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On March 18, the IIA held a training class for volunteer Japanese language teachers. Mr Eiji Nakayama (pictured left), Associate professor at Iwaki Meisei University, was invited to give the lecture. This class was the second of two training classes held by the IIA with the goal of deepening the participants’ understanding of Japanese language education so that they may assist non-natives of Japanese in adjusting to living in Japan. The morning session of the class focused on assisting children living in Japan to learn Japanese. Children of foreign residents as well as children of Japanese nationals who have returned to Japan after living overseas often face difficulties initially in gaining command of the language. Some of these children are yet to gain sufficient ability in any of the languages they speak. Participants learned about coordinating the relationship between a child’s school, home, and friends to create the ideal language environment for these children. They also learned about other important ways to assist children in their language learning. The afternoon session of the class centred on teaching Japanese to intermediate and advanced learners. After observing a mock advising session, participants discussed the importance of learner autonomy and ways to encourage students to consider their own reasons for learning Japanese to help motivate them in their studies. The IIA matches students of Japanese with volunteer teachers who assist in their studies. The lessons are one-on-one, so teachers will cater to your language level. While there are usually more prospective students than teachers, and teachers may not be available at your requested times, the IIA accepts applications from anyone studying Japanese. If you are interested in being paired up with a volunteer Japanese language teacher, please drop by the IIA office on the first floor of City Hall.

Festivals & Events

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Entertainment Guide

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Hospital Information

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Iwaki Today

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IIA Events

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Kanji Corner

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March Events Calendar

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Time Out is produced by Division of Coordination and Citizenry Affairs Iwaki City Hall 21 Aza Umemoto, Taira, Iwaki City Fukushima Prefecture 970-8686 TEL: 0246-22-7415

FAX: 0246-22-7609

Email:shiminkyodo@city.iwaki.fukushima.jp sebastian-w@city.iwaki.fukushima.jp 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 us anytime. Website: http://www.iia-fukushima.or.jp; http://www.city.iwaki.fukushima.jp/gaikokugo/english/

いわき市役所 市民協働課 〒970-8686 福島県いわき市平字梅本 21 電話: 0246-22-7415 FAX: 0246-22-7609 E-mail: shiminkyodo@city.iwaki.fukushima.jp

On the evening of March 20, the IIA hosted a Japanese study session focused on learning how to improve writing skills. The IIA was very happy to welcome back Mr Eiji Nakayama to teach the class, who also taught the IIA Japanese language teacher training course. The participants first discussed the ways they use Japanese in their daily lives. Most found that although they frequently make use of speaking, listening, and reading; writing is generally the least used of the four language skills. Participants practiced sentence structures and expressions, as well as analysing the structure of written compositions. These activities can be very helpful in honing in on one’s writing skills.

sebastian-w@city.iwaki.fukushima.jp 市民協働課及び公益財団法人いわき市国際交流協会は皆 さんを歓迎します。お気軽にお立ち寄り下さい。お電話、 e-mail をお待ちしています。

