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Porta Chiusa / Cie Cadmium

A night of contemporary experimental music and performance from Switzerland! Clarinet trio Porta Chiusa and Noise/Dance duo Cie Cadmium share the bill at local art space tetra. Also performing will be local experimental music veterans Jyurin.

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Berthling / Nilssen-Love / Sakata Trio Fukuoka Live

Legendary Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata is touring Japan with a new trio comprised of drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and Bassist Johan Berthling. They have a new album called Arashi and will be performing in Fukuoka at New Combo. This will be a very rare opportunity for local audiences to see this powerhouse jazz trio live on [...]

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Study In Canada Fair – Fall 2014

Canada is a country where people from all around the world respect each other and get along in harmony. Every year, many different educational institutions from Canada join the Embassy’s Study in Canada Fair and will even answer your questions in Japanese if you come to their booths. Whether it’s K-12, summer school, ESL, college, undergraduate or postgraduate, these fairs are an opportunity to find the school in Canada that is just right for you.

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Actress Leighton Meester in Fukuoka!

Today the famous American actress Leighton Meester who portrays Blair Waldorf in the hit TV series, “Gossip Girl” made an appearance in Fukuoka City. She’s in town as the official image model for “St. Rillian” a new line of “jewellery fragrance” by Fukuoka-based “Stone Market.” Stone Market, famous for it’s popular stone and silver jewellery [...]

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ART AFTER TEN vol. 4 2014

This year “ART AFTER TEN vol. 4 2014” a hybrid art festival with art, music, food, performances and design returns to Tiempo Hall, the site of its inaugural event in 2011. Many artists and creators form and around Fukuoka gather to display, perform and interact under this year’s theme of “a dream within a dream.” Enjoy an eclectic mix of arts.

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October 2014 Fukuoka Now

We get “up the guts and into ‘em” in an exclusive interview with Australian rugby superstar Nick Cummins this issue, who finds himself in Fukuoka on a contract playing for the Coca Cola Red Sparks. The “Honey Badger” as he’s known also stars on this month’s cover. Meanwhile, we try sublime souffle and wine at Tsumons in Takasago, our writer Beck Wheeler takes a walk into Japan’s past at Yakushima Island (Kagoshima), and we get pumped up for the Creative Community event happening this November. Looking for something to do in Fukuoka this autumn? The Hakata area comes alive with the Hakata Akihaku (Autumn Festa) in October and November – a series of colorful events and festivals held to deepen the knowledge of Hakata’s history with a feast of arts, food and music.

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Nick Cummins in Fukuoka

In a well documented move, Australian rugby superstar Nick Cummins finds himself in Fukuoka on a two-year contract playing for the top-league team Coca Cola Red Sparks. Formerly with the Western Force and tagged to represent the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup 2015, Nick opted to play in Japan for a new experience and personal reasons. But the “Honey Badger” as he’s known back home, comes to Fukuoka with a great attitude and a good dose of his trademark cheeky Aussie charm. A busy training and game schedule with the Red Sparks is punctuated by fishing and cycling around town to look for good places to “strap the feed bag on.” Although less physical than in the Southern Hemisphere, Nick finds Japanese rugby to be faster – in fact he’s already lost a few kilos keeping up with his new teammates. “But the blokes don’t lack any heart. They’re very courageous.” Ready to give it his all, Nick brings a few of his personal mottos to Fukuoka including “When in doubt, flat out”, and “Up the guts and into ‘em”. Fukuoka Now replies “On ‘ya mate!”

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Tsumons

Tsumons is a wine and sweets specialty shop in Takasago. The owner, Yuki Katsuki, is also a pastry chef and a sommelier. She opened Tsumons this March after working at a soufflé and cheesecake shop for 15 years. Located on a very common backstreet, the one-story building with an exquisite facade is easily recognizable. Stop by to get some wine and sweets to go, or stay and relax in one of the softly-lit counter seats. For a mid-afternoon glass of bubbly, a light meal or a little dessert and wine after you eat, Tsumons, which opens at 3pm, offers something for any occasion. You can choose your own drinks and sweets, but we recommend you start with Tsumons’ trademark soufflé and a carefully matched wine. Made fresh right before your eyes, the soufflé takes about 30 minutes to make, which gives you plenty of time to savor your wine. Not to mention, you’ll be more than ready to dig into your carefully crafted soufflé once it arrives. Be sure to stop by Tsumons to enjoy a fresh soufflé, wine expertly selected by a sommelier and a beautiful atmosphere. Truly unique and memorable.

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Fukuoka City Bulletin October 2014

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

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Fukuoka Marathon: Showcasing Our Beautiful Coastline

Over the past several years, an increasing number of people in Japan have taken up marathon running and jogging, and many of these runners set their sights on the various regional marathons held throughout the country. These marathons, which aim to bring out the local flavor of the communities where they are held, have become big draws. Now, the cities of Fukuoka and Itoshima have teamed up to hold the Fukuoka Marathon, a new full marathon for citizens that will be held every November. This year’s marathon is slated for November 9.

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