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Time Out Inside this issue… Festivals & Events

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Entertainment Guide

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Hospital Information

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Japan Today

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IIA Events& Information from The annual Kotohira Shrine Festival, locally known as the Konpira-sama Festival was

the City Government

held on the 10th of January in Yumoto. Yumoto Kotohira Shrine is one of the three

IWAKIANS Events & Other

greatest Konpira Shrines in Japan which originates from worshipping the Konpira god, believed to be the guardian of the sea, well-being of households, prosperity of businesses and traffic safety. On the day of the festival, traffic was controlled on the

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General Notices

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February Events Calendar

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streets from Yumoto station to Kotohira Shrine. The streets leading to the shrine were filled with around 450 stalls selling festival food, talismans, daruma dolls, lucky charms and bamboo rake decorations. The shrine was filled with people drawing out fortune slips and people praying for their wishes to come true.

Time Out is produced by Division of Coordination and Citizenry Affairs, Iwaki City Hall 21 Umemoto Taira Iwaki City Fukushima Prefecture 970-8686 Tel: (0246) 22-7415 Fax: (0246) 22-7609 Email:shiminkyodo@city.iwaki.fukushima.jp kwon-n@city.iwaki.fukushima.jp The Division of Coordination and Citizenry Affairs and the IIA are open to the public. Please feel free to

The IIA held a workshop on Intercultural Understanding in the IT Training Room, Iwaki Industrial Innovation Centre, Latov on the 17th of January. The coordinator of

drop by, call, or e-mail us anytime. Website: http://www.iia-fukushima.or.jp; http://www.city.iwaki.fukushima.jp/gaikokugo/english/

the workshop, Ms Kumi Kanoda, Consultant for Multi-Culturalism for the IIA and the

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the consultation cases the IIA Consultant for Multiculturalism has dealt with. It was a

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

small but an active workshop with lively opinion exchange between the participants and the coordinator on various topics regarding how to improve intercultural understanding between Japanese and foreign residents. One of the main topics for

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

discussion was on international marriage and how to approach and solve problems in

市民協働課及び財団法人いわき市国際交流協会は皆さん

international marriage. Workshops on the same topic will be held again in February

を歓迎します。お気軽にお立ち寄り下さい。お電話、

and March. For more information on the upcoming workshops, please refer to page 6

e-mail をお待ちしています。

of this newsletter. We are looking forward to your participation.

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Festivals Festivals&&Events Events Your guide to what’s happening around Iwaki City and beyond this month *Please refer to page 3 for more events on at Alios and page 6-7 for more IIA events and notices. rd

February 3 : Overseas @ Est Est from 8:00pm. This is a monthly international exchange event held at Est Est on the first Friday of each month. Free darts, foosball and pool. Inquiries to Est Est: 0246-25-6723. February 4th: PERSONZ 2012 LIMITED SINGLES 12 COMPLETE TOUR @Club Sonic. From 5:30pm. Tickets: Pre-paid: 5250yen (Drinks not included). Inquiries and reservations to Club Sonic: 0246-35-1199. February 5th: ATSUSHI(Dragon Ash/POWER of LIFE)Presents, POWER OF LIVE @ Alios, Small Theatre. From 6pm. Tickets: All seats: 3000yen. For more information and ticket reservations please contact Alios: 0246-22-5800. February 12th: Iwaki Sunshine Marathon @ Start: Iwaki Athletics Stadium (Rikujyo Kyogijo). Finish: Aquamarine Park, Onahama (Full Marathon). Other courses start and finish at Aquamarine Park. 9am Start. While entries have closed for the marathon, spectators are free to come and watch and support the runners. Courses: Full marathon, 10km, 5km, 2km etc. For inquiries and more information, please contact the Iwaki Sunshine Marathon Committee: 0246-22-7607. Website: www.iwaki-marathon.jp February 19th: YOU LIVE 2012 Winter @ Alios, Small Theatre. From: 1:30pm. Tickets: All seats: 999yen. Free entry for Primary School students and younger. For more information and ticket reservations please contact Alios: 0246-22-5800. February 19th: Hiroko Tsuyama Piano Recital @ Alios, Annex, Recital Hall. From: 2:30pm. Tickets: Pre-booked: 2000yen, on the day: 2500yen. For more information and ticket reservations please contact Alios: 0246-22-5800. February 21st: Marie Nishiyama, Cembalo and Baroque Harp on Cascade @ Alios, Main Building Cascade (Exchange Lobby), 2nd Floor. From 12:15pm. Tickets: Free entry. No reservations are required. For more information and inquiries please contact Alios: 0246-22-5800. February 26th: World-Donnie, The Third Dance& Health Festival @ Alios, Main Theatre. Tickets: Adults: 2000yen, one the day: 2500yen. Junior High School students: 1000yen. Four year olds to Primary School students: 500yen. For more information and ticket reservations please contact Alios: 0246-22-5800.

