The huge volume of food being produced by the Village Restaurant is turned out by a team of just ten chefs and sixty assistant chefs working staggered shifts round the clock. The Head Chef is Shuichi Nishimura, 73, veteran of the Kobe Universiade. He was trained in France and Germany when he was young, gained experience as a hotel chef in Osaka and Kobe, and was promoted to Master Chef by the Ministry of Labor in 1989. He has also been awarded "Les Amis Disciples d'Auguste Escoffier," a highly honored title in French cooking.
According to the athletes, the meals Nishimura and his crew are making are very good - high praise when you consider the quantity of food being produced. By the end of the Universiade the Village Restaurant will have turned out 260,000 meals using 540 tons of food. Players will have eaten 55.9 tons of red meat, 12.6 tons of poultry, 15.2 tons of fish, 12.6 tons of eggs, and 191.4 tons of fruit and vegetables. This will result in 20 tons of organic garbage and 3.7 tons of combustible trash, figures that are considerably less than the Kobe Universiade's, due to waste reduction techniques like bringing in food in a semi-prepared state and using biodegradable containers made from potato starch.
All Dolled Out
The Hakata Doll Painting class was held from August 29th to August 31st at the Village Cultural Exchange Room. The class was sponsored by the Hakata Doll Manufacturing and Sales Cooperative Association. Mr. Shuichi Kawasaki and fifteen colleagues helped the athletes to paint the dolls. In the three days of class 180 dolls were baked and painted. Each participating athlete was presented with his or her own doll at the conclusion of the class. One of the athletes, Mariaelena Suito from Peru, said: "it's very fun to paint a Hakata Doll, and I'm very pleased to have it as a souvenir." She added that Peruvian President Fujimori (of Japanese descent) "is a very good man."
Nearly two hundred athletes and a large turn out of locals filled Event Plaza on Wednesday night to be a part of the Chuo Ward festivities. Excitement swirled around the plaza during the two and half hour event as athletes and citizens carried portable shrines, danced to traditional steps and were treated to a moving performance from a trio of athletes.
The event began with the pounding earthy sounds of Haruyoshi Taiko (drums) as a prelude to the Mikoshi (portable shrine) parade which turned out to be one of the best events of the night.
Traditionally, Mikoshi are made of lacquered wood with gold and silver plated metal ornaments. They can only be taken from the home shrine for special festivals to present the spirit of the shrine's deity to festival onlookers. Chuo Ward citizens countered by creating six makeshift Mikoshi out of wood, cardboard, aluminum cans and bamboo poles. Groups of athletes and citizens took turns jumping in to carry the shrine round the plaza springing in cadence to the calls of "Washyoi, Washyoi-Oshyoi, Oshyoi."
The folk dances performed by Hakata Folk Dance Society under the direction of Mahomi Matsunaga were another hit with the participants. Athletes danced along as best they could and showed their own stuff when they performed their traditional folk dances and received the accolades of all present. To conclude the dances, athletes and Chuo Ward supporters danced to the old standard Tanko Bushi (Coal Miners' song).
Athletes also tried their hand at flower arranging, origami or sipped on green tea at the Tea Ceremony booth. More athletes however, took advantage of the free beer and barbecue to replenish energy levels.
Between a dance and the Iai Nuki sword performance a trio of Mexican Athletes, got a sudden burst of gumption and took the stage for an impromptu concert. They set off the crowd with traditional Mexican folk songs, some participants joined in while others clapped along. Organizers possibly for the first time saw how spontaneity can get things a-movin'.
Every Night Fever
Sources close to the disco claim that on good nights more than 3,000 patrons are boogying on down, although when Global Village reporters dropped in the figure was somewhat less.
Those who go seem to be enjoying themselves. It's a good opportunity to observe all the different dance styles of the various countries and maybe pick up a few moves. According to manager-DJ Hiroaki Fujiki, everyone thinks the disco is great, but there are a lot of complaints about the lack of alcohol. "They're always telling me 'we aren't kids,'" he says.
