Cruise by the Dazzling Blue Grotto Illuminations in Fukuoka

10.September.2019 | SPOT

As part of a project to vitalise and develop the town of Hakata in Fukuoka and promote its wonderful culture to the people of the world, the Blue Grotto FUKUOKA Executive Committee is set to hold a special illumination event titled Blue Grotto FUKUOKA at Nakasu Bridge from September 16 to October 6.

 

This illumination event first began in Nakameguro, Tokyo back in 2014 where it enjoyed great success. The location was then moved in 2016 to Shibuya where over 2.8 million people attended. It was then held outside the Tokyo area for the first time in Sapporo in February 2018 and then in Osaka in September of the same year. This enabled it to become widespread across the country and has consequentially made it become one of the main illumination events of Japan.

Blue Grotto will now make its way to Kyushu for the first time with Blue Grotto FUKUOKA. Boats will be prepared for the romantic and magical cruise which will take passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.

 

As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared pasta meal made by Nisshin Foods using Blue Grotto brand products.

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  • Blue Grotto Illuminations Arrives at Japan’s Biggest Ferris Wheel in Osaka

    05.August.2018 | SPOT

    Blue Grotto is an illumination event that first appeared in Nakameguro in winter 2014. It made a return in winter 2016 in Shibuya and again in December 2017 which almost 2.7 million people turned up to.

     

    The event made its Hokkaido debut in Sapporo this year in February where people from inside and outside Japan attended.

    Now the event is being taken to Osaka where it is collaborating with the Redhorse Osaka Wheel, the tallest Ferris wheel in Japan.

    Enjoy illuminations, special decorations and a specially prepared pasta menu by Nisshin Foods served inside the wheel.

     

    ■Information
    Blue Grotto Osaka
    Location: Redhorse Osaka Wheel (EXPOCITY, 2-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka)
    Running: September 11, 2018 – September 30, 2018Time: 6:30pm-11:00pm (Reception Open Until 10:40pm) *Time subject to changeAccess: 2-minutes on foot from Bampaku-kinen-koen StationOsaka Wheel:  http://osaka-wheel.com/

    Blue Grotto Club: https://aodo.jp/

  • The annual Christmas illumination event in Shibuya, “Ao no Dokutsu,” will be held.

    23.October.2017 | SPOT

     “Ao no Dokutsu SHIBUYA” will be held in the area between Shibuya Park Street to Yoyogi Park Zelkova Street from the 22nd of November 2017 (Wed.) to the 31st of December 2017 (Sun.)

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    This event started in the winter season of 2014 with the name, “Nakamguro Ao no Dokutsu” and has been gaining much popularity. The event was renewed last year and the venue of the event was changed to Shibuya.

    The number of the visitors to “Ao no Dokutstu SHIBUYA” exceeded one million within three weeks and more than 2.4 million visitors in total visited the event. The event is gaining popularity from both Japanese and foreign visitors as one of the most popular winter illumination spots.

     

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     “Ao no Dokutsu” which is becoming more famous every year will be held in 2017. The event will turn all of Shibuya into a blue color.

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    The illumination can be viewed until late December so why not check out this venue when you visit Shibuya.

     

    ■Information

    Ao no Dokutsu SHIBUYA
    Venue: The street (800m long) between Shibuya Park Street and Yoyogi Park Zelkova Street

    Access: 2 minutes on foot from Shibuya Station (JR/Tokyo Metro/ Kyoo Inogashira Line/Each line of Tokyu)

    You can get off at JR Harajuku Station, Tokyo Metro Meiji Jingukyu Mae Station/Yoyogi Park Station/Odakyu Line Yoyogi Hachiman Station to get to the venue.

     

    Light-up time: 17:00 to 22:00 ※Please note that the time might be changed.

    Light-up period: 2017,11,22 (Wed.) to 2017,12,31 (Sun.)

    Number of light bulbs: about 600 thousand.

    URL:http://shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp ※Information will be released subsequently

     

  • Enjoy Cherry Blossoms and Illuminations at Yomiuri Land This Spring

    10.March.2019 | SPOT

    Japanese amusement park Yomiuri Land is set to hold its first ever Yozakura Jewel Illumination event from March 21 to April 7. It will combine evening-time cherry blossoms with gorgeous illuminations.

