Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




Wet and subdued colors of autumn leaves along rainy White Road


Places to visit

Fukube Falls


Autumn leaves around Shirakawa-go Observatory


Last weekend, I drove through the scenic road "Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road", which connects to Shirakawa-go of Gifu Prefecture from Shiramine of Ishikawa Prefecture. It was raining, but this kind of scenery was also good because the autumn leaves were moist and looked calm. Wild monkeys who were on the side of the road looked chubby in preparation for the winter, I couldn't take their photos, though. The service period of this road is until November 10th. Soon It becomes impossible to see that sight until next year.


Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photo exhibition -The Truth of Earth-

I saw the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photo exhibition -The Truth of Earth- held at Fukui City Museum.



"National Geographic" is known for documentary photography and wildlife photography. Mitsuaki Iwago was the only Japanese whose photographs were used on the cover twice.


Mitsuaki Iwago and the two "National Geographic" magazines with his photographs on the cover.(From the official website of National Geographic Japan)


The photograph of lions of the flyer above was also taken by Iwago. The photo titled "Battle between life and death", which captures a male lion challenged another male one in the group to a fight. After the intense fighting, the challenger's head was crunched down. The shooting was done under imminently dangerous situation in which Iwago himself might have gotten attacked by the lions.


You can watch the videos for photography and interviews with the photographers for several works among many other photographs. Paul Nicklen's photograph of a leopard seal underwater was very especially impressive. It seemed that the leopard seal had been mistaken him for its company which was not good at hunting and it carried him a penguin that it hunted again and again. Nicklen said "Probably the leopard seal thought of me as a starving company. I am completely happy that I had such experience as a photographer."


Of course, I was overwhelmed with photographs that were taken for photographers' lives. However, I also was deeply touched by wildlife photography. I feel that I was once again reminded that the earth is not only for the human beings. (H.S)

Michi-no-Eki KOBE Fruit & Flower Park Ozo in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture



Michi-no-Eki KOBE Fruit & Flower Park Ozo
Michi-no-Eki KOBE Fruit & Flower Park Ozo

I visited “Michi-no-Eki KOBE Fruits & Flower Park Ozo

(you can change the language in the website) for a company trip.



Michi-no-Eki KOBE Fruit & Flower Park Ozo
Michi-no-Eki KOBE Fruit & Flower Park Ozo

At the park, there’s a café, restaurant, amusement park, farmer’s market, etc.,

so the visitors can relax and enjoy all day.



A monkey, Koume-chan at Michi-no-Eki KOBE Fruit & Flower Park Ozo
A monkey, Koume-chan at Michi-no-Eki KOBE Fruit & Flower Park Ozo

As I walked into the park, there was an adorable monkey with a cute costume and it was showing the visitors amazing performance. The name of the monkey is “Koume-chan”

(a small plum in Japanese), it’s a 'girl' and she has been performing at the park for about

one year. Her performance was so good that it seemed she has performed more than

one year. She ran up and down the stairs, and she put her hand up as she heard a sign.



If you have a chance to visit Kobe, how about visiting

“Michi-no-eki Kobe Fruit & Flower Park Ozo” as well?



Demolition and removal of a building


Random thoughts


Sometimes I see trucks that carry demolition debris of buildings to a disposal site.
Although it is a big one, the amount that can be carried at one time will be just a little from the whole building even for ordinary one. It's difficult to imagine how much such effort would cost when demolishing a high-rise building.


But before that, I am interested in technology to dismantle tall buildings.
Hearing the topics of skyscrapers that are the highest in Japan or in the world, I wonder how such buildings will be dismantled.


I'd like to take videos of that kind of demolition sites by a drone.

Autumn roses in Yuri-no-sato Park


Places to visit

I went to the Yuri*-no-sato Park in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture.*Yuri means lily in Japanese.



As the name says, the park is well known for lilies. However, the season of lilies is around every June. Now, instead, you can enjoy roses. A couple of big typhoons hit this year,
so a lot of the flowers had fallen. Yet some of them were survived and I was able to see different types of roses.



In the spacious park, there are a lawn area with play equipment, a roofed barbecue site,
a water wheel and a fountain. So, you can enjoy in summer, too. There is a coffee shop which you can watch the beautiful sunset from the rooftop. You can take out their menu and you can eat it anywhere you like in the park like a picnic. Also, there is a farmer's market, so mothers can buy foodstuff for dinner after they played a lot with children. The park is illuminated and shows images by projection mapping in the evenings all year. So, it seems that the park provides a different atmosphere to the visitors at night. (H.S)