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Tagged as There are certainly worse places to live
We live in Kitakamakura, the quieter and more Zen area, but Duncan teaches in a school in Kamakura itself, which you can see in the road that leads from the Shinto shrine here down to the sea at the horizon. Sometimes rather than get the train one stop home of an evening he just walks back. On this occasion there was some kind of beautiful Shinto ceremony going on, and apparently the atmosphere was really incredible (which I think he managed to capture here). We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place.
What an amazing photo! The blue hour. It looks beautiful.
I know. You can really feel that atmosphere.
Love the contrast between the elegant ritual and tradition of the ceremony, the warmth of the light within, the sense of order and calm, the verdant natural green of the trees, against the cool grey urban density of the highrises behind. Duncan has captured a rare moment that seems quintessentially Japanese.
I thought so too. Had to post it!
It is so beautiful!
We love living here, I must say. Going on almost twenty years now, would you believe.
That is just such a breathtaking image. I am so jealous of where you live, I would simply be in heaven living there. There is just a certain magic that comes through and it makes my heart ache, as if for a lost lover.
Really? Perhaps it is your Hong Kong years tugging at your heart. I mean for us, day to day living isn’t heaven (except for sometimes when I do feel completely and utterly right in my surroundings), and Kamakura city- the place in the picture – can get really packed with tourists at times, but ultimately for us it is perfect, as we are surrounded by mountains and trees (which I need), near the sea (ditto), you absolutely can’t escape the ancient culture, but at the same time Yokohama is only thirty minutes away or so and Tokyo only about an hour, so when Kamakura feels too small or parochial we can just speed off by train to the metropolis. As you know from what you have read on here, though, Japanese society itself is far from being a paradise. There are many, many wonderful things about the culture but almost at least as many that drive me insane. That said, weekends with the D here are lovely and I can’t entirely ever imagine leaving.
When you come to Japan I will take you around (if I can still walk…..). How is your shoulder?
Where you live sounds like a veritable paradise to me. I do look forward to having you show me around, I am sure it will be utterly delightful. I am sorry to hear your knees are still giving you such grief. Will they have to operate? What shall you do?
The shoulder is doing nicely, thank you for asking, I just have to keep doing physical therapy and exercises for the next month.
Glad to hear it. As for me, I am still not sure even WHICH operation I need, and the thought of staying in a hospital here for any length of period is freaking me out (for neurotic reasons like not being able to sleep and feeling claustrophobic as fear of the operation itself). I should really have it soon, but as I cannot tolerate air conditioning (I really can’t: three weeks in that would totally finish me off or I would finish someone else off over it) I have to wait until Christmas. Right now, though, I don’t know if I can, but I am ‘no longer British’ and thus not eligible for the health service. My only option, therefore, is to have it done over here. I am gradually being able to move less and getting fatter as a result. A nightmare!
I am so sorry to hear you are having such a difficult time of it. I know you are reluctant to have the surgery, but it will help so much. Being pain free is a wonderful way to live. I don’t know what to say about the air conditioning, are you able to wait until the cooler months? It doesn’t sound like you can. I hope you will find out soon what your options are. Please keep me posted as to how things are going. Wishing you all the best.
Thanks Brielle. Being able to talk about it (on a perfume blog of all places!) is actually very helpful. Arigato.
I want a third opinion in England first (in my own bloody language! Discussing cartilage and joints in Japanese is not very easy) and then I will decide which one to go for. x
Well, I wish you all the best. Try not to put it off too long though, you don’t want to injure yourself even more. If you ever need to chat, you have my email.
Take care 🙂
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