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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! Dom...

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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 sen...

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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 pra...

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AREA GUIDE

Minoshima

Minoshima was once a bustling shopping area known as the Kitchen of Hakata. Today, over 50 mostly family-run shops with the nostalgic look of the Showa era remain (1920s to ‘80s). ...

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AREA GUIDE

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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FOOD & DRINK

Udon Biyori

Chie Yarimizu wanted to run a restaurant where she could see people go about their daily life, so the residential location near the Baikoen Greenway was perfect for Udon Biyori. Or...

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FOOD & DRINK

Little Korea Apuro Daimyo

Following the success of their restaurants in Ohashi and Yakuin, Apuro opened in Daimyo in May 2010...

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FOOD & DRINK

Espresso Stand TAGSTÅ

"Meet me at Tagstå" is a common refrain in Fukuoka. This landmark of a coffee stand is located next to Hakata's kitchen, Yanagibashi Market. The name Tagstå, derived from the Danis...

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