A lot of people flock to Tokyo or any of the other more well known touristy places when they plan a visit to Japan but there’s a city that a lot of tourists have yet to really explore but really should--and that is Kitakyushu City.
September 9, 2017
Located in the east area of Fukuoka City, a 15-minute drive from Hakata station, Hakozaki Hachimangu shrine boasts its spacious grounds with beautiful greenery and a long history of bringing good luck that spans many centuries.
September 2, 2017
Dazaifu used to be Kyushu’s governmental office which served as a defense force and diplomatic spot for relations with China and Korea.
August 13, 2017
In early history, the shrine was considered one of the highest ranking in all the land. It’s position facing the Hakata Bay has seen it long revered as a guardian for sea voyagers.
August 5, 2017
On a pleasant Sunday in June, I participated in a unique one-day rice planting experience with my son. Even for Japanese, the average person rarely gets to plant rice themselves, so I’d like to share my experience.
July 8, 2017
I got to ask him why he named his restaurant Funky Tiger-he says it's because he was born in the year of the tiger and 'funky' because his life is always funky.
February 8, 2017
The concept of the hookah lounge has been ubiquitous in the Middle Eastern world, it has only spread recently to other areas of the globe. Wisps of smoke rise up through the air, enveloping the room in a cloudy fog. The dim, colored lights illuminate the smoke, giving it shades of blue or red. Welcome to a hookah bar!
July 14, 2016
One of the most difficult things about living in Japan is where to find a decent burger? The hambaagaa served in most restaurants in Japan is nowhere close to being the same thing as having a juicy beef patty on a toasted bun and loaded with condiments.
June 20, 2016
Are you looking for a very unique item to bring back from your trip to Japan? Maybe you want something less common than green tea and geta. Perhaps you want something to show off to your friends back home? Are you tired of ubiquitous goods from the 100 yen shop? Maybe you want a souvenir that you will never forget. Well then, perhaps you are ready for a Japanese…tattoo!
June 15, 2016
If you are in the Fukuoka City area during early to mid June and want to have a genuinely magical firefly viewing experience- an overnight stay in the countryside town of Nogatashi is an awesome experience!
June 4, 2016
A full day can be spent easily in the Oohori park. But if time is a concern, I recommend going in the afternoon. Walk around the path, stop on the reflexology station and sit to see the sunlight filtering through the trees.
March 30, 2016
When you speak about Japanese culture (at least in Europe) you can usually categorize two different kinds of people. On one hand, the one more into traditional culture (ikebana, calligraphy, taiko), on the other hand, the one more interested in Japanese pop culture (mangas, music, games).
March 28, 2016
A visit to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shinto shrine from early February to mid-March is breathtakingly beautiful. Planted throughout the shrine grounds are over 6,000 flowering plum trees! Red, pink and white sweetly-scented blossoms permeate the grounds with amazing color and intoxicating scents celebrating the coming of spring!
March 7, 2016
Have you ever tried authentic Japanese ramen? Do you like thick noodles or thin noodles? The straight or spiral ones? A pig-bone base or miso base? So many questions and often we don't really know what we would like or what is good.
February 22, 2016
While it might be common to hear of Japanese characters gaining immense popularity far from the shores of Japan – Hello Kitty, Pokemon, just to name a few – there is one Finnish character that has gained almost equivalent popularity in Japan.
February 20, 2016