One of Japan's most famous and beloved heroes, Sakamoto Ryoma, was a leading revolutionary at the end of the Edo period who helped contribute to the reformation of feudal Japan. Without him, Japan as we know it now would be a very different place. As one of Ryoma's biggest fans, I've traveled to a few places to retrace his footsteps. Katsurahama (Katsurahama Beach) is one of the best-known tourist spots for Ryoma fans. It's located in Kochi prefecture, where he was born, and it's said he frequented the place to stare and wonder about what was out there beyond the immense ocean. I wonder what he saw... For access information please refer to my other article, Searching for Ryoma Sakamoto.
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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.