Posts Tagged ‘Fukuoka’
Moo Moo Land is a farm near Fukuoka where kids can stroke the animals and watch cows being milked.
It’s on a hill and you can sit and look down over Fukuoka city, and watch the planes flying in and out of Fukuoka airport.
Here are some more photos of the food that we had while we were in Fukuoka for the wedding.
I didn’t have my camera when we were taken to a restaurant where we had cow’s stomach, among other delicacies…
After the wedding ceremony we had our reception party at the Matsukou restaurant, which is not far from the temple.
The meal consisted of 12 courses of Japanese dishes. The restaurant had tried to tailor the food to western tastes, but still there were a few things that not all the guests could eat.
Instead of having a cake, we had a big barrel of sake that we opened with hammers together with our parents.
Here are some more photos including one from the ceremony and a few taken outside shortly afterwards. We don’t have many photos from the actual ceremony due to a misunderstanding about when cameras were allowed.
- Gallery: Wedding snapshots, part 2 (moved to Facebook)
It’s done. We’re married.
We had a fantastic wedding – mostly down to the all the time and effort Junko spent on the planning and organisation. The weather on the day couldn’t have been better – bright and sunny. It seems we were quite lucky – the following week was cold and apparently it even snowed on one day.
We’ve got loads of photos but not had time to go through them properly yet. The “official” photographer kindly gave us a CD with a few snapshots that he took before and after the ceremony.
- Gallery: Wedding snapshots (moved to Facebook)
I’ll be putting up some of the photos from my camera as soon as I’ve had time to go through them and sort out the good ones, and hopefully also a few pictures from our friends if we can get hold of copies.
Gokoku Jinja, in central Fukuoka, is the temple we’ve chosen to have our wedding. At least the ceremony part, anyway; the legal marriage will already have happened at the town hall by the time we get to the temple.
We checked a couple of other temples in the city centre, but they were either too small, too old, or too loud. One that we looked at had department stores looming in the background.
Although Gokoku Jinja is fairly central – only a 10 minute walk from the main shopping streets – it’s fairly secluded in its own little park surrounded by trees.
While we were there they were setting up for the New Year celebrations. In the photos you can see the first food stalls being set up in the driveway. By the time we went there again on New Year’s Day, it was teeming with people going there to pray.
The ruins of Fukuoka Castle are quite close to the city centre – probably less than 10 minutes’ walk from the Tenjin shopping area.
There’s not really a lot to see there, just the remains of the castle walls, but when you get up on the higher parts of the grounds you have quite a nice view over the city.
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Hakata is the port area of Fukuoka. The Nagahama district of Hakata is famous for Ramen – a noodle soup with pork, spring onions, and various other ingredients. The Ramen is cooked at open stalls which are set up beside the road behind during the evenings.
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Slowly making progress. Today’s photos are from a visit to a running sushi restaurant in Fukuoka.
All the food was being freshly prepared by chefs standing right behind the conveyor, and if you didn’t see what you wanted, you could just call over and ask them to make it.
Again, I was surprised by how much of it I was able to eat, even things that I’d tried before and not liked. There were still a couple of them that I couldn’t manage though, like the Uni (Sea Urchin). Apparently Uni is one of the more expensive ones, and if I don’t eat it it makes me a cheap date.
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Yanagawa is a city in the southern part of Fukuoka Prefecture. We drove there to sample the local speciality – barbequeued eels.
(Actually, I don’t know for sure that they are “barbequeued”, but they taste like it. Perhaps with more of a smoky flavour.) They’re served in a wooden box, on a bed of rice, with thinly sliced omelette on top.
Aside from the eels, Yanagawa is famous for its 470km of canals. We had planned to take a tour on one of the donkobune canal boats, but found that we didn’t have enough time. Maybe next time…
Kushida is a shrine in the centre of Fukuoka. It seems out of place in the centre of the city, less than 3 minutes walk from the busy Canal City shopping centre, but once you’re in the grounds you don’t notice the outside surroundings.
The most famous part of the shrine is the portable shrine which is carried through the streets during the annual Yamagasa festival.
At the entrance to the shrine grounds there is a display of decorated sake barrels. I’m not sure if the barrels are full, and if so whether or not the sake is actually drinkable.
More photos: Kushida shrine in Fukuoka city centre.
While I was in Japan I didn’t really see any examples of Engrish, but the name of this shop in the Canal City shopping centre in Fukuoka made me do a double-take.
The shop was closed when we walked past so we didn’t go in. I think it sold household goods, or clothes, or something normal like that.
Next time I’m there I’ll go back for a closer look.
Update (2006-08-03): One of my Japanese colleagues found the Labia shop’s page in the Canal City store directory. From the pictures on there it looks like they sell luggage and bags.
Dazaifu is a small town just outside Fukuoka. One of it’s main attractions is the Dazaifu Tenmangu; a shrine dedicated to the spirits of Sugawara Michizane, an ancient Japanese scholar.
The road leading up to the shrine is full of shops selling souvenirs and various kinds of food. Several of the shops were selling Daruma which are wooden carvings used to bring good fortune. They are usually bought by students about to sit an exam. Using a black pen, one eye is drawn on while wishing for success. Should the wish come true, the other eye is then drawn on.
After passing under the entrance gate and into the grounds of the shrine, there is a big pool of water with drinking cups made of bamboo. Before approaching the shrine, visitors are supposed to use the cups to wash their hands with, and then drink, the water from the pool.
After washing and drinking, the visitor may approach the temple to throw in some money (usally 5-10 yen) and make a wish.
If making a wish in the temple is not enough, the visitor can part with a further 100 yen to buy an Omikuji from one of the stalls inside the ground. Omikuji means, literally, “sacred lottery” and is a piece of rolled up paper with a fortune written inside it, rather like an elaborate fortune cookie. After reading the fortune the visitor ties it in a bow on one of several specially prepared racks.
Aswell as the Omikuji, the visitor can buy an Ema – a small wooden board on which prayers or wishes can be written. There are also specially prepared racks where the Ema boards are hung.
More photos: Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine