Funanorikomi – June Kabuki Canal Procession

Under a sunny sky today, the kabuki actors along with invited VIP paraded down the Naka River while fans cheered on from the riverbanks. The procession began at Seiryu Park and ended at Hakata Riverain where Fukuoka’s kabuki theater, Hakataza, is located. Fukuoka Now also attended – and here are our snaps taken from inside one of the boats.

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Fukuoka Now Beer Garden Guide 2017

There’s no better way to combat the summer heat than knocking back a few icy cold beers with friends at one of Fukuoka’s beer gardens. We’ve made your summer easy, compiling a list of our recommended beer gardens in Fukuoka. Over the summer, we plan to add to this list, so…

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Fukuoka Firefly Watching Guide 2017

It’s the start of firefly viewing season in Kyushu, so we’ve rounded up some of the best local hotaru festivals! Fireflies (hotaru in Japanese) are a symbol of the start of summer in Japan. With a short lifespan of only seven to ten days, these mysterious glowing insects appear just before the start of the rainy season. They thrive on…

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Fukubiru Shibafu Beer Garden – 2017 Report

The beer garden at the rooftop of Fukuoka Building, “Fukubiru Shibafu Beer Garden” is one of the city’s longest-standing beer gardens. And on May 18, Fukuoka Now Staff got the chance the attend their pre-opening event! Grill your own meat – take as much as you can! – and mix your own drinks, all for […]

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Custard Cream Apple Pie Store “Ringo” Opens In Tenjin

Bake Inc. the Hokkaido-based company behind the wildly successful brand “Bake” cheese tarts, will open a new shop, also in Fukuoka’s Tenjin Chikagai (underground shopping center) for their new brand, Ringo on May 22. Like Bake, the new shop will sell only one product, custard cream apple pies. You can expect long lines as the […]

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Hakata Dontaku 2017 Guide

Each year in May, the Hakata Dontaku Port Festival fills Fukuoka with excitement and attracts more than two million people, making it the highest attended festival in Japan during Golden Week. What? You’ve never been? Surely you must be curious…

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Startup Cafe Moves into FUKUOKA growth next

A facility to support business startups called “FUKUOKA growth next” opened inside the former Daimyo Elementary School in the center of Tenjin, Fukuoka. The Startup Cafe, which first opened in Tsutaya Book Store (Imaizumi), has also relocated to this location.

Providing help to companies just setting out, the Startup Cafe and FUKUOKA growth next, offer support across six types of services, including educational assistance, public-private partnerships, community development, human resources, fundraising and…

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Clam Digging Guide 2017

At the beginning of Spring, you may notice clusters of people digging at the mouth of the Muromigawa River. They’re not panning for gold, but for something much tastier – clams! In Japan, shiohigari (digging for clams) is a popular leisure activity for…

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Boat Race Fukuoka Event – May 13, 2017

Boat Race Fukuoka – Special event for tourists and international residents! 2017 May 13 (Sat.) 13:00~16:30 at Boat Race Fukuoka (15 minute walk from Tenjin Sta.) This is a rare opportunity to learn about and experience Boat Race. It’s a highly competitive sport in which small but high-powered speed boats race around a water track. […]

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Discovering Hizen Pottery in Kyushu

Hizen was the name of an old province in Kyushu near Saga and Nagasaki prefectures. In April 2016, after cooperation between local governments, Hizen Pottery Zone was approved as a Japanese heritage site by The Agency for Cultural Affairs. Since then, cities in Saga and Nagasaki prefectures have been doing their best to promote the area to Japanese and foreign visitors. This monitor tour was part of the project…

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