Naruto city in Tokushima is renowned for its big whirlpools, fresh fish and seafood, but probably only a few people know that this place has a deep connection with Germany. From 1917 to 1920, German POWs of the WWI lived in the POW Camp in Bando for 3 years and surprisingly, lived happily?! They communicated with local people, brewed their own beer, raised cattle and made sausages and hams, baked bread, formed a music band and played classical music, etc. And the Naruto German House was built to commemorate the friendly relationship between German POWs and local people in 1972. This heart-warming story was made into a 2006 Japanese movie, 'Bart-no-Gakuen', literary, 'Music Paradise of Bearded Men'. Here, you can learn about both the history of this friendship and the movie together. Those who are interested in the movie, this is the place to start your exploration of 'Bart-no-Gakuen'!
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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.