Fukui’s Prefectural Facilities, Open Facilities Listed Here

Fukui’s Prefectural Facilities, Open Facilities Listed Here

Novel Coronavirus, March 15th to 24th, Some Outdoor Facilities Reopening

On March 13th, concerning the preventative measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Fukui Prefecture has listed the facilities which will be closed during March 15th to 24th. Seven facilities, including the Fukui Children’s Museum (in Fukui City), have extended its closures. Meanwhile, nine outdoor facilities, including the Prefectural Children’s Science Museum (in Sakai City), and seven other facilities, including the Fukui Undo Park (in Fukui Park), will reopen.

Indoor children’s facilities will generally remain closed, but the outdoor facilities will open, while drawing attention to the potential danger of infection through use of the playground equipment.

The status of prefectural facilities for March 15th to 24th are as follows:

  • [Open Outdoor Facilities (Closed Indoor Facilities)]
    • Children’s Science Museum (Sakai City)
    • Fukui Children’s Hall (Oi Town)
    • Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (Katsuyama City)
    • Fukui Kenko no Mori-Kenko Sports Center (Fukui City)
    • Fukui Prefectural Green Center (Sakai City)
    • Fukui Shonen Sports Park (Fukui City)
    • Engei LABO no Oka (Mihama Town)
    • Naisuimen Sogo Center (Fukui City)
    • Kanegasaki Green Field (Tsuruga City)
  • [Open Facilities (Possibly with Some Closed Areas)]
    • Fukui Prefecture Livestock Examination Ground-Nakayoshi Tongari Farm (Sakai City)
    • SME Educational Facility (Fukui City)
    • YOU-I-Fukui (Fukui City)
    • Fukui Agricultural Business Center (Echizen City)
    • Wakasa Wan Energy Research Center (Tsuruga City)
    • Technoport Fukui Sogo Park (Sakai City)
    • Fukui Undo Park (Fukui City)
  • [Closed Facilities]
    • Okuetsu Takahara Seishonen Shizen no Ie (Ono City)
    • Awara Seinen no Ie (Awara City)
    • Sabae Seinen no Ie (Sabae City)
    • Mikata Seinen no Ie (Wakasa Town)
    • Fukui Children’s Museum (Fukui City)
    • Fukui Kenko no Mori-Ikigai Cultural Exchange Center (Fukui City)
    • Climbing Center (Fukui City)

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1047807

Dinosaur Train, Operated by Echizen Railway

Dinosaur Train, Operated by Echizen Railway

Tourist Attraction: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Support from Fukui Prefecture

With eyes set on the 2023 spring opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line extension within the prefecture, Fukui Prefecture brings focus onto the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (located in Katsuyama City) as a centrepiece for drawing in tourists, with an initial budget for 2020 drafted at ¥1,035,070,000 for expansions and functional enhancements of the facilities. A “Dinosaur Train” and Dinosaur Hotel” project has also been planned out in the background, to support the museum.

In regards to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum’s enhancements, with a 2023 summer reopening in mind, ¥447,670,000 has been allotted for the expansion project costs, and ¥587,400,000 for the landscaping costs on the museum’s west wing. The museum extension will have event halls and special exhibition room in the 1st and 2nd basement floors. The main building of the museum, which was sculpted into an egg-shaped dome, has been established as a symbol for the museum; the integrity of the museum’s design in being taken into consideration.

In line with the expansion and renovation projects, discussions will also be held with Katsuyama City, to start work on methods to promote trips and accommodations within the prefecture. ¥122,350,000 has been allotted to support those working on projects, including of the Dinosaur Train and Dinosaur Bus, which will be furnished to evoke the image of dinosaurs, and also the project to bring the Dinosaur Hotel into reality.

The Dinosaur Train will be operated by Echizen Railway. In addition to remodelling already existing trains to roll out this summer, preparations to introduce new train cars to operate in three years is in progress.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1032269

-7.8⁰C in Katsuyama, Colder Temperature within Fukui Prefecture

-7.8⁰C in Katsuyama, Colder Temperature within Fukui Prefecture

In Six Regions, the Current Season’s Lowest Temperatures

On February 7th, six observation sites recorded the lowest temperatures of the current season, caused by the cold air going through Fukui Prefecture, with Katsuyama City recording a low of -7.8⁰C.

