A typhoon was on the way when I visited Fukui Botanical Garden 'Plantopia'. When I left my home, the bright sun was shining, so I hoped against hope that it wouldn't hit the garden until I had seen it. My hope was shattered of course. As soon as I arrived it started to rain. Disappointed, I wandered inside the building hoping that the rain would stop. And it stopped! I dashed toward the entrance of the garden and started to take pictures. That's when the rain came back again. Therefore, I couldn't stroll around the gigantic garden that spreads all over the hills, but the plants and flowers I glimpsed there were so beautiful. I have to go back again!
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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.