福岡市: 2 days Fukuoka

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!

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  • I can’t believe that was a year ago… time flies.

    Did not know there was a Moomin cafe there. I remember watching 5cm per second back in my highschool days, might have to give that other film a try!

    • Ahhh, yes! 5cm per second was wonderful. I hear Shinkai made a new fantastic movie called “Kimi no Na wa.” I only hear good stuff, so maybe that’s one for your watch-list too?? :)

  • that moomin cafe looks so cute! but gotta honest the line store is my fave of all. i’m dying to go to one even if it’s solely to take photos. there’s this GIANT brown bear in line store in seoul and daaammmnnn i wanna go there even more T^T

    fukuoka seems so quaint yet cozy!

    p. s. i’m still waiting for your mail reply, if you wanna reply, that is :) just reminding in case you have forgotten after, well, that incident.

    • Yes! That Line store was so brilliant! I think that definitely was the highlight of my trip in Fukuoka (even went back for it in Harajuku when I was in Tokyo later on– but I preferred the Fukuoka one over the Tokyo one. I can only imagine how good the one in Seoul is!!)

      Of course I am going to get you a reply! :D I admit I was a bit hesitant at first, but then I got a new appointment for 3 months and things have been hectic at work (so basically I’m just dead after it’s gotten 5pm.) Now that I’ve got my blog back up and got some life stuff out of the way, you can definitely expect an e-mail soon! :)

  • Hooray for self-growth! There’s a power in doing things on your own and finding that you are complete in your own company. Yeah, that year flies by! There are so many things that seem to have only happened yesterday.

    I’m convinced everything in Japan is designed to be cute.

  • Everything is so cute! Being on your own with yourself as company can be quite great! I love it to be honest. No pressure at all, just doing my own thing independently. It’s awesome, really.
    Time does fly, so we better make the best of it <3

    Hannah | Stories Of A Telescope

  • Fransisca Angela

    Oh Moomin cafe, my friend is obsessed with that character. Anyway, I’m heading to Japan next month and your Japan posts have helped me decide which region to go. I have just 3 days free from a work trip and overwhelmed by the choice of places that I want to visit. But I think I’ll visit Kyoto!