Yo! It has been almost, almost a year! But we’re still going strong! Fukuoka was my first stop on Kyushu, ever. And I would like to think of my two days in Fukuoka as an intermission. Here’s where my solo holiday started in between the volunteering gigs. Here’s where I realised I was actually by myself again. And here’s where I realised once again that I can be good company for myself. Lots of self-growth, yadda yadda…let’s go! :)
Fukuoka is a modern city, divided historically by the central river into two separate cities, Hakata (博多) and Fukuoka (福岡). Basically the city has two centres: Hakata and Tenjin. My hotel was in Hakata, my wanderings mostly in Tenjin.
I hadn’t done any research about Fukuoka. But to be fairly honest, when I discovered there was a Line Friends store in Fukuoka, I knew my day would be sorted. I mean… Did you see those LP “covers”!?
I went about town in this place. I felt instantly like I was in my happy place. It was then and there that I finally realised how much I like cutesy stuff and I made it a mission to find the most cutesy things I could find for the rest of my stay (if not longer).
Day one consisted of a lot of aimless wandering. For me, Fukuoka was a city with a relaxed vibe where I could have a really good peruse around the cute stores and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the city. So, the aimless wandering continued with day 2. Though, it was just more centred around the Moomin-cafe! HA! Great isn’t it?!
This My Neighbour Totoro set is something that ever setting my eyes on is very, very high on my wishlist. And talking about wishlists… I got that Brown-flask at the Line Friends store (and I’m still using it, awyeah).
So yes, Fukuoka consisted of a lot of cute places — I even found the Studio Ghibli-themed shop — but also just reading while sitting in the park, having a go at some Yoshinoya comfort food, and in Fukuoka I also just watched a movie. A wonderful movie that will forever be in my memory of Fukuoka now, it was Makoto Shinkai’s second ‘big hit’ after ‘5cm per second’: Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below.
After Fukuoka was Nagasaki. And I am well aware that I’m taking my time here. In a few days (the 23rd) it’s been a year since I left Japan. And I still have covered around 2/3 of the trip so far. Oh well! I also have something else lined up for this week myself regarding the blog. Time is funny thing isn’t it?
See you in a bit!