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Film Festival Party by Fukuoka Now

The first public meet-and-greet party of the Fukuoka International Film Festival rolled out its red carpet – literally – on Tuesday night for 397 guests from around the world, including 19 directors, actors and producers of films featured in the festival. The event, at Canoviano in Daimyo, offered two floors of cutting-edge entertainment, with Das Funkt spinning records with dancers and stage performers on the elegant ballroom floor and live act Gond-Tune with djembe, sitar, sax, DJ, and other world instruments mellowing out in the sophisticated, stately setting of the 5th floor.

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Photo Booth! Film Festival Party by Fukuoka Now

At the end of our red carpet, we set up a photo booth to snap the stylish crowd as they entered the venue for the Film Festival Party by Fukuoka Now at Canoviano.

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Canada Day 2012

This year’s Fukuoka Canada Day Party was Fukuoka Now’s biggest party to date! 1,265 guests filled the classy venue Il Palazzo, which was decked out as a red ‘n white Canadian wonderland! Everyone enjoyed Canadian food, drinks, music, games, prizes, and a special live stage performance. The selection of booths displaying and selling fine Canadian products included Canadian barbeques (Broil King), Canadian VIBERG boots (Empty Garage), maple syrup (Hirata Sangyou) and Canadian bikes and kayaks (Southern Works). The array of Canadian food and drinks on offer included delicious Canadian lobster, Canadian beef, Canadian pork, pancakes with maple syrup, poutine, ginger ale, Canadian beer, wine and more! As the party went on, competition was tight for the Canadian Trivia Quiz and Best Dresser awards, and guests slammed down bottles of Canada Dry ginger ale for the speed drinking competition. In one of the night’s many highlights, Canadian performer Micaela sang the Barenaked Ladies’ best hits with backup by Ben, to a full house of over 1,200 party guests! BIG thanks to all sponsors and volunteers- without whom the night could not have happened… Fukuoka Canada Day 2012 was sponsored by Nitto Shoji, SFoods, Agriculture Canada, The Canadian Embassy, Fukuoka Canada Society and Hotel Il Palazzo. Check our photo gallery and video report (coming soon) and re-live the night. We can’t wait to do it all again next year, even bigger! Oh, Canada!

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Gaikokujin Star Tanjo 2011

A night of entertainment! Fukuoka Now’s second annual foreign talent contest, Gaikokujin Star Tanjo, was held on Nov. 22 at JR Kyushu Hall. 767 guests enjoyed conversation, food, drinks and a million-dollar view of the city below. Entertainment included Japanese guitarist “Jo”, Das Funkt (DJ) and the sexy Chat Voleur Dancers, as well as the main event itself!

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Here’s a selection of snap shots taken at last Friday night’s DJ party inside Ramen Stadium. Another strong turnout, 450 people to be exact despite the rain.

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Now Lounge Creative Community 2011

The second “Creative Community” was held on May 21 at the same snazzy venue, Hotel Il Palazzo as was the first one was back in October 2009. Once again the works of a dozen local foreign and Japanese artists appeared on large screens while guests enjoyed DJ sounds, drinks and chatting.

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Now Lounge Valentine Party 2011

Wow! What a fantastic night! Thanks to the 743 people who came to our party at With The Style. It really was the hottest night in February! Special thanks to Koji Harada (Elbe) and Onishi-san of Baroque Flowers for the sensational chocolate and flower display.

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Now Lounge – Nov.26, 2010

The last “Now Lounge” of 2010 wrapped the year up in style at Granada Suite, Fukuoka on Friday, Nov. 26 with 735 people in attendance! For 88 guests, the evening began with a sit-down dinner featuring a traditional American Thanksgiving menu.

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Now Lounge Gaijin Idol 2010

The search for Fukuoka’s most talented foreigner brought over 700 people to the Fukuoka Now Lounge on September 17 to watch eight gaijin sing, dance, rap, play guitar, and vogue before a panel of judges.

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Now Lounge Italian Summer Party 2010

Snapshot from Fukuoka Now’s party at Granada Suite Fukuoka on July 2, 2010. 832 people attended. Thanks to all the participants and supporters!

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