February 10th& 11th: Aizu Picture Candle Festival @ Aizuwakamatsu, Tsuruga-jo Castle& Matsudaira's Royal Garden (Oyakuen). From 5:30pm-9pm. Picture candles are one of the traditional folk handicrafts of the Aizu region. This festival will be held so everyone can enjoy the fine craftsmanship of each picture candle on display. Around 7000 picture candles will be beautifully lit up along the snowy scenery around Tsuruga-jo Castle and Matsudaira's Royal Garden. For more information and inquiries please contact the Aizu Picture Candle Festival Committee: 0242-24-3000. Website: http://www.aizu.com/erousoku/ February 10th& 11th: Shinobu Sanzan Akatsuki Festival @ In and around Haguro Shrine, Shinobu Mountain, Fukushima City. Literally meaning "Dawn Pilgrimage to the Three Peaks of Shinobu Mountain," the event is centered around Shinobu Mountain, located in the middle of Fukushima City. Beginning on the morning of the 10th and continuing into the following day, the festival attracts hundreds of people from all over the area. Tracing its history back to the Edo period, Shinobu Sanzan Akatsuki Festival, has been a tradition in Fukushima City for over 300 years. The main attraction of the festival is a huge straw sandal, the largest in Japan, weighing close to two tons and being over twelve meters in length. On the first day, the straw sandal is paraded through the city by energetic youths dressed in traditional costume. For more information and inquiries please contact the Shinobu Sanzan Executive Office: 024-525-3720. Website: http://www2m.biglobe.ne.jp/~leokoya/akatsuki/ February 11th& 12th: Tadami Hometown Snow Festival @ JR Tadami Station Square, Tadami Town, Minamiaizu. Tadami Town is locally famous for this annual Snow Festival, which marks its 40th anniversary this year. In this lively festival, huge sculptures and replicas of monuments are carved out of Tadami's abundant snow. There will also be display of fireworks, ceremonial cleansing from evil influences, portable shrine carrying in the snow, game events and also stalls selling festival food, local products and handicrafts. For more information and inquiries please contact the Tadami Hometown Snow Festival Committee: 0241-82-5240. Website: http://www.tadami.gr.jp/kankou/yukimaturi+/top/yukimaturi-top+.html/

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Feb 3 Feb 3

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Iwaki Brass Band, The Concert 2012 Main Hall. From 1:30pm. All Seats: 300yen.

10:00pm

Free entry for Primary School students and younger.

BSP

10:00pm Alios Ticket Centre: 0246-22-5800

FCT

8:00pm

BSP

10:02pm Always: Sunset on Third Street 3 (2D, 3D) (Japanese)

BSP

Hidetaka Yoshioka

10:00pm

Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol

BSP

10:00pm

Tom Cruise Fright Night (2D) Anton Yelchin

BSP

10:00pm

The Wings of the Kirin (Japanese) Hiroshi Abe Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie

BSP

11:30pm

(Japanese) Ryota Ozawa

BSP

1:00pm

Robo-G (Japanese) Yuriko Yoshitaka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo From February 10th

BSP

10:00pm

Daniel Craig Ace Attorney (Japanese) From February 11th

BSP

10:30pm

BSP

1:00pm

Hiroki Nariyama Hayabusa: Harukanaru Kikan (Japanese) From February 11th

Network Faye Dunaway

Feb 29

Feb 26

BSP

Kisaragi-kai, Piano Recital Recital Hall. From 10am. Free entry.

1:00pm

An Inconvenient Truth Al Gore

Feb 29

Feb 26

As Good as it Gets Jack Nicholson

Feb 28

BSP

600yen. Free entry for Primary School students and younger.

9:00pm

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Humphrey Bogart

Feb 27

FCT

The Funeral Tsutomu Yamazaki

Feb 27

The 10th Fukushima Junior Taiko Drum Festival

Patton George C. Scott

Feb 25

Feb 19

Main Hall. From 10:30am. All Seats: Pre-paid:500yen, On the day:

Rain Man Dustin Hoffman

Feb 22

1:00pm

Driving Miss Daisy Morgan Freeman

Feb 21

BSP

The Family Game (Japanese) Yusaku Matsuda

Feb 20

Free entry but pre-registration is necessary.

