November 21, 2015
Today I'll share another Fukuoka highlight that we've been meaning to visit for awhile, and we're glad we finally made the trip. A pleasant bike ride away from home, we found ourselves this afternoon at Yusentei Japanese Gardens in Jonan-ku, Fukuoka City. Although the kōyō autumn leaves are not at their best this year because of the unseasonably warm autumn, Yusentei would be a great place to visit at any time of year. Peaceful, verdant gardens and the historic tearooms overlooking a pond full of genki koi... what more could you want?
filed under: fukuoka city
November 18, 2015
November 17, 2015
Here I'd like to share some photos that didn't make the cut, but for the full experience please head on over to read the report on Fukuoka Now !
November 3, 2015
Words by Kamil, photos by me. The prospect of a 5:30am wake up and early morning drive to Saga was not particularly appealing after a late night. It was certainly worth the effort, though, as we crossed the Sefuri range just after sunrise and were greeted by a flotilla of colourful orbs soundlessly floating into the distance. The orange glow of the morning sun gave the whole scene a mystical hue, painting the rice fields and riverbanks in a golden light.
filed under: Saga
October 20, 2015
October 19, 2015
Wanting to take advantage of the still rather warm early Autumn weather, Kam and I decided to take a little overnight camping trip last night. The plan was to drive up to the top of Mount Sefuri, on the border of Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures, and set up our tent in the campground near the mountain peak. To our disappointment we arrived to find a sign at the campground warning of multiple sightings of a bear in the area the day before. There were two TV crews reporting from the carpark, a police car on patrol and a helicopter in the sky. No other tents were set up in the campground.
October 11, 2015
I've always wanted to visit the antique market that happens a few times a year at Bayside Place Hakata, but one way or another something has always come up to stop me going. Not today! Kam and I rode bikes to the port to finally check out "Antiquing in Hakata Bayside" market. Similar to the regular Gokoku Shrine markets, I found the stalls to be very polished and well curated. There's no room for "junk" - it's all very stylish (as are the visitors to the market!) and there are loads of European imported items. Not in the market to buy anything, I enjoyed browsing the stalls at a slow and easy pace taking in all the details. Here are some photos I snapped along the way.
October 4, 2015
It's been a little while since we've gone hiking, and yesterday's perfect weather inspired us to get out amongst nature. Wakasugiyama (若杉山) is a beautiful mountain found in the Sasaguri area of Fukuoka. A forest full of towering cedar trees, soft mossy pathways, trickling streams, multiple mountaintop shrines and panoramic views - this hike really has all the best elements of a Japanese yamanobori experience.
September 30, 2015
Before moving to Japan to live I couldn't have imagined a place I wanted to be in more than Tokyo. Each of our first two trips to Japan, I fell head over heels in love with the big city and its electric buzz. Being lost in a sea of people at Shinjuku Station, cramming onto a packed train car of the Yamanote-sen, catching a glimpse of the impossibly fashionable residents in the coolest neighbourhoods of Koenji, Shimokitazawa and Harajuku - I wanted to be amongst it.
filed under: tokyo