According to a 7:00 a.m. report by the Japan Meteorological Agency, the temperature hit a record low of -7.8⁰C at 4:29 a.m. in Katsuyama City. In Ono City, at 6:54 a.m., the temperature reached -6.7⁰C; in Mikuni and Harue, within Sakai City, between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m., the temperature of -3.0⁰C was recorded.

Fukui City was at -2.9⁰C (at 2:54 a.m.), and Tsuruga City was at -1.0⁰C (at 1:12 a.m.). These are the current season’s record lows for the six region.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1024905

Doraemon, Big Adventure in Katsuyama During the Cretaceous Period

Doraemon, Big Adventure in Katsuyama During the Cretaceous Period

The Prefectural Dinosaur Museum as Supervising Director, a Book to Fully Enjoy Doraemon’s New Film

Doraemon and friends, on a big adventure in Katsuyama, one hundred and twenty million years in the past!

On January 22nd, an educational mook was released for sale by Shogakukan, for those wanting to fully enjoy the upcoming film, “Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur”, which will show in theatres nationwide from March 6th. In cooperation with the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, located in Katsuyama City, to be part of editorial supervision, an educational manga was compiled where Nobita and other regular characters find various fossils, including that of a Fukuititan, transforming into a herd of dinosaurs during ancient-period Katsuyama, and leading to chaos.

The project began development from fall of 2019, and marks the museum’s fourth collaboration with Doraemon. The prefectural governor of Fukui, Tatsuji Sugimoto, made the announcement during a scheduled press conference on January 22nd.

The B5 size mook is 102 pages. It features a rampaging dinosaur from the film, in a high-quality illustration. Based on the latest research, many topics including the dinosaurs’ ecology and extinction are explained in an easy-to-understand format.

The included education manga is 26 pages long, and follows a story where Doraemon and Nobita visit an excavation site in Katsuyama City’s Kitadani-cho, in an effort to find treasure. The museum’s chief research officer, Masateru Shibata (aged 44), makes an appearance in the manga as himself; he talks about the fossil cleaning operation done in the museum, and the difficulties involved in excavation.

Using a secret gadget to travel to the Cretaceous Period, Doraemon and his friends cross paths with the Fukuiraptor and Fukuisaurus, turning into an amusing adventure story.

The mook is currently on sale in bookstores across the country for ¥800 (tax excluded).

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1015339

Peak Production of Kakimochi, a Five-Coloured Bamboo Screen

Peak Production of Kakimochi, a Five-Coloured Bamboo Screen

An Old Japanese-style House in Katsuyama, the Warmth of Being Homemade

In Heisenji, located in the valleys of Heisenji-cho within Fukui Prefecture’s Katsuyama City, kakimochi (“dried rice cake”) is heading towards its peak production period; kakimochi is considered to be a preserved food associated with winter. At an old Japanese-style house, where the kakimochi is produced, kakimochi of five different colours have been hung across the workshop, like a bamboo screen, adding a touch of colour to go with the intense cold being experienced by the community.

Kakimochi production began from January 4th at “Rokusenbo”, a company created by residents who have taken the task of preserving the traditional flavour. Using local and organically farmed glutinous rice, the mochi uses a variety of ingredients to add colour, such as Japanese mugwort, wild rice, acetes, and tumeric. Including a white kakimochi containing black sesame seeds, this year has a set of five different coloured kakimochi.

The experienced staff would take twenty pieces of mochi, which had been cut into rectangular blocks, and skilfully tie up each bunch with rice straw. Hung along bamboo sticks, the kakimochi overflow with the warmth and appearance resulting from its homemade quality; and after spending two weeks out to dry, the kakimochi is ready to serve.

“Colder temperatures result in higher quality. We hope to continue to preserve this flavour and technique, which has remained unchanged from long ago,” said Rokusenbo representative, Michi Okubo (aged 68). With about one thousand packs, containing five different coloured kakimochi, to be made, it will be sold on January 26th, during Katsuyama’s Year-End Fair. One pack will be ¥750.

The old Japanese-style house will be remodelled, and reopen as a historic site, as well as a tea house this spring.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1011134