Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




A bicycle which turns into a wheelchair


Random thoughts

The music live and movie event were held at Bhutan Museum. As I was wondering why a red bicycle was setting in the room, a person who invented this bicycle showed us how to use it. He is Mr. Nagayama from Nagoya.


First, set the shape of the frame of the bicycle into U-shaped.


Second, take out a small foldable chair from a bag, open it and put it on the bicycle. Finally, a bicycle turns into a wheelchair.


Even a woman can push the wheelchair easily and it can go over step height easily by stepping on the pedal which is attached to the back part of the wheelchair. Moreover, when the backrest is pushed back, it becomes a stretcher.


According to Mr. Nagayama, after the Great East Japan Earthquake, only the vehicle that people were able to use was bicycles so he invented this wheelchair. He introduced me several points of this wheelchair which were helpful at that time: carrying a person who couldn’t ride bicycles to wherever they wanted to go and carrying a heavy bottle of water from a water distribution point. This wheelchair definitely has high mobility and it must be very useful.


Heartwarming musical unit by a married couple in Fukui “Kobato Sango” 

There was an annual concert at a neighbor’s community center the other day.  
The performer of this year was a musical unit “Kobato Sango” which is a married couple.
The husband Kobayashi is a teacher of erhu and plays the guitar too.
And his wife with the stage name Sango from Osaka, who is pretty and soothing,
sings and plays Okinawan instrument sanshin.
Their repertoire is “The song for Fukui City”, “Asadoya Yunta”, “Flowers”, ”Sukiyaki” etc.
Especially, “Turkish March” by erhu which Kobayashi plays is definitely worth a watch.
Also, Okinawan folk songs by Sango with her clear voice are so charming.
They have released a CD.
You can not only enjoy their performance but also their witty dialogue is amusing.
They are laid-back persons and it makes you feel warm inside. (H.S)

Yoga part 2


Beauty and health

I talked about Yoga in our previous staff blog.

While doing Yoga, steady your breath by breathing easily and deeply.

Stretch your body and make it relax, as like you are a jelly fish.


Stay in a pose to develop the inner muscle

and increase muscle strength.


Yoga is effective for


improving your postures,

keeping yourself in shape,

enhancing your beauty,

reducing shoulder and neck stiffness,

maintaining your physical health,

keeping your mind healthy

and everything between.


I would like to introduce the video, “MARA'S LESSON2” (vanaphofficial)

which shows you how to do an easy and relaxing Yoga that you can do at home.


Do you know the origin of Yoga?

The beginning of Yoga was in the Indus valley civilization in India,

about 4,000 - 5,000 years ago.


Do you know how many poses are there in Yoga?

There are 84 million poses!

This fact is written in *“Gheranda Samhita” (the Yoga primal scripts)

and it says that is because there are 84 million of creatures living in this world.


There are many different styles of Yoga. I would like to introduce the major ones.



Slow movement

Beginner level



Poses at a moderately fast pace


Vinyasa, Flow

The most well known one

Not as fast as Ashtanga

Recommendable for the people who want to strengthen their muscles.



Similar to Vinyasa and Flow

Usually the room temperature of the Yoga space is kept as warm as 35 degrees Celsius.


Yin Yoga

There are almost no standing poses in this type Yoga.

Stays in one pose for more than 5 minutes.



Bolster, block, blankets and everything othre prop in between are used in this type of Yoga.


Kundalini Yoga

It is physical, mental, and spiritual one.

Meditation is an important element of every types of Yoga,

but this style has the strongest of it.


As I mentioned earlier, there are so many more types of Yoga than listed above.

You will find the one which will suit you.


Spring and Summer time is time for us to be active.

Right before the active season, let’s exercise and prepare for it by doing Yoga.






*“Gheranda Samhita (Sanskrit gheraṇḍasaṁhitā घेरंडसंहिता ) meaning “Gheranda's collection” is one of the three classic texts of hatha yoga (the other two being the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Shiva Samhita). It is a late 17th-century text and is considered to be the most encyclopedic of the three classic texts on hatha yoga.

Gheranda Samhita is a manual of yoga taught by Gheranda to Chanda Kapali. Unlike other hatha yoga texts, the Gheranda Samhita speaks of a sevenfold yoga:

1. Shatkarma for purification

2. Asana for strengthening

3. Mudra for steadying

4. Pratyahara for calming

5. Pranayama for lightness

6. Dhyana for perception

7. Samādhi for isolation”

・Gheranda Samhita. Last modified on April 9, 2015, at 2:29. In Wikipedia.

Retrieved March 9, 2016.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gheranda_Samhita

Before and After -Photoshop-


Production notes


There is an important software, “Photoshop”

which is necessary for working with video and/or movie making and design.

It is a high-function software which is basically a program for editing

and correcting photographs.


Because there were lots of faded photographs in my closet,

I scanned and corrected two photographs with Photoshop for trial.


First step is setting “Highlights” and “Shadow” from “Eyedropper Tool”

which is on the “Tone Curve” panel. Just with this step, it makes clear changes.

And then, by using more of the tone curve, you can adjust the details and the whole image.


The feelings I had when I took his photographs came back.


Fukui’s local sake I recommend, “BORN Limited pure rice ‘daiginjo’ unfiltered/fresh unprocessed sake”



This local sake was recommended to try by a sake shop which I dropped in the other day.
“BORN”, the series of sake, which almost everyone knows here in Fukui.
I had an image of daiginjo as a watery taste but I heard that this one was thick,
so I thought it sounded good and bought it.


The “BORN” sake series are aged in a regulated minus ten degrees environment and
the sake conjures a rich aroma and fresh full-bodied flavor as well as the distinctive taste of pure rice daiginjo fresh unprocessed sake. This is the most popular sake in the BORN series. Whether served chilled, on the rocks, or warmed, this champion sake boasts outstanding flavor in all the respective drinking styles.


Also, here on our video site GEN, we have released the video below about when we visited the brewery of the “BORN”. You can see its backstage of sake brewing which you rarely have
an opportunity like this. (H.S)
English page of "BORN" → "BORN", a series of exquisite sake