Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




1,000-year technique of Echizen-yaki pottery


Arts and crafts

I visited the pottery studio of an Echizen-yaki pottery artist Nobuyasu Kondo in Echizen Town,
Fukui Prefecture. And he showed me a traditional technique called “Nejitate”(twist and stand).
Contrary to normal work by a potter’s wheel, he forms a pottery walking round and round
the work in progress on a log base.
While walking round, he piles up thick string-shaped clay twisting it with fingers rhythmically
and adjusts the height using a wooden spatula from the outside.


I suppose that the reason for such an old technique since the Heian Period remains
after the introduction of potter’s wheel, it has been suitable for making large potteries like pots or vases. At any rate, the pot with the technique “Nejitate”, which I saw right before
my eyes, looked thin and delicate than I imagined.
(The photo above shows the lower half has just finished)


Japanglish with Cinderella!

We just released the video of "Cinderella with Fukui dialect" on GEN’s website (only in Japanese for now).


There are many stories of Cinderella written by many authors all over the world.

And there are also many stories which are similar to the Cinderella. 

In Japan, Charles Perrault, the French poet’s Cinderella is the most well-known one.

The story is called “Cendrillon” in French, which means a person/thing covered in cinders.

And of course, it's "Cinderella" in English.


Have you ever watched and/or read Cinderella

in any other language but in your first language?

Today, I would like to introduce Japanglish version of Cinderella.

I’m going to share the video of Biligirl Chika’s “English with Disney’s Cindrella!” [#349]
Please enjoy!!




Tabletop Bonsai


Arts and crafts

Speaking of bonsai, in Japan it still has an image of senior-citizen’s hobby.
However, it is very popular in other countries, even among young people and women.
For example, in France, they hold its exhibitions and attract many buyers.
Also, it’s good that even reasonably priced ones in Japan can be traded
at high prices overseas, isn’t it?
My guess is that bonsai is widely received as art or interior decoration outside of Japan.



This photo was taken at a coffee shop on “Philosopher’s Walk” in Kyoto.
Looking at this casual moss bonsai, I just want to try to create one
with my favorite pottery basin.
Wouldn’t that be pretty good for your entrance or living room? (H.S)

Ryumon-baku waterfall in the precincts of Kinkakuji Temple


Kyoto and Nara

There is a waterfall called Ryumon-baku after passing Shariden (Kinkaku / the Golden Pavilion) in the precincts of Kinkakuji Temple. A carp stone has been set which looks as if a carp climbing up the waterfall which represents a legend about the gateway to success.

Literally, this Ryumon-baku water fall might be too small to be called a “waterfall”. The area where the water from Ryumon-baku waterfall flows toward is Kyokochi Pond (Mirror Pond), which is in the center of the temple's garden. Because Kyokochi Pond represents the sea, so the name, Ryumon-baku waterfall might be perfect for its size of the image.

I find a similarity between the beauty sense of Ryumon-baku waterfall of Kinkakuji and bonsai. They both create the image of mother nature in the small scenery.



Sake of Fukui / Part-4 / Arigato Project at Kokuryu / Learning about Sake



As I introduced in our previous blog, Sake of Fukui / Part-3 / Arigato Project,

the participants take one year to make sake.

They learn about sake, importance of the relationship and connection with others, and know the charms of thier hometown, Fukui as well.


This project has been established since 2013.

There are 5 activities throughout the year. I participated in the 4th one in which

we studied about Kokuryu and how to make sake, observed the sake brewery

and discussed about how we can promote sake to the young generation.





After studying about the brewery and sake, we went on a brewery tour.

I will tell you about it in our next blog!



For more information about Kokuryu

Kokuryu Sake Brewing Corporation Official Site


Please enjoy our previous blog
Sake, Kokuryu
Sake of Fukui / Part-1 / One of the Greatest Sake Breweries, “Kokuryu”
Sake of Fukui / Part-2 / Fans of Kokuryu
Sake of Fukui / Part-3 / Arigato Project