Apr 18, 2019
Dontaku, derived from the Dutch word Zondag (holiday) is one of the largest festivals in Japan, attracting two million spectators annually. On May 3 & 4, the parades begin with the...
Feb 22, 2019
The blossoming of sakura (cherry blossoms) is an occasion for celebration all over Japan. Between late March and early April, families, friends and colleagues come together for oha...
Jan 21, 2019
Every year, families across Japan celebrate Hina Matsuri, otherwise known as Girls’ Day or Doll’s Day. This traditional festival, which takes place on Mar. 3, is an occasion to pra...
Dec 14, 2018
So it’s New Year’s Eve and your friends have gone abroad to visit family or on exotic getaways, and you’re in Fukuoka wondering how to make the most of the last night of the year?
Oct 26, 2018
The coastline of Itoshima is dotted with small fishing ports. At some of these, you might see 50-meter-long structures similar to those used to grow vegetables and flowers on farml...
May 25, 2018
Rainy season can be a drag - wet shoes, lugging an umbrella around town, being stuck indoors - but it’s not all bad. Beautiful ajisai (hydrangea), meaning “water vessel”, are in fu...
Dec 15, 2017
At first glance, kasuri looks simple. It’s a cotton fabric that comes in various shades of blue with recurring patterns in white. Next to the bright colors of a silk kimono, you’d ...
May 29, 2017
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...
May 19, 2017
Bringing together groups and styles prominent in Fukuoka's flower arranging scene, this ikebana festival is well-known to local residents and has been taking place for more than...
May 17, 2017
Enjoy kurozu chicken curry, vinegar-themed lunch, sweets and drinks. Buy Amao vinegar and other...