Nov 28, 2014
Many people enjoy the illuminations that light up the city at the end of the year. They are wowed not only by the shimmering lights, but by the ingenious design as well. Light-up ...
Oct 27, 2014
In Najima, in Higashi Ward, lies the ruins of a castle of the same name. It was the first place Nagamasa Kuroda called home after moving from Nakatsu in Buzen (now western Oita Pr...
Sep 26, 2014
Over the past several years, an increasing number of people in Japan have taken up marathon running and jogging, and many of these runners set their sights on the various regional ...
Aug 28, 2014
Over the past several years, art exhibitions called triennales have been popping up around Japan. Triennale is an Italian word that means 'once every three years' (English equivale...
Jul 30, 2014
Kanbei Kuroda and his son Nagamasa founded the Fukuoka Domain, but they encountered many difficulties along the road to daimyohood. All the while, the Kurodas, who were originally ...
Jun 27, 2014
Water: we need it to live, but per capita household water use in Japan almost doubled between the 1960s and the 2000s. The biggest increase has been recorded in the populous urban ...
May 28, 2014
Located in Higashi-ku, Kashii-gu Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. According to legend, Empress Jingu had a shrine built in the year 200 in honor of her husband,...
Apr 30, 2014
Maizuru Park, the site of the ruins of Fukuoka Castle, is well known for its cherry blossoms, but did you know about its peony garden? After the cherry blossoms have fallen, you ca...
Mar 31, 2014
In 1242, Enni Ben'en (posthumous name: Shouichi Kokushi) founded Jotenji Temple, a place with deep ties to Hakata-ori textiles and the presumed origin of the Hakata Yamakasa festiv...
Feb 28, 2014
Located on a hill jutting into Hakata Bay, Nishi Park provides stunning views of the bay as well as Nokonoshima and Shikanoshima islands from its observation deck. Its wealth of na...