Dec 31, 2020
The Koshiki Islands are located about 45km off western Kagoshima Prefecture. A large bridge (the longest in Kagoshima Prefecture, 1,533m) was opened in August 2020, connecting Kami...
Dec 24, 2020
Kushida Shrine, referred to affectionately by locals as Okushida-san, has been home to the city’s guardian deity since olden times. Although Kushida Shrine has been mentioned sever...
Dec 22, 2020
So it’s New Year’s Eve and your friends have gone abroad to visit family or on exotic getaways, and you’re in Fukuoka wondering how to make the most of the last night of the year?
Dec 18, 2020
Hatsu-uri literally means “first sale”, and is one of many Japanese ‘first-of-the-year’ traditions, which range from hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the year, to hatsuhinode, ...
Dec 11, 2020
On December 5, 2020, a capsule containing rock and soil from an asteroid named Ryugu landed in a barren region near Woomera, South Australia. The samples were collected by the Haya...
Dec 10, 2020
With overseas travel shut down, we thought about where we wanted to travel in Japan. The answer was obvious - Kyoto. We hadn't been there in years, and now that there are fewer tou...
Dec 9, 2020
Food & Drinks
Just a five-minute walk from Hakata Station Chikushi Exit, Fukuoka’s popular motsunabe (hotpot with offal, tripe, and veggies) specialty restaurant Yamanaka opened its third locati...
Dec 8, 2020
"Gantan" means New Year's Day in Japanese. The term has particular significance given that the Chinese characters relate to the importance placed on the first sunrise of the year. ...
Dec 2, 2020
Nengajo are special Japanese New Year’s cards that come with domestic postage included. They can be bought from stationery stores around Fukuoka such as Loft, but a great place to ...
Dec 1, 2020
Shudanyamamise: The one time during the Yamakasa festival period that the floats are carried over the Nakagawa River into central Fukuoka. The giant otafuku mask erected at the Sak...