Time Out Volume 239 July
Inside this issue… Iwaki, Australians are supporting you! After the big earthquake in March I and my daughter Joy have been in Australia doing fund raising to send money to Iwaki. So far we have held an event “Jam for Japan” where we raised nearly AU$8,000 and have been doing smaller fund raising activities since then. I have been lucky enough to have been interviewed on TV, in the newspaper and on radio about these fund raising activities. After hearing one radio interview “The Bucasia Quilters” a group in my hometown felt moved to put their hands to work to help the people of Japan. With love and messages of support they sent 9 handmade quilts to Iwaki hoping they can be used to lift the spirits of the people here. They have made these beautiful children’s quilts especially to help kids who have had a bit of a rough journey to snuggle up at night and have sweet dreams. People all over the world are sending love, their thoughts, and monetary donations to the people of Japan. がんばっぺ is the message from Gai Oyama, OZ
Festivals & Events
IWAKIANS Events & Other General Notices
July Events Calendar
Time Out is produced by the Division of Coordination and Citizenry Affairs, Iwaki City Hall
21 Umemoto Taira Iwaki City Fukushima Prefecture 970-8686 Tel: (0246) 21-8104 Fax: (0246) 21-8116 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Division of Coordination and Citizenry Affairs and the IIA are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by, call, or e-mail
The IIA held a gathering for its members on Tuesday the 21 of June, called “Wen Xin Cha Hui”[Chinese for “A Pleasant Gathering”] . It was held at “Wendy”, a childcare centre in Taira. The gathering was held to give people a chance to get together and discuss their feelings with regards to the earthquake, tsunami, and continuing nuclear radiation problems. Everyone brought a plate of something to share, and some Japanese dishes brought were sesame tofu and nukazuke pickles. A Nepalese guest brought sweet yoghurt and pancakes, with special tea to have with them. Staff then asked each member of the group about their experiences of the natural th disaster on the 11 of March; issues like where they were on the day, about how it was difficult to get food and supplies, problems with contacting and finding family members. Some people talked about how they were only able to contact friends and family via phone, and how they helped people in their local neighbourhood in times of need. Many people expressed the desire to keep working hard to assist Iwaki’s recovery, and in maintaining a positive attitude. Twenty people including international residents from China, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Hungary attended the gathering.
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Festivals Festivals&&Events Events Your guide to what’s happening around Iwaki City and beyond this month
Sat 16th July – Sun 4th September
Fukuoka Asian Art Gallery Exhibition @ Iwaki City Art Museum (Taira).
9:30am -5:00pm (last entry 4:30pm), open til 8pm on Fridays in July & August. Closed Mondays. A fascinating exhibition containing works dating back to the Asian artists who first encountered Western culture, Asian folk art, and works charting the history of the development of modern art in countries throughout Asia up until the present day. Adults ¥800, Sen High – Uni ¥400, Elementary – Junior High ¥200. Iwaki City students (Elem – Sen High) are free on weekends. Free entry for 65 and over those with disability cards. <Mon 18th is Marine Day (Umi no Hi)> Mon 18th
Garrrr Festival [Dirtbikes] @ Motor Sports Land Shidoki (Yoshima). 9:00am – 4:00pm. Itinerary
for the day includes: motorbike race (?), exhibition of the latest model bikes, off-road bike tutorial from professional rider Naoki Kobayashi, off-road riding lessons for kids, sales of special goods and products for dirtbikes. Cost: Participants in the race are ¥4000, spectators are ¥500, tutorials are ¥1000 for adults (free for kids) – adults must have motorbike license to participate/take lessons. Address: Yoshima-machi, Oori, Shidoki 184. Wed 20th
Applications Close for Iwaki Machi Naka Concert in Taira 2011 – The Concert itself will be
held on the 15th -16th of October, across several locations in Taira. Past years have featured many different genres of music and performances, include traditional Japanese drumming, rock, comedy, dance and more. If you want to be a part of this great festival start getting an act together and see the website for further details! http://www.iwaki-machicon.com/index.html Sun 31st 10:00am.
