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Sakai City Hall Is Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture an advanced newspaper area?

[Sakai City Hall] Is Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture an advanced newspaper area?
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Press release: July 2, 2024
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Is Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture an advanced newspaper area?
*Exhibition of now-defunct tabloid newspapers such as “Minato”, “Harue”, and “Kita Nippon” Special exhibition of Taisho and Showa era newspapers Sakai City Ryusho Museum*
Newspaper “Mikuni” from the Taisho era. The advertising space below lists the names of inns at Awara Onsen at the time.
Muro Saisei is enrolled in “Mikuni”
Starting June 22nd, the Ryusho Museum in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture is holding a special exhibition titled “Sakai Newspapers of the Taisho and Showa Eras” in a special corner on the third floor of the museum. During the Meiji period, Mikuni Shimbun, where Muro Saisei, who later became a writer, worked for a time as a reporter, and from the Meiji and Taisho periods to the Showa period, the former Sakai district (currently Sakai city and Awara city) included Mikuni town and Maruoka town. There are 37 newspapers published in the center, and you can see the history of a considerable variety of newspapers and information papers being published in a small area in northern Fukui Prefecture. The museum is asking citizens to provide information on whether there are any pre-war newspapers hidden in their homes, stating that “newspapers are a valuable source of information that allows us to learn more about social conditions such as politics and entertainment at the time.”
The exhibition focused on newspapers from the Meiji to Showa eras, which are a great source of information for learning about the history of the region, as the museum has several curators who specialize in “modern history.”
In the exhibition corner on the third floor, six copies of the newspaper are displayed in a glass case.The oldest newspaper is the newspaper “Mikuni” dated April 3, 1918, which is a single page printed on both sides, slightly larger than the current A3 size. Tabloid. Under the heading “Sericulture at Girls’ School,” the article describes how female students at the time were raising silkworms. In the advertisement column at the bottom of the first page, there is an advertisement for “Ashihara Onsen” with the names of six hot spring inns that still exist today, such as “Beniya”, “Tsuruya”, and “Haiya”. It also includes the names of nostalgic inns that no longer exist, such as “Muroyoshi” and “Irohakan,” giving you a sense of history.

In addition, the Harue Shimbun dated January 7, 1930 featured ski resorts with the heading, “Where is the best ski resort for New Year’s?” According to the museum, the period from the late Taisho era to the early Showa era was a time when there was an entertainment boom and interest in leisure increased, and you can read newspapers that reflect these social trends. Other items on display include the “Mikuni Shimbun” from the early Showa period and the “Sakai Shimbun” published just after the end of the war.
Tsukiso curator of Ryusho Museum says, “Not all the newspapers remain in the museum, but as far as I can tell, there are 18 newspapers, mainly in Mikuni-cho, but also in Maruoka-cho, Ashihara-cho, etc., and there are 37 newspapers.” It seems that all of them have ceased to be published over time, but I think it is very rare for a region to have such a wide variety of newspapers.”
In addition, the writer Muro Saisei, who also wrote masterpieces such as “Animouto,” worked as a reporter for a short time in 1909, but no newspaper has been found that published articles written by Saisei. yeah. The museum considers “newspapers to be valuable materials,” and is asking people to search for and donate newspapers preserved in old homes in and around the city.

