Japanese Sword Introductory Course

Watching a slideshow of ancestral katana forged by the Kuroda House, you can get to learn about the making of Japanese swords, and how to appreciate their aesthetic sense.

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Type from London

“Type From London” Letterpress Art Exhibition

Six different Letterpress studios will collaborate on an exhibition in Tokyo, Osaka and in Fukuoka. While each of them has a distinctive style and employ unique techniques, they have worked together under a common theme – “what does London mean to you?” Stephen Kenny from A Two Pipe Problem Letterpress will make an appearance at the opening, and will be running a workshop here in Fukuoka. This is a rare chance to discover the beauty of letterpress and its captivating artistry.

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EU Christmas

Fukuoka European Union Association’s Christmas

Enjoys sweets and tea at this exchange event in which international students enrolled at Kyushu University, one of the universities that form the center of EU academic research “EUIJ Kyushu” (http://www.euij-kyushu.com/), introduce Christmas from their home countries. This year’s EU Christmas speakers will have students from Spain, the UK, and Germany who will talk in both Japanese and English.

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2014 ETJ Kyushu Expo for English Teachers

The ETJ (English Teachers in Japan) Expo is packed with informative presentations from authors, teachers and trainers! The Expo is the premiere event of the year for all teachers of English in the Kyushu region. It’s an important time for the teaching community to come together, exchange ideas, and grow professionally. There will be presentations on English teaching at all levels and situations, as well as displays of teaching materials.

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Monolith Dinner

Deluxe Christmas Dinner at Tenjin Monolith

Featuring hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared under supervision of Jean-Georges (a Michelin 3 Star French restaurant, NYC)
Mention Fukuoka Now when you reserve for ¥1,000 discount!

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December 2014 Fukuoka Now

Winter is approaching but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outdoors, as a group of four Japanese language students from the UK prove. Their mission was to see as much and do as much as they could in Itoshima using a rental car for 12 hours. The result is this month’s feature: Itoshima Adventure – Winter Edition! Check out their route which included a forest adventure, visit to a traditional salt factory, lunch at the oyster huts, frisbee on the beach and more! Last issue we announced Fukuoka’s first-ever LGBT Rainbow Parade and this issue we follow up with a report complete with many photos. Our interview this month was with Rupert Singleton, a professional photographer who moved to Fukuoka one year ago from Singapore.

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Today Even Christmas Illuminations are Eco-Friendly

Many people enjoy the illuminations that light up the city at the end of the year. They are wowed not only by the shimmering lights, but by the ingenious design as well. Light-up projects are usually undertaken by community groups and commercial facilities, but in recent years, many individuals have started decking out their own homes—and some of their work is just as good as the professionals.

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Mizutaki (chicken hot pot) is a simple local dish, but with the Toriden touch, it becomes an memorable experience. Take a sip of the delectable white broth before you add the Kyushu-bred chicken to the pot. Don’t forget the locally grown green onions. Toriden makes its own seasonings—a mild yuzu gosho paste and a mellow ponzu sauce—that you can either enjoy with each bite of chicken or mix into the soup. Next, add the tsumire, or minced chicken, to the pot. The cabbage, kuzu-kiri and carrots round out the soup with a hint of sweetness. Finally, add zosui (rice porridge) or ramen noodles to the remaining soup for the finishing touch. Owner Hirokatsu Okutsu worked in French cuisine before entering the world of washoku.

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Rupert Singleton

Rupert Singleton

Rupert Singleton used to live in Singapore as a graphic designer before switching to photography, eventually having his big break with a commission from the New York Times. Rupert has always loved Japan and moved here last year, joining a company called Artman Japan in Fukuoka which employs foreign artists to create art inspired by Japan. He is now a resident of Fukuoka and self-promotes his work. Shooting Japan in an alternative style, Rupert has his own unique brand of composition and aims to make a living shooting Japan his way. He is currently working on a photography series based on nature around Fukuoka, his passion for photography a personal response to the landscape around him.

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Fukuoka City Bulletin December 2014

Selected news topics by Fukuoka Now from Fukuoka’s Shisei Dayori.

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