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(English) Fukuoka Kau Kau: MING

(English) Fukuoka is a compact city bursting with trendy boutiques, big department stores and everything in between; it’s a shopper’s paradise. We gave a foreigner a budget and a number of items to buy. What will she select? What would you select? Fukuoka Shopping Challenge START! 福岡は流行のショップや百貨店がコンパクトな街中にひしめく、ショッピング好きにとっての楽園。NOWの新企画Fukuoka Kau Kauでは、そんな楽園を訪れた外国人が予算内で何を買うか、をレポートします!

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(English) With the World Cup fast approaching, we decided to get into the spirit with some churrasco, or Brazilian barbecue. This March Ginza Bacana, a long-running Brazilian steakhouse in Tokyo, opened a new shop in Fukuoka called Joia Hakata. Here, the sweet aroma of grilled meat greets you at the door. Churrasco is typically an all-you-can eat affair. Not long after you sit down, a Brazilian churrasco chef appears at your table with long skewers of grilled meat and deftly slice off as much as you want right on the spot. Be sure to come hungry! There are 10 kinds of freshly grilled meat, running the gamut from choice cuts of juicy beef to pork and chicken. To top it off, Joia Hakata offers 50 a la carte menu items, including feijoada (black bean stew) and desserts, as part of the course. There are also all-you-can drink options starting at ¥990. The jovial staff make for a lively dining experience, and before you realize it, you’ve had more than your fill. In the end, the Latin mood is sure to rub off, leaving you in high spirits for the rest of the day… or night.

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アートアクアリウム展

全国で250万人超の来場者が陶酔した話題の展覧会が博多にやってくる!金魚にスポットを当て、和をモチーフにデザインされた水槽と光・映像など、最新の演出技術が融合した水中アートの数々を、五感で感じる斬新な空間が作り出される。18時以降はドリンク片手に鑑賞できるナイトアクアリウム、毎週金・土曜・祝前日はDJパフォーマンスもある。

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(English) Japan/Korea Cinema Exchange: Love Technology

(English) Fukuoka and sister city Busan began a cinema exchange last year in which popular films from Korea and Japan are screened in each other’s countries. Currently screening is popular South-Korean film “Love Technology”. Two friends win a trip to the Philippines together – one who believes in destiny and true love, and one who is somewhat of a man-eater. They meet men at their hotel who turn out to be trouble, losing all their money. At the same time, they meet one really nice guy, who helps solve their problems, and both girls start to fall for the same man. The film is screening for two weeks at T-Joy Hakata from 2/15. Don’t miss this chance to see a popular Korean film.

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(English) Christmas Market Hakata

(English) Have yourself a merry German Christmas with hot wine, cheese, German sausages and traditional German crafts! Opened Nov. 29 and running daily until Dec. 25, the collection of eight wooden stalls in front of JR Hakata Station aims to replicate the cheery, festive atmosphere of a German Christmas market in Fukuoka. Under the glittering backdrop of Hataka station’s Christmas illuminations you can buy traditional Christmas products (wooden toys and ornaments), food and drinks from Germany and all around Europe. The project was set up by young local entrepreneurs who saw the need for Fukuoka to have a ‘warmer Christmas’. It’s the perfect event for those who miss or want to experience a traditional, European-style Christmas. Entry is free, but remember to bring along some cash to enjoy the variety of food, drinks and goods on offer.

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(English) JR Kyushu Wine Festa 2013 in Hakata

(English) Sip some of the best wine Kyushu has to offer atop the JR Kyushu roof! This wine tasting event brings together wonderful wines from eight wineries, including Kyoho Winery (Kurume City), Kumamoto Wine (Kumamoto), Fukuda Nojo Winery (Kumamoto) and more. There’s also Kyushu-made natural cheese for sale, and special live performances on stage. Friday’s performers are none other than the winners and runner up of this year’s Gaikokujin Star Tanjo event. Watch Star Tanjo runner up Manisha Bastola’s traditional Nepalese dance from 17:00~ and get your dancing shoes on for the latin dance performance by 2013 Star Tanjo Champions “Calienta Rueda” from 19:00~ on Fri. 10/18. The Saturday stage is a lively belly dance show from 17:00~, and 19:00~ on 10/19 (Sat.). You couldn’t ask for a better venue to taste local wines & enjoy local entertainment – don’t miss it!

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外国人スター誕生2013開催レポート

(English) A clicking of cameras and flourishing of furry microphones greets the first audience members to arrive at Gaikokujin Star Tanjo 2013, Fukuoka Now’s fourth annual showcase of international talent in Kyushu. Teams from local media outlets have gathered in the lobby of the JR Kyushu Hall to interview members of the consciously well-dressed young crowd before they grab their free welcome beer and disappear into the flashing lights of the main venue.

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アジア太平洋フェスティバル福岡2013

多様なアジア太平洋地域の魅力を一度に味わえる祭り、「アジア太平洋フェスティバル福岡2013」。異国情緒あふれる屋台では、フィリピン、マレーシアから本場のシェフが来福し、限定メニューを提供。艶やかな衣装の華やかなステージパフォーマンスにも注目したい。福岡にいながらアジア太平洋地域の雰囲気を満喫できる刺激的な3日間をお見逃し無く!

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(English) Hakata City Latin Night

(English) Hakata City’s Latin Night brings acts from summer’s biggest festivals to the rooftop of JR Hakata Station for two hot weekends – offering you a taste of the soundtrack to summer 2013! Kicking off this Saturday, Aug. 3, Sunset Live guest artist “KINGDOM☆AFROCKS” will play on the rooftop garden from 18:00~22:00. Then on Sunday Aug. 4, you can watch the final stage of the “Go!Go! Sunset” contest (15:00~18:00), with local bands battling it out to win a spot on stage at this year’s Sunset Live festival. Isla de Salsa will take the reigns for the second weekend edition on Aug. 10 (18:00~) and Aug. 11 (15:00~) with Latin and salsa acts from Tiempo Iberoamericano heating up the stage! There’s also a row of street stalls lining the approach to the rooftop shrine selling international beer (¥400/bottle) from Spain, Mexico, Peru and more.

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(English) JR Hakata City Golden Week

(English) Golden Week at JR Hakata City is great for families with lots of fun activities on offer. Tokyu Hands is holding handicraft workshops: ukulele making (4/27 (Sat.) ~ 4/29 (Mon.), ¥1,000) and leather animal (¥200) or wool accessory (¥300) making (5/5 (Sun.) ~ 6 (Mon.). The MUJI store on the sixth floor of JR Hakata City also offers handicraft workshops, where children can make shopping bags for their mums in time for Mother’s Day (4/28 (Sun.), 5/5 (Sun.) 13:00~, ¥150). Head to the “Tsubame-no-mori Hiroba” rooftop garden to see the limited time “Koinobori Matsuri”, in which 100 carp-shaped streamers from Tsuetate Onsen, Oguni, Kumamoto will be displayed (4/23 (Tue.) ~ May 6 (Mon.)).

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