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.
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 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.