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December 8th, 2019
A world-famous YouTuber shows off Fukuoka's 'food' attractions!
December 11th, 2019
The radar microsatellite "Izanagi" takes off into space

A world-famous YouTuber shows off Fukuoka's 'food' attractions!

Sonny Side, a world-famous YouTuber, was invited to visit Fukuoka Prefecture in September to cover the prefecture's 'yatai' (food cart) culture. This video coverage was published on his YouTube channel "Best Ever Food Review Show" on 08 December, and it has already exceeded 1.2 million views!


Sonny Side capturing footage of a food cart
「Rare Japanese Street Food!!! Fukuoka's Fading Yatai Culture!」Watch the video here (Opens in a new window)

 

The video's theme is 'Fukuoka, the city of Yatai.' With a cozy 'at-home' atmosphere, the video quickly acquaints even unfamiliar viewers with the colorful shop curtains that line the lively townscape of food carts, and the delicious flavors of local foods such as oden, hitokuchi gyoza (dumplings), and tonsoku (pig's feet).

In the shooting of the video, three food stalls were covered. At one of these stores, a "Wild Game Yatai", the video closely covers one day in the shopowner's life, showing everything from ingredient preparation to sales. From beginning to end, Sonny was highly interested in game cuisine such as 'venison oden', saying that 'Wild game is an international rarity, valuable for attracting overseas tourists.'

 

[Food carts featured in the video]

Wild Game Cuisine Yatai Jounetsu no Chidoriashi (Wild Game Cuisine) 4-9 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken

Hakuryu (Izakaya) 1-12 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken

Takachan (Ramen, Oden) 2-14-13 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken

 

Fukuoka Prefecture was picked by the U.S. Travel site "CNN Travel" site as one of their "19 Best Places to Visit in 2019." The following video also shows off the food attractions of Fukuoka.

 


Watch the video here (Opens in a new window)
「Please tell me about your favorite food of Fukuoka!」

 

A movie in which a couple of 'gourmet maniacs' encounter the friendly people and beautiful scenery throughout various places in the prefecture as they savor Fukuoka's gourmet offerings, including pork bone ramen, Yame tea sweets, unagi-no-seiro-mushi (steamed eel), food carts, and more.
We wholeheartedly ask our readers, why not enjoy the gourmet offerings that are the pride of Fukuoka?

 

[Reference]CNN Travel's 19 best places to visit in 2019(Opens in a new window)

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The radar microsatellite "Izanagi" takes off into space

On 11 December, iQPS Inc. (a space venture of Kyushu University) successfully launched 'Izanagi', a radar microsatellite with world-class performance. The body of this man-made satellite was developed and manufactured through the collected efforts of 16 small-to-medium-sized businesses etc. within the prefecture. The satellite's control system utilizes the programming language 'mruby (lightweight Ruby)' which was developed in Fukuoka Prefecture, making the satellite a true 'gem' of engineering that Fukuoka Prefecture takes pride in.

On the date of the launch a public viewing was held at the prefectural office. Around 500 people gathered for the viewing, with loud cheers filling the venue at the moment of the successful launch.

iQPS Inc. will be launching a total of 36 man-made satellites in the next 4-5 years, aiming for to create a system that can observe the Earth's surface approximately every 10 minutes, regardless of weather or time of day, anywhere in the world, and they plan to launch their second satellite "Izanami" in the first half of 2020.

The prefecture is proceeding with consideration regarding plans for expanding the potential of space-related businesses.

 

See the public viewing here (Opens in a new window)


Many children ran about the public viewing as well, setting off firecrackers and celebrating the successful launch.


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