     

    The event will give bloom to various attractions, such as “Jewel Aurora ~Nighttime Ferris Wheel” designed by internationally-active Japanese lighting artist Motoko Ishii. The park’s 180-meter long strip of cherry trees will combine the vivid cherry blossoms with bright pink lights.

    Sakura Promenade: 180-meters of magical cherry trees

    Using the light pink cherry blossoms as the base, the Sakura Promenade will be lined with bright lights in the evening, creating a memorable and must-see display.

    Jewel Aurora ~Nighttime Ferris Wheel: Illuminated in Cherry Blossom Pink

    The huge Ferris wheel will be lit up with colourful lights in the image of cherry blossoms.

    Bandit: The fastest ever hanami experience at 110km!

    Enjoy a fast hanami flower-viewing of the cherry blossoms at high speed on Bandit, the park’s most popular roller coaster.

    Gondola Sky Shuttle: Hanami from above

    Enjoy gazing at the cherry blossoms up high over the trees aboard the gondola. It will be like gliding over a pink carpet.

    Cherry Blossom Tunnel

    Walk through the 180-meter long cherry blossom tunnel and enjoy the sights whether strolling or kicking back on the benches.

    Yomiuri Land Oka no Yu: Hanami from the open-air baths

    For a separate fee, sit under the cherry trees inside the open air baths for a relaxing experience.

     

    Enjoy a different kind of hanami this year at Yomiuri Land with their many cherry blossom events.

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  • Top 5 Delicious Must-Eat Parfaits in Fukuoka

    19.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    From must-try desserts to the most fancy lunches, the best cute and stylish cafes and more, we have covered many unmissable locations in Japan’s prefecture of Fukuoka.
    This time, we’re here to present a sweet assortment of parfaits in Fukuoka that are sure to get your mouths watering. We are joined by Instagrammer moe who has provided us with photos and descriptions of this tasty line-up.
    green bean to bar CHOCOLATE in Imaizumi
     
    Chocolate Glass Parfait
    Let’s begin with the Chocolate Glass Parfait, an extravagant parfait which is made with cocoa beans from various different regions, offering plenty of flavour. It’s a refreshing parfait topped with chocolate tea granita jelly. It’s also drizzled in a chocolate sauce which is made with cocoa beans and imbued with berries. If you’re a chocoholic then this one will provide the hit you need!
    ▼green bean to bar CHOCOLATE
    Address: Nishitetsu Tenjin CLASS 1F, 1-19-22 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
    Closed: Wednesdays
    Official Website: https://greenchocolate.jp
    Patisserie Georges Marceau in Watanabedori
    You Kihi – ¥980
    A floral fragrance dances around this beautiful parfait, which one would expect the refreshing peach to be the centerpiece, only to find out that other fruits come through the flavour assortment too like lychee and raspberry. As well as fruits, the parfait includes sherbet, panna cotta, and other refreshing combinations.
    ▼Patisserie Georges Marceau
    Address: 1F, 5-8-19 Watanabedori, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays)
    No Fixed Holidays
    Oyatsu cafe Hibi to in Hirao
    Strawberry Parfait
    This classic strawberry parfait contains double-sized cornflakes. I would change nothing about its taste or appearance, which also matches the atmosphere of the cosy and beautiful cafe.
    ▼Oyatsu cafe Hibi to (Japanese: おやつcafe日々to)
    Address: Maison Sansou 2F, 2-17-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Kurasukoto in Hirao
    Left: Coffee Jelly Parfait / Right: Strawberry Parfait
    Coffee jelly is a bitter flavour more suited to the adult palate. It goes perfect with the condensed milk and caramel nut-topped smooth ice cream cake. Piled with juicy strawberries and blueberries, you’re sure to enjoy your fill with this strawberry parfait.
    ▼Kurasukoto
    Address: 2F, 1-11-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:30-18:00 (Food Last Orders 17:15 / Dessert Last Orders 17:30)
    Closed: Sundays & Mondays
    momotose in Hirao
    Seasonal Parfait
    Strawberries, kumquat, and flower petals adorn this piece of parfait art. The combination of the sour fruits and sweet ice cream is a match made in heaven. As well as parfaits, momotose also sells other delicious desserts too like roll cake.
    ▼momotose
    Address: 1F, 3-19-20 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Tea 14:00-18:00 / Dinner 18:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Official Website: http://momotose-fukuoka.com
    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re looking for other sweet suggestions for must-try drinks and desserts in Fukuoka then be sure to follow moe on Instagram.
    Text & Photosmoe
    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
  • Kenshi Yonezu’s New Single ‘Uma to Shika’ Achieves Record-Breaking Sales

