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! Dome, showcased the latest products from Nintendo, Sony, Bandai and more.

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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 sento (public baths) in Japan! So, when we decided to publish a guide to sento in Fukuoka, she was the obvious go-to expert.

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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 pray for the well-being and prosperity of girls. It is thought that the festival has its roots in an ancient purification ceremony, in which dolls were floated down the river, taking all of the girls’ bad luck with them.

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Sulbing a Korean Shaved Ice Cafe from Busan Opens in Tenjin

The Korean dessert cafe Sulbing opened Feb. 3 on the B2F floor of Vioro Tenjin, Fukuoka. This is the cafe’s second shop in Japan, following the opening of its shop in Harajuku, Tokyo. Sulbing mainly serves shaved ice, and the most popular flavour is “kinako mochi”, which combines kinako, sliced almonds and mochi (rice flour cake) on top of the shaved ice…

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Sento in Fukuoka

Sento are a unique part of Fukuoka and Japanese culture and one of the best ways to fight off the winter chill. Sento are onsen without the fuss: they are easier to get to, cheaper and rooted in local communal life. Perhaps most importantly, if you’re tired of squeezing into a tiny Japanese bath, the large baths are place to spread out and relax, release your daily stresses and make new acquaintances. Read on to find out more about Fukuoka’s sento and how to visit them! Be sure to study our etiquette guide below as it contains important tips to play by the sento rules.

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The Surprising Story of Sento

Aonghas Crowe reports on his experience of sento for Fukuoka Now and how over time he converted himself and his sons from shower-lovers to bath lovers through the power of sento

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Fukuoka Now Internship Report 2017

Jasmin Bethke (Germany) reports on her three month internship at Fukuoka Now. Read on to here how she got on, and for information on how you can undertake an internship at Fukuoka Now.

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Fukuoka Strawberry Picking Guide 2017

Strawberry picking is a popular activity in Japan between December and May and Fukuoka is famous for its big, sweet strawberries. Now’s the time to go-a-picking! If you have an appetite for strawberries, check our online guide for tips, locations, photos and a map to get you started on your berry good (pardon the punnet) winter adventures!

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Coming of Age Day in Fukuoka, Japan

Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi) takes place annually on the second Monday of January to celebrate the birthdays of all those who have reached the magical age of twenty…

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