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Introducing a Popular Souvenir from Hakata: "Mentai Tube" 5-Piece Set

Hakata Station's Ming Department Store, the largest souvenir shop in Kyushu, recently held a runoff contest to choose the best souvenir of 2018. Mention "Hakata" and its famous mentaiko (salted spicy pollack roe) will come to mind for many in Japan. The first-place winner in this contest was this "Mentai Tube" 5-piece set!

The Evolution of Pancakes in Fukuoka! “Original Pancake House”

Hakata Station in Fukuoka is surrounded by a variety of facilities, like the Hakata Bus Terminal, JR Hakata City, Hakata Hankyu, and KITTE Hakata Marui, so people in the area can enjoy shopping and eating gourmet foods all day long!
This time, I’ll be introducing you to the American pancake restaurant, “Original Pancake House,” located in KITTE Hakata Marui! Their “Dutch Baby,” listed on their menu board, is always a hit!
The only three locations in Japan are in Tokyo, and only one of those is in Hakata.

Ecbo Cloak, a Temporary Luggage Storage Service, is Expanding its Areas!

Ecbo Cloak is a service connecting people who want to store their luggage with shops that have space to hold it.
Luggage may be stored in multipurpose spaces inside train stations, such as cafes, hair salons and post offices. By making reservations ahead of time, you can be sure to store items that won't fit into the coin-operated lockers, such a large suitcases, baby strollers and sports equipment.

Fukuoka Prefecture – Hakata Gion Yamakasa

A Festival Registered as a UNESCO World Intangible Heritage in 2016.
Hakata Gion Yamakasa is a Shinto festival of Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka City’s Hakata-ku. The festival’s formal name is Kushida Jinja Gion Retsu Oomatsuri.
It is a powerful festival, where a large number of men carry wheel-less mikoshi shrines on their shoulders throughout Hakata-ku.