Kyushu trip: Fukuoka 九州の旅:福岡

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The last destination on our Kyushu trip was Fukuoka. It’s a city with about 1,5 million inhabitants, but never the less it’s not really famous for anything special other than food. I guess those of you who read this are much more familiar with for example Nagasaki, which population is slightly less. But Nagasaki has history, both old trade history dating several centuries back and of course also the atomic bomb history. Fukuoka feels much more urban and has more sky scrapers and impressive buildings. I had heard about several about the green buildings of Fukuoka before going there, and one of them is this Canal City Mall.
九州の旅の最後の目的地は福岡だった。150万人が住んでいる町なのに食べ物以外有名なものがほとんどない町だ。ほとんどの外人はきっと長崎のほうが知っていると思う。人口は長崎のほうが少ないのに。でも、長崎に歴史がある。数世紀前の貿易やもちろん第二次世界大戦の原爆とか。福岡のほうに長い格好いい建物などがあって、都会の感じがする。来る前福岡にあるグリーンの建物について良く聞いた。そのひとつはこの写真に写るキャナルシティ。
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The idea about implementing more green areas with plants in cities has become more and more important lately and new technology is arising all the time. Green areas in cities are important due to many reasons. First, they have a cooling effect and in Japan the summer heat is extra fierce in the cities. Heat from machines, cars etc. is accumulated and there’s nothing to absorb it since most areas are made of concrete and asphalt. Heat strokes are becoming more and more common and for example elderly people are at risk at even dying from it.
出来るだけみどりのエリアや植物を町に紹介するのアイデアはだんだん大切になってきたことに沿って、それについて新しい技術は次第に作られる。町のみどりのエリアは多くの理由があって大切だ。まず、町を冷やすことができる。日本のとてもつらい夏期間、熱中症になる人が多く、それに死ぬ人もいる。町で機械や車などから余分な熱が出たりするけど、コンクリートやアスファルトばかりだから吸収するものがない。
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One building that is quite spoken of even abroad is this Acros office building in Fukuoka. It was built on one of the remaining green parks in Fukuoka, so therefore the architects decided to implement as much greenery as possible. The entire terrace like front and top of the building is covered in trees and bushes. These help reduce the heat and also collects rain water reducing the risk of flooding as well as provides habitat for insects and birds. Plus, the energy consumption of the building is lower than a normal one, and the indoor climate is better. Every building should be covered in plants!
外国でもよく話しがある建物のひとつは福岡のアクロスだ。福岡の少ない公園の中ひとつで作られる予定だったから、代わりのみどりとして出来るだけ多くの植物などを使うことにした。このテラス形の建物の前と上は完全に植物に覆われている。町の熱が少し下がるし、香水が前と比べたら大変にならないように雨水の流れの速度が落とされるし、鳥や虫の生息地にもなるし、という色々ないいポイントが待ちのみどりと繋がっている。しかも、植物のおかげでビルのエネルギー消費が下がって、屋内気候がよくなった。すべての建物の屋上に植物があればいいな!
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An other benefit of the Acros building is that it’s climbable and provides a pretty decent view of Fukuoka.
実はアクロスの建物に登ることができる。登ったら、福岡の素敵な景色が見える!
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でも、非常に暑い日だったから、登って死ぬかと思った。アイスコーヒーをまた飲むことしかなかった。DSC_0788DSC_0784
If you ask a Japanese person what Fukuoka is known for they’d probably say ramen noodles and mentaiko. Mentaiko is marinated cod roe which is a bit spicy. We had okonomiyaki with whole pieces of mentaiko in it. It as great🙂
日本人に聞くと、福岡では何が有名?と聞いたら、たぶんラーメンと明太子と言われるかも。明太子のお好み焼きがおいしかった!
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And some tofu, which was also great :) 豆腐も美味しかった:)
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Outside Fukuoka there is a nice temple area located in Dazaifu. For me, what was special about this temple was all the huge and old trees. There were so many of them, and grass and lichen were growing vigorously on their branches. It was a nice place to walk around in, but on such a hot day I was rather thinking about ice cream than the beautiful temple buildings. Also, there’s supposed to be a God of education here. I should have bought some kind of trinket considering that I have one year left at university.
福岡の近くに大宰府天満宮がある。私に対してこの神社の好きなポイントは古い木だった。強大なふるい木がいっぱい、枝の上に草や地衣が生きていた。とても素敵な場所だったけど、暑くて暑くてアイスクリームのほうを考えたけどね。あと、勉強の神様がいるらしいからお守りとか買えばよかったかも。やっぱり、大学は後一年間だし。
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In a nearby shop we found this little bird family who had decided to build their home on top of this little sign. Cute huh?
神社の近くの店でこの鳥の家族を見つけた。可愛いでしょ?
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