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Fukuoka

  Iizuka City in Fukuoka Prefecture prospered as a hub of the coal industry in “Chikuho-tanden” coalfield. “Kaho-gekijo” theatre was built in the heart of this city in 1931 and is two-storied wooden building with *”Edo-kabuki” style. *Edo-kabuki style is an architectural style of “kabuki” theatre in the Edo period. Although it had almost gone out of existence in the 1970’s in...

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Dazaifu City was established approximately 1,300 years ago and which ruled all of Kyushu for a period of some 500 years. Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is sacred to the memory of Michizane Sugawara, also known as “the god of learning.” In 901 A.D., Michizane was suddenly demoted from his position as Minister of the Right and sent to work at the Dazaifu, where he died two years later. Tenmangu Shrine was built on the site of his...

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In the early stage of Japan’s quick modernization, the Meiji government established many government-run works centering on the fiber industry, shipbuilding industry and coal-mining industry late in the 19th century. To cope with the increasing iron and steel demand, then government constructed the first blast furnace in the northern part of Kyushu employing German technology. This factory supplied steel-frames for the Diet...

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There strongly remains a variety of Japanese traditions in Fukuoka City since it flourished as a gateway to China and Korea in ancient times. Above all, ‘Hakata gion yamakasa’, whose origin dates back to the 13th century, is very well known in Japan. We have many summer festivals held in a shrine, however ‘Oiyama’ is the bravest divine service of its kinds. Seven portable shrines, represent seven districts of...

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Almost all the coal-mining industry in Japan has disappeared, however there used to be many coal-mining areas across the country before the second half of the 20th century. In these regions there still remain several huge coal-waste heaps called ‘Bota-yama’ or ‘Zuri-yama’. The hill in the picture is Japan’s highest ‘Bota-yama’ in Iizuka City, which boasts three peaks with a hight of 141...

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‘Yatai’, a mobile open-air restaurant, is often seen in Asian countries such as China and Thailand, however it has become hard to find the ‘yatai’ in Japan mainly for reasons of sanitation. On the other hand, Fukuoka City in Kyushu can boast many kinds of ‘yatais’ fully equipped in terms of hygiene, which attract gourmets every night. In ‘Nakasu’ and ‘Nagahama’, a variety of...

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