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Time Out Volume 227 March

2010

Inside this issue… The

“Bagus”

Gathering for Foreign Mums and

Festivals & Events

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Enter tainment Guide

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Hospital Information

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Japan Today

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notices and events from the IIA and Iw aki City Hall. It

IIA Events

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doesn’t matter where you’re from, everyone is free to

IWAKIANS Events & Other General

relax and chat w ith each other as a good w ay to avoid

Notices

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feeling lonely and make new friends. Because we meet in a

March Events Calendar

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Dads w as held on the 25th of January, at the Lifelong Learning Plaza in the W ashington Hotel. It w as attended by 31 people including some from Korea, China, the Philippines and Moldova. Bagus helps foreign mums and dads keep in touch w ith important

Japanese Tatami room, parents can relax as kids are able to run about freely in a safe environment. The 4th Bagus gathering w ill be from 10 o’clock on Tuesday the 6th of April, at the Lifelong Learning Plaza. The participation fee is ¥300 (for adults, children free). Feel free to invite your friends to come along too!

Time Out is produced by the Divi sion of Coordination and Citizenry Affairs, Iwaki City Hall

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On Sunday the 24 of January we welcomed the author of “Teaching

21 U mem oto Taira Iw aki C ity F uk us hima

Japanese ABC” Yamagata Mihoko taught the “Japanese Language

Pref ecture 970-8686

Volunteers Training Course” at the Lifelong Learning Plaza. Her

Tel: (0246) 22-7415 Fax: (0246) 22-7609

theme was “Learning to Teach Foreign Nationals Japanese as Japanese

Email:shiminkyodo@city.iwaki.fukushima.jp

Volunteers”.

The Division of Coordination and Citizenry

The concept of “teaching as volunteers” itself was discussed, and

Affairs and the IIA are open to the public.

specifically the concept of using “easy” Japanese. Using a voice

Please feel free to drop by, call, or e-mail

recording of one participant as an example, it became clear that

us anytime. Website:

when speech is broken down into “easy Japanese”, “easy” can mean

http://www.iia- fukushima.or.jp; http://www.city.iwaki.fukushima.jp

using “easy” Japanese words with their student in a friendly & caring way that is “easy” for the student to understand.

いわき市役所 市民協働課

Other discussions focused on what makes a good or bad volunteer: in particular how they

〒970-8686 福島県いわき市平字梅本 21

handled the responsibility of tutoring someone and how they approached teaching them.

電話: (0246) 22-7415 FAX: (0246) 22-7609

There was also instruction on the attitude and mental preparation necessary for

E-mail: shiminkyodo@city.iwaki.fukushima.jp

volunteers, and how to teach beginner’s Japanese without using grammatical terms and

市民協働課及び財団法人いわき市国際交流協会は

sentence patterns to explain things.

皆さんを歓迎します。お気軽にお立ち寄り下さい。

The IIA always welcomes people who want to learn Japanese with a volunteer tutor. If you

お電話、e-mail をお待ちしています。

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are interested please come and see Oisin, Chika or Suko-san on the 1 floor of City Hall.

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Festivals Festivals&&Events Events Your guide to what’s happening around Iwaki City and beyond this month March 6

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Uchigo Citizen’s Centre Festival @ Uchigo Kominkan. Sat 9:00am – 2:00pm, Sun 10:00am –

2:30pm. A lively festival put together and run by various circ les and interest groups belonging to the Uchigo Citizen’s Centre. Popcorn, Korean food, a bazaar, mochi (sticky pounded rice) making, local spec ialties and fresh vegetables will be for sale. (Sat) Brass & Percussion ensembles, Fo lk Dancing, Choirs, kendama (a traditional Japanese toy), (Sun) Taiko, a puppet show, Harmonica performance, Brass Band, Acoustic Guitar, Hula Dance, and Flea Market (Sat & Sun). March 13

