Like a Summer Day in Every Part of Fukui Prefecture, Obama at 26.8⁰C

Like a Summer Day in Every Part of Fukui Prefecture, Obama at 26.8⁰C

Nine Sites Measure the Year’s Record High

On April 30th, a high-pressure system was cast over Fukui Prefecture, causing the temperature to rise. Up until 3:00 p.m., with temperature highs at 26.8⁰C in Obama City, and 26.0⁰C in Tsuruga City, six observation sites recorded temperatures above 25.0⁰C.

Up to 3:00 p.m. on April 30th, excluding Sakai City-Mikuni, nine observations sites within the prefecture saw its record high for the current year. After Obama and Tsuruga, other sites that saw summer-like temperatures were Fukui City at 25.6⁰C, Katsuyama City at 25.0⁰C, Ono City at 25.5⁰C, and Minamiechizen Town-Imajo at 25.6⁰C. Sakai City-Harue was at 23.7⁰C, Fukui City-Koshino was at 22.9⁰C, Mihama Town was at 23.1⁰C, and Sakai City-Mikuni was at 21.8⁰C, with each site becoming as warm as it would be during late May or early June.

According to the Fukui Local Meteorological Office (on April 30th, 11:00 a.m.), the forecast for May 1st is clear weather with clouds in the morning and evening for the Reihoku area, and clear weather for the Reinan area. The temperature high is expected to reach between 25⁰C and 26⁰C, continuing this early summer weather.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1078315

Fukui Phoenix Festival, Suspended due to COVID-19

Fukui Phoenix Festival, Suspended due to COVID-19

Fukui City, After the Suspension of its Spring Festival

On April 28th, the Fukui Phoenix Festival Executive Committee (in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture) disclosed to media associates that this summer’s festival has been suspended, due to the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the second time the event has been suspended, since the heavy rain that occurred in 2004.

This summer’s festival was scheduled for July 31st to August 2nd. The festival has three main events, with the Fukui Phoenix Fireworks on the first day, the “Folk Dance-YOSAKOI ICCHORAI” on the second day, and “The March for One Million People” on the final day. The marching event was to take place along Chuo-Odori in front of JR Fukui Station West Gate, instead of the Fukui Velodrome, where it usually took place every year.

The Fukui Phoenix Festival first began in 1954, as an event to signify the region’s desire for further development, as well as its revival from the Bombing of Fukui in World War II and the 1948 Fukui Earthquake. During the festival’s three events last summer, there were over 140,000 visitors.

Along with the suspension of the spring’s Fukui Sakura Festival, this year has resulted in two of the city’s biggest events not taking place.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1077556

Sakanaction Joining Fukui Music Festival

Sakanaction Joining Fukui Music Festival

One Park Festival 2020

This year, on July 4th and 5th, the One Park Festival, an outdoor music festival, will take place in Fukui City’s Central Park, located within Fukui Prefecture. In this year’s festival, it has been confirmed that the popular rock band, Sakanaction, will be performing. The announcementwas made by the festival’s exectutive committee on February 19th.

Sakanaction debuted as a five-member group in 2007. The band is often the headliner in large outdor music festvals. In 2013, the band made an appearance in the NHK Red and White Singing Contest. In 2016, Sakanaction won the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Eight other groups have also been announced to perform in this year’s festival, including the hip-hop group “RHYMESTER”, a three-man band with former Tokyo Jihen guitarist, Ryosuke Nagaoka (former stage name: Ukigumo), “PETROLZ”, and a jazz band who performed in the final act during the 2019 One Park Festival, “SOIL & ‘PIMP’ SESSIONS”. In the two-day festival, there is expected to be a total of about 25 artists or groups to perform.

The festival first began in July 2019, wih the concept of “a music festival that transforms a whole city into a theme park”, with many famous groups performing last year such as Ulfuls, and the Crazy Ken Band. The two-day festival is expected to mobilize about ten thousat people, and cause an economic ripple effect to bring in an estimated 640 million yen.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1032263

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

Family of Three Suffer from Food Poisoning Caused by Mushrooms

Family of Three Suffer from Food Poisoning Caused by Mushrooms

Tsukiyotake Mushrooms Mistaken for Hiratake Mushrooms

On October 31st, in Fukui Prefecture, there was a report that three people (of different ages ranging from 60 years old) living in Echizen City ate poisonous tsukiyotake mushrooms, picked from the mountains within the city, resulting in an outbreak of food poisoning. The three are related through family, and ate the mushrooms after being mistaken for the edible hiratake mushrooms (also known as “oyster mushrooms”). After experiencing symptoms including vomiting and stomach pain, they visited the hospital; but having already recovered upon arriving, they were discharged. Food poisoning caused by poisonous mushrooms have been occurring since October 2014.

According to the Fukui Prefecture Pharmaceutical and Food Products – Sanitation Department, on the afternoon of October 27, a man picked mushrooms within the mountains of Echizen City, and brought it home. After stir-frying and eating the mushrooms for lunch, symptoms arose, and the man underwent an examination in a medical institution. The prefecture received a report from the fire department, and upon investigating the remaining stocks of mushrooms, concluded that the man had consumed tsukiyotake mushrooms.

Through summer and autumn, tsukiyotake mushrooms grow en masse on piles of dead trees, such as on the Japanese beech tree. Tsukiyotake is easily mistaken for other edible mushrooms including hiratake, mukitake, and shiitake. When eating, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and other digestive-related poisoning symptoms can appear from 30 minutes to an hour.

“Food poisoning due to wild mushrooms happens across the country. An ordinary person judging whether or not something is edible is extremely difficult. In situations where you cannot reliably determine if something is safe for consumption, absolutely do not harvest, eat, or give it to anyone, says a prefectural Pharmaceutical and Food Products – Sanitation Department associate.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/964710