The Takefu Kiku Ningyo Festival: one of the three best chrysanthemum doll festivals in Japan

October/24/2021

You can see colorful life-sized chrysanthemum dolls and numerous kinds of chrysanthemums for free at the Takefu Kiku Ningyo Festival. (Kiku means “chrysanthemum” and ningyo means “doll.”) Kiku Ningyo festival is one of Japan’s cultural traditions.

The Takefu Kiku Ningyo Festival has a 70-year history and is one of the three best Kiku Ningyo Festivals in Japan. It’s held every year from early October through early November at Takefu Chuo Park(武生中央公園), Fukui. read more

Miraie: The illumination event at Tsuruga Port

Miraie: The illumination event at Tsuruga Port

November/9/2019

Tsuruga, which is in the middle of Fukui Prefecture, is often called a railroad and port city.

In 1902 the direct route between Tsuruga and Vladivostok was opened, and in 1912 the railroad between Tsuruga and Tokyo was built. From 1912 to 1941 this route (which went from Tokyo to Tsuruga to Vladivostok to European countries like France, Poland, and Lithuania, and which made use of both Tsuruga Port and the Trans-Siberian Railroad) was the shortest one between Japan and Europe. read more

The Tsuruga International Culture Festival 2019

November/10/2019

Tsuruga is a city that Polish orphans came to in the 1920s and Jewish refugees in the 1940s. (If you want to know more about these things, read my previous post.(Tsuruga Port,Fumi Matsuzawa: a heroine, and Chiune Sugihara: a hero.)) Because of this, Tsuruga has friendly relationships with Poland, Lithuania, Israel and the Netherlands. read more

2019 Sumo Summer Tour in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, Japan.

July/31/2019

Today, I watched some sumo matches in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture. Between the main sumo tournaments, sumo wrestlers go to rural towns and hold exhibition matches for a day at a time. It was the first time I’d ever watched sumo live.

Sumo is well known around the world, so you may know something about it. However, the history of sumo and the meanings of the sumo wrestlers’ motions aren’t as well known. read more

2018 Autumn Leaves Festival at Nishiyama Park in Fukui Prefecture

↑↑This is Kyoyo Garden.

November/24/2018

Today I went to Nishiyama Park, which is in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The Autumn Leaves Festival was being held there. There are about 1,600 Japanese maple trees in the park. Usually, you can enjoy seeing autumn leaves the best at Nishiyama Park from mid-November to late November.  read more

I watched a Japan Self Defense Forces parade in Fukui for the first time.

October/21/2018

Today I watched a parade by the Self Defense Forces in Fukui prefecture. It was held on Phoenix Street in Fukui City. Since it was sunny, people  enjoyed watching the parade. I knew that the parade is held every year. However, I’ve never been to watch it.

I thought that the audience would be small, but there were a lot of people at the venue. I couldn’t find a place to watch because of the large number of people. Finally, I was able to find a good place to watch. read more

The Fukui soccer team won the 2018 National Sports Festival

  October/3/2018

Today I went to Mikuni, Fukui Prefecture, to watch the final soccer game of the National Sports Festival, which is the biggest annual sports event in Japan. This year’s festival was held in Fukui Prefecture for the first time in 50 years.

In the male soccer section, the Fukui team got through to the final. Fukui would face Tokyo. read more

I went to 2018The 13th Echizen City Summer Festival with my nieces.

August/15/2018

Today, I went to Takefu , Fukui prefecture, with my nieces and their mother to watch some fireworks.(The 13th Echizen City Summer Festival)

One of the nieces is in high school and the other is in university. At five o’clock in the evening, they all came to my place and we went to Takefu together in their car. read more