Colors of Fukuoka - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

skyline of buildings Fukuoka never ceases to attract tourists who like to rest in large modern cities. It is a thriving metropolis, one of the ten largest and most densely populated cities in the country. Surprisingly, modern and rapidly developing city has managed to preserve the cultural heritage of past centuries. Many travelers arrive to the city at the beginning of May, when the Golden Week Festival is held in Fukuoka.
Despite the fact that Fukuoka doesn’t feature an abundance of historical monuments and cultural centers, excursion fans won’t get bored in the city. One of the major historical … Open
It is a series of several national celebrations; traditionally the most striking and memorable holiday is Hakata Dontaku. The holiday has got its current name in the early 17th century; it is believed that it derives from the German word ‘zondag,’ which means ‘Sunday.’
Celebration begins with a parade taking place on the main avenue of the city. Lots of children are usually involved in the solemn procession that makes the holiday even more touching and sincere. Matsubayashi performances, in which participate about 10,000 people, have become traditional for the holiday. It looks simply mesmerizing; all the performers wear beautiful national costumes and all performances are accompanied with national music. Copyright
Fukuoka is full of beautiful parks and gardens, modern entertainment and shopping centers, sports complexes and numerous nightclubs. The Ohori park enjoys great popularity among nature … Open
Typically, the parade is held 3 or 4 May; after the official opening of the festival theatrical and musical performances begin. They take place in the open air, so participants of the event have a great opportunity to enjoy the favorable spring weather. Many spectators are involved in recreational activities. The holiday ends late in the evening. By nightfall, locals and visitors gather in the central square to watch the scenic pyrotechnic show.
Fukuoka is the birthplace of many unique crafts that are also an integral part of the cultural heritage of the city. Like many years ago, Hakata ori silk is produced here these days; it remains a popular souvenir for tourists. Many travelers prefer to buy original clay toys, Hakata ningyo, which are sold in almost all the souvenir shops. Fukuoka is the unique city full of contrasts and national charm.
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National traditions of Japan

In the Japanese culture, three styles of communication are observed; one for addressing younger persons, another to equals or strangers, and the third, to elders. Therefore, the Japanese do not allow informal communication with bosses even during off-hours. They never confront each other in public, showing a storm of emotions. Requests are denied without saying the word “no” allegorically. Direct refusal is considered a violation of the rules of etiquette. The Japanese are a very polite people. Every one of them from birth is taught respect for others. They respect personal boundaries and are therefore not inclined to be interested in someone else’s private life. They neither discuss their personal affairs with others, nor offer advice if not requested. … Open

Traditions and festivals in cities around Fukuoka

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