Things I DON'T like in Fukuoka

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Last week, I was wrongfully critized on Twitter by someone who told me that I was defending Fukuoka no matter what. Even if it is true that I love my city, I am still aware of its weak points (or I'd have a serious problem).I was thinking about an article of this kind since couple weeks ago and since I'm working on this for my European tourism  developpement paper so I thought timing would be perfect.
Here are 6 things that I don't like in Fukuoka.

 Fukuoka under the clouds
Fukuoka under the clouds with South Korea consulate and Fukuoka Tower


Ah Fukuoka taxis... I could talk about them for hours. Usually, I didn't like to ride them but because of  Fukuoka ones I now hate them.
They have a really dangerous driving habbits : they don't respect signialization, drive very fast, don't hesitate to turn when people are crossing the road and graze pedestrians (in the small streets where there are no sidewalks). I'm not counting anymore how many times I almost got hit either when I was on foot or riding my bicycle.
Beyond that, I think they give a bad image of the city. They are doing a fierce campaign against drinking and driving (and it's great that they do) but I think they should focus more on their driving habbits and image that they give to people because it's pretty deplorable.

PM 2.5 pollution

Due to its geographical position, Fukuoka is directly affected by PM2.5 pollution which comes from China. Some days from March to October (approximately), the city's sky becomes milky and completely clogged, more people than usual wear masks and during days when pollution is strongest schools prohibit children to play outside. If on my first years in Fukuoka it didn't bother me too much, I really began to feel the effects : very dry and itchy nose and scratchy throat are the frequent symptoms and it's so unpleasant. On TV, there are informations everyday about the pollution and everytime I grumbles while taking my masks out.

Bus timetable delay

Who said that transport always come on time in Japan?
Bus is the best way to move in the center of Fukuoka city. It's extremely well developed, reliable, modern with very many lines crisscrossing the city. However ... they're always late !! On average, bus come around 5 minutes after the scheduled time. I understand that the traffic may have effects but they never come before the scheduled time (fortunately, this would be the worst ) and after a while I guess the Nshitetsu company could be aware of it...

Tourist trap yatai

Four years in Fukuoka and I didn't go to eat in yatai, these small, mobile food stall which are taking place in the evening. Yes I know this is unacceptable and it isn't about me not wanting to go. I WANT to go but the weather isn't with me each time. Either it is too cold or too hot or rain is falling... But I intend to go before summer and or course I'll write down about my experience here.
If I never went to eat there, however, I know the areas where to go and which criteria show that it is an authentic place but for this article let's focus on the tourist trap area: it is located on Nakasu island near Canal City.
This is an area thoroughfare frequented by tourists not only because the river runs along it and it is a nice walk but it's also on the way to join Tenjin. These yatais often didn't display their prices and rush their customers to eat the fatest as possible which is the contrary of the yatai principle which is to eat quietly talking to all the people sitting near you.
It hurts me to see all these people who go in that place expecting to find true yatai while a few meters away, in Tenjin for example, it's much more authentic.  In summary, if the people of yatai call customers and in addition in English, it's a very bad sign and it is better to ignore the stoll.

Rainy days

It seems to have no link with with Fukuoka but it has. Rainy days in Fukuoka are particularly painful. The city has a very poor rainwater drainage system so some place become like a giant pool. This was the case of Hakata until 2011 when works were realized (in addition to the new station) but it is always the case in Tenjin and the rest of the city. Don't forget your rainboots ! 

Useful words

Hinan (非難) : criticism
Jakuten (弱点) : weak point
Abunai (危ない) : dangerous
Chikoku (遅刻) : delay
Hana (鼻) : nose

PS : I uploaded a new video on my Youtube channel ! it's about my day trip in Yufuin. Please watch, comment and share xoxo

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