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2018/01/21

Festivals & Events

At Seibu department store in Fukui, the New Year’s Cat Festival was also held during
the photo exhibition of “Cats” Travelogue which I wrote on our blog the other day.

 

 

At the event, craft workers opened stalls to sell items on the theme of cats.
And limited-sale sweets designed cats were sold, so I bought some automatically.

 


Sweets I bought at the New Year’s Cat Festival

 

The Cat Festival is an event that was started two years ago by shops in front of Fukui Station to vitalize the shopping area. Now it is held regularly and I hope it will continue. (H.S)

2018/01/18

Arts & Crafts

As we introduced about the special event, “RENEW × DAINIPPONICHI SABAE HAKURANKAI (Exhibition of Sabae City in Japan)” at Echizen Sabae Echizen Lacquerware Traditional Industry Building, Urushi-no-sato Kaikan in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, there were many interesting and creative things to see and do.

 

Other than Echizen Sabae Echizen Lacquerware Traditional Industry Building, Urushi-no-Kaikan in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, studios and shops in several areas in Sabae City were used for other events as part of the event.

 

 

Creema Caravan in Nakayama park in Sabae, Fukui

Source: The photograph from the official website of

“RENEW × DAINIPPONICHI SABAE HAKURANKAI

(Exhibition of Sabae City in Japan”(http://renew-fukui.com/index.html)

*only available in Japanese

 

At the studios in Kawada district, Sabae City, “RENEW” was held. The craftsmen in the venue area opened their studios to the public. The visitors felt how it is to be in their studios and touched the actual products made by them. The products were purchasable.

 

 

poster of Creema Craft Cravan

Source: The photograph from the official website of “RENEW × DAINIPPONICHI SABAE HAKURANKAI (Exhibition of Sabae City in Japan”(http://renew-fukui.com/index.html)

*only available in Japanese

 

At Nakayama Park in Sabae City “Creema Craft Caravan in Sabae” was held. There was a flea market in which handmade accessories and many products were sold.

 

 

 advertising of letting people move to Kawada in Fukui. Expo of Moving to Kawada
A factory called PARK in Kawada, Sabae City, Fukui experience making things inside of the factory called PARK in Kawada, Sabae City, Fukui inside of the factory called PARK in Kawada, Sabae City, Fukui

Source: The photograph from the official website of “RENEW × DAINIPPONICHI SABAE HAKURANKAI (Exhibition of Sabae City in Japan”(http://renew-fukui.com/index.html)

*only available in Japanese

 

At PARK in Kawada district, Sabae City, “Moving to Kawada district, EXPO” was held.
At this event, the visitors observed the inside of Park FACTORY and experienced making products.

 

 

young people who have moved to Kawada, Sabae CIty, Fukuiguest speakers

Source: The photograph from the official website of “RENEW × DAINIPPONICHI SABAE HAKURANKAI (Exhibition of Sabae City in Japan)”(http://renew-fukui.com/index.html)

*only available in Japanese

 

The panel discussion was conducted by some of the 67 young designers and craftsmen who moved to Kawada district from other prefectures in the past few years. Also, they invited guest speakers for the special panel discussion. At this event, the vacancy information of the houses in Kawada and employment information were released.

 

If you have a chance to visit the event, RENEW × Exhibition of Sabae City in Japan, please enjoy their great handmade crafts, panel discussion and their studios.

 

Also, even when there isn’t any event held at Echizen Sabae Echizen Lacquerware Traditional Industry Building, Urushi-no-sato Kaikan in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, you can see and purchase the traditional lacquerwares, learn about them and experience making lacquerware.

 

I'd like to share a video of "RENEW", "RENEW × DAINIPPONICHI SABAE HAKURANKAI (Exhibition of Sabae City in Japan ". You can see how interesting and creative the event was. Please enjoy!

RENEW×大日本市鯖江博覧会 from RENEW on Vimeo.

T.F

2018/01/17

Gourmet

On the night of heavy snow, I went to a restaurant "Bamboche de Yama", which is in the center of Fukui city but a bit far from the center of downtown. It is a small bistro with 4 or 5 tables.

