The traditional Japanese village Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba is more of a touristic place. However, it is rather enjoyable with calm and peaceful flow of life in it, providing an insight into traditional Japanese living architecture.
One of the greatest things about this village, one that actually creates a feeling that the time has stopped there, is Fuji mountain overlooking the wooden houses. It is also the sun glaring watchfully, looking after this place, obviously caring about it a lot.
Seeing Fuji with my own eyes was the experience I cannot yet comprehend.
A real place, and yet not, with so many meanings attached, with such great and long-lasting impact on culture of many nations.
A sacred mountain, once feared for its disastrous eruptions.
An endless source of inspiration for the artists, poets and writers.
The power of Fuji is almost palpable. It seems, the air around the mountain is wrapped in legends, for it floats in a special, rather ceremonial way, remaining friendly and attentive to all the visitors. It’s like a giant magnet one could hardly turn their back on.
The magnet, the living legend, the epitome of power and poetic fluidity of life at the same time, the limitless source of inspiration.
What impressed and fascinated me most in Japanese culture was how much it is focused on the exact moment, how attentive it is to that “now”.
For me, “now” itself is almost non-existent, being either Past or Foreseeable Future. What is more, every past memory and future goal are evaluated, analyzed and then placed somewhere inside my own head. I cannot recall any moment when I was entirely focused on the “now”-moment without that never-stopping roaring burden of thoughts on the background.
Japanese, somehow, can do that (or so it seems according to what I’ve learned about the language and art).
I sincerely adore that ability. I adore all those exceptionally poetic and extremely moment-attentive “untranslatable” Japanese words: Komorebi (sun filtering through the tree leaves), Yuugen (the oneness of all things), Ukiyo (floating world), boketto (gazing into the distance and the world without thinking)...
I think, this is one of the things that would be helpful to learn from the Japanese culture. In the modern world, full of rush, the present is often under-appreciated.