2017/04/05

2017/04/05 - Fukuoka Report

Today, I returned to Fukuoka, three days after my last report there. As expected, many more blossoms have opened thanks to the warm temperatures and full bloom (mankai) was officially announced for the city today,...
2017/04/02

2017/04/02 - Fukuoka Report

Today I found myself in Fukuoka, where the opening of the first blossoms (kaika) was announced on March 25. However cold temperatures in the days following the opening slowed down the progress of the blossoms opening....
2016/08/23

Summer in Itoshima

In the summer edition of Chotto Zeitaku Japan, I headed to Itoshima, a small city about a 40-minute drive from either Fukuoka in the east or Karatsu in the west. The area draws parallels to the Shonan Coast near Tokyo...
2016/03/28

2016/03/28 - Fukuoka Report

Today I find myself in Fukuoka in Kyushu Prefecture. It has been ten days since the cherry blossom season was declared open on March 19 in the city, but development from opening to full bloom is progressing slowly in...
2016/03/22

2016/03/22 - Fukuoka Report

With cities just starting to officially declare their cherry blossoms open, our team has hit the road to bring our readers up-to-date coverage of Japan's best cherry blossom spots. Today, I headed to...
2015/11/07

2015/11/07 - Dazaifu Report

Dazaifu in Fukuoka Prefecture is located over a thousand kilometers from the Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko) region where Scott was...
2015/03/27

2015/03/27 - Fukuoka Report

To round up the week, I headed to Fukuoka and checked out Fukuoka Castle Ruins in Maizuru Park, and then to Kitakyushu, to check out Kokura Castle. Next week, Scott will be giving you an...
2014/04/03

2014/04/03 - Fukuoka Report

The peak period for cherry blossoms started this year on March 27 at Fukuoka, about five days earlier than the average year...
2014/03/27

2014/03/27 - Fukuoka Report

The cherry blossoms continue to open up in cities across the country, including Kyoto and Osaka, both of which officially marked their...
2013/03/27

2013/03/27 - Fukuoka Report

Today I headed to Fukuoka Prefecture for a last cherry blossom report from Kyushu this year. I visited one representative hanami spot each in the prefecture's two...
2013/03/21

2013/03/21 - Fukuoka Report

Today I headed over to Kyushu to check out the cherry blossoms around Fukuoka. The blossoms here were some of the earliest to open in Japan and were first seen on March 13th....
2012/04/04

2012/04/04 - Fukuoka Report

If you haven't already noticed, castles - or the remains of them - are usually good places to do hanami (cherry blossom viewing). If you happen to be in Japan during the cherry blossom season and do not know where to go to see them, the...
2011/07/15

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Report Trip

As a person with a disliking for big crowds, I have mixed feelings towards the reporting of festivals which often includes stressful competition for photo spots and hours of direct exposure to the summer heat. But some of Japan's...
2011/04/03

2011/04/03 - Fukuoka Report

For our last cherry blossom report of this year from Kyushu, today I made a second trip to some of Fukuoka's cherry blossom spots. When Schauwecker visited Fukuoka for the March 31 Cherry Blossom Report, he found the city's...
2011/03/31

2011/03/31 - Fukuoka Report

The cherry blossoms are slowly approaching full bloom in southern areas on Japan's main islands. Among these places is Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu...