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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.
Today we'd like to introduce you to Bean's Cafe, a waffle & pancake house located in Fukuoka's popular Nishijin area.
Suzukake is a famous long-standing Japanese sweets shop in Fukuoka. It has five locations in Fukuoka, as well as one in each Nagoya and Tokyo.I hope you can come to see the seasonally-changing artful Japanese sweets in the shop’s display window for yourself!
Itoshima City, Fukuoka City's neighbour to the west, has shown a recent increase in popularity among both immigrants and tourists.
An American chocolate specialty store, Green Bean to Bar CHOCOLATE, has come to Fukuoka. This company has won a gold medal at the Northwest Chocolate Festival, the largest such event in the world! They've opened 2 shops in Japan: Fukuoka and Tokyo.
“Dontaku” is derived from the Dutch word “ZONDAG,” which means Sunday or holiday.
Hakata Dontaku is a large festival, visited by over 2 million people, that is held annually on May 3rd and 4th. Events and parades are held at over 30 areas throughout the city, and many residents dress up and parade around with shamisen, taiko drums, and rice paddles.
Fukuoka Castle Cherry Blossom FestivalRead Later
Every year a grand cherry blossom festival is held in Fukuoka City’s Maizuru Park, where around 1000 cherry trees bloom beautifully in the spring.
Fukuoka Castle, with a history of over 400 years, also stands in the park’s grounds. (The castle is sometimes also referred to as Maizuru Castle.)
During the cherry blossom festival, the park is packed with people coming to look at the flowers, all the way into the night!
This time, I’ll be introducing a popular shop in Fukuoka that specializes in taiyaki, “Hakata Hiiragi.”
It’s 1 minute on foot from Akasaka Station.
Taiyaki is a sweet baked good made of dough that is filled and then cooked in a mold the shape of a sea bream (“tai” in Japanese).
The filling is typically sweet red bean paste.