In 2020, I visited Tsumago, a post town that retains the historical remnants of Japan. Nominally, I was there to evoke the oldness of the city and walk along the Nakasendo that connects Edo and Kyoto with the feeling of an old traveler.
In the Meiji era, new railways and roads were built, and Tsumagojuku, which lost its function as a post town, continued to decline. Eventually, in the ’40s of the Showa era, the village was preserved and the landscape was restored, and the cityscape of Tsumagojuku was reviewed.
To protect the townscape, the people of Tsumago created a resident charter centered on “do not sell, lent, or break” houses and lands, and while living here, the precious property of the townscape of the Edo period they are passing it on to posterity.
Kiso-Komagatake is a mountain located in the south part of Nagano Prefecture, and it is the mountain of the Central Alps. The altitude is 2,956 meters.
There are the peaks of Nakadake (2,925 m), Houkendake (2,931 m), Ina-maedake (2,883 meters), and Kiso-maedake (2,826 m) around the main peak. I succeeded in climbing the summit of Mt. Nakadake (2,925m).
I am neither a mountaineer nor a mountain photographer. I’m a traveler who is open-minded and free from the flow of things.
In other words, I come across what I am looking for in my life, something more interesting than planned, and I move forward.
There are many cities all over the country. A city you want to travel, a city you admire, a city that will remain in your heart forever.
When you think about the charm and value of a city, you realize what kind of time a city is accumulating.
There is time that has been handed down and stored in the scenery of the city, in the products, in the lives, and in the people we meet.
This time is history and culture.
I say that it is another time, which is different from the big clock at the station. Kōfu is a large basin, and the valley is a large vessel.
The charm and value of the city of Kōfu will be how to learn and be aware of what kind of time has been stored in this vessel, and how to store it in the future.
And literary arts, writers, and works can be said to be the products of each city.
music [Yasuharu Nagura – “Basilica Random” (from “”Sketches of Barcelona”]
You cannot truly enjoy it unless you have the joy of earning yourself the effort to obtain what you asked. Pleasure is deeply associated with subjectivity. It’s a joy because you ask for it.
A life whose independence is impaired is empty.
I think it’s my life but not my life.
music [Yasuharu Nagura – “the recovery of soul life” (from “The Recovery of Soul Life”)]
Those who do what they choose freely will want to live the life of their choice if they desire to live a happy and blessed life.
Nevertheless, how many people go through a different life pattern than what they wanted. Even if it is different from their feelings, they have to give up and spend patience and patience.
music [Yasuharu Nagura – “Elephant Intoxication”
(from “Tranquil Restration in Thailand”)]
One begins life and then gradually begins art.
In my case, it’s the opposite, and I feel like I started life after I did art. In general, the path from life to do art would be the norm.
Many people have lived abundant lives in the world. Also, one out of a hundred beliefs who lived that abundant life would have a desire to record their own life.
However, recording themselves is talented, skilled like any sport or skill, has a long training process. It is hard to enjoy your life if you practice it. Also, it is not possible to train record talent during the adventure. So, it’s usually late when people want to record their life and leave it as an exciting story in the world for posterity.
We do not start happy with life from the beginning. The ones who are content are very exceptional. This phenomenon would be the same for any successful social revolution.
Art begins there.
music [Yasuharu Nagura – “Sierra” (from “Portrait in A.I.”)]
When living feels more painful than joyful, people are often bound by a sense of duty and responsibility that they must do, rather than obey what they want and want to do.
Joy comes from fulfilling the responsibilities that we must fulfill, but it gives us much more satisfaction in accomplishing what we truly desire.
Then, even if the attempt is unsuccessful and ended in labor, I would be convinced if I wanted to do it.
However, if you do it just because of your sense of duty and the expectations of others, nothing will remain except your disappointment and unhelpfulness in your failure.
I can only feel that I am an incompetent person who cannot even meet the expectations of others.
music [Yasuharu Nagura – “Tribal Sonar” (from “Momentary Incursions”)]
The definition of religion is considerably difficult.
Max Weber said: What is religion, it is “ethos”.
Ethos is simply “behavior”. In other words, it is a pattern of behavior.
What consciously and unconsciously drives human behavior, it is called a behavior pattern and is called ethos in German. It is an ethic in English.
In the case of English, there must be no s at the end. If there is s, it becomes ethics.
For example, one person drinks three glasses of water when he wakes up in the morning. It’s neither good nor bad, but if you drink it, it’s one behavior. Such things are called ethic, or ethos.
Ethos ( ethisch-moralische Einstellung)
music [Yasuharu Nagura – “Mythology of Buddism”
(from “Tranquil Restration in Thailand”)] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvvKW…
When people use cars, some problems are not just paid for the purchase of cars and the use of private resources such as gas bills.
In other words, when you use a car, you must always use the social resources of roads, but roads are generally the most important component of the urban environment, which is indispensable for people to live.
Therefore, the use of automobiles inevitably has a major impact on the lives of ordinary citizens through the use of the social capital of roads.
When car ownership causes a large social cost, we also have to reflect on what social meaning each person’s freedom of choice has.
music [Yasuharu Nagura – “Excursion by Tuk Tuk” (from “Tranquil Restration in Thailand”)]
The Asagiri Plateau is located at the southwest base of Mount Fuji in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The Asagiri Plateau is richly utilized for its pasture land and many dairy farms are situated along it. The elevation of the plateau is generally around 800 m (2,625 ft) or 900 m (2,953 ft).
p.s. Life is like riding a horse. It doesn’t go according to plan.