Sep 20, 2019
Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) was a Zen monk who left behind a plethora of playful ink paintings, the most famous of which is just a circle, a triangle and a square (“○△□;” referred to ...
Aug 28, 2019
This September and October, Fukuoka and several other cities in Japan will play host to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The world cup, which is held once every four years, pits the top t...
Jul 26, 2019
Tachibanayama is a mountain 367 m high, located on the border between Higashi Ward and the towns of Shingu and Hisayama. It may not be a very tall mountain, but because it is locat...
Jun 26, 2019
Fukuoka is home to several seaside parks located along Hakata Bay. One of the city's most popular destinations in the summer is Fukuoka City Seaside Park in Momochihama. A man-made...
May 29, 2019
Reiwa, Japan’s newest era, has just begun and the name which means “beautiful harmony” was derived from a passage in the Man'yōshū, Japan's oldest anthology of lyrical poetry. One ...
Apr 25, 2019
Until not very long ago, almost all Japanese schoolgirls wore sailor fuku, or uniforms modeled after sailor suits. But did you know that these uniforms are thought to have originat...
Mar 28, 2019
The Fukuoka Art Museum reopened on Mar. 21 after extensive renovations lasting two-and-a-half years. Aiming to create a more open facility, a new entrance was built on the Ohori Pa...
Feb 27, 2019
On Feb. 1, Fukuoka Tower reopened after a major renovation. The observation deck, which affords a 360-degree panorama of the city, mountains and ocean now features virtual reality ...
Jan 31, 2019
Hakata hasami (scissors), a local handicraft, can last a lifetime if cared for properly, and their sharpness is comparable to that of a samurai sword! Only highly skilled artisans ...
Dec 20, 2018
Across from Kushida Shrine sits a building with traditional lattice doors. This is the Hakata Traditional Performing Arts Centre, which opened in 2017 to spread the word about Haka...