Barley shaking in the wind conveys a feeling of freedom and a sense of being alive in the wide expanse of the world. W.B.Yeats said, "The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." Feeling the wind which shakes barley, I read inspiring poems, listen to wonderful music, and appreciate great art daily to sharpen my senses.

Utagawa Hiroshige : ukiyoe featuring summer

Utagawa Hiroshige : ukiyoe featuring summer

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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

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Engaku-ji Temple

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Trekking on Routeburn Track Day 3

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Trekking on Routeburn Track Day 2

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Tiritiri Matangi Island

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Walking around Florence in pursuit of Michelangelo

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Cherry blossoms and spring flowers

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Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Japanese Buddhist gods

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Visit to the Imperial Palace for the New Year Greetings

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Nezu Museum

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Kandamyojin Shrine

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Shinto and Shinto shrines

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