Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




Pheasants and Japanese Bush Warblers Singing Together at the Foot of Mt. Aoba in Takahama-cho, Fukui Prefecture on April 16th, 2017

Last Sunday, April 16th, 2017, I went hiking in Mt. Aoba in Takahama-cho. When looking at the mountain from Obama City, it looks sharp like a pyramid and it’s beautiful. It is 693 meters above sea level. Not only I enjoyed hiking, but I also enjoyed the bird sounds of pheasants and Japanese bush warblers which I heard as I was walking in Satoyama (farming landscape near the hills in Japan) at the foot of the mountain after the descending the mountain.



There was such a fine male pheasant chirping right near a farmer.



A monkey in the forest by the road.


The spring wild flowers found in the vineyard of Hakusan winery

As the snow in the vineyard of Hakusan winery has melted away completely, they have started working for this year. Around the vineyard, there are spring wild grasses growing lively.



Many horsetails which remind people of spring have come out one after another on the bank on the edge of the farm. The mountain in the photograph behind the bank is Kyoga-dake (1,625meters high).



They begin the work by putting wires around the poles and putting the grape branch around those wires. The mountain in the photograph is Arashima-dake (1,523 meters high) which is one of the one hundred famous mountains of Japan.



The pink flowers of Lamium purpureum (deadnettle) and the blue flowers of Veronica persica (birdeye speedwell) stand out between burgundy leaves which look like five-story pagoda.


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?


A flock of geese were busy at Fukui Castle Ruins in the snow

Here is a video of the snowy scenery at Fukui Castle Ruins that I took with iPhone
as I passed by in the morning of February 11th when snow fell.
I thought that geese in the moat would keep still on such a cold day but they unexpectedly looked busy pecking and chasing about other geese here and there.


The reconstruction of Yamazato-guchi Gomon gate continued at the back of Oroka-bashi bridge will finish within the fiscal year and now it looks like building construction.
Also, you can partially watch the construction site.
So now is your only chance to see the conditions under construction.