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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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Highway Buses: The Best Way to Travel Around Kyushu

I am lucky enough to live in Fukuoka City, the primary transportation hub for all of Kyushu: its central location in terms of air, rail, sea and road travel, as well as its excellent public transportation connecting all terminals, makes … 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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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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Opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen (“Bullet Train”)

On March 12, 2011, the Kyushu Shinkansen (“bullet train”) line will be complete and open for operation. Previously, the Shinkansen (Sanyo Line) ran from Osaka to Fukuoka, and the Kyushu Shinkansen ran from Kagoshima to Shin-Yatsushiro, with the two connected … 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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