The design of the disco is the inspiration of Mr. Fujiki and graduate student-DJ Akihiro Takeishi. They claim the disco is a mix of Western and Eastern styles, but it also has an industrial quality which they feel expresses the essence of modern youth, to wit, the saplings encased in perspex and the wire mesh enclosure around the DJ.
The most popular music is house, followed by hip-hop, but everyone's welcome to bring their own tapes.
Researched by Yukie Mizoguchi
Delicious homemade cake starts at only 300 yen. Very popular among local college students.
Address: Nishijin 5-4-19
This ever popular restaurant serves a variety of pasta for about 800 yen.
Open 11:00-9:00 Closed on Mondays.
Address: Sohara 14-10
Tel: (toll free) 0120-405-650
Show your AD card and you'll be treated to free wine and extra generous servings at this authentic Italian restaurant. A bit expensive, but excellent.
Open 12:00-2:15 (lunch) 5:30-10:00
Address: Isa Bldg.1F, Takatori 1-28-33
Generous servings of pasta-one order is enough for three people. A great, cheap date spot!
Address: Saza Bldg.2F, Nishijin 4-8-34
For connoisseurs of Japanese culture there is a Noh performance on Saturday, Sept. 2nd, at 2:30 pm at Morimoto Noh Stage in Fukuoka. The featured performance will be Kagetsu, the story of a boy's disappearance and eventual reunion with his father. A special feature of Saturday's show is the appearance of Noh mask-maker Adam Zollinger to explain the story in English. Zollinger has just recently returned from the U.S. where he and his group exhibited their work in the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California.
Athletes and team officials can get free tickets at the Cultural Exchange Program Information Center, but as of Friday morning there were only 15 left.
Sightseeing As the games wind down, Global Village hopes that you will have time to enjoy some of the delights Fukuoka and the island of Kyushu have to offer. In today's issue we suggest options ranging from twenty minute bus ride trips to overnight stays. Happy sightseeing!
Close to Home
Yusentei If you're feeling hot and bothered, follow the example of the feudal lord Kuroda and head here, "a place of solitude which knows not the unbearable heat," (a line from the lord's very own waka poem). Try a cup of maccha, powdered green tea, as you relax in the large tatami room and watch the carp in the pond below. It's free for athletes until Sept. 3rd.
Saibu Gas Museum Visit here for a modern take on Fukuoka. Within walking distance of Fukuoka tower, it's unglamorous name belies the fact that here gas has been turned into an art form. Walk or dance in front of screens that use gas to reproduce your movements in rainbow colors - cool! Open 10 am - 5 pm, admission free. Closed Mondays.
The Nakasu scene is interesting day or night. The Kawabata shopping arcade is Fukuoka's oldest covered mall. The robust Hakata merchants may be persuaded to give you a discount, so give it a try. Five minutes walk from the arcade is Kushida Shrine. Dedicated to the god of commerce and longevity, it is Hakata's guardian shrine and a lively place of daily worship.
Nightime Nakasu will cost you a bundle, so restrict your activities to watching office workers at play - you'll learn a lot about Japan.
Yanagibashi Market Fukuokans say they love their city for the fish and this market teems with the wealth of Hakata Bay and beyond. Get up early and vie with restauranteurs buying up the best and most unusual of the morning catch for the city's best tables. Afterwards, walk through the market and follow the stall holders to their favorite udon noodle shop for breakfast. Even if you don't want to get up early this place buzzes with activity till late afternoon. Check it out!
Hakata Futoh Bayside Place Fukuoka's answer to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, this waterfront development complex comes complete with trendy restaurants, bars and stores. Star attraction is the column-shaped aquarium. In the evening, how about a cruise around Hakata Bay - athletes ride free. Ferries for the 2 hour cruise leave from Bayside Place at 6:40 pm. Tickets: first come, first served. Buses to Hakata Futoh Bayside Place leave every 15 to 30 minutes from bus stop 2B in Tenjin.
Marizon This is a similar sort of commercial development to Hakata Futoh Bayside Place. Lots of restaurants and colorful stores but with that something extra: a wedding chapel. So, if you found romance during the Universiade . . .
