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.
Oct 1, 2011
Created in Germany, the environmentally friendly velotaxis are large tricycles designed to carry passengers as well as the driver. They’re starting to be seen in greater numbers in...
Sep 1, 2011
The streets of Fukuoka come alive every autumn with a dazzling array of events for Asia Month. One of those events is the Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival.
Aug 1, 2011
Konoha Mall Hashimoto, a large commercial facility, has opened in Fukuoka City’s Nishi Ward. One shop in the complex is an interesting establishment called M&M slow, which sells su...
Jul 1, 2011
When Kobo Daishi (Kukai) returned from T’ang Dynasty China in 809, he built Tocho-ji, said to be the first Shingon Mikkyo Buddhist temple in Japan. The temple has a long and distin...
Jun 1, 2011
Fukuoka is a city with a long stretches of waterfront. It faces Hakata Bay to the north, and rivers wind their way through the central part of the city.