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 ...
Jan 1, 2012
Many Japanese return to their hometowns for the holidays, and most of them use the opportunity to savor local cooking again while they’re home. One typical New Year’s dish is zoni,...
Dec 1, 2011
The opportunities for gift-giving will increase with Christmas and New Year’s approaching. Happily, several new shopping spots perfect for gift selection have opened their doors in...
Nov 1, 2011
Many traditional crafts that utilize manual dexterity still survive in Hakata. One facility where all of these crafts can be seen is the Hakata Traditional Craft Center.