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Go west : Dazaifu and Sugawara no Michizane

2015/03/20 | Others ,

- Michizane by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1885) - On the top right, his poem, which was written when he was eleven, is shown. Illustration from GATAG Sugawara no Michizane is the person who is worshipped as god of study at the shrine, “Dazaifu Tenman-guu”.…

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Go west : Dazaifu in Fukuoka – General Info

- The gate to the main shrine - Dazaifu is very popular place for its shrine among Japanese people, especially students taking an exams. (I’ll tell you the reason in another post.) Historically, it’s also known as a government organisation to control Kyushu area in the old times.…

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Go west : Kushida shrine and others in Hakata, Fukuoka

I didn’t do “sight-seeing” in Hakata, because there aren’t many things to see as I wrote in my first post of this series. However, according to one of the official websites of Fukuoka city government (Japanese page), there seems to be many historical locations.…

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Go west : Juventus Lounge in Hakata, Fukuoka

2015/03/12 | Entertainment ,

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.…

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Go west : Moomin Cafe in Hakata, Fukuoka

There are several famous things with the name of Hakata: Hakata Dontaku (a big festival), Hakata ningyou (“ningyou” means “doll”), Hakata ramen (ramen noodle with pork bone broth) and Hakata mentai (“mentai” is a short version of “mentai-ko”, “seasoned cod roe”).…

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Go west : Hakata in Fukuoka – General Info

Many native English speakers laughs when they see the name of the prefecture, Fukuoka. (The common Japanese name “Takeshita” also makes them laugh.) The name “Hakata” “Hakata” is actually not the official name of the present city. The city’s name is the same as the prefecture’s: “Fukuoka”.…

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