On my way home from a cherry blossom festival held at the banks of Kuruzyu River with carp streamers and cherry blossoms near Katsuyama Station of Echizen Railways, I spotted a heavenly line of beautiful cherry trees on the riverbank. Mesmerized, I stopped my car and decided to explore the place. There was a spacious mallet golf course in the open area beside the river, and the banks were lined with beautiful cherry trees in full bloom. There were only a few people appreciating the great view of still snowy mountains, the gently flowing river, the green lawn and the pretty cherry blossoms. It seemed like heaven after the crowded festival I had just visited. Katsuyama is truly a small paradise on earth!
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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.