Nightime Marizon makes for interesting people-watching. Check out all the fancy cars lined up along the road - the youth of Fukuoka looking for romance.
Saikontei If you want to try out a hot bath Japanese style, then this is the place for you. Ease away the aches and pains of the games with a soak in water specially treated with Chinese medicinal herbs. Open from 10 am to 9 pm, the price gets cheaper the later you go. Morning and afternoon, expect to pay 2,000 yen, the price goes down to 500 yen after 7 (on Sundays after 7:30). For an extra 3,200 yen you can feel kneaded (sorry) with a professional 40 minute massage.
Address: Taguma 2-20-1 Tel 864-7337
Gozenyu Most of Japan's picture postcard hot springs entail an overnight trip, but if your schedule won't stretch to that, Gozenyu is a good option. The separate-sex indoor baths are big and spotlessly clean; there are jacuzzis, too, and views of a mini-Japanese garden. For 200 yen, this is one of the best deals around. Open 8:30 am - 9:00 pm.
Getting there: 10 minutes walk from JR Futsukaichi station, or take the Nishitetsu Omuta line and then a bus to Futsukaichi Onsen.
Dazaifu It's famous throughout Japan and well worth a visit (if you want to make a day trip out of it you could combine it with a visit to nearby Gozenyu). Tenmangu Shrine is dedicated to the god of learning and much feverish praying goes on at exam time. In the more serene Buddhist Komyozenji Temple there are two gardens to contemplate, one with moss and maple trees, the other with stones and pebbles. A 5 minute walk separates shrine and temple - pick up a map at Nishitetsu Dazaifu station.
Getting there: take a special express train from Tenjin's Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station to Futsukaichi. Change to a Dazaifu bound train.
Rekishi no Machi combines a Japanese history lesson with great souvenir shopping. Wander around this specially created old style town and see Japanese life as it was in the Edo period. At the same time you can try your hand at various traditional crafts such as pottery making and hand-dyeing. Then, pick up great presents at bargain prices; don't miss the old-fashioned toys and traditional sweets.
Getting there: take the JR line to Imajuku. From there a free shuttle bus will take you to Rekishi no Machi. Free entry for athletes with AD card.
Full Day Trips
Space World Located in Kitakyushu City, this is the only amusement park in the world with space as its theme. There are a variety of rides simulating conditions in space, including monster roller- coaster Titan, the arrival of which created uproar a few years ago among Kyushu youth.
Getting there: a 12 minute bus ride from JR Kokura Station (Kitakyushu). Direct buses also leave from Hakata and Tenjin stations in Fukuoka, but only 2 a day on weekdays, 3 a day on Sundays. (If you have time check out 17th century Kokura Castle, a 10 minute walk from Kokura Station.)
Karatsu According to tradition, Karatsu-ware is in the top three of Japanese pottery, the other two being Raku (Kyoto) and Hagi (Yamaguchi Prefecture). Pieces range from affordable little plates and coffee cups to work-of-art tea ceremony bowls. The castle is worth a look - the view of the sea is a bonus. Karatsu Shrine houses the spectacular floats which are pulled around the town in the Karatsu festival every November - well worth a look. Souvenir idea: obvious - beautiful Karatsu pottery.
Yanagawa Don't miss a trip here, just don't! Kyushu's little Venice, this is an old castle town built on canals, one of the most picturesque spots in Japan. Sail along in a flat-bottomed boat (1,500 yen for an hour), visit the house of poet Hakushu or simply stroll along the quaint main street. Eel is the speciality here - try Wakamatsuya on the main street. Special offer for athletes - English speaking needle-master Kazuyoshi Kabashima offers acupuncture treatment for those who show their AD card (1,000 yen). Kazuyoshi's address is Honmachi 84, Yanagawa. His telephone number is (0944) 72-5796.
Souvenir idea: hand-carved wooden kijiguruma toys. Cheap antique kimonos from Gallery Kawano boutique, on Yanagawa's main street. Tel (0944) 73-0131
Getting there: take a special express train (they leave every half hour) direct to Yanagawa from Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station in Tenjin.
