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General

The Nakasukawabata area near the river has the nightlife and will probably be the area we choose for a Hash Bar. It is sandwiched between Hakata and Tenjin.

On a map you will see Canal City which is a big shopping mall. Near there is the famous Fukuoka Yatai (street stalls) along the river serving Raman and Udon noodles among other things. The Japanese like their street stalls as they like their bars, small.

Japan is very safe and crime free. Your hare has left cameras on trains twice and got them back twice. However be aware of your surroundings.

Japanese people are neat and tidy. We will not be using hash paper for the runs. Any passing Japanese would instinctively pick it up and put it in the bin.

Japanese people are modest. No running without a shirt. A big no no for both men and women. No public urination. To compensate there are adequate clean toilets available.

Try and keep tattoos covered. They are frowned on due to their Yakuza (gangster) connotations. The Saturday run will finish on a beach that has a more relaxed attitude to shirts, tattoos but not toilets. The toilets there have been recently refurbished and you can even try the legendary Japanese washlets (Japanese toilet/bidet combos). The most popular souvenir for Chinese tourists visiting Japan is Japanese toilet seats!

At the beach we hope to have dedicated changing areas and bag storage areas for the Hash. 


Language

Do not expect the average person to speak English although their listening ability is much better than their spoken ability. They are interested in foreigners and will try to be helpful. There are steadily more people speaking English and to a much better standard. With the 2020 Olympics imminent there is a push to introduce more English. You can now go into a 7/11, the ubiquitous source of snack food, and actually read what is the filling of your rice ball.

If you download the google translate app (link below) you can download Japanese into your offline languages. If you do this before you go it would useful as it works fairly well.

Google Translate

ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-translate/id414706506?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate&hl=en

How to get offline languages

https://support.google.com/translate/answer/6142473?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en

Some restaurants still have the sample dishes of plastic food on display so you can point to what you want. Your actual food will not be plastic but look remarkably similar.

Railway and subway signs are written in 3 forms. Kanji (classic symbols) Katakana (phonetic script) and English. The transport system is surprisingly easy to use if you concentrate.

Google maps also works in Japan but does not offer offline maps. However, if you set your destination while you have a Wi-Fi connection it will use your GPS to keep you going the right way. 


Things to do in Fukuoka (besides Hashing)

Fukuoka cannot be complimented on its architecture which is of typical Japanese functional design. There is a vibrant night life and we hope to show you the more interesting areas of the city during the day.

· Onsen. Local bath house. Try for one with natural hot water. Males and females are separated and no tattoos allowed. https://www.insidejapantours.com/blog/2015/02/17/japanese-etiquette-101-how-to-onsen/

· On your travels stay at a Ryokan or traditional hotel, usually with its own Onsen. Sleep on a futon with bamboo screen walls. Can also include a traditional meal served by a retired Geisha.

· Fukuoka Tower. A communication tower on the coast which has an observation deck.

For more information about what to do in Fukuoka check out the Fukuoka Now website. A website for foreigners living in Fukuoka.

https://www.fukuoka-now.com/en/

The first picture that comes up as you open the page showing the Nannohana (Rape Seed Flowers) is actually from the island we will be visiting. See below.