As of July 2011, Fukuoka is Japan's sixth largest city, having passed the population of Kyoto. Since the founding of Kyoto in 794, this marks the first time that a city west of the Kinki region has a larger population than Kyoto. In ancient times, however, the area near Fukuoka, the Chikushi region, was thought by some historians to have possibly been even more influential than the Yamato region.
Exchanges from the continent and the Northern Kyushu area date as far back as Old Stone Age. It has been thought that waves of immigrants arrived in Northern Kyushu from mainland Asia. Several Kofun exist.
Across Japan, dozens of amateur radio operators were listening in on their conversations ... A ham radio operator in FukuokaPrefecture, also in the Kyushu region, took it upon himself to receive drinks in plastic bottles and cups of instant ramen donated from around the country.