 

I ordered a course of dishes to share, 5,000 yen per person for dishes. Of course, you can choose an ordinary full-course style. First I ordered glasses of Sherry, then Burgundy and Rhone red wine in half bottles. When I want to consult about a drink, it is good that the distance to the shop people is close. We enjoyed our meal calmly.

 

It was also a point for me that they asked whether there are any foods I can't eat when booking.
I thought that I would like to come again.
T.S

 


Appetizer of the day

 


Dish of fish

 


It is a meat dish, but since the vegetables on the side were beautiful, I took a photo from this direction...

 


The appearance of the restaurant that I took this morning. It is a house built next to a big building.

 


Opposite the restaurant, there is the Mouth of Truth on the wall of Fukui Palace Hotel.

2018/01/14

Cats

The Sea of Japan side was hit by a cold wave this weekend.
In Fukui, the snow accumulation of 70 cm was recorded, the first time in seven years.
Although I am used to heavy snowfall, looking at the snow falling all day,
I was anxious how much the snow would accumulate.
Today, snowing finally stopped and I feel relieved that I can see the blue sky.

 

By the way, during the New Year’s holidays, I went to see the photo exhibition of Mitsuaki Iwago’s World “Cats” Travelogue held at Seibu department store in Fukui.
Although this is the year of the Dog, people don’t seem to be interested in dogs.
The exhibition was popular.
For reference, there is the year of the Cat in Tibet and Thailand etc.

 

There were photos of adorable cats taken in Paris, Provence, Sicily, Belgium, Croatia, Norway, Hawaii, Taiwan and Okinawa etc. in the exhibition. Most of the cats have beautiful names such as Praline, Requy, Noel, Nina, Pichoux, Lirou, Isabel and Olga etc. which each features its location.

 

I was happy to be comforted by cats around the world early in the new year. (H.S)

 


This is the exhibition’s poster cat, Gazette (female) in Paris.
The pose is well known in its neighborhood.

 

*Iwago used Olympus OM-D E-M1 to take all of the cat photos.
Of course, while he was filming with a video camera for TV, he also had the camera around his neck. He appreciated it was a high-performance and a small one. And, it was a good thing for cats also.

2018/01/11

Arts & Crafts

RENEW poster

Source: The photograph from the official website of

“RENEW × DAINIPPONICHI SABAE HAKURANKAI

(Exhibition of Sabae City in Japan”(http://renew-fukui.com/index.html)

*only available in Japanese

 

I went to Echizen Sabae Echizen Lacquerware Traditional Industry Building,

Urushi-no-sato Kaikan in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture in October, 2017.

 

When I visited there, a special event, “RENEW × DAINIPPONICHI SABAE HAKURANKAI (Exhibition of Sabae City in Japan)” was held.

 

The event “RENEW” cooperated with Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten to make this event happen. The concept of the event is the town the town loved by young designers and craftsmen. 85 studios and companies from Fukui and other prefectures participated in the event.

Other than Echizen Sabae Echizen Lacquerware Traditional Industry Building, Urushi-no-Kaikan in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, studios and shops in several areas in Sabae City were used for other events as part of the event.

 

 

the special store set up for the event, RENEW

Source: The photograph from the official website of

“RENEW × DAINIPPONICHI SABAE HAKURANKAI

(Exhibition of Sabae City in Japan”(http://renew-fukui.com/index.html)

*only available in Japanese

 

At Urushi-no-sato Kaikan, as soon as I walked into the building, I saw a cute and gorgeous deer coated with traditional urushi lacquer was exhibited for the special event. And in other areas in the building, there were DJs playing nice music and many designers and artists exhibited their handmade products as well.
They also had Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten’s store and panel discussion.

 

One of the special booths I liked was a shopping area. There were stylish products including sweaters, sweatshirts, scarfs, accessories, incense and everything in between. They also had Japanese confectioneries and several kinds of snacks.

