Dec 1, 2020
Shudanyamamise: The one time during the Yamakasa festival period that the floats are carried over the Nakagawa River into central Fukuoka. The giant otafuku mask erected at the Sak...
Oct 27, 2020
Founded in 1934, Brasileiro is the oldest cafe in Fukuoka. It was originally located next to the bridge in Nakasu in an eye-catching white two-story building. The cafe doubled...
Oct 6, 2020
This month’s article focuses on two doctors and educators from Fukuoka who were active in the Edo and Meiji eras. The first, Nanmei Kamei (1743 - 1814), was born in Meinohama (now ...
Sep 1, 2020
The Japanese biwa is a type of lute which traces its origins to ancient Persia, and it made its way to Japan from the Silk Road via China. Even today in Arab cultures, a biwa-like ...
Aug 3, 2020
Last year, the City Planning Institute of Japan presented its Urban Design Award to Kyushu University‘s Ito Campus, a 272 ha site stretching from Motooka in Fukuoka City’s Nishi Wa...
Jul 1, 2020
The automobile industry has grown to be one of the most important industries in Japan, and Japanese cars can be found on roads the world over, but one of the cars that started it a...
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...