Jan 28, 2015
In March 2014, Fukuoka was selected as one of the Japanese government's National Strategic Special Zones. The purpose of the zones is to foster competitive industries in certain re...
Dec 22, 2014
Tenmangu are Shinto shrines dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, the god of learning. There are many tenmangu throughout Japan, but one of the most famous of these shrines is in Da...
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...