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Fukui city, although within easy reach from Kyoto and Kanazawa by train, remains one of Japan’s lesser known destinations. Why not take a break from the traditional tourist trails, and experience a literal taste of the real Japan?

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...

April 18th, 2017

Community bar “Sunakku”

Katamachi, Fukui City

If you want to enjoy Japanese language and culture through communication with Japanese locals, what is called a Sunakku is really recommended.  Sunakku in Japanese is literally “snack,” which is short for “snack bar”.  (You might want to avoid this kind of place, especially when you are somewhere new.  However,...

September 19th, 2017

Fireflies in Fukui,Lighting our way into summer

Measures of a healthy environment

The start of summer in Japan is traditionally announced by the appearance of fireflies.  Every year in June, these tiny, fantastic insects illuminate the darkness like dancing fairies.  They are plentiful in Fukui, particularly in Satoyama, an area of outstanding natural beauty, close to where Fukui locals live.  When you...

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...

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...