Fukushimakko Marathon @ Kureha Sogo Ground (Nishiki). Opening Ceremony 9:30, Start ¥1500 to participate. Categories: (boys and girls compete separately) Elementary grades 1 - 2, 3 – 4, and 5
– 6. Entry limited to first 50 children per section. Distance of track is approx 2.5km but varies per section. Registrations close Mon 4th of July so hurry if your kids want to compete! For further registration details see: http://www.kikiwaketai2.com/frss/cgi/diary/img/201106011.pdf
Sat 9th Natto Day in Mito @ Pedestrian Deck near Mito Station Minami Guchi (in front of Natto statue). 10:30am – 3:30pm. No cost. Promotional events for Natto and free give-aways of Ibaraki-grown vegetables, as well as live performances. Performances include: Shinso Elementary Woodwind Ensemble, Blue Gum (hip-hop), jazz & acoustic bands, and even hula! Sat 30th Aizu Kogen Tateiwa Summer Festival (Natsu Matsuri) @ Aizu Kogen Takatsue Ski-jo. 10:00am – 9:00pm. With games, karaoke, food stalls, fireworks (starting 8:00pm) and more! To get there: take the Joban Jidoshado Tollway to AizuWakamatsu, then head south-west mainly using Highway 121. Address in Japanese: 福島県南会津郡南 会津町高杖原 会津高原たかつえスキー場 2
Tues 5th Phone Booth
10:00pm BS Prem
Colin Farell, Kiefer Sutherland Wed 6th High Crimes
10:00pm BS Prem
Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman Sun 10th Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire 9:00pm Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson Mon 11th Chinatown
10:00pm BS Prem
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway Wed 13thJust Cause
Due to damage from the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, all performances and concerts scheduled at Alios are cancelled for July, through to the end of August.
10:00pm BS Prem
Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne Thur 14thGreyfriars Bobby
1:00pm BS Prem
Christopher Lee, Thomas Lockyer Sat 16th Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint th
Tue 19 Cocoon
10:00pm BS Prem
Steve Guttenberg, Jack Gilford th
Wed 20 Mother Teresa
1:00pm BS Prem Mighty Thor (3D)
Olivia Hussey, Michael Mendl nd
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gambon
Mon 25th Casablanca
10:00pm BS Prem
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman Fri 29th Hollow Man 2
Christian Slater, Laura Regan Sun 31st Fantastic Four Ioan Gruffud, Jessica Alba
Super 8 Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning X-men First Generation James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender Princess Toyotomi [Japanese] Haruka Ayase, Shinichi Tsutsumi Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (3D)
Hoshi Mamoru Inu [Japanese] Toshiyuki Nishida, Tatsuya Fuji 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. Books 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 Mensâ€™ Day \1000 and Friday is Ladiesâ€™ day \1000. 3
The following is a guide to hospitals open on Sundays and public holidays in Iwaki City during July. Unless otherwise marked, all hospitals operate between the hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm. Sunday, 10th July Onahama Area
Ishii Noshinkei Geka Ganka Byoin (brain & eyes) 9-5 58-3121
Iwaki Yumoto Byoin
Joban Area th
Sunday, 17 July Onahama Area
Kojima Naika (internal)
Joban Jin Hinyoki Clinic (urinary and kidneys)
Monday, 18 July Onahama Area
Joban Area th
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 [27-1208]
Sunday, 24 July Onahama Area
Michiya Naika Ichoka (internal, stomach) 9-5 58-4180
Emergency Dental Care
Sunday, 31 July
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: Sat 8pm – 7am Sun Sundays & Public Holidays: 9am-12am
Kojima Jiai Byoin
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:
Sunday, 7 August Onahama Area
“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 Counselling Centre for Women: Counsellors can assist you in Japanese, Chinese, English, Korean,
