Amazing Japanese Toilets at the new TOTO Museum

Japan is famous worldwide for their technological advances and also for the cleanliness of their cities and towns. One aspect of Japan that enthralls tourists and native Japanese alike are their toilets. If you have ever visited Japan you will have noticed the vast array of toilets with many buttons and functions. It can really…

A Guide to Motsunabe, the High Protein, Low-Calorie Japanese Hot Pot

Hot pot dishes have a history of more than 1,000 years and have been widely enjoyed in this long span of time. One type of hot pot dish in Japan goes by the name “Motsunabe.” It is usually made of beef, pork and offal or internal organs. “Offal” can be kind of an odd food…

Undiscovered Japan: The Mogi Port, the center of North-Eastern Asia

When you think of Japan, what springs to mind is succulent sushi, bright neon lights, samurai swords, Tokyo high-rise and kinky manga. What does not immediate spring to mind is a quiet, seaside port; a sleepy fishing village that could best be described as a one-horse kind of town. But nevertheless, this is where I…

Nokonoshima Island Park: Where flowers bloom all year round

Nokonoshima Island Park is more than your typical park. Not only you can enjoy and relax with your family or friends in this small nature-rich, full of amenities island park, but you can also enjoy a variety of seasonal flowers blooming all year round. The Location and Getting There Nokonoshima Island Park, a natural park…

Munakata City −more than just a typical residential area of Fukuoka

I lived in Munakata for a year and I can say that I found my home away from home in this small but lovely city. Munakata (宗像) is a city in Fukuoka Prefecture which is located in between two big cities – Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It is about a 40-minute train ride from Hakata Station…

Discover Fukuoka The Kyushu Island Queen!

You heard about Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima for sure, but what about Fukuoka? Where is it located in Japan? Is it as nice as the other big cities I mentioned? Fukuoka City in Fukuoka Prefecture is located in Kyushu, one of the four main islands in Japan. The other three main islands are Hokkaido,…

A trip to Naritasan Jibo Kannon Temple

I live in Kumamoto and whenever I have to travel abroad I need to go to Fukuoka Airport. From highway a large statue is visible near Kurume and I always wanted to explore the place where the statue is present. Last yearend vacation with some friends I started for this place. We went by car…