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Apr 12, 2010 - Fukuoka, Kyushu

Kyushu island, the southern most of Japan’s main islands, is considered most influenced by foreign cultures, being closest to Korea and China and for centuries the only place where western, namely Dutch, traders were allowed to maintain a trading post (in Dejima, Nagasaki). Dejima constituted the only window on European developments for over 200 hundred years of Japanese isolation and ‘Hollanders’ became the generic name for all Westerners. Fukuoka, now Kyushu’s main hub, was voted the 16th most livable city in the world, so probably not a...

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Apr 10, 2010 - Entering Japan: little things you cannot help but notice

In the weeks to come I hope to discover how Japan is different in many respects of customs, culture and character, but right from the start there are these little things, maybe not that important, but just different. Bowing: When the bus (to go to Tokyo’s other airport) arrives the attendant positions himself at the designated spot and formally bows to welcome the bus and the same again when it leaves. Smiling. : Have not seen many people smile in public yet. Sleeping: You can put your train ticket visibly in a small pocket on the chair in...

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Nov 15, 2009 - Fukuoka - Nov 13-15

November 13, 2009 We had a completely nothing day today, really. The tram to the station in Hiroshima was straight-forward, the train ride of an hour or so flew by and the 15 minute walk to the hotel was direction-followingly easy! Having checked in and then popped out to have a walk around and get some lunch, the heavens opened and we spent much of the afternoon either in the common room or our hostel room listening to the pitter-patter on the windows. How grim! After boring ourselves senseless from a non-hangover-induced laze around, we...

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Oct 17, 2009 - Visa Run - Fukuoka, Japan

Well, as mentioned in my last note when I returned to Korea I was told that the visa I thought I had to get into, and work, in Korea. Since I didn't have a valid visa I was given a tourist visa to enter the country. My first order of business was to contact my Korean supervisor to get some answers but he was in America so I wasn't able to get any information until the Wednesday of that week (the week after I returned from my trip). He talked with the immigration officer and was told that because I left the country without the proper...

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Korean Adventure

Jul 15, 2008 - Fukuoka--Yamakaza Festival

Nos levantamos a las 4 am para ver el Yamakaza Festival, un festival anual en Fukuoka donde grupos de gente semi-vestida cargan andas en una especie de carreras por la ciudad. Montamos bicicleta hasta un sitio adecuado y nos encontramos con Yumi para ver el festival. Pasaron varias andas con miles de gente gritando "Oisa! Oisa!" mientras corrian cargando estas cosas en los hombros. Interesante. Se nota que son japoneses, porque hasta en dias de festival, todo el mundo va a trabajar despues como si nada.

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Jul 13, 2008 - Fukuoka

Regrese a Fukuoka, y salimos en la noche con Ruth, en bicicleta, a encontrarnos con unos amigos suyos (Tomoko a.k.a. Crazy T, Yumi, etc.) en un restaurante. Todo muy rico y muy japones. Despues fuimos a Round 1, un "entertainment center" a la japonesa, que es como un sitio gigante de como 7 pisos repleto de pinballs, juegos electronicos, internet, karaoke, restaurant, canchas de deportes, dardos, y hasta sillas de masajes. Pagas y te puedes quedar el tiempo que quieras. Jugamos un monton de juegos, tocamos guitarra electrica, nos hicimos...

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Jul 10, 2008 - Pusan - Fukuoka (JAPON)

Tome el ferry Camellia de Pusan a Fukuoka (o Hakata) en Japon, junto con Loic. El ferry era un hotel 5 estrellas flotante. Tenias tu colchon que lo extendias en el piso (con un bloque de madera como almohada!), pero el barco tenia restaurantes, miles de areas comunes, sauna, casino y hasta karaoke. Todo muy comodo. El viaje duro toda la noche, como 7-8 horas, pero al llegar a las 6am tuvimos que esperar hasta las 7:30 a que abriera el puerto para poder bajar! Unos japoneses simpaticos nos llevaron en su carro a la estacion de tren, donde me...

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Mar 30, 2008 - Now that we're in Fukuoka

We're taking it easy. After having McDonald's we're hanging out at an internet place. Which is good for you: Jump to full entry

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Jonas & Jonathan

Mar 21, 2008 - Fukuoka

Ich bin heute in Fukuoka auf Kyushu im Sueden von Japan angekommen. Ich mag den Namen sehr, vor allem wenn ihn so ausspricht, wie es die Briten, Amerikaner und so tun wuerden. In Fukuoka gibt es einiges zu sehen. Das sind aber vor allem Tempel und Einkaufspassagen. Ich irre aber ein bisschen umher und bekomme heute nicht viel von all dem zu sehen. Dafuer gibt's einen Spaziergang am Rande des Hafens und um den - bzw. unter dem - Freeway.

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franinasia

Nov 11, 2007 - Fukuoka/Hakata

So our last full day in this beautiful part of Japan. Interesting fact to clear up some confusion. Fukuoka and Hakata are actually basically the same place. The old name of the city is Hakata and the new name is Fukuoka. We headed to Fukuoka which again was very beautiful and another wonderful sunny day. Our driver bought us a local sweet cake made of red beans. We were a little nervous but actually it was really tasty. So it was to be our last Shrine to visit in Japan which was very nice and very busy as it was the weekend and lots of kids...

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Nov 10, 2007 - Fukuoka

We didn't think there was going to be much to see in Fukuoka: we understood it to be a built up city of shopping malls, entertainment arcades etc so we didn't really come here for the sights. However, by pure chance we noticed what looked like a temple (we are pretty familiar with these by now!) just across the main street from our hotel and ventured inside to see a 36ft wooden Buddha! We're sure we would have found more places of interest had we felt so inclined but we had other plans: our time in Fukuoka coincided with the start of the...

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Jun 11, 2006 - Fukuoka

I left Hiroshima this morning, and took the Shinkansen to Fukuoka / Hakata on the island of Kyushu, Japans major southermost island. Im staying at the Sea Hawk Hotel, a bit \ higher end, but wanted to spluge a bit. Its part of Hawks TOwn, a massive sprawling compound consisting of a pretty western style mall, the Yahoo Fukuoka Dome where the Hawks play baseball, and this hotel. Im on the 14th, with a decent view of both Fukuoka and the sea. Felt a bit odd being a backpacker checkign into this place, bu ttheyre pretty friendly, and speak...

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