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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese

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The Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese is having a New Members’ Special Offer!

Join now to be a member from September 2009 to the end of the calendar year 2010 for ¥8000.

You will receive the AFWJ Journal every two months, be eligible to join our members-only e-groups, and have to opportunity to attend annual convention weekends!  Recent events in Shikoku have included “The Tacky Tourist Round-Up” in Matsuyama; A Potluck Lunch and Egg Roll at Kagawa’s Sanuki Mannou Park; cherry blossom viewing at Matsuyama Castle; The Driving and Safety Remedial Course for Foreign Residents; as well as regular coffees and lunches in which we often exchange information, sometimes commiserate, and always laugh.

For more information, go to or contact AFWJ’s Shikoku Rep. at


Preventing the Spread of Swine Flu – Tokushima

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For Those with Swine Flu Symptoms

First, call your local medical institution and consult a doctor.

  • Confirm the correct procedures for visiting the institution on the phone.
  • When visiting, ensure you wear a face mask if you have symptoms such as a fever or coughing.

Viruses can travel up to a meter with a cough or sneeze, but wearing a mask can help prevent these molecules from spreading. Please ensure that you wear a mask to help prevent the virus from infecting other people. In particular, patients of hospitals may have low resistance levels due to being in poor health. Therefore, it is important to be mindful of your personal hygiene in order to help prevent the virus from spreading. Read the rest of this entry

Typhoon No. 9 Etau

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Flooding in Tokushima City

Water levels on the rise in Tokushima City (8:36)

Last Update: 11:00am, August 11

Typhoon No. 9, Etau is currently 110 km west of Hachijojima Island and is moving East at a speed of approximately 25km/h on a path that will take it further along the east coast of Japan later today.

This typhoon is expected to have no further affect on Tokushima Prefecture or Shikoku.

If you have a photo of flooding or rain in your part of the prefecture then post a link to it here in the comments section below!

Fukurou Ramen

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The storefront to Fukurou.



* Closed on Wednesdays

If you’re looking for a filling meal and a new flavour of ramen,  thenFukurou is the place to be.

Perhaps the most appropriate way to describe the menu of Fukurou is a surprising sense of volume. The standard serving of ramen is much like that found in other stores, but once you leave the safe and normal territory then you’re in for a ride. Just about every other order on the menu is filled with all kinds of meat and vegetables, and I can guarantee you won’t be left wanting at the end of your meal.

Ramen at Fukurou

A bowl of 'genki soba' ramen at Fukurou

What’s more, the menu has a lot of other options in addition to the standard ramen and gyoza fare. For example, in addition to bowls of rice and plates of shumai, you can also order curry rice (although not the kind you may be used to), kimchi and almost any other combination of noodles, rice and common vegetables that you can imagine.

  • Chuka Soba – 530 yen
  • Genki Soba – 680 yen
  • Curry Rice – 380 yen
  • Gyoza – 320 yen
  • Shumai – 260 yen
  • Kimchi – 180 yen


A look at the inside of the shop.

Store Interior
Located next to one of the main roads running through Matsushige to Naruto City, the shop is easy to find. It has a generous parking space, and like many ramen shops, the interior of the store is very understated, with both table and counter seats available.

Tickets are bought from a machine at the door, and pictures are available for most of the items on the menu so you can work out what to get in advance event if you can’t read Japanese.