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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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Jun 5, 2006 - Fukuoka, I am coming home!

So, I used to study in Fukuoka, about 6 years ago. As you recall about Hiroshima, we haven`t had much luck with things looking familiar, but thankfully most of Fukuoka is unchanged. Our little business hotel is on the Oyafuku dori, home of the Crazy Cock and Dark Room, two bars that were always filled with gaijin students on weekends. As we are right in the heart of downtown Fukuoka, our location is pretty great. Of course I wanted to get up and go straight away to the Saibu Gas Musuem, one of the best energy company propoganda vehicles I...

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Jun 2, 2006 - Fukuoka (11-12/04/06)

Fukuoka est la capitale économique de l'île de Kyushu. Nous l'avons utilisée comme base pour visiter Nagasaki. C'est à Fukuoka que j'ai (Olivier) essayé un des fameux "capsule hotels" (réservé aux hommes), couramment utilisés par les salarymen en déplacement, qui ne veulent pas dépenser des fortunes pour leur logement, tout en conservant un excellent niveau de services, comme un superbe onsen (bain japonais). Fukuoka ist die Hauptstadt der Insel Kyushu. Wir haben sie als Basis benutzt, um Nagasaki zu besichtigen. In Fukuoka habe ich...

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May 29, 2006 - More Lovely Travels

A jam packed day with three highlights: Miyajima is one of the iconic places in Japan. The floating Torii is a picture you see again and again. Less frequent is a nice picture of the shrine that the Torii is the entrance gate for - it, too, is `floating` in the shallow bay of the island. Back in the day, commoners weren:t even allowed on the island - they could row up through the gate, visit the shrine, and retreat back to the mainland. Today, the shrine is as amazing as it was back in 800 or whenever it was built (back when my European...

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Apr 28, 2006 - Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka, Japan Friday 28th April After leaving Nagasaki on a nice bus, we travelled north for 3 hours, soon arriving in the modern city of Fukuoka. Our bus took us to the city centre, where we then caught a taxi to a hotel we had already made a reservation at. Our taxi took us right to the door of a nice hotel, and we thought that our driver must have been mistaken, as the hotel we had booked was fairly cheap and we thought, wouldn't look this smart, but no, this was our hotel. The big foyer was lovely all neat, tidy and clean, (like...

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Mar 17, 2006 - Family reunion in Japan

Family reunions are always so stressful. Mika's stomach was all in knots as we headed towards Fukuoka, Japan. The last time she was in Japan was 18 years ago. Back then, Mika was 16 years old, and her brother was in his senior year of high school. Her dad was remarried, and he had another daughter, Mika's 6 year old half-sister. This time upon returning to Japan, Mika's dad was remarried for the 3rd time to a young, 28 year-old woman. (She seems to be doing really well keeping Mika's dad in check...heehee). Her brother is also married, and...

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Feb 14, 2006 - Episode sixteen: party like its 1994...

Date: January 8th - February 14th Location: Takeo, Japan Returning home to Takeo was a mixed affair. We were caught somewhere between, wanting desperately to crash out for a sleep, being in dire need of a shower to warm up from the winter cold and wanting to meet up with everyone to share in the excitement of our engagement as we had yet to inform our friends in Japan. However, things were soon decided for us when we found everyone had gone to Nagasaki for the night and so we were left to the apartment block alone to re-accustom ourselves...

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Sep 21, 2005 - Japan - Western or Asian?

Here's a brief blog of Japan - We flew into Fukuoka at about midday. Fukuoka and Nagasaki were both very relaxing places to visit after the relative chaos of when we first arrived in Korea and definately relaxing after China. Fukuoka was beautiful and very western! There where Starbucks on every corner and millions of designer clothing stores. We had no problem not speaking Japanese and the people didn't stare at us like we were cirus freaks (we get that a lot in Korea). Anyhow we visited - Canal City (a beautiful shopping mall), the...

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Sep 19, 2005 - Fukuoka

After visiting Hiroshima for a few hours I continued on to Fukuoka/Hakata. Once two separate towns the two merged to create a single city. The airport in Fukuoka, but the train station is Hakata. Satoru, a friend of a good friend, was kind enough to pick me up at the station and show me around for a couple of days. We spent a lot of time eating and drinking in Satoru's bar an hour outside of Fukuoka. He was bent on making me try the most unusual of Japanese cuisine. I tried littlie crabs by pulling them out of their shelf with a needle and...

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Jul 27, 2005 - Episode one: a new home

Date of departure from Wellington, NZ: 24th July 2005 Destination: Tokyo, Japan. For a three day JET orientation. The kiwi JETs i travelled with left Wellington for Tokyo on the 24th July a day after we were meant to due to Air New Zealand strikes. Personally tho i wasnt complaining as it meant i got to spend an extra night in wellington with karen. The departure was early sun morning so it was very nice of the whanau, nick and karen to make an appearance to see me off. Farewells of this kind are never fun and this one proved the norm....

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