'Village in the Sky' at Iya Valley, Tokushima, is one of the hidden treasures in Japan. I visited here on November 3 in 2011.
As the village is located deep in the mountains, leaves were already changing colors. Unfortunately, a cold rain started to fall.
It's very difficult to hold a camera and an umbrella at the same time. I was going to wait till the rain stopped, but the beauty of the brilliant wet leaves inspired me. I asked my wife to drive instead of me, and moved to the rear seat. I opened the car window, and started to take photos furiously. I didn't have to hold an umbrella. I am a genius!
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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.