OSAKA (FUKUSHIMA), JAPAN: LEAVE IT THE FASTEST WAY YOU CAN

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“I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.”
― Beryl Markham, West with the Night

july2016, Osaka and Kobe, Japan.

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KOBE, JAPAN: SIMPLIFY

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” ~Henry David Thoreau

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july16. Kobe, Japan.

KOBE, JAPAN: AKASHI CASTLE

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Akashi Castle (明石城 Akashi-jō) is in Akashi, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. This castle was constructed by Ogasawara Tadazane as his own castle from 1617 to 1619 to watch over the western lords, by the order of Tokugawa Hidetada, on Mount Akamatsu. The castle was built in one year, which was a relatively short amount of time. In Akashi Castle, there are two Important Cultural Properties selected by the Japanese government: Hitsujisaru Yagura and Tatsumi Yagura ~ These two yagura, or towers, are the castle’s only remaining buildings.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashi_Castle

29may16. Kobe, Japan. Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture.