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Water Curtain & Water Splash at Canal City!

Take the kids to Canal City this summer to cool down and have some fun! Between July 19 and August 31, the “Sun Plaza Stage” is transformed into Water Splash Square. Canal City staff soak you with water canons! The hourly “Dancing Water Splash” fountain and music show is taken over by young ones who can dance to fun music while getting sprayed! All children who participate and get soaked in water are awarded coupons to use at over 60 stores in Canal City. If you’re not keen on getting wet, make sure to stop by for the “Water Curtain” show, when you can watch the beautiful patterns created by specially placed nozzles (does not run while “Dancing Water Splash” is on).

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9th Annual Fukuoka Lobsterfest

An original Fukuoka event, Lobsterfest offers a chance to enjoy delicious Canadian lobsters (only in season in May and July) all over town until the end of July! 129 participating restaurants and bars add special lobster dishes to their menus for the event, so you can sample lobster prepared in French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish styles – to name a few! The lobster dishes served in the event are affordable too! Fukuoka Lobsterfest is organized by Nitto Shoji Co., Canadian lobster wholesaler in Japan since 1987. For a full list of restaurants visit: http://homard-festa.info/shop/

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Hawaiian Eggs’n Things Opens in Fukuoka

Hawaiian Eggs’n Things Opens in Fukuoka This Friday, June 18, the legendary “breakfast anytime” eatery from Waikiki, Hawaii opens a new shop in Daimyo, Tenjin, Fukuoka. “Eggs’n Things” opened 40 years ago in Waikiki and now has two other shops in Honolulu and began expanding in Japan with shops in Harajuku, Kobe, Yokohama, Shonan, Shinsaibashi, [...]

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Life-Size Cardboard “D51″ Locomotive

Check out this full sized “D51” steam locomotive made from cardboard at IMS from July 13th to August 11th. Nagasaki resident and artist Shima Hideo used a total of 4,000 pieces of cardboard to create the whole piece, which is 2.9 meters wide, 12.5 meters long, 4 meters tall, and made up of over 1,500 separate parts. The exhibition is touring the country, having launched in Higashisonogi Town, Nagasaki and with Tokyo as a final destination. Seeing the artwork up-close, you’ll be amazed by the detail created from cardboard. Take the elevator up to a higher floor to get a bird’s eye view of the piece, which looks like a toy from afar. There’s also a station “waiting room” replica to complete the atmosphere.

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Nichinan “Rare Foods” Summer Festival

Try some strange and rare foods from Nichinan City (Miyazaki) in Fukuoka! Five restaurants in Fukuoka City will be cooking up Miyazaki “DDX” red pork, Miyazaki chicken, ostrich, and bonito as part as the “Nichinan Summer Festival” running until July 22 (Tuesday). Miyazaki “DDX” red pork differs from regular pork (which usually consists of more fat than lean) – its texture is almost crunchy! If you’re feeling tentative about eating ostrich, be rest assured that the meat is very nutritious, low in calories and has a mild flavor.

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Hakata Night Market

Every Saturday night of July and August from 17:00 ~ 23:00, enjoy a summery atmosphere at the Hakata Night Market. Located around Fuku-haku Deai Bridge, the free market includes live music and DJ shows, live painting, magic shows, massage, balloon art, and of course goods and food stalls with interesting items, tasty treats and drinks on offer. Check out the “World Marche” food booth and “Sennen Bar” with beers and cocktails from around the world.

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Study Abroad Experience Hiroba

Are you or is someone you know interested in studying abroad? Have all of your questions answered at the Fukuoka International Exchange Foundation’s four part series “Study Abroad Experience Hiroba” at Kokusai Hiroba (ACROS, Tenjin), running from this July to next March. Those who have studied abroad speak about their recent experiences in everything from preparation, student life and what to expect upon coming home! The latest information will also be provided by foreign government agencies. The first instalment is on July 13 (vol.1 Let’s go to America!), followed by August 3 (vol.2 Let’s go to Australia), October 5 (vol.3 Let’s go to Canada), and March 8 (2015, vol.4 Let’s go to Asia). Participation is free, but there’s a limit of forty participants per session so reserve your spot by phone (092-725-9200) or fax (092-725-9206).

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Yukata Party with Moët & Chandon

Forget the idea of a casual, outdoor summer festival – wearing your beautiful summer yukata calls for a glamorous night! The “Moet & Chandon in Yukata” event is back again for 2014, and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway to the parties at Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk and Grand Hyatt Fukuoka (see below). Enjoy champagne in an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere while wearing a yukata…

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Free Yamakasa Sightseeing on Open Top Bus

In anticipation of this year’s Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival, the Fukuoka Open Top Bus is operating a special free Yamakasa route on July 13. Hop on the sightseeing bus in front of Fukuoka Central Post Office in Tenjin and take a one-hour tour passing by decorative kazariyama floats, which are displayed around the city for Yamakasa. Bus departs 10:30am 11:00am. Passengers can ride the limited route for free, providing they show up in a yukata. Apply by postcard or email by July 6. If applications exceed capacity, passengers will be chosen by draft. For more information, call Nishitetsu on (0570) 001010, or visit the website below. Fukuoka Open Top Bus is operated by The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co.

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Fukuoka Tower Tanabata “Milky Way” Illumination

Fukuoka Tower is currently twinkling away at night with a new amanogawa (milky way) illumination! Launched on June 27 in honor of tanabata Japanese star festival, the new display uses 2,700 LED lights to create a shining deep blue sky, complete with three stars symbolizing the tanabata legend of the “Great Triangle of Summer”, and 150-meter tall white milky way. Actress Haruna Kawaguchi made a special guest appearance to launch the illumination on the 27th. A highschool boy who watched the event said that when he saw Kawaguchi smiling in the illuminated rain, she almost seemed “Orihime-like”. This references the story behind tanabata, which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The Fukuoka Tower tanabata illumination runs nightly from 19:30 to 23:00 until August 15th.

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