Part of a story at brieflyinjapan.blogspot.jp
A meandering walk by a canal through mainly residential areas, exceptionally beautiful, away from the yatter of temple crowds and guides. More a saunter and pause and meditate and smile than a vigorous walk. Oh yes, you could walkwalk it but with senses open, this is a special place to slow down and take in small things.
We visited, did the saunter, during cherry blossom time. This is a very special moment in Japanese life, the act of watching cherry blossoms go through their cycle of awakening, blooming and departure is called hanami in Japanese. Everyone does it, it's not just for sissies, it comes with all the wonder of spring-rejoicings plus sake, sentiment, silence or chatter. This place is for those who want the quiet space.
The philosopher after whom this is called 'the philosopher's walk' was a major figure in the shaping of Japanese intellectual thought in the early twentieth century. Attacked by the right for insufficient nationalism and by the left for too much, in an invited address to the emperor during world war 2 he called for academic freedom and for all countries to have their place in the world with own rights of belief.
A child of the Meiji period in Japan, the fast paced absorption of western technology and ideas from the late 1860s, Nishida sought to relate western and eastern thought without the dominance of either, with influence from Zen.
More about Nishida here:
The film is a bit primitive, I came from home with iPad mini not laptop without knowing the extent to which Apple have reduced iMovie in app form to something with intellectual base in elevator music and screensavers. I can't stop it from putting the Ken Burns effect, so called, the up down forward back knees toes knees shoulders way of offering screensaver images. I can't remove the sneezes and gasps someone thought essential to putting captions in place. But mind you, when my camera started totally exposing every second shot next day, I was very glad to have the iPad mini jutting out of in my pocket. This is typed on folio keyboard
And I can't embed the movies in my Japan visit blog either, sigh: brieflyinjapan.blogspot.jp