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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. March 3rd to 6th: Revitalising Fukushima – JICA Photo Exhibition @ Latov, Taira. This exhibition introduces the work of people involved in JICA’s (Japan International Cooperation Agency) efforts to rebuild and revitalise Fukushima. For inquiries, please contact JICA Nihonmatsu: TEL 0243-24-3200. March 3rd to 30th: Fukushima Stars and Moon Photo Contest Exhibition @ 2nd floor Citizens' Gallery, Iwaki La La Mew, Onahama. The theme of this photo contest is ‘beautiful photos of the stars and moon taken from Fukushima Prefecture. For inquiries, please contact Iwaki La La Mew: TEL 0246-92-3701. March 3rd to 30th: The People and City of Iwaki Exhibition @ 2nd floor Live Iwaki Museum, Iwaki La La Mew, Onahama. Illustrations of Iwaki city and its people, drawn to express the hope for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, will be displayed. For inquiries, please contact Iwaki La La Mew: TEL 0246-92-3701. March 5th: Mitsuru Hiruta Manga Artist Exhibition @ the Japanese-style room next to the parking lot of the Kappo Yagi restaurant, Ueda. From 10am to 4pm. Original artworks by the Iwaki-born manga artist Mitsuru Hiruta will be on display and for sale. For inquiries, please contact Nemoto-san: TEL 090-2792-7196. March 7th: Overseas @ Est Est, Taira. From 8pm. This is a monthly event held at Est Est on the first Friday of each month. Free darts, foosball and pool. Inquiries to Est Est: TEL 0246-25-6723. March 8th: Onahama Yose @ 1st floor Passenger Terminal, La La Mew, Onahama. From 3:00 pm. Featuring rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) and other performances. This event is held on the second Saturday of every month. For inquiries, please contact La La Mew: TEL 0246-92-3701. March 9th: Light of Hope – Candle Night @ Taira Central Park (in front of Alios). From 4pm. Candles will be lit in tribute to the victims of the March 11 disaster and as a symbol of people’s hope for reconstruction. For inquiries, please contact Fukushima Prefecture Planning & Coordination Division: TEL 024-521-8627. March 9th: Hope for Nakoso – Art Festival 2014 @ Nakoso Community Centre (main venue), as well as art workshops on the coast at Nishiki Suga, Obamamachi and Iwamamachi. From 9am to 3pm (art workshops go until 2pm). Reception is from 8:30am. Registration in advance is advised but not required. The participation fee is ¥500, which is to be paid on the day. At the main venue there will be a curry festival, as well as artworks from the Nakoso Community Social Space on exhibition and for sale. To register, please visit the website http://nakoso.net/contact/ (Japanese) and click on the picture of the art festival poster. For inquiries, please contact the Nakoso Restoration Project: TEL 0246-63-5055. March 11th: Votive Candle Meeting @ Taira Central Park (in front of Alios). From 5pm to 7:30pm. Anyone is welcome to write a message on a votive candle in tribute to the the March 11 disaster victims and/or their hope for reconstruction. For inquiries, please contact the Light of Hope Project Excecutive Committee: TEL/FAX 0246-53-4686 Email info@311kibounoakari.org. Website: http://www.311kibounoakari.org/ (Japanese). March 13th to 23rd: Alios Contemporary Art Exhibition @ Taira Central Park (in front of Alios) and various locations inside the Alios centre, Taira. From 8:30am to 10:30pm. Alios opening hours are 10am to 8pm (please note that Alios is closed every Tuesday). Free event. This contemporary art exhibition will feature the work of nine artists who are from or have strong ties with Iwaki, as well as two artists who completed their doctoral courses at Tokyo University of the Arts last year. For inquiries, please contact Alios Ticket Centre: TEL 0246-22-5800. March 15th: Small Pedestrian Mall @ Patio Street Ministop, Hana no Mai, Maneki Neko Parking lot, Ueda. From 3pm to 4:30pm. Featuring live music and local produce for sale. For inquiries, please contact Ueda Merchants’ Association: TEL 0246-62-8318. March 20th: Sakoyo Nakayama Piano Debut Recital @ Small Theatre, Alios, Taira. Doors open at 6:30am. Tickets ¥1,000 (¥1,500 on the day). Sakoyo Nakayama, who is from Iwaki, took the bronze medal in the university student division at last year’s International Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA. At this recital, she will play Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2 No.9 in E Major and Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in B Flat Major among other pieces. For tickets, please contact the Alios Ticket Centre: TEL 0246-22-5800 or visit the Alios website http://iwaki-alios.jp. For inquiries related to the venue, please contact the Iwaki Performing Arts Centre Alios: TEL 0246-22-8111. For other inquiries, please contact the Nakayama-san: TEL 0246-36-4981.

