Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum and the memorial monument



A little while ago, I was watching NHK BS TV travel program “Kokoro Tabi” (Heart Journey), whose autumn series would finish in Okinawa.
The last letter from viewers said “Please visit Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum and the memorial monument."
Tsushima-maru is the name of a ship and the letter was from the daughter of the captain of the Tsushima-maru. She is elderly and is unable to visit there, so she wanted the program to visit for her.


In fact, I have visited the Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum.
It was only one day after the Emperor and Empress visited there.
While I was looking around, tears filled my eyes, and I remember not only sadness but also swelling anger and indignation.


I will describe as follows about what kind of ship was Tsushima-maru and what happened.
For details, please see their website.


In 1944 as the war drew gradually closer, the old, the young, women and children were ordered to evacuate outside the prefecture. A large group of schoolchildren boarded the Tsushima-maru for evacuation, which left Naha Port on August 21. However, the ocean had already turned into a battleground. On the night of the next day, the 22nd, the Tsushima-maru was hit and sunk by a torpedo from the American submarine Bowfin. Of the ship’s 1,788 passengers including crew and soldiers, about 80% disappeared to the bottom of the sea.
(as excerpted from the museum’s website)


But the tragedy was not over.
Surprisingly, the Japanese government ordered the survivors to keep silent on
the Tsushima-maru was sunk. What was waiting for them were threat and discrimination.
And many people kept their mouth shut.


Didn’t the U.S.military know that women and children were on the Tsushima-maru?
Didn’t the Japanese government have any other way? Some suspicions still linger.
Anyway, there is no doubt that the children didn’t want to live away from their parents but boarded without knowing the danger of the ship. Then, eventually, they were thrown into the sea that a typhoon was approaching.


If you have an opportunity to visit Okinawa, you should visit the museum.
It is near from Kokusai Street so it is easily accessible.
Please see what happened with your own eyes and feel yourself about that. (H.S)


Near the entrance of the musuem


Exotic banyan trees and Ixora flowers near the museum


Here are from displays in the museum

Pheasant’s Eye is Disappearing


Taken at Jindai Botanical Gardens in Tokyo on March 15th, 2017


Pheasant’s eye is one of the flowers which tell us the coming of spring.
The cultivated species can’t produce seeds, so they can’t reproduce by themselves.
Therefore, if you see the pheasant’s eye in your towns, it might be made for horticulture.


Pheasant’s eye is a natural species and it is disappearing gradually because of the desolation of Satoyama (rural natural areas) and the city development. The pheasant’s eye has been designated as an endangered species in Tokyo and other areas in Japan. Do you see the pheasant’s eye in your neighborhood?


Tokyo, Japan


Charms of Japan

I visited Tokyo the other day. I was so excited to visit the capital of Japan, one of the busiest cities in the world for the first time in a while. One of the good parts of Tokyo is that even though there are so many people that people cannot walk without bump into others, there are quiet streets once you go into alleys off the busy areas. There are fancy cafes, sidewalk cafes and antique stores on those streets so you can enjoy just walking around. Another thing that I like about Tokyo is that there many different kinds of restaurant from traditional ones to modern ones.


If you would like to enjoy nature, you can do so in cities a little distant from Tokyo which are Yokohama and Chiba.


How about visiting Tokyo when you have a chance?


I would like to share a video of “Holger Mette”, “Tokyo in Timelapse”.

Please enjoy!




Resistant Starch Diet


Beauty and health

I received information about how to ameliorate adult disease at a dentist where I go to
on a regular basis. It carried some articles but didn’t one about teeth at all.


Today, among them, I would like to introduce “Resistant starch” which is the term
I have not heard of before.


“Resistant starch” cannot be digested easily.
For example, cold rice is resistant starch. Resistant starch acts like alimentary fiber,
is not digested in the stomach and the intestine, goes straight to the large intestine,
reduce blood cholesterol and blood sugar elevation, improve fat metabolism and intestinal environment. It produces power which lacks in hot rice.


Considering nutritional value, rice balls of brown rice are the best, and sushi or
cold soba noodles are also good. That means, a specialty of Fukui Prefecture “Echizen Oroshi Soba” (cold buckwheat noodles with grated radish) must be beneficial to health.
As for other carbohydrate food, it seems better if you eat more cold ones,
such as cold udon(wheat noodles), cold thin wheat noodles, cold ramen and spaghetti.


Speaking of cold rice, you have to chow more as it is firmer than hot rice,
so I think that you may be able to gain a feeling of fullness more easily.
Cold rice diet is worth trying, isn’t it? (H.S)


My First Experience with Drone


Production notes

DJI Mavic Pro

While I was on the business trip in Tokyo last week, I visited a store in Hanzomon called “System 5” selling items used to take videos.

I read an article from an e-magazine about the exhibition of foldable and storable drone,

and I became interested in it.


In the center of the photograph from above, that is the flying drone with blue lights.


I got to control the drone at the exhibition and I realized that it was not that difficult

to control it although this was my first time seeing and controlling the real thing.

I became excited about thinking what I could use the drone for.


Well, I am not planning to purchase one right away though.