The other day I was translating one of Japan Travel's articles about irises at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, which had lots of beautiful photos of irises and all of a sudden I wanted to go see them with my own eyes no matter what.
When I inquired where I should go in Fukui some of my friends recommended that I go to Daian-zenji Temple, which is a 30-minute drive from the center of Fukui city. When I got there, a walking path decorated with many beautiful hydrangeas on both sides welcomed me, then the irises in full bloom in the garden.
There was soothing music in the air, coming from a Chinese erhu (spike fiddle) played by a musician on the small stage in the garden. Green forest, fresh air, pleasant music and beautiful flowers. Everything was perfect at Daian-zenji Temple on that day in June!
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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.