On March 15th in 2013, I visited a Japanese garden inside Expo Commemoration Park in Osaka.
This garden is located closer to my place than any other gardens, and I can enjoy greenery and the change of seasons as easily as though it was my own garden. Built in 1970 for Japanese Expo 70, this garden was designed to exhibit each era of Japan's iconic landscape gardening from the 7th century to modern times. A half century later it still informs me of spring's arrival each year with brilliant flowers inside this garden!
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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.