 

incense and dried fruits I bought at the event
Kyoto Rokujo incenseHoriuchi Kaju en's dried fruits wighout any artificial sugar

I bought a pack of incense sticks (the smell is so nice and the package looks stylish)and a bag of organic dried fruits (they tasted sweet even with no sugar added).

 

The event had both new and old ways of creating things.

I think that traditional things are very important in any culture.

However, focusing on only traditional might be less interesting.

With only traditional, people can't see/feel the new things and/or have new perspectve.

Things can stay the same and it can inhibit potential of young people as well.

Therefore, I enjoyed this event so much because it had both new and old.

 

I would like to share one of our videos
" Lacquerware artisans from Bhutan taking a training program in Kawada district in Sabae City".

In this video, young lacquerware artisan from Bhutan who learned about Japanese lacquerware in Sabae, Fukui talks about how she felt about the lacquerware in Sabae, Fukui. She also talks about how important for both new and old are used. Please enjoy watching it.

T.F

 

Official website of Echizen Lacquerware Cooperative

2018/01/05

Gourmet

Late last year, I went to an izakaya where my friend recommended me.
The izakaya, Rogumi (Fukui-ekimae shop), opened last spring.

 

It’s a new shop, so the inside is very clean.
I had a 4,000 yen Kagaribi course and 1,500 yen all-you-can-drink option.
They also have many other delicious-looking menus, so I would like to order each dish
next time.

 

Among the all-you-can-drink menus, there was a fruit liquor called “Ranmei-chu”.
I thought it was like a “Shinru-chu” from China but I didn’t know what kind of liquor it was.
So I asked a staff and found it was blueberry liquor. Its kanji also has beautiful expression.
It was cold outside, so I had it with hot water and it was good with a soft sweet flavor.

 

The izakaya was crowded as it was the end-of-the-year party season, but the young staff’s service was good and I was impressed. A staff even came outside the entrance to see us off. This kind of service remains in my mind as well as the dishes.

 

I recommend the “Rogumi”, if you look for a nice izakaya in Fukui City. (H.S)

 


The course starts like this way.
I went to with a friend and had our own room.

 


The course includes other sashimi, tempura, grilled oyster and buckwheat noodles etc.

2018/01/04

Production Notes

Happy new year!

Thank you for watching our videos and reading the blog.

 

We will continue spreading the charms of Fukui and Japan through our videos and blog.
I hope you enjoy them!

 

T.F

2017/12/28

Places to visit

we went into Ichijodani Asakura Clans Ruins

Today’s blog is the last part of the series about Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins. As I have introduced in our previous blogs that I visited Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins in June 2017 with the president of the Hotel Riverge Akebono, Mr. Shimizu, the intern of the hotel, Ms. Julia Coslian, the manager of Fukui City Hospitality and Tourism Promotion Office (the information is only available in Japanese), Mr. Takama and his staff member, Mr. Juancho Santamaria. I rediscovered the charms of Fukui. Since today’s blog is the last part of the series, I would like to look back on our tour at Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins and the charms of it, and Fukui.

 

 

map of sightseeing places in Fukui

I rediscovered the charms of Fukui. One of the great charms of Fukui is the food. You can enjoy the variety of fresh foods from the Sea of Japan, rivers, mountains and farms through out the year. If you like drinking sake, you can definitely enjoy it as well. Because Fukui has crystal clear water from the largest river in Fukui called Kuzuryu river and famous brewery rice called “Gohyakumangoku”, “Yamadanishiki”, so we have several great sake breweries. At Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins, since the whole area is surrounded by rich nature so you can feel calm and relaxed while you are learning about the history of Warring States Period.
In Fukui, besides Ichojodani Asakura Clan Ruins, there are many other places that are very interesting and attractive to visit.

a cook is making tempura in the middle of the restaurant

Source: Photographs of the restaurant, from the photo gallery of the official website of Tempura Yaguruma(the website is available only in Japanese).

 

a plate of tempura combo lunch

Before heading to Ichijodani Asakura Clans Ruins, we had lunch at the tempura restaurant, "Tempura Yaguruma" (the website is available only in Japanese) which is a popular tempura restaurant in Fukui.

As the chef finished cooking in the middle of the restaurant, the freshly made tempura, which was crispy and hot, was served with Miso soup (the taste of the soup was amazing), Japanese pickled vegetables and freshly cooked rice. It was free refills on the rice. We enjoyed our lunch so much.

 

 

juancho and julia are using an ipad at ichijodani asakura clans ruins
julia is holding an ipad

At the information desk of the Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins, visitors can borrow an iPad to use throughout the area, which shows how things were built during the Warring States Period in Japan. English versions of the iPads are also available, so visitors from overseas can enjoy this place and its history. It was new and exciting for me to see iPads were used at places of natural beauty and historical interest. No one could imagine high-technology products would be used at any historical sightseeing places about 10 years ago.

 

 

julia and mr. takama finished wearing kimono and an armor

Mr. Takama and Julia participated in the Kimono Dressing experience. As they finished getting dressed, they walked through a replica of the town from the end of 15th and 16th centuries. Julia said that she felt as she had stepped back in time to a Warring States Period.

 

 

julia and mr. takama are standing in the middle of rich nature

Julia and Mr. Takama enjoyed walking around in their Kimono and armor as if they were in the time of Warning States Period.

 

 

 a woman from Warning States Period

Inside of the restored houses, you can see how people used to live from 1471 to 1573 in the area.

 

 

a man from osaka who fell in love with the charms of ichijodani asakura clans ruins and moved to fukui

It seems like once people found Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruin their favorite place, they keep visiting every time they have a chance. The man in the photograph above is one of them. He fell in love with the charms of Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruin and he moved from Osaka to Fukui. He is there as a volunteer whenever he has time.

 

 

Suwayakata-ato Garden and julia
Suwayakata-ato Garden

Suwayakata-ato Garden was made by the 11th leader of Sengoku period Asakura family, Asakura Yoshikage to please his concubine. As you can see, his concubine lived in such a beautiful atmosphere which is surrounded by the rich nature. The garden and the area around it has the crisp and clear air which is very soothing. I was feeling much more uplifted and more energetic than when I arrived at Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins.

 

 

the woman who showed us around has such a beautiful smile

 the woman who showed us around finished guiding us that day and she looked relieved

I myself think it is best to visit actual places like this and not simply read from books or watch TV to understand the charms of such places. I also think that the Fukui accent and dialect, which sound relaxing, are an important part of Fukui’s charm.

In conclusion, I rediscovered that the charms of Fukui are the foods from the the Sea of Japan, rivers and mountains, sake made with the clean water from the largest river in Fukui, and Fukui accent and dialect. It is enjoyable and soothing that you can become more uplifted and more energetic in Fukui for sure. Moreover, at Asakura Clans Ruins, you can learn about the history of Warring States Period and enjoy the rich nature at the same time. If you have a chance how about visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clans Ruins?

 

T.F

 

 

Please enjoy our previous blogs as well.

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 1-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 2-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 3-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 4-
Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 5-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 6-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 7-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 8-
Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 9-

 

You can see some tourist attractions and the directions to these places from the webpage, "Hotel Reiverge Akebono, Tourist attractions around our hotel".

Made by Julia during her internship, this webpage has directions that are easy to follow.

She researched these tourist attractions, before visiting them and experiencing

the charms of Fukui herself. As I mentioned in our previous blog, it can be difficult for tourists

to get to some great places in Fukui, so this map that Julia made will help you

get around easier.

 

There is also a Japanese version of this webpage(only available in Japanese).

However, some of the places which are introduced on the Japanese webpage

are different to the English version that Julia made.

 

 

2017/12/25

Movies

I saw such a lovely film which was a perfect one for this time of year.
The film “A Street Cat Named Bob” is based on a miraculous true story which was about a street musician in London and a stray cat Bob.

