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Fireworks Festival @ Karatsu, Saga, July 17th

This festival is held in Karatsu, Saga prefecture, not in Fukuoka.
6000 fireworks attract you on July 17th.
How about to visit Karatsu castle before fireworks!?
*If it rains, it will be postponed until July 18th.*

Fireworks!!

Fireworks!!

Fireworks display: 8pm – 9:15pm
Access
Take the subway train from Hakata station and get off at “Karatsu” station.(about 1:20, 1100yen)
From the station about 15min walk to the beach where you can see the fireworks dwsplay.

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Fireworks Festival @ Ohori Park, August 1st

Why don’t you enjoy the big fireworks display in the city??
6000 fireworks are set off from the central island of the pond at Ohori Park.
Don’t miss this chance to experience Japanese Summer!!
*If it rains, it will be postponed until August 2nd.*

Fireworks!!

Fireworks!!

Fireworks display:8pm-9:30pm
Access:
Take subway train from Hakata station and get off at “Ohori Koen station”. (10min, 250yen)

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Chiran “Neputa Matsuri” in Kagoshima – 16th July 2011

NOTE: this festival is NOT in Fukuoka, it is Kagoshima prefecture.

Are you going to Kagoshima in July 16th?
Here is the great festival in Minami-Kyushu city.
Chiran Neputa Matsuri

Chiran Neputa Matsuri Festival

Chiran Neputa Matsuri Festival

 

The shuttle bus from Kagoshima Chuo station West exit 13:00 on 16th July.
For return, leaves chiran at 21:30.
The price 2,000 yen (advanced booking required)
The website is only Japanese. http://www.nansatsu.com/

It will be postponed for 17th in case of rain.

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Seisyoko Festival @ Kato Shrine in Kumamoto, July 23rd and 24th

Seisyoko Festival is held near Kumamoto Castle on July 23rd and 24th.
On 23rd, some shows are performed at the stage and stalls are opened from the evening.
The main event is held on July 24th.
The parade of the people carrying mikoshi(a potable shrine), children in traditional cloth, a miko(Shrine maidens) and so on is walk around the area near Kumamoto Castle.

How about to enjoy the festival before or after you go to Kumamoto Castle?!

MIKOSHI(a portable shrine)

MIKOSHI(a portable shrine)

seisyoko festival

seisyoko festival

Schedule
July 23rd
5pm – Shows on the stage start at Kato shrine (next to Kumamoto Castle)
Stalls open on this day
July 24th
9am – The Festival starts
3pm – Parade departure from Kato shrine
*no stall on this day

Venue: Kato shrine
Access:
Take JR train from Hakata to Kumamoto Station.(By Shinkansen: about 33 – 50 min, 4790yen/ By rapid train *need to change a train at least one*: about 2 hours, 2070yen)
Take a tram from “Kumamoto eki mae” station and get off at “Kumamoto jyo Shiyakushyo mae” station.(14min, 150yen)

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Fireworks Festival @ Sasaguri, July 9th

Fireworks Festival is held in Sasaguri (14-20min travel by train from Hakata) on July 9th!!
1236 fireworks will be set off.
You can also see Yamakasa (decorated floats) and various stalls.
Let’s enjoy Japanese Summer with Fireworks!!
*The festival will be held in light rain, but it will be canceled in heavy rain

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks display: 8pm – 9pm

Access
Take JR Fukuhoku Yutaka line train(most of the train goes from No.8 platform) from Hakata station and get off at Sasaguri station.(about 14-20min, 270yen)

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The biggest One Piece event in history 「ONE PIECE DOME TOUR FUKUOKA」 is held @ Yahoo Dome, July 1st – 3rd 2011

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Marketing Corporation holds the biggest One Piece event in history 「ONE PIECE DOME TOUR FUKUOKA」 at Yahoo Dome from July 1st (Fri.) to 3rd (Sun.) for 3 days!!
“One Piece Dome Tour” is, the theme park type of event that is held in the largest-ever scale and condensed One Piece world into the dome. Come and Feel the One Piece World as it is!!!

