Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui



The girl in Bhutan Museum Fukui's poster visited Fukui!! - January 22nd, 2018 -



In our previous blog, as we introduced that Sonam Choki, who is the image girl of Bhutan Museum Fukui and she appears in its poster, came to Fukui from Bhutan. She stayed in Fukui City from January 20th, 2018 for about one month.


She was only 14 years old when the photograph that has been used for Bhutan Museum Fukui poster was taken. She is now 23 years old.



Hanako no Ie” (Ie means a house in Japanese)

On the second day of her stay in Fukui, we had lunch at a Japanese restaurant “Hanako no Ie” (Ie means a house in Japanese) that serves homemade Japanese food.



the lunch at Hanako no ie, it's very volumy but it's only 500yen

It was a pretty big lunch. For their special 500 yen lunch meal, we had miso soup, rice, pickles, boiled vegetables, a fried croquette (frying mashed potato ball) and salad.
*their lunch menu changes everyday.


According to the cook/owner of the restaurant, her recommendation is the fried croquette. It is made with pumpkin, potatoes, and onions. I had it and it was very delicious that the outside of the fried coquette was crispy and inside of it was very soft and hot.


I asked Ms. Sonam, what she liked the best. She said that she enjoyed the croquette and she was also amazed by the miso soup as well. The cook spent time and effort making the soup from scratch. The miso soup broth was made from boiled-dried fish and it was very delicious.



Sonam Choki standing in front of an animation store called “animate” which is a large chain of anime stores in Japan

After we had lunch, we went to an animation store called “animate” which is a large chain of anime stores in Japan. They sell everything from anime, games, manga and anime related goods such as manga, figures, posters, stationery goods and much more.


In Bhutan, anime, “NARUTO” and “ONE PIECE” are very popular. Ms. Sonam likes them as well so she bought an ONE PIECE keychain and a pen.


As soon as we stepped out from animate, it started snowing hard and we did not have umbrellas. We decided to head to a 100 yen shop around the station.



Sonam Choki shopping in 100yen store in Aossa, Fukui City

She said that there aren’t any stores in Bhutan like 100 yen stores in Japan. It was very new and interesting for her so she kept walking and looking around in the store. Since she is a college student, she likes stationery supplies. She bought vocabulary cards to memorize Japanese vocabularies and an umbrella.


100 Japanese Yen is about 57 Bhutan Ngultrum.



Sonam Choki was amazed by large snow flakes taking photos of them next to the ice skating rink near Fukui station

On the way back to Bhutan Museum, we saw snow falling in large flakes. In Bhutan, it does snow sometimes but it does not snow as much as it does in Japan. And top of that, she’s never seen such large snowflakes, so she was amazed by the snow.


Stay tuned for our next blog about Ms. Sonam’s stay in Fukui.




Enjoy our previous blog!

A Girl from Bhutan -Miraculous Reunion-


At Bhutan Museum Fukui, you can see many interesting things from Bhutan!

Official Website of Bhutan Museum Fukui


The places we went on February 20th, 2018:

The local homemade Japanese restaurant

“Hanakono Ie (Hanako’s house)”


1-10-15 Junka,

Fukui-shi, Fukui-ken



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Anime, Manga (Comics) and games specialty store

“Animate Fukui”



1-8-17 Chuo,

Fukui-shi, Fukui-ken



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100 yen shop “Seria” Aossa, Fukui



1-4-1 Teyose,

Fukui-shi, Fukui-ken



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