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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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The Old Canals of Yanagawa

The former castle town of Yanagawa is most popular for its canal boat tours, during which guests are guided through a portion of the town’s remaining 470 km (292 mi.) of canals in poled donko-bune boats. Parts of this town … Continue reading

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La Borracha: Authentic Mexican Food in Takasago

If you are looking for good Mexican in Fukuoka, this should be your first stop. La Borracha is a Mexican restaurant located in Takasago, just off of Nisseki-dori Blvd. and not far from Yakuin and Watanabe-dori. The restaurant’s founder lived … Continue reading

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Off Broadway: Fukuoka’s Best Burgers?

Nothing beats a good-quality hamburger, and no matter what country you are in, good burgers are usually found at bars. Fukuoka is no exception: Off Broadway on Oyafukodori serves some of the best, if not the absolute best, burgers in town. … Continue reading

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The Hardest Question: Why Did You Come to Japan?

One of the hardest questions that people in Japan ask me is also one of the first questions I received, and one of the most common for every expatriate living here. The question: Why did you come to Japan? Every … Continue reading

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Disc Golf in Fukuoka City

With the end of summer and the onset of moderate fall temperatures, it’s time to get active! Personally, disc golf (also known unofficially as Frisbee golf) is one of my favorite sports, and despite the scarcity of courses in Japan, … Continue reading

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Miyazaki: A Tale of Two Typhoons

Anybody who knows me is aware that I have an unnatural love for sandy beaches and the sea. By that, I mean that I can pass an entire day staring at the ocean from the shore and be more than … Continue reading

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