Hakata Machiya Furusato Kan

The other day my friend visited me, so we went to the “Hakata Machiya Furusato Kan”.

It is a museum where you can learn about the history and culture of Hakata.

People can experience Hakata people’s life of the Meiji and Taisho eras. 

A short movie about the Gion festival is showed. 

And you can see performances of traditional crafts like Hakata dolls and Hakata weaving.  

 A Traditional ‘machiya’ style house has been moved here and restored. 

The worker told me the area between Mikasa river and Hakata river in Fukuoka city is called Hakata and it has a 2000 year history.

It is near the Asian continent, so many things from there came to Hakata first before spreading throughout Japan. 


Seomun Market (Korea)

I went to Seomun Market in Daegu.

It was one of 3 major local markets established during the Joseon Dynasty.

The colorful clothes in the photo are Korean clothes.

It seems that in North Korea they are called “chima jeogori”, in South Korea they are called “hanbok “.

And they wear those on special days.

They are beautiful.

Children’s Day

Today (May 5) is Children’s Day in Japan.
It is especially for boys.

Families who have boys decorate May dolls like armor and helmets of warriors in the room.

These are said to protect people from illnesses and accidents.

And they decorate with carp streamers (Koinobori) like this photo, hoping for boys growth and success.

A black carp is the father, a red carp is the mother and the others are children.

These came from samurai custom.

Mongol wall


Right near my home in Fukuoka is this restored stone wall.

It used to be over 20 kilometers long and 2.5 meters high. 

It was built in the 13th Century to defend against Mongol Invasions. 

The scroll in the foreground shows scenes from the invasions, which were some of the largest naval battles in history. 

The second war ended when the ‘Kamikaze’, or ‘divine wind’, scuttled much of the invading fleet.