(English) From Mar. 18 enjoy four days of sake (nihonshu) tasting in front of JR Hakata Station. This event will feature over 49 varieties of sake specially selected from 16 Kyushu-based brewers. The festival will also have a variety of food stands and will feature performances by several jazz musicians and the Brass Band Club of Seika Joshi High School. A great opportunity to taste and learn about local sake that you cannot easily find elsewhere.

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(English) National Umaimono Iimono Fair

(English) 57 food stalls, and 16 traditional craft stalls will be setup up on the 8th floor of Hankyu for nine days beginning tomorrow (Dec. 17, Thu.) Its a showcase event featuring many vaunted products from areas including Hiroshima, Ishikawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Kanagawa.

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クリスマスマーケット in 光の街・博多

(English) For the second consecutive year a Christmas Market will be set up in front of near Hakata Station with European-style Christmas decorations, live musical performances, hot wine & festive foods! It’s a Christmas wonderland! The market will also be beautifully illuminated with 700 000 lightbulbs, and a 14m light tower. Check the website and facebook page for details.

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Creative Community 2014 開催レポート

(English) A Welshman, an Englishman and a Canadian go to a bar. They’re joined by an American, four guys from New Zealand called Sam, two Thai women, three Frenchmen and some well-dressed Russian chefs. No punchline, just a sample of Creative Community’s 482 eclectic and diverse attendees who came to celebrate some of Fukuoka’s finest international talent on Nov. 8 at JR Hakata City’s Kyushu Hall, above Hakata Station in Fukuoka.

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カナダ大使館主催カナダ留学フェア2014秋 後援:外務省、文部科学省、東京都、大阪府、福岡県


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(English) Japanese Pop Culture at Hakata City

(English) It looks like another rainy summer’s weekend for Fukuoka, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay at home. Japanese pop culture fans could do worse than to check out some of the events at JR Hakata City this weekend. First stop is Hakataekimae Hiroba where you’ll find a huge 9m tall inflated Pikachu bouncy castle. Kids can bounce inside of Pikachu (¥300/5min) or play fun Pokemon-themed games outside like “Fishing Stunfisk” (¥300/game) with cool prizes. Adults can take photos with the huge Pikachu too, on display until Aug. 17 (Sun.). Next stop is the “Nyan Station” cat-themed pop-up shop on Hakata Hankyu’s 8F. You’ll find a selection of cat iPhone cases, bags, accessories, and more, plus booths to make cat toys and pottery from Aug. 17 (Sun.)~19 (Tue.). Miyawaka City’s cute cat-themed mascot “Sakura-chan” makes a special appearance at the “Nyan Station” on Aug. 16 (Sat) and 17 (Sun) too! Finally there’s “Gacha Gacha World”, a collection of 300 capsule-toy vending machines on Hakata Hankyu 7F until Aug. 26 (Tue). Don’t dismiss this as an event for kids only – these toy vending machines have recently been marketed to appeal to adults too. The 300 vending machines are divided by section by gender and age, and range in price from ¥100~¥300. You’ll find funny toys like the “iPhone futon case”, character toys like Mickey Mouse, Rilakkuma, Anpanman and even some nostalgic characters such as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”! There are also trivia stations where visitors can learn about gacha gacha (capsule toys)! Get your dose of J-pop culture and have a great weekend!

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(English) Sunset Live Pre-event at JR Hakata City

(English) Summer’s grand finale in Kyushu is Sunset Live beachside festival on Sep. 5, 6, 7 at Keya Beach, Itoshima. But you don’t have to wait until September to get a taste of Sunset Live’s entertainment – artists from the big festival get warmed up with a FREE Sunset Live Pre-Event at JR Hakata City this weekend. Artists include the popular “Kiiyama Shoten”, playing at the great rooftop garden of JR Hakata City.

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(English) Bubble Garden at JR Hakata City

(English) *Pop!* over to JR Hakata City this weekend to check out the temporary “Bubble Garden” at the rooftop garden. It’s a great summer activity for kids who get a kick out of playing with heaps of bubbles. The little ones can make big bubbles, chase bubbles from the bubble machine, ride tricycles – they may even forget the summer heat! The Bubble Garden is open from 10:00~, 13:00~, and 15:00~ (10 minutes duration) until 8/10 (Sun). Please note: the event is cancelled in case of bad weather.

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(English) Doraemon at Hakata Station

(English) A Doraemon installation is open to the public at JR Hakataekimae Hiroba until Aug. 11 in commemoration of the new movie “Stand By Me Doraemon” which opens today (8/8). Outside the station you’ll find a collection of giant 3D Doraemon figures, each with a different “secret gadget” (including his “N-S Patch,” “Clean-up Spray,” “Kamisama (God) Robot,” and many more), along with various promotional materials for the new film. Pose with your favorite Doraemon and snap a photo!

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