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Fukuoka and Hawaii… An exchange that crosses even the widest ocean!

Fukuoka Fair(From left to right) Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly member Isao Kurauchi, Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly member Hisaya Tanaka, Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly Chairman Masayuki Nakao, Fukuoka Prefectural Governor Hiroshi Ogawa, Former Governor of Hawaii George Ariyoshi and Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate Fukuoka, Japan Joy Michiko Sakurai

Fukuoka Fair
35 years have now past since a sister city/state relationship was established between Fukuoka Prefecture and Hawaii in 1981. In order to celebrate, the "Fukuoka Fair" took place in Honolulu, Hawaii over 4 days, from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd January 2017! All kinds of people and goods from Fukuoka made the trip across to Hawaii to help put on the fair and show what Fukuoka has to offer!

The event took place at the "Shirokiya Japan Village Walk," which is located in the Ala Moana Center, one of the largest shopping malls in Hawaii. Members of Fukuoka idol group "Rev.from DVL" participated. Products from the prefecture were also featured at the festival, including "Amaou" strawberries and Fukuoka grown unshiu mikan, which made their way to the U.S. for the first time.There were also traditional arts on display, with the Dazaifu Tenmangu "Miko-mai (Shrine Maiden's Dance)" performed on stage. All of which got a great deal of attention from those in attendance.

Fukuoka mascot and head of PR for the prefecture, Ecoton made an appearance, as did Hawaii Tourism Japan Kid's Ambassador Jibanyan, who was on hand to help spread the good vibes! And that's not all… There was all kinds for people to enjoy, including "Mohican Ramen," which gave visitors the chance to try real Kurume style tonkotsu ramen, as well as a sake tasting corner where guests could sample Fukuoka sake for free! We have a "PHOTO GALLERY" with all kinds of snaps from the event for you to enjoy, so please make sure to check them out! (Editorial dept.: T-L)


Celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the FUKUOKA-HAWAII Sister City/State Relationship, "Fukuoka Fair" Overview

Dates: Thursday 19th January 19 to Sunday 22nd January 2017 (10:00-19:00)
Venue: "Shirokiya Japan Village Walk" in the Ala Moana Center
Participation Fee: Free
Organized by: Fukuoka Prefecture
Event Information:
-"Fukuoka Food" Demonstration and Tasting
Tonkotsu ramen demonstration and tasting
-Fukuoka Prefecture Products
Amaou strawberries, Unshiu mikan and sake were available to sample and purchase
-Cultural Performances
Traditional performing arts, including the Dazaifu Tenmangu "Miko-mai (Shrine Maiden's Dance)"
Youth culture was promoted through performances from Fukuoka idol groups
Screening of tourism videos aimed at the overseas market
Ecoton and Jibanyan were on hand to help get visitors involved

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