    17.September.2019 | MUSIC

    Kenshi Yonezu released his new single Uma to Shika on September 11 and it has soon become a new record-breaking sensation. The song served as the main theme for the TBS Sunday drama No Side Game, which just aired its last episode. The Oricon Weekly Single Rankings revealed that the single has so far been sold 412,000 times, which is Yonezu’s largest sale yet.

     

    The first ever solo Japanese artist to make over 400,000 sales within the first week of a release was achieved by Tomohisa Yamashita in June 2006 with his song Daite Señorita. After 13 years and 3 months, a new record has been set by Yonezuー the perfect way to start the brand new Reiwa Era.   

    The Download Chart shows that the rank for Uma to Shika is remaining steady. The Oricon Digital Single Ranking Chart shows that the single was downloaded 74,178 times in just one week, earning the top place. Since the single’s advanced sales which started on August 12, the single has remained at No.1 for five whole consecutive weeks. 

     

    In the drama No Side Game, Hayato Kimijima (played by Yo Oizumi) works as the general manager of the company’s rugby team named Astros. He puts up a rigorous fight to keep the team from falling apart so that they can face off against their arch rival team known as the Cyclones. Despite suffering an injury, team player Jo Hamahata, who carries the spirit of the team, rises to the challenge of the fierce battle with every ounce of energy to ensure victory, gambling his sports career by wagering everything on his last shot.

     

    The team members, staff and even the team supporters joined forces as one to ensure the team’s win, putting every ounce of their body and soul into the match. The theme drama’s theme song Uma to Shika is perfect for summing up this heated moment. The overwhelming feelings of the drama resonate in Yonezu’s song and has even stretched out to inspire many viewers. Many fans are still sending in messages about their lingering feelings towards the final episode. 

  • 5 Must-Try Desserts On Fukuoka’s Beach-Lined City Of Itoshima

    15.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Itoshima is a city located in the western part of Fukuoka and is known for its many gorgeous and picturesque locations-especially its beaches.
    Today, we are joined once again by Instagrammer moe who is here to show us the best delicious drinks and desserts to enjoy while gazing out at Itoshima’s breathtaking beaches and rural landscapes.
    OYATSU-STAND in Nishi-ku
    Left: Tapioca Milk Ryokucha Green Tea / Right: Tapioca Milk Houjicha (¥600 Each)
    What better way to enjoy a refreshing green bubble tea than with a sun-kissed blue sky and ocean right in front of you? As well as ryokucha and houjicha, there are plenty of other thirst-quenching flavours to choose from as well, including Japanese tea latte.
    ▼OYATSU-STAND
    Address: 2198-3 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 10:30am until sunset
    No Fixed Holidays
    Itoshima Sabo in Nishi-ku
    Specially-Made Single Classic Pancake – ¥500
    You’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a picture of this Instagram-worthy pancake, branded with the cafe’s name Itoshima Sabo in Japanese. They serve everything from breakfasts to full course meals.
    ▼Itoshima Sabo
    Address: 2915-1 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    KUROKI in Nijoishizaki
    Roll Cake
    KUROKI is a French restaurant that serves up a variety of courses. This fluffy homemade roll cake is filled with rich and smooth cream. You can order it as a set together with a meal too. Don’t forget, this place is reservation-only!
    ▼KUROKI
    Address: 459-3 Nijoishizaki, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: Lunch 12:00-17:00 (Reservation Only) / Dinner 18:00~ (Reservation Only)
    Closed: Sundays
    Official Instagram: @restaurantkuroki
    Sumi Cafe in Hon
    Salted Milk Houjicha Purin – ¥500
    Sumi Cafe is a long-standing cafe that can be found by following a narrow road along the countryside. This irresistible salted milk houjicha purin is combined with astringent chestnut and candied chestnut to make a luxurious dessert.
    ▼Sumi Cafe
    Address: 1454 Hon, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Lunch Last Orders 15:30 / Cafe Menu Last Orders 16:30)
    Closed: New Year’s Holiday
    Loiter Market in Shimakeya
    Left: Salt & Caramel / Right: Milk & Strawberry (¥400 Each)
    Made with organic ingredients, Loiter Market’s gelato is served in cute pastel colours. The salt and caramel is a must-try, it’s made with salt sourced in Itoshima.
    ▼Loiter Market
    Address: 166-3 Shimakeya, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Opening Hours: 12:00-17:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Official Website: https://loiter-market.com
    Did you enjoy these picks? If you’re looking for even more desserts to try in Fukuoka then be sure to check out moe’s Instagram page which is filled with just that!
    Photos: @amatou.fuk
  • Transvaal Daisies & Wind Chimes Cool Down You This Summer at Kasuga Shrine in Fukuoka

