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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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Hakata Light Up Walk 2014

Historical temples, shrines and gardens in the Hakata area are beautifully illuminated for this event. In between venues there are areas with mini-concerts and stalls selling food, drinks and items. It’s a lot of fun just to wander around!

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Hakata Ori Exhibition

Hakata ori (woven textile) is a local folk craft with 770 years of tradition. It has been popular for centuries for use in kimono and obi as a silk textile due to its tensility and thickness of the fabric.

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Hakata Halloween Costume Parade and Contest 2014

Get in the Halloween spirit watching hundreds of participants wearing creepy and creative costumes in the 8th annual parade from Hakata Riverain to Canal City.

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Antiquing in Hakata “Bayside Market 2014″ Vol.3

Antique dealers come from all over Japan to take part in this stylish, nostalgia-filled antique market. For two days, browse their selection of antique furniture, and vintage goods.

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Hakata Okunchi

This traditional festival, with 1,200 years of history, gives thanks to the gods for Autumn’s harvest.

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Hakata Kenjo Dochu

Crowds gather at this annual autumn event to watch the parade of women in traditional kimono.

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Hakata Historical Tour

The 2000 year old history of Hakata is a source of pride and interest for local residents and tourists alike. In this two-hour walking tour you’ll visit some of city’s most famous historical sites, led by an informative guide (Japanese and English speaking available – book in advance). Reservation required. * Special course (¥11,500 / [...]

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12th Int. Speech Contest

12th International Japanese Speech Contest

Come and enjoy this speech contest in which participants speak (in Japanese) about living in Fukuoka and Japan.

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