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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

Suzukake Honten

Suzukake has been making wagashi (Japanese sweets) in Fukuoka for almost 100 years. The shop uses select ingredients to create traditional sweets with a modern flair...

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FOOD & DRINK

Nagata Pan Hakozaki

Just in front of Hakozaki Shrine’s main gate is a cozy bakery called Nagata Pan. Occupying a renovated old house, this place focuses on providing “really delicious bread”. In the s...

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FOOD & DRINK

Sushi Kappo Tatsuki

Mikiko Kojima greets customers with a smile as they cross the threshold of Sushi Kappo Tatsuki in Meinohama. The restaurant is built on the same site her family home once stood, ne...

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