    31.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Situated on the northern shore of Kyushu is Fukuoka Prefecture, a hot spot for tourists and travellers both Japanese and foreign, particularly those visiting from parts of Asia such as China, Taiwan and South Korea.

     

    When it comes to delicious Japanese food, Fukuoka is high on the list, home to a bounty of incredible restaurants. It’s the same with shopping too―there are countless stores to rummage through with shelves lined with innumerable things you’ll want to buy.

     

    But your Fukuoka experience will not be complete without a trip to one of the prefecture’s breathtaking tourist spots. Today, we are visiting Kasuga Shrine (not to be confused with Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara), and we are joined by Japanese Instagram user Rie, who posts about her trips around Kyushu, and who has provided us with her experience visiting the shrine along with photos. You’ll find out how to get there and the must-see aspects.

    Kasuga Shrine is located in the city of Kasuga, Fukuoka. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Fukuoka city. But if you’re looking to catch the public transport, you’ll want to hop on the JR Line to Kasuga Station, or you can board the Nishitetsu Bus and get off at Kasuga (春日). The shrine is about a 7-minute walk from either of these stops.

     

    The shrine has a long history. Its origins are said to lie in Emperor Tenji enshrining the male deity Ame-no-Koyane-no-mikoto there.

     

    In the shrine grounds there is a camphor tree called “Kasuga no Mori” (The Grove of Kasuga) which is registered as a natural monument. The shrine is also home to a festival called “Kasuga no Muko Oshi” which has also been designated as an significant intangible folk cultural asset.

    But what’s been catching people’s attention recently is the flower-filled chōzuya. A chōzuya, also known as a temizuya, is a water basin placed at shrines and temples in Japan which visitors use to cleanse themselves before entering the shrine or temple.

     

    It’s more common in May and June to see hydrangeas placed in the basins, but at Kasuga Shrine they flutter in transvaal daisies♡

    The flowers were placed in there on August 19 and will remain there until September 1. During the same period, there are lots of beautiful wind chimes being strung up around the shrine ground. Their tranquil sound as the breeze blows, together with the watery flowers, are enough to make you feel cool this summer.

    If you’re looking to find more beautiful places to visit around Kyushu, Rie has plenty of recommendations on her Instagam page so be sure to give her a follow.

     

    Photos by Rie

  • Hatsune Miku Music Cafe Opening in Tokyo & Fukuoka

    21.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MUSIC

    The Hatsune Miku Music Cafe is set to return for the third time this month. It will open in Akihabara, Tokyo on August 23 and in Hakata, Fukuoka on August 28.

     

    The music cafe will be supported by VOCALOID music label KARENT. VOCALOID fans can look forward to dining while listening to music from their favourite characters―Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, MEIKO and KAITO―on high quality speakers and giant monitors.

    Customers are able to request songs be played by picking from the record shelf. The huge discography will include the cafe’s official theme song and music video Jazz Chorus no Natsu Takenawa which is written and composed by buzzG.

     

    Fans can look forward to character-inspired food and drinks and can get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise with designs illustrated by Kisaragi Yuu.

    And if you gather enough stamps on your stamp card―one per visit―you’ll be able to get priority access to a DJ event on October 6.

