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Oct 2016 Fukuoka Now

October marks the start of Autumn proper and one of the most pleasant seasons in Fukuoka. The significance of the changing season isn’t lost to the Japanese and, throughout Autumn, Fukuokans can be seen enjoying themselves at one of the many colourful festivals in Hakata that make up Akihaku…

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Akihaku Guide 2016

The Hakata area comes alive in fall, with the Hakata Akihaku – a series of colorful events and festivals in October and November with food, drink, art and music galore…

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Hakata Trivia 2016

Hakata is full of hidden (and not so hidden) gems. Many remain unnoticed by the casual observer, but play a crucial role in telling the tale of the city’s culture & history. Delve into the world of Hakata Trivia

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This Month in Fukuoka – October 2016

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 October featuring two wonderful cafes and a fantastic noodle spot. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

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Hojoya Guide 2016

Autumn in Hakata is not complete without a trip to Hakozakigu Shrine. Every year, more than one million people visit the shrine during the festival…

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Grape & Fig Picking in Tanushimaru

The town of Tanushimaru is famous as the birthplace of Kyoho grapes, known as the “king of grapes”. It’s also where the first…

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Hakata Gion Yamakasa Guide 2016

You’ve probably already spotted some loincloth-clad men running around town. These men are participants in Fukuoka’s most anticipated annual festival, Hakata Gion Yamakasa. The highlight of the festival kicks off at exactly 4:59am on July 15th when thousands of men from seven districts race through the streets carrying decorative one-ton floats…

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Fukuoka’s Special Sweets

Fukuoka is home to many famous Japanese sweets. During the Edo era, Nagasaki was the only port from which the invaluable commodity of sugar entered Japan. Since the Kuroda Clan of Fukuoka was in charge of protecting Nagasaki, it was granted special permission to purchase sugar directly from the merchants. The popular sweets of this bygone era have undergone a few changes, but the people of today still know and love them…

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Introducing Koharu: A Modern Geisha in Fukuoka

If you thought geisha belonged to Japan’s past, think again. A small but dedicated group of women continue to keep the tradition alive right here in Fukuoka. We met their newest member: an English-speaking, world-traveling geisha who dreams of performing abroad…

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Fukuoka Trivia – 22 Things You’ll Be Surprised to Learn About Fukuoka

Welcome to Fukuoka! You might not know it, but you’re in the city of startups, salons, sci-fi stadiums, strangely large strawberries and, um, snazzy sewage treatment. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time local, there are always more things to discover that make Fukuoka fabulous. Read on for some facts about our fair city that you won’t find in a guidebook….

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