So my favourite art museum in Fukuoka has a great exhibition on at the moment of work by Hokusai, the artist famous for his sketches and wood block prints. Included in the exhibition are the 36 views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景), the well known wave picture (The Great Wave Off Kanagawa – 神奈川沖浪裏) and red Mount Fuji picture (South Wind, Clear Sky -凱風快晴) are part of this collection. Also there are a range of pictures from his travels between Tokyo and Kyoto, some horror pieces and works by his contemporaries.
Entry to the exhibition costs ￥1,200. It runs until February 15th (Sunday). Also on at the moment is a Love exhibition that runs across 3 museums in Fukuoka, this is also interesting and is free to enter if you bought the ticket to the Hokusai exhibition. On it’s own this exhibition costs ￥200. This exhibition may prove a nice outing for Valentine’s Day! For more information about both exhibitions see the link below:
Ahhhhhh!! So I haven’t posted anything in ages, boo!! Well in my defense I think one of my last posts was about how excited I was about the beach . . . and then rainy season hit! boo! And a mixture of not doing much and a grumpy mood put me in a bit of a creative slump blogging wise. But it wasmy birthday last week and despite the rain, I was determined to go out and have a good time!
So me and a couple of my friends went to see some live music two weeks ago at a venue called “Early Believers” , it’s near Fubar on Oyofuko-dori and is a fairly decent size and also has a bar with some seating in the front which isn’t bad for chillaxing when you’re not rocking the dance floor.
We saw a band called “Habana” who I really like, I’ve seen them once before and thought they were awesome! It turns out that one of my friends knows a couple of the band members, so we got to hang out with them before and after the show too, which was cool!
Their music is quite difficult to explain a kind of euphoric dance but that has some traditional Japanese elements, as well as a sitar and a didgeridoo, if that helps give you any idea of their musical style lol.
The next morning we also woke up early to catch the England vs. Italy world cup match, which was a good game, it would have been even better if England actually won!!! And as of writing Japan only have a slim chance of going through, so I’m going to have to pick a different team to support, decisions, decisions!!!
Due to having friends now who actually are down with the live music scene in Fukuoka, I feel like there will be more opportunities to post about these kind of gigs, and the plan for later in the week (after pay day!!!) is to go see an Ainu band! If they are any good, I’ll let you know!
I haven’t posted anything in ages!!! Ah!! Thought my new job would make my life less busy, guess I was wrong haha!! This post is very late coming and so won’t really be useful, I hope you enjoy the pictures anyway!!
So for the last month or so there has been an Art Aquarium on the 9th floor of Hakata Station. The entrance fee was ￥1000 to get in and well worth it in my opinion!!! Created by Kimura Hidetomo, the Sky Aquarium appears regularly in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo every year, but this year they have taken the art aquarium on tour. Unfortunately the last day is tomorrow May 11th (why I said this post is really too late!)
I found this exhibition really unique and inspiring, afterwards I bought the art aquarium souvenir book, where I read how goldfish were bred from Koi Carp by the Chinese a long time ago, and since then many unique species have been created. Many of these goldfish or Kingyo (金魚）as they are known in Japanese are on display here too! I really want to buy my own fish tank now! I especially like the fish that look directly up! You’ll see what I mean from the pictures!!
Here is the link to the art aquarium website, where I discovered it is on until May 16th if you happen to live in Osaka! I believe it will also come back to Tokyo some point in the future and I’m sure that information will be available here.
So my parents have been visiting me for the last 10 days and we did loads of stuff in that time!! It was such a busy trip for them, but I think most trips to Japan usually are! It was a really fun 10 days!! It also gave me loads of ideas for blog posts as showing them around meant I also got to visit some new places I haven’t been before. We also did a three day break to Osaka, which I will post about next week (bit busy at the mo with a new job and house to sort out!!!).
The most time specific thing I wanted to talk about is that in Fukuoka right now it is cherry blossom season!!!! They came into full bloom at the end of last week, but in other parts of the country full bloom will probably be next week or even much later. And while my parents were here we did manage to fit in one evening where we could go see the trees at Ohori Koen and Maizuru Koen. It was lucky as the weather was beautiful that day, but at the weekend it rained, if there is too much rain the cherry blossom season can be cut very short.
Maizuru Koen is a really good place to go see the cherry blossom as they light it up at night, so if you are busy during the day you can still go there up to 9:00pm or 10:00pm. There are a lot of trees there!! Also right now there are some special areas where you have to pay ￥300 to go in to view more interesting light displays. We went into one area, and although it was cool I would say there are plenty more beautiful trees you don’t need to pay to see, so not sure if it’s really worth it. Those areas are less crowded though.
If you really want to do the full hanami experience you should get there early and bring a tarp or picnic blanket, some beers and food and have a picnic. That is how Japanese people enjoy the cherry blossom!
Anyway here are some of my pictures . . .
If you want to get to Maizuru Park and you don’t know the way, take the subway to Ohori Koen and leave via exit 6. You should see a street lined with cherry blossom in the distance if you turn right down that street and follow it for a little while you’ll see some steps going up on the left side of the street and Maizuru park and all the cherry trees are up there!
Next week I will write a proper post about our trip to Osaka and some nice places to go for a drink in Fukuoka city!
Today was a beautiful day in Fukuoka/Hakata, 18 degrees, sunny, was gorgeous! It was the first day of the year that I didn’t need to wear my heat-tech leggings and coat! With the start of February comes the ume blossom season. Ume or Japanese Plum are the some of the first plants to bloom in the year, starting around the beginning of February, and signify the start of spring.
Out and about in town today I did come across some Ume flowers on the roof of Hakata station, so that does mean spring has arrived??? If today was anything to go by then, it’s here woop woop!!! But . . . if next week’s weather forecast is to be believed we have a whole week approaching with 90% chance of rain!!! booooooo!!!
Anyway I had a lovely day today, and here are some of my pictures of the first blooms of the year, other places in town to see Ume blossoms include, Maizuru Park, Nokonoshima Island and Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine which apparently has 6000 ume trees on it’s grounds! If I have time I might try and head out there next weekend and check it out, at least I will if this beautiful weather continues!
So yesterday I went to a large event called the Reuse Japan Market, which was basically like a large jumble sale or car boot sale held in Fukuoka Dome the local baseball stadium.
The aim of this event was not only to recycle old items you might just be planning to throw away but also reuse items in new ways. I saw an interesting example of this where one stall was making bags out of denim jeans, it’s very original and they looked good! I bought a whole range of stuff some used and some new from local (and international) jewellery designers. So here are some pictures of the event as well as the things I bought.
Purchases include – 2 books, Patrick by Quentin Blake and Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney. 2 necklaces, 3 brooches, a pair of earrings, a watch, a postcard and a pair of shoes! not bad for under ￥1万!!!