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 since the internet came into being but nothing says Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year like a card in the post…

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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 be somewhat lost. If for the sake of religion, tradition, curiosity or community, you want to have a more Christian Christmas…

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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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How to Navigate the Fukuoka International Airport International Terminal

The Fukuoka Airport International Terminal is Fukuoka’s gateway to the world. Whether you’re departing or arriving, it’s useful, and most importantly relaxing, to be able to navigate the terminal quickly and easy. In this guide, Nathan Spencer introduces you to Fukuoka’s International Terminal, giving you all the info you need to breeze through terminal in style…

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Hakata Light Up Walk 2016 – Mini Guide

Until Nov. 27, thirteen shrines and temples near Hakata Station will be spectacularly illuminated every evening between 17:30 and 21:00, allowing you to see the temples in, quite literally, a new light…

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Unveiling the Crafts of Kurume – Kurume Kasuri Tour Report

There is a rumor in the air: the fashion-world has cottoned on to Kurume Kasuri. Eager to see what the fuss is all about, Fukuoka Now took a day trip to Kurume City. Kurume, today, is the largest of only three remaining weaving centers in Japan…

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The America’s Cup Fukuoka 2016 – In Photos

On the weekend of 19 and 20 Nov 2016, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series concluded in Fukuoka with two days of high-speed racing that saw Land Rover BAR emerge victorious after six closely fought races. Crowds of eager spectators swarmed to to Jigyohama beach to watch home team favourites Team Softbank Japan put on a fine show, winning the second race of the competition in true style…

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Bungee Jump in Kyushu with Bungy Japan

Deep in Kumamoto Prefecture, in the land of tall mountains and deep valleys, lies the village of Itsuki.

The village hugs the mountains, and on its western border, the land drops steeply to the emerald waters of the Kawabe river. Spanning the river is a bridge of unlikely height, standing 66m above the water below. From here, if you’re feeling brave, you can bungee jump…

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Fukuoka Coffee Festival 2016

Early November has brought a crisp, bright canopy of autumn leaves to the city and, last weekend, a similarly striking event, the inaugural Fukuoka Coffee Festival, kicked off at JR Kyushu Hall. Just as those natural colours have lit up the streets with blazing growth and change, this Hakata-based event emphatically highlighted the vibrancy and […]

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Tour De Arita 2016 – In Photos

The third Tour de Arita classic car meeting was held over two days on Sat. 12th and Sun. 13th of November. The event is growing in popularity and this year 52 vehicles took part, with some enthusiasts driving down from as far away as Tokyo to participate. Indeed, one particularly keen entrant drove all that […]

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