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U-houseing: Made-in-Japan Solid Wood Furniture and Wooden Items

Ikea has a lot to answer for. And we’re not just talking about the hours lost fiddling about with an Allen key. So ubiquitous have the Swedish mega-maker’s pale-blond designs becom...

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Discovering Yame-cha, Shincha and Yame City – A Tea Picking Day Trip

Yame Tea is famous not just in Japan but increasingly throughout the world! In late April, a group of foreign residents from Fukuoka City visited Yuge Seicha, one of Yame City’s mo...

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Cat Island & Glass Wind Chime Painting Experience Day Trip

Imagine an island where cats reign supreme. Ok, so we could be describing any part of Japan, a country notorious for its appreciation of felines of all stripes. But within easy rea...

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Yakuin

Jonansen (“South-of-the-castle line”) is one of Fukuoka’s more interestingly named streets, and is so-called because it was previously a streetcar route. Nowadays, Yakuin, the area...

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Imazu Stone Fortification and Bishamon-yama

Imazu, in Nishi-ku, lies on the east coast of the Itoshima Peninsula. Blessed with oceans, mountains and unspoiled landscapes, it is also an important historical area. From ancient...

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Yanagibashi Shokudo

Often warmly referred to as "Fukuoka's Kitchen", the Yanagibashi Fresh Food Market is one of the Fukuoka's most colorful and fascinating places for foreigners to visit.

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Sushi Naniwa

Located near Sumiyoshi Shrine, Naniwa is run by second-generation owner Tadao Obayashi. His love of local seafood stems from a part-time job at the Nagahama Seafood Market where he...

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Shifuku

Located amongst the warehouses near Fukuoka Airport, this ramen shop is not easy to find but is well worth the effort. Owner Yoshinobu Sakimukai is from Kagoshima where ramen is of...

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