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St Patrick’s Day Party @ Sin-e, Taira. 8:00pm~ Entry ¥1500 (includes 1 drink). Come along and be

part of the international celebration of Irish culture that is St Patrick’s Day! There will be heaps of live music, featuring international DJs and acoustic performers. DJs: Julian Savage (UK, Aizu), Phoenix (UK, Iwaki), Ko ichi Ivory, Mademoiselle Lulu, Chappie & Neel. Look forward to a mix of modern and traditional folk music from John Hatanaka (US), James Fo ley (US), Morris D iaz (Canada), Rob de Lancey (US, Irish Fiddle). ¥500 Irish drinks suc h as Kilkenny, Baileys, Guinness & Green Beer as well as cocktails will be on sale. This is a great Irish and international celebration not to be missed! Mar 19th Kadokura Yuki & Cheuni – Building a Japanese-Korean Bridge of Harmony @ ALIOS (Vocal, duets) 2:00pm (matinee), 6:00pm (evening), Medium Theatre, bookings ok. ¥4500 & ¥4000. March 22

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Daffodil & Primrose Planting Class @ The 21 Century Park (Yumoto) Meeting Room,

1:30-3:30pm, ¥1000 per person. D iscussions on what to look forward to in the park during Spring, how to look after and care for perennials & Spring flowering plants & bulbs, and a chance to learn how to plant spring bulbs yourself. st

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Creating Shakespeare in Iwaki: The Merchant of Venice (Japanese) @ ALIOS 5:30pm

(Sun) & 2:00pm (Mon [public ho liday]), small theatre, no seat bookings, presale: adults ¥1200 students ¥700 (tickets ¥1500 & ¥1000 on the day). Mar 25

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Chilling with Iwakians @ Est Est, Taira. 7:30pm ~ Join us for a relaxed evening of free foosball, pool

& darts. W hy not come along and make some Japanese and foreign friends? Mar 29

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Fried Pride (Jazz duo) Tour 2010 “A Time for Love” @ ALIOS 6:30pm, small theatre, bookings ok,

presale ¥4500 on the day ¥5000. For more information on any of these events email Oisin at shiminkyodo@city.iwaki.fukushima.jp or call 0246-22-7415

Mar 22nd Miffy’s Kids Mus ical – “Miffy & the Zoo” @ Minami Soma Citizen’s Culture Centre Yumehato. First

Session : 10:30am – 12:30pm , Second Session : 1:30 -3:30pm. Tickets ¥2500, ¥2000. Unt il Mar 22nd Arimoto Tos hio Collected Wor ks @ Koriyama City Museum of Art. 9:30am-5:00pm T ues-Sun. Adults ¥800 (Group of 20+ ¥640), University & Senior High ¥500 (group ¥400), Junior High and under - free. A highly talented artist, Arimoto Toshio gained most of his fame posthumously, know n for his unique Japanese inter pretation of Italian fresco paintings. A fascinating exhibition of oil paintings, prints, drawings and more! 2


Mar 4th Mar 8th

Ben Hur

8:00pm BS2

Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd

Japanese-Korean Br idge of Har mony (Vocal, duets)

The Towering Inferno

2:00pm (matinee), 6:00pm (evening), Medium Theatre,

8:00pm BS2

bookings ok. (1st Floor) ¥4500 & (2nd Floor) ¥4000.

Steve McQueen, Fred Astaire Mar 9th

Mar 19th Kadokura Yuki & Cheuni – Building a

The Longest Day

9:00pm BS2

The Merchant of Venice (Japanese) 5:30pm (Sun) &

Richard Burton, Sean Connery Mar 10th Jerry Maguire

9:00pm BS2

8:00pm BS2

9:00pm KFB

for Love” 6:30pm, small theatre, no seat bookings, presale ¥4500 on the day ¥5000.

Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson The White Countess

¥1500 & ¥1000 on the day). Mar 29th Fr ied Pr ide (Jazz duo) Tour 2010 “A Time

Peter O’Toole, Joan Chen Mar 14th The Is land

2:00pm (Mon [public holiday]), small theatre, no seat bookings, presale: adults ¥1200 students ¥700 (tickets

Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger Mar 11th The Last Emperor

Mar 21st – 22nd Creating Shakespeare in Iwaki:

1:00am BS2

Natasha Richardson, Ralph Fiennes Mar 15th All the President’s Men

8:00pm BS2

Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford Mar 18th Walk the Line

8:00pm BS2

Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Mar 21st Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black

Pear

Logan Lerman, Pierce Brosnan Saw VI

lJohnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush

9:00pm

KFB

Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor Nine

Mar 28th Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy Mar 29th Charlotte’s Web

