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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

Shinrin-Yoku − Immersing in Nature for Health and Harmony

In the heart of Japan's cultural identity lies a tradition that transcends the superficial aspects of modern living, inviting people to reconnect with nature on a profound level. "Shinrin-yoku," or forest bathing, is a practice deeply rooted in Japanese culture that has gained international recogni... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan October 2023

International visitors to Japan reach 96% of pre-COVID level in Sept – Nationwide Japan welcomed more than 2 million international visitors for a fourth consecutive month in September, official data showed, marking a near full recovery to pre-pandemic levels even though the Chinese market has be... READ MORE

Furoshiki – The Eco-Friendly Art of Wrapping

In a world increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of consumerism, traditional practices that prioritize sustainability have gained renewed attention. One such practice is the art of Furoshiki, a Japanese tradition that involves using a square piece of cloth to wrap and carry items. Beyon... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan September 2023

Japan looks to promote electronic visas as inbound tourism recovers – Nationwide The Japanese government is looking to expand its electronic visa services system to streamline application procedures for foreign visitors amid a resurgence of tourism after the end of coronavirus-related border contro... READ MORE

Calligraphy − Brushstrokes of Expression

Deep within the intricate tapestry of Japanese culture lies a form of artistic expression that transcends mere words – calligraphy, known as "shodo." With each stroke of the brush, calligraphy becomes a dance of ink and paper, a timeless tradition that speaks volumes about the values, aesthetics, an... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan August 2023

Renewed interest in sumo proves big pull for tourists – Tokyo Prefecture Their interest piqued during COVID lockdowns and by a new Netflix drama, a fresh rush of foreign tourists are flocking to Japan for a look inside the insular world of sumo. Japan's national sport -- hundreds of years old and s... READ MORE

The Way of the Geisha: Unmasking the Mystique

In the ancient streets of Kyoto and other traditional Japanese cities, the graceful presence of geisha exudes an air of mystery and allure. These iconic female entertainers have captivated the world with their artistry, elegance, and cultural significance. Despite their popularity, the true essence ... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan July 2023

More Japan tourist hot spots imposing hotel taxes to fund promotions – Nationwide The practice of imposing municipal accommodation taxes on hotel guests has been spreading across Japan as popular tourist areas look to generate funds to use in promoting themselves to travellers in the wake of the CO... READ MORE

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