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Dinosaurs at Fukui station


Places to visit

3 moving dinosaur models at Fukui station.

Facing the station, from the left, they are Fukuiraptor, Fukuisaurus, and Fukuititan.

Behind those dinosaurs, there is a picture of the Jurassic period, and it matches

the 3 dinosaurs and it makes them look more powerful.

Unfortunately, the three dinosaur models exhibition will be finished in December, 2015.

There must be many reasons for removing the dinosaurs but

I feel that they can even add more there.


Fukui station 「dinosaur square」 information(Fukui prefecture HP)


Cultural Festival


Life in Fukui

November is the cultural festival season in Japan.
And it was held at Fukui City central community center as well last weekend.
It is a good opportunity to show the result of daily practice once a year for
those who take cultural lessons such as flower arrangement, dressing kimono,
calligraphy and ink painting etc. at the center. (H.S)

Best thing to eat in winter time, Fukui prefecture, Japan's the king of crab, Echizen crab!!




On November 15th, we visited the crab festival in Mikuni, Fukui. As we got out of Mikuni seaport station, we saw just boiled and steaming crabs, the king of crab, “Echizen Gani” laid there with “the yellow tags”.


Only the crabs that were caught in Echizen sea can be called “Echizen Gani” and have the yellow tags. In 1997, Echizen fishermen’s union started putting the yellow tags on every “Echizen Gani” to protect their brands from scam crab dealers from all over the world. There used to be many of dealers that were using the name “Echizen” even they didn't catch crabs in Echizen sea. The length of the yellow tag is 20 centimeters and is put on crab hands(scissors) and the only way of cutting it is to use knife or scissors.



There were 3 main kinds of crabs which are “Seiko crab” (small ones), “Waka crab” (medium size and soft) and “Echizen crab” (biggest one and expensive). The prices of those crabs were much cheaper than purchasing them in the city. The biggest crabs that have ever been caught in Fukui prefecture were a carapace width of 158 millimeters, taken of a male crab, and 98millimeters, from a female one.



A Japanese healthy food "Sobagaki", buckwheat mash



At “Senko no Ie” in Sakai city, Fukui prefecture, you can enjoy a simply-cooked dish called “Sobagaki” as well as “Jyuwari Soba” (buckwheat noodles which are made of buckwheat grown in the local area).
Charlotte, who loves buckwheat noodles, had “Sobagaki” for the first time.

“Sobagaki” is a mixture comprised of kneaded buckwheat flour with hot water-it’s like “Ochirashi (roasted wheat)”. Actually it is 100% buckwheat four.
You can cut the “Sobagaki” into small pieces and dip it into a variety of condiments, soy sauce with wasabi, soybean flour or brown sugar syrup.
Charlotte’s favorite condiment was the first one, soy sauce and wasabi.
I will tell you more about this another time.



Olive berries

The olive trees in my yard bear berries this year too.
It looks more rich harvest than last year.
However, you cannot eat them without removing the astringency.
Actually, I failed to do that last year.
I will try somehow to eat them this year. (H.S)