Japanese art, anime, games, movies and music have always been my companions, entertainment and inspirations since I was young and Japan has long been the country that I wanted to visit most.
During my 14 days tour around Japan, namely the regions around Tokyo, Hokkaido and Osaka, I have finally come to experience the beauty and purity of Japan with my own senses. From the cooling weather of bustling metropolitan Tokyo, to the snowy peaceful Hokkaido, and finally back to slightly warmer Osaka.
Japan has got to be the most diverse in several aspects out of the countries that I have visited (although I have not travelled to many). What I meant is that everything is really at the extreme ends. From the otakus to working businessmen who work super long hours. From the super artsy (anime, games, movies, music) to the super science, engineering and technology. From the rural countrysides (rice fields, shrines, mountains, rivers) to the metropolitans (architecture, neon light billboards). From the super complicated layout of Tokyo to the super neat and tidy Sapporo (city looks like a gigantic 'tic-tac-toe' from the top). The list goes on...
To me, I feel that the beauty of the country lies in the diversity and those extremes. A country that embraces art and technology, places that transform into totally different dimensions when night falls - the red-light districts (just like Hayao Miyazaki's film, 'Spirited Away'). Old temples and shrines that age gracefully. The beauty in the imperfections.
'Perfect Impermanence, Imperfect Permanence' : The Japanese aesthetic (Wabi-sabi) showing the transience of things and the most beautiful lies in this short-lived moment. Japan has always been a victim of natural disasters. However, this thought and moment of cherish does make Japan and all the warm-hearted Japanese even more beautiful.
I sincerely pray for blessings for Japan, may this fragile and beautiful country find perfect permanence.
Song by Mr Children - 祈り ～涙の軌道 (Praying ~ Rail of Tears)