Category Archives: History/Culture

Unforgettable: Kyushu by Local Train

In the spring of 2012, I took a trip around the island of Kyushu by train. The route was a massive loop hugging the coasts of the island, and the journey lasted almost two weeks. My primary means of transport … Continue reading

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B-kyu Cuisine: Delicious Undercurrent in the Japanese Culinary World

If you have been in Japan for some time or enjoy following Japanese cultural trends, chances are you have already heard the phrase B-kyu cuisine or B-kyu gourmet. It is often used in reference to cheap and tasty foods, but what exactly … Continue reading

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Top Ten Japanese Character Mascots 2013

The time has come to announce Finding Fukuoka’s top ten yuru-kyara (character mascots for PR purposes) for 2013. The intense proliferation of these characters in every aspect of Japanese life has presented a plethora of amazing candidates for this list, and it … Continue reading

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The Four Seasons in Japan

If you spend enough time in Japan, you will most likely be told at some point that “Japan has four seasons” as one of the country’s most unique qualities. Although this seems a bit absurd considering that most countries have … Continue reading

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Japanese Addresses and Meanings of Place Names

The Japanese address system is much different from systems found in Western countries. Most small streets are unnamed, and in most cities the addresses are based on named areas which are divided and subdivided into numbered sections.  For example, the … Continue reading

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Top Ten Japanese Character Mascots 2012

I published my first top-ten Japanese yuru-kyara list almost one year ago, and thanks to enthusiastic responses from readers I have decided to make an updated list with a view of 2012 as a whole. You will recognize some of … Continue reading

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Fukuoka City Museum

Although it is often overshadowed by cultural facilities such as the Kyushu National Museum in Dazaifu and the Fukuoka Art Museum in Ohori Park, the Fukuoka City Museum provides a unique and detailed look at the long history of Fukuoka, … Continue reading

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