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Yanagawa boat tour

Enjoy a boat trip on the Yanagawa River in a very Japanese way. The city of Yanagawa is located 70 kilometers south of Fukuoka. The train ride to Yanagawa, which is a very beautiful and peaceful old castle town, takes

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Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2018

From February 16 to March 4, you have the chance to attend the “Nagasaki Lantern Festival”. During this festival, a large number of lanterns is set up around the old and new China Town as well as at favorite tourists

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Free Shochu Tasting Event

Free for foreigners. Event sponsored by the Island of IKI Date: 02/24 (Sat), Time: 18:00 – 20:00 Place: SUiTO FUKUOKA, Fee: Pay yourself Meeting Point: Asahi Nihongo @ 17:30 Apply until: 02/22 (Thu) If you wish to join this event,

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Do (道) or the way of learning through repetition

Many Japanese arts and traditions were influenced by the Chinese and Buddhist culture. Similarly, the Chinese Taoism concept of 道 influenced Japanese philosophy. 道 is particularly used in traditional Japanese arts, either martial arts or aesthetic arts. The kanji “道”

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Lucrezia from Italy Advertizes Fukuoka for InOut

Doing an internship in Japan has been a long-awaited dream for Lucrezia, and it will definitely give her an edge in her future career. Lucrezia is planning and leading guided tours through Fukuoka and the surrounding areas. Her last tour

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Katharina from Germany Works at Matsuda Architect

Katharina speaks Japanese very well already having been reading and learning about Japan for many years. However to become even more involved in Japanese business and social customs, she is currently doing a 6-week internship in an architecture firm. Katharina’s

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Saviana from Italy is doing an Internship at Mizu Trans

Saviana has come to Fukuoka and Japan for the first time to do an unpaid internship. The program started on January 15th, right after a successful job interview, and will finish on April 3rd. Saviana usually works from 11 am to 5

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11 Reasons Why Japanese Konbini Are Super Useful

If you stay in Japan, your closest Konbini (コンビニ) will surely become one of your best friends. In the following list, we will show up what makes the market’s concept so extremely useful. 1. Avoid getting wet in the rain

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Curtains in the Doorway of Japanese Shops

If you have traveled in Japan before, you might have noticed curtains in the doorway of some shops. Did you wonder why they were there? These curtains are called Noren (暖簾) and are traditionally found at shops and some Japanese

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The Japanese ways to prevent colds and flu

What does Japanese do first after greeting when they return home?
日本人が帰宅したとき、あいさつの後に最初に何をするでしょうか?

a) Go to restroom (トイレに行く)
b) Gargle & hand washing (うがいと手を洗う)
c) To drink water (水を飲む)

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January 22 is Curry Day (カレーの日)

In 1982 the School Dietitian Conference of Japan celebrated the 35th anniversary of school meals (給食 or “kyushoku”). To comemorate this day, it was decided that curry rice should be served on every January 22. The conference agreed on curry rice for

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Don’t Cut Your Nails at Night

Yoru ni tsume wo kitte wa ikenai よるにつめをきってはいけない 夜に爪を切っては行けない A common Japanese saying suggests you had better not clip your nails at night. Because if you do, you will not be able to be with your parents when they die.

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Sometimes you see “Teru Teru Bōzu” (照る照る坊主) Dolls on buildungs.

When the weather is bad and it does not seem to change at all, you can sometimes see Teru Teru Bōzu dolls on buildungs. (照 る 照 る 坊 主) These dolls usually are made of white paper or cloth and

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Coming of Age Day (成人の日, Seijin no Hi)

In Europe and America, the 18th or 21st birthday marks the beginning of adulthood and is therefore celebrated in a different manner than a “normal” birthday. In Japan, there is a collective day for all teenagers reaching the age of

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Ohori Firework Festival 2017

It is summer in Fukuoka, the perfect time to go out, get some snacks and join one of the many festivals. Our students also had the chance to experience one of the most frequently visited festival, the Ohori Firework Festival,

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