2020, Weather Forecast for Fukui, Not So Great
This is a season when cherry blossoms are beautiful. Unfortunately, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), having a hanami (“cherry blossom viewing”), which carries the likelihood of gathering crowds of people together, should be avoided during this time. In this situation, how about having a tsukimi (“moon-viewing”) instead? In 2020, the best time to see the supermoon will be on April 8th. Also known as a “pink moon”, why not try looking up to admire the April’s full moon, from just outside your home?
A “supermoon” is when a full moon happens while it is at its closest distance from the earth. Within the year, it will appear at its largest. In 2020, the closes the full moon will be to Japan will be on April 8th, at around 11:00 a.m. During the evening of that day, the moon will undoubtedly be an impressive sight to see.
“Pink moon” is a term that came from Indigenous Americans, as a popular name to describe the full moon in April. It does not necessarily mean a pink colour can be seen, but it is a phenomenon to look forward to, as a sign of spring.
What is concerning is the weather. According to an April 1 weekly weather forecast by the Niigata Local Meteorological Office, Fukui Prefecture will experience bouts of cloudy and sunny weather throughout April 7th. The following day, April 8th, will be cloudy, making for a not so great situation for a tsukimi. In any case, even if for a brief time, it can still be a nice experience to see the moon through the rifts between the clouds. We can only wish for good weather.
A Measure to Prevent the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus
On April 4th, the Eastern Business Development Association, which manages PARIO CITY (in Fukui Prefecture, Fukui City), announced that all of PARIO CITY will be closed from April 5th to the 10th, as a measure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). After an association representative was confirmed with the virus on April 1st, disinfection was carried out on the interior of the shopping centre, and continued operation; however, from the standpoint of ensuring the safety of customers and employees, the decision was changed to suspend business operations.
Businesses that will be closed include, YASUSAKI Gurume-Kan, Kobe Cook WORLD BUFFET, Toys “R” Us Fukui, and Mister Donut. Disinfection of the shopping centre interior will be carried out once again. The Fukui City East Service Center and TSUTAYA Fukui PARIO, located in the same area, will continue to be open for business.
This is the second shopping centre within Fukui Prefecture to suspend business, after WaiPlaza Shinbo (in Fukui City), which is managed by the YASUSAKI group, after one of its company executives was confirmed with the virus.
Novel Coronavirus Press Conference, 2nd Death and 7 COVID-19 Case Confirmations
On April 5th, leading members of Fukui Prefecture requested once again for everyone to refrain from outings and gatherings for two weeks, “especially for elderly people to abstain from meetings and long conversations.” In the press conference, the prefecture reported the 2nd death connected to COVID-19, as well as 7 new case confirmations.
April 5 Novel Coronavirus Report by Fukui Prefecture, Two in Serious Condition
On April 5th, there has been confirmation of 7 new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases within Fukui Prefecture, of people from Fukui City, Sabae City, Sakai City, and Echizen City. Fukui Prefecture reported brief details for the 47th through to the 53rd COVID-19 case within the prefecture as follows:
 Echizen City male company employee, in his 20s
 Sabae City male company employee, in his 50s
 Fukui City male restaurant employee, in his 70s
 Sakai City female company employee, in her 50s
 Echizen City male company employee, in his 50s
 Fukui City independent businessman, in his 40s
 Fukui City independent businesswoman, in her 70s
Two people, of cases  and , are in serious condition; they have entered intensive care, and have been put on ventilators.