Main City: Fukui
Population: 787,000 people ranking 43/47 prefecture (2015) 
Area: 4,188 km2 
Geographical / Landscape description
The province faces the Sea of Japan, and has a western part which is a narrow plain between the mountains and the sea, and a larger eastern part with wider plains including the capital and most of the population. 
Due to its location on the coast of the Japan Sea, Fukui climate is characterized by important snowfall and heavy rains. There is one motto that states:” you may forget your bento but do not forget your umbrella”. (Bento is a home-packed meal to eat at the office/picnics) 
Recent history, culture
Fukui has long been a centre for papermaking in Japan (along with Kyoto). Local papermakers use the traditional Echizen style. Fukui is also renowned for its clean water and crops which results in delicious sake, rice, and famous soba noodles. Fukui is also home to the most important excavation site of dinosaur fossils in Japan. 
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