Fukuoka Prefecture NPO Releases Fukuoka-Original Sake ‘Seiko Haruyoshi’

23.March.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

Fukuoka-based NPO Haruyoshi has launched limited sales of the first entry in a series of original sake releases, all of which are being made in Fukuoka. The name of the project’s first sake is Seiko Haruyoshi.

Seiko Haruyoshi 01 | ¥2,200

 

 

The sake is made from rice cultivated by Haruyoshi Denen in collaboration with Kazuyoshi Hamachi, a Japanese rice farmer based in Itoshima, Fukuoka. Haruyoshi Denen launched in 2019 and aims to have locals participating in the planting and harvesting of Yamada Nishiki, a short-grain rice used in the production of high-quality sake.

 

About the brewer’s rice of Itoshima

Itoshima is located in western Fukuoka, popular as a tourist area for its expansive mountain range and gorgeous ocean views. This rich natural environment also makes it an ideal location for rice cultivation, including Yamada Nishiki rice. This is what lead to the creation of Haruyoshi Denen, a project which enables the brewers to share their brewing story with locals.

 

Fukuoka’s sake breweries

Throughout the duration of this long-term project, a different Fukuoka-based brewery will be chosen to craft a sake each year. Producing the Seiko Haruyoshi is Isonosawa, the only Japanese brewery located in Ukiha, Fukuoka. Ukiha is abundant in natural water drawn from the Chikugo River.

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    Kirby’s Birthday Line-Up

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    Kirby 29th Birthday Candy (Lime Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)

     

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  • Japanese Boy Band JO1 Photo Exhibition Announced For Shibuya and Fukuoka

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    Japanese boy band JO1 released their first photo book Progress on January 27 this year. Fans who were unable to get a copy, or those who just want more JO1, will be excited to hear that a photo exhibition will take place at Shibuya PARCO from March 19 to 29 and Fukuoka PARCO from March 19 to April 4.

     

    JO1 1st Photo Collection “Progress”

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    Fukuoka exhibition’s main visual

     

     

    Exhibition-exclusive merchandise

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    New official artwork illustrated by Pixar Animation Studios for ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’

     

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    Original Merchandise                                     

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    Easter eggs

    There will also be merchandise featuring fun Easter eggs hidden throughout Pixar’s films.

     

    Pixar Animation Studios

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  • BEAMS JAPAN x Fukushima Prefecture’s Fukushima Mono Mappu Project Heads to Kyoto

    20.February.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

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    Universal Points Card

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  • Japan Hotels | New Hotel The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka to Open on December 15

    14.December.2020 | SPOT

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    23.August.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    We’ve featured many different must-eat desserts in Fukuoka on here MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Today, we’re adding to that long list of tasty treats as we are joined by moe one again who has provided us with tasty photos from their Instagram along with descriptions of 5 peachy desserts to indulge yourself in this summer in Fukuoka.

     

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    Kurasukoto | Hiroo, Fukuoka

    Peach Shaved Ice

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    Kurasukoto
    Address: 2F, 1-11-21, Hiroo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
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    White Peach & Lychee Tiramisu Parfait

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    REC COFFEE Yakuin Station
    Address: 1F, 1-1-26 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
    Opening Hours: [Mon-Thu] 8:00-01:00 | [Fri-Sat] 8:00-02:00 | [Sun & Holidays]  10:00-01:00
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    Pâtisserie Georges Marceau | Tenjin Watanabe-dori, Fukuoka

    Flora

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    Pâtisserie Georges Marceau

    Address: 1F, 5-8-19 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays)

    No Fixed Holidays
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    NOOICE food and coffee | Yakuin, Fukuoka

    Whole Peach Plate Parfait

    The name says it all: a whole stunning peach, and one served with a dollop of pistachio ice cream. Underneath the peach is an Earl Grey and mascarpone pudding. Peach and Earl Grey is simply a match made in heaven♡

     

    NOOICE food and coffee

    Address: 1-18-3 住所:福岡県福岡市中央区今泉1-18-3 1F
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    Tino | Ropponmatsu, Fukuoka

    Cold Peach Lemon Cream Pasta

    This one isn’t a dessert but a pasta dish! It has a rich flavour but the lemon cream sauce and fresh peach adds a fresh taste to it.

     

    Tino

    Address: Takahashi Apartment 2F, 4-6-25 Ropponmatsu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
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    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!

     

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    Original Japanese Text & Photos: moe

     

    *The information about the items on this list are correct at the time of publishing. For the latest information, please visit each cafe’s official websites and social media pages.

