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The Season of Hydrangea Part 2


Places to visit

As I introduced in our previous blog that in Japan, from the middle of June till the end of July,

it is the season of hydrangea. There are many spots to see the hydrangeas in Fukui Prefecture.

I have introduced one of the spots in Fukui, Mt. Asuwa Park.


Today, I would like to introduce another spot in Wakasa, Fukui, “Wakasa Uriwari Meisui Park (Wakasa Uriwai Spring Water Park)”. Uriwari Waterfall has been chosen as one of the Select Best Waters of Japan, and there are also 10,000 hydrangeas and iris flowers.

You can enjoy the colorful scenery in the clean atmosphere. You can enjoy both hydrangea and waterfall there.


I would like to share a video of “HealingJapanTV”, please enjoy!



For more information: Wakasa Uriwari Meisui Park (Wakasa Uriwari Spring Water Park)


How about visiting "Wakasa Uriwari Meisui Park" this year to enjoy both watching hydrangeas and experiencing the waterfall?




Digging out a box "Omomuroni" (slowly) at the Shinto ritual

There is a Shinto ritual, “Oikemono” which has been held every year continuously since 1,000 years ago at Kamo shrine in Kamo district of Obama City, Fukui Prefecture. On this GEN's website, we just released the video of this Shinto ritual which they had on February 23rd of this year.


As you can see in the photograph above, there was a guy digging out the maino bako (box) which was buried a year ago. People around him were saying “dig out the box Yukkuri (slowly)” and at the same there was another man saying “Omomuroni! (slowly)” (maybe because I was filming, he was saying “Omomuroni”).


Many times, the word, “Omomuroni” tends to be used as “suddenly” and/or “vigorously” so I found it was strange when I heard the man saying “Omomuroni” to the guy trying to dig out the box. Obviously, the correct meaning of “Omomuroni” is “slowly” and/or “calmly”.


No wonder the man who was saying “Omomuroni” is the chairman of this Shinto ritual and I was impressed. Therefore, the chairman was actually using the correct Japanese, “Omomuroni” to tell the man to dig out the box slowly.


After this scene, there is another “Omomuroni” coming up in the video.




The Season of Hydrangea Part 1


Places to visit

In Japan, from the middle of June till the end of July, it is the season of hydrangea.
I would like to share the video of “Japan Travel".
Please enjoy “Hydrangea Path on Mt. Asuwa”.



I would like to introduce a place that you can enjoy the hydrangeas in Fukui Prefecture.


It is Asuwa yama park (Mt.Asuwa Park), where you can get in about 10 mins
by car from Fukui Station.


At the park, there are about 50 kinds of animals and about 60 kinds of trees and plants.


Of course you can enjoy viewing hydrangeas as well. And as you can see in the video above,
along the street in Mt. Asuwa, pretty hydrangeas are there.
You can hike and view the flowers.


Moreover, in Mt.Asuwa, there are stylish café, traditional Japanese restaurants and shrines.


After viewing hydrangeas, I recommend you to enjoy the night view having some dinner
at one of those café and/or restaurants.


For more information:
Asuwa yama Park (Mt.Asuwa Park)

How about visiting Asuwa yama Park this year to view hydrangeas?


Japanese abacus may activate your right brain


Random thoughts

I heard that Japanese abacus activates your right brain.
Because moving the beads on an abacus to calculate can be space and figure recognition.


It is generally believed that your left brain produces logical thinking,
analyze letters and figures logically,
and your right brain recognizes external information and judgement instantly.
Also, it is said that imaged memories long stand.


By the way, in mercantile city Osaka, abacus is still popular as children’s after-school lessons,
and the most popular one is calligraphy, the second one is English and the third one is abacus.


The video below was released here on our site, which we interviewed the teacher of
a Japanese abacus school in Fukui Prefecture.
It seems that practicing abacus makes students get better grades other than math,
which means not only concentration but also maybe because of development of right brain. (H.S)


Changing Townscape of Fukui


Life in Fukui


Sunroad Kitanosho Shopping Street, which is located in the center of Fukui City, close to Fukui Station has changed its landscape a little. The building which you can see in the back of this photograph is the top parts of a brand new emporium "Happiring" which just had its grand opening in front of the west gate of Fukui Station in April, 2016.


"Kaika-tei Kuri-ya" is under construction in Hama-machi area, a short distance from the station. Now, we can see many wooden boxes attached to the outside of the building. This building was designed by Kengo Kuma, who designed New National Stadium in Japan.
Daily dishes and souvenirs will be sold at the "Kaika-tei Kuri-ya". On the left side in the photograph, you can see another restaurant (blackish building of wooden framework), "Kaika-Tei sou-an" which was built in 2008, designed by the same architect Kengo Kuma for the stadium.


Both areas have old buildings. Now that people are planning not to build only new buildings, but they are also planning to use those old ones to make them into sylish stores and/or offices as well. I personally like old things because I feel at ease with them. I'm excited that these areas will become nice streets which will fuse old things with new ones together.