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Hakata Gion Yamakasa Kazariyama Guide 2015

Hakata Gion Yamakasa is in full swing! Although you still have to wait a few days for the main event (the Oiyamakasa on July 15, for more info on the big day’s festivities click here), you can take the opportunity to visit the fourteen different decorative Yamakasa floats. These floats, known as kazariyamas, are located [...]

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Accessorize Opens in Fukuoka

A sea of sequins, a rainbow of colour, a flurry of fabric; Accessorize has landed in Fukuoka, and is bringing its patented mix of bikinis and accessories to our city. The London-born brand was inspired by the textures and colours of Asia, and has been brightening up rainy British streets for over 30 years. Now [...]

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Fukuoka’s first ever silent disco will be boogieing its way into With the Style on the 17th July. But Silentrips isn’t just your average silent disco; besides drawing in top artist, DJ AKAKAGE to headline, the evening will also feature VJ Toshi, of Happy Film, spinning a mixture of music and psychedelic art. Last but most definitely not least, award winning digital artist Murakami Hiroshinante – who has designed animations for MTV and the Softbank Hawks – will be showcasing some of his new works. If you need a break from the dancefloor, there’ll be lots of fun and pampering going on elsewhere: a magic show, a photo booth, a manicure corner, and a hair & make-up studio for those last minute touch-ups. For those of a more arty nature, there’ll be a photography exhibit and the latest in projection mapping (projecting images and videos onto objects). And you can enjoy all of this with cocktails, craft beers and sweet treats in hand. The plan is for this to be the first in a series of silent discos, occurring once every three months. But if you want to be one of those to inaugurate Silentrips, you had better reserve tickets online: there’s a maximum capacity of 300 people for this event.

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July 2015 Fukuoka Now

Big changes this month! In our 199th issue – one shy of 200 – we’ve switched up the magazine from English and Japanese to English, Chinese and Korean. Chinese and Korean speaking visitors to Fukuoka continue to increase, and so from this issue onwards we’ve decided to cater to them too…

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Canezees Doughnut Hakata

Less than 10 minutes by foot south of Hakata Station is Canezees Doughnuts, Fukuoka’s first indie doughnut shop. Years ago, when Kenji (who previously owned the popular izakaya “Kenji-ya” near Reisen Park) lived in New York City, he enjoyed nothing better than picking up a doughnut and a coffee from a street vendor. When he [...]

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Fukuoka Canada Day Report 2015

The sun was shining, the maple syrup was flowing, and 783 party-ers gathered at Tenjin Monolith to become honorary Canadians for the night. This year’s Canada Day was better than ever with succulent lobster tails free for the first 300 guests and delicious, salty poutine being served late into the night. Pork, beef and maple syrup-slathered ice cream were all on offer, and greedily snapped up by the celebrators.
We were lucky enough to play host to native Canadian Neil McDaniel, a nominee for a Canadian folk music award…

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Isla de Salsa 2015

It’s that time of year again! Stir yourself into the mix of Isla de Salsa, the 19th annual festival that is so packed with talented performers walls cannot contain it! Meet us at Seaside Momochi, Jihyo-hama the weekend of August 8th and 9th as Maykel Blanco, the leading player in a new generation of Cuban salsa, comes to Japan for the first time bringing with him Havana’s most powerful musical ‘machine,’ along with other musicians, dancers and performers from around the world.

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Mamauo means ‘Ma’s fish dish’, and this Tenjin-based restaurant certainly cooks up the kind of food with which a doting Japanese Mom would nourish her kids. Decorated with simple wood furnishings, this restaurant serves up a range of inexpensive, good-quality fish dishes on delicate Hakusan porcelain from nearby Hasami…

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Fukuoka City Bulletin July 2015

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

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Hakata Gion Yamakasa Guide 2015

You’ve probably already spotted some half-naked men running around town. These men in loincloths are participants in Fukuoka’s most anticipated annual festival, Hakata Gion Yamakasa. The highlight of the festival kicks off at exactly 4:59am on July 15th when thousands of men from seven districts race through the streets carrying decorative one-ton floats…

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