Benjamin Tarquin

Meet Benjamin Tarquin, one of the creators, and star of the “HAKATag CLAPS” video – if you haven’t seen it yet…

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June 2017 Fukuoka Now

Hope you are hungry – because in this month’s edition of Fukuoka Now we have lots of tasty information for you! Have you wanted to try Kobe beef? This month we introduce Ryuen Nishinakasu, the one and only yakiniku restaurant in Fukuoka to serve authentic Kobe Beef. It’s not cheap, but affordable if ordered as part of a set. Another reason to go is the sparkling riverside views. This month’s noodle shop selection also ventures outside of…

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May 2017 Fukuoka Now

Japanese national holidays including Showa Day, Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day and Children’s Day are all lumped near the first week of May and for many it’s truly a Golden Week! The skies are blue and the air is warm and without humidity. Enjoy it while it lasts! Dontaku is the big festival and naturally Fukuoka Now has a guide for you. This month we introduce a great robatayaki-style izakaya and a shochu bar…

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Ippudo Stand – Some Sake with your Ramen?

Ippudo is back in Tenjin – and it’s got a new flavor. Devotees of the brand’s trademark ramen needn’t worry: the revamped Nishi-dori branch still serves steaming bowls of Shiromaru (classic) and Akamaru (modern) ramen on the second floor. But downstairs you’ll find a different kind of…

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Explore Fukuoka & Beyond!

However long you have in Fukuoka, it’s easy to get a feel for the city and explore further afield. Here are some suggestions for inside and outside Fukuoka City. Ship’s Garden Jutting out into the river, this ship-shaped terrace is Fukuoka’s newest landmark. On the ground floor is Bill’s Fukuoka, famous for its gourmet breakfasts, […]

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April 2017 Fukuoka Now

By the time you read this the city’s parks should be turning pink with the color of cherry blossoms. On the cover of this month’s magazine is a shot taken from the ruins of Fukuoka Castle in Maizuru Park. Our gourmet page gets a bit more down-to-earth as we introduce…

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This Month in Fukuoka: April 2017

Welcome to Fukuoka Now! Since 1998 our team of local experts have been introducing the best of Fukuoka to the world. Here are our This Month picks for the month of March, featuring Saturday. AND READY, a beautiful cafe created and run by a local design firm; Bayern Fukuoka, 45 different local and import beers to enjoy; and Udon Daigaku, an udon bar with over 30 varieties of udon. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

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Visit Chikugo for a Relaxing Trip in Fukuoka

The Chikugo area is in Fukuoka Prefecture, thirty minutes to an hour south of Fukuoka City. Full of culture, history and with activities galore, it’s a perfect trip from Fukuoka. We’ve compiled three, two-day weekend adventures for those who want a break from the bustle of the city.

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Yanagawa Hina Festival 2017

Every year on Mar. 3, the Hina (Doll) Festival is held to pray for the health of young girls. (It is also known as Momo no Sekku, an auspicious date that traditionally marks the coming of spring.) The custom is said to have begun in the Heian era (794-1185) when people would try to drive away evil spirits by transferring them to dolls. Although the custom varies throughout Japan, families with young girls still display dolls even today. Dolls are set up on Feb. 4, a date known as risshun (“onset of spring”) in the old calendar, and people celebrate by eating three colors of mochi rice cakes—green, pink and white. In Yanagawa, the first Hina Festival for a new baby girl is marked with sagemon—colorful, hanging decorations that each family has passed down for generations.

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Introducing Kurume Kasuri

At first glance, kasuri looks simple. It’s a cotton fabric that comes in various shades of blue with recurring patterns in white. Next to the bright colors of a silk kimono, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this textile is, frankly, plain.

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