My friend Anna (@AnnnaTrouble) is organizing Show Me Japan, in which Japan bloggers, photographers, and other interested parties display their Japan-related photos on their respective blogs. If you want to see photos of Japan by other people or want to participate in this meme, make sure to visit Anna’s website linked above!
I wondered what part of Japan I could show you, and realized that I took some photos when I went to Nagatoro, Saitama recently. Nagatoro is a great place for nature lovers. Unlike other popular destinations like Nikko or Mt. Takao, Nagatoro is less crowded. It’s quite accessible from central Tokyo, too. (i.e. it takes about 2 hours to get to Nagatoro from Ikebukuro by train)
I have a SMENA 8M, a toy camera. This photo was taken with it – and I “scanned” it with my iPhone.Â I’m not sure what you photography enthusiasts think, but I like it a lot. A retro taste of SMENA 8M cheapened further by iPhone. If I’m correct, this photo was taken somewhere near Bateman’s Bay in Australia. One of those deserted beaches… That’s exactly the place I want to be right now!
The sunset was amazing here today. This photo taken with iPhone [*Too bad, when I migrated this blog into another directory, the picture mentioned here got lost!] doesn’t represent the actual sunset I saw with my eyes, but it does serve as a sketch of what I saw.
The thought I had from seeing this sunset was pretty simple. Blue turned into orange, then orange turned into red, and then it will turn into dark blue and then black. That’s exactly what I was thinking, and this thought made me nostalgic somehow. Changes of colour. I have no idea what that implies, but the sunset lets me enjoy nostalgic feelings anyway.
I’m glad I was open to this experience. Of course, this beautiful sunset would catch my attention anytime. But then, being able to notice things like this is a good indication that I can stop to experience things around me. I’ll keep myself open towards these beautiful moments, small or big.
If you’re constantly looking for and aware of such moments, they’ll come to you.