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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.

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,...

May 22nd, 2017

The Sustainable “Great Lakes”

The Five Lakes of Mikata, Mihama Town & Wakasa Town

Located just a 40 minutes’ drive south from Tsuruga Station, you’ll find the Mikata Goko (the Five Lakes of Mikata) within the Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Park. Yes, these majestic lakes are beautiful to look at, but there is more to them than meets the eye. Read on to find out...

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...