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Probably one of the oldest festivals celebrated in this cultural city of Fukuoka, people make merry during the Yamakasa that spans for about two weeks. A large group of people from different parts of the city participate in the festivities. The day begins a number of contests but the most important event is the race, where the participants (only men) carry floats that weigh a several hundred pounds. Men are attired in 'shimekomi', which is a just a loin cloth that is won by Sumo wrestlers.
A vibrant addition to Fukuoka's flourishing music scene, Gates 7 is the portal that allows you into the world of great music and entertainment. Located in the city's Nakasu neighborhood, this venue offers a well-equipped venue that presents musicians and other artists from all over the world. The venue also serves a delectable food fare, including favorites like pizzas, fried chicken, french fries and more. There is alcohol available as well, so be it draft beer, a shot of whiskey or sake, a glass of wine, or some exotic cocktail, this venue can provide it. The concert hall is also available on rent for a range of private or corporate events. See the website or call the venue to know more.
This enormous, gorgeous new theatre in Fukuoka's historic district gives kabuki lovers, or anyone interested in fine drama, something to celebrate. With 1,500 seats arranged in three tiers, a rotating stage, and other essential facilities providing the perfect place for Japanese stage art, a sub-excellent performance (gasp!--as if that would ever happen here) might even seem outstanding. Kabuki, of course, is not all that you can catch here. Hakataza also hosts concerts for popular Japanese crooners. For schedule information, check the homepage (Japanese only) or call general information (they speak some English).
This is the largest of three theaters in the Nakasu area, and perhaps the most widely recognized, as it faces Meiji-dori, the four-lane strip that runs through numerous districts of the city. It certainly has an older feel than the AMC or United cinemas elsewhere in the city, but perhaps this gives it a little extra charm. Most of the films that play here are blockbusters. If the larger theaters in the city are sold out, then you could try here.
Fukuoka Symphony Hall is not only one of Fukuoka's greatest classical concert venues; it is also one of Japan's finest. The list of esteemed musicians worldwide who have played here is endless. The 3-story interior was desgined by Toru Yasunaga, concert master of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and can accommodate 1,871 people, including four seats for the disabled (1667 when the orchestra pit is being used). Scheduling information is available on pamphlets outside the hall or through the website (note that there is an English version of the page at the bottom).
About a million people gather on the streets of Fukuoka on Toka Ebisu. During this festival, people pray to the goddess of wealth, Ebisu as well as to one of the seven gods of fortune, Shichifukujin. It is a time to pray for wealth and prosperity and bamboo branches and put up in houses, shops and offices. In addition, there is a parade of geishas through the streets, who pray for wealth.
This cinema located in the Solaria shopping complex only has three screens (with seating for 377, 136, and 100 people respectively), but it is one of the nicer theaters in Tenjin, and will frequently sell out tickets. It would be wise to arrive here early for recent releases.
Sponsored by Tiempo Iberoamericano, an organization promoting exchange between Japan and Ibero-America, Isla de Salsa is Japan's largest Latin festival. Now in its seventh year, the festival invites Latin musicians both local and world-famous. There is also a Latin dance show and contest, ethnic food stalls, and art displays. As the event is held by the beach on Nokonoshima, clothing requirements are minimal. Tickets are available at Ticket Pia, any Lawson convenience store, or at the Play Guide in Daimaru.
The Fukuoka Civic Hall is a thriving arts center that hosts variety of events throughout the year. It features two halls that stage musicals, concerts, dramas, workshops, practice sessions and similar events. For event schedule and other details, call ahead.
As at other Blue Note chains in Japan and America, the acts that play here are jazz and blues oriented, the service and atmosphere is luxurious, and the cost for tickets can seem exorbitant at times. The lights are usually dimmed, the food is good, and the music should create the right mood for a great date. But bring a thick wallet. Even after buying a ticket, you will still be spending some money. If you care to dine while enjoying the music, you can order snack dishes like chocolate or cheese. Heavier fare, like the spaghetti choices are available as well, along with beer and cocktails also. CDs of the performing artists are available at the counter.
Located inside the Fukuoka Sun Palace Hotel, the Fukuoka Sun Palace Hall is a huge auditorium that is used for multiple purposes. This plush hall with great acoustics is an ideal venue for concerts, ballet, opera and theater. Besides these it is also a convention and lecture hall. With a seating capacity of 2,316 it is one of the largest of its kind in the city.
Graf in Tenjin is popular among the metal and punk rock fans. Equipped with a stage, good system and eclectic lighting, minimal decor is crammed with revelers when the performances are going on. Serving drinks while the concerts are on, this hidden gem is a must visit for if you are a alternative music enthusiast. Some of their previous listings are Defeated Sanity, Kakaklysm and Nightrage.