9:00pm KFB

Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver Oceans

Mar 30th Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride 8:00pm BS2 Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

Paula Abdul, Halle Berry

Avatar

8:00pm BS2

Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi

Mar 31st Robots

Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman

8:00pm BS2

Jacques Perrin The Princess and the Frog Anika Noni Rose, Oprah Winfrey One Piece The Movie: Strong World (Japanese) Hiroaki Hirata, Kazuya Nak ai

Movie names, times and other information are believed to be correct at the time of printing. However, information changes quickly, so please confirm before making plans. Teatoru 1, 2, 3, & 4 (Cinemas) are located in the Sekaikan Building near Iwaki Station. Ph: 0246-22-3394. Adults: ¥1800, University and SHS: ¥1400, JHS and under: ¥1000. Books of five tickets for ¥5000 (kaisuken) are sold at the cinema. The first of every month is discount day: ¥1000; and mov ies after 7pm are ¥1000. Monday is Mens’ Day ¥1000 and Friday is Ladies’ day ¥1000. 3


The following is a guide to hospitals open on Sundays and public holidays in Iwaki City during March. Unless otherwise marked, all hospitals operate between the hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm. Sunday, March 7

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Taira Area

Nagai Ganka (Eyes)

Taira Area Taira Area

Yamaguchi Iin Takahashi Clinic

9-12

24-1112

9-5 9-5

24-1811 46-1231

Onahama Area Nakoso Area

Fukaya Jibiinkoka (Ears Nose & Throat)

9-5

58-1187

Kureha Sogo Byoin

9-5

Jyoban Area Uchigo Area

63-2181

Kamome Clinic Suda Iin

9-5 8:30-12

28-1010 27-6060

[Eng]

Sunday, March 14th Taira Area

Shiga Seikei Geka Geka (Reconstructive+ normal surgery) 9-12

23-5050

Taira Area Onahama Area

Yamaguchi Iin Kusano Iin

9-5 9-5

24-1811 55-7229

Nakoso Area

Kushida Byoin

9-5

63-3202

Jyoban Area Uchigo Area

Iwaki Yumoto Byoin Suda Iin

9-5 9-5

42-3188 27-6060

Igari Iin

9-5

36-6655

Yoshima Area

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Emergency Dental Care All e merge ncy de ntal care will be provided at the General Health and Welfare Centre ( Sogo Hoke n Fukushi Senta) in Uchigo. This centre is open on Sundays and a ll Nationa l holidays from 9a m to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. The rece ption closes at 3:30pm. For more informat ion please contact the centre on 27-8620.

Kyoritsu Hospital Emergency After-Hours Clinic

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Sunday, March 21 Taira Area Taira Area

Hasegawa Seikei Geka Iin (Reconstructiv e surgery) [Eng] 9-11:30 Yamaguchi Iin [Eng] 9-5

25-5691 24-1811

Taira Area

Taira Rokuchome Naika

9-5

24-1212

Taira Area

Takahashi Clinic

9-5

46-1231

Onahama Area Nakoso Area

Iwaki Chuo Byoin Fuzoku Shinryojo Kojima Jiai Byoin

9-5 9-5

53-3511 63-5141

Jyoban Area

Sakamoto Naika Ichoka Clinic

9-5

72-2022

Taira Area Taira Area

Shiga Naika Clinic Chuodai Endo Naika Clinic

9-5 9-5

24-3085 46-2566

Onahama Area

Nakamura Byoin

9-5

53-3141

Nakoso Area

Nakoso Iin

9-5

65-7755

Jyoban Area Uchigo Area

Iwaki Kusakidai Sogo Clinic Suda Iin

9-5 9-5

28-1145 27-6060

9-5 9-5

24-1811 46-1231

[Eng]

Monday, March 22nd

Sunday, March 28th Taira Area Taira Area

Yamaguchi Iin Takahashi Clinic

[Eng]

Taira Area

Anzai Clinic

9-5

88-6305

Onahama Area

Kashima Byoin

9-5

58-8010

Nakoso Area Jyoban Area

Yabuki Byoin Takashi Hifuka Clinic

9-5 9-5

63-1818 72-1272

Uchigo Area

Suda Iin

8:30-12

27-6060

If you need to see a doctor urge ntly in the evening on a wee kday or on a weekend or public holiday, the Kyoritsu Hospital Emergency After-Hours Clinic is open at the following t imes: Weekdays: 8pm - 12a m Weekends: Sat 8pm – 7a m Sun Sundays & Public Holidays:9pm-12a m TEL: (0246) 27-1208

