World’s CM Festival 2014 in Fukuoka

With the best and most bizarre television commercials from all over the world, the crazy CM Festival always entertains and surprises its audiences. This year’s selection includes Cannes Lion award winners, creepy horror CMs, and more! Both nights end with a lucky draw and guest live show.

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Fukuoka Asian Film Festival 2014

Now in it’s 28th year this annual festival celebrates independant Asian cinema. Recent works from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China are featured in a 14-film selection, and film directors are invited to Fukuoka for discussions and greeting sessions.

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Arii Momoyo Pottery 1st Exhibition

Lovers of handmade design with an antique twist will be delighted by this small exhibition of handcrafted pottery by local designer Momoyo Arii. Born in Ishikawa Prefecture, Momoyo graduated from the Osaka University of the Arts and worked in commercial design for years before becoming a freelance designer in Fukuoka. Her background in visual arts combines with an admiration of antiques in her latest venture in pottery. She holds her first pottery solo exhibition at “mojoca” salon (Minami-ku, Fukuoka) from 6/19~25 with a small but sweet selection of handmade pottery items on the theme of “hands”. The pieces incorporate elements of antique and religious motifs – and each is one of a kind. Stop by for a look and a chat with this local artist.

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Marigold Season at Nokonoshima

It’s currently the best season to view marigolds at Nokonoshima Island Park (Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City). No less than 30,000 yellow and orange flowers are in bloom, with butterflies floating near the fields too. And what’s more, visitors are free to pick the marigolds and bring them home. “Please come and pick marigolds on a sunny day,” say the park staff. Viewing season is until mid-July. Source: Nishinippon Shimbun 6/14

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Nokonoshima Beach Opening

The first beach in Fukuoka to officially open for the summer season this year is Nokonoshima Campground beach on June 16 (Mon.). Opening day includes a 30 minute Shinto ritual (11:00~) before the local kids start swimming. BBQ plan available for ¥2,500 per person, including beef, pork and seafood to cook on a BBQ that’s prepared and cleaned by staff. Too easy! Kick off your summer at the beach!

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5th Peace Memorial Exhibition “Fukuoka Air Raid”

Almost 69 years have passed since the Fukuoka Air Raid of 1945. During the Air Raid, 211 B-29 Bombers dropped over 1500 tonnes of incendiary bombs on Hakata and Tenjin, covering an area from Gofukumachi and Hakata Station to Ohori Park and the shores of Hakata Bay. The flames destroyed one third of the city and killed an estimated 902 people (244 reported missing). An exhibition is currently being held at the Fukuoka City Museum of Literature (Red Brick Culture Centre) in remembrance of this event. English explanations will be provided by local junior high “English club” students on Saturday, June 14 from 10:00~12:00. Fukuoka City Museum of Literature is an old red brick building located on Showa dori, near the Naka River.

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Fukuoka Canada Day 2014 – Food Preview

Canadian lobster tail, Canadian pork, beef, poutine and pancakes…. yummmmm! Try these Canadian favorites at the Fukuoka Canada Day Party on Sat., June 28 at Tenjin Monolith. Yesterday (June 5) we headed down to Tenjin Monolith for a test-tasting. New this year, chefs will cook up a storm with a charcoal barbecue on the outdoor [...]

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EU Film Days in Fukuoka 2014

Organized by representative bodies for the European Union in Japan and the embassies of EU member nations, “EU Film Days” brings the best of European cinema to audiences in Japan. From films not previously shown in Japan to popular works, the festival will screen films from five different countries. The reception (6/10) provides ample introduction the allure of the Film Days festival.

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Red Bull BC One Fukuoka Cypher

Qualifying rounds for worldwide B-Boy competition “Red Bull BC One” happens in Fukuoka this Sunday (6/8). Breakdancers will fight it out in Fukuoka to qualify for “Red Bull BC One Japan Cypher” – the next stage of the contest. Red Bull BC One is the most important one-on-one B-Boy competition in the world. Every year, thousands of dancers across the globe vie for a chance to represent at the World Final where 16 B-Boys battle on the Red Bull BC One stage for the title. Come down and be impressed by their moves. Who will make it to the next stage?

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Fukuoka Oasis Belly Dance Fair

Russian belly dancer Natalie Becker and her daughter Ebru come to Fukuoka to perform, alongside guest dancers from Egypt and Kyushu, in a grand show on June 22nd. The mother/daughter pair will also hold dance classes, teaching dance to Moroccan music (6/21 (Sat.) 10:00~13:00 @ Kasuga Clover Plaza), tabla drumming (6/20 (Fri.) 19:00~21:00 @ ACROS Fukuoka), instrumental tracks (6/21 (Sat.) 14:00~17:00 @ Kasuga Clover Plaza), and Arabic music (6/21 (Sat.) 14:00~17:00 @ Kasuga Clover Plaza). Each class costs ¥8,000.

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