Deep in the mountains of Fukui prefecture, along the Sea of Japan, lies the town of Katsuyama. Aside from its Sagicho bonfire festival in February, Katsuyama is famous for two things: the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (one of the World’s Three Great Dinosaur Museums) and Ski Jam resort. About an hour-long drive from Fukui City, which is accessible by train from Maibara, Ski Jam is nestled in the beautiful, snowy mountains....Read More
Deep in the mountain passages of northern Fukui bordering on the town of Maruoka lies the small village of Takeda. Nestled in its forest surroundings, Takeda is a beautiful, serene escape. In Takeda, it feels as if time stands still. Old traditional houses line the small streets. Further along the town, visitors can find Senko no Ie, an old thatched-roof house passed down and maintained through generations of family. Here one can stop...Read More
In modern media, eastern Asia is often shrouded with a veil of mystery, excitement, and age old traditions. Japan is not an exception. In fact, it is a quintessential example of these elements. One of the best aspects of Japan is the hidden wonders to be discovered along the way. Whether strolling along the urban jungle of Tokyo or wandering through the neighborhoods of rural Fukui, there are sights to be seen all along the way....Read More
It’s not often that a chain restaurant can conserve quality and freshness throughout its shops. While convenient, many franchised restaurants serving Japanese food replace fresh taste with quick service. During a recent visit to Fukui, this was not at all the case. When my friend recommended we dine at つるつる(Tsuru Tsuru), I was eager to give it a try. Entering the restaurant, it immediately felt more like a comfortable small-town...Read More
“Tojinbo”, known for an unusual long line of columnar joints made of andesite, is designated as a natural monument of Japan. The name of “Tojinbo” comes from a Buddhist monk “Tojinbo” who was killed by being thrown from the top of this cliff into the sea by his fellow trainees due to his daily violence. This place is also known throughout the country as a popular suicide spot. Many people commit...Read More
More than 100 trainee monks called “unsui” lead lives of self-discipline in “Eihei-ji” Buddhist temple, the head temple of “Soto” sect in “Zen” Buddhism.
“Dogen”, the founder of “Soto” sect in “Zen” Buddhism, studied about “Tendai” sect in “Hiei-zan Enryaku-ji” temple near Kyoto in his youth and moved to “Kennin-ji” temple in Kyoto to learn “Rinzai” sect in “Zen” Buddhism. As he was dissatisfied by these old dogmas of Buddhism in Japan, he visited China to seek an ideal Buddhist policy....Read More