Collaboration Between Final Fantasy and Sabae City

Collaboration Between Final Fantasy and Sabae City

Eyeglass Production

With Sabae City and the world famous video game sharing a label, both sides have collaborated to manufacture eyeglasses.

The eyeglasses have a beautiful contrast between its vivid cobalt blue and dark blue colours. The glasses are modelled after those worn by “Nichol”, a character from Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, a mobile game that has been downloaded over 40 million times around the world. For this occasion, Sabae City and the famous Final Fantasy game worked in collaboration to produce the eyeglasses.

The product is fully made form titanium. An emblem from the game has also been engraved into the frame. It was produced by Sabae City artisan through over 200 stages. The eyeglasses will be sold from April 25th on the Square Enix e-STORE, and has already begun taking pre-orders.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=127797&page=1

What to Give? It’s Almost White Day

What to Give? It’s Almost White Day

The Production Peak of Confectionery Shops in Fukui

There is very little time left before White Day on March 14th, where Valentine’s Day gifts are returned. In a confectionery shop within Fukui Prefecture’s Fukui City, the production of cute heart-shaped sweets is reaching its production peak. Enveloped in the sweet aroma, male customers have been closely evaluating the products.

At “HanaEchizen” (in Fukui City, Ninomiya, 3-Chome), there are eight kinds of sweets on display. The most popular is a heart-shaped baumkuchen. Dried rose petals are studded within the strawberry-flavoured dough, and then coated with white chocolate. A rectangular baumkuchen is also available, with nuts and cranberries, it has a sweet and sour flavour, using a lot of ruby chocolate.

“It would be great if a couple’s relationship can deepen with the sweets,” said the male shop owner (aged 62).

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1046610

Fukui’s Winter: Smooth Mizu-Yokan

Fukui’s Winter: Smooth Mizu-Yokan

An Elegant Sweetness, Confectioners Begin Production

Mizu-Yokan Burger”: mizu-yokan, topped with whipped cream, between a toasted bun.

Characterized by its smooth texture and elegant sweetness, “mizu-yokan” is the seasonal flavour of winter. Confectionery stores within Fukui Prefecture have begun production, filling the workshops with a sweet aroma.

“Egawa”, which was founded 82 years ago (located in Fukui City, Terute, 3-Chome), began production in November. In a large pot, agar (a vegetable gelatin) is dissolved, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and adzuki beans are added, and boiled into a syrup. It is then transferred into a tub, where the solution is constantly stirred, while electric fans cool the mixture down to 45°C. From a special machine, the mixture is poured into containers, where it further cools and solidifies into its completed form.

Shigetaka Egawa (aged 52), the Egawa company president, expresses his thoughts, “Continuing from previous generations, we also intend to adapt to the future generations. We also wish for those outside the prefecture to experience this flavour!”

Production will continue until the end of March, with peak production happening during the year’s end, where more than ten thousand boxes will be made in one day.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/984039

An Illumination Installment to End Domestic Violence, by Tsuruga High School Girls

An Illumination Installment to End Domestic Violence, by Tsuruga High School Girls

A 5-Month Production, An Exhibition at Tsuruga Station

Until November 25th, two high school girls from Tsuruga Technical High School had set up an illumination installment in the Tsuruga Station Multipurpose Center known as “Orupark”, located in Fukui Prefecture’s Tsuruga City. The installment was a “Purple Ribbon” illumination, as a symbol to bring awareness to domestic violence (DV) and aggression towards women. Taking approximately five months to complete, the two students expressed their hopes, “We wish for more people to learn about the meaning of the purple ribbon; and even if just a little bit, we wish to decrease the suffering.”

The illumination project was requested during April of this spring, from the city of Tsuruga to the Technical High School, in anticipation for the “Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women” national event targeting DV and sexual harassment, which spanned from November 12 to 25. Two female students, part of the school’s Information & Chemical course, took charge in the project.

“We are neither victims of domestic violence, nor are we aware of such incidents around us. But perhaps there may be victims closer to us than we think,” explained one of the students.

“Not knowing about the significance of the purple ribbon, I became interested. I wish for more people to learn about its meaning,” reflected the other student.

The two student began production from June, but it was a difficult journey. When creating the ribbon-shaped frame, they tried using many different materials from bamboo to a soft wire mesh. Unable to form the three-dimensional design, they had to rebuild the frame many times over. Furthermore, the production schedule was intermittent due to job-hunting and club activities during the summer. Regardless, the two were able to complete their project by the first part of November, with the continuous assistance of their teachers and classmates.

Using LED lights, the installation is approximately 1.6 meters tall, and approximately 1.3 meters wide. When lit up, “STOP DV” can also be seen written on the installation in LED lights.

Upon completion of the project, the two school girls expressed their wishes, “We hope that those who are suffering can see this illumination, and help them gain, at least, a little bit of courage.”

They continued, “Like how I was before, I think there are many people who don’t know about the purple ribbon. I wish for more people to learn about it, and end domestic violence within our society.”

The teachers and classmates who supported the two students, who will be working in the manufacturing industry from next year, expressed their own words of encouragement, “Both of the did really well to produce this work on their own. Starting production from scratch and working through completion, this will definitely be a valuable experience for them.”

The illumination will operate in Orupark until November 24th, from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., and the 25th until 3:00 p.m. In addition, from November 26th until December 25th, the installation will be at Plaza Banshou (プラザ萬象), located by the Tsuruga City Library. In the case where the venue will only operate in the evening, the illumination will be lit during 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/979980

Dinosaurs & Abura-age: #1 in Japan, Video Stream

Dinosaurs & Abura-age: #1 in Japan, Video Stream

Made by the Fukui Prefecture, A New Series on SNS

As a way to promote the charm of Fukui to those outside the prefecture, Fukui Prefecture’s public information department launched a new video series for social networking sites (SNS). The theme is “#1 in Japan: Fukui Prefecture”. The first segment introduces the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. A manager enthusiastically said, “We are working in anticipation for the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line extending to Tsuruga in three and a half years. In order to attract more people into Fukui Prefecture, we want to broadcase about many of Fukui’s aspects that are the best in Japan.”

Video broadcasts towards the other prefectures began from July 2016. The prefecture’s public information department also broadcasts on their Facebook page and Youtube channel “Oideyo! Fukui!” (「おいでよ!ふくい!」; “Come to Fukui!”). Up to now, the series has reported on various tourist attractions and activities within Fukui Prefecture.

The first broadcast of the new series talked about the excavations of new dinosaur species in Fukui; of the 7 new species found in Japan, 5 were found within Fukui Prefecture, and so, “in the amount of new dinosaur discoveries, Fukui is #1 in Japan!” The broadcast also featured the exhibits within the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and an activity area outside the museum, where people can try digging fossils.

We will continue to create straightforward videos with good tempo,” said a production staff.

From here on, one video per month is planned to be broadcast, featuring topics such as “#1 in Japan: Consumption of Abura-age” and “#1 in Japan: Eyeglass Frame Production.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/969774