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May 29, 2017 Now Reports
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 Now Reports
Come See the New and Improved Marine World Uminonakamichi
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 Now Reports
Hakata Elementary School: Open to the Community
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 Now Reports
Choun Yamazaki: A Famous Sculptor from Hakata
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 Now Reports
Learn about Ancient History at the Fukuoka City Archaeology Center
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 Now Reports
Sake Brewery Tours: A Great Way to Stay Warm in Winter
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 Now Reports
Iimori Shrine: Keeper of Ancient Rituals
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 Now Reports
Experience Sumo at the November Tournament
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 Now Reports
Fukuoka to Host the America’s Cup Yacht Race
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 Now Reports
Hakata: A City Built by Merchants
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...