Jun 1, 2021
Nagoya and Yamaguchi are well-known for the traditional Japanese sweet called uiro, but some believe the chewy steamed cakes originated in Hakata. This is because of a stone monum...
Apr 26, 2021
Spring has sprung, and this is a great time of year to take a stroll in the shade of Fukuoka’s tree-lined streets. Technically...
Mar 23, 2021
Fukuoka was home to the first public library in Japan. Called the Kushida Bunko, it was opened in 1818 on the premises of Kushida Shrine, the grand tutelary shrine of Hakata. Altho...
Mar 1, 2021
Not far from the bay, Atago Shrine is located on top of Mt. Atago in Nishi Ward. From its hilltop perch, the shrine affords visitors panoramic views of the Momochihama district, wh...
Jan 29, 2021
In this month’s article, we are showcasing two important ancient ruins located within the city limits. In Hakata Ward, the Kanenokuma Remains was a communal graveyard built in a lo...
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 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...
Oct 27, 2020
Founded in 1934, Brasileiro is the oldest cafe in Fukuoka. It was originally located next to the bridge in Nakasu in an eye-catching white two-story building. The cafe doubled...
Oct 6, 2020
This month’s article focuses on two doctors and educators from Fukuoka who were active in the Edo and Meiji eras. The first, Nanmei Kamei (1743 - 1814), was born in Meinohama (now ...
Sep 1, 2020
The Japanese biwa is a type of lute which traces its origins to ancient Persia, and it made its way to Japan from the Silk Road via China. Even today in Arab cultures, a biwa-like ...