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Kawawatari Jinkousai

This 450-year old river-crossing festival is one of Fukuoka’s five major festivals. 10 large mikoshi (portable shrines) are carried by teams of 60 men from Fuuji Shrine across the Hikosan river on the 17th, where they are illuminated overnight, and on the 18th they are taken back across the river.

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Belgian Beer Weekend Fukuoka 2014

Returning to Fukuoka after a great debut in 2013; enjoy eight big days of Belgian beer, food and music! 47 beer brands, with fruit beer, white beer, trappist beer and more. Frites, waffles, live shows by Belgian electronic music duo Arsenal and chances to win a trip to Belgium.

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Fukuoka International Women’s Cup 2014

This annual tennis cup brings players from across the globe to Fukuoka to play women’s singles and doubles. Watch qualifying rounds for free (5/4~5), or buy a 6-day pass for the main tournament (5/6~11). Kids’ tennis classes, street tennis and final day marching band.

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TAO DRUM ROCK

After performing in over 400 cities in 20 countries, surpassing 6 million spectators; TAO comes back to Fukuoka! 17 drummers perform this beautiful story of princesses travelling through time to meet and become samurai. Costume and set design capture the purely Japanese essence.

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European Food Fair at Brasserie & Lounge Seala

Enjoy a taste of Europe in Fukuoka this spring at the Hilton Seahawk Fukuoka’s European Food Fair. Visit the Brasserie & Lounge Seala at the Hilton before May 6 to try the many dishes, including French quiche & chicken confit, Italian seafood lasagna & pasta, British fish & chips and more from Netherlands, Spain and other European countries. The Hilton’s new Executive Chef, Gerald Vaux who’s worked at Michelin awarded restaurant in France, and all over the world, is there to welcome you.

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Haruyoshi Yoichi

To liven up Haruyoshi area, local people such as owners of restaurants, shops or offices organize this event annually. This 12th edition is happening at two venues. At Kyosoukan 1F space 11 restaurants will have battles in ¥500 dishes made on hot iron plates and at SUN SELCO public square you can enjoy music live and dance shows on stage.

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Hakata Sennennomon Gate

In 1242, Enni Ben’en (posthumous name: Shouichi Kokushi) founded Jotenji Temple, a place with deep ties to Hakata-ori textiles and the presumed origin of the Hakata Yamakasa festival. It is said that the Yamakasa began when Enni had locals carry him around on a shelf for offerings to segaki (“hungry ghosts”) so he could sprinkle holy water to ward off an epidemic. Meanwhile, the traditional patterns used for Hakata-ori textiles are said to be based on Buddhist altar goods proposed by Enni.

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April 2014 Fukuoka Now

Finally! The winter is over and it’s time to set sail on Hakata Bay for a fresh air adventure! This month we learn about sailing in Fukuoka from Linda Saza, a long-time Fukuoka resident who brings us up to speed on clubs, schools, how to get a license, and more. We also introduce Fukuoka Sunset Sailing’s skipper Jaap Mulder. He can take you and your friends out on his gorgeous 10.75 meter catamaran for a spectacular sunset in Hakata Bay – or way beyond! Jaap is also the subject of our regular interview column. Learn why he and his wife prefer to live on boat (permanently!) Our restaurant pick this month is also related to the sea; we report on Minato-cafe Breath, a very unique cafe with a view of a shipbuilding yard. Not only a cool location, but tasty food and drinks too! Speaking of food, finding halal or Muslim friendly foods in Fukuoka has never been easy. So we’ve posted a guide to over 20 such establishments. Next, we began a new column called “Fukuoka Kau Kau”. Each month we ask a resident foreigner to select items within a set budget from a shop. This month Ali Khan takes the shopping challenge at Don Quijote Nakasu.

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Fukuoka Kau Kau: Don Quijote

Fukuoka is a compact city bursting with trendy boutiques, big department stores and everything in between; it’s a shopper’s paradise. We gave a foreigner a budget and a number of items to buy. What will he select? What would you select? Fukuoka Shopping Challenge START! 福岡は流行のショップや百貨店がコンパクトな街中にひしめく、ショッピング好きにとっての楽園。NOWの新企画Fukuoka Kau Kauでは、そんな楽園を訪れた外国人が予算内で何を買うか、をレポートします!

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City Bulletin April 2014

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

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