Fukuoka

Evan and Rachel’s Passport Tag!

As you know we recently went on a short trip to Japan! While going through immigration and looking through our passports, I realized that I hadn’t left Korea in over a YEAR!! I was definitely ready for a vacation, even if it was only 3 days!

It’s always fun to look through my passport and reminisce about all of the wonderful places I’ve had the opportunity to visit in the past 5 years. SO I had the idea to make a passport tag! I think looking at other travelers passports and hearing their stories is so interesting. Please feel free to answer the tag questions in the comments or upload your own video as a video response on our youtube channel! We’d love to hear from you.

QUESTIONS:
1. What is your most recent stamp?
2. What was your first stamp?
3. What’s your coolest looking stamp?
4. What’s the most meaningful stamp?
5. What was the most difficult stamp to get?


Ramen Gone Wild

Ramen is serious business in Asia.  Korean grocery stores devote aisles to it, and many of my students name it as their favorite food.  On our recent trip to Fukuoka, we discovered the Japanese are perhaps even more zealous than the Koreans in their love of noodles.  

First, in Canal City, there is a place called Ramen Stadium, which is a store/museum devoted entirely to noodle soups.  You can learn about and sample all the major brands of ramen there.  

However, the most surreal and just plain weird experience we have ever had in eating out occurred here:  Image


Weekend in Fukuoka

In three words:  clean, orderly, delicious.

Definitely not Korea.

Ric and I spent a long weekend in Fukuoka, Japan, a large-ish city about a thirty minute plane ride from Busan.  After some intense haggling with Immigration at the airport (apparently, they frown upon you not making hotel reservations before arrival), we spent three long summer days wandering the city.  Here are our observations.

1)  Immigration was right.  We should have made a hotel reservation.  The weekend we chose to come to Fukuoka was also the weekend the city hosts a countrywide youth soccer tournament.  Finding a hotel was challenging, though we did end up at a great place that served free ramen and had a spa on site.  But it didn’t come cheap.

2)  The country (like Korea) is a startling mix of ultramodern and practically ancient.  It made for some beautiful photos.


2013 Busan Sunset Live Preview (Part 1)

At the end of every summer, great bands from every corner of Korea, Japan and beyond converge upon some idyllic place near Busan and make a party. Pure and simple. No pretensions, no stress, no worries. It’s called Sunset Live and it’s the little brother of one of the largest reggae festivals in the world.


Fukuoka, Japan Day 2

Day 2 in Fukuoka was our only full day, and we definitely made the most of it! I want to note that it was EXTREMELY hot and humid during our time there, much more so than in Korea. You hear us complaining about it a lot in the video, but we had a fantastic day. This is one of my favorite vlog/follow us around videos! These photos are just a snippet of our time there.

Check out our entire Flickr set from Japan HERE.


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Started off the morning as anyone should. A brewery tour! Our hostel booked it for us and gave us great directions!


Fukuoka, Japan Day 1

This summer vacation we wanted to get out of Korea for a few days and didn’t want to spend a ton of money. I still had NEVER been to Japan, so we decided now was the time! :D We had a great 3 days in Fukuoka, and wanted to share our trip through photos and videos. We ate the famously delicious Hakata ramen, saw old castle ruins, and took the Asahi Brewery tour! We can’t wait to go back again, we were surprised at how easy it was to go to Fukuoka by boat! We will have another blog post soon about how to travel there by boat, so be on the look out for that. :)


Fukuoka, Japan

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Now before you point out the obvious about the fact that this is a “Korean photography blog” and  how dare I bring up Japan, just let me point out that a lot of people I know have been asking about Fukuoka…. Japan, for a while now and I thought that I would share some thoughts, tips and tricks.


a hop, skip, and a quick jump to Japan….

My departure from Gwangju was just the first step in my journey back to Busan to be back with Nicole in our uber cool new apartment. Theres a little “to do” with my visa stamp that was due to expire on July 1 that needed to be addressed and to do that, on a visa run I go!


\^_^/ Fukuoka, Japan \^_^/

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