Fukuoka Ceramic & Porcelain Fair 2017

Around 40,000 art-lovers flock to this event annually, at which 200 of Japan’s best craftsmen exhibit and sell ceramics, lacquerware and glassware.

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Jazz Quintet LED BIB to Play Fukuoka

The British new Jazz quintet LED BIB will play Fukuoka as part of their 2017 Japanese tour. Get your tickets now!

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Love FM Festival In Tenjin 2017

This year the annual Love FM festival is being extended to three days. This is the 4th year this festival has taken place and marks the 20th Anniversary of Love FM.

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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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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 sento (public baths) in Japan! So, when we decided to publish a guide to sento in Fukuoka, she was the obvious go-to expert.

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Katayama Setsuzo: Beyond The Portrait

Katayama Setsuzo (1914~2005) took portraits of over 100 famous people who were notable for their additions to Japan’s cultural history during the Showa period.

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Sake Barrel Opening Festival at Hakata Brewery, Ishikura Shuzou

The 100 year old Hakata sake brewery, Ishikura Shuzou, will open this year’s new sake barrels with a two-day weekend celebration in Feb. Try different varieties of sake and free amazake (non-alcoholic sake)…

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Comedy Fukuoka Presents: Steve Hofstetter

Internationally renowned New York comedian Steve Hofstetter is coming to Fukuoka as part of a worldwide tour of over 155 shows. In addition to performing an extended headline feature-length set full comedy show, Steve will also be holding a Q&A session, so you can ask him everything you’ve always wanted to know about life as an internationally-famous comic, known for destroying any hecklers that cross his path…

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Teacher/School Uniform Themed Cafe Until Valentines

Hark back to your school days, where your heart raced into palpitations at the sight of the cute guy in class, or at the mention of a certain teacher..

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Sulbing a Korean Shaved Ice Cafe from Busan Opens in Tenjin

The Korean dessert cafe Sulbing opened Feb. 3 on the B2F floor of Vioro Tenjin, Fukuoka. This is the cafe’s second shop in Japan, following the opening of its shop in Harajuku, Tokyo. Sulbing mainly serves shaved ice, and the most popular flavour is “kinako mochi”, which combines kinako, sliced almonds and mochi (rice flour cake) on top of the shaved ice…

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