Avatar Sam Worthington

Feb 19

Main Hall. Part 1 From 1pm, Part 2 From 6:30pm.

For Whom the Bell Tolls Gary Cooper

Reconstruction Project, Music Marathon Smile Again from Iwaki

9:00pm

Sense and Sensibility Emma Tompson

Feb 15

FCT

Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Japanese) Machiko Kyo

Feb 13

Feb 12

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Hugh Jackman

Feb 13

1:00pm

To Live (Japanese) Takashi Shimura

Feb 10

BSP

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Ben Stiller

Feb 6

Main Hall. From 1:30pm. Free entry.

Repast (Japanese) Setsuko Hara

Fukushima Prefecture Choir Iwaki Group, Chorus Festival

Ken Watanabe In Time From February 17th Justin Timberlake

Scent of a Woman Al Pacino

BSP

10:00pm

Pore Pore Ticket Office: 0246-22-3394

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. Pore Pore 1 - 7 (Cinemas) are located in the Sekaikan Building near Iwaki Station. Ph: 0246-22-3394. Adults: \1800, University and SHS: \1400, JHS and under: \1000. Bookings of five tickets for \5000 (kaisuken) are sold at the cinema. The first of every month is discount day: \1000; and movies 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 February. Unless otherwise marked, all hospitals operate between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Sunday, February 5 Taira Area Taira Area Kashima Area Nishiki Area Joban Area Ojima Area Azumada Area Saturday, February

Takahashi Clinic Yamaguchi Iin Kashima Byoin Kureha Sogo Byoin Joban Byoin Suda Iin Ohara Kodomo Clinic (pediatrics) 11

Onahama Area Iwaki Chuo Byoin Fuzoku Shinryojo Nishiki Area Midorikawa Naika Clinic Kusakidai Area Kamome Clinic Ojima Area Suda Iin Sunday, February 12

9-12, 2-5 9-12, 2-5

8:30-12 9-12

46-1231 24-1811 58-8010 63-2181 43-4175 27-6060 63-0001

8:30-12

53-3511 68-6415 28-1010 27-6060

Taira Area Shiga Seikeigeka Geka (orthopedics& surgery) 9-12 Taira Area Takahashi Clinic 9-12, 2-5 Taira Area Yamaguchi Iin 9-12, 2-5 Onahama Area Fukaya Jibiinkoka (otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose& throat)) Ueda Area Kushida Byoin Joban Area Iwaki Yumoto Byoin Ojima Area Suda Iin 8:30-12 Izumi Area Kodomo Clinic Suzuki (pediatrics) 9-12 Wednesday, February 19

23-5050 46-1231 24-1811 58-1187 63-3202 42-3188 27-6060 56-6336

Taira Area Shirai Geka Ichoka Iin (surgery& gastroenteric) Taira Area Takahashi Clinic Taira Area Yamaguchi Iin Onahama Area Onahama Seikyo Byoin Nishiki Area Kojima Jiai Byoin Joban Area Watanabe Sanka Fujinka (gynecology) Ojima Area Suda Iin Ueda Area Morino Kodomo Clinic (pediatrics) Sunday, February 26

25-3788 46-1231 24-1811 53-4374 63-5141 42-4567 27-6060 38-7227

8:30-12 9-12, 2-5 9-12, 2-5

8:30-12 9-12

Taira Area Taira Area Taira Area Kashima Area Nakoso Area Joban Area Ojima Area Taira Area Sunday, March 4 Taira Area

Sakamoto Seikeigeka Iin (orthopedics) Takahashi Clinic Yamaguchi Iin Yamagura Seikeigeka (orthopedics) Nakoso Byoin Hakozaki Iin Suda Iin Fukuda Shonika Iin (pediatrics)

9-12, 2-5 9-12, 2-5 9-12, 2-5

Takahashi Clinic

9-12, 2-5

46-1231

Taira Area

Yamaguchi Iin

9-12, 2-5

24-1811

8:30-12 9-12

38-2830 46-1231 24-1811 29-7000 65-7755 42-3131 27-6060 22-4272

Onahama Area

Iwaki Chuo Byoin Fuzoku Shinryojo

53-3511

Sanuka Area

Yabuki Byoin

63-1818

Joban Area

Joban Jin Hinyoki Clinic (kidneys& urology)

Ojima Area

Suda Iin

8:30-12

27-6060

43-1200

Taira Area

Wakamatsu Iin (pediatrics)

9-12

22-3838

Emergency Dental Care All emergency dental care will be provided at the General Health and Welfare Centre (Sogo Hoken Fukushi Senta) in Uchigo. This centre is open on Sundays and all National holidays from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. The reception closes at 3:30pm. For more information please contact the centre on 27-8620.