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March 2 : Tsutsuko-hiki Festival @ Ikutsushima Shrine, Habara-mach, Date. In this festival, a group of men in fundoshi brave the cold winds to compete in a tug-of-war struggle for a large straw bag weighing 800 kilograms and containing steamed glutinous rice. The Tsutsuko-hiki festival is held on the first Sunday of March every year and is carried out to pray for a bountiful harvests and good business. It is said that one year when the festival was cancelled, there was widespread disease in the area, so today it is also carried out to pray for good health. It is designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset of Date. For inquiries, please contact the Tsutsuko-hiki Festival Executive Committee: TEL 024-576-4062. Website: http://www.date-shi.jp/cat47/hobara/post-441.html (Japanese). st March 21 : Aizuwakamatsu Lion Dance Festival @ Tsuruga-jo Castle, Amida Temple and around the city of Aizuwakamatsu. Marking an end to the long winter, this festival is held on the first day of the equinoctial week. The three dancers will make their way around the city, dancing to traditional music played on flutes and drums. The dance serves as a prayer for household safety and a bountiful harvest, as well as a celebration of the arrival of spring. For inquiries, please contact the Aizuwakamatsu Tourism and Products Association: TEL 0242-24-3000. Website: http://www.aizukanko.com/event/82/ (Japanese). st March 21 : Bandai Shrine Fune-hiki Festival and Shrine Maidens’ Ceremonial Dance @ Bandai Shrine, Bandai-town. The maidens’ ceremonial dance is from 12:15pm, taiko performance from 1:30pm and fune-hiki is from 2pm. This festival is carried out to predict crop quality for the following year. Fune-hiki is a tug-of-war contest that is carried out three times. If the team on the west side wins, it means that it will be a bountiful crop that year. If the east team wins, it means that the price of rice will rise. Both the maidens’ ceremonial dance and the fune-hiki festival are designated as Important Intangible Folk Cultural Assets of Fukushima Prefecture. For inquiries, please contact the Bandai Town Tourism Association: TEL 0242-74-1214. Website: http://www1.town.bandai.fukushima.jp/t_optical/eizo_geinoh.htm (Japanese).

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Sat 8

Sat 1

The Transporter (English, French) Jason Statham BSP 7:15pm

Mon 3

The Way We Were Barbra Streisand

Tue 4

Tue 11

11:45pm

Fri 21

7:30pm Sun 23

BSP

1:00pm

BSP

9:00pm

Alios Ticket Centre: 0246-22-5800 To see the full list of events at Alios, please visit the website:

BSP

1:00pm

BSP

1:00pm

BSP

11:45pm

The Hurt Locker Slumdog Millionaire Dev Patel

BSP

9:00pm

Tue 18

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Mandarin) Chow Yun-fat BSP 1:00pm

Tue 18

The King's Speech Colin Firth

Wed 19

BSP

9:00pm

BSP

1:00pm

BSP

1:00pm

Gladiator (2000) Russell Crowe

Thu 20

Glory Matthew Broderick

Mon 24

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Johnny Depp BSP 9:00pm

Wed 26

Aeon Flux Charlize Theron

Fri 28

1:00pm

BSP

11:45pm

BSP

1:00pm

Departures (Japanese) Masahiro Motoki

Mon 31

BSP

The Young Victoria Emily Blunt

Sun 30

http://iwaki-alios.jp/event/schedule.html (Japanese)

Dead Poets Society

Jeremy Renner

Mon 17

BSP

Prizzi's Honor

Robin Williams

Fri 14

1:00pm

Wed 19

Life Is Beautiful (Italian)

Jack Nicholson

Fri 14

BSP

The Sting (1973)

