This Weekend in Fukuoka (May 24~25)

Stuck for something to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Here are Fukuoka Now staff’s picks for weekend activities (May 24~25)…

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Event 1 ::: Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5/23~24
GO HAWKS! Join the fans at the Fukuoka YAHUOKU! Dome to watch the  interleague matches between the Hawks and the Tigers (5/23~24) (vs. Tigers).
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Event 2 ::: Poppy Festa at Kirin Beer Park ~6/1
A very colorful annual event featuring 70,000 square meters filled with 10,000 colorful poppies in bloom. Food, drink and local products shops. Participants in the factory tour also get taste beers! Free bus from Amagi Railway Tachiarai Station.
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Event 3 ::: Sazaesan-dori Week 5/20~7/30
A whole week of Sazae-san themed events start this weekend, to celebrate the second anniversary of “Sazaesan-dori”. For those not up to speed, “Sazaesan-dori” is a municipal road in Fukuoka’s Sawara-ku which was renamed so in 2012, in honor of the nationally popular comic “Sazae-san”. Ms. Machiko Hasegawa, author of the anime, was said to have conceived the idea for the Sazae-san series whilst in Fukuoka’s Sawara-ku. The 2nd anniversary celebrations include the following events…
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Event 4 ::: A-GOURMET Daishokurankai 5/22~ 25
In contrast with recently popular “B-Gourmet” festivals, this “A-Gourmet” event at Tenjin Central Park is a step up, with dishes from 17 of Fukuoka’s top class restaurants. Enjoy local gourmet food at special prices (20~30% discount), along with wine and sake too! Prices range between¥500~¥3,000 per item. Take this chance to sample Fukuoka’s finest dining options at a great price in Tenjin Central Park!
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Event 5 ::: Moji Port Festa 5/24~25
One of Japan’s three biggest port festas. See the excitement of “banana selling” (said to have originated at Moji Port), browse the flea market, see local dance, drumming, band shows on Saturday, and the festival’s climax on Sunday – the Celebratory Parade with 2,500 participants.
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Event 6 ::: NICE TIME 2014 5/25
This outdoor music festival in Saga started 12 years ago, and returns in 2014 with an array of live music, live painting and other performances. Some of this year’s acts include musician Shutoku Mukai, female vocalist from San Francisco arvin homa aya and other musicians. At the awesome location of Yoshinogari Historical Park, you can enjoy great natural surroundings and great music. There are also gourmet stalls, a kids’ park and kids’ swimming pool.
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Event 7 ::: Kashima Gatalympic 5/25
The Gatalympics are a series of competitions that take place on (and in!) the mudflats of the Ariake Sea. If you like to play in sticky mud, you’ll love this! This region has a tidal range of six meters – the greatest in Japan, which makes for lots of muddy flat areas. The 1st Kashima Gatalympic event was held on May 3rd, 1985. As the Gatalympics became more famous, the mudflats that had been neglected before were improved and the event gained status. The mudflats became an important and valued symbol for the growth of the city as a whole. At this event there will be running races, cycling races, searches for hidden prizes and other sports on played on the mudflats. Also local Kashima’s food shops will be open. Join or just go to watch this very unique sporting event.
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Event 8 ::: Hita Kawabiraki Kanko Matsuri Festival: 5/24~5/25 *Fireworks: (5/25~5/26)
The 67th Hita Kawabiraki Kanko Matsuri festival celebrates the opening of fishing season for ayu (sweetfish) on 5/24 (Sat.) and 5/25 (Sun.) in Hita City, Oita Prefecture. Hita is known for its various rivers, which run through the town from the headwater of the Chikugo River. With summer just around the corner, it’s a nice chance to enjoy fireworks near the ryokan and hotels along the Mikuma River. During the two-day festival, a total of 10,000 fireworks illuminate the night sky above the yakatabune party houseboats floating on the river (5/25~5/26,19:30~ at Mikuma River). Other activities include Hangiri Genpei Gassen tub-boat race (5/24, 13:00~15:00) on the Mikuma River; and the Suikyo Hita Dontaku Carnival (5/25, 10:00~) featuring song, dance, and drum performances through the city’s center.
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Have any other suggestions for things to do in Fukuoka on the weekend? Let us know by commenting below.
And don’t forget to check out our full event calendar.

Have a good weekend!

-FN

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