Go west : Juventus Lounge in Hakata, Fukuoka
At first, I’ve got to say that this post has got nothing to do with Hakata.
If you are not interested in the Italian football (soccer) team “Juventus”, this is not for you.
Italian Serie A is my favourite football league.
I even went to see football matches a few times during my travel in Italy, although there is no particular team I support.
The main purpose of this Hakata trip.
It was open only for a month (from January 31 to February 28 in 2015).
When I saw a promotion film of Juventus players saying like “Come to the lounge!” several times on satellite TV (you can see promos on the “Juventus lounge in Kyushu” Facebook page as of March 2015), I was inclined to visit there.
Strangely, the lounge was located inside of the ticket gate of the Hakata JR station.
This means I shouldn’t have gone out of the gate when I got Hakata by shinkansen.
I assumed there would be a direction board or something to the lounge in the station, but I couldn’t find any.
I went through the gate, although I knew I shouldn’t.
I strayed around for a while, and the lounge was in the end of the station building.
It was near the central entrance of the building, but a little far from shinkansen platforms.
In Japan, you need to buy an entrance ticket to go in the gate.
Ticket rate varies depending on the area.
It is 140 yen at Hakata, but in Hokkaido, it’s 170 yen at the present time.
So, I paid 140 yen and what I saw was a rather disappointing view.
I expected a lounge surrounded by Juventus exhibits, and items to be sold.
Well, it was a rather small space with a little cafe with several tables.
There were around 10 exhibits, several posters, a few boards, and a screen showing a digest game of Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final against Ajax.
No stalls selling goods.
I wondered “Did Trezeguet really come here for the opening ceremony for THIS??”
The photos in this post are almost everything I saw at the lounge.
I took most of the photos with my cheap digital camera in a wrong mode, so some of them look as if they were taken through a blue / yellow screen.
Exhibits in glass cases
There was also a small goal and a ball here on the left.
According to the official facebook page, they offered a Juventus pin badge to people who could kick the ball into the net.
I didn’t see any notice or something about this when I went there.
Probably no badges were left because it was February 27, just one day before the final of the lounge.
A Juventus plastic folder and a drink ticket were offered to anybody who gave the personal information like name, address, e-mail address and telephone number.
You could have a drink in exchange for this ticket.
I wanted to keep the ticket, so I didn’t use it.
Not many things to see, but I lingered around for an hour or so.
Next post: Kushida shrine and others
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