Fukuoka, Japan – Sumi-Yoshi Temple

Some photos from one of our many Visa runs to Fukuoka. Any time one has to change their place of employment in Korea, they used to have to leave the country and that usually meant going across to Fukuoka on the Hydrofoil boat.

30 thoughts on “Fukuoka, Japan – Sumi-Yoshi Temple

    • Hi Sue! Thanks for asking. It’s been a very difficult transition actually. I wasn’t successful in my first interview, so now I’m back to the drawing board. We’ve been very fortunate to be able to house sit for some people for the next 3 months, so that gives us a little time to catch out breath and hopefully land a job in the meantime. I have been able to apply for a lot of jobs, but just have to win the competition. I’m applying for child protection and Community Living positions. It seems like there are a lot of positions coming up right now, so I’m just waiting for the right one:-)
      I love these pictures in Japan. It makes me feel so peaceful. I’m happy happy happy for having had the chance to experience a little bit of Japan!

      Best wishes at this Christmas season Sue! Hope you have a wonderful family time!

      • Darcy it must be stressful this job hunting. It sounds like lots of possibilities on the horizon. I continue to send my best wishes and positive energy. I hope you have a joyful and ;peaceful holiday season with those you love.

    • Actually these photos are from 2006:-) Long time ago, right? Now the Visa process is different. They finally made it easier to change your Visa. It was crazy to make people leave the country every time you changed your employment place. Glad you saw these photos. I really enjoyed our times in Japan. I’d like to visit many more times!

      • Thank you for your reply! 2006 is not so long ago, in my humble opinion 🙂 But I am glad that the visa process is much smoother now. When my husband and I visited Jeollabukdo in 2011, I immediately felt at-home there, because it seemed so similar to my hometown in Shikoku 🙂 I sincerely hope you’ll be able to visit Japan again soon.
        Wishing you and your family a great holiday season,

      • Thank you so much Takami! I’d love to visit both Jeollabukdo and Shikoku some day. My husband and I love Jeolla do dialect language. Oh mae da oon ga 🙂 I’m glad to hear you felt at-home in Jeollabukdo. That’s great.
        I wish you all the best,

    • Hydrofoil does sound pretty cool, doesn’t it? It’s like a small ferry boat, but it rises above the water with some wings under the water. It speeds above the water, so it only takes three hours to go across the water from Korea to Japan. It’s nice to have that option rather than flying. There’s a lot of site seeing traffic between the two countries from both sides. It’s a fun excursion:-) Thanks for your comment mother bethel. Best wishes and blessings on you at Christmas time!

    • Thank you Meredith. It was great to be able to experience Japan in those short visits from Korea. I sure would like to do more traveling in Japan. The gardens there are very peaceful and beautiful.

  1. The pics are great, thanks for sharing! I missed an opportunity to travel to Japan years ago…choices! The respect for culture is wonderful there, and, although I value our freedom in the US more than anything, I do wish there was a bit more respect! I did go to Thailand and traveling the canals was a wonderful way to see the landscape and how the people truly lived.

    • Thanks for your feedback. We really enjoyed the opportunity to travel a few times there from Korea. I would’ve liked to do a whole lot more, but too busy working.
      Hope you have a great new year. All the best,


  2. The pictures reminded me of my short visit to Nara…quite peaceful… but I lost the pictures when our house burned. Nevertheless, memories remain and your photos relived them! Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your house! That would be devastating. Over the years we’ve lost so many photos by pushing wrong buttons and everything being deleted!!! It’s awful after having a great sightseeing day and then losing all the pics from it…..aaaahhhh!! But that’s certainly nothing compared to losing them in a fire.
      I’m glad these photos could help you remember your visit a little bit. Take care and best wishes for 2015:-)

  3. Beautiful photos of a culture I have the highest respect. The name reminds me of Masanobu Fukuoka the well know Japanese farmer and philosopher a passionate advocate of Natural Farming. His book ‘The One Straw Revolution” is very inspiring.

    • Great to see your comment! Thank you for your feedback and I share your respect for the Japanese culture which has a great appreciation for nature. They sure have a gift to create beautiful gardens. Thank you for your visit! Best wishes,

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