The Fukuoka City Subway system is unique in that each station has its own symbol, a depiction showing something characteristic about the district or area that station is in. Continuing on from a previous post covering the symbols of the Kuko Line, I explain the symbols along the Hakozaki Line, which branches off from the Kuko Line at Nakasu-Kawabata and continues northward along the bay toward Kaizuka.
The Nanakuma Line will be covered in a later post. Descriptions are based on Japanese descriptions by the Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau, and romanizations of station names are the same as the official romanizations.
The kanji characters “Naka” from “Nakasu” and “Kawa” from “Kawabata” are arranged to look like a crest on one of the long happi coats used in Fukuoka’s famous Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival.
Hakata Bay can be accessed along a straight path from this station. The boat graphic is designed based on the ships that went in and out of the nearby sode-no-minato (called so because it was shaped like the sode, or sleeve, of a woman’s kimono) to carry items for trade between Japan and the Song Dynasty.
Toka-Ebisu Shrine in nearby Higashi Park has been believed to provide blessings for success in business and trade since ancient times. The station’s symbol depicts the god Ebisu’s face, which symbolizes success in business and trade.
The doves that can be seen flying near the Nichiren statue in Higashi Park are symbols of peace, and they also symbolize the “nursing care” provided by the Kyushu University Hospital (served by this station). The station symbols was designed to resemble the shape of a flying dove.
This station’s symbol depicts the great torii gate of Hazokazi Hachimangu Shrine, a cultural asset beloved by the citizens of Fukuoka City.
The Chiyo Matsubara pine forest is near this station, and the symbol features a pine tree design motif. This station serves Kyushu University, and the bottom branches of the tree depicted are in the same curving shape as the “Kyu” (九) from “Kyushu University.”
Kaizuka Park is located nearby, and the kai (shell) part of the station name is depicted through the station’s symbol design. The conch shell’s spiraling shape represents this station’s role as a transportation hub.
* Note: Images are linked from the Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau’s website.