sleeping Beauties: Ode to the Japanese Commuter Jamina Ovbude, English Teacher, USA iven Japan's refined social norms, some might assume it taboo to sleep in public. But after traveling around this bustling little city (and country), you'll soon notice that public napping is not in fact forbidden. Rather, it is a collectively engaged activity. So much so that sleeping in public could be deemed a favorite Japanese pastime. I come from the west--southern California to be precise. Despite Los Angeles' terrible traffic and unreliable public transportation, you'll find mostly coffee-high commuters eager to talk about last night's primetime [insert sporting event here]. People stay awake because getting a catnap on a bus or train could result in a stolen wallet or worse. In the American southwest at least, sleeping while G commuting is risky business. On the contrary, most early morning trains in Fukuoka are muted capsules of snoozers. Riders are transported whizzing past the world in a dream-like state, often crammed nose to chin as they go. Speaking is discouraged, cell phone use is prohibited and napping is commonplace. Once while taking my quotidian route to work, I sat mesmerized by a young man who had fallen asleep next to an equally young woman. I watched with amusement as the man slowly dipped his head drifting lower and lower until it was heavily mounting her shoulder. Her reaction to her slumping bench companion was like a delicately choreographed dance--when he swayed, she swayed and when he leaned, she leaned. until both passengers were bent over, him collapsed atop her, almost parallel to their seats. The poor girl rather than take the western approach and offer a swift shove or sharp yell, sat sour faced and endured the heaviness of her new travel companion--like a shark to a remora. I suppose she did this to keep from disrupting the collective "harmony." A true selflessness found in few corners of the earth. And I'm not the only who's noticed Japan's unique public napping phenomenon. The internet is littered with blog rolls featuring images of commuters sprawled out on train pews, hunched over water fountains, spread-legged in office chairs and face down in bowls of ramen. But why are Japanese people so tired? One explanation could come from the success of this petite nation. Japan boasts the 3rd L.A. 4 � Fukuoka Now � #160 � April 2012 Dodesho? post YOUR comment online fukuoka-now.com largest economy in the world, with an equally impressive 4.6% unemployment rate (Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 2012). Indeed, Japanese people work hard. In fact, Japanese work culture seems to design people who relish overtime hours. Many a salaryman is expected to stay until the wee hours leaving only after their superiors have gone--which can be as late as a workaholic desires. Being present is crucial, as the employee who stays the latest is considered most dedicated and most valuable. Additionally, the strong drinking culture contributes to nights spent in izakayas where employees do their best hob knobbing for that promotion or corneroffice. Students and teachers alike endure grueling school schedules with the hopes of achieving the similar amounts of recognition. If you work, you are worthy. Therefore, napping is a kind of pat on the back--a pleasant respite for having worked yourself to exhaustion. "Take your reward! You deserve your 10 minutes of uncomfortable sleep," some might say. Maybe though, it's all a bit too much. Along with that impressive unemployment rate and GDP, Japan consistently reports among the highest suicide rates in the world. It could also be said that the huge amount of time spent working leaves little time for building families. Thus leading to the concerning and steady decline of the Japanese population. Not to mention increased cases of stomach cancer (Mayoclinic, 2012) and depression due to risk factors like high stress and sleepless nights. Now, I'm not implying that I know all on this subject. And I certainly understand that there are certain social pressures at work here undetectable to the untrained (read: non-Japanese). But come on people get your 6-8 hours, at home! Sleep is so much more refreshing (and beneficial) when it's done atop your heavenly mound of futon and pillows. You work hard, you deserve that too. SPEAK OUT! Only in Japan, you say? Share YOUR opinion here