If asked where the best spot for viewing cherry blossoms is in Fukui, most people would say the Asuwa Riverside, since it was chosen as one of the '100 best cherry blossom viewing spots' in Japan. However, I somehow like the cherry blossoms at the Fukui Castle ruins. Fukui Castle, once a large, magnificent castle, was once the residence of the Matsudaira clan of Echizen. The local people of Fukui love this place to enjoy cherry blossoms. In late April, when the cherry blossoms were already falling, I went to see them here at night. The falling cherry blossoms were dancing on the surface of the water in the moat. They were beautiful. Looking at their last dance, I wondered if the life of flowers and human life as well, might sparkle most brilliantly just before they die. For daytime photos of cherry blossoms at Fukui Castle, please refer to my other photo story.
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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.