Mt. Aso In the middle of the largest crater on earth this active volcano is still fuming away after millions of years. Views of the crater are like a moonscape, in stark contrast to the surrounding lush meadows. Don't miss Komezuka, a perfectly-proportioned cinder now covered in grass. If you get the munchies Dengaku is the local speciality - skewers of meat, fish and vegetables are grilled over an open fire - absolutely delicious.
Getting there: by train - from Hakata, but you have to change at Kumamoto Station for Aso Station. By bus - get on at Hakata or Tenjin, again you have to change in Kumamoto.
Nagasaki The 50th Anniversary of the dropping of the A-bomb adds extra poignancy to a visit to Nagasaki's Peace Park and A-bomb museum. On a lighter note, this is historically one of Japan's most cosmopolitan cities: visit Urakami Catholic Church and then go on to a string of Chinese temples such as Sofukuji and Kofukuji. Lunch in Chinatown is a must and if you have time, relax in the spacious gardens of English-style mansion, Glover House. Souvenir idea: lots of cheap Chinese trinkets to be found in Chinatown.
Getting there: by train or bus. Figure in about 5,000 yen for the trip. You can get there in about 2 hours.
Kurokawa While this is technically "do-able" in a day, it really requires an overnight trip as the public transport system is not frequent. However, it really is worth a visit. There is a variety of hot springs (for example, there's one where you have to crawl through a cave to get to the bath), set in the grounds of traditional Japanese inns. For 1,200 yen you can get a ticket which allows you to take three baths. Recommended: Yamamizuki, Shinmeikan, Yamabiko.
Getting there: it's problematic, so you may want to rent a car if you have an international driver's license. Sharing with a few friends will save money. Otherwise, the trip involves 3 buses, which could take up to 5 hours. Gambatte!
Song and Dance Ever since their arrival in Fukuoka the Greek delegation and their official supporters (Momochi-hama School District) have been basking in the glow of cross-cultural friendship. At a restaurant welcome party on August 28th the Greek team spontaneously broke into song, introducing their Japanese friends to Greek folk music, including "Never on Sunday," formerly very popular in Japan. After much festive eating, drinking, and singing, a group of Greeks began dancing, gradually widening their circle to include more and more of their Japanese hosts.
In response, the Japanese sang "Hello, Tortoise!" and "Tanko Bushi" (a Coal Miners' song). To the latter, everyone danced again and again. Then Takayoshi Takei, an associate professor of Seinan Gakuin University, danced the Kuroda Bushi in full kimono to demonstrate the samurai spirit. Everyone was impressed, and the mood was warm and convivial.
Chef de Mission Bitsikas Charalabos and Superintendent of Schools Yoshiki Egashira promised to continue the Greek-Japanese friendship beyond the 1995 Universiade.
Taking a Look Around Japan
As Universiade '95 draws to a close the number of inquiries about travel options is on the increase at local travel bureaus, with athletes hurrying to get in a few days of sightseeing before returning home. Locally, favorite destinations are Dazaifu, Nokonoshima, Shikanoshima, and Hakozaki Shrine. Among those who have a little time to see other parts of Kyushu, Nagasaki and Mt. Aso are points of considerable interest. At the foot of Mt. Aso is Akamizu Hot Springs, which most athletes seem to prefer to the more remote Kurokawa Hot Springs.
Popular spots on the main island of Honshu include Kyoto, Tokyo, and Hiroshima. Helmut Schreiber and Stefan Korn of the German delegation want to climb Mt. Fuji, but have been having difficulty getting information on the best way to get there. Their Japanese interpreter was of no help because she has never climbed Mt. Fuji before. They finally found out at the Japan Travel Bureau that the quickest route is to take the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and then a local bus.
The two men say they "must climb Mt. Fuji by all means, because it is a symbol of Japan."
Tenjin area Bars, Rest Tenjin and Daimyo Bars and Restaurants
Take a trip back to the 60s and 70s at this psychedelic bar. Black lights and curtain partitioned rooms with 60s and 70s rock music. Unique cocktails and ordinary booze.
