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Itoshima Adventure – Winter Edition

With long sandy beaches and lush mountains the Itoshima peninsula is best known as a summer day-trip destination. However, as this group of four friends found out, it’s an amazing place to visit in winter too. As public transportation is limited, the group used a 12-hour rental car from Budget. Here’s a report of their adventure!

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René Redzepi, NOMA in Fukuoka – Interview

Noma, the award winning, genre-fusing, self-reinventing restaurant in Copenhagen made a surprise announcement early this year. On Dec. 20, 2014, the restaurant will temporarily close their Copenhagen doors, pack up their pots and pans and, on Jan. 9, 2015, re-open in Tokyo. And we’re not just talking about a handful of chefs, but the entire team of 75 from dishwasher to the owner and head chef René Redzepi. Noma will be setting up inside the Signature restaurant inside the Mandarin Hotel Tokyo. Lunch and dinner will both be served. Lunch and dinner is from ¥40,200 per person whilst the Mandarin is offering a Noma package for ¥154,000, including dinner at Noma and accommodation at the Mandarin plus service and tax. Reservations opened in June and were so popular that the Noma website crashed under heavy demand within two weeks. Since then, 58,000 reservations have been made.

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AIDS Day 2014 in Fukuoka

There were 1,106 cases of HIV infection and 484 cases of AIDS reported in Japan for the year 2013, for a combined total of 1,590 cases. For the past ten years, the number of cases of HIV and AIDS has been over 1,000 per year. In Fukuoka City there were 32 cases of HIV infection including 7 cases of AIDS with a combined total of 39. And that’s not all – these figures count only those who were tested. That means there are more people going about their daily lives without knowing that they have been infected. The objective of World AIDS Day is to prevent the spread of AIDS worldwide and to eliminate discrimination and prejudice against HIV-infected people or AIDS patients.

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Somewhere over the Rainbow: A Parade is Born

Fukuoka is a city that prides itself on firsts and here at Fukuoka Now we delight in being able to report on these. This November, then, will play host to the Rainbow Parade, Fukuoka’s (and Kyushu’s) very first LGBT pride festival. Organised by a group of 30 students from the University of Fukuoka and co-sponsored by the University of Fukuoka, Fukuoka City and the Prefectural Board of Education, the parade will grace the streets of Fukuoka on Nov. 16th.

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The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014

First held in 1999, this year marks the fifth edition of the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (FT5 for short). The international exhibition is held under a different theme every three years to showcase the most promising artists from across Asia. Highly acclaimed both in Japan and around the world for its focus on contemporary Asian art, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum aims to create a space of art exchange between Fukuoka and Asia through the event.

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Avispa and Soccer in Fukuoka

Football fever is set to sweep across Fukuoka this summer as the 20th FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil from June 12th to July 13th, with 32 countries from around the world battling to be crowned best in the world. While host nation Brazil is a clear favorite to win the competition (with Argentina, Germany and holders Spain among the other tipped contenders) there are hopes that Japan can match their previous best performances by progressing from the Group Stages and reaching the knock-out phase of the competition.

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Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Campaign

From Nov. 12 to Nov. 25, Fukuoka Prefecture is raising awareness about violence against women in the home. Don’t suffer alone.

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AIDS Day 2013 in Fukuoka

There were 1,002 cases of HIV infection and 447 cases of AIDS reported in Japan for the year 2012, for a combined total of 1,449 cases. For the past nine years, the number of cases of HIV and AIDS has been over 1,000 per year. In Fukuoka City there were 30 cases of HIV infection including cases of AIDS a combined total of 41. And that’s not all – these figures count only those who were tested. That means there are more people going about their daily lives without knowing that they have been infected.

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ILC’s Potential for Fukuoka

Fukuoka Now’s Editor-in-Chief, Nick Szasz met with Hiroshi Ogawa, Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture to learn about the bid for the next International Linear Collider (ILC), a cutting-edge particle accelerator, to be constructed in the Sefuri Mountains on the border of Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. Given its scale, the ILC is estimated to have an economic ripple effect of ¥1.1 trillion, and there are other benefits.

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Special: AIDS Day 2012 in Fukuoka

For the past eight years, the number of cases of HIV and AIDS has been over 1,000 per year. In Fukuoka City there were 32 cases of HIV infection including cases of AIDS a combined total of 42 (a record high). And that’s not all – these figures count only those who were tested. That means there are more people going about their daily lives without knowing that they have been infected.

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