FUKUOKA - Ohori japanese garden - Tōchō-ji temple - Shofuku-ji temple - Kushida Shrine Yamakasa festival - Kobudo martial art

After a flight delayed by Neoguri typhon, I arrived late to Fanny's place in Fukuoka, and it's only the next day, I can start to discover Japan. Being used to China from months, Japan seems so organise, so quiet. 


Fukuoka is a beautiful city, I started walking around traditional japanese garden, and happen to be there for a crazy festival.









View from Fanny's place -



Ohori japanese garden - The Japanese gardenin Ohori park was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ohori Park and as a cultural facility to long preserve Japanese tradition by Fukuoka prefecture. The garden was complete five years after the construction began in 1979. The garden is designed in the Kaiyu style, which combining some modern features. It's a really nice zen place to walk around. 
temples - Then we went to visit the temple area of Fukuoka, everycorner of streets have a temple in Hakata ward.
Tōchō-ji temple - Amazing Bouddha to discover inside.. 
Legend has it that this temple was founded in 806 bu Kukai upon his return from T'ang. The principal object of workship here, a statue of a standing thousand-armed Kannon, has been designated a national cultural asset. The temple grounds also house a hexagonal building with calligraphy by prominent people of the day engraved on the inner doors, as well as the grave of the Fukuoka feudal lords. In 1992, the 'Fukuoka Giant Buddha" was installed here, the largest class wooden statue of a seated Baddha in Japan.
Sesshinin temple -
Shōfuku-ji temple - This first Zen temple in Japan was built in 1195 by Zen master with the assistance of Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first Shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate. The layout remains true of that of a traditional Zen temple, with the imperial envoy gate, temple gaten altar, and abbot's living quarters all linearly aligned. The temple grounds are a nationally designated historical site. Yosai is also known for having introduced tea to Japan, and planted seeds on Mt. Sefuri and within the temple grounds. Tea cultivation later spread to Uji and Togano'o in Kyoto.
Walking around, getting lost in streets to find temples -
Genjuan temple -
Saikyoji temple -
Kushida Shrine - We're going to Kushida Shrine to assist the crazy Yamakasa festival repetition. Hakata Gion Yamakasa (博多祇園山笠) is a japonese festival, celebrated from 1st to 15 of July in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka. It take place in Kushida Jinja temple, and it's well-known for its races of one tonne decorated tanks. It's a long tradition from 750 years ago. 
Kobudo martial arts - I follow Fanny to her week repetition of Kodudo martial arts. Kobudō (古武道) come from three chinese characters that kept the same meaning in Japonese : ko (古) means ancient, bu (武) martial, and (道) the way.
Going back by night -

(c) Chavanitas