Believe me if I tell you this is Japan. It could be anywhere else.
I sadly have forgotten almost everything I’ve studied in Japanese. This year I want to change that, but somehow it seems difficult than ever.
One of the things I loved the most about Nikko was the Jizo statues in a snowy (and kind of lonely) road.
The Jizo statue is a representation of bodhisattva Jizo Bosatsu, the guardian of travellers, but also children and mothers. They have red bonnets and scarves offered by people so they don’t feel cold, and bibs so they don’t get dirty with the food offerings.
I loved the way they look and it amazed me how even with the statue reduced to pebbles, the bonnet and the scarf was still there, meaning someone kept putting it there, no matter how much time has passed.
They all looked different, some relaxed, some with a shy smile, some even seemed worried about something.
A silent street in Tokyo.
No matter what, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
Worries and sadness don’t last forever.
I wish… I wish… I wish… From time to time I need to remind myself that “wishing” isn’t enough and just like that I (mentally) kick myself to do more and move more and not just wish for things to happen.
Do you ever feel like you’re always running but in the end you don’t get to catch the last train home?
Because, well… I do. It’s a tiring situation in which moving forward and getting somewhere are quite opposite ideas.
This photograph isn’t particularly beautiful, or especial, or has a stunning perspective … either is edited in some avant-garde way, but it is really important for me, as it represents the final way of a wandering day in Tokyo.
What if we just take / show photographs that we love instead of images of what the world might like? Can you imagine?
I haven’t had much time lately, or maybe I should say that I haven’t had much time for the things I love. Kind of nonsensical, don’t you think? I mean, why do we (in general; me in particular) leave the things that we love to do for the last moment? Or is it only me??
From time to time it’s ok just stop worrying about everything and relax, feel free to create whatever you want to create and not looking the clock. Just being swept along.