ONE PIECE Dome tour Fukuoka

ONE PIECE Dome tour Fukuoka

Admission
Advance ticket: Adult – 3,000yen, Children – 2,000yen
Current ticket: Adult – 3,500yen, Children – 2,500yen
Event period: July 1st(Fri.), 2nd(Sat.), 3rd(Sun)
Opening hour: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Yahoo Dome
Access
Take a bus No. 44 from Mizuho, the closest bus stop from the hostel, to Yahoo Dome-mae ,about 40min 220yen.
On weekends, not so many buses run on this route.
You can take a subway from Hakata station to Tojinmachi station, 15min 250yen and 10min walk from the station.

Fukuoka One Piece Dome Tour homepage (Japanese)

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Fukuoka Softbank Hawks home game schedule in August

There are many baseball games in Fukuoka in August!!
Why don’t you enjoy Japanese Summer watching a baseball game with cold beer!!
Don’t miss this chance!!
Here is the time schedule.

Date Starting Time
August. 9th 6pm
August. 10th 6pm
August. 11th 6pm
August. 16th 6pm
August. 17th 6pm
August. 18th 6pm
August. 19th 6pm
August. 20th 2pm
August. 21st 1pm
August. 23rd 6pm
August. 24th 6pm
August. 25st 6pm
August. 30th 6pm

Tickets are from 1000yen!!
Let’s cheer up our local team together!!
Access
Take a bus No. 44 from Mizuho, the closest bus stop from the hostel, to Yahoo Dome-mae ,about 40min 220yen.
On weekends, not so many buses run on this route.
You can take a subway from Hakata station to Tojinmachi station, 15min 250yen and 10min walk from the station.

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Fukuoka Softbank Hawks home game schedule in July

There are many baseball games in Fukuoka in July!!

Why don’t you enjoy Japanese Summer watching a baseball game with cold beer!!
Don’t miss this chance!!
Here are the time schedule.

Date Starting Time
July. 8th 6pm
July. 9th 2pm
July.10th 1pm
July.18th 6pm
July.19th 6pm
July. 20th 6pm
July. 26th 6pm
July. 27th 6pm
July.28th 6pm
July.29th 6pm
July.30th 6pm
July.31st 1pm

Tickets are from 1000yen!!
Let’s cheer up our local team together!!

Access
Take a bus No. 44 from Mizuho, the closest bus stop from the hostel, to Yahoo Dome-mae ,about 40min 220yen.
On weekends, not so many buses run on this route.
You can take a subway from Hakata station to Tojinmachi station, 15min 250yen and 10min walk from the station.

Fukuoka Softbank Howks

Fukuoka Softbank Howks

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Sakuji Yoshimura’s Seven Ancient Civilizations @ Fukuoka City Museum, Jun. 18th – Sep. 4th

Professor Sakuji Yoshimura of Waseda University oversees this ambitious exhibition showcasing seven of the world’s unique ancient civilizations: Egyptian, Oriental, Greco-Roman, Indian, Chinese, Central and South American, and Japanese. The interactive exhibits encourage you to question what “civilization” really means.

Sakuji Yoshimura's Seven Ancient Civilizations

Sakuji Yoshimura's Seven Ancient Civilizations

Showcasing unique ancient civilization

Showcasing unique ancient civilization

Opening Time: 9:30 ~ 17:30 (~ 19:30 in Jul. & Aug. *exclude Sun. & Hol.)
Closed on Mon. (Open on Jul. 18th, closed on Jul. 29th)
Admission
Adult – 1,300yen, Univ.&HS students – 1,000yen, MS&ES students – 600yen
Venue: Fukuoka City Museum
Access
Take a bus No. 44 from Mizuho, the closest bus stop from the hostel, to Yahoo Dome-mae ,about 40min 220yen.
On weekends, not so many buses run on this route.
You can take a subway from Hakata station to Nishijin station, 15min 250yen and 10min walk from the station.

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Asian Food Party night, 11th June 2011 Party Report

We had a big Party on 11th June 2011. Our Taiwanese help staff and our Korean friends made great Asian food.

Also we had many many guests from asian countries. So it was fabulous  asian party!! 

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Asian Food Party on 11th June 2011

Asian Food Party on 11th June 2011

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