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CoolFukuoka

Bringing you fantastic Fukuoka through the eyes of foreigners living in the Prefecture and the fun places they want their family and friends from throughout the world to come and visit.

Iizuka Area

Iizuka is located in central Fukuoka Prefecture, the Chikuho area, and has been a home for many since days of old. In the Edo period (1603 – 1868), Iizuka was a lodging place or a rest station on the Nagasaki Kaido, a road connecting Nagasaki and Kokura. During the Meiji period (1868 – 1912), the coal mining industry flourished in the Chikuho area, with the population growing to over 120,000 people at one stage, developing into a center of culture and entertainment. The remnants of that time, such as the magnificent townhouse architecture and coal mine magnates’ residences, gives us an insight into the era when the city prospered.

Kahogekijyo Theater (Kaho Theater)

The Kaho Theater was built in 1931, and has undergone rebuilding after being damaged numerous times to keep its original style. The theater is characterized by its unique architectural style called truss structure, which was super modern back then and consists of short base units connected to each other to support the whole building. You can visit the theater on non-performance days for ¥300, and feel like an actor on-stage and enter the trap cellar. The revolving stage required 10 people to manually rotate it from the trap cellar. Posters of performances over the years will take you back in time.

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Kahogekijyo Theater (Kaho Theater)
  (5-23 Iizuka Iizuka-shi)

Former Residence of Ito Denemon

This was the residence of coal mining magnate Ito Denemon and his poet wife Yanagihara Byakuren. The exterior of the house is Japanese style, but the interior is peppered with western features. The art nouveau coal fireplace warmed the house, and the dining room is decorated with stained-glass procured from London, making for a finely matched Japanese and Western olden-day charm. The couple’s lives were filled with drama, so it is intriguing to see where Ito Denemon and Yanagihara Byakuren actually lived. This mansion is symbolic of the era when coal mining flourished and the people who were involved in it.

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Former Residence of Ito Denemon
  (300 Kobukuro Iizuka-shi)

The Sugar Road

Sugar brought a revolution to the confectionary industry in Japan, and during the time the country was closed off (sakoku), Nagasaki was the only trading port open to the outside world, and goods would travel along the Nagasaki Kaido on their way to Edo. Because Iizuka is located along the Nagasaki Kaido Road, which came to be known as the Sugar Road, and also because the city prospered as a coal miners town from the Meiji to the Showa period, many famous confections were created during this time. The photo is of Chidori Manju cakes. Did you know that they were developed in Iizuka by a confectionary maker from Saga, after he got the idea from Nagasaki Castella cakes? The Hiyoko cakes, which are famous throughout Japan, also originated in Iizuka. The sugar imported from overseas, and then transported to the capital left its mark along the Sugar Road nurturing the confectionary industry. A sweet story indeed!

●The Sugar Road
  (Former Nagasaki Kaido Road)
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Theatre Managers Convention
Theater managers from throughout Japan gather at the Kaho Theater once a year in September. The convention has 2 sessions, day and night, where troupes from Kyushu as well as Kansai and Kanto get together and compete with performance and buyo dance. Don’t miss the spectacular Oneri Parade between the sessions, which makes its way through Iizuka Honmachi and the Higashimachi Shopping Arcade.

【Date】

*Annually in September, schedule subject to change.
10 (Sat) September, 2016 Duration approximately 3 hours
Day session:11 a.m. Night session: 5p.m.

【Tickets】

Reserved seating ¥8,500 (¥9,000 on the day)
Unreserved seating ¥5,500 (¥6,000 on the day)

【Access】

10 minutes on foot from the Nishitetsu Iizuka Bus Center
15 minutes on foot from the Fukuhoku Yutaka Line Iizuka Station

【Enquiries】

Kaho Theater 5-23 Iizuka Iizuka-shi 820-0041
tel.0948-22-0266 fax.0948-22-2505

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