Monthly Archives: January 2011

Traditional Performing Arts Festival at Acros Fukuoka, Feb. 19th

Shishimai dance with live singing and shakuhachi (bamboo flute) will be performed at Acros Fukuoka. Shishimai which refers to Lion Dance is originally from China. It’s collaboration between Chinese traditional dance and Japanese traditional instrument this time. Enjoy the dynamic Shishimai dance!! 19th of February at Acros Fukuoka Time : 3:30pm – 5:45pm Ticket : 1500yen Access : 3min walk from Tenjin subway station
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Fukutabi : Zen Experience with English Guide Jan. 30th

Experience Zen meditation and ceremonial tea made by osho (priests) in a magnificent temple. Venue : Nyoirinji (temple), 1-2-7, Kashiieki-Higashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka Access : 2 mins walk from Fiest Exit just pass the overpass of JR Kashii station Fee: 1000 yen Contact: Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau fcvb-info@welcome-fukuoka.or.jp TEL : 092-735-8882
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CHOCOLATE WORLD EXHIBITION, till Feb.14th

Japanese female threesome “food artists” prepared a special Valentine’s Day exhibition. Take a trip into their chocolate fantasy world. REAL CHOCOLATE!!! Let’s get some inspiration to impress your latest sweetheart. Door: ¥400 / Student Door: ¥300 / Pair: ¥600 / Student pair: ¥500 Held at IMS 8F Artium Access:  Take #44  bus from Mizuho (closest bus stop from Khaosan Fukuoka) to Tenjin bus center mae.  Find the gold building. that’s IMS. Admission FREE event held by the same artists on the basement of the same building.
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Kyushu Pro-Wrestling Battle Espacio, Jan. 30th

Kyushu Pro-Wrestling that works to make Kyushu active has an event in Fukuoka!! Why not try this Japanese exiting subculture at this chance!? Total 4 matches are held. Battle Espacio at Skala Espacio in Tenjin. Start at 3pm. Access 10min walk from Tenjin subway station. View Skala Espacion in a larger map
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Mojiko-Retro Fugu Festival (Blowfish Festival), Feb. 6th

Fugu – nabe hotpot, deep fried fugu… Many fugu dishes at the reasonable price!! Don’t miss this chance to eat this very expensive blowfish!! Some street performance, fresh product market and Banana auction (Mojiko-retoro is very famous for this!!) are held. February 6th at Mojiko-Retoro 11:00am – 4:00pm Access : About 90min by rapid train from Hakata to Mojiko. If you have a JR pass, take a Shinkansen from Hakata to Kokura, about 20min, and take a JR train from Kokura to Mojiko, 15min.
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Yanagawa Sagemon-Meguri Hinamatsuri Festival, Feb. 11th – April. 3rd

Hinamatsuri (Dolls festival, Girls’ day) is held on the 3rd of March. Ornamental dolls are displayed around this day in Japan. In Yanagawa city, many citizens open their houses to the public to show their dolls during Sagemon-Meguri festival. Enjoy their unique decorations!! Access 50min by Nishitetsu train to Yanagawa station from Nishitetsu Fukuoka station. If you have a JR pass, take JR train from Hakata station to Omuta station(50min by express train) change the train to Nishitetsu train. JR Omuta staion and Nishitetsu Omuta staion is the same station but different platforms. Take a Nishitetsu train from Nishitetsu Omuta station to Yanagawa station.(about 10min by express train, 330yen)
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Cosplay Event, Feb. 13th @ Bayside place Hakata

Cosplay??? ・・・・・Costume Play!!! Cosplay may have originated in Japan, but there are now devoted fans throughout Asia and the world. Over 100 cosplayers will be dressing up in their favorite characters! It’s free to go watch the cosplayers! Date : February 13th (Sun) Place : Bayside place Hakata (Hakata wharf) Access : Take a bus #99 from “Hakata center bld. mae E” to “Hakata Futou”. 220yen, 17 minutes. There’s a really nice Hot spring right across the street from this event! Click here
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Noh play at Ohori park, Jan. 23th

Japanese traditional play, Noh will be performed at Ohori park on the 26th of January. These days, there are not so many chances to see Noh performed. Don’t miss this opportunity!! Jan 26th Start : 2:00pm Ticket : From 6000yen (Student 3000yen) Place : Ohori-Koen Nohgakudo (in Ohori park) Access : Take a subway from Hakata to Ohori Koen, 250yen 10min. View Ohori-Koen Nohgakudo in a larger map
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Insomnia HIgh! @Decadent Deluxe Fukuoka’s popular night club! Jan. 15th

DJ Kurusu is a legend among Japanese hardcore party-goers. If you’ve never heard him play before, then don’t miss this chance to experience the underground groove of one of Japan’s best DJs! Adv.: ¥1,500 (1 drink order required) / Door: ¥2,000 (1 drink order required) View Decadent Deluxe in a larger map
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1st Jan 2011 – New Year Osechi Party – Party Report

We had a new year party on 1st Jan 2011 at hostel, thank you all for joining us. Our former cleaning staff made all excellent traditional Osechi food. [miniflickr photoset_id=”72157625726025666″ ]
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