Exactly 5 years ago, in the beginning of February 2009, I was visiting the country I’d longed for and felt a special attraction to all of my life – Japan.
I was planning to study Japanese for 3 months in Kyoto, and I had chosen Kyoto because of its historic richness. However, things didn’t pan out they way I had planned, for different reasons, and I was horribly disappointed of Japan. Probably because I’d expected to see samurais running around in the streets waving their swords in my face. I got to see and experience incredibly much anyway, and the period I spent in Kyoto is one of the times in my life I’ve felt truly happy.
My great hero and sensei Miyamoto Musashi left a lot of foot steps in Kyoto, which I happily tried to walk in.
The picture above is taken at the classic sight of Fushimi Inari. I could’ve chosen the classical image, the one everyone shoots, including myself, but I’ve made an effort to be creative and choose a picture everyone hasn’t already seen.
Today I’ve washed away my disappointments of Japan, and I long for the next time I have the pleasure of setting foot in the country, and sure hope it’s in a near future.