At Fukui Castle Ruins an illumination event called 'Lights in the Moat' has been held in early summer for four years now. Although I've been living in Fukui for four years, I hadn't known, and I visited the event for the first time. I've seen the illuminated castle grounds a few times during cherry blossom season in spring, but this was quite different. There were many people there, but as this is Fukui, one of the most unpopulated cities of Japan, the crowd was not really a crowd, just more people than usual, so I never felt uncomfortable. There was a jazz band playing nice standard jazz numbers in front of the prefectural government office building, and everything looked different from the castle ruins I'd known. Great way of enjoying one summer night in Fukui!
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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.