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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. 

[Kumagaya, Saitama] Enjoy Ingredients of the No.1 “Hotspot” in Japan

[Kumagaya, Saitama] Enjoy Ingredients of the No.1 “Hotspot” in Japan

Saitama prefecture is located at the center of the Kanto region and can be accessed fairly easily by train or car from Tokyo. Being rich with natural resources, varieties of products  such as green onions, spinach, and cucumbers  are harvested in this area. This time, we visited Kumagaya in Saitama, to learn about its agricultural products.  The city is also famously known for being the hottest during summer in Japan. In this article, two of the splendid ingredients grown in Kumagaya will be introduced. 

[Kumagaya, Saitama] Enjoy Ingredients of the No.1 “Hotspot” in Japan

[Kumagaya, Saitama] Enjoy Ingredients of the No.1 “Hotspot” in Japan

Saitama prefecture is located at the center of the Kanto region and can be accessed fairly easily by train or car from Tokyo. Being rich with natural resources, varieties of products  such as green onions, spinach, and cucumbers  are harvested in this area. This time, we visited Kumagaya in Saitama, to learn about its agricultural products.  The city is also famously known for being the hottest during summer in Japan. In this article, two of the splendid ingredients grown in Kumagaya will be introduced. 

Experience Local Cuisine of Fukui Blessed with Natural Resources

Experience Local Cuisine of Fukui Blessed with Natural Resources

Fukui prefecture is located in the Chūbu region of Honshū facing the Sea of Japan. Characterized by its rich land, mountains, and sea, the landscape of Fukui is decorated perfectly with the grace of each season―beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, green lively trees in summer, fall foliage in autumn, and elegant snow in winter. In fact, on the Japan Research Institute’s biennial research of prefectural happiness report, Fukui has been the number one, four times in a row since 2014. The area has also been the 4th place in Japan’s average life expectancy. Supposedly, in an area surrounded by nature and tradition, residents and tourists are bound to have a pleasant peaceful time.

Experience Local Cuisine of Fukui Blessed with Natural Resources

Experience Local Cuisine of Fukui Blessed with Natural Resources

Fukui prefecture is located in the Chūbu region of Honshū facing the Sea of Japan. Characterized by its rich land, mountains, and sea, the landscape of Fukui is decorated perfectly with the grace of each season―beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, green lively trees in summer, fall foliage in autumn, and elegant snow in winter. In fact, on the Japan Research Institute’s biennial research of prefectural happiness report, Fukui has been the number one, four times in a row since 2014. The area has also been the 4th place in Japan’s average life expectancy. Supposedly, in an area surrounded by nature and tradition, residents and tourists are bound to have a pleasant peaceful time.

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. 

How are Restaurants in Japan Reacting to the Third State of Emergency?

How are Restaurants in Japan Reacting to the Third State of Emergency?

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the Japanese government has declared a state of emergency, which demands businesses including restaurants to shorten their business hours or closure. Following the state of emergency in April 2020, and January 2021, the third emergency measure was set on April 25th and was extended to mid-June. How is our lifestyle, especially dining style changing due to this measure?

How are Restaurants in Japan Reacting to the Third State of Emergency?

How are Restaurants in Japan Reacting to the Third State of Emergency?

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the Japanese government has declared a state of emergency, which demands businesses including restaurants to shorten their business hours or closure. Following the state of emergency in April 2020, and January 2021, the third emergency measure was set on April 25th and was extended to mid-June. How is our lifestyle, especially dining style changing due to this measure?

5 Restaurants in Osaka with Extra Hygiene Measures to Fight Coronavirus

5 Restaurants in Osaka with Extra Hygiene Measures to Fight Coronavirus

Is it safe now to eat out in Osaka? Is it not? It is still in the gray area. But if you need some time to refresh your mind and belly, it might be the time to go out and eat, as long as you follow the safety protocol. It is now more important than ever to carefully choose where to eat. Many restaurants are taking extra steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus. How does the new normal in Japan look like for restaurants?

5 Restaurants in Osaka with Extra Hygiene Measures to Fight Coronavirus

5 Restaurants in Osaka with Extra Hygiene Measures to Fight Coronavirus

Is it safe now to eat out in Osaka? Is it not? It is still in the gray area. But if you need some time to refresh your mind and belly, it might be the time to go out and eat, as long as you follow the safety protocol. It is now more important than ever to carefully choose where to eat. Many restaurants are taking extra steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus. How does the new normal in Japan look like for restaurants?

5 Restaurants in Kyoto with Extra Hygiene Measures to Fight Coronavirus

5 Restaurants in Kyoto with Extra Hygiene Measures to Fight Coronavirus

Is it safe now to eat out in Kyoto? Is it not? It is still in the gray area. But if you need some time to refresh your mind and belly, it might be the time to go out and eat, as long as you follow the safety protocol. It is now more important than ever to carefully choose where to eat. We have picked up 5 restaurants in Kyoto where hygiene and safety are the utmost importanceーother than the food.

5 Restaurants in Kyoto with Extra Hygiene Measures to Fight Coronavirus

5 Restaurants in Kyoto with Extra Hygiene Measures to Fight Coronavirus

Is it safe now to eat out in Kyoto? Is it not? It is still in the gray area. But if you need some time to refresh your mind and belly, it might be the time to go out and eat, as long as you follow the safety protocol. It is now more important than ever to carefully choose where to eat. We have picked up 5 restaurants in Kyoto where hygiene and safety are the utmost importanceーother than the food.

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