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Nengajo – How to Make a Japanese Christmas/New Year’s Card

As Christmas and the New Year approach, the mind often wanders to the distant shores of the land we call home, to family and to friends. Keeping in touch has been made easy ever si...

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Christmas Religious Services in Fukuoka 2016

While the commercial side of Christmas is well and truly appreciated in Japan, with banners adorning every shop window and promotions left, right and center, the spiritual side can...

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Hakozakigu Shrine Flea Market 2016

This Sunday, the streets surrounding Hakata’s Hakozakigu Shrine saw the arrival of one of Kyushu’s most comprehensive flea markets. These usually quiet alleyways...

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Imaizumi

It goes without saying that you can pick up a wide variety of designer goods in Tenjin, Kyushu’s leading shopping district. However, if you’re after something a little more unique,...

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Kawabata

The Kawabata area is centered around Hakata’s oldest shopping arcade, which has been running since the mid-1950s. This 400m long street connects the Hakata-za Theater and Hakata Ri...

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FOOD & DRINK

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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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Murata

Noodles are a big part of the Japanese diet, but there are marked differences in taste and style around the country. Soba (buckwheat noodles) is more popular in Kanto, whereas Kyus...

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Teppanyaki Mitaki

Teppanyaki Mitaki takes its name from an old inn in Hiroshima, one which used to host shogi and go tournaments back in the day. This restaurant, located in a renovated house in ups...

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