In early April I went to Sabae City in Fukui to see carp streamers 'swimming' over a small river lined with pretty cherry blossoms and daffodils. A friend of mine told me about the small river across which 15 rows of 7 carp streamers are set up to celebrate the Boy's Day on May 5th. It is quite a sight to see these streamers and cherry trees together. The river is located in amid green fields surrounded by mountains and everything seemed so idyllic that I thought I was lost in a fairy tale. These carp streamers will be there until around May 8th. Don't miss seeing them if you happen to be in the neighborhood!
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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.