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Many of you might have already been to Japan once or twice. You might have enjoyed shopping in Tokyo or Osaka, might have appreciated ancient histories in Kyoto, or might have marveled at the great nature in Hokkaido. However, we are wondering how many of you have already experienced “a real life in Japan”. If you have not, well then, come to Fukui. Located in the nearly center of Japan, and conveniently located about 1~2 hours distance by train from main airports such as Kansai, Chubu and Komatsu, Fukui is full of great nature, fresh and a variety food, and wider range of crafts cultures, all of which are deeply rooted in a people’s life, and best of all, you can experience it. In other words, Fukui is the place where you can feel and experience all good aspects of real life in Japan. This website, Echiwa, is created to tell the real life story in Fukui to the people all over the world. We go beyond borders ( =Echi) while appreciating harmony (=Wa) to tell you what you can feel, appreciate, and enjoy in Fukui. I hope the stories we are about to tell you will touch your heart and hope to see you in Fukui soon.

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March 16th, 2017

Ponshu paradise

Sake(Fukui Prefecture)

Fukui entertains visitors with a variety of fine sake. Sake is Japanese alcohol made from rice, water, koji (a mold that grows on rice), and yeast. Japanese people often call it “Ponshu” to show their affection toward Nihonshu (Nippon Shu) which literary means “Japanese sake.” There are more than 30...
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March 7th, 2017

Techno Buddhist Services

The Sho-On-Ji Temple(Fukui City)

A tiny temple in the small town of Togo, Fukui City, has achieved unexpected Internet fame recently – attracting the attention of thousands of people across the world.  Founded in the 15th Century, Sho-On-Ji is a traditional Buddhist temple.  However, recent services given by the priest Gyosen Asakura, which feature...
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March 1st, 2017

Beautiful Beach for Tomorrow

Wakasa Wada beach (Takahama town)

Oceans are valuable natural resources, which hold about 68.5 percent of water on the earth according to the USGS. It provides us with food, water and a treasured source of recreation. Moreover, it plays a critical role in removing carbon from the atmosphere and providing oxygen. The Blue Flag is...
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November 18th, 2016

Traditional craftsmenship toward our sustainable future

Echizen Lacquerware (Sabae City)

A “Timber Pot” is a wood-turned flowerpot, made from wood “thinned” from sustainable forests. They are created by Yoshio Sakai, a Japanese woodturner in Fukui. As times goes on, these pots gradually change, as tiny scratches and cracks eventually turn them back into soil. Yoshio Sakai was given an award...
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March 1st, 2017

Locally Grown Food and Soil

Sustainable and Circular Food System (Ikeda Town)

The majority of American farmland has been dominated by industrial farming, which is the system of chemically intensive food production. It was formerly hailed as an efficient solution that would enable a skyrocketing world population to feed itself. However, due to the heavy dependence on chemical inputs such as synthetic fertilizers...
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