On 1st March in 2012, I visited the Plum Blossom Festival at the Natural and Cultural Gardens of Expo Commemoration Park in Osaka for the second time. Ten days had passed since my last visit, but low temperatures meant the plum blossoms hadn't changed much! I wonder if they were 60% in bloom? Still, families and couples enjoyed picnic lunches on nearby benches or on the lawn. Despite the cold weather, they looked so happy! As I was admiring gorgeous plum blossoms I spotted a very cute girl's bag hanging from a plum branch... somebody must be worried about their lost property right now!
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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.