The principal Buddhist image of Taicho-ji Temple in Fukui is the 'Kannon Bosatsu (Goddess of Mercy) with twelve hands', which was carved by the temple's founder, Taicho Daishi himself. There are also thirty-three Kannon statues in the temple grounds. It is said that if you visit all thirty-three of them here, you will be happy for 48,000 days. I did the math and that equals more than 131 years, which means my happiness for the rest of my life will be guaranteed. OK, deal! I made a pilgrimage to all thirty-three of them. But so far I don't feel any change in the happiness department of my life. I wonder what went wrong?!
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.