These photos were taken when I went back to Kyoto, my hometown, in early April this year when cherry blossoms were beautiful.
Kyoto is in a basin surrounded by mountains from three sides and even in April when sun sets, the temperature drops and it becomes chilly. I climbed to mountaintop Shogun-zuka for the first time in many years, then went down to Gion in Higashiyama area and strolled on paved alleys there. Narrow alleys are called, 'Roji' in Japanese, but in Kyoto, it's called 'Ro-u-ji'. On the paved stones of 'Ro-u-ji', our two sets of footsteps echoed gently.
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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.