Unique culture greatly influenced by Asian countries as an entrance to Asia
Fukuoka prefecture is the largest prefecture in the southern island of Kyushu. Due to its closeness to Asian countries, Fukuoka is called an entrance to Asia and has historically flourished as a port city.
Fukuoka has been widely influenced by South Korea and China, which can be seen in food cultures and local products unique to Fukuoka.
The most popular destination in Fukuoka is Dazaifu Tenmangu, a shrine whose main hall was built over a grave of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and politician in the Heian period.
Michizane was exiled by his rivals that were afraid of his rising power from his talent.
Following the death of Michizane in Dazaifu in 903, Dazaifu tenmangu was built to heal his spirit and became the head of 12,000 tenmangu that is dedicated to Tenjin, the God of study.
Other thing that you cannot miss in Fukuoka is to hop yatai, food stalls, for Japanese street foods. Yatai flourished during the early postwar but most of yatai disappeared due to regulations and Fukuoka is known for carrying the largest number of yatai.
Mizutaki (chicken hot pot) - boiling boney chicken chunks with seasonal vegetables in a broth originally influenced by Chinese chicken broth with consommé
Motsu nabe - hot pot with motsu, offal of cows and pigs, cabbage, chives into chicken broth, which started as an energy food for coal miners from South Korea.
Hakata Udon - Noodles are soft so that busy merchants were able to eat quickly. Popular toppings are burdock fries or fried fish cake.
Ramen - particularly famous for cloudy tonkotsu (pork bone) soup
Yame tea - tea that was said to be brought by a Buddhist monk from China in 15th century
Mentaiko (cod roe) - It is said to have been brought from South Korea.
Fukuoka was governed by the Kuroda family during the Edo period. Some of the handcrafts that emerged during that time became cultural products unique to Fukuoka.
One of the examples is Hakata dolls that are made from unglazed porcelain. Craftsman made ceramic dolls to offer it to the governor of the region.
Koishiwara pottery also traces back to the Edo period in a region of Koishiwara. This region is surrounded by mountains and rich in woods and soils for pottery. Hakata ori textiles that refer to dyed-in silk textiles were brought by Japanese merchants who learned its techniques in China in the 13th century. The solidity of the textiles are loved for kimono belts.
Yame region is known for strong Buddhist worship and it has developed the production of Butsudan, Buddhist Altar, since 1850.
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Menbei - cod roe cracker
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Great snack with beer or for children’s snack
Menbei is a Japanese cracker made from potato dough infused with the seafood essence of spiced cod roe that is considered to be red caviar of Japan, a local delicacy in Fukuoka.
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