Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




Seven little babies

On my way home from a concert hall, the crows flew off cawing which sounded nostalgic.

When I looked up, they were going home, to thier mountains.

I thought of the Japanese scenery in a nursery song, “Nanatsunoko” (English name is Seven little babies) in a while.




Autumn has arrived, the vivid green, orange, red and yealow of autumn foliage have decorated the town beautifully. Meanwhile, a tram runs through the city and it makes the city seems even more alive and attractive.


Around the office, there are fragrant olives (Kinnmonkusei in Japanese) that have nice and sweet smell. Fragrant olives used to be plant for deodorization around the vault toilets that majority of Japanese people used to use ones in the era from the 1980s to the 1990s. Therefore, there must be many Japanese people who immediately think of toilets as they hear the word Kinmokusei (Frangrant olives).


Today, however, because of the growth of the water service circumference, there are not many of Kinmokusei flowers nor vault toilets. People use flowers for aroma oil and perfume because the smell has relaxation effect.


By smelling this, the chemical called “Orexin” produced in brain and it decrease appetite so it’s good for controlling weight as well.


In autumn, in Japan, we say that it is an eating season and we tend to put on weight. But maybe if we smell the flower, we can lose weight?? Moreover, we can enjoy the autumn view in the town which makes it “killing two birds with one stone”!!!



Autumn Rose

I grow several kinds of roses.
Roses bloom twice a year, in spring and autumn.
So now it’s the second blooming season.
After that, roses also face long winter. 
In winter, roses become dormant and it’s a good season
for pruning and replanting as they won’t be damaged. (H.S)

Red dragonfly

There was suddenly a red dragonfly. 

When I saw one, it was early in the morning.  If it was in the evening red sky, I’d remember the lyrics of Akatombo (red dragonfly).  This song is one of the most famous Japanese children’s songs.  (Y.Y)

Cluster amaryllis

As equinoctial week approaches, the cluster amaryllises open up all of a sudden.
Some people may notice that the week will come soon when they see the red flowers.
Its bulb is poisonous so maybe that’s why it is called an unlucky flower.
I used to see them on the ridges between rice fields to repel moles,
but recently I don’t as much as before. (H.S)