March 12, 2023

短文チャレンジ #1 – 福井県

短文(たんぶん)チャレンジ – Fukui Prefecture

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Fukui prefecture has many other attractions not mentioned in the essays. For example, it has one of the world's largest dinosaur museums and Sabae city is well-known for its eye-glass production.


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  • 福井県(ふくいけん) Fukui Prefecture
  • 日本(にほん)中部地方(ちゅうぶちほう) Chubu region of Japan
  • 位置(いち)する located
  • (けん)  prefecture
  • 人口(じんこう) population
  • およそ approximately
  • 77万人(まんにん) 770,000 people
  • 日本海(にほんかい) Sea of Japan
  • (めん)して facing
  • 自然豊(しぜんゆた)かな rich in nature
  • 場所(ばしょ) place
  • たくさん many; a lot of
  • (たと)えば for example
  • 山々(やまやま) mountains
  • 海岸線(かいがんせん) coastline
  • (みずうみ) lake
  • おいしい delicious
  • (こめ) rice
  • 観光地(かんこうち) tourist spot
  • 芦原温泉(あわらおんせん) Awara Onsen
  • 三方五湖(みかたごこ) Mikata Five Lakes
  • 歴史的(れきしてき)な historical
  • 遺産(いさん) heritage
  • 文化財(ぶんかざい) cultural asset
  • 豊富(ほうふ) abundant
  • 永平寺(えいへいじ) Eiheiji Temple
  • 越前大仏(えちぜんだいぶつ) Echizen Great Buddha
  • 史跡(しせき) historic site
  • 農業(のうぎょう) agriculture
  • 漁業(ぎょぎょう) fishing industry
  • (さか)んで thriving
  • 福井県産米(ふくいけんさんまい) rice produced in Fukui Prefecture
  • ブランド(まい) branded rice
  • いちほまれ Ichihomare (brand of rice)
  • 鮮魚(せんぎょ) fresh fish
  • 全国的(ぜんこくてき)に nationally
  • 有名(ゆうめい) famous
  • 自然(しぜん) nature
  • 歴史(れきし) history
  • 共存(きょうぞん)する coexist
  • よく()られています well-known
  • 魅力的(みりょくてき)な attractive

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  • Thank you for taking the time to do this, it is a terrific exercise. “Just 100 words!” You got me to do it. 😉

    • Awesome! I started with about 500 words and thought, this is too much. I think 100 (give or take a bit) is just enough to actually contain information but be short enough to work through.

  • Great! Thanks a lot for the texts. Two tiny things: in the “normal” text there is no pronunciation for shiseki at the end of line 5; there is a “strange” (?) pronunciation for Echizen Daibutsu in key vocabulary.

    • Ah! Thank you. I should have proofread better. I was in a rush to get this published since we had to go somewhere, but it’s fixed now. Thanks for that.

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