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  • - Hey guys, good morning, it's Micaela!

  • - Tatsu!

  • - And today we are at Tenjin Station

  • in downtown Fukuoka City.

  • We are getting ready to go on a little trip

  • to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.

  • - [Tatsu] Yay! - [Micaela] Yay!

  • It's a really cool area and every year over like

  • 8.5 million people come to visit this shrine.

  • A lot of students come when they're

  • taking their final exams or when

  • they're trying to get into university.

  • They come to the shrine to pray for good grades.

  • And one of my favorite things about

  • Dazaifu Shrine is the Umegae-Mochi,

  • which is this mochi that you can only get

  • at Dazaifu.

  • Well you're supposed to only get it at Dazaifu,

  • but you can kinda find it around Fukuoka City as well.

  • But if you want to eat like the good stuff,

  • you gotta go to Dazaifu.

  • So if you're visiting Fukuoka

  • and you're looking for a half-day excursion

  • or something to do during your trip

  • that's a little more traditional,

  • a little more religious,

  • a little more like historical,

  • then Dazaifu is a really great choice.

  • Now the good thing about this machine

  • is that there is a language button.

  • You can do English, Chinese or Korean.

  • So let's do English.

  • And we see that there are train stops listed.

  • What did you find?

  • - It says 400 yen to Dazaifu.

  • - [Micaela] Right.

  • (mellow upbeat music)

  • The signs at the train station,

  • sometimes they're in Japanese,

  • but if you wait a minute the English should show up.

  • It cycles through different languages.

  • So we found that the Dazaifu express train

  • leaves in about five minutes,

  • and it's gonna take us right there.

  • So that's very convenient.

  • (mellow upbeat music)

  • So we're here,

  • and we're just gonna go up the main road,

  • and I really like this area, because it reminds me of like.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • (laughs)

  • So just beyond the station is the main road here

  • leading up to the shrine and this is

  • a really interesting, traditional road.

  • You don't get to see this kind of atmosphere

  • in Fukuoka City, and I think this is probably

  • the closest place in proximity to Fukuoka City

  • where you can get this kind of shriney,

  • traditional, religious vibe.

  • - [Tatsu] (mumbles)

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • (laughing)

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - [Tatsu] Oh, wow.

  • Damn!

  • Oh, that looks good.

  • - [Micaela] Yeah, these are actually really good.

  • Alright, so this is a Ichigo Daifuku Monaka.

  • So it's a strawberry mochi sandwich, pretty much.

  • There's white bean paste on the outside,

  • there's mochi in the middle,

  • and a big, giant Fukuoka Amaou strawberry.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - [Micaela] Yeah, it's huge.

  • And then this is like a, what's the word?

  • It's like a puffed, sort of wafer pastry.

  • And it's very crunchy.

  • And I guess you're just supposed

  • to sandwich all of this in between

  • the two puffy pastries and eat it.

  • Mmm!

  • So juicy.

  • It seems like a strange flavor combination

  • for people who have never had Japanese sweets before,

  • but bean paste and strawberries go together really well.

  • This is really good.

  • You should try it.

  • (upbeat music)

  • So one thing that tourists go wild for

  • here in Dazaifu Tenmangu, is this designer Starbucks.

  • (laughs)

  • Right here.

  • It was designed by a famous architect named Kuma Kengo.

  • And it has this really, really cool intriguing

  • wood design on the outside and if you go inside,

  • the wood design continues throughout the building as well.

  • (upbeat music)

  • So as you can see,

  • as we're making our way up towards the shrine,

  • it's actually getting insanely crowded behind us.

  • Around the afternoon,

  • it starts to get really, really busy.

  • There's lots of tour groups, there's lots of tourists.

  • If you want to avoid the crowds,

  • it's better to come early.

  • The shops don't open 'til nine,

  • but if you get here around eight,

  • you can beat the crowds, see the shrine first,

  • and catch the shops on your way back down.

  • So if you're not a people-person,

  • that strategy might work better for you.

  • I dunno, it's just a suggestion.

  • Oh look, this is it! This is Kasanoya.

  • This is the one that was like supposed to be

  • one of the most popular places to get Umegae-Mochi

  • along this road - Oh.

  • - [Micaela] Alright, let's break it open.

  • Ooh!

  • That's the good stuff.

  • It definitely looks like the filling

  • is a little bit thicker too.

  • And you can tell that the outside is crunchy

  • and the inside is still kind of mochi-mochi,

  • like raw, chewy mochi.

  • So it should be a good balance.

  • Alright, Kasanoya, let's give it a try.

  • This one is packed full, and it's quite sweet

  • and it's really, really good,

  • but I think that I could only eat one.