Address: Maizuru 1-8-4
A subdued atmosphere early in the evening. Picks up and gets outright riotous after 11:00. Some snack food and cocktails, but better to stick to the beer. Officially they call themselves a disco, but too packed for dancing during rowdy hours.
Address: On the right just off Maria Street
A popular Chinese restaurant with the young set. Great food at decent prices-2,000 yen will satisfy the heartiest appetite. Show your A.D. card and get one item free from the noodle menu.
Open Mon.-Sat. 11:30-2:00 5:30-11:00 (last order 10:30) Sun. 5:00-10:00 (last order 9:30)
Address: Tenjin 2-3-33
Cheap and spicy-Thai style food. (I4(B2,000 plenty to fill you up. Cheap drinks compared to the competition.
Address: ACROS Fukuoka B2, Tenjin 1-1-1
Good tasting sushi at palatable prices- (I4(B120 for each sushi roll.
Open 5:30-4:00 a.m.
Address: Tenjin 2-4-19
The Happy Cock
Don't miss the grand opening party of The Happy Cock starting at 9:00 on Sept. 2nd. Owned and operated by an American and a Brit, The Happy Cock promises customers a good time with "no rip off." No cover charge.
Address: Find Mister Donuts on Nishi-dori street in Tenjin and you're almost there.
Neo Palace II 9F, Daimyo 2-1-51
This soba noodle shop has a long history and is well-respected for its handmade soba. A variety of soba is served fresh at slightly higher prices than the norm, but well worth the little extra.
Address: Daimyo 2-4-30
Orthodox Jazz played nightly at this compact night club. Different acts nightly. The entrance is small and hard to spot, so keep your eyes peeled.
Open 12:00-12:00 (Closed on Sunday)
Address: Daimyo 2-4-31
It's too difficult to give you one bar, so be adventuresome and pick out one of the many fun bars listed on the signs.
Open evening to late
Address: Along Nishidori
Imported food and dining in a relaxed modern atmosphere. Pricey, but a wide selection of imported food and good sandwiches.
Open 8:00-11:00 (Last order 10:30)
Address: Daimyo 2-9-5
Mexican Assistant Chef Enjoys Her Job
Laura Zarzosa is Assistant Chef de Mission of Mexico's largest ever delegation and is in charge of the always busy public relations work. Her day in the village starts with a meeting with the Chef de Mission, after which she telephones the Mexican press in Fukuoka to inform them of the scheduled games for the day. The highlight of Universiade '95 for her was the opportunity to take charge of the reception for Mexico's ambassador to Japan when he visited Fukuoka from Tokyo.
Zarzosa says she has not been treated differently for being a woman Assistant Chef de Mission, either in Mexico or Japan, and reports that her work here is immensely enjoyable. Commenting on how many women staff and volunteers are working for the games, Zarzosa says "it is not an overstatement to say that this Universiade is supported by women." Looking at her interpreter, Nami Ashizawa, she added: "Her help has been great. I am going to miss 'Margarita' (meaning Ashizawa) when I go home."
In her own case she worked for a Mexican newspaper, El Sol (The Sun), for four years before joining the National Student Sports Council in 1990, which she still works for today. She prefers her present job, she says, because she can do international work and meet people from around the world.
While admitting that she is not well acquainted with the local situation, she nevertheless feels that the status of women in Mexico City is higher than that enjoyed by Fukuoka women, perhaps because Kyushu is more conservative than other areas of Japan. Mexican women are asserting their independence and gaining leadership positions in a variety of areas. "We have fought for our places, and we're winning," she says.
FISU Presidental Visit residential Visit
FISU President Primo Nebiolo visited the Athletes Village on Thursday, August 31st. He was greeted by Village Mayor Kiichiro Nakamuta and Deputy Mayors Sekiko Ogata and Yukio Endo. Mayor Nakamuta showed President Nebiolo around the Village Service Center. He informed the president on how many athletes have gotten sick, the minor injuries suffered during the games and many other details about the Village.
Before leaving the Village, President Nebiolo said, "I thank you all for your impressive effort."
Last issue No.9 will be published on Monday, September 4th.