At 9:22 AM on February 17th, I had the opportunity to witness the inaugural launch of Japan's next-generation H3 rocket from Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture with my own eyes.

Watching a man-made object soar into the sky and head for space made me think, "Is this really happening?"

Of course, I've always known rockets are launched into space frequently. However, witnessing it firsthand, I was truly amazed by the efforts of those who worked to send this rocket into space.

It's all about challenging oneself. The key is to keep trying and not give up, even in the face of failure. Remembering this, I have vowed to continue my efforts to become a great photographer.