Treatment Available in Foreign Languages: If possible alw ays go to hospitals or clinics w hich offer treatment in English or your native language. These places are listed in the City’s official list: “Clinics & Hospitals where Foreign Language Treatment is Available in Iwaki” Even if your language is availab le, please make sure w henever possible to bring a Japanese-speaker w ith you Eng = English, Kor = Korean, Thai.

Counselling Centre for Women: Counsellors can assist you in Japanese, Chinese, English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Tagalog. Available languages differ each day. Ph: 050-1501-2803. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. OC NET : Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 7pm – 9pm PH: 03-3730-0556 English, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Spanish, and Thai. Tell Lifeline: TELL is a professional non-profit organisation that provides counselling to English-speaking foreigners all over Japan. The Lifeline is staffed by highly trained volunteer phone counsellors and provides free non-judgemental phone counselling and information 365 days a year from 9am to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm on (03) 5774-0992. For more information check out their website at http://www.telljp.com or e-mail them at admin@telljp.com. Safety and Consultation Centre for Women (Police Box at Iwaki Train Station): For people who have suffered from any crime-related problem or injury. Free. Can only speak Japanese. Ph: (0246) 23-9344 10am-6pm daily.

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Living in Japan but don’t have a clue what’s going on in this country? This month Japan Today will provide you some of the information from the various levels of government. Please contact the relevant department in charge for further details of the documents below. Feel free to ask the IIA for the full documents detailing the information below, and translations – they are available in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

Revision to Japanese Nationality Laws (as of December 12th, 2008) You can now apply for Japanese citizenship even if your parents are not legally married. However, at least one of your parents who is Japanese must acknowledge you as their child. N.B. Penalties will apply to any false claims for citizenship.

Lump-sum Maternity Allowance Increase (For births after 1st Oct 2009) The lump sum paid to women covered by Health Insurance or nonworking dependents of people with health insurance has been raised from ¥38,0000 to ¥42,0000. [The amount will be less if your medical institution does not belong to the Maternity Treatment Compensation Program]

Financial Aid with Elementary Student Hospital Fees (for treatment received in January 2010) Beginning in January 2010, the cost of hospital visits for all Elementary School children who live in Iwaki City will be subsidized. This applies to meals during hospitals stays and some expenses for treatments covered by insurance. Enquiries: Iwaki City Hall, Coordination and Citizenry Affairs Division, City Exchange Section – 22-7415 If you speak Japanese you can call the Health & Welfare Divison on 22-7451

Clinics & Hospitals where Foreign Language Treatment is Available in Iwaki (written in Japanese & English) We have drawn up a list of Clinics & Hospitals where treatment and consultations are available in English (as well as Korean and Thai), to help provide medical treatment for foreign nationals living in Iwaki & international visitors. Copies are available at the City Hall Public Affairs Division and local branch offices. Enquiries: Iwaki City Hall, Coordination and Citizenry Affairs Divison 22-7415

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Let’s have fun speaking Korean! We have organized the Korean conversation Group “메아리(It means Echo.)”. Anybody who wants to speak Korean is welcome. Please don’t worried about your speaking level, we just want to enjoy chatting in Korean. People who are interested in chatting in Korean is welcomed. When: Wednesday,7th of April 6:30pm-8:30pm Where: Meeting Room No.1, Iwaki-shi Shogaigakushuu Plaza (4th floor, Iwaki Washington Hotel) Enquiries: YOSHIDA Motoko(TEL 090-3129-9985)

The IIA’s ever-popular Japanese Classes will be held again from May – July this year, at the Lifelong Learning Plaza at the Washington Hotel in Taira. Official Registration opens at the end of March, but if you are interested please let us know straight away so we can adjust class sizes etc. Anyone wishing to be part of the classes who has not studied with the IIA before must sit a Place ment Exam at 10:00am on the 16th of April at the Iwaki City Hall. You must register for the exam in advance. Babysitters will also be available for the classes

We are looking for a teacher who can teach us French. Our class has about 10 people. We would like to have classes every weeknight. Enquires: Nagatoshi Okoshi (TEL:21-4854 FAX:21-4854 e-mail:chappyflute@hotmail.co.jp)

but can only be arranged before classes start, so please make sure you apply early if you want to come to classes but are worried about taking care of your kids.

