We started with a bike ride along Momochi Beach, past the Yahoo Dome and Fukuoka Tower.
You see, Dan and Kath timed their visit perfectly: their first Saturday was the Hakata Lantern Festival. (Especially nice because my beloved Muromi Lantern Festival was cancelled this year on account of typhoon.) We took this opportunity to check out Kushida Shrine and the Hakata Machiya Furusato-Kan, which is a small museum about old Japanese townhouses.
|As you can see, they were already setting up for the lantern festival.|
|Rickshaw: along with the noble horse, one of only two modes of transportation we didn't use on this trip.|
|An old loom for making Hakata-ori fabric.|
|Canal City was also getting into the lantern-Halloweeny spirit.|
Another stroke of good fortune: as we were wandering around near the covered shopping street (the first of many Dan and Kath would see - there's one in nearly every city in Japan), we stumbled on a gathering parade of geisha. I'd known that there were various such parades happening in conjunction with the festival, but I'd been unable to decipher when and where.
|The lanterns around the rest of the shrine were also a neat effect.|