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...
Aug 1, 2012
A small group of camphor trees stands on a corner along the small Dekimachi-dori near the Hakata Station. That is said to be the location of the grave of Xie Guoming, who promoted ...
Jun 28, 2012
The history of one of Hakata’s best known festivals, the Hakata Gion Yamakasa held in July, dates back more than 700 years. It is a compelling sight to watch loincloth-clad men run...
May 30, 2012
Ohori Park is an extremely popular site for walking and jogging in an area noted for its water and greenery. Not as many people extend their walk to the site of the Fukuoka Castle ...
Apr 24, 2012
The Fukuoka Open Top Bus tour became a hit soon after it began operation this spring. The open-air buses visit the major sightseeing locations in the city, and the view from the de...
Mar 29, 2012
Attention has focused on natural, environmentally friendly energy since last year’s Tohoku disaster. That’s good news for Kyushu, because the region has a great deal of potential i...
Feb 13, 2012
Stalls are an indispensable part of the Fukuoka night scene. They appear throughout the town as dusk nears, and their operators begin preparing the oden, ramen, and other foods for...
Jan 26, 2012
Korokan is the site that supported Fukuoka’s interaction with visitors from abroad in ancient times. It existed from the 7th to the 11th centuries as a guest house for delegations ...