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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.

January 13th, 2017

Fermented food in fishing villages

Heshiko(Obama City)

Fish inevitably spoils or goes rotten soon without stopping the bacteria.  Fermentation is one of the common methods to preserve fish for a longer time; e.g., anchovy from the Mediterranean, Stinkheads from Alaska and surströmming known as the smelliest fish from Sweden. Fukui is one of the rice-producing regions in Japan and...

September 8th, 2016

A 430-year-old morning market built on face-to-face relationships

Shichiken-Asaichi (Ono City)

As the local food movement grows, the number of farmers’ markets has been increasing, especially in Europe and the North America. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 8,268 markets were listed on USDA’s National Farmers’ Market Directory in 2014, an increase of 76% from 2008.  At a farmers’...

November 18th, 2016

A Mossy 1300-year-old Shrine

Heisenji Hakusan Shrine (Katsuyama City)

‘A rolling stone gathers no moss’ is a common proverb in English. Coincidently, the Japanese have a similar idiom, ‘No moss grows on a rolling stone (転がる石に苔むさず)’. In Japanese, the meaning differs from the modern English interpretation of the proverb, suggesting that a person who does not settle in one...

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...

November 20th, 2016

Unique blend of tradition and innovation

Mikuni-Minato (Sakai City)

There is a huge demand for new buildings and houses in Japan. Traditional buildings and houses have been disappearing as owners and developers choose to replace them with contemporary properties, instead of renovating or remodeling them. However, Japan has an opportunity to turn many of the old ones into tourist attractions....