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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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