Roberto Benigni

Thu 13

9:00pm

Transporter 2 (English, French) Jason Statham BSP Paul Newman

Tue 11

BSP

Apollo 13 Tom Hanks

Sat 8

Sun 16

My Fair Lady Audrey Hepburn

Fri 7

9:00pm

Kramer vs. Kramer Dustin Hoffman

Thu 6

BSP

Fri 14

Fumiaki Nakamura Lecture ‘Live Big! Not for Money, but for Human Connections’ Main Theatre. Doors open at 12pm. Tickets ¥2,000 (¥2,500 on the day), university students ¥1,000 (¥1,500 on the day). Free entry for high school students and younger (prior reservation required). Great East Japan Earthquake Restoration Piano Concert Middle Rehearsal Room. Doors open at 3:30pm (afternoon concert), 6:30pm (evening concert). Free entry. Booking in advance is essential. Ensemble La Plage – Clarinet quartet Recital Hall. From 2:30pm. Tickets ¥800, Students ¥500. Song of Love Great East Japan Earthquake Restoration Concert Main Hall. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets ¥2,000 (¥2,500 on the day), primary school students and under ¥1,000 (¥1,500 on the day). Featuring guest singers Lena Maria Klingvall and Alfie Silas. World Doctors Orchestra 2014 A Concert Celebration of the Humanity of Medicine and Music Main Hall. Doors open at 1pm. Free entry. Tickets are handed out on a first‐come‐first‐served basis. Please come in person to the Ticket Centre on the first floor of Alios to receive a numbered ticket. Children below primary school age will not be admitted. 4th Tokiwagikai Charity Dance Performance Small Theatre. From 12:30pm. Tickets ¥1,000.

Transporter 3 (English, French) Jason Statham BSP

9:00pm

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. Pole Pole Cinemas are located in the Sekaikan Building near Iwaki Station. TEL: 0246-22-3394. Adults: ¥1800; University and SHS: ¥1400; Seniors (sixty years and older), JHS and under: ¥1000. The first of every month is discount day: ¥1000. Movies after 6:30pm are ¥1000. Monday is Men’s Day ¥1000, Wednesday is Student’s Day ¥1000, Thursday is Couple’s Day ¥2000 (per couple), and Friday is Ladies’ Day ¥1000. 3D films cost an additional ¥300.

Eiga Dokidoki! Pretty Cure Mana Kekkon!!? Mirai ni Tsunagu Kibo no Dress (Japanese) Until March 9 Hitomi Nabatame (voice) Trick The Movie: Last Stage (Japanese) Until March 14 Yukie Nakama Eien no Zero (Japanese) Until March 14 Jun'ichi Okada Chiisai Ouchi (Japanese) Until March 21 Takako Matsu The Bling Ring (English) Until March 14 (two weeks only) Emma Watson Escape Plan (English) Until March 14 (two weeks only) Sylvester Stallone Mogura no Uta – Sennyu Sousakan: Reiji (Japanese) Toma Ikuta Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (English) Chris Pine Rush (English, Japanese Dub) Chris Hemsworth Dakishimetai (Japanese) Keiko Kitagawa Thor: The Dark World (2D-English, 3D-Japanese Dub) Chris Hemsworth Ieji (Japanese) Ken'ichi Matsuyama Silver Spoon (Japanese) From March 7 Kento Nakajima Doraemon: New Nobita's Great Demon — Peko and the Exploration Party of Five (Japanese) From March 8 Wasabi Mizuta Frozen (Languages not released at time of printing) From March 14 RoboCop (Languages not released at time of printing) From March 14 Joel Kinnaman The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (English) From March 19 Ben Stiller Kamisama no Karute 2 (Japanese) From March 21 Sho Sakurai The Snow White Murder Case (Japanese) From March 29 Mao Inoue Team Batista Final Kerberos's Portrait (Japanese) From March 29 Atsushi Ito Heisei Rider Vs Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai (Japanese)

From March 29

Gaku Sano (Voice)

Pole Pole Ticket Office: 0246-22-3394

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The following is a guide to hospitals open on Sundays and public holidays in Iwaki City during March.

Sunday, March 2 Taira Area Taira Area Taira Area Uchigo Area Onahama Area Nakoso Area Joban Area Taira Area Sunday, March 9 Taira Area Taira Area Taira Area Uchigo Area Taira Area Onahama Area Nakoso Area Joban Area Taira Area Sunday, March 16 Taira Area Taira Area Taira Area Uchigo Area Onahama Area Nakoso Area Joban Area Joban Area Friday, March 21 Uchigo Area Onahama Area Nakoso Area Joban Area Sunday, March 23 Taira Area Taira Area Taira Area Uchigo Area Onahama Area Nakoso Area Joban Area Nakoso Area Sunday, March 30 Taira Area Taira Area Taira Area Taira Area Uchigo Area Onahama Area Nakoso Area Joban Area Onahama Area Sunday, April 6 Taira Area Taira Area Taira Area Uchigo Area Onahama Area Nakoso Area Joban Area Onahama Area Sunday, April 13 Taira Area Taira Area Taira Area Uchigo Area Onahama Area Nakoso Area Joban Area Taira Area

