Frog Eggs Hatching Early, Local Residents Surprised

Frog Eggs Hatching Early, Local Residents Surprised

Usually Occurs in March or April, Perhaps Resulting from this Winter’s Weather Conditions

Perhaps, this is a LEAP into an early spring.

In the Saso area, located within Fukui Prefecture’s Echizen Town, frog eggs have been hatching one after another; tadpoles can be seen swimming with vigour.

“In a normal year, we would see this kind of scene while the snow melts into spring,” says a local resident with surprise.

According to another local resident (aged 67), he saw a large amount of frog eggs hatching in a nearby rice field on February 15th. On February 18th, despite enough snowfall to cover the roofs white, tadpoles roughly 5-6 millimetres long were swimming within the rice fields, full of energy.

According to the Fukui Nature Conservation Center (located in Ono City), creatures that cohabit with the Japanese brown frogs can be seen. In an average year, frogs begin hatching during March and April, and even later in mountainous regions and shaded areas. The center states that in the valley community of Saso, it is “substantially early” for hatching to be happening in the middle of February. The favourable winter season weater is considered the cause for this early phenomenon.

“With these spring-like conditions coming so soon, I wonder if the growth of crops will be okay,” says a man, with a slight sense of bewilderment.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1031737

The Dinosaurs Will Also “Hibernate”, Approaching the Winter Season

The Dinosaurs Will Also “Hibernate”, Approaching the Winter Season

Katsuyama: Snow Sheds Built Over Monuments

In the Katsuyama Dinosaur Forest of Nagaoyama Park, located in Fukui Prefecture’s Katsuyama City, the dinosaur monuments made for visitors are having sheds built to protect the structures from the weight of the snow. On November 14th, in the middle of the cold rainy weather, a 2-meter high, 4.5-meter long Fukui dinosaur hibernated within its “nest” of wooden boards.

During the first week of November, as part of an incorporated nonprofit organization (NPO), the Dinosaur Town Katsuyama Support Team began construction. One the start day, four of the staff worked on a Fukui dinosaur monument, placed along a path in the park, assembling planks around the monument to form a snow shed, 4-meters tall and 8-meters long.

There are about 80 dinosaur monuments within the park, including a giant moving robotic insect. Save for some installations, snow sheds will continue to be assembled around the various monuments, or moved into storage for safekeeping. Preparations for winter is expected to go on until mid-December.

The outdoor amusements “Katsuyama Dino Park” and an activity area where people can try digging up fossils “Doki-doki Dinosaur Excavation Land” are in operation until the 17th. “It was an unbelievable time when we had to temporarily close because of the repeated bear appearances. But we wish for everyone to enjoy the facilities all throughout the current season,” said a museum associate, ailing out to prospective visitors.

The excavation activity area is expected to reopen from March 20 of next year. As for the Dino Park, depending on how the snow thaws out, aims to reopen during early April.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/974156

Open Season on Fukui’s Flavour of Winter “Echizen-gani”

Open Season on Fukui’s Flavour of Winter “Echizen-gani”

Fishing for Zuwai-gani and Seiko-gani

From 0:00 a.m. of November 6, fishing season opened for Fukui’s flavour of winter “Echizen-gani” (snow crabs). On the fishing harbour of Fukui Prefecture’s Echizen Town of that morning, freshly caught Zuwai-gani (male snow crabs) and Seiko-gani (female snow crabs) are hauled from the sea, one after another.

In anticipation for the time the harbour opens the snow crab fishing season, over the period of 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. of November 5, forty-nine deep sea fishing boats, affiliated with the Echizen Town Fishery Cooperative Assocation, set out for the sea. From approximately 9:10 a.m. of the next day, the boats began returning to port.

As part of the Act on Protection of the Names of Specific Agricultural, Forestry, and Fishery Products and Foodstuffs, the Geographical Indication (GI) protection system has the Echizen-gani registered this year, for the second year. As fishermen quickly graded each crab, they attached a yellow tag that included the GI insignia.

Tadahiro Kurazaki (aged 60), the shipmaster of the Tenryumaru, which returned to port at around 9:30 a.m., said, “Compared to the first day of the fishing season last year, which didn’t have good weather, we were able to haul in a big catch this year.”

From 4:00 p.m., the Fishery Association hosts the first wholesale market for snow crabs for the year. Last year, the Zuwai-gani that have been certified with “Kiwami”, Fukui Prefecture’s highest grade, were priced at ¥350,000 during that year’s first wholesale market. During 2017, the association had the crabs priced at ¥460,000, the highest it has been in the prefecture.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/968139

Cherry Blossoms Blooming Out of Season, Surprises Residents

Cherry Blossoms Blooming Out of Season, Surprises Residents

Yoshino Cherry Blossoms at Fukui City’s Asuwa River

By the right bank of Asuwa River, located in 3-Chome within Central Fukui of Fukui Prefecture, cherry blossoms are blooming out of season. The blossoms’ light pink glows against the autumn’s blue sky.

On the Yoshino cherry trees, approximately 50 meters downstream of Saiwai Bridge, 10 flowers were in bloom. Just afternoon on November 5th, a city resident enjoying their afternoon walk found the blossoms in surprised, “I felt a somewhat mysterious sensation.”

According to the Fukui Prefectural Green Center, after factors such as strong winds caused the leaves to fall, it also resulted in large temperature differences, causing the flowers to bloom, mistaking the current season with spring.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/969209