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Voyage for [Fukui Amaebi], the Future of Fishermen | Part 1

Voyage for [Fukui Amaebi], the Future of Fishermen | Part 1

When asked about the local specialty of Fukui Prefecture, what comes to your mind? Echizen crab, or the king of the winter, would be a classic choice. Records claim that the oldest snow crab fishing in Japan was in Fukui Prefecture. During the Edo period, Echizen crab was one of the designated offerings for the shogunate. However, the crab is not the only seafood that can be caught here. The offshore from Tango-hantō to Noto-hantō peninsula, which is a fishing ground for crabs, is also a well-known spot for the amaebi sweet shrimp. The brand  “Fukui Amaebi” was established in 2021 with an aspiration to promote sophisticated jumbo amaebi as a local delicacy. To unearth the secrets to the sweet amaebi that melts in your mouth, we flew straight to Fukui. 

Discover the Ingredients of Wellness in Fukui

Discover the Ingredients of Wellness in Fukui

In the mountains and along the coast of northern Fukui Prefecture, locals work in harmony with the rich environment to reward visitors with healthy cuisine, enriching cultural experiences, and a much-deserved sense of wellness.  Central Japan’s Fukui Prefecture feels far removed from the frenzied pace of life in the nation’s cities. Life in the northern reaches of the prefecture, in particular, appears to move to the calmer rhythms set by a close proximity to both mountains and sea.  Using the area’s rich natural resources local chefs create healthy, sustainable cuisine, serving dishes that include Japan’s finest and freshest crab to those showcasing the zero-mileage ingredients grown on the mountainsides.   Away from the dining table, local people infuse their heritage with creative energy, offering cultural workshops to visitors to the region’s retro townscapes. Deep in the mountains, things get far more zen at the revered Eiheiji Temple.     Add to this menu life-affirming views of the sun setting over the Sea of Japan and it’s easy to see why this corner of Fukui Prefecture is quietly becoming the destination of choice for people looking to press reset, mentally and physically, on their busy lives.    Modern and convenient Fukui Station is the region’s transportation hub and the logical point of departure for a Fukui wellness experience. Nextdoor, delightfully retro Echizen Testudo trains depart from Echizen Tetsudo Fukui Station for Eiheijiguchi. From here buses connect to Daihonzan Eiheiji. 

Discover the Ingredients of Wellness in Fukui

Discover the Ingredients of Wellness in Fukui

In the mountains and along the coast of northern Fukui Prefecture, locals work in harmony with the rich environment to reward visitors with healthy cuisine, enriching cultural experiences, and a much-deserved sense of wellness.  Central Japan’s Fukui Prefecture feels far removed from the frenzied pace of life in the nation’s cities. Life in the northern reaches of the prefecture, in particular, appears to move to the calmer rhythms set by a close proximity to both mountains and sea.  Using the area’s rich natural resources local chefs create healthy, sustainable cuisine, serving dishes that include Japan’s finest and freshest crab to those showcasing the zero-mileage ingredients grown on the mountainsides.   Away from the dining table, local people infuse their heritage with creative energy, offering cultural workshops to visitors to the region’s retro townscapes. Deep in the mountains, things get far more zen at the revered Eiheiji Temple.     Add to this menu life-affirming views of the sun setting over the Sea of Japan and it’s easy to see why this corner of Fukui Prefecture is quietly becoming the destination of choice for people looking to press reset, mentally and physically, on their busy lives.    Modern and convenient Fukui Station is the region’s transportation hub and the logical point of departure for a Fukui wellness experience. Nextdoor, delightfully retro Echizen Testudo trains depart from Echizen Tetsudo Fukui Station for Eiheijiguchi. From here buses connect to Daihonzan Eiheiji. 

10 Surprising Differences Between Japanese-Italian Food and Real Italian Food

10 Surprising Differences Between Japanese-Italian Food and Real Italian Food

Many countries appreciate Italian food to the point that it ends up mixing with the local cuisine, creating new variations of the original Italian recipes. Japan is no exception—the country’s love for Italian food shows through the many Italian restaurants you can find in almost every Japanese city as well as through the wide variety of interesting fusion dishes born from the inventiveness of Japanese chefs. In this article, an Italian living in Japan covers the history of Italian food in Japan, the types of “Italian” food you can find in Japan, and some great restaurants where you can try these fascinating fusion dishes for yourself!

