How Japan took my breath away!

by Varsha Arun April. 17, 2019 405 views

So this is the first time I've travelled away from my country. Most people in India, when they choose a vacation spot, tend to opt for places that are populated with moderate, if not copious amounts of our own kind; mainly due to the need for familiar food & ease in local communication. It is something to be said about travel; that we look for a bit of home everywhere we go.

Kiyomizu temple...best experienced in the early morning..but also irradiant at sunset!

Kiyomizu temple...best experienced in the early morning..but also irradiant at sunset!

To be offbeat is what I strive for. Since the Japanese have the sweetest food and the toughest language I've heard so far, it was incumbent that I go here. Nothing could have prepared me for what transpired through the next couple of weeks travelling.

Journey of a lifetime is an understatement.

Serenity is befitting of Lake Chuzenji

Serenity is befitting of Lake Chuzenji

From the press of cool buildings in Tokyo, through the sulphur breath of volcanic crests in Hakone, to the vivacity of metamorphosis in Hiroshima & the murmured whispers of pine trees in Koya-san; the country speaks volumes in it's silence.

As somebody used to a buzzing frenzy of people, the quiet was a haven. In a crowded metro with a 1000 people, I could hear my own breathing. In the complicated network of transits, there was orderly precision. There was white music all over, primarily in the sing-song sound of spoken Japanese. Nature is imbued in daily life; it is subtly omnipresent. Modernity has fused seamlessly into tradition; north & south poles of the same magnet.

Owakudani - feels like the valley is breathing out

Owakudani - feels like the valley is breathing out

Floating umbrellas in the human tidal wave.

Floating umbrellas in the human tidal wave.

The famed floating torii gate of Itsukushima shrine - in all it's glory

The famed floating torii gate of Itsukushima shrine - in all it's glory

Ginkakuji temple - The rope here has been focused on unintentionally; it was meant to be the temple. This is one of my favourite shots of the lot. :-)

Ginkakuji temple - The rope here has been focused on unintentionally; it was meant to be the temple. This is one of my favourite shots of the lot. :-)

I'm sure everyone goes through a similar wonderment when they first visit another country. What do you see first? The colour, the expressions people wear or their clothes? Each glimpse of the surroundings tells a story - what form does nature take here? Why are the buildings built the way they are? Even food reflects the nature of the people!

With the world becoming one small village, possibilities are endless for travel. And with that, so are such stories of every traveller.

This building seems to be frozen in time; even though proof of the 21st century encompasses it, water flowing around a rock in the river.

This building seems to be frozen in time; even though proof of the 21st century encompasses it, water flowing around a rock in the river.

Okunoin cemetery in twilight; must be scary at night

Okunoin cemetery in twilight; must be scary at night

Tokyo Tower is modelled on the Eiffel Tower I believe...

Tokyo Tower is modelled on the Eiffel Tower I believe...

Although I did eventually start missing home, it was not without the attachment to a place I could identify so deeply with. These pictures are here only as a mere shadow of the images in my memory. So until I keep my promise of revisiting, they will have to suffice my yen.

Statue of mother protecting her children from radiation - Peace memorial at Hiroshima

Statue of mother protecting her children from radiation - Peace memorial at Hiroshima

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Piotr Matura 1 year, 12 months ago

I really enjoyed your story and photos. And what a great journey you had! I wish you many more ;)

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Varsha Arun Replied to Piotr Matura 1 year, 12 months ago

Thank you so much! I am lucky to be able to share my experience here.

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Yokai - 2 years ago

Wow, you traveled to many sightseeing spots (like Nikko, Tokyo, Miyajima and Kyoto)! Glad you enjoyed your stay.
Please visit other places in another season next time if you have a chance. Different areas have different cultures for sure.

2 years ago Edited
Varsha Arun Replied to Yokai - 2 years ago

Yes, it was an enthralling experience! Loved every minute of it! Already have a yearning to revisit & see more, especially Kyoto.

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