(PHOTOS) Fullerton's Sister City: Fukui, Japan

A Town That Rose From Ashes Like The Phoenix

There's wasn't nearly enough time to check out the fine details of what Fukui, Fullerton's Sister City in Japan, has to offer.

Fukui City became a municipality in 1889 as the capital of the prefecture bearing the same name. The region began its prosperity 1500 years ago when Emperor Keitai implemented a river improvement project to change what was swamp lands into fertile fields for growing grain.

A thousand years later, urban development begins under Yuki Hideyasu. Fukui Castle is built in 1606, and it stood for about 300 years until the US Air Force Began fire bombing the region During World War II (1945). Approximately 1,000 megatons of fire bombs were dropped. Three years later a massive 7.5 earthquake destroyed newly built structures, and fires spread so much that they couldn't be put out for five days.

Despite the trauma that the region has faced they have continued to prosper. They rose from the ashes like the phoenix, so the bird has been adopted as the symbol of Fukui.





The art shown above is drawn on a a wall, circuit box, and a rain water pipe. The appearance of a vending machine is painted in while infusing the circuit box door. The drainage pipe is actually about a foot away from the wall, but perspective blah blah blah.


Mafia bike.




Limosines of the Edo Period (shown above).




NHK is the Japanese equivalent of the UK's BBC. The regional office is shown above.

Vending machines serve canned or bottled coffee that comes pre-heated.

Riding a bike in the snow seams treachorous.



Through the trees lining the walls of the former Fukui Castle.

Former layout of Fukui castle (Fukui-Jo).



Fukui's prefectural government building sits within the Fukui Castle walls.



The Japanese equivalent of peanuts or popcorn available at your local bar. Tentacles are delicious, but don't expect them to have a peanut or popcorn type of crunch.  


Elevators lift you directly into some restaurants. It's somewhat awkward leaving if it's not what you had in mind. 



Didn't see much of a bar scene in Fukui on Thursday. 

Wine, Sake, and Whiskey can be purchased any time at this local 7/11 and I Holdings next to Fukui Station. Booze and smokes are available throughout all of Japan.

Shrines are peppered throughout the cities of Japan, and Fukui, the capital of the prefecture bearing the same name, is no exception. Shrines are symbolized on Japanese maps by swastikas that pre-date Nazi usage.



Phone booths still exist in Japan, and someone enjoyed a beer in this one. Being in one feels like being in an 80's movie. 

If you don't remember what it feels like to be illiterate, "read" a street sign. Japanese borrow Kanji from Chinese Culture.

"Give it time, you're still young."









A Native American mascot from Texas representing a dish originated by Italians. Texas Hands Pizza is also a cafe, but coffee and pizza flavors pair together like toothpaste and orange juice. 



They don't pay city workers to shovel snow laden side walks. 







Fukui District Court




Surveying the walls of Fukui Castle.



This bridge is actually a reconstruction of the building that was burnt down during the firebombing in 1945. Built to historical specifications.






The view from exiting Fukui's JR station (Japanese Railroads).


Photos by: Alex Stouffer

References: 
http://www.city.fukui.lg.jp/lang/english/cityguide/his.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Fukui_earthquake
http://www.mustlovejapan.com/subject/fukui_castle/

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