     

    Merch

    Leek Bag – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

    Multi Pouch (6 Designs) – ¥2,800 (Tax Included)

     

    Food Menu

    Miku’s Leek Record Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    “Jazz Chorus no Natsu Takenawa” Summer Sky Jelly From the Starry Heavens – ¥600 (Tax Included)

     

    When ordering something from the food menu you can receive one of 18 possible mini acrylic stands, chosen randomly.

     

    Drinks Menu

    Rin & Len’s Yellow Mango Milk – ¥750 (Tax Included)

    Luka’s Pink Peach Soda – ¥750 (Tax Included)

     

    There’s lots more merchandise, food and drinks as well as this too. You can see the full line-up on the official website.

     

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    *The rate of consumption tax is set to increase from 8% to 10% in Japan from October 1, 2019 and so the prices listed here will increase
    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

  • Popular Tokyo Café Bakery BREAD, ESPRESSO & to Open in Fukuoka

    09.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Bakery café BREAD, ESPRESSO & has made quite a reputation in Omotesando, Tokyo for its stylish interior and delicious coffee and bread. The bakery café is now opening a new branch in Fukuoka called BREAD, ESPRESSO & HAKATA & on September 25th, 2019.

     

    To commemorate 10 years in business, BREAD, ESPRESSO & will be opening their first ever branch in Hakata, Kyushu. The café bakery will be nestled between Hakata Station and CANAL CITY HAKATA. Whether you are a busy commuter looking for a heartwarming cup of coffee or a traveling tourist, the location is ideal for anyone looking for a quick rest stop. 

    The new café bakery is approximately 165 m² in size, making it the largest branch. The shop is decorated with a pure white base theme and has the perfect comfortable environment to enjoy a coffee. 

    Mu: ¥330 (after tax)

    French Toast: ¥750 (after tax)

    BREAD, ESPRESSO &’s popular Mu and French Toast will be on the menu along with Hakata-limited goods. If you are searching for some delicious bread in Hakata, please make your way to BREAD, ESPRESSO &.

  • Kirby Café Sets Up Shop in Fukuoka’s Canal City Hakata―Themed Food, Exclusive Merch & More

    02.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Kirby Café currently open at Tokyo Solamachi until September 23, and which has seen several runs due to its immense popularity, is heading to Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka. It will open on August 8 for a limited time only.

    Kirby’s Inhaled Caprese – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Kirby Burger & Meat Pasta With Warm Veg – ¥2,580 (Before Tax)

    Kirby’s Uki Uki Marshmallow au Lait – ¥1,180 (Before Tax)

    The Kirby chefs are set to plate up an abundance of adorable dishes such as the Kirby burger and meat pasta which is served with hot vegetables. It arrives on an exclusive Hakata souvenir plate.

    Paper Mint Press – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    Kirby’s Funwari Stawberry Mousse – ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    Fluffy Warp Star Pancakes – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    T-Shirt: Strawberry Light Pink: ¥3,400 (Before Tax)

    Fans can look forward to grabbing a range of exclusive merchandise too all of which have strawberry designs on them as Fukuoka are famous for their strawberries.

    Postcards (2 Designs) – ¥150 Each (Before Tax)

    You won’t be able to get these items anywhere else, so don’t miss out.

     

    There will also be an official store in a different part of Canal City Hakata called “Kirby Café The Store” where you can pick up even more Kirby goodies.

     

    When the reservation period for the Tokyo Solamachi café opened it was so popular that most tables were taken up on the same day which has left tons of people waiting for cancellations. If you’re looking to visit the Hakata branch then be sure to mark August 8 on your calendars!

  • Top 6 Most Fancy Lunches in Fukuoka – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    28.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Situated  on the northern shore of Kyushu is Fukuoka Prefecture, a hot spot for tourists and travellers both Japanese and foreign, particularly those visiting from parts of Asia such as China, Taiwan and South Korea.

     

    When it comes to amazing Japanese food, Fukuoka is high on the list, home to a bounty of restaurants including some seriously stylish and kawaii ones.

     

    Today, we are joined by foodie and Instagrammer moe who travels up and down Fukuoka dining at its many cafes for a bite of lunch or dessert. Using photos she has snapped on her days out, moe has listed 6 must-try fancy lunches you can order in Fukuoka.

