A Mackerel In Fukuoka Changed My Life

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It happened by chance. Megumi and I were strolling down one of Fukuoka’s main streets at lunchtime when we saw a mob of office workers briskly making their way down a tiny alleyway nestled between a convenience store and a beautiful shrine. So, we followed along… Inside, we found a handful of restaurants catering to this lunch crowd. One restaurant … Read More

Hakata Dontaku Festival: It Might Rain On The Parade But You Won’t Care

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The Dontaku Festival in Fukuoka (or Hakata, depending on who you ask) is one of the biggest in Japan and goes back over 830 years. It was rained out this year… again. This happens every few years, so it wasn’t a surprise for most local people who think “It’s always raining during the Dontaku festival.” The main event is a … Read More

Beyond Tokyo and Kyoto: 10 Reasons To Travel To Fukuoka, Japan

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When traveling to Japan, the most obvious places to go are Tokyo and Kyoto. One is the bustling metropolis of the future, while the other is steeped in history and tradition. While both cities are definitely worth a visit, you should quickly add Fukuoka, Japan to your itinerary. This modestly sized city has some of Japan’s best food, an airport … Read More

How To Find Fukuoka’s Best Ramen

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Ramen is like an art form in Japan, with a nearly endless supply of shops competing to stand out from the rest. Each region has its own special way of preparing the broth and the noodles, but Fukuoka is unique both for the popularity of the local style ramen, as well as the sheer volume of options within this compact … Read More