During my time here in Fukui, I have been fortunate enough that people have seen my work and reached out in the hopes of working together in some capacity. Over the past year, I’ve developed something of a working relationship with the division of the Kanazawa Tax Bureau in charge of promoting sake. Admittedly, this mostly consists of them inviting me to events and occasionally taking me to local breweries under the provision that I promote them on my work social media accounts, but I have actually enjoyed opportunities they have kindly given me.
Having grown up in northern Australia where it doesn’t snow at all, snow is very exciting for me. It was basically what I was most looking forward when I learnt that I would be moving to Fukui.
Over this past weekend, Fukui had its heaviest snowfall in some time. While it did snow last year, it was nowhere near as much as this past weekend, so to say I was excited is a bit of an understatement.
However, since it was snowing quite heavily for most of the weekend, I waited until it settled down before heading out to enjoy it… which didn’t happen until Saturday night. So, camera in hand, I headed out for a late night stroll in the snow.
One of the cornerstones of summer in Japan have to be the festivals. Throughout the warmer months, particularly during August once school holidays are in full swing, Japan is set alight by festivals and fireworks displays. There’s a buzz in the atmosphere as the locals come together, let loose, and enjoy the summer nights, eating, drinking, and playing.
The biggest festival in my current home of Fukui is the Phoenix Festival. Held over three days at the beginning of August, the Phoenix Festival is when Fukui truly comes alive not unlike a phoenix from the ashes, ha ha. The festival kicks off with a huge fireworks display along the Asuwa River, but the mainstay of the weekend of excitement was in the downtown area by Fukui Station. Food stalls, yosakoi dance competitions, and world beer stands were just a few of the things keeping the energy levels going through the weekend.
I’m not sure why, but I’ve always found it hard to start a blog without first writing an some sort of introductory post. It may seem odd, but I suppose I just feel the need to make a proper start when starting a blog.
I’ve started quite a few blogs over the years, only to abandon them completely and eventually start anew. It goes without saying that this particular blog may just be another part of the cycle, but given that I’ve bought a domain baring my name, I’m hoping that this will be the one that sticks.
So, I hope that you, person of the internet, will join me as I attempt to pursue my passions―photography, videography, and writing―and share them with the world. I can’t promise that I will post her regularly, especially since I also happen to do these things for my work, but I try to post when I can, even if it’s a seemingly meaningless ramble about life as an expat.
In the meantime, here’s the latest video I posted on YouTube: