Random Thoughts


Sometimes I see trucks that carry demolition debris of buildings to a disposal site.
Although it is a big one, the amount that can be carried at one time will be just a little from the whole building even for ordinary one. It's difficult to imagine how much such effort would cost when demolishing a high-rise building.


But before that, I am interested in technology to dismantle tall buildings.
Hearing the topics of skyscrapers that are the highest in Japan or in the world, I wonder how such buildings will be dismantled.


I'd like to take videos of that kind of demolition sites by a drone.


Places to visit

I went to the Yuri*-no-sato Park in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture.*Yuri means lily in Japanese.



As the name says, the park is well known for lilies. However, the season of lilies is around every June. Now, instead, you can enjoy roses. A couple of big typhoons hit this year,
so a lot of the flowers had fallen. Yet some of them were survived and I was able to see different types of roses.



In the spacious park, there are a lawn area with play equipment, a roofed barbecue site,
a water wheel and a fountain. So, you can enjoy in summer, too. There is a coffee shop which you can watch the beautiful sunset from the rooftop. You can take out their menu and you can eat it anywhere you like in the park like a picnic. Also, there is a farmer's market, so mothers can buy foodstuff for dinner after they played a lot with children. The park is illuminated and shows images by projection mapping in the evenings all year. So, it seems that the park provides a different atmosphere to the visitors at night. (H.S)


Music Theater and Dance

Hapiness Festival 2018 panphlet

Happiness Festival 2018 was held at Phoenix Plaza in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture

on October 6th, 2018. Five groups participated in the event and the visitors enjoyed

their performances. It was held by Japan Rotary club.



Fukui Kids Chorus Family
Fukui Kids Chorus Fmily

First group, “Fukui Kids Chorus Family” sang songs which made everyone smile.
The members of this group are from 0-year-old to 30 years old. The group looked like

a big family. The older ones helped younger ones and the younger ones seemed to be comfortable being on the stage with them without crying or anything.



Golden Age

Golden Age

Second group, “Golden Age” is a singing group that its members are older than 60 years old.
This was such a large group that as they started singing, it looked and sounded very powerful.



Wada Hachiman-gu Fujin Taiko
Wada Hachiman-gu Fujin Taiko
Wada Hachiman-gu Fujin Taiko
Wada Hachiman-gu Fujin Taiko

Third one was “Wada Hachiman-gu Fujin Taiko”. 27 members are in the group and

the 10 of them performed that day. They appeared on the stage and stood confidently.

All of them had solemn look on their faces. Their powerful performance kept giving me

goose bumps.




Fourth one was Kimuyan who has appeared in some of our videos.

Everyone at the concert listened attentively to his amazing guitar works.

Every time I listen to Kimuyan playing the guitar, I always forget that

he can’t hear anything. That’s how he plays the guitar naturally and skillfully.



Dixie Happiness
Dixie Happiness
Dixie Happiness

The last group was “Dixie Happiness” which is a Dixieland jazz group.

The audiences enjoyed their uplifting music and some of them moved along with the music.



Music events are enjoyable for everyone from infants to elderly with any culture background, and with or without disabilities. If you have a chance to visit music events, enjoy it

with your friends and families, or make new friends at the events.




Arts & Crafts


I watched a topic of cute souvenirs given away for free at the badminton venue of Fukui National Sports Festival on TV news yesterday. They are small dolls of the event's official mascot "Hapiryu" made by Katsuyama citizens using waste shuttlecocks which are generated in large numbers in badminton competitions. Those also are scrap arts, aren't they?


Works using things treated as garbage such as discarded mechanical parts or driftwood, have unique textures. And, I'm attracted to the artists' imagination more than anything else.


The photo above shows works of a Japanese paper craft artist Kozue Kato, who lives in Fukui City. They are displayed in the exhibition held at Fukui Kougeisha Craft Gallery until October 15th. Their legs are waste materials of an eyeglasses factory, and the bodies are fallen chestnut burs in a park. Japanese paper is used for the eyeballs and head ornaments.


Festivals & Events

I saw the special exhibition at Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History the other day.



This exhibition includes two valuable items which are shown for the first time. One is an original letter of Ryoma Sakamoto with written seal mark. And another is a kimono with family crest of Sanai Hashimoto.


The Ryoma's letter informed Ujihisa Murata, a retainer of Fukui Domain, that Ryoma would go to Kanto area with retainers of Satsuma Domain. The Ryoma's original letter with written seal mark is the only one in the nation, which is very precious.


On the other hand, the kimono of Sanai Hashimoto, whose mother Umeo had kept it as Sanai's belonging. The outer material is black silk and the lining is indigo-dyed.
The indigo looks bright even now, and I felt like I witnessed Sanai was really young.
*Sanai was executed at the age of 25.


In addition, a hanging scroll of "Keihatsuroku", which Sanai had written himself (from the Museum of Imperial Collections) was displayed. His handwriting was well-organized
and I could tell that he was so smart.


Other than these, the letters and historical materials of Shungaku Matsudaira, Kimimasa Yuri, Shonan Yokoi, Ryoma Sakamoto and Takamori Saigo were displayed, which were worth seeing. (H.S)


Places to visit

The season for autumn leaves is finally starting, and it is one of the highlights of autumn in Japan. Especially in Kyoto, many visitors enjoy watching Japanese scenery which has old temples, shrines or traditional Japanese gardens, and the beautiful autumn leaves together.


Today, I would like to introduce some of the amazing spots for enjoying autumn leaves in Kyoto.



This is the video of 4K KAWATE “2017 Autumn Leaves in Kyoto TOFUKUJI [4K]”. Tofukuji Temple has such stunning autumn leaves that it has been listed third in a popularity ranking of autumn leaves spot in Kyoto. Especially, Tsutenkyo-bridge is as known as the best spot to view the autumn leaves there.


As you can see in the video that there are many visitors at Tofukuji Temple, so make sure to have enough time and patience to enjoy it.



Let’s take a look at top 5 popular autumn leaves spots in Kyoto for this year (2018).

*The ranking result is based on the numbers of searches done for each autumn leave spot in the website,

Autumn Leaves info. 2018 and popularity raking of Kyoto, researched by Jorudan Co., Ltd

(*only available in Japanese) from July 1st, 2017~December 31st, 2017



1.Kodaiji Temple

Peak: The middle of October ~the beginning of December

*Kodaiji Temple is the most popular spot for viewing the autumn leaves in Kyoto and visitors can enjoy the illuminated garden, the area around it and autumn leaves together.


2.Tofukuji Temple

Peak: The middle of November ~ the beginning of December

*It is said that the view of autumn leaves from Tsutenkyo-bridge is the best one at Tofukuji Temple.


3.Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

Peak: The middle of November~the beginning of December

*Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is covered by about 350 of the blazing yellow and red colors of maple leaves during the season of the autumn leaves. At night, visitors can enjoy the illuminated colorful maple leaves and bamboo forest.


4.Eikando Temple

Peak: The middle of November~the beginning of December

*Eikando is called “Eikando of Momiji” in an affectionate way. The reflection of orange and yellow autumn leaves, and the hall of Eikando on the pond are amazing.


5.Rurikoin Temple

Peak: October 1st~December 10th

*It is stunning to see the garden of Rurikoin Temple, covered with the autumn leaves which looks like a painting.


In Kyoto, visitors can enjoy viewing autumn leaves, shrine or temples at the same time.

I’m sure that it lets the visitors feel Japan and the nature.




Random Thoughts


What the photo above looks like? I thoght it was like a sea covered with drift ice.



Actually, they are the clouds floating in the sky. We have various names of clouds depending on their shape, but what should I call this one?



This cloud appeared on last Tuesday when the weather was good. It looks like a huge column standing.
The clouds themselves are just water drops, so after all the shape of the clouds seems to be the shape of the air reflecting the physical condition of the air ... humidity, density, temperature ...
It is fascinating that the air draws various shapes like this. And I am not tired of seeing clouds in the sky, like the flame of bonfires.



I sometimes go to the Il bosco as it is not so far from my house.
The other day, I went there for lunch with friends.
The following are some of dishes that we had that day.


Appetizer sampler


Hot and fresh focaccia is put in a wooden box and served.
Focaccia can be taken out.


Pizza with prosciutto and arugula grown in Awara City


Homemade tagliatelle with bacon and spinach in cream sauce


Sauteed Spanish chestnut pork with Marsala sauce


Dessert: Pistachio semifreddo


Inside the restaurant is filled with customers.


The appearance of Il bosco


The signboard


Each dish is authentic Italian cuisine and so good. Although Il bosco is not such a big restaurant, it has many staff, so they serve customers well. They provide a special lunch menu on weekdays. You should make a reservation on weekends. (H.S)


Places to visit

Mikuni is one of nice towns to visit in Fukui Prefecture. Today, I would like to introduce

some areas in Mikuni. Soon after turning an arterial road along the seaport in Sakai City,

Fukui Prefecture, there is a small street which has townhouses and merchant houses.



old street in Mikuni Town, Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture

It used to be a busy area around here from Edo period (1603-1868) to the beginning (1868-1889) of Meiji period (1868-1912) for the trade of Kitamae-bune cargo ships.

It is fascinating to walk in the historical townscape. It makes visitors feel as if they had

stepped back in time.



the previous Kishina house

The former Kishina house


The former Kishina house was built about 190 years ago (late in the Edo period), which was a machiya house. Machiya house is a type of residence and/or store in the central part of a city.



the previous Kishina house
signboard with information of previous Kishina house

The Kishina family which used to run a lumber business and the family had lived in this house for generations. The house has been designated as a cultural asset of Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture. The house has been preserved to pass down the culture and history.



gelato made with local fruits
seafood lunch

There is also an amazing gelateria, stylish cafes, variety stores, restaurants where you can have fresh fish and shellfish, etc. I can recommend you to see the ocean and relax

at the beach, walk around the small street which has townhouses and merchant houses,

learn some history of the area, and enjoy having Japanese foods, gelato and/or coffee.




Music Theater and Dance

I enjoy watching the NHK Historical Drama "SEGODON" every week. I feel the drama is close to me because the lord of Fukui domain, Shungaku Matsudaira and its feudal retainer, Sanai Hashimoto appeared in it. And another thing I like is its opening.


The images are very beautiful, and the music is excellent, too. Miss Harumi Fuuki is in charge of the music, who is thirty three years old. She is well known for the music of the NHK TV Drama "Massan". I like the music featuring Scotland's bagpipe and tin whistle. When I listen to the music, I recall the deep love of Massan and Ellie even now.


Anna Sato (From her Facebook page)


Anna Sato, who is from Amami-Ohima Island, sings the theme song of "SEGODON".
I think that her way of singing is Amami's traditional one, which is different from the way of Okinawan folk songs. It is an unforgettable singing voice. I would like to hear her singing live sometime. (H.S)


Anna Sato sings "SEGODON" live and Harumi Fuuki plays the piano.