Monthly Archives: March 2011

Delving Deeper: Local Temples and Shrines of Fukuoka City

Recently, having finally finished cleaning up and hauling furniture, the combination of the desire to relax and passable weather was enough to prompt me to get out and start exploring Fukuoka City in more depth. I had been to Atago … Continue reading

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Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and the Kyushu National Museum

Daizaifu Tenmangu Shrine and Kyushu National Museum are both located in Dazaifu, just a short distance from central Fukuoka City (about 30 min. from Tenjin Station on the Nishitetsu Omuta Line). These are the two most popular tourist spots in … Continue reading

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Foreign Press Creating Unnecessary Panic

Today, one of my friends introduced me to this article, titled Japan: Rumors and Misinformation Create Undue Panic. It’s true. The foreign media has been publishing things that are unfounded, and some of which are based on the foggiest of … Continue reading

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Fukuoka Now Lifeline: Information About the Current Earthquake/Tsunami Crisis and Disaster Preparedness in Fukuoka

  Fukuoka Now Lifeline, a new website, has gone online with the goal of acting as a center of disaster preparedness information for expats and other non-Japanese in the Fukuoka area. If the recent events have taught us anything, being … Continue reading

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Hakata Hanami: Fukuoka Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots for 2011

As winter fades away and the sun begins to make daily appearances, the cherry blossom season is almost upon us. The best time for viewing blossoms in Fukuoka in 2011 will be March 30 to April 7 (according to the … Continue reading

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Tsunami and Earthquake Disaster in Tohoku and Kanto

As I’m sure most of you have heard, the Tohoku and Kanto Regions of Japan have been hit hard by the recent series of tsunamis and earthquakes. I’ve decided to postpone today’s article and instead post information that may be … Continue reading

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Opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen (“Bullet Train”)

On March 12, 2011, the Kyushu Shinkansen (“bullet train”) line will be complete and open for operation. Previously, the Shinkansen (Sanyo Line) ran from Osaka to Fukuoka, and the Kyushu Shinkansen ran from Kagoshima to Shin-Yatsushiro, with the two connected … Continue reading

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