Every time I visit places like this I think I could easily give up my consumer lifestyle and hole up in a warm house in the mountains reading books, growing vegetables, and contemplating the beauty of nature. I would watch the seasons change and think about the transitory nature of life while pruning my flowers…
*O living always, always dying!
O the burials of me past and present,
O me while I stride ahead, material, visible, imperious as ever;
O me, what I was for years, now dead, (I lament not, I am content;)
O to disengage myself from those corpses of me, which I turn and
look at where I cast them,
To pass on, (O living! always living!) and leave the corpses behind.*
– Walt Whitman, O Living Always, Always Dying
hahaha ok enough sillyness (although I am a little serious!). I’m going to make an effort to travel outside of the city more often.
Anyways…!…I went to Okutama with some friends yesterday to see a lake there. It was a two hour train ride up to a more mountainous part of Tokyo, and when we arrived we had the option to take a 20 minute bus ride for 340yen or walk 3.5 hours to the lake. We decided to save money and walk, thinking it would be a scenic stroll kind of “walk,” but it ended up being a 10km hike through the mountains!! whew! It was well worth it though–すごくきれいだったから大丈夫でした。: )