Kyoritsu Hospital Emergency After-Hours Clinic If you need to see a doctor urgently in the evening on a weekday or on a weekend or public holiday, the Kyoritsu Hospital Emergency After-Hours Clinic is open at the following times: Weekdays: 8pm - 12am Weekends & Public Holidays: 1pm 12am TEL: (0246) 27-1208

Treatment Available in Foreign Languages: If possible always go to hospitals or clinics which 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 available, please make sure whenever possible to bring a Japanese-speaker with 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? Never watch the news or don’t understand a word even when you do? Japan Today will introduce some of the most prominent issues seen on the news lately to keep you updated with the minimum you should know.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare confirmed on Wednesday that unemployment benefits that were being paid to around 1,300 victims of the March 11 disaster will stop at the end of this month, after the government denied a petition to extend them. Many victims lost their livelihoods in the coastal areas of Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, after the devastating tsunami struck the region on March 11 last year. Following the disaster, unemployment benefits in certain coastal areas and in the exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were granted a special extension. Last October, 1,307 residents in the region petitioned the government to extend the unemployment benefits because work was not available, but the labor ministry said this week said that it would not extend benefit payments, TV Asahi reported. It is thought that a further 2,700 recipients will lose their unemployment welfare payments from next month. Last October, the ministry extended the first benefit period by 90 days for unemployed people in 55 municipalities in Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures. At that time, Labor Minister Yoko Komiyama said that further extending unemployment aid would not motivate the jobless to look for work. She said the government would take steps to help unemployed people in the Tohoku area find new jobs. Job seekers in the area say that although there has been an increase in the number of positions available in the construction industry due to a number of projects starting to rebuild the area, these positions are only suited to the skill sets of a fairly small proportion of residents, TV Asahi reported. The ministry says it is hoping to revive the agriculture, forestry, fishing and manufacturing industries in order to provide stable employment for those who have lost their benefits.

Liberal Democratic Party President Sadakazu Tanigaki pledged Sunday to force the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to dissolve the Lower House as early as possible so a snap election can be held to return the conservative party to power. "It'll be a final political battle this year. We'll drive them into a Lower House snap election as soon as possible," the opposition leader said at the LDP's annual convention in Tokyo. Tanigaki, whose term expires in September, is rallying his party now because if his dissolution gambit fails, he is unlikely to be re-elected. The Diet opens for business on Tuesday. "The LDP has to save Japan from national crisis," he said, raising his voice. Tanigaki called the DPJ "a cheat" because it is trying to hike taxes despite promising not to do so during its campaign for the historic 2009 general election that swept it into power. One of the highlights of the 150-day Diet session will be the DPJ's social security and tax reform plans, which Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has vowed to push through even at the risk of damaging his political career. In early January, Noda's government approved a draft plan to raise the 5 percent sales tax to 8 percent in April 2014 and to 10 percent in October 2015 to cover swelling social security costs. The DPJ, which will need cooperation from the opposition, which controls the Upper House, officially asked its opponents Thursday to participate in talks on the grand reform plan before the bill is submitted to the Diet in March. But the LDP and coalition partner New Komeito rejected the cross-party talks over the DPJ's broken campaign pledge. The LDP, ironically, agrees with the tax hike plan itself, and said in its 2010 election campaign that it should be doubled. But the strident calls for a snap election are coming under fire from the nation's top business lobby. Keidanren Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura, a guest speaker at the convention, asked the LDP to join the discussions on social security and tax reform. "Financial reconstruction and social security reform are urgent matters. I hope the LDP will go forward with policies based on the perspective of the public and national interests," Yonekura said, referring to the bickering state of political disarray Japan has been stuck in since the March 11 disasters. Some LDP members echoed that view. Former policy chief Shigeru Ishiba said on a program aired by Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc. on Wednesday that they "shouldn't grudge providing support for the country. "Meanwhile, Yoshiaki Suda, the mayor of disaster-hit Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, said some of the party's tactics against the DPJ are unsatisfactory. Suda said it was hard for people in the town, which was devastated by the quake and tsunami, to understand why the LDP had to submit a no-confidence motion in June against then Prime Minister Naoto Kan, when the central government should have been working to restore essential services to the Tohoku region.