  • If I was gonna have one mochi, I might choose this place.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • (upbeat music)

  • So before you enter the main shrine,

  • you will often find a water basin like this one

  • and the purpose is to purify yourself,

  • purify your hands, purify your mouth,

  • before going into the shrine.

  • And once you've done that you can enter the shrine.

  • Technically, you can enter the shrine

  • without doing all of this,

  • but if you're wondering what it is,

  • and you wanna try it, that's how it's done.

  • (soft upbeat music)

  • Yes, there it is.

  • There's the fortune booth.

  • You can usually find one of these booths.

  • Sometimes it's a tiny little like stand

  • with only one tray of fortunes,

  • but this one seems to have fortunes all around.

  • Hey, you wanna go for pink?

  • - Yeah.

  • - [Micaela] Alright.

  • - So like cha-pin-it

  • here. - [Micaela] Yup.

  • - [Tatsu] Okay, then I open the box.

  • - [Micaela] Which one's

  • it going to be? - Okay

  • What'd you think?

  • - [Micaela] I dunno.

  • - Alright.

  • - [Micaela] You feelin' lucky?

  • - Yeah, lately, yeah. I feel lucky

  • to be alive. - [Micaela] Alright.

  • (laughs)

  • What is it?

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • Whoa!

  • You're lucky.

  • - [Tatsu] Okay, so.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - Honesty and like

  • - [Micaela] Modesty? - Modesty.

  • Okay

  • Yeah, so basically this is normal.

  • - [Micaela] Yeah.

  • - Good, good, good, good. - [Micaela] Good.

  • So if you've noticed,

  • these ones are only in Japanese

  • so they can be a bit difficult to understand

  • if you don't speak Japanese.

  • But over here, they do have paper fortunes

  • in English and Chinese.

  • So.

  • - [Tatsu] You wanna go for the Chinese one? (laughs)

  • - [Micaela] I can't read the Chinese one,

  • but I will do the English one.

  • - Okay.

  • - We're gonna do, put the money in

  • These ones are gold though,

  • they look nice. - [Tatsu] Wow.

  • Nicer.

  • - [Micaela] Nice and fancy. Alright.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • I dunno.

  • I'm gonna go for this one, right at the very bottom.

  • - [Tatsu] Okay.

  • (gasp)

  • What is it? Oh?

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • Oh nice.

  • - So I got.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • Nice, nice, nice, nice.

  • I can't focus it. Yeah, I focus, yeah, focus.

  • Okay.

  • - No problem, but be attentive.

  • So I should be okay but I should be careful.

  • - [Tatsu] Okay.

  • - Very vague.

  • Business. You will earn yourself a good reputation,

  • after you earn other's trust.

  • - [Tatsu] That's, okay, okay, okay, okay.

  • - [Micaela] Learning.

  • You can get a chance when you can get over it.

  • I don't know how.

  • Is this really the best luck

  • Love.

  • Your passion can surely be reached, be confident.

  • Marriage.

  • Marriage.

  • When you stop looking, you will find it.

  • (gasp)

  • Disputes.

  • Don't let your guard down, even after a victory.

  • Money. Do not become attached to money.

  • That's kind of weird advice for someone

  • who's supposed to be very lucky.

  • It sounds like these are all very kind of negative.

  • Basically, it's like you're very lucky,

  • but watch yourself.

  • Maybe it can only get worse from here.

  • (gasp)

  • - [Tatsu] Doo doo doo!

  • - That's probably what that means.

  • My life is about to get a whole lot worse.

  • Alright, should we tie this up?

  • - [Tatsu] Mhm.

  • - Okay, let's go.

  • (upbeat music)

  • So we've come around to the back of the shrine.

  • There's a little exit here

  • and Tatsu wants to go up here.

  • He says it's a secret spot.

  • Huh. - You don't see anyone here.

  • - [Micaela] Yeah, there's nobody up here.

  • (water trickling)

  • - So this is what I call forest.

  • - [Micaeala] Mhm.

  • I think everyone calls this a forest.

  • (laughs)

  • - No it's a forest, but

  • in Dazaifu.

  • Dazaifu, the area of Dazaifu

  • is actually like there's small mountains,

  • there's many small mountains.

  • - [Micaela] Yeah.

  • - And this is one of them.

  • (chuckles)

  • - Thank you.

  • Even in summer,

  • this place is really chill.

  • - [Micaela] Ah.

  • - [Tatsu] You know, like main area they're full of people,

  • but then here, it's like almost nobody.

  • - [Micaela] Yeah.

  • - [Tastu] But us right?

  • - [Micaela] That's true.