May 29, 2019
Reiwa, Japan’s newest era, has just begun and the name which means “beautiful harmony” was derived from a passage in the Man'yōshū, Japan's oldest anthology of lyrical poetry. One ...
Apr 25, 2019
Until not very long ago, almost all Japanese schoolgirls wore sailor fuku, or uniforms modeled after sailor suits. But did you know that these uniforms are thought to have originat...
Mar 28, 2019
The Fukuoka Art Museum reopened on Mar. 21 after extensive renovations lasting two-and-a-half years. Aiming to create a more open facility, a new entrance was built on the Ohori Pa...
Feb 27, 2019
On Feb. 1, Fukuoka Tower reopened after a major renovation. The observation deck, which affords a 360-degree panorama of the city, mountains and ocean now features virtual reality ...
Jan 31, 2019
Hakata hasami (scissors), a local handicraft, can last a lifetime if cared for properly, and their sharpness is comparable to that of a samurai sword! Only highly skilled artisans ...
Dec 20, 2018
Across from Kushida Shrine sits a building with traditional lattice doors. This is the Hakata Traditional Performing Arts Centre, which opened in 2017 to spread the word about Haka...
Nov 27, 2018
On December 1, Fukuoka’s newest municipal gymnasium, the Teriha Sekisui House Arena, will open on Island City in Higashi Ward. The four-story building is full of facilities and equ...
Oct 26, 2018
If you like fruit, then Hanahata Horticultural Park is the place for you. Despite being inside the city limits, you can enjoy fruits and flowers year-round. The 14.7-ha park opened...
Sep 27, 2018
According to one theory, Hakata is the birthplace of the woven textiles in Japan. The industry is said to have begun after a merchant named Mitsuda Yazaemon brought back weaving te...
Aug 28, 2018
Fukuoka has been the setting for many films and television shows, and it is the work of the Fukuoka Film Commission to encourage and facilitate filming in the city. In Japan, many ...