Nov 1, 2016
A UNESCO preliminary review panel announced yesterday, Oct. 31, they are recommending that 33 festivals in Japan receive Intangible Cultural Heritage status. This includes five fes...
Jul 8, 2016
Gion Manju sweets are sold exclusively during the Yamakasa Festival period (between Jul. 1 and Jul. 15). These soft, plump sweets are made from sweet red bean paste enclosed in a s...
Jun 9, 2016
On Jun. 2, the official characters for Hakata Gion Yamakasa were announced. The characters come from a play on the words...
May 28, 2015
Municipalities around Japan, including local governments in Kyushu, are starting to enact restrictions on the small unmanned aircraft commonly referred to as drones. On a May 26 me...
Aug 19, 2014
Fukuoka has been selected as the location for the next two sequels of the Jackie Chan-produced action movie, “Impetuous Love in Action”, which hits Chinese theaters this September....
Jul 11, 2014
Hakata Gion Yamakasa is in full swing! Although you still have to wait a few days for the main event (Oiyamakasa race on July 15), you can take the opportunity to visit fourteen de...
Jun 27, 2014
Selected news topics by Fukuoka Now from Fukuoka’s Shisei Dayori.
Jun 26, 2014
Mega-movie star Tom Cruise delighted fans in Fukuoka with a 20 minute appearance in front of JR Hakata Station today. He was in town to promote his new film, “All You Need is Kill”...
Oct 25, 2013
Jul 30, 2013
It is shortly before 5am on Monday 15th July and I am stumbling, camera in sweaty hand, down a narrow street thronged with the bleary-eyed but visibly excited population of Fukuoka...