Jun 2, 2020
Every year in June and July, shrines around Japan perform an ancient purification rite called Nagoshi no Harae or Chinowa-kuguri. This is originally one of two Shinto rituals refer...
May 14, 2020
Yasuzaemon Matsunaga (1875 - 1971) was a businessman who contributed to the development of the electric power industry in Japan, earning him the nicknames of “god of electricity” a...
Mar 27, 2020
Hakata dolls, one of Fukuoka's traditional handicrafts, are unglazed porcelain figurines characterized by their smooth white skin. The Bijin Mono (“Beautiful Lady”) series of dolls...
Feb 28, 2020
In Japan, shrines hold various festivals throughout the year, but some of them may seem a little peculiar. One example of this is the Shiohi-sai held every year on April 3 at Sumiy...
Jan 28, 2020
In Fukuoka, a tiny fish called the shiro-uo (or ice goby in English) is considered a harbinger of spring. It measures about 4-5 cm and is transparent. Although it is often mistaken...
Dec 16, 2019
Hakata Hariko dolls are a local handicraft that dates back to the Edo era. Considered good luck charms, popular characters include tigers. The process of making these dolls has rem...
Nov 27, 2019
In Minami Ward, Kosoji Temple is home to an old tomb called the Anakannon dating back to the late Kofun era (6th century). The tomb mound measures approximately 20 meters in diamet...
Oct 30, 2019
With autumn comes the changing leaves, and one of the best places in the city to stroll through the beautiful fall foliage is Yusentei. Yusentei Park features a Japanese garden sit...
Sep 20, 2019
Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) was a Zen monk who left behind a plethora of playful ink paintings, the most famous of which is just a circle, a triangle and a square (“○△□;” referred to ...
Aug 28, 2019
This September and October, Fukuoka and several other cities in Japan will play host to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The world cup, which is held once every four years, pits the top t...