Discover the cultural and culinary delights of Fukuoka.
The articles that feature the stories of the locals will help you discover a new side of the prefecture.
Japan’s top eel chef continues to innovate while preserving tradition
An interview with Dai Ogata, the fourth generation to run Inakaan, in business for 90 years; A close look at Japan’s finest eel dishes and the techniques that earned their reputation as the best in JapanVIEW
Connecting with others through nothing but toys
An interview with Shintaro Segawa, owner of YAMABIKO YA; A close look at what drew him into the charms of local toys and the connections people have made through himVIEW
Keeping a tiny passion alive…
An interview with Toru Hideshima, the second generation to run the hanko shop Hideshima, which has been in business for 91 years; A close look at the thoughts and feelings of a craftsman who conveys the profoundness of the Japanese language and the playfulness of the Japanese people through the appeal of hankoVIEW
In the direction of the warm and gentle light
An interview with Hiroki Ito, the eighth generation of the Ito family to run Ito Gonjiro Shoten, a more than 200-year-old lantern shop; A close look at the appeal of Yame lanterns and the pride held by this young craftsman.VIEW
Fukuoka Is For Foodies: A Guide To Exploring This Delicious Culinary Destination
As the historical gateway to Asia, Fukuoka Prefecture has been on the receiving end of multiple and multicultural influences which have coalesced into a delicious melting pot of flavours. So, if you're a foodie looking for the best grub in Japan, you can't go wrong here…VIEW
A cultural engineer behind Fukuoka’s coffee scene
There is a number of good coffee shops in Fukuoka, but manucoffee is one of the few leading the city’s coffee scene.VIEW
Authentic and traditional taste of Hakata, passed down by a mother and a daughter
What comes to your mind when you hear ‘Fukuoka’? Is it Mentaiko, Motsunabe or Tonkotsu Ramen? Udon is actually also a soul food for people in Fukuoka.VIEW
Made with local producers,delivering Fukuoka’s four seasons
Kyoko Hirosawa, a food stylist, is among those who made the move from Tokyo to Fukuoka,choosing ten years ago to settle in Itoshima. In this interview, she reveals the charms of Itoshima through her lifestyle.VIEW
Local Life in Kitakyushu:
Enter a World of Wild Adventure and Fascinating History
The northern part of Fukuoka — and Kyushu as a whole — is, in many ways, a wild sprawling space.
If you’re hankering for some rugged mountains, breathtaking views and diverse historical sites,
then Kitakyushu is the place to be.
Local Life in Fukuoka City:
Art, Beaches and Coffee
There’s a lot to a city that’s easy to miss when you first visit.
Here’s a guide to experiencing Fukuoka like a local.
Local Life in Yame City:
Green Tea, Traditional Crafts and Endless Stars
For whatever may ail you, the slow life in Yame City in southern Fukuoka Prefecture may be the cure.
Here are some ways to experience a slice of tranquility in an otherwise busy world.
Fukuoka Soul Food:
Mouthwatering Local Meals
Fukuoka Prefecture is a gourmet’s dream — it has countless homegrown dishes and fresh ingredients from both land and sea in spades.
What better way to get to know Fukuoka better than by digging into some of its beloved local fare?
Here are just some of the prefecture’s famous soul foods that you’ll find at restaurants, bars, and Fukuoka City’s famous yatai (street food stalls) while you’re here.
Fukuoka Artisan Profile:
Shiro Araki, Costume Designer
Shiro Araki is a master manipulator. By taking natural and industrial cast-offs and recreating them into fantastical costumes,
he challenges our perception on both costume design and what qualifies as clothing material.
His costumes have been worn by the likes of international and domestic artists Lady Gaga,
Misia and Kou Shibasaki, and his client list includes major companies like Sony Music, Shiseido and more.
Fukuoka Artisan Profile:
Yusuke Kumagae, Ceramic Artist
Deep in the south of Fukuoka Prefecture lies Toho Village, a treasure trove of historic pottery and creative excellence.
It is home to Takatori and Koishiwara Pottery, both traditional ceramic art styles that have histories spanning over 350 years.
There are about 50 potteries in this small village and Kaneha-gama, a small pottery with a tall brick chimney nestled at the edge of a dense forest, is one of them.