Category Archives: History/Culture

Introduction to Japanese Sake (Nihonshu) and Sake Shops in Fukuoka

When it comes to alcoholic beverages, most people associate Kyushu with shochu, a type of liquor widely produced in the region (especially in southern Kyushu). However, in Fukuoka Prefecture (and neighboring Saga Prefecture), nihonshu has considerable popularity. Nihonshu (lit. “sake of … Continue reading

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Fukuoka Subway System Symbols: Nanakuma Line

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 previous posts covering the symbols of the Kuko … Continue reading

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Fukuoka Subway System Symbols: Hakozaki Line

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 … Continue reading

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Gunkanjima: Nagasaki’s “Battleship Island” Ghost Town

Ghost towns are powerful spectacles. Because built environments are strong symbols human life, it is disconcerting to see a town completely abandoned, thrown away as if it were nothing–a fully built urban environment completely devoid of the residents it once … Continue reading

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Fukuoka Subway Station Symbols: Kuko Line

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. Although this slightly confusing system has now been augmented by letter-number … Continue reading

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Sakai: Kansai’s Lost City

Let’s leave Kyushu for a moment: I had the privilege to visit Sakai during my recent trip to Osaka, and it really made me think. What most people see as an unattractive, polluted city is actually one of the most … Continue reading

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Traffic Manners in Fukuoka: A How-To Guide

Fukuoka has some of the most creative traffic manners in Japan, but to the uninformed and inexperienced, things may be a bit confusing at first. The following is a set of general guidelines and tips to make sure you can … Continue reading

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The Mongol Invasions of Japan

In the 13th century, two pivotal events in Japanese history occurred in Hakata (part of modern-day Fukuoka City). In 1274, and again in 1281, Kublai Khan of the Mongolian Empire attempted to invade and subjugate an unprepared and vulnerable Japan. … Continue reading

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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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The Difference Between “Hakata” and “Fukuoka”

Why are both Fukuoka and Hakata used to refer to the same city? This is something I think few Japanese outside the Fukuoka area know the answer to, let alone expats and visitors from abroad. In fact, I didn’t even … Continue reading

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