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December 2015

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We visited Edo's uncle Hans and his companion Hiromi in Fukuoka and then traveled with Hans for a week through the Kyushu peninsula, visiting places like Nagasaki, Kumamoto, and Dazaifu. After a week traveling together, we said goodbye to Hans & Hiromi in Fukuoka and took a bullet train to Kyoto and Nara to see the amazing historical sites there in the gorgeous autumn colours.

After our arrival in Fukuoka, Hans takes us to one of his favourite fish restaurants called Chikae. It happens to be located right across the street from our AirBNB apartment, how convenient!
The food is all fish and seafood, but boy is it varied! And delicious as well
Good company
Large fish tanks in the middle of the restaurant set the scene
Fukuoka, Chikae restaurant
Filled fish shaped pastry
Explaining the local taxi uncle the way to our apartment
Birthday boy toasting with Hans & Hiromi
Oh, and we have some presents for you...
Fukuoka, Maizuru Park
Old wooden gate
Autumn colours everywhere
Most modern toilets in Japan have this type of wall control unit. Hilarious images: men will be 'sprayed' to the left while women will be 'bidetted' to the right...;P #lostintranslation
Crossing Naka River
Simple and wholesome meal with great taste again
The foot massage & exercise track at Oohori Park
Taking the train. Vie finding her way around the ticketing machines at the Fukuoka railway station. There's no 'switch to English' button to be found so...
8 lines of Engrish copy, that's it. Good luck tourists! Once you understand that the whole ticket buying process starts with dropping some (any) coins into the slot, then you quickly understand the next steps as well. It's all deduction dear Watson!
Taking the Tenjin-Omuta Line to Dazaifu. Hmmm... is this the correct one?
Dazaifu. From the train station it is a short walk to the historical sites that Dazaifu is famous for.Lined with souvenir shops, this is clearly a popular Japanese/Asian travel destination. Hardly any Westerners in sight.
Kōmyōzen-ji is a Zen temple famous for its stone garden. It was once the chief Buddhist temple on Kyūshū and houses a number of historical, artistic, and religious treasures.
Dazaifu
Dazaifu
This is also a popular marriage location; nearly every day you can witness marriages here
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