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.
Long time no see… would be a bit of an understatement. I would make some sort of an excuse, but I don’t really have one, so let’s just get on with it!
Recently I went to Tokyo for the first time in almost a year. For those of you who don’t know (which is basically anyone reading this, let’s be real), I live in Fukui which is in central Japan. It takes about eight hours to get to Tokyo by bus (half that by shinkansen, if you have the money to spare), so naturally I find myself in Osaka and Kyoto far more often than the Easter Capital. I just don’t have all that much reason to go all the way to Tokyo 99% of the time.
So, clearly this trip was the rare, one percent.
A group of friends I met when I was on exchange decided we were well past due for a reunion. With me here in Fukui, another north in Yamagata, and the third living just south of Tokyo, it was basically a given that it would be the setting for our gathering. I couldn’t think of a better reason to jump on the bus.
Knowing I’d have a lot of time to kill on the morning of my arrival, I decided that I would take my trusty DSLR so I could take some pictures of the big city while I waited for my friends to get in to town. Admittedly I was hoping that I would snap more pictures even after meeting up with them, but clearly that didn’t happen because I was too busy enjoying the company of my long-lost friends.
Also, it was raining, so we ended up staying in most of the time. Figures.
Anyway, here are some of the photos I managed to snap in Tokyo!
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.