When you feel like dancing, Tokyo has a ton of places you can go. In Fukuoka, the selection is smaller, but that means the community is closer.

One of my favorites is Latin Bar Salsa in the city's Tenjin neighborhood. Stepping into the third-floor space, you'll often be met with a room teeming with smiling faces, bodies smoothly circling their way around a dance floor in pairs, passing each other in what looks like a well-choreographed performance. Latin American rhythms fill the air, and it's hard not to be drawn into the undulating mob.

The walls spin fast, then slow, as I'm led to the dance floor and across it. A Dominican friend nearby calls out, "Que bonito!" ("How nice!"), in reference to our matching steps. Of course, you don't need to be a professional to get into the groove.