Located at the foot of Mount Rokko, the Kobe Municipal Arboretum boasts tall, handsome conifer trees. The 142.6 hectare botanical garden and arboretum was founded in 1940 under the concept of 'providing views of seasonal deciduous trees and flowers'. The main attractions of this garden are elegant hydrangeas in rainy season, and gorgeous colored leaves in autumn. This photo story features the beautiful autumn foliage surrounding Hase Pond which I captured on my visit around November 20th, 2011.
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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.