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James Darnbrook

James came to Japan after ticking the wrong box on his study abroad form at university. 3 years later he is still here; living, working and singing karaoke in Fukuoka. One day he hopes to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional soccer player but until that day comes he will be here, writing about the Fukuoka he knows.



5 Classic Japanese Horror Movies You Must Watch

We dare you to watch these J-horror classics alone in the dark this weekend.

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Fukuoka’s Seaside Momochi

A short distance from the concrete and noise of the city lies Seaside Momochi.

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Fukuoka’s Canal City: A Truly Local Shopping Experience

Canal City Hakata is a large shopping and entertainment complex in Fukuoka and is a must see on your visit to the city.

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3 Foods You Have to Try When In Fukuoka

Next time you are in Fukuoka make sure you try all that the city has to offer; that means Motsunabe, Mentaiko, Yuzu Kosho and yes of course don’t forget Ramen too!

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Japan on Film: Geisha, Okiyas and Sweet Ice

Continuing my quest to sort the fact from the fiction when it comes to Japan’s representation on the big screen, I now take a closer look at Memoirs of a Geisha, the 2005 movie based on the novel of the same name.

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Japan on Film: Swords, Samurai and Conversations

This series is dedicated to sorting the fact from the fiction when it comes to Japan on film.

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A Walking Tour of Fukuoka

Whichever way you go, and whatever you take in, a walking tour of Fukuoka is the best way to see the city.

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4 Delicious Foreign Restaurants In Fukuoka

Got a craving for something other than sushi or ramen? Try these delicious international restaurants.

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24 Hours in Nagasaki

Spend 24 hours in Nagasaki to discover a truly international city with a fascinating history.

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Friendly Fukuoka: 4 Types of People That Will Love Fukuoka

If you love the outdoors, great food, lots of shopping or friendly people, Fukuoka is the place for you.

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Eat your way to 100; What to take from the Japanese Diet

The secret to a long life is the Japanese centenarian diet.

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Japanese Regional Stereotypes

Crude Kansai and Uptight Tokyo; Where do Japan’s regional stereotypes come from?

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