Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui






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Osaka souvenir "Sontaku manju"

It seems there is no English word that can directly paraphrase the word "Sontaku (see that Kanji above)" which became completely famous in Japan recently.
When I translate it into English, it will become an idiom or a sentence, such as "care about others' feelings" or "see things from other people's points of view".
Will this become English as "Sontaku" in the near future?

Edible fractal “Romanesco”


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Probably more or less natural objects may contain fractal elements.
But still, it’s amazing that there was one with such a clear shape like CG.


This vegetable on the salad at my house is cauliflower-like one called romanesco.
I don’t think that it is available at super markets but seems like it is sold at
a local farmer’s market, so now it appears for our dinner sometimes.
At any rate, it has an interesting shape.



From wikipedia "romanesco" original photo

Perfect Fit like Cinderella's Foot


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My eyesight seems to be gradually worsening so I bought Wellington-style reading glasses called “Paperglass”.


These reading glasses were manufactured by Nishimura Precision Co. in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, which is famous for the manufacturing of eyeglasses. The product was one of the Good Design Best 100 in 2013. The reading glasses of “Paperglass” are measured 2 mm in thickness when folded. These are revolutionary eye glasses.


These are small and useful eyeglasses but it’s just too much work for me to take them out of the case and put them back every time I use.


To put them in and out of the case more smoothly, I realized that I can use my pencase, “King Jim Pensam Pen Case -Slim-“ in which these eyeglasses can fit perfectly.


This pencase has a flap with embedded magnet and it can simply be fixed to the inside pocket of a jacket.


It looks like this.

I think it is so-called “Cinderella fit” in Japan that the eyeglasses accidently fit perfectly in a pencase.


Happy New Year -2017-


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2017 has just begun!

This time of the year is always the best time for anyone to start something new,

restart something and/or start all over anything.

Do you have anything which you would like to achieve in this year?


For Hatsumode (the new year’s visit to a shrine), I visited Asuwa shrine in Fukui City.

This area is a recommendable strolling course in Fukui City.

As you walk up the stairs of “Atagozaka”,

there is “ Fukui City Atagozaka Tea Ceremony Museumwhere you can enjoy

Japanese traditional green tea “Maccha” and learn about Japanese tea ceremony.


In front of the museum, there is

Fukui City Akemi Tachibana Literature Memorial Museum” where you can enjoy the Tachibana-no-Akemi’s Dokurakugin (reciting poetry for my own pleasure).


And about a minute away from Akemi Tachibana Museum, there is a traditional Japanese restaurant, “Hanase” where you can enjoy the excellent traditional Japanese food that is pleasing to the eye, as well as to the palate.


After walking up a few stairs from the restaurant, there is

Shinpu-kan Atagozaka Martial Arts School”.


And a little further up, there is a small observation deck and the entrance of the shrine.

You can take a break seeing the great view of Fukui City and then enter the shrine.


Asuwa Shrine has over 1,500 years of history.

The shrine’s crest has the sun, the moon and a star together which is rare for a crest.


In the precinct, there are drooping cherry-trees which will bloom gorgeously during spring.


Therefore, I can recommend you to take a walk from Atagozaka to Asuwa shrine.




Informatory sign


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This is an informatory sign for the bathroom at Wakasa Mikata Jomon Museum in Wakasa, Fukui Prefecture. Aren’t the male and female signs which look like ancient Japanese clay figurine cute? Although I think that the most important role of the informatory sign is functionality, it becomes creative and enjoyable to look at with some ideas like this. (T.S)