Mono no aware, or the pathos of things, is the Japanese philosophy on impertinence and…
Everything was happening so fast that there was no time to think beyond the present moment, and everything was new.
A host family feels like a simulation, like we were all playing into our respective roles even though we had just met.
It was, perhaps, the beginning of a cultural affair.
It is a story told ad nauseam.
The Gion Festival takes place in Kyoto every year, it’s one of the most famous and largest festivals in Japan.
Just outside of Kyoto, Uji is known for Uji matcha, The Tale of Genji, and The Tale of the Heike.
Without compromising your “cultured” image.
Wandering past the lazy riverbanks, I suddenly came upon Nonomiya-jinja, or “Shrine in the Country.”