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Oct 7, 2022Now Reports
What’s Fukuoka City Really Like?
Voices of Fukuoka’s international residents. In previous posts, I've shared information on updates on Fukuoka City's urban planning and support of its citizens' well-being. And we'...
Jul 19, 2022Now Reports
Interview with New York-based architect Shohei Shigematsu: “What kind of city is Fukuoka?
Fukuoka is currently in the midst of a major urban renewal with redevelopment activity centered on the Tenjin Big Bang project. For this report, we spoke with Shohei Shigematsu, th...
Oct 19, 2021Now Reports
Interview with MJ Di Rocco / Rising Sun Film Festival 2021
MJ di Rocco is the prime mover behind the Rising Sun Film Festival, scheduled this year for Friday, November 5th through Sunday, the 7th. The Fest is now approaching the lift-off ...
Jun 28, 2021Now Reports
My Momochi – Nick Martinez, Pitcher for Softbank Hawks
This month we spoke with a newcomer to Fukuoka and Momochi, Nick Martinez. He might be new in town, but he’s already making friends and emerging as a star pitcher for the Softbank ...
May 27, 2021Now Reports
My Momochi – Rie Emoto’s Career Began Here
Rie Emoto, or more affectionately Emorie, is a local personality whose cute smile never fails to light up the living room through the TV. She began modeling when she was in...
Apr 28, 2021Now Reports
My Momochi – Living in a City Without the Feel of a City
There’s a good chance that many of our readers are aware of this month’s guest, having seen his name around town or even eaten one of his meals. This month we spoke with the man of...
Dec 1, 2020Now Reports
Yukichi Tanaka: Hakata’s Idea Man
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...
Jun 9, 2020Now Reports
Doriano Sulis – Chikuzen Biwa Artisan
Doriano Sulis, an Italian-native artisan of Chikuzen biwa (Japanese lute), has launched a crowdfunding project to save the traditional instrument from disappearing due to lack of k...
Jun 9, 2020Now Reports
Off Broadway – To Be Continued
We met up recently with Luis Matos, who along with his partner Tomoko run Off Broadway, one of the longest-running international bars in Fukuoka. Opened near Suzaki Park in 1993, t...
May 29, 2020Now Reports
Travis Mactier, Canada Kitchen
It turns out, one of his dreams was to operate a food truck. With the support of his wife, friends, and neighbors on February 2 this year, he opened Canada Kitchen on the parking l...