Mizu Yokan Burger, An Original Fukui Specialty

Mizu Yokan Burger, An Original Fukui Specialty

Michi-no-Eki [Nishiyama Park], Habutae Mochi Topping Also Available

At Michi-no-Eki Nishiyama Park (located within Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City), the “Mizu Yokan Burger”, a winter specialty of Fukui using mizu yokan (a Japanese red bean jelly), has gone on sale for a limited time. Presented with a generous amount of whipped cream, the burger has a splendid appearance, while offering a mild sweetness. The extraordinary combination of ingredients continues to gain popularity.

The Michi-no-Eki developed the burger to give visitors from outside the prefecture another way to learn about Fukui’s specialties. The toasted buns are spread with butter, and has mizu yokan, kinako (roasted soybean flour), and whipped cream sandwiched in between. The round-shaped mizu yokan used are provided by a confectionery shop within Sabae City, specially ordered to be used to fit burger buns; it has a lighter sweetness from using less brown sugar, to pair well with whipped cream. The kinako provides an extra accent to complete the Mizu Yokan Burger.

There is also a “Mizu Yokan Habutae Mochi Burger”, which has four to five bite-size pieces of habutae mochi (sweet Japanese rice cakes with a soft and silky texture) in between the mizu yokan and buns, adding a springy texture.

Manager Tsuromu Ito expressed, “Definitely come and try this snack-inspired burger!” The Mizu Yokan Burger is available for ¥300, with the Mizu Yokan Habutae Mochi Burger at ¥400 (tax included). These items are planned to be on sale until the end of February.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1249994

Michi-no-Eki “Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama”, Opens June 20th

Michi-no-Eki “Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama”, Opens June 20th

On June 20th, Katsuyama City’s Michi-no-Eki “Dinosaur Valley Katsuyama” will open for business, after delaying its opening date, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and insufficient supplies.

The Michi-no-Eki is located on the north side of the Katsuyama Kyoryu Bridge, close to the Katsuyama Interchange, along the Chubu-Jukan Expressway. The facility has a section selling produce grown by the local residents; foods like mizu yokan and soft-serve ice cream will also be sold, and there will be a light-meal corner where visitors can enjoy the local flavours, such as the “Raptor Burger”, inspired by the image of dinosaurs. Outside the facility, a monument of a dinosaur, which is also a slide, can be seen. Katsuyama City stated that it will be carrying out COVID-19 prevention measures on the opening day.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=129589

Lesser Pandas Full of Energy, After 2 Months

Lesser Pandas Full of Energy, After 2 Months

Sabae City’s Nishiyama Zoo Reopens

In Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, after roughly two months of being closed since March 30th, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, Nishiyama Zoo reopened on June 1st. The famous lesser pandas’ (also known as “red pandas”) adorable appearance have visitors smiling from ear to ear.

At the moment, the zoo is operating with reduced hours, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to disinfectant sprays placed before the entrance, visitors are asked to fill in their contact information and have their temperatures measured through thermography upon entering the zoo. Infection prevention measures are also diligently carried out within the zoo, such as by addressing visitors to maintain distance from each other, while enjoying the sights.

On June 1st, right from when the zoo opened, children and their parents visit in great numbers, watching over the lesser pandas deliciously enjoy their food. A male Indian peafowl, approaching its breeding season, can be seen making courtship display, as to attract its female counterpart; a man in his 30s, visiting from Fukui City with his family of three, commented with a smile, “It’s as if the peafowl is welcoming us.”

“It’s been two months since the zoo has had visitors; I wonder if the animals are also delighted,” said a staff member watching over the zoo.

From June 1st, the nearby Nishiyama Park has opened to allow people to visit for the purpose of sightseeing; Michi-no-Eki “Nishiyama Park” has also reopened with reduced hours, operating from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1097210

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