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

The Countless Scratches, a Sign of Good Will

The Countless Scratches, a Sign of Good Will

Green Snow Shovels, Deployed Within Fukui Prefecture

In 2004, Fukui suffered through torrential rains. The shovels used to clear the mud and dirt resulting from the incident is now used for snow removal, as part of the “Green Shovel Project”. On December 2nd, Fukui Prefecture began installing stations at various places, including traffic intersections, within the prefecture. Until December 7th, at intersections and bus stops within 15 cities and towns, there will be 159 stations, with a total of 388 shovels. Like the years before, the prefecture is asking everyone to volunteer the time used waiting for the traffic light to change, to clear just a little bit of snow along the sidewalk.

When the project began in 2005, there were 32 stations, with a total of 111 shovels. With the project gradually gaining more awareness, requests of more stations were received from various groups, including local neighbourhood councils, the Parent-Teacher Associations, and community centres; and thus, the number of stations continued to increase.

On December 2nd, at various spots within Fukui City’s Ote, 2-Chome, such as intersections, approximately 20 stations were installed.

With the paint on the underside of the shovel wearing off, the iron and aluminum material is also becoming bare.

“We should spray paint this”, a prefectural staff commented with a smirk, but the countless straight scratches are a sign of good will, continuously building up from when it was used by volunteers during Fukui’s torrential rains 15 years ago. According to the Fukui Local Meteorological Office, central Okuetsu is predicted to see snow from the evening of December 3rd.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/985676

Snowfall at Fukui Prefecture’s Okuetsu, Snow Plow Truck Dispatched

Snowfall at Fukui Prefecture’s Okuetsu, Snow Plow Truck Dispatched

Weather Forecast for this Weekend, A Short Period of Snow

On December 6th, the winter pressure pattern has grown stronger, resulting in snowfall in Okuetsu, located within Fukui Prefecture. For the first time this winter, a snow plow truck has been dispatched to work on National Route 157, within Katsuyama City’s Kitadani-cho.

According to the Okuetsu Prefectural Civil Engineering Office, snowfall began from the evening of December 5th, at around 10:00 p.m., near Kitadani-cho. By 3:00 a.m. on the 6th, the snowfall was measured at the regulated snow removal mark of 10 centimetres on Route 157. One snow plow truck was dispatched from its base, located within Kitadani-cho’s Kitarokuroshi, and proceeded with snow removal for approximately 5 kilometres near the border along Ishikawa Prefecture.

The initial dispatch of snow plow trucks for this winter has been 7 days later than the previous 10-year average (November 29th), and 3 days earlier than last year (December 9th).

The temperature lows within Fukui Prefecture on December 6th were 1.3˚C in Katsuyama City, 1.9˚C in Ono City, 3.2˚C in Fukui City, and 4.8˚C in Tsuruga City.

According to this weekend’s weather forecast by the Fukui Local Meteorological Office, Fukui Prefecture will be cloudy with some rain on the 7th, and cloudy with a chance of rain or snow on the 8th. The temperature low for December 7th is expected to be 2˚C, and 4˚C for December 8th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/987917

Student-Made, Nanjo Service Area’s New Menu

Student-Made, Nanjo Service Area’s New Menu

4 Specialty Items by Okuetsumeisei High School Students

   Students part of the social welfare and livelihood course at Okuetsumeisei High School, located in Fukui Prefecture’s Ono City, devised and produced a menu for the food court of the Hokuriku Expressway-Nanjo Service Area (SA). As characteristic of Hangesho (the 11th day after the summer solstice; the last rice-planting day), Mackerel Tatsu-age, an Ono City favourite, will be featured in the four menu items, such as in the “Mackerel Tatsuta Oroshi Soba”. On October 28, the SA held a food sampling event, where the students tested the flavours.

  The menu is comprised of Mackerel Tatsuta Oroshi Soba (¥880), Rich Shio Koji Ramen with a blend of Echizen salt and shio koji (¥800), Okuetsu Special Bento with Namban-style Mackerel Tatsuta-age & Fukui Plum Harusame Salad (¥1,280), and a Sweet Vinegar-coated Mackerel Tatsuta-age Set (¥980). The Mackerel Tatsuta Oroshi Soba and Rich Shio Koji Ramen will be available in the Shiga/Fukui-bound section of the SA, while the Okuetsu Special Bento and Mackerel Tatsuta-age Set will be available in the Niigata/Gifu-bound section of the SA. All foods will be on sale from November 11.

Featured in last year’s menu, the NebaToro Mackerel Katsudon received enough praise to turn it into a regular menu item. This year, 19 third-year high school students started planning from April, and came up with about 50 recipes, 4 of which were chosen by the SA.

At the food sampling event, 18 students tasted the Mackerel Tatsuta Oroshi Soba and the Rich Shio Koji Ramen. The students savoured the flavours, making comments like, “The deep-fried mackerel is crunchy” and “The soup has a rich flavour”. A female student (aged 18), who was part of the group in charge of the Oroshi Soba, explained, “We placed importance in using ingredients that are good for your health.”

The new menu items will be on sale until the end of December.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/963866