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It’s hard to believe that we’re already one week into November. The New Year is fast approaching!

We’ve added some apartment listings to our site. They can be accessed under the Renting section. Incidentally, we’ve also added a new guide describing some of the terminology used in Japanese real estate listings. It can be found in our Guides section, as well as in the Renting section. Listings can look a little different here than they do in other countries.

In our quest to further develop our site, we’ve added a link to sign up for our newsletter, as well as an online forum that is open to our visitors. We’re excited to see the forum develop into a useful tool and popular social area for folks living and considering living in the Onojo, Kasuga, Dazaifu, and Chikushino area. There are so many great places and fun things to do here and, as always, we want to share! So, that being said, please let us know how we can continue to develop this site into something that is useful for you.

Storm Watching



You may have already found the link in our guides section; but, I wanted to bring your attention to the official website of the Japan Meteorological Agency. The English version of the site has a multitude of resources to satisfy everyone from the hard-core weather geek to the average person wondering whether or not they ought to consider the use of an umbrella for the day.

Typhoon season here in Fukuoka seems to be a roller coaster of a ride. It’s still quite warm; so, there are a number of outdoor activities scheduled throughout our area. Yet, organizers and patrons have to keep a wary eye toward the skies to see whether the whole event will be a wash…literally. So far this year, the rain storms between the typhoons seem to be more of an issue than the typhoons themselves. Nevertheless, I watch the news each morning, just as eager as the next to see how the latest typhoon is tracking.

For some of us, however, the morning news just isn’t enough. This is where the Japan Meteorological Agency’s website comes in. You can track storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes all on one site. Of course, basic weather is available in traditional formats. Satellite and radar imagery is available as well.

Below is a list of pages on their site that you can bookmark for quick reference that are specific to the Onojo, Kasuga, Dazaifu and Chikushino areas:

At the time of this writing, there are no warnings for our area. However, in anticipation of tomorrow’s typhoon, some of our local schools have already canceled classes. These links can keep you informed of the latest forecasts in English. Happy weather watching!

Just Walking


Camera in hand, I set off on a walk to see what I could find the other day. The two main destinations: Kasuga Park and the Ruins of Mizuki. I’ve been through Kasuga Park a number of times. I had never been off the sidewalk at the Ruins of Mizuki before; so, I thought I’d take a look around.

If you’re considering living in the Onojo, Kasuga, Dazaifu or Chikushino areas, you’re in for a treat. These communities have managed to retain a natural ambiance despite the growth in population over the years. Now that we’re nearly into October, the weather is cooling down a bit and allows for great walks and bike rides through the area.

I’m not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination; nor, do I have the equipment of one. However, I’d like to share some of the photos I took so that you might get a feel for what can be found here. Foreigners to Japan often have an idea that Japan is concrete from one end to the other with Mount Fuji mysteriously poking up through the middle. These pictures attempt to convey the greener side of some average neighborhoods.



Just before reaching Kasuga Park, I stopped to take a photo of the Ushikubi River. The water line was fairly low that day, and you could see a lot of vegetation and rock formations that are often hidden.



Kasuga Park is huge! This is the typical photo you’ll see when researching the park online. The ones below are a little different. This is what you will see if you leave the main trail that circles through the park.


After leaving Kasuga Park, I walked to the Ruins of Mizuki. As it turns out, these aren’t really ruins at all. There is an earthen mound that is the remnant of a defensive position from times long past. My understanding is that this was meant to help protect the Dazaifu region from potential attack.

The area is beautiful, however, and is a shining example of just how beautiful this part of Japan can be.


If you’re in the area, I encourage you to get out and take a walk around. Everyone knows that places like Dazaifu Tenman-gu are amazing. Not everyone knows that natural beauty can be found around virtually every corner of the Onojo, Kasuga, Dazaifu and Chikushino area. Every day can be an adventure. Enjoy!

The weekend is upon us.


Good afternoon, folks. We just wanted to wish everyone a great weekend. The forecast is a bit rainy, it looks like; but, there’s always something fun to do in our area.

This weekend is your last chance to catch a couple of attractions that have been in Fukuoka for the summer. Firstly, the Great Amazon Exhibition concludes on Sunday at the Fukuoka City Museum. Also, the Dinosaur Expo wraps up at the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History.

We’re still plugging away at this site and putting together more information for you. I know that some of the local university students have been through to renew contracts with us. We appreciate your continued business with us and joy having you here.

Keep your browser pointed here and see what pops up! Have a great weekend.

We’re just getting started!

Welcome to the new English version of our site! As you can tell, we’re just getting started with it. We promise you a lot of added information in coming months. Feel free to jump in and recommend ideas and topics for future updates. Our goal is to make this an active community and resource for our current international clients as well as those considering relocating to the Onojo, Kasuga, Dazaifu and Chikushino areas of Kyushu.

With the majority of the kids back in school, the evenings cooling down a bit, and the sounds of summer fading, we’re making a concentrated effort to pull together useful information and incorporate them into guides to be found on this site. We’re not limiting this information to real estate and rental information as you might expect. We want to provide as much information as possible about the community and Japan so that our customers from abroad can truly enjoy the experience of living in the best part of Japan.

So, speak up and let us know what you think! We’ve set up a new address specifically for folks wanting to communicate in English. E-mail en@c21-ogswr.com. Of course, you can utilize the “Contact Us” section of the site as well.

Thanks for visiting the site!