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    09.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The first trailer for the upcoming TV anime series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is here. The anime, which will air from October 3, serves as a spin-off series of the anime adaptation of Inuyasha which originally ran from 2000-2004 and wrapped up with Inuyasha: The Final Act in 2010.

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    To promote the series, a series of exhibitions celebrating the history of Inuyasha will take place across Japan including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Niigata—the latter of which is the hometown of Inuyasha author Rumiko Takahashi. Merchandise will also be available for fans to buy.

    The main visual for the exhibition

    Details on tickets, merchandise, and the full content of the exhibition will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.

     

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  • Tokyobike Opens First Shop Outside Japan’s Capital in Fukuoka

    24.July.2020 | SPOT

    Tokyobike is set to open a new shop in Fukuoka, its first branch outside of Tokyo. The shop will have its pre-opening this week on July 23 followed by its grand opening on August 1. The store is being managed by FILAMENTS Inc. which is known for running the Hiroshima-based sports bike store “grumpy” as well as the bicycle lifestyle shop “pop grumpy.”

     

    What is Tokyobike?

    Tokyobike is a bicycle manufacturer which launched in 2002 on the east side of Tokyo. Specialising in bikes that can be enjoyed in the city and people’s everyday lives, the company now has over 200 stores in Japan, as well as three directly-managed shops in Tokyo and eight partner shops overseas.

     

    The company’s Tokyobike Plus brand is a concept shop made in collaboration with a range of the company’s unique partners and offers a “plus” factor and value that can only be experienced with Tokyobike, showcasing a range to customers that shows them how to enjoy the bicycle life.

     

    Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka is located in Yakuin which is just a 10-minute walk from Tenjin in central Fukuoka. It’s surrounded by bustling cafes, interior design shops, popular confectionery stores, and more. It’s also close to Ohori Park, Fukuoka Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ropponmatsu, and plenty of other places within 3km which can be easily reached by bike.

     

    The store offers bike repairs and maintenance, sells bike-related goods which can be sifted through with a complementary cup of coffee, and staff can give information to riders on how best to enjoy riding around Fukuoka. Its interior design was conceived by Makoto Obuchi of GO!design factory Inc. who is responsible for creating the designs for the Italian restaurant Cernia in Fukuoka, the Akasaka-based izakaya Machiya Akariya, Meshiya Koyama Parking in Kego, and more.

     

    To celebrate the opening of Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka, the first 80 customers will receive a free original Tokyobike hand towel designed by Kamawanu, a company specialising in making hand towels which are individually dyed using a traditional method known as chuusen.

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    29.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Street Fighter exhibition “Street Fighter: Ore Yori Tsuyoi Yatsura no Sekai Ten” (Street Fighter Exhibition: The World of Those Stronger Than Me) was originally scheduled to run from March 14 to May 24 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, it has been announced that the exhibition has been rescheduled and will take place from July 1 to September 22.

     

    A ticket system is in place where attendees need to book a time and date in advance as a precaution against the novel coronavirus. Tickets can be bought in advance from the exhibition’s official website.

    Street Fighter is a fighting video game franchise developed and published by Capcom. The first game was released in 1987 for arcades. Street Fighter II was released in 1991 is hailed as a landmark title in the series and would set the standard of fighting games that followed. The latest instalment to the series, Street Fighter V, was released in 2016, with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition following in 2019.

     

    The Street Fighter exhibition is set to display treasured documents and art pieces from the franchise, as well as showcase a cabinet of the arcade games. With full support and cooperation from Capcom, the exhibition is a must-visit for all fans of the influential fighting game.

     

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    Street Fighter Gallery

    This incredible gallery features a physical catalogue of game packages and cases, posters, and much more from across the series.

     

    Memorable Street Fighter Scenes

    ①BONUS STAGE 2020 in FUKUOKA

    Interactive Content: Destroy the car with a Surge Fist

     

    ②CONTINUE? Match Loss Facial Expression Collection

     

    EXTRA ROUND: Secrets

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  • Help Fukuoka’s Hotels During COVID-19 With Crowdfunding Project

    17.June.2020 | SPOT

    Fukuoka’s tourism industry is suffering greatly as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and so the city has launched a crowdfunding project to ask for people’s help and support.

     

    By donating, you can receive a special ticket which can be used when travel returns to normal which can be used at hotels you have donated towards. The tiers are priced at ¥3,000 and ¥5,000, which will get you tickets priced at ¥3,300 and ¥5,500 respectively to be used in the future. If you’re thinking of travelling to Fukuoka, or already had plans booked to go there, then consider donating towards the city.

    Fukuoka is a city loved by Japanese people and foreigners alike. It has a rich food culture, incredible festivals, a rich history, and an amalgamation of urban and rural scenery.

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