Eng = English, Kor = Korean, Thai.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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. Purple Hotline by NPO Nationwide Women’s Shelter Net Telephone counselling on women affected by the natural disaster, domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment, child abuse, foreign women, etc. are available. TEL: 0120-941-826 toll-free (Tagalog/English) 1:00-6:00pm, Mon-Thur (Thai) 1:00-6:00pm, Fri/Sat (Chinese) 1:00-5:00pm, Wed (Spanish) 1:00-6:00pm, Wed (Korean) 1:00-5:00pm, Thur Telephone Counselling for Victims of the Earthquake on March 11 Date & Time: until Sept 30 Monday to Friday, 10:00～12:30 (calls only accepted until 12 noon) ※The service might not be continued after 15th of July 2011. Telephone Number: 03-3591-2291 Fee: Free (except cost of the phone call) ※If the line is busy, please try again until your call goes through. Languages Available: Japanese, English, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Tagalog, Spanish, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai, Burmese, Hindi, Bengali, Russian, Polish etc. Shopping Support Groups are Visiting People Affected by the Disaster in Temporary Housing Period: 20th of June 2011 – 31st of March 2012 Places: Workers’ Apartment, Temporary apartments Items: Fresh foods, daily groceries, other items upon request Support Groups: ①Don Wasse Ueda TEL: 0246-62-8318 ②Sky Store (Taira) TEL: 0246-23-3447 ③Onahama Stamp Club TEL: 0246-54-5456 Inquire to: 0246-22-7476 (Commerce, Industry, and Labour Administration Division, Iwaki City Hall) Childcare Space “Kangaroo Hiroba” will re-open on 4th of July The space can be used free of charge as the place for exchange among fathers, mothers and children. Open: 10:00am-3:00pm, Mon/Tue/Thur Target: Kids who are younger than three years old and their guardians Place: Iwaki City Social Welfare Centre (Shakai Fukushi Centre) TEL: 0246-21-3733 City-Provided Housing (Shiei Jutaku) Application: 1st – 7th of July, 2011 (8:00am-5:00pm, except Sat/Sun) Date of Lottery: Thur, 14th of July 2011 ※Conditions apply. Please ask for details when you call. Contact: 0246-22-7497 (Public Housing Div, City Hall), 0246-54-2111 (Onahama Shisho) 0246-63-2111 (Nakoso Shisho), 0246-43-2165 (Joban Shisho) List of Support Programs for Rebuilding Lives Iwaki City has prepared “Outline of Support Programs for People Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake” The pamphlet contains information on support programs provided by Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, the Japanese Government and others. Please look for the services you need and contact the department in charge for more information. Contents of the pamphlet are dated to the 20th of June 2011, and subject to change. ※The pamphlet is also available on the Iwaki City website. (http://www.city.iwaki.fukushima.jp/topics/011897.htm)
Sorry to have kept you waiting! IIA has launched its events again. The next event after “Wen Xin Cha Hui” will be Korean Language Lessons!! Mr. Kim Jun Ho has come back to the IIA, and will host the Korean Language lessons. These lessons will focus on conversation, so they are primarily aimed at people who have learned Korean before. However if you are interested in learning Korean, please feel free to learn with us! Dates: Tuesdays 12th, 19th, and 26th of July, 2nd and 9th of August 2011 Time: 6:30-8:30pm Place: Seminar room A, Iwaki Sangyo Sozo kan (6th floor of Latov) Details: Useful Korean conversation through audio-visual material Fee: ¥1,000 (IIA members), ¥4,000 (non-members) for all 5 lessons (Numbers limited to 20 people so please be quick to register if you are interested)
A Damage Certificate (Risai Shomeisho) is a document which Iwaki City can provide to prove the damage done to your house etc. i.e. washed away by a tidal wave. What can you use the certificate for? This certificate is required if you need to apply for the “Life Rebuilding Support Scheme” for victims of natural disaster. Insurance companies will use this document as a reference. (However they will also conduct their own investigation into any claims. If you are claiming for earthquake insurance, please contact your insurance company directly.) Damage Certificates can be issued under each family member’s name, and you can request multiple copies if needed.
