Hakata Toumyou lantern art festival!

Last Saturday, we went to see Hakata toumyou lantern art festival.

It is a festival of lantern lighting up at the various area in Hakata. This year’s festival was bigger than before.  We could see lantern arts at many places like Kushida shrine, Touchouji, Shoutenji, Bayside place, and elementary school in Hakata.

We walked around Hakata area.


It was really pretty. We all enjoyed looking around temples and lantern arts. Yes, we could get in to the temple which is not open to public. That was cool.

Also, we could see people wearing kimono and geisha make-up parading on the street.


Would you like try on Kimono and make-up???

Dazaifu Day!

On Saturday, we went to Dazaifu.

Well, we visited many places and had a really good time.

At 9:10 am, we gathered at Tourist information and moved to Nishitetsu train station.

We all bought 1000yen dazaifu trip ticket which is including round trip transportation fee and Matcha & rice cake at cafe in Dazaifu. Also, it has many discount ticket for several museums in Dazaifu. So, it is really a good deal to buy it ne?!

After we got to Gojo station, we all went to supermarket to buy our lunch and drinks. Then walked to Kanzenonji and Kaidanin. There was an harvest ceremony at rice field near there.


and joined for making zenzai ( red bean soup with mochi).


Of course, we enjoyed zenzai!! After we had our zenzai, we took some photos there and moved to Ruins of Dazaifu-seicho.




YES!! Lunch time!! We had a nice picnic at Ruins of dazaifu-seicho. We had a lovely time there under nice sunshine and relaxed.

After relaxing, we all walked to Dazaifu shrine.

You can not miss going there if you are in Dazaifu, right?


I bought Omikuji there… and some other bought Omamori.

The shrine is famous for Study, so it’s good for us ne?

Near Dazaifu shrine,


we visited Komyozenji, the Japanese garden is really beautiful and really quiet there.



another relaxing time.

Before going back to Fukuoka, another relaxing time at the Cafe, had Umegaemochia and Matcha.


We went to Kurume-shi on Sunday.

Kurume-shi is about 30min away by express train from Fukuoka-shi.

Seeing map seems like much far away, but with train it was not that far. just 30 min!!

First, we all went to “Kourasan” the shrine on the mountain. Many people were walking up to the shrine, but we took a car…


but last stairs, we walked… i mean run up?!


After we got there, we cleaned ourselves and made a wish.


There were also nice view point.

After Kourasan, we visited a Dojo for Kendo and Jo.

We couldn’t really join them, but still could hold Shinai, fake sward, and real sward and etc.

Everybody there was nice and let us touch their tools and gave us some lecture.



After Dojo, we all moved to Onsen and had dinner first.

then Onsen!

It was their first time to get into the onsen, so other our friend helped us.

After the onsen… at the front gate…Image

Yes, they loved Onsen.

They were telling me they are going back there again!

Asahi Beer Factory

We had field trip to Asahi beer factory as a lesson.

Each students had a task paper to fill out at the factory, and they all did a good job with it.

Before going through the factory, we had to watch the movie.

After watching the movie, we had the tour about 90 min. Looking around the factory,  learning how beer produced, what kind of ingredient they use, how they recycle plastic bottles and cans, and etc.

After the tour, we had a happy drinking time!!

We didn’t forget to interview our guide. Yeah, that was one of our task.







We will get together for hanami at Dazaifuseichoato starting at 2pm.

Close to Tofurouekimae station(Nishitetsu line).

Please join us if you are around ne!

Please bring your own food and drinks ne.