     

    Niku to Wain Haneushi in Ropponmatsu

    Niku to Wain Haneushi is famous for its Saga beef which is matured on the bone in house for no less than two months. In the evenings they serve delicious steak for dinner, but during the day they whip up a seriously gorgeous and very affordable lunch menu. Their menchi-katsu, which is a breaded and deep fried ground meat patty, is served hot and fresh and retains the succulent juices of the meat. The next thing I’m looking forward to trying is their beef tongue.

     

    ▼Niku to Wain Haneushi (Japanese: 肉と葡萄酒 跳牛)

    Address: 1-4-30 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:30 / Dinner 17:30-22:30

    Closed: Tuesdays

    Official Website: http://www.haneushi.com/

     

     

    Shinobumeshi in Ropponmatsu

    In the backstreets of Ropponmatsu is Shinobumeshi whose dishes provide a good balance of different foods. Their menu changes each day. The meal in the photo is their tender seafood katsu set. The katsu is deliciously crunchy and the okara soy pulp is to die for. It also comes with three little plates so your belly is sure to be full afterwards!

     

    ▼Shinobumeshi (Japanese: しのぶめし)

    Address: 1-7-36 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 11:30 until all food is gone

    Closed: Thursdays and Fridays

    Official Website: http://shinobumeshi.com/muscat1b/

     

     

    moku in Hakozaki


    The building that moku is located in is a refurbished traditional house. It’s a fancy and stylish looking cafe but they have kids chairs and a kids menu too making it the ideal choice for families with children.

     

    I ordered the seafood caponata with sauce aurore. This pasta dish is packed full of healthy vegetables and fresh seafood that is bound to delight your tastebuds.

     

    ▼moku (Japanese: 杢moku)

    Address: Spital Hakozaki, 1-32-31 Hakozaki, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 11:30-22:00
    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/moku777

     

     

    Shokudo Chez Moi in Befu, Jonan

    Chez Moi is a European style restaurant that centres on French cuisine. The vegetables used in making their dishes are sourced in various places in Fukuoka Prefecture including the city of Fukuoka, Itoshima in the west, Asakura in the south central region, and elsewhere. This lunch plate gleams vibrant colours, with the centrepiece being the chestnut pork which is surrounded by lots of different veggies that are fun to pick to enjoy their individual flavours.

    The dessert plate too is a cute work of art♡

     

    ▼Shokudo Chez Moi

    Address: 6-8-2 Torikai, Jonan Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: Lunch 11:45-15:00 / Dinner 18:00-22:00

    Closed: Sundays

    Official Website: https://www.shokudochezmoi.com/

     

     

    Café 62 Banchi in Nishitetsu Hirao


    Famous for its homemade brad, Café 62 Banchi is located in a renovated room of an apartment. Pictured above is the “One Plate Lunch” which has a good balance of nutrients and is fun to pick at from the many choices on the plate.

     

    ▼Café 62 Banchi

    Address: Itani Bldg. 201, 2-17-3 Ogusu, Minami Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: Lunch 11:30-17:00 / Dinner 17:00-22:00

    Closed: The 1st Tuesday of every month

    Official Website: https://www.cafe62.com/

     

    Papparayray in Akasaka


    Papparayray is popular for its rainbow coloured desserts which are piled with floral flowers and multicoloured fruits. My photo shows off their avocado and rolled oat salad. Rolled oats sit deliciously under the hearty bed of avocado. And the simple salt and olive oil seasoning is simply exquisite. No matter what vegetable is on your plate at this place, it’s sure to be fit for the gods.

     

    ▼Papparayray

    Address: Akasaka 2-2-22, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 11:30-18:00 (Lunch served 11:30-14:00)

    Closed: Sundays & Mondays

    Official Website: http://papparayray.petit.cc/

     

    moe’s Instagram is jam packed full of even more tempting food and desserts. If you’re looking for even more recommendations on where to eat in Fukuoka then make sure you give her a follow.

     

    Photo & Text: moe

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • See Hundreds of Japanese Wind Chimes at Nyoirin-ji Temple Festival in Fukuoka

    13.July.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Fukuoka is a tourist hot spot of Japan, bustling with tourists and travellers both from the island nation and those from overseas, especially from China, Taiwan and South Korea.

