Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




Drone school


Production notes

I give lessons at the spacious ski slope of Karigahara ski area in Katsuyama City.


Practicing 'Compulsory flying' with the mark on the ground.


Since I've been using drone for taking videos, I became an instructor of drone as well.


Although it is often misunderstood, there is no so-called ’public license’ to manipulate drone, and in principle anyone can fly one.
However, for safety reasons, there are restrictions on places where you can freely fly it. Whether it is a hobby or a job, if you want to fly at a certain place, you need to receive 'permission / approval' of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
And I give lessons to get this permission / approval.


The lessons are held on applicant's preferred dates on a one-to-one basis.
People with various professions came for various purposes such as aerial photographing, surveillance, inspection and so on.
It is one of my pleasures to hear the stories of those people.

Recommendation of fancy Japanese-style restaurant in Fukui City “Kaika-tei sou-an”



The “Kaika-tei sou-an”, which is the annex of a long-established restaurant located in quaint Hamamachi Street. A famous Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma designed it and its appearance which is covered latticed wood is very unique and modern-looking.


That is a restaurant to visit on a special day. A friend asked me to celebrate her birthday at the “Kaika-tei sou-an”, so I could visit the other day for the first time in years.


In a quiet and sophisticated atmosphere, I could enjoy the excellent meal and drink, which was such a luxurious moment. (H.S)


The latticed wood is a moderate screen from the outside.
It looks cool and calm especially during the summer season.


Dynamic summerlike flower arrangement at the entrance


Appetizer ‘Sea urchin tofu, water shield, young corn’


Soup ‘Conger pike with green tea and arrowroot, red and white thin noodles’


Grilled dish ‘Tilefish with XO, spinach sauce’


Special dish ‘Grilled Japanese beef with white miso souce’


Rice dish ‘Steamed rice topped with eel, miso soup’

Summer Festival Season -Fukui Phoenix Fireworks 2018-



Fukui Phoenix Festival 2018

Summer festival season has arrived.

It’s time to enjoy fireworks, festival foods, music, dance, etc.

One of the highlights of summer in Fukui is Fukui Phoenix Festival.

The festival will be held from August 3rd to August 5th, 2018.

Many events will be held in the 3 days at many places in the center of Fukui City.


Since Emperor Akihito is planning to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne next year,

it’s the last Fukui Phoenix Festival we will have in Heisei Period

(Heisei Period is 1/8/1989- will likely end on 4/30-2019).


The first Phoenix Festival was conducted in the 21st year of Showa Period (1946) by

Tasaburo Kumagai, the 10th mayor of Fukui City.


He had 2 purposes of having the festival. First, they wanted to pray for the war dead.

Second, they wanted to encourage and cheer up the citizen of Fukui City

to reconstruct the city.

From Fukui Phenix Fireworks, July 2015


The venue of the fireworks festival is by Asuwa river bank upper Kida Bridge and

it is about a 10-minute walk from JR Fukui station.

If the streets become crowded with many festival-goers which happens every year,

it might take longer than 10minutes, though.


During the Fukui Phoenix Festival, there will be many festival food stands and the game stands such as yo-yo scooping, super-ball scooping, goldfish scooping, cork shooting, etc.

All these stands will be opened around Fukui station as well, so before going to see the fireworks, they can enjoy them.


The firework festival starts at 19:30, and about 10,000 giant fireworks are shot in an hour expressing 6 scenes such as grace, popping, colorful, happiness, bonding, brilliant with music.
I’m sure you can enjoy it.


When you have a chance to come to Fukui during summer, how about experiencing

Fukui Phoenix Festival and the fireworks.




The 65 times Fukui Phoenix fireworks *You can change the language in the website

Gion Festival -One of the Three Major Festivals in Japan-


Kyoto and Nara

Gion Matsuri (matsuri means festival), the festival of Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto is one of the three major festivals in Japan. The other two are Tenjin (Osaka, Tenmangu Shrine) and

Kanda (Tokyo, Kanda Myojin Shrine) festivals.



Yasaka Shrine
Yasaka Shrine2

Gion Festival is held during the entire month of July (July 1st-July 31st) every summer.

It has over 1100 years of history, and many people from all over the world visit the festival every year to see the gorgeous floats.


You can check the schedule of the events of Gion festival from

Main events are Saki-matsuri (early festival) and Ato-matsuri (later festival) in which Yamaboko Junko (the parade of decorated festive floats) is conducted.



saki matsuri means early festival, the photo was taken July 17th, 2017

Saki Matsuri (early festival)


Saki Matsuri (early festival) on July 17th, 2017

Saki Matsuri (early festival)


Hashibenkei float
Hashibenkei Yama (The float of the famous tale of the powerful and undefeated monk-warrior Benkei, and the child prince Ushiwakamaru)

By Things to do in KYOTO

The Saki-matsuri (early festival) was conducted on July 17th this year, but festival-goers can still enjoy the Ato-matsuri (later festival) which will be held on July 24th. At the Ato-matsuri, the Hashibenkei float leads a van of 10 floats.



they made busy streets into car free zone, the photo was taken on July 15th, 2017
they made busy streets into car free zone, the photo was taken on July 15th, 2017

I visited Gion festival for the first time last year (2017) from July 15th-17th. The streets, which are usually very busy during the day, were temporarily closed to vehicle traffic for the festival. There were many food stands and many festival-goers, and the streets got extremely crowded. It reminded me of the countdown at Times Square in New York on New Year’s Eve. That’s how crowded it was.


I saw many events in the town.



a Maiko is sitting in a festival booth

There were Maiko with beautiful kimono participating in the festival. Even people living in Kyoto hardly ever see Maiko, so this was a rare experience.



the photograph was taken on July 15th, 2017, two women are walking with theri Yukata dress

Even after it got dark, I saw many people walking around the town.



one of the floats in the middle of town, being ready for the main parade for the next day

On July 16th, as I was walking in the town, I saw some floats in the middle of town, being ready for the main parade for the next day.


It was very hard for anyone to walk through the town because there were long lines of people waiting to get on the floats. Although the floats were gorgeous and amazing, I couldn’t spend a lot of time watching them because I wanted to get out of the crowd and the heat.


There are many things that you can enjoy at Gion festival in Kyoto, such as gorgeous floats, beautiful traditional music and many events throughout the entire month of July. It is worth visiting!



Beer garden in a shopping street’s square “Shinsakae Beer Park”


Life in Fukui

The beer garden where you can drop by easily was opened in a wooden deck square
“Shinsakae Terrace”
in Shinsakae Shopping Street in the center of Fukui City this year as well.


It’s attractive that they cooperate neighboring 16 restaurants and can send out for varied multinational foods.


It is an open space that you can feel the pleasant night breeze.
I think it’s good for an after-party, too. (H.S)


The wooden deck has an atmosphere of summer.


Moderate outdoor lighting


It’s closing time.


Indonesian restaurant next to the square
Of course, you can order food of the restaurant.


They are open on Fridays and Saturdays (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
until August 11th.
When you order a drink, you need to order one dish at least.
Closed on rainy days