Iwaya castle ruins-Shimazu and Toyotomi samurai battles. Fukuoka, Kyushu.

Iwaya castle ruins sits within Onojo fortress ruins.  Onojo fortress dates back to the 7th century making it probably the oldest fortification in Japan.  Iwaya castle dates back to the 16th century.  Finding information about Iwaya castle has been virtually impossible.  I searched both Japanese and English.  However, I must say on thing that really… Read More Iwaya castle ruins-Shimazu and Toyotomi samurai battles. Fukuoka, Kyushu.

Shotengai in Japan: Nostalgic, Atmospheric Streets Crammed with Cheap, Delicious Eats

Last May a friend of mine (Audrey) from Australia came to Fukuoka and we had a chance to meet up for dinner.  It was great to speak to another Aussie again.  She has her own blog which I’d like to introduce here.  During her time in Fukuoka she did some research into ‘shotengai’ and ‘yatai’. … Read More Shotengai in Japan: Nostalgic, Atmospheric Streets Crammed with Cheap, Delicious Eats

Raizan Sennyoji and early Buddhism in Japan. Itoshima, Fukuoka

A couple of weeks ago I visited Raizan Sennyoji in Itoshima. Itoshima is a nice little country suburb a little to the west of where I live in Fukuoka. It is famous for beautiful beaches, mountains and the countryside. Many people also farm and produce a lot of great produce. It’s a nice place to… Read More Raizan Sennyoji and early Buddhism in Japan. Itoshima, Fukuoka