When most cherry blossoms fell to the ground in Fukui City and people are feeling sad, there is one last place we can visit to further enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms. Located easternmost part of Sakai City in Fukui prefecture, mountainous Takeda Village is famous for its beautiful weeping cherry trees. In mid April each year when cherry blossom season is almost over, the gorgeous cherry trees in 'Takekurabe Park' will be in full bloom. They hold a Sakura Festival for two weeks, and despite its rural location many people visit here to enjoy lovely cherry blossoms cascading softly to the ground. It is about 50 minutes car drive from the center of Fukui City.
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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.