May 29, 2017
Did you know that the hydrangeas that bloom during the rainy season in June and July are native to Japan? People have enjoyed these flowers since olden times, and they are even men...
Apr 25, 2017
Marine World Uminonakamichi, the only aquarium in Fukuoka Prefecture, reopened on Apr. 12 after undergoing renovations. Previously, the aquarium showcased fish and other ocean life...
Mar 30, 2017
Created by the merger of four schools in the Hakata area (Reisen, Naraya, Gokusho, and Ohama), Hakata Elementary School has garnered nationwide attention for its unique architectur...
Feb 28, 2017
In the middle of Higashi Park stands a bronze statue of Emperor Kameyama, who ruled in the Kamakura period at the end of the 13th century. When the Mongols invaded, he visited shri...
Jan 24, 2017
Since ancient times, Fukuoka has functioned as a gateway to the Asian continent. Today’s city sits atop several layers of historical ruins. There are over 1,000 historical ruins th...
Dec 21, 2016
When winter sets in, sake offers a great way to stay warm. When many people think of Kyushu, they think shochu is king, but there are actually many long-standing sake breweries in ...
Nov 25, 2016
Located at the foot of Mt. Iimori in Nishi Ward, Iimori Shrine is an ancient shrine said to have been founded in 859 and dedicated to the mountain itself. The shrine used to have t...
Oct 31, 2016
Have you ever noticed an influx of big men sporting topknots in November? That’s because the November Tournament (aka “Kyushu Basho”) of the Grand Sumo takes place in Fukuoka ever...
Sep 27, 2016
You may have stayed up late watching the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio this summer, but did you know another world famous sporting event is coming to closer shores this fall?...
Aug 25, 2016
A gateway to the outside world since olden times, Hakata began to flourish as a commercial port city in the middle ages. Hakata began trading with Ming China under a...