in print and online. Pitch your idea: fukuoka-now.com/dodesho-write Opinions expressed here are our writer's and not the publisher's. 3 4.6%2012 1 10 GDP 1 6 8 61 www.fukuoka-now.com � 5 27 23 24 In Fukuoka ...introducing Fukuoka's resident foreigners Jean Raphael (JR) Felus ean Raphael Felus is a self-confessed "hotel person", having worked in hotels for over 20 years, or as long as he can remember. The French born, current General Manager of ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Fukuoka maintains that the only real choice he ever made was to move from Paris to Yokohama. By going with the flow and taking opportunities as they came along, JR has taken hotel management positions far and wide across Japan- from Tokyo to Okinawa- and overseas in both Korea and Oman. In his current position at ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka, JR is constantly striving to offer the best guest experience in Fukuoka. Although the hotel is 36 years old, JR notes that recent renovations have kept it's facilities to a high standard. He is proud of his staff and attributes most of the hotel's success to his hard-working team, praising the natural hospitality of Japanese people. As for his personal success, he owes it to noone but himself. JR believes that work is the only key to success. In his free time, JR enjoys exploring Fukuoka's natural landscape by car, taking drives with his wife and enjoying the local food, culture and nature. J Hometown: Paris, France In Japan: 20 years Identity: ANA Crowne Plaza General Manager 20 ANA 20 2010 9 ANA 36 Read the full interview on our website: www.fukuoka-now.com www.fukuoka-now.com � 7 FUKUOKA CITY BULLETIN SELECTED NEWS TOPICS BY FUKUOKA NOW FROM FUKUOKA CITYS SHISEI DAYORI open top sightseeing Buses Debut Fukuoka City and Nishitetsu will begin operating double-decker buses on Sat., March 24, to the main sightseeing spots in the city. These are the first special order double-decker buses without roofs in made in Japan. There are two buses covering different courses. One is red and is designed to symbolize "the city", with the Hakata Gion Yamakasa and other scenes on the exterior. The other will be blue and present an image of Fukuoka as a waterfront city. The fare will be �1,500 for adults, and �750 for children older than four and younger than 13. Children under 3 not allowed. The blue bus will be on the Seaside Momochi � Fukuoka Castle hour-long course touring Tenjin, city offices, Sea Hawk Hotel, Fukuoka Tower, and Ohori Park/Fukuoka Castle five times a day. The red bus will handle the Bayside � Hakata-machi course to Tenjin, city offices, Hakata Wharf Bayside Place, Hakata Station, and the Kushida shrine. There will be four hour-long circuits a day. The red bus will also go on a 90-minute night tour once starting at 18:30 from Tenjin to the city offices, Hakata Station, Sea Hawk Hotel, and Fukuoka Tower. Reservations for city office departures only and only by phone. No reservations are needed if there are empty seats. Tel: 0570-00-1010. Hakata, Seiryu Park, Hakata Chuo Park, City Hall and Kego Park. They'll be at their best until mid-April. There'll also be a gardening show at Fureai Hiroba on the west side of the city offices from Sat., April 7 to Sun., the 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will feature hands-on instruction, events, and a caf�, and the site will be decorated with flower beds and hanging baskets made by local people. with infants. The museum is open from 09:30 to 17:30, with admissions ending at 17:00. Closed: Mon., or next day if Nat. hol.) yellow sand information on website Forecasts and information on airborne yellow sand and how to handle it is now available on the Fukuoka City website. There will be forecasts for the course of the yellow sand in a 10-kilometer radius for that day and the next two days when issued by The Japan Meteorological Agency. The objective is to prevent any potential problems from arising, and to caution people not to hang laundry outdoors, to keep windows closed, and to wash your eyes and gargle upon returning from outside. City museum reopens apr 3 The Fukuoka City Museum at 3-1-1 Momochihama Sawara Ward is due to reopen on Tue., April 3 after being closed for remodeling. An open-air terrace has been built outdoors on the first floor, with tables and 20 chairs. Another addition is a nursery to enable