(English) Summer Party 2014

(English) Mark your calendar for July 25 (Fri.) – it’s Fukuoka Now’s Summer Poolside BBQ at Hotel With the Style! Wear a yukata or aloha shirt, enjoy the summer food, cocktails, entertainment cool jazz DJ. Invite your friends now! See last year’s gallery here!

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(English) Hard-Ons 30th Anniversary Japan Tour 2014 – Fukuoka

(English) Over 30 years ago, three high school friends from Korean, Sri Lankan and Yugoslavian immigrant backgrounds started a band in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The band was the Hard-Ons and they went on to become one of the most respected pop punk bands in the world. Fans of the Hard-Ons include Joey and CJ Ramone (Ramones), Dave Grohl(Nirvana/Foo Fighters), Jello Biafra(Dead Kennedys), The Damned, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, UK Subs, Radio Birdman, Saints, MC5, Sepultura and the Melvins to name only a few.

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(English) Sunflower Picking at Nokonoshima Island Park

(English) Summer sunflowers are in bloom and Nokonoshima invites you to come sunflower-picking!

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(English) Water Curtain & Water Splash at Canal City!

(English) 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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(English) 9th Annual Fukuoka Lobsterfest

(English) 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:

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(English) Hawaiian Eggs’n Things Opens in Fukuoka


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(English) Life-Size Cardboard “D51″ Locomotive

(English) 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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(English) Nichinan “Rare Foods” Summer Festival

(English) 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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(English) Hakata Night Market

(English) 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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(English) Study Abroad Experience Hiroba

(English) 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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