Lotus is beautiful. But in Japan it represents more than just 'beauty'. Due to its relation to Buddhism, any Japanese would feel something holy or sacred when they see it. I am no exception. Although I'm not religious, when I first saw rows and rows of lotus flowers blooming here I thought I was in 'Gokuraku Jodo (Buddhist's pure land, heaven). This lotus park is located in rural Minami Echizen, an hour drive from the center of Fukui City, and as you can imagine not many people visit here despite its scale. This heavenly lotus park will be all yours if you visit here! For night-time video, please refer to this article on Japan Travel.
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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.