visitors 100,000 tulips tie tenjin & hakata together About 100,000 tulips are in bloom along a 2-kilometer stretch from Hakata Station to Tenjin, going from the station to Canal City yiPee! For Free! hakatan walk stamp spring rally 2012 Try this stamp rally running until May 6 to 9 locations. Get more than three stamps and receive a badge at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan and the Hakata Traditional Craft Center. The free stamp sheet has a map with the 9 spots: Canal City Hakata, Hakata Riverain, the Tourist Information Center at Hakata Station, Shofuku-ji, Jotenji, Tocho-ji, Sofukuzen-ji, Kushida-jinja, and Sumiyoshi-jinja and Joho Plaza, City Hall. � Fukuoka City Bulletin For more inFormation 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! Website: www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shisei/kouhou-hodo/shiseidayori � twitter and Facebook updates! Check Twitter (twitter.com/fukuokanow) & Facebook (facebook.com/fukuokanow) for updates and breaking news! 8 � Fukuoka Now � #160 � April 2012 FUKUOKA CITY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS Many foreigners have never experienced an earthquake. Fortunately, they are very infrequent in Fukuoka, however it is important to be prepared. Learn more online at Fukuoka International Association website and watch the Mayor Takashima's informative videos on YouTube (English, Korean, and Chinese). www.rainbowfia.or.jp/en/foreigner/disaster.html Videos: search "FukuokaIA" YouTube channel Meanwhile, protect your friends and family with these potentially life saving tips. 10 Reduce risk of fires. Shut off the gas main switch and unplug electrical appliances. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Evacuate on foot and minimize baggage. Prepare emergency supplies in a backpack. Do not use cars or elevators. Point Earthquake Safety Guide Open a door to secure your exit. In order to ensure a point of evacuation open all doors near you. Earthquakes are disasters that occur without warning, unlike windstorms or floods. For your own safety do not panic. Preparations are key to minimize damage. Extinguish fires immediately. Prepare and check fire extinguishers and practice fire fighting on a routine basis. Keep away from walls, cliffs, rivers and small alleys. Distance yourself from things that fall easily such as brick walls, gateposts and vending machines. Firstly, secure your own safety. Hide under a table or a desk. Be careful around furniture which may fall. 1 Keep flashlights nearby. Keep flashlights handy in case of power outage or nighttime evacuation. 9 Act calmly and obtain information from reliable sources. Prepare a portable radio and do not be misled by incorrect information or rumors. Be aware of landslides and tsunami. If you're in an area likely to be effected evacuate as soon as possible. Cooperate and help each other. Assist elderly, handicapped and injured persons. Cooperate to extinguish fires. 10 www.fukuoka-now.com � 9 events �SoftBank HAWKS aPr 1,7,8 aPr 13,14,15 aPr 17 aPr 18 Cherry Blossom and Nanohana Nights One of Fukuoka's best sakura spots, just 10 minutes by ferry from Meinohama. For three nights only Noko Island's cherry blossoms and nanohana will be illuminated, creating a spectacular atmosphere. Enjoy stunning Hakata Bay views and an array of spring flowers! Hawks vs. Marines See the Softbank Hawks square off against the Chiba Lotte Marines. After a close matching in 2011, the Marines will come back fighting. Don't forget to fly yellow balloons at the bottom of the 7th innings and white balloons when the Hawks win! Go! Hawks Go! Dinner Party with Michael Mondavi Michael Mondavi (uS) will share his life-long passion with wine at this special dinner party on the Hilton's 35F. Mondavi's love of wine began young, his father a master of Californian wine. Enjoy dinner with stunning night views whilst expanding your knowledge of wine. David Bromberg Band Japan Tour 2012 Returning to Fukuoka for the first time in 34 years, David Bromberg brings a new band to his Japan 2012 Tour. See the popular 1960s folk singer from New York play a wide range of genres- from folk, blues and rock to pop. You'll be impressed by his technique. 10 50 4/1 (Sun.), 7 (Sat.), 8 (Sun.) 9:00 ~ 20:00 Nokonoshima Island Park Adult: �1,000 / ES & MS: �500 / Infant: �300 half price after 17:30 Adult: �500 / ES & MS: �300 / Infant: �100 092-8812494 Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku VS 4/13 (Fri.) 18:00 ~, 14 (Sat.) 14:00 ~, 15 (Sun.) 13:00 ~ Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome A: �4,300 / B: �2,800 etc. 092-847-1006 2-2-2 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku 35 4/17 (Tue.) Open: 18:30, 19:00 ~ 21:00 Sky Dining Angel 35F, Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk �11,000 (tax and service fee included) 092-844-8000 2-23 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku 34 1960 NO.1 4/18 (Wed.) Open: 18:00, Start: 19:00 Gate's 7 Adv.: �6,500 / Door: �7,500 / Req. 1 drink order: �500 092-738-9088 (Jabup) / 092-283-0577 (Gate's 7) Gate's 7F, 3-7-24 Nakasu, Hakata-ku FRIENDSHIP DAY 2012 CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF MARINE CORPS AVIATION MCAS Iwakuni 8 AM - 4 PM 5.5.12 Find us on Facebook: Friendship Day MCAS Iwakuni 0827-79-6227/www.friendship-day.net 10 � Fukuoka Now � #160 � April 2012 check more online! CPA fukuoka-now.com aPr 18~ aPr 22 aPr 26 aPr 29~may 5 Yame Kuroki Wisteria Festival The Kuroki wisteria tree is a 600-year-old national Natural Treasure, its vines extending for meters. It will be illuminated during the festival making for a magical sight. Visit between April 25 ~ 30 for prime viewing, and browse the exhibition of Kuroki, Yame products. Cheese Dontaku The biggest event in Kyushu to be dedicated entirely to cheese, with over 100 types of cheese on sale. Learn to choose the right wine for your cheese, take part in cheesetasting and cheese-making sessions. Discount tickets avail. when booking in advance (NOW readers only). Morrissey Japan Tour 2012 Legendary English singer/lyricist Morrissey is coming to town! Former front man of The Smiths has pursued a long, successful solo career and was named by NME as "one of the most influential artists ever". Don't miss a chance to see this artist with his iconic quiff and dynamic live performance. Arita Ceramic Fair Around one million people visit this annual festival in Arita, Saga Prefecture- a town renowned for fine ceramics and porcelain. 550 shops line the streets selling both discounted and expensive ceramics. Haggle your heart out for a good deal and a souvenir of Kyushu! 600 50m 80m 4 25 30 100 NOW 4/22 (Sun.) Open: 16:30, 17:00 ~ 20:00 Banquet Hall 2F, Hakata Miyako Hotel Adv.: NOW readers: �5,500 / Adult: �6,000 / ES Student: �1,000 / Infant: Free, Door: �6,500 03-5577-5737 2-2-1 Hakataekihigashi, Hakata-ku 2012 NME 4/26 (Thu.) Open: 18:00 Start: 19:00 Zepp Fukuoka 1F Standing: �8,000 / 2F Reserved: �9,000 / 1 drink order req. / Children under 6 not permitted 092-714-0159 (Kyodo Nishinihon) 2-2-1 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku 550 4/29 (Sun.) ~ 5/5 (Sat.) Around 8:00 ~ Arita area Free 0955-42-4111 Arita-cho, Saga-ken 4/18 (Wed.) ~ begining of May Sasano Shrine Free 0943-42-1115 5-2 Kuroki, Kuroki-machi, Yame-shi (0827)79-6227 Featured Sponsor www.fukuoka-now.com � 11 Hawks Town (near Momochi) Yahoo! Dome Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hotel �Fukuoka Pref. Museum of Art To Bayside Place Hakata 61 Zepp Fukuoka Hard Rock Cafe United Cinemas Toysrus Hawks Town Namco Korean Consulate Chinese Consulate KBC Cinema Suzaki Park Daikoku-bashi Bridge �Nakashima Park Fukuoka Garden Benten-bashi H Palace Bridge Nakasu �Tsukushi Nakashima Kaikan -cho Na ka Ri v. 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While her children were small, she studied at home to improve her credentials and, as her children grew up, she took work at a travel agency and the immigration office. Through these experiences, Lulu realized she has a unique perspective on her Chinese culture and wanted to share this. She decided to start her own business. "Living in Japan, I realised that if I wanted something, I would have to pursue it myself." And she did just that! In 2000, she opened Hong Mong- a Chinese restaurant in Akasaka. her joy to fusing the local flavor of FuLulu stays dedicated to her family and kuoka with her personal background. business, and is always trying to improve "Mixing cultures gives you a chance to herself. She is conscious of staying slim and explore your personality" As such Luhealthy, and enjoys studying English through lu's lifestyle is one which many readers fashion magazines and films. 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