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Hanami in Japan: A Time-Honoured Tradition of Cherry Blossom Viewing

Hanami, the revered Japanese tradition of cherry blossom viewing, traces its roots back centuries, weaving a rich tapestry of cultural significance, poetic beauty, and communal celebration. Originating in the Nara period (710-794) when aristocrats would gather to appreciate the fleeting beauty of c... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan March 2024

More foreign students set to be eligible for Japan gov't scholarships – Nationwide The Japanese government plans to expand the scope of foreign university students eligible for its scholarships from April to provide more academic opportunities to children of the country's growing number of forei... READ MORE

Valentine’s Day in Japan: Blending Tradition with Modernity

Valentine's Day in Japan offers a captivating glimpse into the intersection of tradition and modernity, where age-old customs merge seamlessly with contemporary expressions of love and affection. Rooted in Japanese culture for decades, the celebration of Valentine's Day has evolved into a nuanced t... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan February 2024

University of Tokyo to launch new 5-year program with 50% foreign students – Tokyo Prefecture The University of Tokyo plans to launch a new five-year combined Bachelor's and Master's degree program in fall 2027, with half of the roughly 100-student capacity to comprise foreign students, a univer... READ MORE

Kintsugi – The Golden Art of Embracing Imperfections

Where Brokenness Becomes Beauty In the delicate dance between fragility and resilience, Japan introduces us to the art of Kintsugi—a practice that transforms brokenness into beauty. Unlike conventional methods of repairing broken pottery, Kintsugi embraces imperfections by mending shattered piec... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan January 2024

Noto locals pin hopes on return of tourists to hasten quake recovery – Ishikawa Prefecture Like many other parts of Japan, the Noto Peninsula had been enjoying a post-pandemic recovery in tourism before a magnitude-7.6 quake on New Year's Day drastically changed its trajectory. Wajima, one of th... READ MORE

Hannya Masks – Unmasking the Enigmatic Faces of Japanese Theatre

The Haunting Beauty of Hannya Masks Within the hallowed halls of Japanese theatre, where stories are told through the subtle language of movement, Hannya masks emerge as silent spectres, their carved features whispering tales of passion, vengeance, and the eternal dance between beauty and monstr... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan December 2023

Japan to partially lift ban on ride-hailing services from April – Nationwide The Japanese government has decided to partially lift a ban on ride-hailing services to address a nationwide shortage of taxi drivers, with the changes to come into effect from April. The partial lifting will allow driv... READ MORE

Wagashi: Japan’s Artistic Confections – A Symphony of Taste and Tradition

In the heart of Japan's culinary landscape, where sushi and ramen claim their fame, there exists a hidden world of artistry and delicacy – Wagashi. These traditional Japanese sweets transcend the ordinary, both in taste and visual appeal, making them a captivating facet of Japanese culture that oft... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan November 2023

Japan detects season's first bird flu case; to cull 40,000 birds – Nationwide Japan detected the first case of highly pathogenic H5-type bird flu this season at a poultry farm in the south of the country, public broadcaster NHK reported. The local government in Saga Prefecture will cull about 40... READ MORE

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