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.
From Michi-no-Eki Kuzuryu to Warehouse Protected from Snow
On November 25th, before the arrival of the full-scale winter season, two monuments of an adults and child dinosaur, installed at “Michi-no-Eki Kuzuryu” (Asahi, Ono City, Fukui Prefecture), has made its way into a warehouse, to shelter from the upcoming snowfall. The surrounding mountains were covered with white morning frost, as the large dinosaurs were steadily transported along the roughly one kilometer of road.
The adult dinosaur monument’s full length measures at 12 metres, weighing 3 tonnes, while the child dinosaur monument measures at 4.6 metres and weighs 1 tonne. The monuments have become a symbol of the Izumi District within Ono City, giving visitors an enjoyable sight as the dinosaur occasionally roars, while moving its head. To protect the dinosaurs from damage from the snowfall, it stays protected within a warehouse every winter.
On the day of the move, 10 Michi-no-Eki employees and Ono City staff worked together to transport the monuments, with each dinosaur mounted on its own platform, carefully pulled along by a truck; the move took roughly 30 minutes. A woman visiting the Michi-no-Eki, from Kanagawa Prefecture’s Kawasaki City, expressed, “I’m fortunate to be able to see the dinosaurs’ move; it is a memorable occasion”, taking pictures with a smile.
The dinosaurs are scheduled to return to Michi-no-Eki Kuzuryu during the beginning of April.
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.
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.
Walks Within Park Allowed
Sabae City’s Nishiyama Park, which has been prohibiting entry as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), has lifted some restrictions, allowing for walks within the park.
As a response against the spread of COVID-19, Nishiyama Park has prohibited entry since April 21st; however, from May 21st, it has become possible to take walks within the park. Despite the chilly climate, people could be seen taking their strolls, immediately from the morning.
Furthermore, visiting the park for long periods of time or for sightseeing are still prohibited; Nishiyama Zoo, within the park, and Michi-no-Eki “Nishiyama Park”, adjacent to the park, will remain closed for the time being.