Fukui Prefectural Green Center, Completely Closed

Fukui Prefectural Green Center, Completely Closed

Until May 6th, Four Additional Michi-no-Eki Closed

On April 30th, in an effort to reduce the amount of traffic across the prefecture during the long holiday, Fukui Prefecture announced that the Fukui Prefectural Green Center (in Sakai City) will be completely closed from May 1st to the 6th, which includes its outdoor facilities, such as the open space lawn, and parking area.

Furthermore, the Michi-no-Eki (“roadside station”) in four locations will also be completely closed, including its parking areas, washrooms, and information booths, during May 1st to 6th; the four locations are “Ichijodani Asakura Mizu-no-Eki” in Fukui City, “Nishiyama Park” in Sabae City, “Zen no Sato” in Eiheiji Town, and “Mikatagoko” in Wakasa Town.

“Uminpia Oi” in Oi Town and “Seaside Takahama” in Takahama Town have already been closed, making 6 of the 15 Michi-no-Eki within Fukui Prefecture inaccessible.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1079060

Fifty-Thousand Azaleas Pruned Before Its Bloom

Fifty-Thousand Azaleas Pruned Before Its Bloom

A Painful Decision to Avoid Crowding

In order to prevent the yearly crowds of people eager to see Nishiyama Park’s 50,000 azaleas in full bloom, Sabae City has taken an exceptional measure to prune the flowers before it blooms.

Nishiyama Park is famous for its approximately 50,000 azaleas. During the Golden Week period, roughly two-hundred-thousand people from within and around Fukui Prefecture would visit for the annual “Sabae Azalea Festival” (さばえつつじまつり). However, with the beautiful flowers in bloom, there is a danger of visitors crowding together, wanting to see the azaleas; with this in mind, Sabae City made the painful decision to prune the azaleas before it begins blooming, an operation that usually occurs well after the flowers have fully blossomed. Pruning will be carried out from April 22nd to the 28th.

Furthermore, as a measure to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Nishiyama Park will be closed form April 21st to May 10th.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128405&page=1

Squirrel Monkeys, Keeping Warm by the Heater

Squirrel Monkeys, Keeping Warm by the Heater

At Sabae City’s Nishiyama Zoo, Popular with Visitors

In Nishiyama Zoo, located in Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City, the scene of black-capped squirrel monkeys keeping themselves warm by the heater has been gaining popularity. Visitors enjoyed taking cute pictures of the monkeys approaching the heater to warm their bodies, or to take naps.

The small black-capped squirrel monkeys are native to Central and South America, weighing roughly one kilogram. Weak against the cold, the zoo installed heaters during early November of last year.

Although it has been a warm winter, it is still bitterly cold for the monkeys. According to the zookeepers, the infant monkeys are often running around, full of energy; on the other hand, the adult monkeys are usually gathered around the heater. This can often be seen during the afternoon, when the monkeys are full after being fed.

There are eight black-capped squirrel monkeys in the zoo. The heaters will remain installed until around March.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1014776

A Burger of Mizu-Yokan and Habutae Mochi

A Burger of Mizu-Yokan and Habutae Mochi

A Collaboration Between Fukui’s Winter Flavour and Famous Sweet

In Nishiyama Park’s Michi-no-Eki located in Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City, a popular winter item has returned to the menu for this season: the “Mizu-Yokan Burger”. A new variation is the Mizu-Yokan Burger combined with Habutae Mochi; visitors can enjoy the famous sweet, representing the local area, in this collaboration.

Mizu-yokan is associated as a winter flavour of Fukui. In efforts to gain further recognition from tourists outside the prefecture, and for mizu-yokan to be known as a Fukui brand, the Michi-no-Eki developed the Mizu-Yokan Burger four years ago, but taking mizu-yokan and putting it in between a toasted bun. Every year when the winter menu items go on sale and continue to gain popularity, in place of the Michi-no-Eki’s already popular “Yoshikawa Eggplant Burger” which is swapped out during November.

The simple recipe begins with margarine spread within two halves of a toasted bun, then mizu-yokan and kinako (roasted soybean flour), along with whipped cream is placed between the buns. Supplied by “Seiundou” (清雲堂, a confectioner within Sabae City’s Fukae-cho), the mizu-yokan’s mild sweetness goes very well with the buns. With the new menu item including Habutae Mochi, visitors can also enjoy an added springy texture with their burger. A coffee-flavoured Mizu-Yokan Burger is also on sale.

“It would be great if everyone can take a liking to the burger, leading to more sales of mizu-yokan and Habutae Mochi as souvenirs,” expressed the Michi-no-Eki’s manager, Tsutomu Ito.

The Mizu-Yokan Burger and its coffee-flavoured version is ¥300; the burger including Habutae Mochi is ¥350, both priced including tax.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/997631