|Popular character Sazae-san ＆ Fukuoka Tower/td>|
If you walk around Fukuoka, there are great chances that you come across me and my camera.
Indeed, I walk around 10km very weekend in the city and I have a lot to share. As I strongly want to introduce Fukuoka more and more to the people all over the world, I decided to create the "FukuoSnap" project.
It's been a long time since I thought about introducing the different areas of Fukuoka. At first I wanted to make a video per ward then I dropped the idea because I'm rather slow editing-wise and then without adequate cameras it would have frustrated me to not being able to do what I had in mind (but if someone is interested for a collaboration, I'm available :p).
In January I invented the word "FukuoSnap", a neologism between "Fukuoka" and "snap". I started by using it as a hashtag on Instagram then I thought it would be a nice title for some blog articles.
FukuokaSnap is all about introducing all Fukuoka areas, one by one. Every time I'll define an area inside Fukuoka city, than have a walk around and open my eyes to photography all the things that attracts me. The goal is not to show only the tourist sites nor to make a guide by writing a super detailed text, I just want to give a glimpse of the city in a "daily life" way. If this project can allow me to improve mycamera skills also , it would be really great.
As you may have noticed this article is not the first issue of FukuoSnap but the number 0. Before actually starting this project I wanted to do a test and for it I chose Momichihama.
|Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome and Seahawks Hilton Fukuoka|
Momochihama (百道浜) is located in the Sawara ward, in western Fukuoka. It was built on lands taken over by the sea several decades ago. I chose this area because it's not very far from home and let's be honest it is not the most charming neighborhood of the city (although I like to stroll there).There are large, empty, quite aseptic streets, surrounded by tall buildings filled of of dwellings and / or offices. There are no small cafes or small restaurants, only combini chains, fastfoods and other bento takeover places.
Outside certain strategic parts ofthe area, it's an extremely quiet neighborhood. People crowd to go home and the small parks are empty. You can hear only laughter from the school grounds or the large sports field. A somewhat bizarre sensation of locals locked up in crystal towers as we say in French (rents are overpriced in the area and only the wealthiest can live there).
I feel like I should talk about more toursitic things because reading me might make you think "Is there is an interest to go there ?"
Yes there is !!
To make it simple, Fukuoka Tower is located in thie area and it's one of the place to not be missed in Fukuoka.
Otherwise there is the very nice Fukuoka City Musum (last month there was a great exhibition about Finnish design), the municipal library, Robosquare (a free robots museum) and a beach where it is good to walk in the early evening and on weekends.Eating a snack or a bento facing the sea is the best way to end a busy week.
Oh and it's also a popular area around fashion bloggers and there is quite a lot of "modern" art throughout the neighborhood which makes it a bit more cheerful.
I also like the little green path that cut Momochihama in 2 parts. I prefer the beach to settle down with a good book but when there is too much wind I like togo there to "shelter" a bit.
There was quite a bit of pollution on the day I went so the sky was white / gray althought it was sunny. It gived the pictures a little retro look that I thought it was nice to keep (well, I couldn't edit the pictures well either so.. haha).
|I didn't see the wave pattern until now !|
Ideally I would like this series to be as regular as Fukuoka Kimono Walk was : one article per month seems like a good timing but summer is approaching (yes, already) and I don't know how my body will react to the heat this year (as last summer was pretty bad). Well, I'll decide that later !
See you very soon for the first issue !!
|"Good meal" in French|
|Fukuoka city Museum|
|Sea side Momochi|