In April 2014, I crossed the Great Akashi Strait Bridge to visit Awaji Island in Hyogo prefecture, which is known as Flower Island.
Awaji Yumebutai (literally: Awaji Dream Stage) is a gigantic complex which consists of Akashi Strait National Government Park, Yumebutai Green House, Yumebutai International Conference Hall, a hotel, a promenade garden, an open-air theater and so forth. In this photo story, I'd like to introduce the Akashi Strait National Government Park and a green house named 'Miracle Planet Museum of Plants'. Both places bustle with visitors year round. Especially at this time of year, soft spring light enhances the tender texture of the flowers. Tulips looked radiant as though they were brimming with bright spring sunshine.
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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.