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Fukuoka City is best seen from a locals perspective combined with the curiosity of a tourist.  This website seeks to share the best of Fukuoka,its neighboring areas, and the rest of Japan with you from the eyes of two people, a tourist and a local who happen to be married to each other.  This isn’t only for those new to Fukuoka.  We try to share some sites sounds and tastes of Fukuoka to those who have never been here but are simply curious as to what goes on in this town voted as the 16th best city (second in Japan) to live in the world.

Inevitably, this will also be a glimpse into our lives (though we won’t give out names) as we venture on this newlywed adventure that has brought us from Hawaii, to Vietnam, the Philippines and then now to Fukuoka.

About Us:


Asawa was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan.  After living in Tokyo, London and Hawaii, she has found herself back in her hometown and is loving every minute of it.  She has been cooking since she was a kid.  She loves to cook and enjoys sharing her easy-to-cook dishes and tips through this blog.  She likes to include seasonal vegetables from Kyushu in her recipes.


Kaeru means frog in Japanese.  Asawa thinks Kearu looks like a frog so she calls him that.  His favorite time of the day is eating Asawa’s cooking.  Kearu is a gaijin (foreigner) living and studying in Fukuoka and is curious about Japanese life and culture and dreams of one day knowing if Japanese culture really requires  comparing your husband to an amphibian.

About Fukuoka:

Fukuoka is our home and we love it.  It is probably the best kept secret in the world.   This city, on the northeastern tip of Kyushu Island in Japan is a modern city with a small town feel.  It is a city by the mountains and also by the sea.  It does not have the maddening crowds of Tokyo yet lively enough to satisfy one’s urban dreams.  Fukuoka’s night life nourishes a healthy music, art and fashion scene, and its modern infrastructure make it very convenient for its inhabitants.  If the city gets too mundane, the hills are just a 30 minute train ride away.  It is a city beautiful for three seasons (Kaeru hates summer and Asawa hates winter) and friendly for four seasons.  People ask us “When is the best time to visit Fukuoka?”  Each season has its very own character, but we tend to suggest Spring and Autum.

It is the birthplace of Zen Budhism (and Green Tea), which is probably why it enjoys the best of everything Japan has to offer, its middle path, not too much nor too little just the right dose to complete that Japanese experience.

Fukuoka City is the best shopping city in the world according to Monocle Magazine (no wonder the locals want to keep it a secret!) and Japan’s gateway to mainland Asia.  It is a city striving to be international, yet remains very Japanese at heart.  Its the 16th most livable city in the world (Tokyo is no. 3).  The locals don’t seem to mind the relatively lower ranking.  Because ask any Japanese businessman where he would prefer to be assigned and he will tell you that he has always dreamed of being assigned to Fukuoka.  This is Fukuoka Dreaming.

Get in touch with us at: info [at] fukuokadreaming.com


  1. Viva says:

    Great idea!

  2. bonflotoNof says:

    I many time visited this site and here something is constant new. I will come once again

  3. ryan says:

    As a Japanese-speaking American 25 year-old who has traveled all over Japan and the rest of the world, i can say with a fair amount of confidence that Fukuoka is one of the best cities on this beautiful planet. Though i do not live in Fukuoka and never have, i made some of the best friends of my life while traveling through your city, including on tour with the band Cheap Trick. Here's to coming back to Fukuoka as soon as possible. Cheers.

    Love the blog and love what you are doing for your city.


    Asawa San,

    I have friend in Fukuoka whom I know them for more than 17 years. I was a representative of "Yokatopia" from Sri Lanka and this family became friendly with me ever since.

    "Takao Sleeping goods House" Takatori ! Chome 29-7

    I like to know them through Email too (Ima Denwa Dake)

    Also Like to know about you and your services to lovely Fukuoka.

    Arigato Gosaimashita !


  5. Lynn says:

    I lived for an unforgettable year in Fukuoka in the 70's. Fukuoka and its friendly people found a place in my heart and never let go. Thank you for the picture of Shingu Beach. I lived close to that very place. After work or early in the morning, walking through the pine forest to the beach, and then along the beach, I could never imagine a more appealing place to the senses and spirit. Walking through the nikkan groves up to the green mountain above Shingu entranced me too. I must return before much longer.

  6. @JTeale says:

    Fukuoka is one of the most beautiful cities that I have been to during my time in Asia. Currently I am living in Korea. As a blogger and photographer I am wondering if there is a way that I could get in touch with the Fukuoka tourism council or something like that. Not sure if you know how to contact them or not, but if you do I would love to promote the city here in Korea.

  7. Lucía says:

    Hello! I’m about to move to Fukuoka with my boyfriend for a year or so, and I would really like to know if its easy to meet Japanese people as we don’t speak even a word in Japanese. But we are really interested in being involved in the culture, and knowing people and places.
    I would also like to know if its possible to learn Japanese language, I mean if there is a variety of courses to study from English language.
    I’d really appreciate to have more information about this amazing city.

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