One sunny day in mid October I took a stroll on Mt. Asuwa. I usually start my hike from the foot of the mountain and drop by at Kurotatsu, Fujishima or Asuwa shrines (there are many shrines on this mountain), but this time I drove halfway up the mountain, parked my car and began the hike from there. After appreciating a clear view of Fukui City stretching below from the observation deck, I climbed the short flight of stone stairs leading to Shokon-sha Shrine, which enshrines people who died in wars since 1864. The leaves were turning colors and some of them had already fallen to the ground. As a whole the scenery was so beautiful, I forgot about my planned hike and kept taking pictures. When I came to, the sun was already setting and I had to drive down the mountain quickly...to run away from possibly hungry bears!
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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.