Takahashi Clinic 9-12, 2-5 Yamaguchi Iin 9-12, 2-5 Shirai Geka Ichoka Iin (surgery & gastroenterology) 8:30-12 Suda Iin 8:30-12 Nakamura Hospital 9-5 Kureha General Hospital 9-5 Kato Naika Clinic 9-5 Fukuda Shonika Iin (paediatrics) 9-12

46-1231 24-1811 25-3788 27-6060 53-3141 63-2181 72-0072 22-4272

Takahashi Clinic Yamaguchi Iin Shirai Geka Ichoka Iin (surgery & gastroenterology) Suda Iin Shiga Seikeigeka (orthopaedic surgery) Onahama Seikyo Hospital Nakoso Hospital Iwaki Yumoto Hospital Nagai Shonika (paediatrics)

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

46-1231 24-1811 25-3788 27-6060 23-5050 53-4374 65-7755 42-3188 28-2535

Takahashi Clinic 9-12, 2-5 Yamaguchi Iin 9-12, 2-5 Shirai Geka Ichoka Iin (surgery & gastroenterology) 8:30-12 Suda Iin 8:30-12 Kashima Hospital 9-5 Yabuki Hospital 9-5 Sakamoto Naika Ichoka Clinic (internal & gastroenterology) 9-5 Iwaki Kusakidai General Clinic (paediatrics) 9-12

46-1231 24-1811 25-3788 27-6060 58-8010 63-1818 72-2022 28-1145

Suda Iin Kadoya Seikei Naika (orthopaedics & internal) Midorikawa Naika Clinic (internal) Hatano Ganka (ophthalmology)

8:30-12 9-5 9-5 9-5

27-6060 54-4047 68-6415 42-2040

Takahashi Clinic Yamaguchi Iin Shirai Geka Ichoka Iin (surgery & gastroenterology) Suda Iin Yokodai Clinic Kushida Hospital Takahashi Hifuka Clinic (dermatology) Ohara Kodomo Clinic (paediatrics)

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

46-1231 24-1811 25-3788 27-6060 55-5150 63-3202 72-1272 63-0001

Takahashi Clinic Yamaguchi Iin Sakamoto Seikeigeka Iin (orthopaedics) Shirai Geka Ichoka Iin (surgery & gastroenterology) Suda Iin Michiya Naika Ichoka (internal & gastroenterology) Kojima Jiai Hospital Yoshinari Naika (internal) Konnai Kodomo Clinic (paediatrics)

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

46-1231 24-1811 38-2830 25-3788 27-6060 58-4180 63-5141 42-2220 73-8815

Takahashi Clinic Yamaguchi Iin Shirai Geka Ichoka Iin (surgery & gastroenterology) Suda Iin Ishii Iin Nakoso Hospital Tokiwakai Joban Hospital Kodomo Clinic Suzuki (paediatrics)

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

46-1231 24-1811 25-3788 27-6060 54-5330 65-7755 43-4175 56-6336

Takahashi Clinic 9-12, 2-5 Yamaguchi Iin 9-12, 2-5 Shirai Geka Ichoka Iin (surgery & gastroenterology) 8:30-12 Suda Iin 8:30-12 Kashima Hospital 9-5 Kushida Hospital 9-5 Iwaki Yumoto Hospital 9-5 Fukuda Shonika Iin (paediatrics) 9-12

46-1231 24-1811 25-3788 27-6060 58-8010 63-3202 42-3188 22-4272

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 Saturdays: 8pm - 7am (next day) Sundays: 1pm - 12am. Public Holidays: 9am - 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. TEL: 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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The number of calls being made to the 119 emergency number is on the rise. 119 is the number to call for fire and ambulance services in response to an emergency. Calling 119 for other reasons may hinder those in a genuine emergency from getting through to emergency services. Please understand the purpose of the 119 number and use it only to call for fire and ambulance services in an emergency. Non-emergency numbers for fire and health services are given below with examples of when you would use these numbers.

I can hear a siren, but where’s the fire?

Please call the Fire Department’s Telephone Guide Service:

Which hospitals are open on Sundays and

This service is set up to provide current information about fires within the city as well as information regarding which hospitals are open on Sundays and public holidays. A guide to which hospitals are open on Saturdays and public holidays is also printed in Time Out every month on page 4.

public holidays? My child is sick in the middle of the night and I need to consult with someone about their condition.

TEL: 0246-23-0119

Please call the Fukushima Prefecture Children Emergency First-Aid Telephone Consultation Centre:

TEL: #8000 or 024-521-3790

The centre can provide you with professional assistance when you have sick or injured children. Open from 7pm to 8am.

How to use 119 in cases of emergency Below are some sentences that are typically used when you call 119. The most important thing is that you clearly state whether you require fire or ambulance services. Please familiarise yourself with this Japanese in case you ever have to use it. Operator

Your response

ばん

119番です。

火事です。

This is 119.

Fire.

きゅうきゅう

きゅうきゅう

火事ですか?救急ですか?

救急です。

Do you need fire or ambulance services? じゅうしょ

おし

ば ん ち

Ambulance. し

住所をいわき市から教えてください。(番地まで)

いわき市〜

State the address starting from ‘Iwaki City’ (until the

Iwaki City…

building number).

If you do not know the address of where you are, use nearby landmarks such as buildings, streets and crossings.

たてもの

な ま え

こじんたくめい

おし

建物の名前(個人宅名など)を教えてください。

So long as you let the operator know where you are, emergency services

State the name of the building.

can be sent to your location while you are still talking on the phone.

どうしましたか?

例:自宅の台所が燃えています。

What’s your emergency?

Eg: My kitchen in on fire (for fire services)

れい

じ た く

れい

だいどころ

きゅう

たお

例:おじいちゃんが急に倒れました。

Eg: An elderly man has collapsed (for ambulance services) な ま え

でんわばんごう

おし

あなたの名前と、電話番号を教えてください。

Please state your name and contact number.

The emergency number for police is 110. For inquiries regarding emergency numbers, please contact the Iwaki City Fire Defence Headquarters: TEL 0246-22-0123 5 .


Please contact the IIA for applications and more information. TEL: 0246-22-7409

FAX: 0246-22-7609

Email: info@iia-fukushima.or.jp

Website: www.iia-fukushima.or.jp/

The IIA will host a boiled gyoza booth at this year’s 37th Uchigo Communitiy Centre Festival. Gyoza will be given out to the first 50 people to collect numbered tickets from the front entrance on Saturday 8. The festival starts at 9am, so be sure to get there early to try some of the Chinese-style gyoza! IIA volunteers will also provide a space for you to try your hand at making kiri-e pictures. 37th Uchigo Communitiy Centre Festival As well as the IIA hosted boiled gyoza booth, there will be many other exciting events on at the Festival. On Saturday there will be a hula dance performance, a hula dance class, and free fairy floss. On Sunday there will be a cheerleading performance, mochitsuki, a lion dance performance, and nursing consultations. There will also be art and photo exhibitions, a visit from local firefighters and a pottery-making class held on both days. Date: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March Time: 9am to 3pm Place: Uchigo Communitiy Centre For inquiries relating to any of the festival events, please contact the Uchigo Communitiy Centre Festival Executive Committee: TEL 0246-26-2974.

The IIA provides volunteer translators to help translate tourist information for foreign guests as well as translating a variety of information magazines. Volunteer translators also translate the documentation of past events and meetings. Why not take advantage of your language skills and help deepen mutual understanding in Iwaki? Application Requirements You must possess enough fluency in Japanese and one other language to have no difficulty translating. Non-native speakers of Japanese are also very welcome to apply. Volunteer Activities IIA volunteer translators translate texts related to events that are sponsored, joint-sponsored or backed by the IIA. Volunteer translators may also be asked to translate documents in cases where organisations request IIA translation services. Postal and other necessary expenses are to be covered by the requesting party. Inquiries and Applications Please direct all inquiries to the IIA. To apply to be a volunteer translator, please visit: ほんやく

http://www.iia-fukushima.or.jp/modules/pico/volunteer.html and see the section under ‘翻訳ボランティア’.