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Many things have happened since the Great East Japan Earthquake. We would like to know if there are foreign residents living in Iwaki that may have worries and troubles living everyday life. We will listen to your concerns, and consider how to solve them together. You are not alone. Please do not think that your concern is too small for consultation. Please consult any of your troubles, worries or concerns with us. st Date& Time: February 21 2012. From 10:00am to 12:00pm ※The consultation sessions will be held again in March. Place: Conference Room, Lifetime Education Plaza, Washington Hotel. Participants: Foreign residents living in Iwaki City Application: Reservations are required. Fee: Free ※You can also make reservations by telephone, FAX, or E-mail by the day before consultation. ※Please briefly write your troubles, worries or concerns in the application form. ※Personal information and the content of your consultation will be kept strictly confidential. Consultants: Ms. Kumi Kanoda, Consultant for Multi-Culturalism, IIA Ms. Toshiko Suko, Program Coordinator, IIA. English Interpreter: Ms. Nam-Hee Kwon, Coordinator for International Relations, Iwaki City. ※If you need interpreting in Chinese or Korean, please advise us when you apply. Please contact the IIA for applications and more information. TEL: 0246-22-7409, Fax: 0246-22-7609 E-mail: info@iia-fukushima.or.jp

There are many people whose lives have greatly changed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Especially in the hard time like now, we need to go across nations, nationalities and cultural backgrounds and talk with each other in order to achieve a better reconstruction of our community. The organizers and the participants in the workshop will discuss how to live along together with foreign residents based on the consultation cases the IIA Multicultural Consultant has dealt with. Date& Time: February 16th 2012. From 6pm to 7:30pm ※Workshop on the same topic will also be held in March. Place: Conference Room 1, Iwaki Sangyo Sozo Kan (Industrial Innovation Centre) 6th floor of LATOV. Application: Reservations are required. ※You can also make reservations by telephone, FAX, or E-mail. Participants: General citizens, IIA members, foreign citizens living in Iwaki or anyone who is interested in the topic. Coordinator: Ms. Kumi Kanoda, IIA Consultant for Multi-Culturalism Fee: Free. Please contact the IIA for applications and more information. TEL: 0246-22-7409, Fax: 0246-22-7609 E-mail: info@iia-fukushima.or.jp

IIA Japanese language courses have started on the 25th of January. If you are interested please contact the IIA asap. Beginner/ Elementary Classes: January 26th to March 29th. Every Thursday, from 10am-12pm.10 lessons in total. Fee: Free Speaking Classes: January 25th to March 28th. Every Wednesday, from 10am-12pm. 10 lessons in total. Fee: Free Writing Classes: January 26th to March 29th. Every Thursday, from 1pm-3pm. 10 lessons in total. Fee: Free Place: Varies depending on the class and date. Please contact the IIA for more information. Please contact the IIA asap if you would like to enrol:

TEL: 0246-22-7409.

Fax: 0246-22-7609.

E-mail: info@iia-fukushima.or.jp

Iwaki City Ekimae Citizens Service Centre (4th Floor, Latov) TEL: 0246-35-0666. Iwaki City General Library (4th&5th Floor, Latov) TEL: 0246-22-5552. Iwaki City Industrial Innovation Centre (6th Floor, Latov) TEL: 0246-21-7570. The above City Facilities will be closed on February the 7th due to safety inspection of the facilities. The Iwaki City Ekimae Citizens Service Centre and the Iwaki City General Library will be closed for system security inspection on February the 19th. Also on the 19th, the General Library’s internet homepage will be closed from 7am to 6:30pm, so searching for resources and making reservations online will not be possible.

We would like to thank the foreign residents of Iwaki for sharing and teaching about their own country and culture. The IIA will be holding a Foreign Leaders Training Seminar to share with you, how to skilfully introduce your country and culture. In this workshop, the Coordinator of International Relations for Iwaki City, Ms. Nam-Hee Kwon will talk about how to use power-point presentations to present and express yourself and your message to the audience in a more interesting way. Competently conveying your message is also a key skill to making friends. We hope that we will be able to deepen mutual exchange through this workshop. Date& Time: March 6th. From 10am to 12pm. Place: Iwaki City Life-time Learning Plaza, Training Room (Kenshu-shitsu). Participants: Foreign Residents of Iwaki City. Limited to around 10 participants. Fee: Free. Lecturer: Ms. Nam-Hee Kwon, Coordinator of International Relations, Iwaki City. Applications: Pre-registration is required, please apply to the IIA (Phone, Fax, E-mail). Please contact the IIA for applications and more information. TEL: 0246-22-7409, Fax: 0246-22-7609 E-mail: info@iia-fukushima.or.jp

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February 3rd: Overseas @ Est Est from 8:00pm. This is a monthly international exchange event held at Est Est on the first Friday of each month. Free darts, foosball and pool. Inquiries to Est Est: 0246-25-6723.

