On November 25th, 2012, I visited Izu to enjoy the autumn leaves around Shuzenji and inside the natural parkland there. I took my time and leisurely explored the area.
In autumn, any place famous for gorgeous leaves will be crowded. So, as soon as the dawn broke I stepped out of my hotel and strolled along the pathway through the Bamboo Forest in the early morning.
As I expected, I met only locals who were enjoying their daily morning walk, and a few photographers like me who woke up early to take photos without crowds.
Here and there, the morning sun was shining through leaves. The clear leaves highlighted by the morning sunshine were reflected on the river surface. It was extremely beautiful.
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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.