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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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Okawachiyama: Finding Japan in the Small Things

Many people come to this country looking to find the “real” Japan, yet they spend their time fixated on blinding lights, towering buildings, and trains full to the point of bursting. There are people who go to the other extreme, … 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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Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and the Kyushu National Museum

Daizaifu Tenmangu Shrine and Kyushu National Museum are both located in Dazaifu, just a short distance from central Fukuoka City (about 30 min. from Tenjin Station on the Nishitetsu Omuta Line). These are the two most popular tourist spots in … 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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Finding Fukuoka Is Online

After visiting for the first time in 2010, I knew I was meant to come live here and explore Fukuoka the same way I had explored Osaka. I have always been fascinated by Kyushu, with its fascinating history, abundance of … Continue reading

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