 

The leading actor, Luke Treadaway‘s natural acting is very good. Although he acts a fragile drug-addicted man, he makes me feel “He will be all right. I am sure that he will be able to retrieve himself.” I wonder it’s because of his eyes. Besides, Joanne Froggatt, who played Anna in “Downton Abbey”, played a strict and gentle woman in the film too.

 

And, after all, Bob!
Bob himself plays Bob in the film!
What a clever and cute cat! He is really a good boy.
Bob was always beside James when he performs on streets, sells THE BIG ISSUE and even when he was suffered from withdrawal.

 

The camera work through the eyes of a cat is interesting and it depicts how cats live well.
Especially, I understood completely James’s depression when Bob had gone missing.
Because I have the same experience.
I am sure that the film makes everyone happy at the end. (H.S)

 

Award : National Film Awards UK – Best British Film : 2017

 

 


Bob appears on the cover of THE BIG ISSUE JAPAN with a special edition
“Bob and James go to Tokyo”.
FYI, VOL. 316 which Bob first appeared is sold out!
And, Bob has London Underground’s commuter pass.

 


”Fukui saving dogs and cats team” displays the panel and a donation box is placed
during the period of the film showing.
   

2017/12/22

Places to visit

This is a video of “Fukui Prefectural Tourism Federation.”, “Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins”.

 

I have introduced the highlights of Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins in our previous blogs. Besides these highlights, there are things that you may want to know to enjoy the touring more at Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins.

 

you can rent bicycles

How about cycling around Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins?

 

 

you can enjoy chatting, looking at exhibits and relaxing in this area
you can enjoy chatting, looking at exhibits and relaxing in this area2

There is a place where you can relax and enjoy chatting.
There are vending machines so you can buy some drinks and take a break.
There are also some paintings and statues which are exhibited in the place, so you can enjoy looking at them and relaxing at the same time.

 

 

Sekihan, festive red rice,  and Ohagi and Botamochi, rice cakes covered with bean jam or soybean flour or sesame and salt are sold

There is Sekihan (festive red rice), Ohagi and Botamochi (rice cakes covered with bean jam or soybean flour, or sesame and salt) sold. You can have some traditional Japanese food as well.

 

 

noodles are some light meals are available

They have noodles and some other light meals as well, so you can enjoy their food if you get hungry.

 

If you have a chance how about visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins?

 

T.F

 

Ichijodani Asakura Family Site Museum

Address:4-10, Abaka, Fukui-shi

Tel:0776-41-2301

Open:9:00AM~5:00PM (No admission after 4:30PM)

Closed:(29 Nov. ~ 2 Jan.) and other days, refer to calender

Admission Fee:Individuals 100yen per person, elementary and junior high school students, and senior citizens over 70 years of age admitted free of charge.

 

Restored Townscape

Address:28-37, Kidonouchicho, Fukui-shi

Tel:0776-41-2330

Open:9:00AM~5:00PM (No admission after 4:30PM)

Closed: 29 Nov. ~ 4 Jan.

Admission Fee:Adults 210 yen per person, junior high school students and younger, and senior citizens over 70 years of age admitted free of charge.

 

Source: The tour spots information of ”Fukui Tour Guides Association (http://fukuitourguides.org/en/english-tourist-spots/ichijodani/)

 

 

Please enjoy our previous blogs as well.

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 1-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 2-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 3-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 4-
Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 5-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 6-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 7-

Spreading the Charms of Fukui to the World! -Visiting Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins Part 8-

 

You can see some tourist attractions and the directions to these places from the webpage, "Hotel Reiverge Akebono, Tourist attractions around our hotel".

Made by Julia during her internship, this webpage has directions that are easy to follow.

She researched these tourist attractions, before visiting them and experiencing

the charms of Fukui herself. As I mentioned in our previous blog, it can be difficult for tourists

to get to some great places in Fukui, so this map that Julia made will help you

get around easier.

 

There is also a Japanese version of this webpage(only available in Japanese).

However, some of the places which are introduced on the Japanese webpage

are different to the English version that Julia made.

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