From Fukui, with Love

No helicopter parenting allowed at Fukui’s Undo Koen park

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I have long maintained that Fukui is a great place for kids. We get to enjoy numerous community play centres, generous prefectural & municipal policies that make parenting cheaper, indoor playgrounds and kids’ rest areas at most major stores and malls…and smart city planning for public parks. In Japanese cities, front and/or back yards are pretty rare.  Some people who own a lot of land do have them, but most families don’t.  So where do kids play?  In Fukui, there are many, many small parks scattered throughout residential areas.  We…read more

An attempt to describe Fukui snow

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Looking back, I realize that I never posted about the snow we got here last winter.  I did write one about clearing the snow away, but not about the snow itself. Oops.  Now that it’s June, I have reminisced about what I was thinking last summer while we were preparing for our big move to Japan.  One of our burning questions had been “what is the snow REALLY like?” We tried our hand at internet research and we learned a few things.  First we learned that people who write about…read more

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The state of pizza in Fukui

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It’s no secret that we like our pizza. When I was in bible college, I ate pizza almost every day.  The health consequences were severe, but it was oh so tasty!  I hope there is never another time in my life when I eat _that_ much pizza.  Still, I would like to eat it more than I do now. I think that every Canadian is a pizza connoisseur.  Everyone has a favourite and a least favourite, and most can tell the difference between pizzerias’ specialties by sight or taste.  Most residents…read more

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Fukui in a day

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We received an offer that we could not refuse. It went something like this: “Mike, I would like to meet your friend (Mat) from Canada. Let’s go see some places in Fukui prefecture together, I’ll drive”. That was the beginning of what may forever be the most adventurous day we will have in Fukui. It was also the beginning of our first road trip in Japan! Together with Mat and Michiko, we started our journey from Awara at 10:00am. Our first stop was the Tojinbo cliffs, which featured very tall…read more

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It’s cherry blossom time!

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Once a year for about a week, Japan stops. That week happens at varying times depending on the climate and the weather.  In Fukui, this has been the week when cherry blossoms have gone from buds to full bloom to slowly falling onto the ground.  The thing to do this week has been to go “cherry blossom viewing”.  That’s right, people from all over go to parks to look at trees. How could we pass this up!? We went to Fukui’s famous Asuwa river where hundreds of cherry blossoms form…read more

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50 things that we like about living in Fukui

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In almost 6 months of living abroad, we have decided that we like living in Fukui. Earlier today our dear friend Corrie asked us what why we like living here. I started to tell her but I was quickly cut off by a screaming bunny. This is the end of our conversation, or, 50 things that we like about living in Fukui: 1. Fukui is close to 3 major cities and cultural centres. Osaka and Kyoto are 2 hours away by train. Kanazawa is closer…but smaller and apparently underrated. 2….read more

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How the Bunny ended up on TV

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Today was a daddy-daughter day. I managed to generate a debate on Facebook earlier this week when I posted about us being uneasy about setsubun and how it was going to be celebrated at the bunny’s Hoikuen today. We talked, prayed, researched and had a good discussion about it with the leaders at our church – and then we decided that it would be best to just keep her home today. By “keep her home” what I really mean is go out and partake in adventures that can only be…read more

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Life without snow plows

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We’re from Canada, so we must be used to snow…right? This winter had been mild until last week. December and January were quite rainy – and we did see some snow, just not enough to last more than a few hours on the ground. A few days ago all of a sudden winter started and we had to quickly adjust to winter life in Fukui. I’ve lived in 3 different regions in Canada, each with their own snowfall patterns. Each of those had different municipal snow clearing policies and services,…read more

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There’s a map for that

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View Map of Fukui, with love in a larger map I like maps. When I was a kid I didn’t have a Spider-Man poster in my room. I was as big of a Spider-Man fan as every other kid, but I was quite happy with the maps that I had on my walls. Now that we live in a part of the world where most streets don’t have names and everything around us is completely foreign (no pun intended), maps are so much more important. Mary was handed a large…read more

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Hot date in Fukui-shi

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I love my wife. I hope that everyone who spends time with us can see that we very much love each other. We will have been married for 5 years next month, and we still enjoy dating each other as much as we did when we met at bible college. There are some new challenges that we face in this season of our lives when we want to get out and go on a date, but they are nothing we can’t adapt to. Last night we decided to get dressed…read more

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