May 27, 2013
Sometimes things that seem commonplace to those of us who live in Fukuoka are considered remarkable in other parts of Japan. One example of this is the City's trash collection syst...
Apr 26, 2013
The Fukuoka City Museum is currently holding an exhibit called "The First Zen Temple Shofukuji" until June 16. As the title of this exhibit implies, Shofukuji Temple in Hakata-ku ...
Mar 29, 2013
A series of roads, or kaido, were built throughout Japan in the Edo Era for both feudal lords trekking to Edo and regular travelers. The most famous road in Kyushu was the Nagasaki...
Feb 28, 2013
NHK has announced it will air “Gunshi Kanbei” (Kanbei, the Strategist), a serial drama depicting Kanbei Kuroda, the founding father of Fukuoka, next year. Kanbei (aka Yoshitaka) wa...
Jan 30, 2013
Celebrated throughout Japan on Feb. 3, Setsubun is the day when people throw beans and chant "Out with the devil! In with luck!" to drive bad luck out of their homes. Fukuoka is fa...
Dec 20, 2012
Despite being the biggest city in Kyushu, Fukuoka is blessed with nature’s bounty. The city is known for its delicious dishes, but the secret lies with its fresh local ingredients....
Nov 28, 2012
Fukuoka has created many musicians and artists, many of whom have become prominent in classical music. Emblematic of that is the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. Based in Fukuoka City, i...
Oct 30, 2012
The Hakata-ori woven textile is a traditional Hakata craft as well known as the Hakata ningyo dolls. It has been popular for centuries for use in kimono and obi as a silk textile d...
Sep 26, 2012
Fukuoka City is known as Kyushu’s core urban area, but it might come as a surprise to know that it’s also a paradise for wild birds. In fact, it’s one of the best places in the cou...
Aug 29, 2012
Hojoya is a festival heralding the advent of autumn in Hakata. It is a lively event during which many open-air stalls line the approach to the Hakozaki shrine. Many people turn out...