     

    Situated on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island, Fukuoka offers amazing shopping experiences and serves up some of the most delicious gourmet cuisine at its rows of restaurants. But nothing compares to its bountiful sightseeing splendours.

     

    Rie is an Instagrammer who travels to all the different sightseeing spots Kyushu has to offer which she documents on her Instagram page. Today, she gives us a special look at one her most recommended places to visit in Fukuoka: Nyoirin-ji Temple.

     

    Nyoirin-ji Temple is often nicknamed “Frog Temple” due to the many frogs you can see at the temple grounds, a rare sight at a Japanese temple. It’s located in Fukuoka Prefecture’s city of Ogori which can be reached by catching a Nishitetsu Tenjin Ōmuta Line train from Tenjin in the heart of Fukuoka and getting off at Mitsusawa Station. From there the temple is just a 15-minute walk.

    Nyoirin-ji Temple is the home of thousands of frogs. A lot of the frog ornaments and items at the temple were collected by the temple’s chief priest.

     

    There’s one ornament which you can take a photo through as seen above, so you should definitely try taking one yourself in your own way. You can even get a goshuin stamp with a frog illustration too if you take your goshuincho stamp book.

    The frogs are a given at the Frog Temple, but a must-see is the Wind Chime Festival which is currently running until September. The temple entrance onward is decorated with lots of cute and colourful wind chimes.

    Up the stairs you can walk through a wind chime tunnel which gives you a cool, refreshed feeling even in the hot summer.

    It costs ¥500 for one wind chime which you can write your wish on before hanging up. You can’t take them home however so be cautious of that!

    Nyoirin-ji Temple was built in 729. It is home to a Cintāmaṇicakra statue which is a rare sight in Japan. It is also a registered cultural property of Fukuoka Prefecture. It’s not just a location for kawaii adoration―it has been long been loved by locals since ancient times and has a long history.

    The wind chimes will be strung up until the end of September. Their gentle ring is sure to make you feel at peace, so why not try dressing up in a yukata like Rie and experiencing the festival for yourself?

     

    Rie has many other examples of popular tourist destinations from around Kyushu on her Instagram page. Be sure to give her a follow if you’re planning a trip to Kyushu yourself!

     

    Photos by Rie

  • 5 Best Cute and Stylish Cafes in Fukuoka

    09.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Sat on the northern shore of Kyushu is Fukuoka Prefecture, a hot spot for tourists both Japanese and foreign, particularly those visiting from parts of Asia such as China, Taiwan and South Korea.

     

    Fukuoka has its fair share of famous tourist destinations and a delicious collection of gourmet restaurants, but did you know it’s also home to lots of different cute and stylish cafes? Today, Instagrammer moe takes us on her trip around Fukuoka’s plethora of popular coffee shops and shows 5 must-visit locations.

     

    10 Coffee Brewers

    A popular coffee shop also based in in Ōita Prefecture, 10 Coffee Brewers has another branch in Fukuoka’s Daimyo district. The mouthwatering beverage you see in the photo above is a vanilla smoothie with tapioca pearls and a shot of espresso. Topped with Oreo cookies, marshmallows and cream, this crave-inducing coffee delight offers a mix of tasty treats and textures that are sure to fill you up after a cup♡

     

    ▼10 Coffee Brewers

    Address: 1-10-18 Daimyo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka

    Opening Hours: 11:30-19:00

    Closed: Mondays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/10coffee.fuk/

     

     

    green bean to bar CHOCOLATE

    I ordered two different mousses together with my coffee, both exclusive to this Fukuoka branch of the cafe chain. On the left is the Vietnam x Hojicha and on the right is the Tanzania With Crumble. The cacao beans in both are sourced in separate locations. You can order several different flavours to combine with your mousse. As well as hojicha there is sesame seed, mikan and more. The mousse is crafted with a beautiful spiral shape that screams Instagram-worthy at whatever angle you point your camera at. You can even order them for takeout♡

     

    ▼green bean to bar CHOCOLATE

    Address: Nishietsu Tenjin CLASS Floor 1F, 1-19-22 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    Closed: Wednesdays

    Official Website: https://greenchocolate.jp/

     

     

    COFFEE & CAKE STAND LULU

    LULU’s beverages are served in simple and stylish cups. The drink on the left is the Houjicha Latte and the one on the right is a LULU Latte. Though the Houjicha Latte is a pure white colour it still has that proper houjicha taste to it. Their puddings are a must-try too and can be ordered for takeout but they were all sold out on this day. Their bouncy puddings are really popular, so if you see them on sale there you should definitely pick one up!

