Every next day is a little shorter than the previous one. Typhoon N 17 is approaching from the south and we are bracing for impact. But today is a beautiful day with pale blue skies navigated by white clouds changing their shape while running, running. Where to I do not know.
The air is cool, the wind too. This coolness after the hot and humid days is a bliss. Now is this time of the year when the tiny gardens arranged at the house enterances are simply green, without any color to liven them up and cheer the passers-by. Yet, the green is still so lush that I never tire of it.
The other day I visitecd one of the Japanese gardens in Tokyo.
The momiji (maple trees) will soon be turning red. When I first came to Japan 11 years ago I thought the red was a little too intense to my eyes but I guess that I was a little too sensitive due to the culture shock I was having at the time. This year again, I will be photographing the momiji, hopefully with a new camera.
There is a creek (or a pond) and a bridge spanning it in many Japanese gardens. I have always liked bridges and paths. In the folklore stories of the country I come from, the bridges are symbols of transition, initiation, a path to the unknown which always tugs at the hearts of those willing to explore, to go a few steps further.
I have not read enough about the symbolism of the different elements of Japanese gardens and I cannot be sure that the connotation of the word “bridge” in Japanese folklore is the same as the one in my home country. However, I keep taking pictures, crossing rivers, and following paths which promise to take me to new places, modest though they might be.
The amazing thing about Japanese gardens (in Tokyo and I guess in any other part of Japan) is that most of them are located in downtown areas. Yet, as soon as you step inside you are overwhelmed by the calm and quiet, adorned only by the whisper of the leaves and the occasional splash of water caused by the coi (carp) leisurly swimming in the pond. Each one of these gardens is a place for meditation. For me, who has not yet learned how to meditate, they are simply places to find peace and enjoy the silence while having my eyes healed by the greenery enriched with bright spots and shades.
I hope you have a warm and sunny day.