[Sakai City Ryusho Museum] (4-2-1 Midorigaoka, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture)
Closed every Wednesday. “Taisho and Showa era Sakai newspaper exhibition” will be held from June 22nd to September 16th. Some exhibits will be replaced in mid-August. Admission fee is 400 yen for adults (free for high school students and younger).
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Sakai City has many other sightseeing spots and foods that Fukui Prefecture is proud of. We will introduce some of them below. * -Nature-*
A rich and beautiful area of ​​“sea, mountains, and rivers,” including beautiful coastlines such as Echizen Matsushima, which is included in Echizen Kaga Kaigan Quasi-National Park, the Kuzuryu River and Takeda River, the forest area in the eastern part of the city, and the vast countryside that supports Fukui Prefecture’s number one rice producer. We are blessed with nature.
Tojinbo
Tojinbo is a national natural monument and scenic spot known for the scenery of the rough waves of the Sea of ​​Japan crashing against the cliffs. The impressive rock wall stretches for about 1 kilometer. It is said to be one of only three places in the world where such columnar joints of pyroxene andesite are found over a wide area, making it a geologically valuable place. The dazzling blue sky and the Sea of ​​Japan in early summer, the evening view of the sun setting over the Sea of ​​Japan in autumn, and the rough waves and cold winds when snow falls. All of them are wonderful seasonal scenery that shows Tojinbo and the great nature of the Sea of ​​Japan.
Echizen Matsushima
The landscape is made up of the same columnar joint rocks as Tojinbo, but there are also some unique rocks scattered about, and if you follow the walking path you can cross to small islands and look into caves. Echizen Matsushima Aquarium and accommodation facilities are adjacent to it, making it a popular tourist destination for families and excursions.
* -tourist spot-*
There are historical resources such as Tojinbo, one of Japan’s most scenic spots, the coast centering on Mikuni Sunset Beach, Mikuni Minato, which flourished through the Kitamae-bune trade, and Maruoka Castle, which has 12 existing castle towers.
Mikuni Minato
Mikuni Minato is located at the mouth of the Kuzuryu River, the largest river in Fukui Prefecture. It is a town that has prospered for a long time and has a long history, so much so that the place name “Mikuni” is mentioned in documents from more than 1,000 years ago. In addition to the history and culture left behind by the Kitamae-bune, the townscape still has an emotional atmosphere, including townhouses with rows of lattice doors and historic buildings that retain the traces of wealthy merchants.
Maruoka Castle
Maruoka Castle, also known as Kasumigajo, is a flat mountain castle built using an independent hill in the plain. The sight of it floating among the cherry blossoms in full bloom in spring is fantastic and extremely beautiful. It was built by Katsutoyo, the nephew of Katsuie Shibata, on the orders of Oda Nobunaga in preparation for the Ikko Ikki in 1576 during the Sengoku period. The castle tower was built on an independent hill at an altitude of 27 meters, surrounded by the Ninomaru and the inner moat, and outside of it was the Sannomaru and the outer moat. Maruoka Castle Castle Tower is one of the 12 castle towers that were built before the Edo period and still remain today in their original appearance.
The stone walls were completely destroyed by the Fukui Earthquake in 1945, but it was repaired in 1955 by reusing many of the main parts such as the materials of the castle tower and the stone walls. Of the 12 existing castle towers, Maruoka Castle is the only one that has been restored from a completely collapsed state. The stately appearance of the ancient style that still stands today is proof that it has stood up and recovered even after going through the difficult path of extinction, and its history has been a uniquely turbulent one. Oshima
Its nature is an island of the gods that has never been touched by humans. The entire island, which has a legend, is also popular as a walking route rich in nature. Ominato Shrine stands at the back of the island, and the annual Ominato Shrine festival is held by area residents on April 20th every year.
* -Food-*
Sightseeing that takes advantage of food is attractive, with marine products such as Echizen crab, the representative winter delicacy in Fukui Prefecture, agricultural products such as soba and rakkyo, wild vegetables, fried tofu, and Wakasa beef.
Echizen crab
Echizen crabs from Mikuni Town, which are famous for being presented to the imperial family every year, are especially prized because their flesh is tightly packed inside the shell, sweet and fibrous, and there are only a limited number of them. .
Sweet shrimp
Sweet shrimp is a delicacy from the Sea of ​​Japan that is as popular as Echizen crab. At Mikuni Fishing Port, there are lots of fresh, clear red sweet shrimp lined up.
Maruoka grated soba
Sakai City is the prefecture’s number one or second producer of soba, and the grated soba made with buckwheat flour from Maruoka is especially fragrant and has a strong flavor that you won’t get tired of.
* -Culture/Tradition-*
Traditional technology industries such as fashion brand names, woven labels for quality indicators, and Velcro tapes, which have the largest market share in Japan, are thriving.
Echizenori: Name tag
Maruoka is a major producer of textiles, and the demand for “Ori labels” used as patches and sports names is increasing, and “Echizen Ori”, which is designed using computers and drawn on textiles, is also becoming popular as tourist souvenirs. I’m making it. Our main product is name tags for clothing, and we boast a 70% share of the domestic market.
A short letter in Japan: The shortest letter in Japan
A short letter written by Honda Sakuzaemon Shigetsugu, a loyal vassal of Tokugawa Ieyasu, connected to Maruoka Town, to his wife from his camp: “Let me tell you a lesson, be careful of fire, don’t cry, let your horses grow fat.” (“Osen” refers to the future lord of Echizen Maruoka Castle.)
Narishige Honda (childhood name)
There is a monument to Senchiyo) at Maruoka Castle. Using this monument as a hint, we aim to recreate the shortest letter in Japan and restore the letter culture.Since 1993, we have set a theme every year and have been collecting entries for the “Issho Keijo Award.” Applications are being received from all over Japan and overseas for the “Shinichihide Keijo Award.”
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