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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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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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Being an Expat in Japan

Many expats complain about the unjust treatment they receive while living in Japan. Once the initial novelty of being in a foreign country wears off, they gradually become bitter, even hateful, and begin to despise their adopted home. In a … Continue reading

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Oyafukodori: The Street of Wayward Children

Oyafukodori (親不孝通り) has changed dramatically over time, and it is a place almost every local has an opinion on. Most people you ask will tell you something along the lines of “Oyafuko is dangerous–don’t go there.” But the dangers of … Continue reading

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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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Famous Foods of Fukuoka

Fukuoka is widely known for its rich culinary culture, and any visitor to the city would be missing out if they didn’t sample the rich variety of cuisine available. The following is a brief introduction to the most famous of … Continue reading

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Atago Shrine

Atago Shrine is one of the three major Shinto shrines in Japan dedicated to the deity Atago, and also the oldest shrine in Fukuoka City. Originally established in the first century AD as Washio Shrine, it initially enshrined two gods, … Continue reading

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