The IIA provides volunteer interpreters to act as tourist guides for foreign visitors and residents of Iwaki as well as to interpret at a range of international exchange events. Through interpreting, volunteers are able to assist in cross-language communication and help deepen mutual understanding. Applications are open to those who meet the requirements below. Application Requirements You must be able to speak Japanese and one other language with enough fluency to have no difficulty interpreting. Non-native speakers of Japanese are also very welcome to apply. Volunteer Activities IIA volunteer interpreters assist in a variety of events that are sponsored, joint-sponsored or backed by the IIA. Additionally, volunteer interpreters may be asked to interpret in some cases where the IIA receives a request from an organisation for interpreting services. Travel and other necessary expenses are to be covered by the requesting party. Inquiries and Applications Please direct all inquiries to the IIA. To apply to be a volunteer interpreter, please visit: つうやく

http://www.iia-fukushima.or.jp/modules/pico/volunteer.html and see the section under ‘通訳ボランティア’.

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When learning new kanji, consistency is key. By breaking study down into multiple short study sessions throughout the day, every day, it is possible to cover a lot of ground without burning out. It may also help to set a daily goal of a concrete number of new kanji that you intend to learn every day. The number really depends on how much time you can dedicate to study and how motivated you are, but once you figure out a number that is challenging but still manageable for you, it's just a matter of sticking with it.

Revising Kanji with Spaced Repetition Software As the number of kanji that you have studied increases, it can be tricky to review all that you have covered and sometimes may even feel like you are forgetting some kanji. Flash cards provide a good way of revising the characters that you have already studied. Studying flashcards once meant cutting out cards from pieces of paper or buying a set of pre-made flash cards (and maybe carrying them around with you during the day). Today there also exists the option of using Spaced Repetition Software (SRS), which is essentially the same idea only on a PC or portable device. SRS has numerous advantages over traditional flashcards: Efficiency - Every time you review a card on an SRS, the software asks you how well you remembered the answer (or if you forgot it). Based on this it calculates when the ideal time is for you to study the card next and schedules the card for review accordingly. This means that you spend less time revising what you know well, so you can focus on what you need to study most and get the most out of your study time. Ease of use - Most SRS programs allow you to make use of the flashcards of other users, so you don't have to spend as much time inputting your own cards (although you still have to option to do so). It is also more convenient to revise throughout the day on a portable device that you would be carrying around anyway, rather than carrying around a deck of flashcards. Quantifiable goals - An SRS automatically schedules the cards you need to review for each day. This gives you a daily goal to work towards and is a good motivator in studying consistently. Media support - Most SRS programs have audio support, allowing you to hear a recording of a native pronounce what you are studying. Some SRS programs also allow you to add pictures or even video to your flashcards.

Choosing a Spaced Repetition Software Program There are many SRS programs out there that differ in many ways, but the basic principal behind them all is the same. It is not terribly important which program you decide to use, so long as it helps you to revise and retain what you have studied. The two most famous SRS programs are introduced below. Anki – Anki is a free SRS program available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It can be synchronised across devices and there is also an online version. It is highly customisable and has supports a wide range of media file formats. There is also an iPhone version (which is not free) and a free Android version. To find out more or download the latest version, visit http://ankisrs.net/. SuperMemo – SuperMemo is an SRS program available for Windows operating systems. There is also an online version. The most recent desktop version is not free; however the 2004 release is available as freeware from the developer’s website: http://www.supermemo.com/. If you are not already using an SRS in your study of Japanese, why not give one a try? If you are still not convinced or are just curious to know more, you could do a web search for 'spaced repetition', the learning technique that SRS employs, to read up about the thinking behind this approach to study.

On February 9, the 5th Iwaki Sunshine Marathon was unfortunately cancelled due to the record high snowfall. Despite best efforts to clear the course of snow, it was decided in the early morning on Sunday that for the safety of participants the marathon would have to be cancelled. Over 10 thousand runners registered for the event, with over 7 thousand of them registering to compete in the full marathon. Although it is disappointing to have such a big event cancelled, there is always next year to look forward to! While it was still exciting to see Iwaki transformed into a winter snowscape, with the coming of spring we can now look forward to longer days and warmer weather!

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