Jan 28, 2016
hen the cold weather comes, many of us start to crave nabemono, or hot pot dishes. Hakata’s most famous nabemono are mizutaki (chicken hot pot) and motsunabe (tripe hot pot). Mizut...
Dec 21, 2015
Hot or cold, rain or shine, the nice thing about Tenjin is that you can get around by walking through the Chikagai, an underground shopping arcade that opened in 1976. Including a ...
Nov 27, 2015
Nowadays kids seem to prefer video games, but some of them still enjoy old school activities, like kite-flying or top-spinning, during the New Year’s holiday. As the name implies, ...
Oct 28, 2015
Every year in mid-November, the shopkeepers in Fukuoka’s shopping arcades hold a bargain sale called seimon-barai. To show their appreciation, shopkeepers offer their wares at barg...
Sep 28, 2015
Ekken Kaibara was an Edo Era philosopher whom Philipp Franz von Siebold, the German physician and botanist who spent time in Nagasaki, once called “the Aristotle of Japan.” He auth...
Aug 27, 2015
Island City is an artificial island that was built in Hakata Bay in part to bolster the city's port functions. The island is divided into the port zone, which features a state-of-t...
Jul 29, 2015
Not far from the airport, in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Hakata Ward, sits a small park-like facility. Surrounded by greenery, what looks like a regular park at fir...
Jul 1, 2015
Martial arts clubs have always been a mainstay of Japanese high schools, and two of the more popular ones are judo and kendo. Many children learn judo and kendo at small training c...
May 27, 2015
At the northern end of Fukuoka City lies Hakata Port, the city's ocean gateway. Every year, two million visitors pass through the port, making it Japan's busiest passenger port for...
Apr 30, 2015
Every month, the Hakataza Theater plays host to a range of different performances, from kabuki to musicals to plays. As the largest theater in Kyushu, it draws audiences from all o...