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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.

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.

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.

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.

Daisetsu-zan, Hokkaido

Asahikawa is located almost in the center of Hokkaido, and is the second largest city in the prefecture after Sapporo. The city is full of natural splendor, with the magnificent Mt. Daisetsu-zan in the background and 120 rivers flowing through it. It is also the gateway for tourism to Soun Gorge and the Furano area. Asahikawa's thriving art world has led it to be called a town for art. Sculptures that made a famous sculptor dot the shopping park along Heiwa-dori Avenue, the road that leads straight from Asahikawa Station.Situated on a hill overlooking the town, the Hokkaido Traditional Arts and Crafts Village is full of buildings resembling castles from the Middle Ages in Europe, and has the atmosphere of an amusement park. There is a gallery of works made using the world-famous Yukara-ori, the traditional textile fabric of Hokkaido, from which you can get a better understanding of traditional Japanese fabric.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Akasaka Doll

Reporter: Do you know Akasaka dolls? It is a folk craft that is familiar with the nickname of “TePPOPO” and has a naive but deep taste. This time, we will introduce Fukuoka prefecture governor-designated specialty folk craft, Akasaka doll. Narration: From around the middle of the Edo period, the village of Chikugo Akasaka flourished as […]

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 […]

Locations Associated with Kanbei Kanbei’s Force – Fukuoka “Fukuoka City”

Time traveled to here from 400 years ago are Kuroda Kanbei and his “Fukuoka Kuroda Bushotai” warriors. The group visits various locations associated with Kanbei and the Kuroda clan found in Fukuoka City.

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]