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Hakata Gion Yamakasa in Fukuoka

Hakata is a district located in Hakata-ku in Fukuoka City, east of the Naka-gawa River, and is one of the central areas of Fukuoka, the largest city on Kyushu. Fukuoka City is a town that has developed on both sides of the Naka-gawa River, since Kuroda Nagamasa, a general of the samurai army in the 17th century, constructed Fukuoka Castle there. The eastern side of the river has developed as Hakata, a merchant town, while the western side developed as Fukuoka, a castle town. Recently, with an influx of tourists from other Asian countries, the city has also become international. Around Hakata Station, lots of office buildings are rising, and restaurants and hotels stand close together. After Canal City, a large-scale compound institution, was constructed, the city has become vitalized as a commercial town again. That the restaurants cluster together, which provide the most delicious dishes at the lowest price you can have only in Hakata, is a characteristic of this area, and young and old flock here together.

Around Omuta City – Japan’s Modern Industrial Heritage Sites of Meiji Period

Along with the Japanese Government, Fukuoka Prefecture has been supporting the Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyushu and Yamaguchi as a 2015 candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage List. Today, we will introduce you to Omuta City’s Miike Coal Mine and its related facilities – one of the nominated sites of the industrial revolution.

Kanbei Kuroda, Shigefusa Utsunomiya, Chikujyo-machi

We will introduce you to places closely associated with Kuroda Kanbei, where we highly recommend you to visit. In this episode, we will visit Chikujyo-machi – where Kanbei’s biggest rival, Utsunomiya Shigefusa, had ruled for years. Featuring the site of the mountain castle Kanbei battled, gourmet product with Shigefusa theme, and etc.

Yame-sudare (traditional Japanese blinds)

We introduce you to Yame-sudare, a traditional Japanese blinds produced with meticulous workmanship in Yame District, which is also known for manufacturing various bamboo handicrafts.

Stroll Through “Denken” Traditional Architecture Preservation District Yame City – Kurogi Region

Also known as “denken” districts, the Traditional Architecture Preservation Districts designated by the national government consists of total 110 unique locations throughout Japan. There are five of them in Fukuoka Prefecture. The districts are of high historic value not only for having historic residential buildings within them but also for their scenic beauty, inovative irrigation […]

Hakodate, Hokkaido

Located in the southwest of Hokkaido and facing the Tsugaru Strait, Hakodate developed as a port town for trade with foreign countries at the end of the 19th century, and is a gateway connecting Hokkaido with Honshu by the Seikan Tunnel. A morning market is held at the bay area near the railway station, where more than 360 stalls packed tightly together attract shoppers with freshly caught squid, scallops, salmon eggs, Atka mackerel, and many other kinds of fresh fish and shellfish. A five-minute walk will take you to the moored Seikan Strait ferryboat, named the Mashu-maru Memorial Ship, which used to link Aomori in Honshu with Hokkaido. There is a restaurant and a coffee shop at its bow where you can spend a nice, relaxing time viewing the scenery around the port.

Places of Connection with Kuroda Kanbei Akizuki Domain – carrying out Kanbei’s vision “Asakura City”

We introduce to you places of connection with Kuroda Kanbei. This episode, we make our way down to Asakura City of Fukuoka Prefecture to discover and reminisce the old, prosperous Akizuki Domain built by Kanbei’s predecessors. Lots to see including the temple established by Kuriyama Toshiyasu who rescued imprisoned Kanbei, as well as discovering the […]

Akasaka Ningyo dolls – Chikugo City, Fukuoka Prefecture

We introduce you to simple yet heart-warming Akasaka Ningyo dolls being passed down throughout generations in Akasaka, Chikugo City of Fukuoka Prefecture; which has been flourishing since the Edo period as the designated kiln of Arima Domain – the origin of Akasaka porcelain. Lots to see including the temple established by Kuriyama Toshiyasu who rescued […]

Dorouchi Festival – Asakura City, Fukuoka

In this episode, we will introduce you to an Intangible Cultural Property of Fukuoka Prefecture, Dorouchi Festival in Asakura City. It is widely regarded as one of the rarest forms of traditional festivals in the country. It hails from a Shinto belief that; “the more mud stays on the priest, the more yield there will […]

Yame Sudare (Bamboo Blind)

We introduce the artistic work “Yame soldier” which has an old history and is precisely worked by the work in the Yame area where the manufacture of craft using bamboo is thriving.

Wooden Candles

This time we will introduce “Wooden Candles” extracted from the fruit of the goby. It is used as raw materials for traditional Japanese candles.

Oniyo at Daizenji Tamataregu

“Oniyo at Daizenji Tamataregu” is a traditional event that is nationally designated as an important intangible folk cultural property. Oniyo is held on 7th January every year at Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine in Kurume City. It is one of the Japan’s three biggest fire festivals, with a history of more than 1600 years. Many people visit […]

kuwashionomai (traditional dance) and kamizumo (sumo of the gods)

Here is a short introduction on Significant Intangible Cultural Assets: Performances of kuwashionomai (traditional dance) and kamizumo (sumo of the gods) using kugutsu (wooden puppets) help display a unique custom that’s part of the shrine’s long history. Location: Koinumaru, Yoshitomi Town, Chikujo County Date: August 6th Designated objects (by Japan): Hachimankohyou Shrine’s kugutsu and their […]

Locations associated with Kanbei! Kanbei and samurai Tachibana Muneshige

Sengoku superheroines, Fukuoka Kanbei Girls – revitalizing Fukuoka by spreading the history of the city and the culture of Japan’s Sengoku period. Along with Tachibana Muneshige, the Girls will visit various locations associated with Kuroda Kanbei in Yanagawa City and Chikugo City.

Kasuga Mukooshi Bridegroom Pushing Festival

In this episode, we will introduce you to an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan, Kasuga Mukooshi. Held in January every year in Kasuga City, Kasuga Shrine’s Mukooshi Bridegroom Pushing Festival is one of the most unique in the entire country, as newly-married men from the previous year in shimekomi/fundoshi engage in rather rough, celebratory […]

Kurume Okiage

A specialty crafts designated by the Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture, Kurume Okiage which used to be made actively around Chikugo Region until the Meiji and Taisho Periods will be introduced.

Kurume Okiage

We introduce Fukuoka prefecture governor-designated special handicraft product “Kurume Oikame” which was made actively in one circle of Chikugo until the Meiji, Taisho era.