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Finding Autumn in the Depths of Nihonbashi Station

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Yellow Road Leads to Autumn in Nihonbashi Station
In a passage way deep into the depths of Nihonbashi station there are signs that autumn has arrived.  Even if one has to ride a JR line train deep into the countryside to be able to see the luscious colors at the moment.

The leaves will soon be turing in my part of town soon enough.  The weather is much cooler the past few days.  The autumn moon has risen. I await the ginko trees and their yellow as bright as the seeing tiles, and the momoji (Japanese maple) to turn the wine shades as in the picture.

For now I will take this as a positive sign of the lovely hues to come.

 

Trying to Re-sync with the Nature Around Us

Monday, April 18th, 2011

As the wind was whipping up around me last Friday, I used the time to mull over in my mind my relationship to the environment.  Being in the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo we sometimes forget that there is a rhythm to life that is not set by the subway timetables.

There are seasons to be observed.  The Japanese were very in tune with nature, and their attention to the arts reflect this connection; however, the connections between man and nature are being severed.  For example, I heard from a friend a few weeks ago that some residents across the river from me were in a complete panic when they found yellow powder in the streets and on the buildings.  They immediately jumped to the conclusion the radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant’s radiation has reached their homes.  Even though, radiation, is odorless, colorless and tasteless.  The officials checked the suspicious yellow powder, which turned out to be just plain old pollen.

Have we so lost touch with nature that we have forgotten that at certain times of the year pollen dusts our neighborhoods?  I try to live my live with a balance between the urban and the natural.  It isn’t always easy, because of the way we isolate ourselves from nature.

Take the time to notice the seasons.  Take the time to notice how the plants have grown, shed, or changed since the day before.  Take notice of these things as they meld and mix with the concrete and steel around us.

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