The other night I visited an illumination event held at Yokokan Garden in Fukui City. I went there in early summer last year and was fascinated by its simple beauty. However, I'd never visited it at night, so I was excited when I heard about the night event. This is an annual spring illumination which has been held for 15 years now, and the whole event is planned and operated not by the local government, but by over a hundred volunteers. The theme of this year was 'Dream', and many elementary students had written down or drawn their dreams on handmade paper lanterns which lined the paths within and outside the garden. Once I stepped inside the premises, I was mesmerized by the magical beauty of the whole scene!
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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.