I came across 2 articles today harping about the wonders of Fukuoka. These articles talk about things us Fukuoka residents have known for a long time. Things are looking up for our favorite place in Japan (and the world?)
The first one is from the Guardian, a British online newspaper, entitled “Why flourishing Fukuoka has something for every traveller“. For a British article to call Fukuoka the “Liverpool of Japan” says something very good about our little town.
The next article is a bit older but relevant nonetheless. The New York Times writes about “Uncovering the Secrets of Fukuoka” and how it is the “Gourmet City” of Japan. Now that is HUGE to be called the Gourmet City of the world’s Gourmet Country.
A lot of people have been asking me what is good to do in Fukuoka. I often have a hard time answering because Fukuoka is less of a tourist spot than a quality of life kind of place. Then again, if eating your heart out in top notch Japanese cuisine is a vacation for you then you have come to the right place!
So you have lived in Japan for years, and think you know what life in Japan means, and nothing will surprise you anymore? These photos will say otherwise. I came across this post on www.retraonaut.comthat feature stereoscopic photographs by T. Enami of 1895-1910 Japan that were posted by Okinawa Soba. 2 stereoscopic photos of the same image are interplaced to produce a 3D effect that magically brings life to the photographs, as if you just walked 100 years into the past. Take a look at these photos and immerse yourself in the Japan you never saw.
Geisha with flower and Cat
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Just saw the most amazing performance of Ode to Joy! Flashmobs may be a product of the youtube generation but Seiji Ozawa pulled one way back in 1998. Perfect fusion of Japanese technology and love for classical music!
On a more recent performance, here are 10,000 amateur singers performing the same song in Osaka one year after the Tsunami hit northern Japan. Its dedication matched with the passion the song almost feels like a hand helping up a broken nation!