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Fukuoka Now Guides

Here at Fukuoka Now we like to share the best of Fukuoka with the foreign community. Our English seasonal guides are always popular, whether we’re sharing tips on cherry blossom or autumn leaves viewing, giving a rundown on major festivals in Fukuoka, or explaining the ins-and-outs of recreational activities such as motorbiking, hiking or event hunting in Fukuoka! Check out some of the past guides below, and if you have an idea for a guide you’d like to see us make, get in touch at contact@fukuoka-now.com.

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Avispa and Soccer in Fukuoka

Football fever is set to sweep across Fukuoka this summer as the 20th FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil from June 12th to July 13th, with 32 countries from around the world battling to be crowned best in the world. While host nation Brazil is a clear favorite to win the competition (with Argentina, Germany and holders Spain among the other tipped contenders) there are hopes that Japan can match their previous best performances by progressing from the Group Stages and reaching the knock-out phase of the competition.

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Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Campaign

From Nov. 12 to Nov. 25, Fukuoka Prefecture is raising awareness about violence against women in the home. Don’t suffer alone.

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AIDS Day 2013 in Fukuoka

There were 1,002 cases of HIV infection and 447 cases of AIDS reported in Japan for the year 2012, for a combined total of 1,449 cases. For the past nine years, the number of cases of HIV and AIDS has been over 1,000 per year. In Fukuoka City there were 30 cases of HIV infection including cases of AIDS a combined total of 41. And that’s not all – these figures count only those who were tested. That means there are more people going about their daily lives without knowing that they have been infected.

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ILC’s Potential for Fukuoka

Fukuoka Now’s Editor-in-Chief, Nick Szasz met with Hiroshi Ogawa, Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture to learn about the bid for the next International Linear Collider (ILC), a cutting-edge particle accelerator, to be constructed in the Sefuri Mountains on the border of Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. Given its scale, the ILC is estimated to have an economic ripple effect of ¥1.1 trillion, and there are other benefits.

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Special: AIDS Day 2012 in Fukuoka

For the past eight years, the number of cases of HIV and AIDS has been over 1,000 per year. In Fukuoka City there were 32 cases of HIV infection including cases of AIDS a combined total of 42 (a record high). And that’s not all – these figures count only those who were tested. That means there are more people going about their daily lives without knowing that they have been infected.

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Eat Hakata-style in New York City

On the coast of Kyushu Island in southwestern Japan lies the city of Fukuoka. This cosmopolitan metropolis features the modern architecture of Rem Koolhaas and Michael Graves, numerous shopping boutiques, and the shiny veneer of Japanese modernity. Scratch the surface, however, and you will discover traditional Hakata Town. Nothing embodies the richness of the region more than Hakata-style cuisine. From miso to sake, Hakata has added its own touch to Japanese culinary tradition. Now Hakata cuisine has found a new home in New York. Stroll the streets of Manhattan, drop by one of these fine establishments, and experience food Hakata-style! Learn more at hakatastyle.com

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Fukuoka Art Souvenirs

Fukuoka Now’s Ellery and writer Rachel shop at Fukuoka’s museums for unique souvenirs.

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Yasu eats three kebabs every day!

Meet Yasu! When he’s not working at the kebab shop in Daimyo, he’s working out at the gym.

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Yamakasa Guide

You’ve probably already spotted some half-naked men running around town. These men in loincloths are participants in Fukuoka’s most anticipated annual festival, Hakata Gion Yamakasa.

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