Momiji 2015, autumn colors in Fukuoka

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For me, autumn colors are something that ends with November. Or we will soon enter in December, which evokes the Christmas lights, and the autumn colors are still here. I feel a little lost, halfway between the desire to enjoy them again and the boredom of seeing the same scenery week after week. I want to move on but the atmosphere is Christmas-like yet with all these trees full of leaves.

As I said in my previous article, 2015 autumn colors are pretty disappointing because of the temperature which remained quite high until last monday when we had a big chill that still persists now.
Right now, the cherry trees have lost their leaves, ginckos are beginning to pluck but the advancement of maple trees is very different from one tree to another: some are still completely green, some are half and half, some are fully red and began to lose its leaves and some are still green on their upper branches while low one ar full with dead leaves.

So the scenery is not  as "wow" as past years and the walks are a bit disappointing : I don't know if it is too early or too late and how will it turns out next week ?
It is difficult to choose the best timing to go to take pictures so I decided to enjoy the present, to take walks over several weekends. It doesn't care if isn't perfect ! Here is the 2015 autumn in Fukuoka city.

Momiji - Yusentei, Fukuoka

Kitsuki, samurai districts and kimono

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Saturday, I left Fukuoka to go to the nearby Oitaprefecture and specifically Kitsuki city (杵築).
I was looking for months about a daytrip in this part of Kyushu and  I found this place completely randomly while browsing the web on a different subject.

Kitsuki city
Welcome to Kitsuki !

Sunny sunday at the farm

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As you surely know, they were terrorist attacs in Paris. I was lucky enough to not have any member of my family, friends or acquaintancethat was concerned but as a French citiznen I was chocked and sad. For 3 days, I couldn't stop watching a French news channel and I feel strange emotions : I am far but at the same time close, I feel surrounded by friends and boyfriends but only because few people understand this spirit of national solidarity.
Because it is important to move forward and it 's good to see other things, I wanted to show you the beautiful landscapes I saw this weekend . The story is not very long, nor provided, I hope you understand .

Sunday we rented a car, and drove towards Fukuoka's southern mountains and the Mo Mo Land farm which litterely means moo moo land. I wanted to share the translation because it makes me laugh so hard.

Mo Mo Land is a huge park that overlooks the Fukuoka city, with large enclosures with walking trails, playgrounds and farm buildings. It's really a space designed for families and children, making them discover and inderstand  world of the farm and its products : milking cows, making butter and ice, planting flowers or herbs discovery.  The park is really big but there are only few animals. A dozen cows and a half-dozen sheep and a few goats, rabbits and chickens. At least they do not lack space!
It was a simple day. We started by going to see the cows and we try milking before having a walk to  enjoy the fall colors. We went to say hello to the sheep and carps splashing in a pond before having lunch : a omelette with a farmer creamy sauce terribly delicious. We made giant bubbles and enjoyed the slide as children and we had the best soft cream.  We were one of the few visitors without children but from the moment we got out the bubbles, we found ourselves surrounded by a dozen toddlers. Daisuke, being a kindergarten teacher, knew exactly what to do to amuse them and it was very funny to see the parents thank us when we went away .

Good fresh air, beads of dew on the grass, animals, calm and beautiful colors. Playing, eating soft cream, being surrounded by a swirl of dead leaves, petting the sheeps, getting rosy cheeks with the cool wind at the end of the day : this is what I needed. Damn, it feeled good !

Mo Mo Land, Fukuoka

Where to eat in Fukuoka #1 - Lunch in Tenjin

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New series on the blog ! Occasionally, I would suggest you my best culinary addresses, classified by theme and regularly update. For the first one, discover my favorite places for a great lunch in the commercial district of Tenjin.



How I chose to settle in Fukuoka

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Last week, I read an excellent article which explains how the French girl Nemuyoake chose to settle in Iwate Prefecture. At the end of the blog, she asked these questions:

How did you decide where you live?
What criteria do you think about to make important choices ?

I was about to write a comment when it made me thinking about my own situation. After all if Iwate is a rare choice, Fukuoka is far to be the first idea of everyone either. Those who follow me since the very beginning of the blog (well, I talk for the French one) must remember the journey I did to chose Fukuoka but, as I removed most of the blogs on this subject and my English speaking readers don't know the reason of my choice, I will try to explain what make me come to Fukuoka, Kyushu.

Béné no Fukuoka, Mojiko, Fukuoka

Retro Mojiko

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Since few weeks ago, I have been more and more interested in Kita-Kyushu city, which is located in nothern Fukuoka. Daisuke, who was born there, start talking to going back and if he does that, I will have to go too, for sure so I search a lot of information about that place.
Well, frankly , I would rather stay in Fukuoka city...
All this to say that yesterday, taking advantage of a day off (it was bunka no hi (文化の日), culture day), I went to Kita-Kyushu, in the district of Mojiko .

Mojiko, Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka
"Mojiko" or "Mojico" ? You can choose.