So, for those of you who read my Kyushu Rainbow Pride post, you will know that back in November I spent a long weekend in the mesmerisingly wonderful city that is Fukuoka.
Travelling up on Friday and staying until Monday, we got a lot done. Shopping, food, drinking, and of course attending and partaking in the 2nd Pride ever to be held in Kyushu. It was such a wonderful and much needed weekend, and with Christmas having been just around the corner the atmosphere was electric!
I took so many photographs on my trip, photographs I want to share with you. So, without any more rambling, let me walk you through my trip via bright and vivid pictures of Fukuoka.
After missing our chance to see Sumo, we headed back to to Tenjin to meet up with the rest of the gang and to do some much needed eating and shopping. The only plans left we had this evening were…none. So, with all the time in the world, we took our time and enjoyed the beautiful sights around us.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING
Okay, so this is one of my favourite buildings of all time. Every time I walk from Hakata to Tenjin, I make sure to walk by this wonderful masterpiece. Like stumbling upon a post apocalyptic world, this building is covered from brick to brick with undergrowth. Trees, moss, flowers, you name it. The beautiful building stands tall amongst it’s plain concrete siblings, bringing life to the concrete jungle as it watches over the small park that rests in it’s shadow. So if you’re ever in Fukuoka, please check out this building!
For lunch, we hit up a great place called Bibliotheque which, despite the wait, was amazing. Have I ever eaten such a delicious eggs Benedict? I’m asking you guys since I don’t know myself! With a pancake base instead of bread, it surely was a curious little dish, doused in hollandaise sauce and decorated with scrumptious greens.
With Christmas just around the corner, a German inspires market had set up shop right in front of Hakata station, and there was no way we could leave Fukuoka without tasting the delights they had to offer. Christmas spirit is a little sparse in Japan, especially if you live in a smaller city like I do, so it was wonderful to roam around the stalls and let the Christmas spirit ignite within my soul.
Fukuoka is such a wonderful place, and if I could afford to I would spend every weekend there. Overshadowed by it’s many other bigger city siblings, Fukuoka, to me, is more magical than Tokyo. With less people and a beautiful mix of greenery, history and modernity, Fukuoka has everything to offer! So if you’re ever near by, please pop in, and if you see me on one of my trips there, don’t hesitate to say hello.