The main purpose of a trip I made to Tokushima this Golden Week holiday was to visit the Bando POW Camp Site in the Naruto area, which is famous because of a Japanese movie, 'Bart no Gakuen' (literally, 'Music paradise of bearded men'). We drove from the hotel we were staying at in Tokushima city, crossed the newly built Shikoku Saburo bridge, which connects Tokushima city with Naruto, and before visiting the site stopped for lunch at a Japanese noodle restaurant 'Wataru'.
When I saw a big Kitsune (deep-fried bean curd) on Udon (white noodles), I thought, 'I'm home!'. The size of Kitsune in Tokushima is really big. As there aren't many places to eat around the Bando Camp, probably this could be one of a few places to eat anything before you commence on to the tough excursion!
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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.