     

    ▼COFFEE & CAKE STAND LULU

    Address: 2-3-26 Yakuin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka

    Business Hours: Weekdays 9:00-18:00 / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-19:00

    Closed: Thursdays

    Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/COFFEE-CAKE-STAND-LULU-1045325205611217/

     

     

    NO COFFEE

    NO COFFEE promotes a coffee lifestyle with their contemporary decor and drinks. The drinks in the photos are the matcha latte with espresso and frozen banana mocha.

     

    The matcha latte mixes sweet matcha latte with a shot of full-bodied espresso to create a refreshing combination. The frozen banana mocha is my personal favourite and a perfect choice for when the weather’s hot. The cafe is also a concept shop that sells a variety of miscellaneous items.

     

    ▼NO COFFEE

    Address: 3-17-12 Hirao, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka

    Business Hours: 10:00-19:00

    Closed: Mondays (except on national holidays in which case the cafe will close on the following Tuesday)

    Official Website: https://nocoffee.net/

     

     

    W/O STAND

    Last on the list is W/O STAND, a coffee chain that’s popular not only in Tokyo but in Fukuoka too. The hypnotic drink in the photo is a caramel macchiato. It’s common to see the illustration on the cup on Instagram in Japan. The picture is different depending on which branch you visit. Their menu is huge too so you’ll definitely want to go back more than once to get coffee.

     

    ▼W/O STAND

    Address: ARKCUBE103, 1-3-5 Daimyo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 11:00-19:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/without_stand_fukuoka/

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Which cafe do you want to visit the most?

     

    moe has many more photos of drinks, desserts and food she has tried in Fukuoka on her Instagram page too. If you’re planning a trip to Fukuoka when travelling to Japan, be sure to follow moe’s Instagram.

     

    Photos & Text: momo

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Toshl and MIYAVI Will Perform at FUKUOKA MUSIC FES at Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome

    20.June.2019 | MUSIC

    FUKUOKA MUSIC FES will be held at the Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome on June 30, 2019. Taking to the stage will be two of Japan’s most iconic artists ToshI, who has performed worldwide, and rockstar MIYAVI. 

    Toshl

    MIYAVI

     Details on the schedule for the day have also been released.

    Click here to find out about other artists who will be performing at FUKUOKA MUSIC FES

     

    There will also be festival food and original goods too that will enhance the festival spirit.

     

    Come enjoy a special day at FUKUOKA MUSIC FES.

  • BBQ, Beach House & Music Served at avex beach paradise FUKUOKA Landing Ashore Itoshima

    30.May.2019 | SPOT

    Itoshima is a sizzling tourist hotspot in Fukuoka and this summer, Avex Incis turning up the heat with it’s annual summer beach party avex beach paradise FUKUOKA to be held at Fukae beach!

    Avex Inc. is going all out to add a splash of colour to your summer in true Avex fashion with an unforgettable beach party, plenty to experience and the all important beach house that first landed on the shore of Kyushu in the summer of 2016.

    The beach house is a large container house with white as the main colour scheme. As you enter, you will be filled with the warm summer vibes of a luxury foreign resort. There’s a sky lounge on the second floor of the beach house. You can take a seat here, taking in the picturesque view of the Genkai Sea in one sweep. This is a popular spot amongst the trendy young crowd, who cannot stop taking pictures.

    The food and drink menu is also fully loaded with summer goodness. Thanks to the barbecue plans available on the official website, you can turn up empty handed, indulge in the barbecue, and enjoy the all-you-can-drink drinks! The BEACH BAR also has a large variety of other drinks including cocktails. The DJ booth is equipped with the latest sound system to make you feel just like you’re at an outdoor concert.

     

    As the first summer of the Reiwa era, avex beach paradise FUKUOKAis definitely going to be the hottest spot in Japan!

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