Fukuoka is a city you’ve likely never heard of. It’s Japan’s fourth largest, a few hours south on the bullet train from Hiroshima. It’s not really on the tourist circuit, and I wouldn’t have found myself there were it not for a friend’s first hand reports (which I took close to heart). Not knowing what the city was known for per say, I was open to browsing the tourist pamphlet at my accommodation. It highlighted the specialties of its regional cuisine, boasted beautiful manicured gardens and beaches (an easy day trip away), and recommended independent shops and cafes dispersed along the downtown canals. And right in the middle leaflet it pitched Fukuoka as a “Startup City”. This made a lot of sense as it felt like a very livable place. Read More…….
I’ve been keeping my eyes open for differences along my way. Those are the details that are easiest to spot when you first visiting a place with a different climate, cuisine, religion, and laws than your own. More often than not though, after some time to adjust to the new surroundings, in big cities and small villages, there are similarities just under the surface.