Fukuoka, Japan. Here is a little story about the first time that Catherine and I were separated. We met in early May of 2010. The visa I was on was expiring and I had to go on a Visa run to Japan. The plan was to fly to Fukuoka, Japan and go straight to the embassy. Then drop off my passport and pick it up the next day, then fly back to Korea. Cool right? Heck yeah it was. I was going to fly to Japan for 2 days and all on my company’s dollar. The only issue was that I had to leave Catherine behind.
We had only known each other for a little over 3 weeks when I had to leave. However, we spent nearly every night on Skype chatting, and then meeting up on the weekends. I was not fully prepared for how much I was going to miss her. Catherine had looked up quite a bit of information online for me. She is so good at that kind of thing. Always prepared. Not me. I guess I just show up and try to figure it out.
Let’s just say that it was a pretty boring wait.
Guess that tells you how close these two countries really are.
I eventually found the subway and hopped on. My task was to go to the Korean embassy and apply for my new visa and return to Korea as quickly as possible. The subway was quite different from what I was used to in Korea. It was definitely a little older. Above, Look at that green seating!
These guys were entertaining, marching down the road, waving flags, and singing.
I was supposed to be in and out, and back to Catherine by the weekend. After hearing the bad news I decided to walk around and figure out a new plan. I would need to look for a hotel for the next couple days. Luckily I picked up a map at the airport. Very close to the embassy was the baseball stadium for the Japanese Professional Baseball team in Fukuoka, the Soft Bank Eagles. I would have loved to go to a game, but just my luck, they were out of town for the next week playing in Tokyo. I decided to walk around here because there were plenty of great things to take pictures of. There were plenty of familiar sights ~ like the Hard Rock Cafe…
Hawks Town entertainment complex
This complex is made up of Yahoo Dome stadium, the Hawks Town Mall and he Fukuoka Hilton. Baseball is Japan’s most popular sport, and the Fukuoka Hawks are normally one of the better teams in Japan. The Hawks Town complex offers accommodation, dining, shopping and a baseball stadium all within a few steps of each other. With about 100 shops, movie theaters and restaurants, a variety of entertainment can be found at the Hawks Town mall that may also appeal to travelers uninterested in baseball. Baseball is the number one sport in Japan.
They had replica copies of famous people’s hands. They were mostly famous Japanese people, but I did also come across the hand of Nelson Mandela. I shook it for good luck. Anything related to South Africa is now awesome to me!
These were just outside one of the entrances to the stadium.
There is a walking path around the circumference of the pond that is just a little over 2 km long and is popular for, jogging, walking pets and leisurely strolls by the water. These were many pictures of ducks on the running path. I’m not quite sure why the constant theme of ducks, but maybe they are inspiring to some people!
Check out this post – Fukuoka Tower