Police: 110 Fire& Ambulance: 119 Iwaki Fire Department Headquarters can also provide emergency assistance and information in the cases of:  Urgent medical situations but not to a degree of requiring an ambulance.  When you have injured yourself and need guide with first-aid treatments.  When you need to know which hospitals are open during public holidays. Iwaki Fire Department Headquarters: 0246-22-0123 Fukushima Prefecture, Children Emergency, First-Aid Telephone Consultation Centre (Fukushima-ken Kodomo Kyukyu Denwa Sodan), can provide you with professional assistance when you have sick or injured children. TEL: #8000 or: 024-521-3790. From 7pm to 8am. Websites: Online QQ, emergency of children website by Japan Pediatric Society: http://kodomo-qq.jp/ Emergency of Children, Fukushima Prefectural Government website: http://www.pref.fukushima.jp/imu/kodomokyuukyuu/kodomokyuukyuu.htm

Story-telling Classes for children using picture books and picture story shows will be held during February.

Iwaki City has published the “Iwaki Living Guide” (2011 Edition) in English, Chinese and Korean. This booklet contains useful information

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Date& Time: February 10 . From 11am~11:30am. Place: Iwaki Lifetime

regarding Iwaki City and living in Iwaki City. It contains information on

Learning Plaza, 5 floor, Kid’s Corner. Please contact the Iwaki Lifetime

Emergencies, Daily Life, Healthcare, Welfare, Education, Public Relations,

Learning Plaza for more information and inquiries: 0246-37-8888.

City Exchanges, City Facility Directory and more. We have enclosed a copy

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Date& Time: February 11 , 25 , 26 . From 11am~11:30am. Place: th

Iwaki City General Library, 4

floor, Story Room (Ohanashino-heya).

of the English edition with the previous Time Out. If you would like a copy

Please contact the Iwaki General Library for more information and

or have any questions regarding the living guide, please contact us at the

inquiries: 0246-22-5552.

Coordination and Citizenry Affairs Division. TEL: 0246-22-7415.

NPO Indian Village Camp will be holding a solar panel making workshop. The primary industries of Iwaki city have been greatly damaged by the nuclear accident. As a result, the public opinion for reusable, green energy has been on the rise. Through the hand-making of solar panels, we wish to learn about the structure and system of natural energy sources and make a step towards reconstruction. The solar panels made at the workshop will be used to light up the tsunami damaged areas as the “Light of Hope”. Date& Time: February 11th& 12th. The content of the workshop will be the same, please choose either one. From 9am~4:30pm. (Please bring your own lunch box. There is also a convenient store nearby. Place: Third floor, Iwaki Meisei University, Regional Exchange Centre (Chiiki-koryukan). Participation Fee: Free. Pre-registration is required. Participation is limited to Junior High school students and older. Please wear comfortable clothes that are okay to get dirty. For applications and inquiries please contact NPO Indian Village Camp (Shimamura-san) TEL: 080-3332-3120. Fax: 0246-88-1128.

Celebrating Valentines Day in Japan is a little different to how it is celebrated it in many other countries. It is not simply a day for couples to celebrate their love, but in Japan it is a day when females express their love for a partner or a prospective partner. Only males are meant to be on the receiving end of gifts on Valentines Day and traditionally hand-made sweets or chocolates are the gift of choice. The reverse, when males express their love for a partner or a prospective partner is on White Day, celebrated on March 14th.

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IIA Japanese Speaking Class

IIA Japanese Class for Beginners

Overseas @ Est Est

Byong-ari Korean Study Group

IIA Japanese Writing Class

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ATSUSHI(Dragon Ash/POWER of LIFE) Presents, POWER OF LIVE

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IIA Japanese Speaking Class

IIA Japanese Class for Beginners

IIA German Class

IIA Japanese Writing Class

IIA Spanish Class

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Notes Feb 11: National Foundation Day

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Marie Nishiyama Cembalo and Baroque Harp on Cascade

Hiroko Tsuyama Piano Recital

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World-Donnie The Third Dance& Health Festival

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YOU LIVE 2012

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22 IIA Japanese Speaking Class IIA German Class

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