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If you love swing jazz music or old-fashioned Japanese coffee shops, then Jab is for you. Akiba-san opened the cafe sometime around 1969, and not much has changed. The nostalgia-prone will love the…

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13th International Japanese Speech Contest – Audience Wanted!

Participants will give speeches in Japanese about living in Fukuoka and Japan from their perspectives as foreigners. Come along and find out how…

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The Anthem of the Heart – Yokoso Eigakan #2

Check out one of the most touching Japanese animations of this autumn – subtitled in both English and simplified Chinese (courtesy of T-Joy Cinemas)! The makers of the acclaimed Anohana movie bring you Anthem of the Heart, which centers around a…

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Bayside Hakata

27 years ago the warehouses of this port area were torn down, and from the dust arose Bayside Place. Bayside is a complex of shops, restaurants and attractions next to Hakata Port, and only a 15-minute bus ride from Tenjin. This area is very convenient for…

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“Hafu” Film Screening and Panel Discussion.

One in forty-nine children in Japan was born from parents with different nationalities. Some are recognizable and others are not. “Hafu” is a documentary film which follows the lives of five young “hafu” living in Japan; delve into…

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Hakata Akihaku 2015

Hakata Autumn tour – Hakata Akihaku 2015 The Hakata area comes alive in fall, with the Hakata Akihaku (Autumn Festa) – a series of colorful events and festivals from October to November – some of which have been running for hundreds of years. Hakata Akihaku 2015 will once again feature an exceptional variety of colorful, […]

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Hakata Kenjo Dochu

Crowds gather at this annual autumn event to watch the parade of women in traditional kimono. At this year’s parade, women clad in black kimono and Hakata kenjo obi (a traditional local craft) will walk in procession, accompanied by men with flags and lanterns.

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Fukuoka World Stadium Festival 2015

Participate in various workshops, mini-games, and more. Japanese and non-Japanese welcome to join. For full information access the official website or facebook page. Print out the poster image, take it to the event, and you can get free entrance to the Avispa soccer match!

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This Month in Fukuoka – October

Welcome to Fukuoka Now! Since 1998 our team of local experts have been introducing the best of Fukuoka to the world. Enjoy!

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Global Community Fukuoka

Fukuoka has taken the lead in opening its doors to Asia. With a large number of highly competent international students study at its universities, and multiple foreign diplomatic missions located within the city, Fukuoka has taken on a very international flavour.

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