Daian-zenji Temple must be one of the best-kept secrets in Fukui. It's June now and I wanted to see irises. When I asked, one of my friends said, 'People say this temple is famous for irises', but she'd never been there before. Another friend said there are irises here, but he visited the temple three years ago for the first time despite the fact that he's been living near the temple for his entire life. Anyway, taking my friends' suggestions I went to see the iris festival at the temple and instead found many many many beautiful hydrangeas blooming in the wild forest! And all through my exploration in the woods I was totally alone in the afternoon on this Sunday in June, the high season for hydrangeas! Highly, definitely, recommended!
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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.