10 Surprising Differences Between Japanese-Italian Food and Real Italian Food

10 Surprising Differences Between Japanese-Italian Food and Real Italian Food

Many countries appreciate Italian food to the point that it ends up mixing with the local cuisine, creating new variations of the original Italian recipes. Japan is no exception—the country’s love for Italian food shows through the many Italian restaurants you can find in almost every Japanese city as well as through the wide variety of interesting fusion dishes born from the inventiveness of Japanese chefs. In this article, an Italian living in Japan covers the history of Italian food in Japan, the types of “Italian” food you can find in Japan, and some great restaurants where you can try these fascinating fusion dishes for yourself!

Soybeans: The Most Essential Ingredient in Japanese Food

Soybeans: The Most Essential Ingredient in Japanese Food

What comes to your mind when you think of Japanese food? Sushi? Miso soup? Whatever your answer, there’s a very good chance that it wouldn’t be the same were it not for soybeans. Sushi, for example, is typically brushed or dipped in soy sauce, and the miso in miso soup is made from fermented soybeans. Indeed, many of Japan’s most iconic foods make use of soybeans in one form of another, making the beans indispensable in Japanese cuisine. In this article, we will explore many of the Japanese foods made from soybeans, as well as recommend some great restaurants in Japan where you can get a taste of the very best of them.

Soybeans: The Most Essential Ingredient in Japanese Food

Soybeans: The Most Essential Ingredient in Japanese Food

What comes to your mind when you think of Japanese food? Sushi? Miso soup? Whatever your answer, there’s a very good chance that it wouldn’t be the same were it not for soybeans. Sushi, for example, is typically brushed or dipped in soy sauce, and the miso in miso soup is made from fermented soybeans. Indeed, many of Japan’s most iconic foods make use of soybeans in one form of another, making the beans indispensable in Japanese cuisine. In this article, we will explore many of the Japanese foods made from soybeans, as well as recommend some great restaurants in Japan where you can get a taste of the very best of them.

An In-Depth Guide to the World of Cheap Japanese Fast Food

An In-Depth Guide to the World of Cheap Japanese Fast Food

While Japan may offer an unparalleled experience in haute cuisine, it also has the art of fast food perfected. Not only can you find similar burger-and-sandwich chains as in other countries, but there are also fast food restaurants offering traditional Japanese cuisine. Read on for a complete overview of fast food in Japan, including sushi, curry, and more!

All About Anko: The Red Bean Paste Desserts You Can Eat in Japan

All About Anko: The Red Bean Paste Desserts You Can Eat in Japan

Many people are often surprised to hear that beans can be enjoyed as dessert in Japan. But "anko", a paste made from red beans called "azuki", is a staple in traditional Japanese confectionery, and has been enjoyed by Japanese people for centuries. The taste can be enjoyed alone, or as a complement to other Japanese flavors such as matcha (roasted green tea) or mochi (sticky rice cake). This time, we will explain what anko is, and the many ways it can be enjoyed.

All About Anko: The Red Bean Paste Desserts You Can Eat in Japan

All About Anko: The Red Bean Paste Desserts You Can Eat in Japan

Many people are often surprised to hear that beans can be enjoyed as dessert in Japan. But "anko", a paste made from red beans called "azuki", is a staple in traditional Japanese confectionery, and has been enjoyed by Japanese people for centuries. The taste can be enjoyed alone, or as a complement to other Japanese flavors such as matcha (roasted green tea) or mochi (sticky rice cake). This time, we will explain what anko is, and the many ways it can be enjoyed.

Cheers to Awamori! Discover the Wonders of This Okinawan Sake

Cheers to Awamori! Discover the Wonders of This Okinawan Sake

From climate to culture, food, and dialect, Okinawa Prefecture—located in the southernmost part of Japan—is significantly different from the rest of the country. One of the products indigenous and unique to Okinawa is "awamori", a locally-produced rice wine. With a full-bodied yet mellow flavor, this Okinawan spirit has recently taken the whole country by storm. Let's take a closer look at what makes awamori so special! (No underage drinking, and no driving after drinking!)

Cheers to Awamori! Discover the Wonders of This Okinawan Sake

Cheers to Awamori! Discover the Wonders of This Okinawan Sake

From climate to culture, food, and dialect, Okinawa Prefecture—located in the southernmost part of Japan—is significantly different from the rest of the country. One of the products indigenous and unique to Okinawa is "awamori", a locally-produced rice wine. With a full-bodied yet mellow flavor, this Okinawan spirit has recently taken the whole country by storm. Let's take a closer look at what makes awamori so special! (No underage drinking, and no driving after drinking!)

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