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Fukuoka Rainbow Parade 2014

Fukuoka is a city that prides itself on firsts and we delight in being able to report on these. This November, then, will play host to the Rainbow Parade, Fukuoka’s (and Kyushu’s) very first LGBT pride festival. Organised by a group of 30 students from the University of Fukuoka and co-sponsored by the University of Fukuoka, Fukuoka City and the Prefectural Board of Education, the parade will grace the streets of Fukuoka on Nov. 16th.

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Fukuoka Ramen Show 2014

It’s no secret that Fukuoka is one the best cities to enjoy ramen. And for all the ramen lovers out there, the Fukuoka Ramen Show 2014 provides an unique chance to indulge in not only some of Fukuoka’s noodles, but also from around the entire nation including Tokyo, Nagoya, Niigata, Ishikawa, Saitama, and more. More than 60,000 people joined last year’s event. Entry is free, however you must purchase tickets to eat the ramen. A list of participating shops can be found on the website.

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Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Eternity

Four members of the sixteen strong Kodo Taiko orchestra stood before us, dwarfed in number by those gathered to watch a preview of their up and coming Eternity tour. Beautifully outfitted in the costumes from their last tour, Mystery, the group seemed unperturbed by the noisy chatter and inquisitive looks of their audience and happily [...]

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November 2014 Fukuoka Now

If this month’s issue feels a bit heavier, it is! We’ve added eight extra pages this month in order to introduce some some of Fukuoka’s up-and-coming international visual artists. All seven will appear in person with examples of their art at Fukuoka Now’s Creative Community event on Nov. 8. We also introduce the performers, restaurants and bars that will be participating. We’re also very pleased to announce the first ever LGBT pride parade in Fukuoka.

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Najima: From Castle Town to Lindbergh Landing Place

In Najima, in Higashi Ward, lies the ruins of a castle of the same name. It was the first place Nagamasa Kuroda called home after moving from Nakatsu in Buzen (now western Oita Prefecture) to Chikuzen, a portion of which he was enfeoffed for his role in the Battle of Sekigahara. Najima Castle’s location on a small peninsula was not only inconvenient, it made the development of a castle town difficult, so Nagamasa decided to move his base of operations to a more spacious site. Najima Castle was abandoned in 1602.

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Fukuoka City Bulletin November 2014

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

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Somewhere over the Rainbow: A Parade is Born

Fukuoka is a city that prides itself on firsts and here at Fukuoka Now we delight in being able to report on these. This November, then, will play host to the Rainbow Parade, Fukuoka’s (and Kyushu’s) very first LGBT pride festival. Organised by a group of 30 students from the University of Fukuoka and co-sponsored by the University of Fukuoka, Fukuoka City and the Prefectural Board of Education, the parade will grace the streets of Fukuoka on Nov. 16th.

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Griglia di Gaetano

Griglia di Gaetano, a sister store to the popular Pizzeria da Gaetano, opened this September. The chic Italian grill has 60 seats, including counter and terrace seating, and a walk-in cellar with 300 mostly Italian wines. After enjoying a palate-cleansing aperitivo, manager Kentaro Takamatsu recommends you start with wine and an appetizer before moving on to an entrée. You can finish up with pasta or enjoy a digestivo with desert or cheese. Gaetano uses farm-fresh, rice-fed beef from Munakata, which is slow roasted over charcoal to bring out the flavor. But the cuts vary from day to day, so be sure to ask the waitstaff what is available. Since most of the restaurant’s meat and vegetables are sourced directly from local farms, Takamatsu and his chef adjust the menu daily. When we visited, our appetizers offered a range of seasonal Italian fare: mushroom sformato, mackerel and autumn eggplant carpaccio, and bell peppers stuffed with pork and squid. If you’re looking for an adult atmosphere and elegant Italian cuisine, or just a great selection of wine, look no further than Gaetano.

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FAF Architecture Exposition

A collection of illustrations of fifty acclaimed architectural buildings/structures in Fukuoka are now on display inside a bank in Akasaka. The sites were selected by the FAF (Fukuoka Architecture Foundation) and the illustrations made by graphic designer Tajima Masazumi, and each will be presented alongside a short description. The exposition will run for one month, and takes place inside the Fukuoka Bank, Akasakamon Branch. Sites include: ACROS Fukuoka, Canal City and Fukuoka Tower to name a few. Their website (Japanese only) includes a Google Map with the locations of all fifty locations.

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Color Me Rad

Color Me Rad’s idea is simple: a 5km run, powdered paint, music and crowds of jubilant people. The result: a Jackson Pollock piece on steroids, a heaving mass of color and smiles. The Tokyo, Chiba and Osaka events saw over 40,000 people attending in total, and now Fukuoka joins the fun!

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