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Aug 27, 2015 Now Reports
Island City Turns 10
Island City is an artificial island that was built in Hakata Bay in part to bolster the city's port functions. The island is divided into the port zone, which features a state-of-t...
Jul 29, 2015 Now Reports
Learn about the Beginning of Rice Cultivation at the Itazuke Ruins
Not far from the airport, in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Hakata Ward, sits a small park-like facility. Surrounded by greenery, what looks like a regular park at fir...
Jul 1, 2015 Now Reports
Fukuoka’s National Judo and Kendo Tournaments
Martial arts clubs have always been a mainstay of Japanese high schools, and two of the more popular ones are judo and kendo. Many children learn judo and kendo at small training c...
May 27, 2015 Now Reports
Getting Ready for a New Waterfront
At the northern end of Fukuoka City lies Hakata Port, the city's ocean gateway. Every year, two million visitors pass through the port, making it Japan's busiest passenger port for...
Apr 30, 2015 Now Reports
Nakasu-Kawabata: A Center of Entertainment since the Edo Period
Every month, the Hakataza Theater plays host to a range of different performances, from kabuki to musicals to plays. As the largest theater in Kyushu, it draws audiences from all o...
Mar 27, 2015 Now Reports
So, Who Was Mr. Watanabe?
Watanabe-dori is the north-south thoroughfare that runs through Tenjin in downtown Fukuoka. It is lined with commercial buildings and offices and is always bustling with people and...
Feb 26, 2015 Now Reports
Learn about Literature in a Meiji Era Western Building
Located at the far end of Tenjin on Showa-dori Ave, the Akarenga Cultural Center is a western style red brick building with granite embellishments and a copper roof. Built in 1909 ...
Jan 28, 2015 Now Reports
Creating Fukuoka’s Future
In March 2014, Fukuoka was selected as one of the Japanese government's National Strategic Special Zones. The purpose of the zones is to foster competitive industries in certain re...
Dec 22, 2014 Now Reports
Tenmangu: The Origin of Tenjin’s Name
Tenmangu are Shinto shrines dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, the god of learning. There are many tenmangu throughout Japan, but one of the most famous of these shrines is in Da...
Nov 28, 2014 Now Reports
Today Even Christmas Illuminations are Eco-Friendly
Many people enjoy the illuminations that light up the city at the end of the year. They are wowed not only by the shimmering lights, but by the ingenious design as well. Light-up ...