Free – Koto (Japanese harp) I will give you one set of Koto (Japanese harp) for free. I haven’t played the Koto for years, but have hung it on the wall cherishing the memory of my younger days. Please call me if you want the Koto. Call: Keiko YANAI 0246-23-2105
We are looking for a native English speaker to teach English part-time at a kindergarden. Residents and non residents of Iwaki can ask for more information at Kids Garden. Please ask for Mikiko KOMATSU, TEL 0246-52-0880
To support the reconstruction and restoration of the victims affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, toll-free use of some expressways has been offered to Damage Certificate (Risai / Hisai Shomeisho) holders since the 20th of June. All residents of Iwaki can apply for a Hisai Shomeisho, regardless of whether or not your house/car/belongings etc were damaged by natural disaster. The offer will continue for about a year. Please see the separate sheet for details. 6
There will be no more Iwakians events until further notice.
What’s Japanese for Emergency?
It’s important to be familiar with the Japanese words used in emergencies; earthquakes, fires, floods, landslides etc. so that you are aware of danger if someone calls out with the right Japanese words. You can alert other people to danger, or you can tell people that you are in trouble. People of any nationality living in Iwaki are welcome. Date: Thursday, 28th of July 2011 Time: 1:00-3:00pm Needed: pen Fee: Free Place: Labour Welfare Centre (Rodo Fukushi Kaikan), 22 Donomae, Taira TEL: 0246-24-2511 Host: Mitsuko TALLARD, President, Sakurairo no Hokiboshi Kai Questions: Yoko Suzuki 090-6788-0290
There has been a long history of exchange between Iwaki and the Ryan Catholic College in Townsville. Here is a message from one of their students.
“Thank you so much for helping our sushi fund raising for Iwaki City, Japan. On the last day of school, my Year 10 Japanese class received a visit from the Yanai family. The Yanai family is from Iwaki and are a part of the sister city program which unites Townsville and Iwaki. As you all know, Japan was recently hit by an earthquake and tsunami, which damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the northern parts of Iwaki were in the firing line. So, we worked with the Yanai family and my Japanese teacher's daughter Anna, to make sushi so we could raise some money for Iwaki. But before we did that, Mrs. Yanai gave us a talk about her experience in Iwaki and told us about how they had no food in the stores for weeks and there was also no petrol so they couldn’t drive anywhere to get food, and when they finally got food in the stores, they would have to line up for hours just to get food for their families. We then went off to the cooking block to get started on making sushi. Anna showed us what to do and we then paired off and got started. My partner and I made two successful ones, without messing any of them up (we were very relieved). A few of us then headed over to the shelter shed to set up the stall. We were all ready to sell sushi throughout lunch but we had sold all of our sushi before 1 o’clock. Thanks so much for helping us and Iwaki out everybody, because of all your help, we were able to raise just under $200 to help the people of Iwaki. A great effort from all of us and I hope that the money we raise will help out the people in Iwaki a lot.” Caleb Forrest Year 10 student
July brings us into the middle of summer, and although this year there will not be any swimming within the city, you can still enjoy summer by sitting outside in the shade with a cool drink. There are plenty of indoor activities to avoid the heat as well, such as the visiting exhibition from the Fukuoka Asian Art Gallery. I would also encourage anyone who is not deterred by the heat to help volunteer in cleaning up wreckage from the tsunami and earthquake, as well as activities to help people affected by the disaster. This is my last Time Out, as I will be leaving Iwaki at the end of this month. I would like to take this opportunity to wish readers all the best, and that everyone is healthy, happy and safe. 7
1st / 8th
2nd / 9th Natto Day in Mito
12 IIA Korean Class
16 Fukuoka Asian Art Gallery Exhibition
Notes Central Library Re-Opened as of 30th of May
For more information on any of the IIA events please contact Suko-san (22-7409)
18 Umi no Hi Garrrr Dirtbike Festival
19 IIA Korean Class
20 Machi Naka Concert Applications Close
IIA Language Classes: = Iwaki German* Exchange Association German Classes @ LATOV = Iwaki Spanish Exchange Association Spanish Classes @ LATOV *both classes run from 7:00-9:00pm, on the 6th floor of the LATOV building
26 IIA Korean Class
28 Japanese for Emergencies Class
30 Aizu Kogen Tateiwa Summer Festival
= IIA Korean Classes â€“ 6th Floor of LATOV, 6:30-8:30pm.
August 2011 S
31 Fukushimakko Marathon