My aunt lives near the Byodoin Monastery, a World Heritage site. Being trilingual as she is, many foreign friends of hers visit her seeking free lodging in Kyoto, a popular nearby tourist spot. She takes them to Byodoin, of course, but on the way back what they tell her is, "We don't want to visit any more shrines and temples." The last and regular resort of my bewildered aunt is always Ukai (Cormorant Fishing). The Cormorant Fishing on the Uji River has a long history. In the Heian Period (794-1192) aristocrats were already enjoying watching Cormorant Fishing on the river from elegant boats decorated especially for them. Three cormorant fishing masters including two very pretty and young female masters have been carrying on the tradition on the Uji River. This unique fishing style is held from mid-June to late Sep. For further information please contact the Uji City Tourist Association (0774-23-3334).
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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.