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World Hobby Festival 2017 Report

The World Hobby Festival, WHF for short, brought the excitement of the hobby and game worlds to Fukuoka last Sunday (Feb. 12). The event, held in the monstrously large Yahuoku! Dom...

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Interview with a Sento Expert: Masami Usagawa

By day, Masami Usagawa is a Korean-Japanese translator and interpreter living in Fukuoka. She also has a fascinating second life: one in which she has visited over one thousand sen...

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Fukuoka Area Hina Matsuri Guide 2017

Every year, families across Japan celebrate Hina Matsuri, otherwise known as Girls’ Day or Doll’s Day. This traditional festival, which takes place on Mar. 3, is an occasion to pra...

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AREA GUIDE

Oita Weekend Getaway!

Fukuoka is our favorite urban playground but on weekends we love to get out of town, and Oita Prefecture is one of our top weekend getaway destinations. While day trips from Fukuok...

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AREA GUIDE

Shofuen

Shofuen opened in a quiet residential area of Hirao in July 2007 to become one of Fukuoka’s three urban gardens. Shofuen has tea rooms and a Japanese garden, and it is built on the...

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FOOD & DRINK

Écru

At the edge of Tenjin, you’ll find Écru, a unique specialty coffee and natural wine stand. Measuring in at just under 10m2, the shop is tiny but exudes Tatsuya Harada’s (owner) wor...

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FOOD & DRINK

Xaymaca

"How do you want your customers to feel?" we asked Xaymaca's irrepressible barman Allen. "Like they're on vacation!". With tropical decor, an excellent reggae soundtrack and welcom...

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FOOD & DRINK

The Hakata Harp

The Hakata Harp is a surprisingly authentic Irish pub, particularly given that it’s situated right in the middle of Fukuoka (directly across from Hotel New Otani). During construct...

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