Are you interested in Korean? Hello everyone, my name is Kwon Hye Kyung from Korea. I am teaching Korean to anybody who wants to learn in Ueda, Nakoso and Izumi areas. I can teach private lessons or group lessons. I am happy to arrange times to suit you. Enquires: Kwon Hye Kyung (TEL: 090-7063-3493 FAX: 65-4642 e-mail: grsgg1983@yahoo.co.jp)

Would you like to play piano, ocarina or Irish Harp as part of an ensemble? Anybody is welcome – even if you can’t read music or have never played before! If you want to enjoy the soothing sounds of these musical instruments and are interested in playing them, please give me a call. Enquires: Yuko Ishikawa (Tel 090-7523-1873, Email annointy34@yahoo.co.jp)

We have launched the Japan-S pain Exchange Association. We are aiming to organise cultural exchange activities by learning Spanish from native speak ers. th th rd th th th th th When: (Fri)12 and 26 of March, (Fri)23 of April, (Fri)14 and 28 of May, (Fri)11 and 25 of June, (Fri)9 and rd th 23 of July 6:30pm–8: 30pm Where: Meeting Room No.2 ,6 floor of Latov Enquires: Nagatoshi Okoshi (TEL:21-4854 FA X:21-4854 e-mail:chappyflute@hotmail.co.jp) 6


Chillin’ with Iwakians: The next Chillin’ With Iwakians night will be Thursday the 25 of March, from 7:30pm. Join us for a relaxed evening of free foosball, pool & darts. Why not come along and make some Japanese and foreign friends?

Wearing dress shirts and tie, slacks and shoes, and I am working in front of a computer. I have a name tag that says, Translator. My long hair in a pony tail is gone. My new look with trimmed hair shocks me. I look like a certified Japanese business man. I have turned into a city office work er. Have I ever become more Japanese than this? I have lived for 4 years in Canada and 28 years in Hawaii and I never ex pected this. My American wife from Hawaii teaches English at Kuhonji Kindergarten. My two daughters with U.S. dual citizenship teach English on their own. Our 6 cats and 1 dog that we brought from Hawaii are hungry, waiting for us at home. My new life in Iwaki has begun.

Kei Minato

Hello JLPT (Japanese-Language Proficiency Te st) applicants! How is your studying coming along? Beginning in 2010, there will be a few changes to the JLP T. The new test format is explained on our JLP T information sheet (written in four languages: Japanese, English, Korean & Chinese). JLP T information sheets are available at the Iwaki International Association. Please stop by and pick up a copy. You can find more detailed information on the JEES website: http://www.jlpt.jp/j/about/pdf/guidebook2.pdf We have also purchased new JLP T guide books. (N1-N3 edition and N4,N5 edition) If you would like to take a look, please contact the IIA. (No borrowing)

The IIA has been involved in the We are looking for children w ho are interested in learning English

usage of old stamps to assist

w hile playing soft tennis. When: Every Saturday and Sunday

developing countries since 1994,

9:00am~12:00pm Where: Joban Kyodo

so come along if you have some time to help out w ith the cutting of old stamps,

Karyoku Tennis Court For more information:

w hich w ill in turn help those less fortunate have a

contact Takashi SEKINE (0246-63-2501 or

better life.

090-7526-8047, email: takashi0719@safety@ezweb.ne.jp)

Wednesday, the 21 st of April All at City Hall

9:30am-3:30pm.

(Level 7)

Please drop in

w henever suits you.

March, the last month of Winter! Iwaki has had unseasonably snow y and cold weather – not to mention a Tsunami scare - but now the weather is gradually warming and it’s a good time to venture outdoors again. White Day is an interesting and unique Japanese tradition when men who received Valentine’s Day gifts (usually chocolate) the month before must give something back on March 14th. White Day presents are usually expected to be more expensive than Valentine’s Day gifts or chocolate – sometimes 3 times the price! If you received giri choco (obligatory chocolate) from co-workers, do your best to give them something nice in return.

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