Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




Leaf patterned leaves in Fukui General Green Center


Places to visit

There were leaves that look as if plant illustrations were drawn. This is a foliage plant called Calathea. I was attracted to the unique pattern when I saw the plant in "Flower Display Greenhouse (commonly known as Onion House)" in the Fukui Prefectural General Green Center, yesterday.


Since it was about 4 p.m. and chilly outside but there were people who enjoying walking and exercising in the vast park. In addition to those who were walking, there were also parents and children playing with soccer balls on the lawn and people walking dogs. There were cautions saying "No dangerous pets allowed" and "No hard balls allowed", but there were no signboards saying "No dog walking" or "No ball play", which are common in parks.


I think it was good to feel the atmosphere like "Let's enjoy here each other having good manners, instead of prohibiting everything".


Inside the Onion House was decorated for Christmas. There was a photo shooting spot near the entrance where you can expose your face through a heart-shaped hole.
(The photo is from the official web page/only in Japanese)


The park has a vast site with a straight line distance of more than 1 km from end to end. There is an observatory in the main facility "Woodream Fukui".
(The map is from the official web page/only in Japanese)

Strolling in Shiraho Village in Ishigaki Island 



As I wrote in our blog last week, the Shiraho District, where the little cake shop "PAPIRU" is located, is a quiet traditional village community close to the sea. On this occasion, I took a little stroll around the village. In fact, Shiraho has a long history. In the Shiraho village, over 1,500 people were killed in the 1771 massive tsunami and only a dozen of people survived. But then, they received many immigrants from Hateruma Island and Okinawa's main island. Today, there are over 500 houses and about 1,600 people in the village. Traditional events including a festival to pray for bumper crops are popular there, a big sacred place appeared while walking.


Also, speaking of Shiraho, coral reefs are famous. There is a bountiful lagoon several hundred meter off shore, which there are the largest blue coral community in the Northern hemisphere and more than 120 kinds of coral reefs and colorful fish. (H.S)


Blooming bougainvillea in the village


Shiraho beach is made of corals.


Boatslip by placing rocks simply


The roads in the village is so quiet. The stone walls made of corals and the common garcinia tree are characteristic.


Bus stop in front of Shiraho Elementary Scholl. There is a small and cute shiisa on the red tile.


Had a dinner at an izakaya "Yaeyama-mura" in front of Ishigaki City Hall.


Menus that the izakaya recommends. I ate the most popular one, "Gurukun rice ball", which was really good. Gurukun is fish called double-lined fusilier. Whole fried gurukun is one of popular dishes in Okinawa.


[Video] Go out to the sea of Shiraho, Ishigaki Island, with Sakana-kun (1'49")