Autumn arrived in Japan and a cold wind started to blow in Fukuoka. The trees are still red but the Christmas decorations and illuminations are already everywhere.
At the beginning of the month, one of my friends took me to Imaizumi to discover a really unique shop: Yamabikoya (響屋屋). This very small shop is selling daruma, traditionnal Japanese dolls that I particularly like.
A-chan (my friend), discovered this shop when she went to a summer festival where the owners had a stand and she immediately thought about me and told them about a French girl who loves daruma. Since it seems that they were waiting for our visit because they offered me a nice daruma from Kyoto as well as a lot of informations about events that they were going to organize in the next weeks. I was touched by their kindness and I look forward to see them again. Also, their shop is really cute and retro, just the kind I like. They would open a coffee area that I would go every day I think.
If you like daruma and / or you are looking for an original Japanese souvenir and not too expensive, go for a ride at Yamabikoya! They are not open often so you have to either read the Japanese to retrieve info on their site or have a stroke of luck but it's worth trying.
▶︎ Yamabikoya home page
As I said at the beginning of the article, autumn has arrived, for my pleasure ! I did a lot of walks through the city to see the beautiful autumn colors and also to visit places that my mother, who is in Fukuoka, didn't know yet.
I'm really glad she's there, it feels good to laugh about things the Japanese don't understand, to do things together and I love to walk and discover new parts of Fukuoka with her. At noon we go around the cafes around my work where I don't want to go alone. When she will be back to France I will be very sad. Even if Daisuke is here, it's not the same. But she still is in in Fukuoka now so I want to enjoy my time with her. We went to visit Yusentei and Maizuru parks.
|Autumn at Yusentei garden, Fukuoka|
|Maizuru park, Fukuoka|
Another walk, but alone this time, at the Nomiyama Kanon temple in Sasaguri, eastern Fukuoka. I had an imperishable memory of my visit two years ago and I absolutely wanted to go again.When I checked their website, I saw that the leaves were all red and that it was the best time to go. Arriving at the temple I quickly disappointed: all the leaves were fallen. The walk wasn't very enjoyable so I ended up walking around for 20 minutes and then wait in the bus until its departure. Frankly, they could have updated their site, I felt this morning walk was a waste of money and time.
|Nomiyama Kanon Temple|
Back in Fukuoka city much earlier than planned, I decided to buy lunch and eat it at Shofuku-ji temple with the temple cats. Always as numerous and cuddly, I was sad to see that all were injured or appeared to be in poor health. Last year I had dared to pet them and even to let one climb on my knees but this year I avoided any contact.
Outside our walks, I also took my mother to do an activity she had been asking me to do for a long time: a Hakata doll painting experience. Of course, I took her to the best place in the city for: Hakata Ningyo Kaikan Shougetudo shop. We were the only customers on this rainy Saturday and we were able to paint our dolls quietly. I was amazed that the owner remembered me although my last visit was two years ago.
This time I didn't have too many ideas about how to paint my doll so I chose the colors as the inspiration came and... I did better lqst time. At least my mom enjoyed it a lot qnd I was hqppy to spend this time with her.
Please read this article for more details about the Hakata doll painting experience :
▶︎ Hakata doll painting experience
I am slowly preparing the next Fukuoka NEXT meeting where I'll have to make a presentation in front of everyone. In addition to all the things that I work on, I found a new idea to present, inspired by an excellent guide created by an association based in Saga prefecture. It allows foreigner to communicate by pointing your finger on the words you want to say. It's a very good idea and I think it would be very useful in Fukuoka.
I really want to focus on Fukuoka next year as 2016 was more Kyushu-focused. I think about it and tell you everything in January !
|Bento at the park|
|Chicken Nanban at Umecchaga Shokudô Puravida!|
I finally published my article for the Kyushu Article Contest !
Like for my last year entry, I'm waiting for you to like my article to help me win a stay at one of the participating hotels. You can vote once a day until December 25th. I don't think "like" number is important as I didn't win last year even if I my article was the most liked but maybe it can help this year who knows.
If I win, I would either to try Fukudaya ryokan in Unzen, Nagasaki or Ayu no sato ryokan in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto. Both places (places, not hotel) are on my list of dreams.
As multiple entries are allowed, I may post a second entry...maybe. Anyway, don't hesitate to participate too! It would be nice that more not-Asian-born foreigner to participate this year (and send me the link of your article so that I like it every day 🙂).
▶︎ Vote For my article « Birthday trip to Kurokawa »
▶︎ Participate to Kyushu Article Contest
I'm quite busy and I couldn't uplaod my YouTube channel. I can't believe I hadn't post a single videos for 5 months! I'm editing 3 videos and even if one was shot during summer I might upload them asap (as soon as my mom come back to France).